Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday On Wednesday

I know this is only Wednesday, but I am so excited
I thought I would do my Thankful Thursday post on
Wednesday, and it is so good it would fit for the whole month
I think.

In the 1990s I came across the craft of rug hooking. I was smitten.
But then, I had very young children and no time to do things like that.
By, 2002 I thought I might have time, so I purchased a already drawn
rug on a piece of Monk's cloth. I also purchased a rug hook, but at time
the best wool to get would be at Good Will and Of course, I still didn't
have time and packed my stuff away.

In 2009, I started blogging. I found all of these ladies who did rug hooking,
and once more, I wanted to hook rugs. I needed a wool cutter though.
Money was tight and you can't eat wool or a wool cutter so being like
I am I thought up a way to get it. So I started saving a bit of money
here and there when the day came I had enough money to buy one.

But, what also happened was there was other needs that were more
important than the wool cutter. My husband was trying to make money
stretch and I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to give my husband the
wool cutter money. I put my spiritual fingers in my ears and hummed
real loud. But, you know how the Holy Spirit can just keep on, so
I took down the Clabber Girl baking powder can that I had been storing
my money in and took this bundle of money and handed to my husband.

"He looked and me and said," You know I would never ask you to do that."
I said, that I knew, but we were in this together and it would all work out."
It was a Sunday night and the next morning his phone was ringing and
he was going to be really busy. So he said, " Can you take it to the bank?"
I don't know why but that was something I didn't want to do. So I said
I would, but I cried the whole time I was in the shower, I cried all the
way to the bank, I had to sit in the car until I stopped crying long enough
to go inside. I handed the teller the money, and tears were running
down my face and I told the lady was allergies. I cried all the way home.
Of course, I had my pod cast going and Charles Stanley was talking about
complete obedience. Anything less is sin. I switched pod casts, and of course
he was talking about the same thing. I gave up.

I told the Lord that I didn't understand, because it didn't seem like a big
deal, but quietly, the Lord kept saying " Will you trust me."
I kept giving it over and over and finally I could look at rugs
again and I knew that I was finally over it and went on, I already
had all of the quilting things so I started quilting again, and I started
doing the old counted cross stitch patterns I had never done and
really I was happy and content.

Then my dear, dear Friend, Jacque at The Doodles of My Mind, Said
she was going to stop rug hooking and she felt let to give me some
of her stuff. Would I want it? I said yes, of course after I prayed about
it and asked the Lord if it was okay.
So yesterday, in the mail came this big box.

In this box was wool,

I pulled out bag after bag of already cut "worms"
in all colors.

There was a rug hooking book and patterns and
some more patterns.

There was the things you use to finish up the rugs,
even the great big needles.

She sent 3 primitive rug hooks, keys, which I am sort
of a nut job when it come to keys. I love them.

She even sent a lap stand.

Of course, in the bottom of the box was

A WOOL CUTTER!!!It has 4 cutter heads.

I sat down and wanted to cry, because God had given
to me over-flowing into my lap, way beyond anything
I ever thought of or dreamed or anything.
Me who threw such a hissy-fit God blessed me,
even me.

This is what my dining room table looked like.
I just find myself giggling and touching the wool and
telling God that I am so sorry I don't trust him like
I should.
I am reminded today of what C.S. Lewis said,

Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

That is how I feel today. I just had to share my very Thankful
Thursday post on Wednesday.
Thank you so much to Jacque to blessing my life with her friendship,
her love of God and for sending me such a wonderful gift.
Blessings today,

–C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


Verde Farm said...

Wow Kim, this post is very inspiring to me. I don't think I listen as well as I should and I know if I do God will always take care of the situation. My human control efforts are not going to matter but yet I try so hard to control things. I need to listen more and be the obedient person he wants me to be. I need to work on this. Thank you for this post--how awesome that you got that wonderful gift. It's amazing to me how wonderful the folks in blog land are!!
Amy said...

Oh Kim...I wish I could jump up and down with you in praise and then hug your neck. So much of this story is so similar to mine...and I have to say I have cried when I had to hand over the little I had saved...the other day it was a gold bracelet that had to be sold for bills...I didn't wear it much, but it still hurt to let something go I had had for 21 years.

Just recently God has given me some financial blessings like your rug is paying for Christmas and other needs...and I have been so humbled.

I just rejoice with faith if so increased this morning through your testimony...and I can't wait to see the finished product.

God's ways are higher than ours...and His economy is full of more ways than money!!!

I have to say...I am enjoying this season of life that is allowing me to create again.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...what an awesome post!!!!

Dog Trot Farm said...

Kim, God works in mysterious ways. How thoughtful and generous of Jacque, I would say Christmas came early for you this year. There is not one other item you need to begin your rug. The wool looks absolutely beautiful! I'm sure Jacque feels so wonderful knowing she could help out a blogging friend, she has such goodness in her heart. It always feels so wonderful to help someone out, expecting nothing in return. Now get hooking and make Jacque proud. Blessings to you from Maine.

TexWisGirl said...

Oh I love this! Good things for good people! What a great soul Jacque must be to pack up all that stuff and send it to you so it could spring to life in your hands now. :)

God bless everyone I've met (and everyone I haven't) in Bloggerland!

Patrice said...

I, the big mouth, am speechless! Wow!

Collquest said...

Your post is so amazing because of our AMAZING God...and patience, mercy, longsuffering..etc...
I always love reading your blog when I remember to visit. And I always promise myself that I'll keep maintaining mine but it never happens!
Thanks for sharing and of course your REFRESHING always blesses me!
I visited your friends store and she has some beautiful work displayed. I wish you well friend as you embark on a fun and rewarding chapter in your crafting life!

Kim said...

Kim, This is such an awesome post. Clearly you have touched many people with your blog and this gesture is just one of many thank you gifts.
I follow Jacque's blog as well and she is a sweetie - and this just confirms it!
I am blown away and tickled pink for you at the same time.

Janean said...

kim do you know how hard it is for me to type this through tears???? *sniff*

this is a beautiful story of Jehovah Jireh, our loving and caring Father and your honest struggle with obedience. thank you for being transparent.

it amazed me that He had soooo much more for you. you inspired me today in my journey of trusting His words, "Wait for the Lord," now 8 months of "Wait..." you helped give me courage to wait one more day.

Meg said...

Oh. my. gosh. That is amazing! You told me it was coming, but I never dreamed it would be so much! Gosh I just want to come over and roll around in it. said...

well if that doesn't just take the cake!! I absolutely LOVE the stories that testify to the very specific not only needs, but desires of our hearts!! We have some similar stories, and they always blow us away by the precise and perfect way God does things.

Hook away Kim, and cut your wool and enjoy every single minute!!

Happy December, Merry Christmas and Hallelujah!!!

Julia said...

God has poured his Spirit heavily on you Kim and you have been blessed in many ways. Enjoy you good fortune and now show us what you can do, for the Lord gave you these gifts and he surely also has gifted you with hooking talents. Sometimes we discover our hidden talents late in life. JB

Unknown said...

God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
So happy for you in what you received and that you know the Savior.

Dawn said...

And a wonderful blessing!!!!!!
Oh hugs to you!

myletterstoemily said...

dear kim,

i can't express how happy i feel for you. bless your
dear friend for sharing her bounty with you.

and bless your heart, which reminded me of the "gift
of the magi" and "her husbands's heart trusts in her."

well done, faithful one. i pray this will encourage
every heart, who is afraid to obey, that He is so

do i dare call you a 'hooker?' :)

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Such a wonderful post. I know from that box of goodies will come some wonderful rugs. Jacque is truly as good as they come.