Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guest Post: Maggie Parsons

Hey everyone! I would love to welcome Maggie to my little blog space today!! I absolutely love her heart for the Lord and her passion for missions! Go check out her blog (link in her post)! 
Hi! My name is Maggie, I'm sixteen and have a passion for missions. I would like to thank Hannah for inviting me to write a guest post on her blog, it truly means a lot! Thank you! I write a blog too, it not on crafts such as Hannah's is, its really just me sharing my life and my love for Jesus. Hannah and I both share a love of two things, Jesus and crafts. So, thats what this guest post is on, Jesus and big craft projects. One project in particular that I'm going to talk about is a huge painting I finished a few months ago. 

Yep! That's it! It took me awhile to finish it, but let me tell you the story behind it. I have know ever since I was eleven years old that I was called to missions. I've been on five trips, three to Mexico, two to China, and I also have an upcoming trip to India this November. Two years ago a began going to a missions class called Perspectives. That class has forever changed my perspective (it is most certainly properly named) on the world of missions and has opened my eyes so much. They share with us a lot of statistics about the unreached people of the world. By unreached I mean the people who have never heard the name of Jesus, the lost. One statistic in particular really stuck with me and broke my heart. In the world currently, there are 2.8 billion people who have never received the Gospel. EVER. If you were to walk up to one of these people and start talking about Jesus they wouldn't have the slightest idea of who you are talking about. 2.8 billion, thats a big number. Honestly though for so many people, thats all it is, a big number. It hard for almost anyone to visualize something that big. So, God placed it on my heart to make a visual of this statistic, to bring that big number to life. If you take 2.8 billion and divide that by 1 million, you get 2,800. So, if you look back at my painting, thats how many dots there are surrounding the world map.That means that every dot you see represents 1 MILLION lost, broken, and hurting people. How does that statistic hit you now? My hope is that you really feel the weigh of it. I pray that you fully see the need that there is till left in the world. I ask that you begin to pray for those 2.8 billion to know the freedom that comes from knowing Jesus. If your interested about learning more about the unreached visit, joshuaproject.net. They have a site full of resources, information, and more statistics. Also, if you would like to check out my blog, visit mep1t412.wordpress.com.
Thank you again Hannah for this opportunity and thank you to everyone who read this. Have a wonderful day!
You are so welcome Maggie, and thank YOU! The Joshua Project website that she mentioned also has an app for your phone that highlights a different unreached people groups every day! It's such a great resource! I use it to pray daily for those that are lost and do not know Jesus. Please check it out as well as Maggie's blog! Have a great day! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Zipper Pouch Craziness!

Hello again!! Way back to sometime my Junior year of high school (I think...) I began sewing a lot more frequently! Thanks to the help of Pinterest, I easily found quite the variety of tutorials from apparel to accessories and much more. One of my very first projects, other than some quilts that I had made, was a zipper pouch! Now zippers aren't usually the best thing to sew right off the bat...they can be a bit tricky. But I didn't let that stop me!! I went ahead and bought some zippers and got the hang of it after a couple of tries! One of the biggest things that is helpful in sewing a zipper is a zipper foot. Go get one if you don't have one already! It's worth it!

Anyways, I have picked up the zipper pouch fever again, with some extra features! Today I just decided to wing it and I came up with the cutest little ruffled zipper pouch...and then 3 more, haha! These little pouches are sooo useful and the ruffle just makes it extra cute! Hope you like them! (( I might eventually make a tutorial for them! ))

 (Made for my future "little sister" in Phi Mu!)
Fabric: Ladybugs-Robert Kaufman 
Black- Hobby Lobby
Pencil Case size
Fabric: Teal- Hobby Lobby
Medallion- unavailable now :(
Another Pencil Case size
Fabric: Teal- Hobby Lobby
Pink Geometric- similar
My favorite!! 
Fabric: Spring House collection by Stephanie Ryan
(hard to find now)

Hope you like them as much as I do!! T-minus 13 days until I head back to Samford!! And I CANNOT wait!