This month we're stitching the final block of Psalm 23 which will also complete the last internal page of the book.
Truly, what a beautiful promise Psalm 23 gives us as it draws to an end - "and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever". David knew this and did not doubt for his eternal assurance was birthed in the truths God had given him through the course of his life and that same promise of an eternal home is ours if we accept Christ as Lord and Saviour and walk mindfully in His ways.
It occurred to me this morning as I sat outside around dawn watching the moon dip lower in the sky and the sun rise out of a dark horizon that there are many, many dear women (and men) who once accepted God as Father and Creator and lover of their souls but something happened in life which caused them to doubt or reject Him.
One of the very first lessons the Holy Spirit taught me as a new believer almost thirty years ago was not to look at God through the eyes of man; not to judge Him by the way others in the church treat me; not to confuse the church with GOD Himself.
For the church is man made, filled with believers (and even non-believers who attend out of habit or tradition rather than belief) who are just as broken and sinful and prone to unpleasant attitudes and responses as we are. The church overflows with the struggles of broken humanity and from that many dear people have been hurt and turn away from God because they mistakenly see what happens within the church as coming from Him, as a reflection of His character...and that's simply not so.
God wants to nurture the best in us, He wants to see us flourish in the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control - because by this we begin to show others Who He is and the substance of His divine character.
None of us are perfect. But He is.
We are all broken in some way, but He is not. He is the Healer, the Restorer, the Eternal Hope we must cling to. If you've fallen away from the Lord, or have lost confidence in Him for any reason, turn back toward HIM, run into His arms. Seek the healing of heart and understanding of a situation that He offers.
I want to see all of you on those heavenly shores when Jesus returns. I want to meet you, hug you, hear your stories, rejoice with you and praise our Saviour together.
In case you've missed any of the previous blocks the download links are HERE where you can also see photos of the completed book. All patterns will remain free until the end of 2020. Go HERE to watch the page construction tutorial.
Next month I'll be sharing the steps to sew the book cover as well as the title embroidery.
On Friday I'll be back with a short tutorial and some photos of a few projects I recently completed. In the meantime, be blessed in all you do and say, be generous in all you have to offer, and be kind to your own sweet self because Jesus loves you.
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