"Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates." ~ Proverbs 31:31
See the beautiful doily above?? This doily was crocheted by my precious mother especially for me to give away to one of you for my September Giveaway Extrvaganza! She chose the pineapple motif, because the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality!
Through the years my mother would often sit with my father to watch football games, golf, and other things on TV that she had little to no interest in, just to spend time with him. She was not one to ever be idle, so her hands would be flying and her knitting needles clicking, as she worked on her latest hand project -- usually knitting or crocheting a baby gift for someone. At least, that is what I remember her working on the most! She was also an excellent seamstress, who made the majority of our clothes, so she wisely ordered her work and saved her hand-sewing to do in the evenings as she sat in the family room beside my Dad. Numerous dainty doilies have emerged from her flying fingers over the years! She even made me a gorgeous crocheted table cloth that took her hundreds and hundreds of hours to complete!!
"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands." ~ Proverbs 31:13
My Mom is a beautiful illustration of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31! Every one of the verses could be applied to her life! However, most importantly, she learned the secret of the Proverbs 31 woman, which is found in verse 30 ~ "Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
My Mom developed a sweet dependence on the Lord by learning to trust Him with a lifetime of suffering. Her mantra is "Jesus is the blessed controller of all things!" (1 Timothy 6:15, Phillips translation) She knows that nothing takes Him by surprise, and everything that happens to her is filtered through his fingers of love! And that is why she has been able to forgive her offenders, love her enemies, rejoice in Him even though her body is ravaged by disease, and trust Him no matter what twists and turns her life takes.
In addition to the beautiful, heirloom quality doily above, I am giving away a CD of my Mom's powerful testimony. If you or someone you know has staggered under the weight of guilt and despair that comes from enduring abuse, lifelong debilitating illness, a rocky marriage, a severely sick child, progressive hearing loss, and so much more -- you will want to enter to win this copy of her amazing testimony! It is truly life-changing!
To enter, just leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win this giveaway. I'm praying God directs me as I choose a winner. (The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD. ~ Proverbs 16:33)