Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Child of the King

Do you ever feel discouraged, disillusioned, feeling down but don't really have a good reason cuz in the scope of things there's really nothing wrong that should be causing these feelings?

Maybe it's the weather, ya'know, dark days do tend to be gloomy if we let them.

Maybe it's the let down from a
mountain top experience.

Maybe it's missing someone that has passed from this life.

Maybe it's the empty feeling when everyone else has returned to their normal after a wonderful time together and you're the one left at home. Alone, with only your thoughts.

Ever feel like giving up, lost your hope? Thinking that there's nothing you can do, have done, or will do that has even the potential of greatness? Uninspired? Feeling useless?

You're not alone.

It's been my experience that when these dark days come that I have several choices that not only affect my attitude and therefore my day, but also my outlook for my future. It's a fight between giving into darkness or looking for light.

Seems I've been having a lot of these goofy thoughts lately....that's when God gently reminds me that I'm His kid, and that I need to look for His glory and not my own wants, needs, or aspirations of greatness. I am nothing. He is everything.

It's during these times that I need to refocus, be still, and get my mind off myself and ask to be shown the big picture, to know where He wants me. My place in this world....

I'm reminded of a wonderful passage of scripture assuring me that God is the source of my salvation and my light.

Micah 7:7-8
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation, My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is light for me.

He is the lifter of my head. I am a Child of the King! Sometimes I need a tangible reminder that this life is just a journey to my real home! Greater things are yet to come! Greater things are still to be done!

"Lift Up Your Head, You Are a Child of the King"
28 x 38
Hand Dyed Fabric
Quilted by Karen E Overton
Christmas 2009


Kathy said...

Great Post! Love the quilt.

Trudi said...

Lovely Quilt!

martusmedia said...

Incredible! Adjective! Nice work Karen!

sdgodfrey said...

That just looks like a God-inspired quilt!

SueFors said...

Both awesome and inspiring!
What didn't you like?

Karen E. Overton said...

Sue, I was hoping the design element would work on another quilt, so I was really just practicing on this one. The element got rejected and I'm still stumped with what to do on the other quilt. I was discouraged when I realized that my practice time wasn't going to yield results I was looking for on the other quilt and it was difficult to continue working on this piece thinking that it had no purpose...I'm still stumped on a design for the other quilt (sigh) and finding it hard to wait for inspiration. I'm trying to live out my post but admit that I'm human and need to be reminded that I'm forgiven and that 'it's just a quilt' (grin) and that I need to press on and not give up

Neta Caples said...

I loved what you wrote. "I am nothing. He is everything." I have to admit I cried when I read it. I am in a place I need to be reminded HE IS EVERYTHING.

The piece is magnificant. I can't believe it was rejected. Now you have a beautiful piece just for you. I don't think your hard work was a waste. God knew you needed a Christmas present, too. Who know's you might be able to create it on someone else's quilt.

Karen E. Overton said...

Thanks Neta, I rejected the design element, not what the other quilt needed.And I really needed practice on doing it anyway because it will be in a quilt some day, just not the one I was focusing on...Wasn't going to finish this practice piece but my youngest son said he wanted it, and goodness knows I don't need another UFO!! Good lessons learned so all is well.

Wendy said...

This post is awesome! We went through a loss of a grandchild this past week and this post has really touched my heart. Thank you for being so open to what God wants of you. This post has blessed me during this hard time. I love the quilt that you made. It reminds me of the glory of God and His love for us.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Wonderful post! Boy did I ever need that! Sometimes I need reminders..thank you. The quilt is beautiful.

Linda said...

Beautiful words and beautiful quilt! How awesome--a Christian sister and quilter all in one! The first day of the new year and I have met a sister in Christ! PTL! I have joined your blog!

Karen E. Overton said...

Appreciate all the kind words. Finished the binding 1/2/10 so am pleased. When I look at this quilt I want to be reminded of HIS glory and how He uses something as simple as quilting to encourage us to lift up our heads!