My hope is that this blog is like a visit between friends. I enjoy hearing from you and will try to reply to you in the comment section right after your comment, so stop back by and continue the conversation. - Patty

January 19, 2013

doing what you love

"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.  Don't be impressed with yourself.  Don't compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."  Galatians 6:4 MSG

I am drawn to color...flowers and fabric and paint and paper and ribbon and buttons, oh my!


I can't imagine my life without it.  I believe even if I wasn't living in a place that gave me such full access to colorful things I would still seek them out.  I would figure out a way to turn the vibrant colors of flowers into paints and dyes.  I am just wired that way.



Turning that love into a vocation has been a dream come true for me.  For so long I compared what I did to others and never felt what I did was as good, or good enough.  The encouragement of family and friends (like you) has given me the courage to share what I love to do with others.


The positive response to my little shopette on Etsy, has led to a couple of other dreams that will be coming together in the near future.

I will be teaching a bible study to single moms that will also include making beautiful bible verse tags in March....and I just agreed to teach a banner making class this spring at my local quilt store. 

 
It has taken me a long time to figure out that doing what you love...whatever that creative expression is that brings you joy, is service to God.  He gave you that creative ability to use for others.

Oswald Chambers says, "God gets me into a relationship with Himself whereby I understand His call, then I do things out of sheer love for Him on my own account.  To serve God is the deliberate love-gift of nature that has heard the call of God.  Service is expressive of that which is fitted to my nature..."



Service is expressive to that which is fitted to my nature...I love that.  What I love to do...what you love to do...that is meant to be our service.  That is how God equipped us to serve.  Our only responsibility is to do it!

Happy Weekend.

xo, Patty

20 comments:

  1. Patty - I so agree with what you wrote about. I have come to a place in my life where I need to do what I feel the Lord wants me to do. I love being home and doing my blog and my Etsy shops. I feel like that gives me so much more time to do the things I want to do - like helping others, grandchildren, etc. I still don't do as much as I should but, finally, I've realize that's what I want my life to be. Knowing what HE wants me to do and doing it!!

    Judy

    PS I just LOVE my heart you made! Gorgeous. You do beautiful work and I love the scriptures.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing what those lovely yards of fabric will become . . .

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  3. Patty they will all be so blessed by your teaching. I love the colors you have gathered and the vintage fabrics.

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    1. Elaine, The banner class will be offered as sewn or no sew. I already told Shelly that I expect to see both of you in the front row!

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  4. Patty, that is so exciting. I totally agree with everything you said! When is the class???
    xo Kris

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    1. We haven't finalized the date but hopefully late February. I will let you know as soon as it is confirmed.

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  5. the vase is too beautifull i also agree with you..

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  6. I love that verse in Galatians and what a wonderful praise to God and your opportunity to serve.

    Thanks for sharing! Love your fabric choices!

    Many blessings

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  7. I think it's very exciting that you'll be teaching a banner class. Have fun!
    -Karen

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  8. All the best with the class. I know you will be a blessing.

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  9. Thanks so much for the lovely reminder that what we love is so connected to God's plan for how he wants to use us. Blessings!

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  10. Lovely blog and nice photos !
    The fabric are so beautiful !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Olympia.

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  11. I am so happy for you! You should be so proud of yourself! Good things are happening for you and well deserved! Love your fabrics!

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  12. What a beautiful post Patty.
    Everything you create looks perfect to me.
    Your spirit is obvious.

    Have a beautiful weekend,

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  13. Following your dreams and being obedient to God's calling. I'm sure your heart is overflowing. Good for you!

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  14. Patty,
    I love the scripture at the beginning of this post!!!
    Although my designs are made with paper, I, too, find that fabric is a great inspirational tool for me when I'm creating. Following your dreams is such a rewarding experience in life!!! A true sense of fulfillment!I'm grateful that we are both able to do those things which we love, our heart's desire!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. Hello Patty, what a lovely post . . . service to others is pure love and joy. I'm excited for you and your new class. God bless you.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  16. Hello Dear Patty!

    Such a sweet and refreshing post! Loving one another and giving of service is what our time here on earth is all about! LOVE the colors of your fabric! Can'y wait to see what you make with them!

    Have a wonderful week my friend!
    Love ya,
    Maryjane

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  17. Your post is wonderful. What an exciting time for you! We were out of town this past weekend and I went shopping in a historic old town filled with quaint shops. I walked into a cross stitch store and rediscovered my past joy of stitching. Excited to work these fingers again....

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  18. This is so true Patty, sometimes it does take a lifetime to find what you love. It has for me! But I am learning how to use it for God and that is the happiest feeling ever:>)
    Wonderful post!

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