pattern: joshua 1:9
I've seen a lot of people this year talking about bravery on their blogs. Fear is a big issue because it keeps us from things we could be doing...things we were made to do! Sometimes you don't even realize that it's fear that's holding you back. In this month of spookiness where people often seek out things to frighten them, I thought it appropriate to talk about fear, bravery, strength and courage.
I am not brave. I am not strong. I am not courageous. Not on my own anyway. If I tell you that "I've got this", I'm just putting up a front, because this life, this work...it's scary at times.
More times than I can count, the words "Be strong and courageous" run through my head. They're from the Bible, in Joshua 1:9, and they are what I need to hear every day. But again, if this is just me trying to be strong and courageous, it wouldn't work. Which is why there's more to that verse:
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
There is no need to fear when the God who created everything and loves you more than anything is with you. With this knowledge, I can be brave.
So, let's talk about this pattern.
First, I set it up with the new DMC colors in mind...very autumn, yes? If you can't find this new color set, you can easily swap in other similar colors or something else entirely. Not loving the leaves or maybe you want to have this be less seasonal? Leave them off when you transfer/stitch.
I couldn't just do part of the verse, but it's pretty long for a single hoop. So I split it over different sizes of hoops so you can make a grouping...or just stitch the parts you want! For framing in hoops, I recommend these sizes, in order of the parts of the verse, 5", 6", 6", and 8".
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