Sew Devotional

The woman who has it all.

As a stay at home mom with two children, ages 3 and almost 1, there are times when I feel like I NEVER STOP WORKING!  Actually, I don't!  My to do list is never ending, and as I try to find my own identity again, I just add more on to it!  I know I'm crazy.  No need to point out the obvious here.  I'm starting to remind myself of the Proverbs 31 woman except I don't have any servants to help me out!!!  I'm all over Proverbs 31:27..."She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."  Homemade bread is the bread of choice around here ;)

But how many times do I look at another woman and think, "Wow! She really has it all put together. And her bag is super cute to top it off!"  I may be right.  She may be one of the few women who "has it all", but I don't know what's in her bag, how many hats she's wearing, or where her shoes have been.  There used to be times that l'd put myself mentally in a new life situation just to "see" what might have been.  I can honestly tell you I have never liked the outcome.  I may not be the most beautiful, the most noble, the most energetic, or the most of anything, but with the grace and mercy of God I will look back on my life and know that I have done what I was created to do here on this earth.  That is bringing glory to Him.

By the way.  My favorite verses from Proverbs 31:

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
       she can laugh at the days to come.
 26 She speaks with wisdom,
       and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

To those of you who know me, I wonder if that surprise you? ;)


The Seam Ripper

A scary title for this Monday morning's blog, but me and my seam ripper have been best friends this past weekend!  It's one of those necessary painful things in life.  ALL OF THAT HARD WORK RIPPED APPART AT THE SEAMS! Quite literally of course.  But sometimes after working on that one thing, when we step back to look at the whole, it's just not right.  Either the stitches don't match, the seams don't line up, or maybe the foot petal got a little too happy and out of control at a very inopportune time.  That's when my little friend comes in to help.  A sewing seam ripper makes re-do a possibility without ruining the fabric.

How many times has that happened to me?  I can only see the immediate, small picture of my life.  And when my life seams to be falling apart at the seams, I need to realize that God sees the bigger picture.  He protects the fabric of my life while creating a work of art, and my life is only a small part.  I'm not saying this fact makes those hard times any easier, but it does add a different perspective.  A perspective of peace and hope.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

So I guess the seam ripper isn't so bad after all.



My husband was fabulous yesterday, helping me with the house and the kids, because I was hoping to post a new bag today, but I was using a special thread and I ran out last night just as I was getting to the final stitches!  Bummer!  Hopefully soon.  I also think I need to go find some special buttons for this one.  I can't just put any old button on something I'm making.  It adds to the personality of the whole.  Have you ever noticed that about someone?  There is normally at least one attribute that makes someone unique.  Ears, nose are obvious choices, but also the way they walk, or pronounce their "i"s (those southern bells have to be careful when they say ice!).

With my daughter, her buttons are her eyes!  The eyes are truly the window to the soul.  They tug at my heart with her changing moods.  Those baby gray blues dance and sparkle when she's excited or trying to walk.  When she's sad they turn all puppy dog and fill with tears that are much bigger then one would expect from a person so small.  She flirts, and yes, I have caught her being mischevious already.  Is she old enough for that?!?!   

The bible speaks a lot of finding favor in the eyes of the Lord.  Do I make His eyes sparkle with my decision and actions?  I know he looks at the buttons he's given me with pleasure and joy, but how do I use those for his glory?  Any unique talents, personality trait, or even a hearts desire could be your button.  What makes you sparkle.  What makes you shine?  Go shine today and love that He chose your buttons especially for you!



My blog is created today in celebration of my first online order!  YEAH!  It got my brain churning about the fabrics!  This may sound boring to you, but I LOVE IT!  I love fabric.  I would think that's what makes this hobby of mine so fabulous to me.  I love the colors, the patterns, and the textures.  Yes, I am the lady that touches everything within a 5 foot radius while walking through the department store, clothing, shoes, bags alike!  I can quickly find myself totally off track because I have to touch the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing until...where am I ?!?  Put me in a fabric store and I'll see you in a couple hours.  I'm not joking, you can ask my husband!

I know you have that favorite item that you could never imagine getting rid of because fill in the blank.  I bet you it has to do with the color, the pattern, or the feel (functionality not excluded).  It's my hope that as I post my creations you will fall in love with the fabrics like I do!  It's one of those simple things in life that can make your moment that much more special.  And then to carry that something with you wherever you go is a bonus!

I challenge everyone today to find that something special and take a moment to enjoy it, whether it be a fabulously soft sweater, a game with your 3 year old, a walk with your husband, or some quiet time with the Lord.

Gotta Go, TTYL!


I STRONGLY dislike patterns.  I always do something wrong with them.  I buy the wrong size, cut something the wrong way, or misread the directions that make NO SENSE!  I am a hands on learner.  Giving me a bunch of words with a new vocabulary in order to make something I've never attempted before with illustrations that are just as confusing (yes this is a run on sentence) is not the way to get me excited about sewing something.  Am I the only one here?!?!  Well, because of this slight malfunction I have, I make and create my own.  I figure, I know my thought process and I work with the fabric as I go.  It takes "more time", but it sure is a lot more fun.

So, this led me to think...this is just like life.  "Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is.  His good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:2

It may be easier to follow the pattern laid out in front of you, but the joy of living it uniquely in the will of the Lord is the ultimate life.  I am created, a unique individual, and I will use my skills to create something unique.  It may take me a little more time, but God's not done with me yet either!  A little TLC goes a LONG way :)

Now back to that pattern I was making..