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The day my friend Chardell invited me to the Bulverde Quilt Group (www.quiltgroup.bulverdeumc.com), I had no idea of the journey God was about to take me on.
When they announced a Color Pencil quilt challenge I felt the Lord say, “I want you to do this, I have something I want to give you.” I silently fought the idea and then finally said “OK”. The colors I drew were Red and Blue. The design was still unknown and so it began.
The word LOVED kept echoing in my thoughts. God was making this so clear — a simple block with “Loved” in the center. The block came together nicely, and I was done, so I thought. The next evening my granddaughter was quoting John 3:16. Then it hit me. That is the “Loved” that this quilt message was pointing to. So, I added this scripture to the quilt. Finally, I thought, this quilt was done.
The next morning in my quiet time, Genesis 2:7 took my mind back to the quilt. The heartbeat of mankind was the next step to this quilt. “… man became a living being.” I knew God was the creative director of this quilt from the beginning, but excitement was filling me as He slowly led me in what to do. I just had to be still and listen. The following morning, I was still spending time in Genesis, “…they took and ate.” Death/sin was now woven in to mankind. A bold, dark separator shows how distant they felt from God. However, the white boundary surrounding the darkness represents that God is still ever present, never leaving us. The next few weeks fell silent. I was sure God had more, so I waited.
John 1:12-13 was declaring “those who receive him, are given the right to be called His children.” With great joy, I recreated another dark strip. Only this time, it was flooded with hearts — representing those being born again in Jesus’ name!
Now my husband and I together waited eagerly to see how God would close out this quilt. It was on a Sunday morning. CrossBridge Community Church’s Pastor was preaching and quoted John 15:9, “As the Father loved me, so I have loved you, abide in my love.” I looked over at my husband and said that is it. The final step. God’s declaration of Love!
Our Pastor, Kirk Freeman often encourages us to pray an “include me” prayer. Asking God to include us in His work, to be still and listen, to journal what is bubbling up inside (in this case I quilted), and to confirm what we hear against scripture. God speaks to His people, we just need to be still and listen. For years Quilters have always made quilts to express their love for their families. This quilt is God’s declaration of love over me and you. The name of this quilt is “You are LOVED by God.”