Monday, April 19, 2010

Answered Prayers

This morning started off with yet one more prayer that God has answered for us! I must say it is a PERFECT way to start the day!!!
Some of you might know that 7 weeks ago my son-in-law was laid off. Being laid off is never a good thing and there is no "good" time for this to happen. But this was a REALLY bad time for it to happen! They are expecting their 2nd baby and were in the process of getting a new house (right down the street from us), so being short the major family income is no good. Typically I would have just stressed over this situation and would have made myself sick with worry, but this time I just gave it over to God and decided to let him handle it. So each day I prayed and thanked God for the way He was taking care of things. I prayed that when all was said and done that we would be able to see His hands in the outcome.
So as the days and weeks went by, little by little I could see the miracles happenings. The house situation went smoothly (and they should sign final docs this weeks). They have "mysteriously" had extra money appear on my daughter's paycheck and they really have not done without anything and have not had to ask for anything either. Then the phone rings today - the BIG prayer has been answered. . . .He got a job!!! Not just any ol' job, but the one he really wanted!!! GOD is GOOD!!!! I am just so happy and excited for them. And I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to see the way Father loves us and takes care of us. I just had to share this news with you all and remind you all that God really does care, He really does listen to our prayers, He really answers them too!
Here is a scripture that I try to always remember when things are tough and the one I shared with my daughter when all of this first happened - I hope it will have meaning for you as well. . .
Matthew 6:25-34
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Now on to some Baby Stuff. . .
I am getting to make all of the bedding for the new baby's nursery. They didn't want a typical baby theme or a princess or character theme so last weekend we went shopping to see what would "speak" to her. She came up with some really fun, bright fabrics - almost a Hawaian looking theme. My sewing machine has been in the shop so I couldn't start right away but I got it back Friday. So of course Saturday I got started . . .
I had over 30 yards of fabric to wash and iron before I could even get started. That took hours to do let me tell you!!! In fact I still have 15 yards of white fabric to iron - ugh. But I set my ironing board up in my bedroom and put on some chic flicks to watch as I ironed and it wasn't too bad. Once I got the ironing done I figured I might as well start on the quilt. She just wanted a simple design so I quickly sketched it out and figured out the measurements and started cutting fabric! Wanting to keep the mess all in one room (I do not have a dedicated sewing space) I decided to cut the fabric in my room too. Take note here if you sew. . . you can not use your rotary cutter and mat on a carpeted floor! Having just put in another movie and not wanting to miss it, I just moved all of my cutting to my bathroom floor! My mom thought I was crazy - but hey, it worked!!!! Here are a few photos for you from my Saturday sewing adventure. . .

Yes this is my bathroom all messed up from cutting!

Here are her fabric choices for the nursery - aren't they bright and happy

Here is my finished quilt top - my girlfriend Ruthie will be doing the actual quilting for us. You can also see my little sketch here. Ruthing will be adding the pretty teal when she binds and quilts the top.

I put the top on Monkey's crib here at my house so I could make sure it fit just the way I wanted . The new baby's crib will be white and she will have pretty butter yellow walls. Wont it all look so nice together?
So I have the quilt top done, now I just have bumper pads, a crib skirt, a canopy, pillows, window curtains and rocking chair cushions to go! I should be in the other room sewing not chatting here!!!

Well, I think I will get busy on something - not sure what? I hope you all have a great week. Be on the look out for God's hand in your life this week!!!


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