This verse is very dear to my heart because it's the one I memorized and held on to every day during a deeply difficult season in my life. These words of King David - describing our God as a shield, our Glory and the lifter of our heads - kept me from falling apart, so it was only natural I'd bring them to life with needle and thread.
Also around that time a sweet friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and knowing she had a fight ahead and was leaning on the Lord with all she had, I sent my completed stitchery to her as a mini quilt so she could hang it in her home and each day be reminded Who was holding her through that trial. Praise God she recovered and is still cancer free six years later.
Last week I was back in the Psalms and once again the power of love which flows from this verse took hold of my heart so I decided right then to stitch it again, this time to hang in my own home.
Praise the Lord this is not a season of trial at the moment, even though the issues from that dark time six years ago have not yet been resolved - but having these words of life on display at home lifts my heart to a safe place, a hopeful place, knowing that though times of trial will surely come again HE will carry us through.
Knowing WHO is my shield, WHO is my glory, and WHO is lifting my head when darkness tries to pull me down where I do not want to be, carries my heart and thoughts to safety and sanctuary. To God my Father.
I've made a few little design changes to this new version of "You Lord Are My Shield" and I do hope you'll stitch it up for yourself or someone you know who may need it.
The pattern is my gift to you, but as Father God is my creative source you'll need to thank Him - after all, every good gift comes down from the Father.
I displayed my mini quilt quite simply, adding 1" lengths of aqua and pink tonal fabrics for borders and finishing with an envelope closure (something I'm rather fond of these days) and hand quilting in the ditch.
A burst of inspiration for a quilt hanger came about yesterday as I was cleaning this gorgeous jewellery tree that Rosie gave me a few years back...
See the tiny little bird perched atop a small branch?
I thought what if I tied the mini quilt to the branches with the wee birdie peeking out above?
You know, one of my favourite passages of Scripture since giving my life to Jesus twenty eight years ago is Matthew 10:29-31, so how appropriate that a 'sparrow', reminding me how much I mean to God, sits over another verse which carries my life forward.
May our Lord, Who loves you beyond measure, minister His gentle and fierce love deep into your being as your needle dips and turns in the sewing of His wonderful Word.