Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour, that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote o faith,
and give me a desire to show forth thy praise, testify thy love, advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, my lamp burning, my ear open to thy calls, my heart full of love, my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me, thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach, thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct, thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear by my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.
~ from The Valley of Vision
**photo credit Will Davis
Every now and again it’s fun to try a different sort of project and this time around it was stitching onto the cover of a moleskin journal.
I don’t know what it is about these books (that come in a variety of sizes, colors etc) but just holding one makes me feel like I could write buckets and buckets of amazing words. They are just lovely little books.
I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts and while I’ve been keeping a list over at a constant pursuit, I was prompted by reading to actually start my list beyond just the Mondays when I type it on the computer. And that warranted a trip to Target for a set of moleskins.
“eucharisteo” is the phrase she often repeats. It’s a giving of thanks. It is a posture of life that focuses on all the blessings that God bestows on us…the lovely and the ugly-beautiful. It is seeking to find His touches of grace in our lives. It is a life-changing perspective and one that I’m praying daily to have.
Moleskins are a lovely thing to practice stitching on. The only difference is that you have to pop a guide whole through before stitching, unlike when using fabric you can “see” the line through. These books in particular where pretty easy to poke through; not too thick. That said, I wouldn’t stitch more than a few words. Your fingers will thank you later.
Instead of sharing what’s in my basket this week,
I’m sharing 37 blessings….over here in this space.
Because it’s my birthday!
I’ve blogged about it lightly here at daisyeyes, but just a reminder that you can also find me blogging over here.
When I started daisyeyes, it was a combination of my crafting, sewing and writing. This past winter I decided to separate the two. So, if you have missed reading my random thoughts (ha ha). Check out a constant pursuit.