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Archive for December, 2009

A Crooked Quilt

As we began working on Mia’s quilt just this past week, I treasured the time I was able to spend with just her. She doesn’t get to touch the sewing machine, but she is very excited just to hand me the next piece to sew on. Of course we have to work on it either when daddy is home or the other two babies are sleeping, but we seem to find a way to squeeze in a few stitches here and there, and, even though I haven’t sewed anything since 8th grade sewing class, it’s turning out better than I thought! (We believe the crookedness adds character.)

As people, we do tend to always make time for what is most important to us, don’t we? As I ponder these things it just makes me think of the Lord. There are so many things to do and see – especially at Christmastime. People are just extremely loaded down with errands, programs, work and deadlines. I pray you’ll find time to spend with Jesus alone in the midst of everything else. Sew a few stitches into your relationship with Christ. You’ll probably look back on your quilt of life and see more than a few crooked fabrics, but if they are all held together by the stitches He sewed with you, it will be the most beautiful quilt you’ve ever seen.

“For this One (Jesus) has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” ~Hebrews 3:3-4

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Extremes

 I have been struggling desperately with my mother’s mental illness in recent days. Some days I’m so depressed it’s hard to breathe, but most days I’m fightin’ mad. Angry. Angry because she doesn’t put up with sound reason or logic. Angry that she has no idea what is good for her. Angry that, in her mind, I am the opposition rather than the guide. Angry at myself for not finding a way to fix her. Angry at God for refusing to cure her. I’ve tried running away but, physically, I can’t run any farther. Even if I could it wouldn’t help.

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