As I wrote and tested a pattern this week, I contemplated some thoughts that have been floating around in my mind...
Recently I read a devotion about the Dead Sea...
"There is a body of water 50 miles long, 10 miles wide and 1,300 feet deep. With the sun dancing across its waves, it looks refreshing, as though its vast depths must be teeming with life. But fishing in these waters would never yield a single catch because nothing but a few bacteria live beneath the surface. Located at the lowest point on earth, the Salt Sea contains the highest concentration of minerals and salt of any body of water in existence, making it unsuitable for sustaining life. No wonder it is also called the Dead Sea.
As Christians, our lives can sometimes devolve spiritually so that we feel we are living in the Dead Sea. On the surface everything may look fine, but underneath we seem to be shriveling, not growing. This can happen if we only relate to Jesus as Savior but not as Lord.
In short, we need to want the healer, not just the healing...
I believe this "Dead Sea" appearance can be true for Christians, but even more... I feel this can be true for the Church. As we continue our Sabbatical from Ministry and observe the direction of the church we left due to burnout, we are deeply saddened. Not once in the 4-1/2 months has the Pastor or his wife, or any member of leadership reached out to us to see where we might be in our lives... not just our Spiritual life, but even on the surface, "what have you been up to?". It has been oddly silent... We (thought we) left in good standing and were offered a blessing as we departed for rest and renewal... and, to be honest... The silence... It. Hurts! 💔
Similar hurts I (we) have had have been
assisted healed and worked out through quilting... I have only one project currently in the works (the Pieces in the Garden Row Quilt) and progress has been slow on it. Six patterns (plus one bonus) have been released and there are still six more to come. Patterns 7, 8 & 9 are complete and ready for release... I'm getting there!
I believe my favorite quilting customer from Texas has been taken a break from her sewing room because of the extreme heat they have endured... They've had 100-to-109-degree days with little relief with cooler overnight temps only in the mid 70s. YUCK! I don't blame her. 🌞
I think it is time for me to begin a brand new quilty project... I have been considering a whole cloth quilt. It was on my 2018 and 2019 goals for the year and both times, it was skipped over because I simply ran out of time. NOW is the time! Enough of the wallowing and whining!
I am thankful that I have an outlet for my thoughts (a few "listening" ears right here) and a way to process them that brings forth, not only healing, but something beautiful & productive.
Here's a sketch of what I am considering for the quilt...
I'm thankful that we have the means and ability to escape to the mountains when we spin wheels and seem stuck... We have just returned from a two-day, one night retreat. Isn't the view magnificent?!? We spent time soaking in the view, singing some love songs to our Lord as well as sharing a time in prayer pouring out our hearts. The above sketch was a product of our time away. The feathered hearts representing growth, the cross-hatch background is the static that the world feeds us, the closely connected circles to represent how we connect with others and a final vine with leaves showing growth again... because we don't want to be like the dead sea!
Now I need to find some fabric. 😀 I would like to use a light-colored fabric, possibly a batik. Something other than just a muslin or white as is traditionally used... I will probably wait and make a purchase when I visit the LQS for the next Pieces of the Past BOM class. Stay tuned!
I'm thankful for the recent rains we have had (two days!). It started on Saturday and continued through mid-day on Monday. We had 3/4" of moisture. It was a soft, gentle rain and the ground soaked it up! You could see the ground cover in the yard (I would call it grass, but it really isn't. It's mostly weeds... 😜)change color as it absorbed the moisture.
The warmer temps have returned and the AC is running (I'm grateful for THAT too!). The solar powered and wind powered dryer (the clothesline) reveals that we have a washer... (yep, thankful for that!) and we have an ample amount of clothing! So much to be thankful for...
If you made it this far with my rambling... thanks for listening!
Is quilting a form of "therapy" for you, as it is for me?
If not, what is?
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