So after almost two years of stitching ..
I've finally finished my Psalms 23 cross stitch picture.
I love this picture, it's very cute and I think it will be perfect in the children's room! ( We don't have children yet but one day in God's time yes we will! )
Everyone tells me cross stitching takes a lot of patience. And it does but when I'm stitching, I'm enjoying it, I'm not in a hurry or frustrated just because I know it's going to take a long time.
I know I just need to take one stitch at a time, one picture at a time, and one day at a time and if I do, eventually I'll complete it.
Stitching is just like life!
I remember at one stage when I was single, I worried if I was ever going to get married and I felt like I had to find a perfect godly man to marry as soon as possible. but when I was worried and in a hurry to become a married woman, was I enjoying being single? Was I putting all my effort and passion into what was right in front of me?
Ummm.. NO. I could have used that energy that I used to worry for serving the Lord, my family, church or hobbies, schooling, work etc.
Psalms 23 begins with " The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. "
I know I can ask my God to bless us with children, I know I can talk to him about my needs and wants to Him in prayer at anytime! Cause He is always there for us and He loves it when His children comes to Him and seek Him in everyway.
" Jesus said, Let the little children come to me.. " Matthew 19:14
" Come, my children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the Lord. " Psalms 34:11
But we shouldn't focus only on the future and what we don't have right? It will only take away our joy!
" Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own" Matthew 6:34
I think of myself as the needle, just taking one step at a time. If I skip a square, it's obvious that I'll have to go back and fix it. If I don't fix it right away.. well it will take longer to correct my mistake.
Sometimes we make mistakes without knowing. But if we have a teachable heart, when we recognize our mistakes, we won't get angry but humbly receive the teaching, learn and move on.
I don't need to feel like time is chasing me.
Sometimes when I know I'm pressuring myself about nothing, I literally, physically turn around and ask myself " Kahoru, what's chasing you? Nothing! "
" The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. " Deuteronomy 31:8
I just need to focus on now and trust the Lord who has set the path for me.
Isn't that amazing!? Just think about it for a second, use your imagination and just picture the Lord going before you.
My cross stitch picture is like a chapter of a book in life!
I finished one chapter and I get a reward of having it beautifully framed ..
I found this cute little frame shop in downtown Dickson, Tennessee called " Best Little Frame House " and I asked my amazing kind husband take me there and I ordered a beautiful white wooden frame!
Just to inform you.. getting a masterpiece framed is not cheap.
So I think it's a good thing that it takes me so long to finish one project! haha
Kahoru Aliisa Barrett.
Half Japanese, half Australian. Grew up in Japan most of my life and lived on the Gold Coast, AUS for few years.
Blessed with 11 younger brothers and sisters.
Married to a wonderful godly man and living in the pretty woods of Tennessee, USA!
Love baking, Eating desserts, Mexican food, Swimming, Exploring nature, Hiking, Biking, Cross stitching, Reading novels, Photography.
Currently obsessed with trying out new dairy free products / making dairy free meals and desserts!