Pieces of the Quilt

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Both my grandmothers and my mother made full-sized quilts. Sissy makes smaller quilted pieces. I have material stashed away that I’ve kept from the seventies in the hopes of someday making a quilt.

Each of those pieces of material I’ve saved tell a story, because each piece was cut from a garment I owned. I even have multiple quilt pattern books for the unlikely day I actually make a quilt.

Well. I did actually start a quilt when Pie was a baby, but never completed it. And I have sewn a quilted top to a bottom with batting in between, but in my mind those don’t count for creating a quilt from start to finish.

Recently, I thought about the fact quilts are made up of individual pieces of varying sizes, shapes, and colors.

Often, as in the case of the quilts my grandmothers made, those smaller pieces came from a larger garment or piece of material.

Those scraps, re-purposed from cloth no longer useful, created an item that was.

By now you may be thinking, “She’s getting ready to draw a spiritual insight between quilts and something.” And you’d be correct. So here’s what I’ve been pondering.

Our lives are made up of individual pieces, just like a quilt. Some pieces remind us of happy times. Some remind us of sad times. Some pieces are bright and colorful. Some are muted and gray.

Those individual scraps of our lives no longer define who we are. They are only a glimpse, a reminder, of who we once were.

However, when we take all those tiny pieces of our life experiences, hand them over to Jesus, and allow him to sew the pieces of our life together into a new creation, we find they become a beautiful, useful quilt.

Jesus re-purposes those events in our past, even the painful ones, that make us who we are into the person he intends us to be today.

Are you a quilter? If so, what part of the quilting process do you enjoy the most, other than the finished project? šŸ™‚

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Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Finish What You Start

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

I have a problem. Perhaps you do, too. I start things and don’t finish them.

There are sewing projects that have been cut out for years. Honest. Which I’ll probably never finish. They probably wouldn’t fit by now, even if I did complete them.

There is a cross stitch project I started the year Pilot and I married…almost twenty-five years ago. I’ve often taken it out, admired it, and thought “I should really finish this.” Only to place it back in the basket beside the couch and forget about it until the next time.

There are multiple stories I’ve started that sit in my desk drawer waiting to be finished.

There are books with bookmarks in them part way through. After all this time, it’s probably a given I don’t intend to finish them.

Lest you think I never finish anything I begin, that’s not true. It’s just that there are projects I’ve thought were a good idea, had every intention of completing, but allowed life to intervene and left the projects to gather dust. After a while, they didn’t seem like such a good idea nor worth the effort to complete.

When Paul wrote to the Philippians he told them he was sure God would finish the work he began in them until it was complete. God would keep on helping them grow in his grace. He would give them the strength to finish the good works they were created to complete through Jesus. He would help them finish what they started. He would make them a new creation.

Aren’t we glad God won’t leave us as unfinished projects collecting dust around the house? Something that at first glance appeared a good idea, us, but once the project was begun, the reality of all the work it would take to finish didn’t seem quite worth the effort. A little lacking in the Rate of Return column.

Any unfinished projects laying around your house? Do you intend on finishing them?

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And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns. Philippians 1:6 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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