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Quilting Encouragement with Mary Tatem
A recent visit to Yosemite National Park kept us craning our necks to look up at the magnificent granite mountains that surrounded us. Regardless of which direction we faced, immense pillars of stone reached to the sky, dwarfing even the tall Pines and occasional Sequoia. Beauty surrounding us. From the sounds of water crashing from tall mountain ledges to the caw of iridescent Ravens foraging for food, our ears were as absorbed with the of beauty as our eyes. We left for home, our hearts bursting with thankfulness for the world God made for us to enjoy.
Although there aren’t any mountains towering over my house, nor cascading waterfalls, to astound my senses, I hope I can remain just as thankful for the beauty where God has put me in my everyday life. Instead of a mountain, there is my neighbor’s house where love resides and covers me each time my path crosses with the lovely people who live there. Instead of waterfalls, there are colorful leaves which decorate my trees and cascade to my lawn in the fall. Instead of large Ravens, there are perky Robins who grace my bird feeder.
God help me always be aware and thankful for the beauty You provide to my daily life. I want to stay as appreciative of the smaller, ordinary world You gave me as I am with the larger, magnificent vistas You have made. May we all remain alert to the beauty You put around us.
Mary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God. She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.
As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.
Bob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:
Lord God Almighty, I confess that I have sinned against you through my own fault, in thought and word and deed, by what I have done and by what I have left undone.
I confess that I have too often trusted my own strength instead of relying on yours;
I have let my puny ability suffice when I could have and should have laid hold of your ready power.
I confess that I have chased after mammon, and written for mere money,
instead of seeking first your kingdom and your glory, and writing to please you.
I confess that I have been jealous of other writers and their success,
and have been ungrateful for all the kindness you have shown me.
I confess that I have taken shortcuts in my writing
and have been lazy in the hard work of planning and researching,
of editing and rewriting,
of reviewing and proofreading.
I confess that I have neglected prayer,
as if my activity is more important than yours in my writing.
I confess that I have chosen leisure over discipline,
speed over craft,
and my voice instead of your voice.
Thank you for the assurance of your forgiveness through my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Bob’s latest book is The Bard and the Bible, available now via Bob’s website or at fine Christian retailers everywhere.