Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Labor of Love.

In my previous post I mentioned I was making a Praise Flag for a woman battling Breast Cancer I believe for the fourth time. She is survivor strong and an incredible inspiration. I have never made a flag before. It was interesting and challenging. I think mainly because I wanted it to tell her story and for it also to be perfect. The story part I have, the perfection part not so much but I am hoping it speaks to her heart regardless. I honestly believe that my mom spoke to me and told me to make this for her. ( I lost my mom to Breast cancer after her fourth battle.) I normally don't walk up to a person whom I only know by name and say "please let me make you a prayer flag." It shocked even me. (a prayer flag? Where the heck did that come from?) Then when she gave me her address and full name I got it...Her name is the same name as one of my mom's best friends. Ok mom I get it. Really. Any kind of art is personal and you put yourself out there to the "well what is it for? What does it do? Even I don't get it, or no reaction at all. So it can be hard to randomly offer it but I did. I am glad. It was a good experience for me. It was a blessing. It even got me reading the Bible again and appreciating the beauty in it.
I worried about the weight of the flag because her cancer has metastasized and she feels it in her shoulder. I tried to use light fabrics. I wasn't happy about the all green and white color scheme so I dyed the white silk with neocolors and a spray bottle of water. Blue is a restorative color.
Each verse I used was picked by her and she told me the story behind it and what it meant to her. Her stories and the verses are beautiful. I was touched.
Because they are her personal stories I don't feel right sharing them although I bet she would.
I worry a lot about my worth as a person. I have self doubt and feel like at times I am not a contributor. I was so honored that God chose me for this project. I really feel like he did. I still feel self conscious about sending it. I just hope it was what she had envisioned. I also made her a card. I am mailing it tomorrow with her Praise Flag.
Please pray for my new friend Betty, that she continues to hang onto her Warrior spirit and that God eases her pain so she can continue to be an inspiration for all the people around her.....Thank you all so much....xoxoxoomelinda


Laurie said...

What a beautiful blessing Melinda, I think you could have a new ministry. God put her in your life for a reason, and I will keep Betty in my prayers. God Bless You!

Maria said...

So kind of you to make that special flag for your new friend..

Needled Mom said...

It's a beautiful prayer flag and has so many special thoughts on it. Great job!

Jo said...

Melinda, this is such a beautiful piece to have created ... how wonderful!!!

gin said...

Its beautifuk. bless you for caring and showing you care.

gin said...

Meant "beautiful" .

Jenny said...





"I worry a lot about my worth as a person. I have self doubt and feel like at times I am not a contributor."

Your value is priceless.

You love with your whole heart and being.

You try to save everyone in the world.

You are an amazing person.

You are an angel to so many.

Angels should never, ever, ever, ever question their value!

Hugs, hope and peace

Yarni Gras! said...

this is so lovely!