Today a very special person, Vicky DeMartino, sent me an amazing gift all the way from California! She gave me a personally homemade, and sewn in love, quilt!!!
It couldn’t have come at a better time. I was having a “pity party”, for different reasons. I truly believe that God sent this gift through her to remind me that He is listening to my hearts desires and knows what matters in my heart, especially when it doesn’t seem like most people care about or are listening to what I say.
It’s a beautiful lap size quilt with different cups of “cocoa” on it, so it’s very heart warming. I was visiting her one year, in California, when she had been working on it, but didn’t know who it was going to be for, yet . I told her that my nick name is “Coco”, and that she could make it for me, jokingly, of course. Jokingly or not, she took me up on it, and she gave it to me because I told her that story. That was about 2 years or so ago.
As I was admiring it, God gave me a word picture about quilts and kids.
Quilts are like our children. They are conceived out of our desire to see them come to fruition; they are labored in love, over lots of sweat and time, sewing seeds of love, especially when we have to undo our mistakes; and, after so many years, we can finally see the resemblance of a finished product. Then, we give them up to someone else to be used, hopefully, in love.
I am putting my hope in God. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I pray that all the labor that I am putting into my “quilts” will bring me a sense of satisfaction and will bless someone else’s hands; whether it be to a spouse, a career, or for the use of the Lord, or all those things.
We, as parents, are helping to stitch the very fabric of our children’s lives. Will they be received well? Are we intentionally and sacrificially giving into the making or breaking of their lives?
These are all good questions to ask God to give us wisdom about. I do that almost daily because unlike a fabric quilt, I still don’t have all the pieces designed; that is in His hands.
Happy quilting! And Happy Mother’s Day!