Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tapestry of Faith

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
- NKJ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

For whatever trials come our way as mothers, God has a master plan of how those threads are going to be woven into our family tapestry. It is easy to lose heart, as it seems all we are accomplishing is going back and forth, as a shuttle on a loom. We run around all day, but what do we have to show for it. This can be hard to see. After all, the picture of a tapestry does not become clear until it reaches its completion.

When our children are young, they are no where near completion, but are just starting out. It is hard to see how those individual threads will turn out, what they will look like when combined with all the others. We are working very hard to build Godly character in our children, but are not yet able to taste the sweet fruit of our labor. Slowly, eventually, we will see buds start to blossom, and we will see the beginning of the fruit they will bear.

God is the master weaver, we are only the shuttle. As God's instrument, we must receive His instruction and the His threads - every little thread, every little deed matters. Our children are watching us, our actions weave their character. It may seem like we are only running back and forth all day, but time passes quickly. Our children's tapestry is being fashioned. So take care of what threads you are weaving today. Abide in God's Word (Holy Bible), pray often, encourage each other - as we weave for the eternal and for His glory.

Thus the name my college friend and I chose for our blog - Tapestry of Faith. God wove us together more than 10 years ago in a secular university in a Christian fellowship. My prayer is that through this blog we will encourage each other and those mothers who read it. Together, we can share practical ways to run this race called motherhood, and find refreshment when we are broken.


  1. Karen,
    What a beautifully written encouragement for my heart today! I know I will come back to this post often to remind myself of the things which are not seen... the things of eternal value. Thank you. :)