Prayer, Embroidery Hoops and Kitchen Towels


Prayer, embroidery hoops, and kitchen supplies – that’s what has been on my mind lately! What do those things have in common, you might be asking? Keep on reading.

After our return from our mission trip in Acuna, Mexico my brain has not stopped thinking about the next class we will be teaching there. The ladies were excited about learning how to embroider. They want to learn to make beautiful kitchen linens. Now that’s something I can get excited about. Automatically my brain has begun to plan the project as well as all the supplies that will be needed. Sometimes my brain will not shut off long enough for me to sleep at night! In the past few weeks I have found myself wide awake in the wee hours of the morning thinking about my newfound sisters in Christ. Their enthusiasm and joy draw my heart and prayers to them often.

Over the years I have come to realize the only way to handle these sleepy dilemmas is to pray and then make a plan that is hopefully Holy Spirit directed. After the plans were on paper I realized the supply list was long and more costly than I had anticipated. That presents another dilemma. How to fund the project. Actually, that’s not much of a dilemma. Here’s what I think. God kept me awake thinking, planning, and praying so He’s got it! I don’t have to worry.  Now I can experience Proverbs 3:24!

When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24b NASB

Today my daughter and I went garage sale shopping. She was looking for items to decorate her Vacation Bible School room this summer. I was looking for kitchen/ cooking items for our Arizona mission trip. I was looking for dish towels, pots, pans, crock pots, and those kinds of things. I was successful. I got 15 very usable items for under $10!

I decided to take a look at the craft items. Just because you never know what you might find. There scattered across a table where several wooden embroidery hoops the perfect size for the Mexico project. Some of the hoops were priced and some were not. The prices varied greatly. I gather them all up, 9 in all, and took them to the checkout station. After explaining what I was going to do with them, the woman at the checkout let me have them all for a dollar and a half! That makes each embroidery hook about 16 cents. That’s a $1.62 saved on each one!! Like I said before when God makes his plan He knows how He’s going to fund it!

Over and over again, God has called me to ministry that stretches both my abilities and my resources! This gives me opportunity to exercise my faith and experience God at work. Embroidery hoops are just one component of the Mexico project. If I were to list all the needs of the Mexico mission as well as the needs of the Arizona trip it would cover several pages! The garage sale finds today were like a heavenly kiss. Reassuring me all the needs will be meet and I don’t have to have all the answers or all the supplies right now. That’s not my responsibility.  When God calls us, He wants us to accept the opportunity to serve. To be available and ready. When challenges come, and they always do. It’s time to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NASB

Written by Susan


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