Much in life seems to come against us. There is so much that is not in our control. Thus, we need to do what we can do to put ourselves in a position to succeed. Someone struggling to lose weight can’t stock the kitchen with junk food and expect to abstain, the one struggling to do well in school or at work can’t stay up late and expect to concentrate, another wanting to save money can’t go shopping every day and expect not to spend. Instead, the one wanting to prosper must put themselves in a position to do so. They must prepare. So often we expect to prosper without preparing. Preparation is something that has to be done so that something else can happen in the future. Make the things you need to prosper more accessible and that which hinders you from prospering less accessible. It’s a matter of position and preparation. What are you preparing for?
“I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. “
I Cor 7:35
We have so many distractions begging for our attention. Even things that are seemingly good can be distractions for what is best, God’s best. Thus, we are to do whatever we can to prepare and put ourselves in a position to serve the Lord best. We are to do that which keeps distractions out of sight and the Lord in direct sight. Someone wanting to spend more time in the word would be best to keep their bible most easily accessible, another wanting to live like Jesus would be best to surround themselves with those who desire the same thing, and the one wanting to be held accountable would be best to invite people into their life to do so. Unfortunately the things we want don’t happen on their own. But, they are much more likely when we prepare and put ourselves in a position for them to be true. When we do whatever help us to serve the Lord best with as few distractions as possible. How can you best serve the Lord?
Have a great week!
Quilt Tip of the Day
Preparing your fabric for use in a project is sort of a personal preferance. Some say wash it, some say dont. I prefer NOT to wash it first. Why? The sizing in the newly purchased unwashed fabric has a sizing in it that makes it easier to cut and helps it to hold its shape better. If I have a color (like reds or blues) that I think might "run" and then ruin all the other fabs in the piece, I test it. Boil a little water in a dish in the microwave, put in a small piece and see if the water changes color, or wet it with really really hot water, and lay the scrap on a paper towel...if it fades wash it first. Another reason I like not washing it, is that there will always be a tiny bit of shirkage to the fabric. I LIKE that on my quilt. Once the piece is totally finished, quilted and everything, throw it all in the washer and dryer...I like the pucker it gets and the softness that insures... Happy quilting!