Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The making of a Jack Russell Terrier

This is a commission of a hand embroidered Jack Russell Terrier. I first sketched the dog based on a picture, then blended short stitches to create a short haired dog effect. The red ball and collar was featured in the picture my client gave me and I thought it accented the Jack Russell's colorings very well.
Here is a picture of the quilt my client is working on with the Jack Russell embroidery.
                        The finished project! She did a beautiful job! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A path of Hope

One eerily quiet morning I was walking on a path that stretched for many miles along the waterfront. I had a lot on my mind; it was at a time when many hard situations were happening in my life. We were in the middle of a move and living in upheaval for many months and I had a hard time feeling at home anywhere. 
Walking along the path the Lord brought to my mind that everyone is on a path in this life. After walking for quite a while I was getting tired and decided to look and see if there was a shorter way around this path. Maybe there was a short cut somewhere. Instead I thought I just better stay on the path and rest on a bench for a little bit.
Immediately after I sat down a man on a bike stopped in front of me and said do you walk here everyday?
me~"No once in a while"
Do you have a family?
~" yes I do"
Then he said take care of them.
He then looked ahead up the path and said... at the end of path is home.
~"where is home?"
Then he said Heaven and rode away up the path.

I was pretty stunned actually of what he said and of course I finished the path.
Their ended up being some really good things around the corner I could not see at the time.

If you are in a place where the path seems hard and tiring and you can't see hope past the horizon.
I encourage you to press on. Things change in an instant. By giving God your difficult circumstances you can rest in the assurance that he has everything in control. 

Hebrews 12 (NIV)

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.