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Giving God my Firstfruits

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I'm about to finish a very complicated and intricate piece of cross-stitch. I went to my church's CNY (Chinese New Year) party today. I was planning on waiting in a nearby cafe while working on it but I ended spending time talking to guests instead.

I was showing them what I've done so far (it's 80% complete) when they all suggested that I donate it to the church. At first I was taken aback because this took me more than 3 years to complete and I still haven't completed it yet! I have like 20% more to go.....

Then God spoke to my heart : "Give me your firstfruits". I know what that means, it means I have to give God the best that is in me. I struggled at first, because of the time and effort that it took me to complete this tapestry but I have peace in my heart now because God deserves the best that I can give Him! But I will post a pic of the completed work before I donate it to church! We are moving to a new location so we need wall deco!

I couldn't sleep until I have posted this. I'm glad that I will be remembered even after I'm gone (to Heaven) through my needlepoint work. I know that God will ultimately decide when I go but I'm ready to go anytime but I guess my work here on Earth isn't done yet!

Sorry if I sound morbid but I have a chronic illness and I'm on dialysis. So, I'm on shaky ground!
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    1200 days ago
    1209 days ago
    I'm already knowing the generous and giving person that you are, a gift like that to your church is nothing but heavenly. God will be smiling down upon you for the rest of your days which we all hope will be many many more so that you can enjoy doing innumerable more needlepoint and crocheted wonders with your talents. I APPLAUD YOU WITH THIS GENEROSITY!
    Yes you did work long and hard on your needlepoint and to give it up must have been hard, at first. You seemed to quickly realize the true nature of your gift to your church of your God given talents. The people in your church for many many generations to come will look at your needlepoint piece with wonderment. Please make sure you write a short paragraph about yourself with the request that it is to go on a (usually brass and engraved) donation plaque to be mounted beneath your artwork. Spend some time thinking what it should say. It must be thoughtful. You're so good with words and feelings, I'm sure it will read beautifully.
    Keep your eyes on the prize.
    1209 days ago
    We don't know how long we will be on Earth but it is all in His hands and He decides who will go. So we all are terminal until He comes to take us home or at the rapture and then we will live forever with Him.
    1214 days ago
    How beautiful! *hugs* May the good Lord strengthen you as you strive to restore your good health. Holding you close in thought & prayer that Father will heal you, dear heart. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1215 days ago
    One of the ladies in our church congregation made a counted cross stitch picture of our church building, and it was beautiful. It's framed and hanging on the wall in the vestibule. She added her name in cross stitch and the date she completed it on the bottom of it; perhaps you could do that with your project.
    1215 days ago

    HOW COOL !

    YOU have a TALENT.
    What you have posted for us
    to see has been BEAUTIFUL !

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    1216 days ago
    that's a lovely gesture. I hope all of your fellow churchgoers will be inspired to be as generous with their time and effort. I would find a way of posting a little sign that said: "it took me over 3 years to do this,...you better enjoy it"....but that's just me.
    1216 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Thank you for your gracious gift to future generations. May the Father bless you in seeing your faithfulness rewarded.
    1216 days ago
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