Thursday, April 23, 2009

SHOW & TELL ...itty bitty steps...FASHION FRIDAY

(UPDATE: I've "fissed" the link to the sandals...thanks for keeping me straight!)

I must TELL you...what guides my understanding of truth and helps me decide right from wrong. When I’m faced with a decision to do something, participate in an activity, or even form an opinion…I have a yardstick of truth to help measure out my reasoning. Things I was taught years ago by my loving Mother. (My mother used little measures to remind me of right and wrong when I was a toddler--changes in her voice to alert me, picking me up and moving me to another part of the room, or little pops on the tops of my hands to catch my attention when I was independent and not wanting to listen…when I was veering off “her path” of expectation. She always KEPT AN EYE on me.)

What got me thinking of this topic was my newest project…my SHOW for this week. A day or so ago, I finished a pair of “baby, open-toe sandals”…just click on it to go to the crochet patten, thanks Chrystal! These are definitely the tiniest little shoes I've ever made, in fact, the only shoes I've ever made! You can fit both of these little sandals in the palm of your hand...itty bitty!

(Big MaMa is hosting the 59th Edition of FASHION FRIDAY...what preemie wouldn't want to be decked out in these??!!)

I must tell you also, these little shoes will one day be worn by a preemie baby I do not know…so pray over them with me then I'll send them on their path to be given out by the church staff when someone is in need. May His Spirit ride in the souls of these little shoes and bless the little one wearing them. May these little sandals touch the hearts of the mommy and baby to know they are Your children, Lord, and You will keep close as they travel life's path.

My Mom’s guidance down her path of expectations all those years ago during those “don’t touch” moments taught me to look to her, obey her…not in fear but in knowing she was ultimately protecting me from making mistakes, building a pattern in my little brain to know right. Her guidance then and throughout my life as she took us to and from church each week, talked with me about Jesus’ love gradually built a solid base for all of my future decisions to rest on as I started walking my own path.

My Lord’s love for me…the solid cornerstone--will not slip, slide or prove untrue...a true plumb line for hanging each of my decisions up against...causing “bad choices” to swing wide outside the path He has laid down preveniently ahead of me for the taking.

Choosing to seek Him new each day, He awakens His spirit anew, reminding me I am His little child--do not veer--listen when He is “catching my attention” or holding out that plumb line.

Recently our Sunday School class studied Paul Chilcote’s “Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit”, which has many soul-searching, John Wesley prayers as well as many of the hymns he and his brother, Charles, wrote many years ago as the Methodist Church was coming into existence. One of the hymns speaks so sweetly to this topic of “child-like faith”, from Collection 341, Verse 2:

Humble, teachable and mild,
O may I, as a little child.
My lowly Master’s steps pursue!
Be anger to my soul unknown,
Hate, envy, jealousy, be gone!
In love create thou all things new!

2 Samuel 7:11 "I'm keeping my eye on them!
And your royal throne will always be there, rock solid."
Go check out other SHOW & TELL'ers @ THERE's NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
just click on this: Kelli's

How do you keep to His straight path?


Chari said...


A hearty Amen!!! Those little opened toe sandals that you made are just precious!!! I join in prayer with you for the recipient of these precious little shoes...

Thank for sharing them with us...
Warmest wishes,

Hootin' Anni said...

How adorable!!! Is there a pattern for these somewhere that maybe you can share and we can all [those who crochet] can participate in making them to send off for another preemie?

My Show and Tell is Posted. Come on over to visit if you can find time today. Happy Friday.

Faye said...


Leann said...

What a truly beautiful gift that you've given me today. Thank you.

Your love in Christ shines through your thoughtfulness for others. The booties are beautiful.


Love Bears All Things said...

What delicate and beautiful little booties. I enjoyed your post very much.
Mama Bear

sara said...

those shoes are so sweet!!! enjoyed this post!

hey, I saw on Linda's at 2nd cup, your comment about your mom making pear salad with miracle whip and grated cheese.....MY mom made this for us too and I have never heard of anyone else doing that!!! wasn't it deeelish!! Only my mom didn't put the cherry on top b/c I didn't like them!

sad thing is that my kids don't like it. :(

Beverlydru said...

The little open-toed sandals are so cute. My Mom is handy with a needle and makes all kinds of precious things... she wishes I would let her teach me. Maybe someday. Sigh. It's never been my thing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Well...of course, I even READ that link and then by the time I finished typing my comment, I totally spaced it out. I'm gonna go click on the link right now and save it to my crochet file. Thanks for pointing it out to me again...age [it's what I call HALFheimers instead of ALLsheimers...I'm there, but just part way.]

Hootin' Anni said...

Hmmmmm, it's not opening with Firefox OR Internet explorer.

Maybe you could copy and paste it in a blog entry for us to copy from your blog?

Love Bears All Things said...

You said you were coming to Alabama soon to visit colleges. Are you only going to major ones are might you be checking out some smaller ones here in North Alabama? Let me know if you'll be near. I'd love to meet a blogger in person.
Mama Bear

Picket said...

What a beautiful post my friend!!!! Those little shoes are precious and I agree with you in prayer that whose ever little feet these touch will be blessed and led by the Lord all the days of their life...have a glorious weekend my friend!

skoots1mom said...

thanks for keeping me straight...i "fissed" the link!

Susie Homemaker said...

This is beautiful...really...thank you for sharing your itty, bitty baby sandals...God Bless you...

Warm wishes,

Jadehollow said...

Oh my they are so precious .. and such a beautiful inspirational post. God Bless you and the lil tiny feet they'll cover.
Have a Blessed Weekend.
Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Those are just the cutest little crocheted shoes! You are a very talented lady!

How wonderful that you had a godly mom who taught you well. What a blessing. And now one you're passing on to DD!

Not sure why but this post, although from Thursday, did not show up on my computer until today. Weird!