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Sure, My Name's In the Bible

by coie - March 27th, 2006.
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When I was about 9 years old I had a Psalty’s Bible.  In the back there was a picture and I can’t remember it exactly, but I think it just had a bunch of names placed here and there and it was supposed to be “God’s Children”.  Of course, Coie was not there.  I always wished it was.  I would close my Bible, pray real hard, then open it in a dramatic display and see if my name had magically showed up on that page.  I was, obviously, disappointed every time.


About this time I took an interest in sewing.  My aunt’s family lived with us then, and I told Paulie that he should get up in the middle of the night with me and he could whittle a stick while I “quilted”.  I got an old dress and started cutting it into squares with a steak knife and sewing them together with my 98 cent store sewing kit.  I tried to make many creations using this primitive method, but nothing came out right.


When I was 11 I took my first sewing and quilting class from a woman named Janet Kannady.  I learned a lot from her, and completed my first quilt that year.  The year after she was having an Advanced Quilting class and I really wanted to go.  We didn’t have the money, machine, or a way of transportation though, and we declined the offer to sign up.  A few days later I got a letter in the mail saying I earned a “scholarship” to Janet’s Stitching Place for an Advanced Quilting Class.  Mrs. Kannady also supplied material from her own stash and let me use her machine.  I missed a class once because I had injured my foot very badly, but she picked me up a few days later so I could catch up at her house.


When the girls in the class finished their quilts Mrs. Kannady had us make a patch for the back that had our name, the date, location, and anything else we wanted to include.  I decided I wanted a verse from Proverbs on there and asked Mrs. Kannady if I could borrow her Bible to look up a verse.  As I skimmed through Proverbs, I noticed that she had written many names next to verses.  Names of the people that the verses had made her think of.  I recognized many, but was suddenly shocked when I saw my name in there.  It was next to Proverbs 3:27.


Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.


I brought it to her questioningly and she told me that she was reading through Proverbs 3 shortly after hearing I couldn’t take her class.  That was what made her give me a “scholarship” and everything else.  I was blessed beyond belief, and put that verse on my quilt patch. 


I’m sure she lost close to $100+ doing that, and it left a great impression on me.  But the point of my post is this:  Everybody has a gift of some sort.  Are you using yours to bless others?

6 Responses to Sure, My Name's In the Bible

  1. So sweet!

    Thanks for posting that. I needed the reminder 🙂

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    I like the music Coie. It’s real pretty.


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    Wow Coie, I sure liked that. How come I never knew about this? I thought we were the “Renee Club”….hmph. Love, Auntie

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    That was areally sweet story.

    Well I was reading it though my head started to ache

    thinking of all that typing you put into that entry.

    My average is 4 sentences.


  5. Hmmmm…

    Hi again, Coie! I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed this post. But, some of the work to use your gifts for others is actually Finding it! I’m in that stage right now.

    I love you!


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    That is a really great story. Thanks for sharing it.

    “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10


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