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I knew the question would come up at some point "What does stitching have to do with your faith?"
The answer can be as simple as saying either "It has nothing to do with stitching" OR "God created me to create things with a needle and a thread." I instantly add in the reason, the excuse for piles and all the praise right back to Him...and then, as simple as it may be, I do my very best to complicate it.
I am really good at that.
It is a skill.
It is not really a bad "complicate" all the time what starts like this:
ends up complicated looking like this through the process...
But just like life, out of the piles, tangles and knots, God created me to look past the scraps to create things like this :
I stitch and then use the examples I create as a spring board to teach you, share with you, encourage you and hopefully inspire you to take a closer look closer at the "YOU" God created you to be, well and stitch, duh. The experiences I have in the beginning, through the process and what happens as a result of my stitches have everything to do with faith and THAT is what I document.
While I may "do the work" of designing, stitching, reminding, teaching, encouraging and sharing, I do not take credit for all of the stuff that comes out of my head and through my hands...
That is all God.
To see what dies I used to create most of the projects pictured above, just click on the photo.
Whether you journal, document and illustrate your faith in the margins of a Bible, on the pages in your planner or on a post-it note, the most important thing is that you are doing it. You are in the Word and when art and faith collide, great things happen.
Now with that said, be prepared for the dang enemy to rear his ugly head right in the middle or most likely, before you even start because he does not want good things to happen. He is going to do a really good job helping you compare your work with others, encourage you to hesitate starting because you might mess up and possibly even focus more on what products you are using rather than the purpose.
I feel pretty confident to say that it happens to all of us and continues to regardless of how long we have been creating in and by faith. Here is the good news: he (the enemy) is not the boss of you and when (not if) you start comparing or continue to hesitate starting, just recognize WHY and WHO is prompting you to second guess, procrastinate and compare. Once you have done that, re-align yourself with truth, remember the purpose and then get to work. (permission granted to give him the hand, the middle finger emoji or just shout out "NOT TODAY")
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There is no one way, right way or wrong way to document your faith. It is not about any one product or even a finished project. It is about the purpose and the process. It is about documenting the ups and downs & ins and outs of your everyday life and the how's, when's and where God is working on you, in you and through you.
When life, faith and art collide something happens. Maybe it is a feeling, a memory, something physical, relational, amazing, tragic, beautiful, life changing, big, small or right in-between, that is what you want to document. It can be in the form of a written journal page, a photograph, a quote or verse that is taped into a page in your planner, a painting created on a canvas or a doodle on an envelope. The important thing is that you document it so that you can remember it, refer back to it, pray about it and thank God for it.
Documenting your faith can be done with a pencil, pen, needle and thread, paintbrush, crayon, camera, marker, typewriter, keyboard..whatever you have, heck..it can even be a tattoo.
The most important thing to do is do it.
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