Complete It

As I wrote in another post, I am working on an embroidery project. This is only the second piece that I am designing myself and it’s an interesting journey. It’s actually the first piece that I am not drawing out first but rather just doodling with thread. It started like this:DSC_0244 3

But here is how it looks right now:Butterfly embroidery

It’s amazing how self doubt starts to creep in with projects like this. I mean, who am I to think that I can just wing it and come up with a good embroidery piece? I do think with the next piece I will plan it a bit more. Maybe draw out several versions from which to choose.

And that self doubt. Well, it comes honestly. I’ve let myself down so many times. And sometimes it is difficult to think I’ll ever really live up to my potential. But God….

I love that, don’t you? But God. …  It’s not up to us! That really struck me again today as I read in Philippians. Verse 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” What a joy to realize this and really internalize it! God began the work in me and He WILL complete it. Sure, I have a LONG way to go, but He is in charge and doesn’t give up on me. I don’t need to worry or to feel guilty. Those things are from the enemy of my soul. But the Lover of my soul is sweetly crafting me…bit by bit. Unlike my project, He does have a plan…a perfect plan…and he is absolutely going to complete it!Butterfly photo

So, I continue to be inspired. Not by my own efforts, but by the Master Creator and Finisher. Who knows how this butterfly embroidery will turn out, but it will be my tiny effort to reflect His beauty.

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12 thoughts on “Complete It

  1. The trick is not to do anything when you are assailed by doubts – like unpicking the lot and howling with despair. Wait until you either know that bit is right, or know what would be better. Remember to give the Work-In-Progress that is you the time and space to work on the Work-in-Progress that is your stitching!

    • Such wise words, Rachel! I did find that when I stepped away from the piece for a bit things started to fall into place. I’ve made quite a lot of progress! Thank you for commenting and happy stitching to you!

  2. Hello Janine,
    I popped over from Stitchin Fingers, your work is lovely, I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your faith shines through and that is beautiful too.
    Kind regards

  3. I can’t thank you enough for this post, and to say God is right on time. I was praying this morning for reassurance. I have so many doubts. I have made so many mistakes and some of them are far more than mere mistakes and all SINCE becoming a Christian. How could I do such sinful things when I KNEW better? Do I really walk with Christ or am I a fake? All of these doubts plague me continually. This post speaking of being a work in progress and that God will finish what He starts was right on time. I’m saving this to reread (probably every day). Thank you.

    Also, I love your art work. Don’t stop. Sometimes the unplanned turns out much better than the planned 🙂

    • Awww, the doubts are so painful. I know. I struggle too. That’s why I love the verses that show that it is all God’s grace! What a joy to think that God used the blog post to bless you today. These verses were on my phone, Daily Bible app, today. Thought they would be an added encouragement. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously though Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7. It’s HIS work, His mercy and grace, His washing and rebirth and renewal. Praise God!

  4. Janine, I think that we are all “a work in progress”. Your artwork is wonderful and sometimes it is good to work on something without any plans at all. It is good to let our minds wander and get the creative juices flowing!!Sometimes the best things in life are things that aren’t planned out. I enjoy your artwork and can’t wait to see how you will decide to finish this one.

    • The whole creative process is so interesting. It’s almost like it takes on a life of it’s own. Definitely from the Lord! Thank you for your wonderful encouragement, Colleen!!

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