Hi I’m back! (Again)

It’s been awfully quiet over here. If you’re still subscribed to this small corner of the internet, thank you for sticking around. 🙂

I’m doing alright. The Quilted Rose Co. has kept me very busy. I’m currently working on restocking my shop. I can’t believe that I’m doing what I have prayed for and dreamed of for several years. Etsy definitely wasn’t what I had in mind when I thought about starting this endeavor but it made sense the more I prayed about it and so far it’s working out really well!

I’m still at the trophy shop and I still love it. I’ve got two of the best jobs in the world, y’all. I can celebrate people’s achievements during the day and I can create and quilt at night.

I *do* sleep eventually. There have been a lot of nights when I have had trouble sleeping. The worst is when I’m exhausted but sleep won’t come. My mind will race and I’ll be thinking about my next project or my next task. Or I’ve stayed up too late working on something and I’ve caught a second wind. During those nights I’ll talk to the Lord or I’ll sing in my head until I drift off. Waking up the next day is a struggle though, I’m not gonna lie.

I just finished a Bible study on God’s Priceless Woman with a dear friend. We looked at the Proverbs 31 woman and the godly woman described in Titus 2. Then, each week following, we studied a different woman in the Bible and a characteristic mentioned in the above passages. I’ve really enjoyed having someone to study with and pray with on a weekly basis. It has helped keep me accountable in my personal study time and in other areas in my life. The fellowship has been sweet and encouraging to me and it’s been something that I’ve needed in this season of life.

I just came back from a whirlwind family reunion. The whole family drove up to Chicago for the weekend and we saw all of our cousins on both sides. It was wonderful to see everyone and the best part (at least for me) was to give my grandmother her new quilt.

She had asked me to make her a quilt about two years ago and sent me all of the fabric for the fans. I had worked on it off and on, in between moves, school, work, and The Quilted Rose. Now it’s finally completed and in its new home. My first custom order as The Quilted Rose Co. 😊

I am in the process of looking for a car and getting my license. It’s been a slow process, mostly because it’s not a priority for me. 😜

And for those of you who have been following the saga of our nasty next-door neighbors, we have gotten word that they have put their house up on the market! Mom says there will be no premature celebrating…but we’re all praying they move out fast and better neighbors will replace them.

That’s it for now, I think. Hopefully there will be more to share in the coming months and perhaps more sleep(?) Thank you again for sticking around!

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(Part 5)

July 22, 2017

Y’all. I got up at 6:15 on a Saturday. That never happens, like ever. But I did and I had this urge to get up. So I did, and without a second thought, I grabbed my Bible, my journal, and a pen, and ran downstairs.

As I watched the sun wake up and stretch its rays over the rooftops and kiss the leaves “good morning”, I was reminded of the Lord’s faithfulness. His mercies are new like the new day dawning. He is more faithful than the sun that rises and sets day in and day out. I spent the hour copying James 2 in my journal, and writing my prayers to the Lord. I remember feeling refreshed. I wasn’t tired one bit, even though I went to bed late and woke up an hour or two earlier than usual.

Later on in the day, I was able to talk to Mrs. Avis. She is my dear friend, mentor, and prayer partner. I cannot begin to tell you how much the Lord has used her in my life. I have only seen her in person maybe three times. Her health issues have kept her home-bound for the time being, but that doesn’t stop the Lord from using her. I admire her faith and her love for Him so much. She has encouraged me so much through text messages, emails, and the occasional phone call. She is one who asks the hard questions. You know, those deep questions that you need to take a good look inside yourself and inside the Scriptures to find the answers to. She always, always listens to what is on your heart and she does not speak until you’re finished. She is so kind and compassionate and loving. With every struggle that I have shared with her, she has encouraged me to use the shield of faith to quench the devil’s fiery darts and to use the sword of the Spirit to combat the lies I have let myself believe.

During this particular conversation, I was amazed at how the Lord had so intricately worked in both of our lives. The spiritual struggles I was having were struggles that Mrs. Avis had experienced either years ago or just recently. We both were asking the Lord, “why?!?!? What do You want from me?” The emotions we felt were so alike. Though our circumstances were so different, the Lord had paralleled our lives in such an astounding way that comforted my heart. There was someone who understood the questions I was asking. There was someone who felt the same way I did. There was someone who experienced the same hurt and frustration I was feeling, made it to the other side and was telling me the outcome of it. There was someone who could say, “I’ve been there. I know how you feel. This sucks, but God is faithful.

I appreciated how Mrs. Avis reminded me that the Lord never wastes an opportunity to teach us more about Himself. The place that we are in no matter how difficult or easy it is, is the classroom that the Lord has picked to teach us a lesson that we need to learn. These lessons are for our good and for His glory and though it may hurt now, one day we will look back and see how God’s hand was at work in our lives.

I love how after we talked and listened and cried, we took turns praying together. I remember as Mrs. Avis prayed for my grumpy neighbors, I didn’t have any anger or hatred or bitterness clinging to my heart. I was still sad, but I was okay. I had finally let go and said, “Lord, this is in Your hands. I love You and I trust You.”

It’s at times like these when we’re open and honest and vulnerable that our love for each other grows. When you see what the Lord has done in the other person’s life and you see how far they have come to know Him, you cannot help but rejoice with them and praise the Lord for His marvelous works. On the flip side, if you have found someone who has heard the nitty-gritty, not-so-proud-moments of your life and still loves you the same, (if not even more), you, friend, have found a treasure. I am so grateful for Mrs. Avis and the community in my life that consists of people from all different seasons of life and different phases of faith that have encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. Without these people, I would not be the girl I am today.

I would highly recommend finding a spiritual mentor, accountability partner, or prayer partner. Find someone you know and trust who is older and has been actively walking with the Lord longer than you have. I would suggest looking for one who is two or three seasons ahead of you. You know who that person is. Be honest with them. Listen to what they have to say. Search the Scriptures together. Pray together. Grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ together. This is what the body of Christ is supposed to look like. It is a community of broken people who have been healed and restored by the Creator of the universe and who have committed their lives to know Him and make Him known.