Patterned by God’s Design

A great place to do to a retreat is at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center.  I am remembering one in particular, “Patterned By God’s Design” given by Dr. JoAnn Forbes. I spent the weekend on these holy grounds thinking about my past. We were to bring our favorite quilt and at that time I had one. Each of our quilts had a story. Growing up we were very poor and my mother made us girls our clothing as we got older, but as she became older, it became a task so we got second hand thrift store clothes. When we were adults living our own separate lives my mom said she was making a lap quilt for a family reunion that they would auction off for the highest bidder. The funds were to be given to families to help with the cost of their flights from Germany. My mom never made us girls a quilt. With that idea I really wanted that quilt, we were bound to North Dakota from Louisiana. The bidding began and it became a challenge because somebody across the room wanted that quilt as much as I did. I couldn’t see the person because of all the people. Yes I finally won the bid at $75.00 and back then that was a lot of money for small quilt. Well I found out a few minutes later my little sister and I were the ones bidding over each other. My mom’s says if you wanted a quilt that bad I would have made you both one. I told my story at Rosaryville in the chapel that weekend. It brought tears to my eyes realizing how hard our mom worked for us as children. We thought we were poor kids but the truth is we were blessed to have a mom that cared enough to take time and a lot of hard work to simply just love us. I looked at my beautiful daughter with tears running down her precious face as I told the story. I went and wrapped that quilt around her because, in that quilt that meant so much to me, was so much love holding one my precious gifts in my life my child. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2  #GivingTuesday #livetransformed #Rosaryville #DominicanSistersofPeace #quilts #sewing 


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