Do you ever meet someone and immediately know they are special and kind. That is how I felt about Nancy when I met her years ago. We have such kindred spirits and share so many of the same loves. She has an amazing yard and garden, is crazy gifted at quilting (sewing in general) and my friend loves a curbside find just like I do! Nancy’s heart is thoughtful, intentional and humble. The ministry she shares through her gift is inspirational to me. I hope it is to you as well. God really melted talent and his love together in her. If you get to meet Nancy in person be prepared to have a new friend. Her heart will just give you a big old hug and welcome you with joy. So glad our hearts met.
I love that Nancy is at a little different stage in life than me. It gives me so much wisdom to pull from. Here are a few thoughts I have about the information shared today: 1. It is important to have friends in peers from all ages and stages in life. It is the model of the Titus women. You can be influenced and influence others at any time in your life. Never feel to old or young to share your gifts with others. 2. Hone in on your gifts and spend time with them when you are young. Lots of the things we are good at and enjoy show up at a young age. Practice them, study them, grow your gifts. They will serve you all your life, in all seasons to varying degrees. The more time you let pass without developing your talents the more likely you are to let them go, get to busy and ignore the seeds God placed inside you. BUT…it is never to late to start growing what God gave you. He will water his seeds in due time. 3. Pray while you serve – you can be praying over anything you do. Cooking a meal, sewing, painting, decorating. If you want to truly give your gifts and talents back to the Lord, pray while you work. You can pray for strangers who might received the fruits of your labor, like Nancy does. You can pray for healing, salvation, protection, peace…anything for the person on the receiving end of your offering. Isn’t that an amazing feeling to know someone you don’t even know could be praying for you right now? What a blessing you can give through prayer. 4. Serving with your gift can bring you peace. When you are making quilts for war veterans or sick children it can be easy to get caught up in the sadness that runs rampant in our world. By doing your part, contributing in the way God designed you to contribute, it can bring you to a place of surrendering that worry and sadness to the Lord. He is the only one who can really bring peace to the tragedy that swirls around us. It feels good to know you are a part of something bigger than yourself. 5. Your gift can connect you to the world around you. Nancy is very active with her quilting guild. Through the guild she has made lifelong friends. Friends that she laughs with, shares her talents with, serves with, they are her prayer warriors and gifts from God. If you struggle with making friends, find yourself at home alone longing for relationship, your talents is a good place to start. There are so many groups, clubs and organization for a wide array of crafts and talents. What an amazing way to connect with people who you immediately have something in common with. You may meet believers that help you strengthen your walk or non believers you can witness to. So get out there and find a spot to snuggle into! Check out some good links below and this super easy craft that Nancy shared with us today… Here are some links and information about the groups/organizations/stores Nancy loves: Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild Lone Star Quilt Works All Around The Block in Giddings, TX 979 N. Leon Street, Giddings, TX 78942 phone: 979-542-2782 Habitat For Humanity Quilts of Valor Nancy knows I can’t sew a button on to save my life. She was so sweet to share an easy craft that a non sewer like me can do! Here are the supplies you will need: fabric – at least two colors, more if you want Small rope or twine Wonder Under, or some other type of fusible adhesive Letters printed in reverse pencil scissors iron/ironing board 1. Trace your backwards letters onto the Wonder Under and cut them out 2. Cut strips of fabric into the shape and size you want your banner flag to be. You can do square like here, triangle, scalloped…the possibilities or huge, be creative! Pinking shear or fun scissors add extra interest and a more finished looking edge. You could also use Burlap or a fabric that frays on the edge for a fun look. 3. Iron your letters (or cute shapes for holidays, etc.) onto the fabric banner. 4. Iron a small strip of Wonder Under to the inside edges of your banner to adhere it together. Be sure to leave an opening for the rope cord. (or you can lay the cord in place when you iron the banner sides together so you don’t have to thread it through later) 5. You may want to add fabric strips in between the letters, or tie knots in the rope/twine to help hold each flag in place. 6. Decorate with your cute new personalized project!!!
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