Happy Sunday and welcome back for another set of blocks for my scripture quilt! We are nearly halfway there, can you believe it? I hope you have been keeping up or at least have been grabbing your blocks each week. Here in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer and sometimes that means less stitching as gardening and outdoor activities beckon. Needle and thread will wait for the cold winter winds to blow in snow and ice. Then we will be wrapped up with a cozy quilt ready to spend the dark evenings stitching away!
This is such an interesting psalm. It speaks of all sorts of horrible events, both in nature and man-made, but through it all God is our refuge. It is so easy to get caught up with everything going on around me and get my eyes off the Lord. I know that I need to be anchored in Him. I know that I can’t weather the storms if I am too busy listening to the storms and not to His still small voice. It’s a choice to remove myself from situations and events to keep my vision clear. My husband and I made the choice years ago to live in the country, away from the clamoring of the world as much as possible. It’s also a choice to turn off tv, radio, social media, etc. to also remove those distractions. The world is out there. The drama is out there. I don’t need to engage in it and I don’t need to bring it into my home. And I choose not to. The drama and confusion will continue, or cease, regardless of what I do, so I choose quiet and peace. I choose to turn on the only voice that truly matters by getting in the Word daily. How can I be still if my foundation isn’t built on Him? Any other foundation will shift and tumble. I am building my life on the Rock and that’s where I plan to stay.
I chose to make a very simple design for the second block this week. I wanted to keep the circular theme as well as the essence of the verse in being still. I wanted to give the idea of a wreath without the block being too busy. I wanted the colors to be soothing. Trees represent strength and endurance to me. I love the tall old trees on our property. They remind me that if my roots grow deep into the fertile soil of God’s Word I can grow and withstand the storms that come my way. They also remind me of faith and family and history. When you plant a tree you have faith that someday it will offer shade, protection and beauty to your home. When you plant a tree and watch it grow you are writing the story of your family. You are putting down roots and giving your children a place to come home to. Families are being lost at an alarming rate these days and I am trusting the Lord that the seeds we have planted will grow into a strong family tree. I pray that my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren come home often and sink their roots down into the solid foundation we are building for them.
I am choosing to Be Still this week and seek His face. There are many things on my heart and I long to drink from the well that never runs dry, remembering the HE IS God and He holds all things in His hands.
Don’t forget that these blocks are free all week. You can find them here. Next Sunday they will still be in my shop albeit for $5 and the next ones will be ready for you.