Friday, April 4, 2014

Because It Is Who I Am...

Praying over furniture.  I know that even though I love on my pieces, name them, nurture them and usually end up loving them... I know that they are inanimate objects.  That is the fun part.  But the part that is real... are the people that will be using my pieces.  My favorite piece of furniture at home is my dining room table and chair.  It is so much more than a table to eat on... It was my Grandmother's.  And then my Mother's.  And now mine.  Not a day passes that I don't think about my family and family's friends that have sat around that table eating meals.  Paying bills.  Worrying about paying bills.  Discussing politics, religion and the neighbors.  Deciding on life's paths, and playing countless games of Rook.  And now my own family sits there, doing the same things.  That's when the furniture becomes more than a functional piece of decor.  It's family.

As a teenager I sold sewing and cross stitch samplers in Colonial Williamsburg.  Besides that, most of my art was for myself, family and friends.  Until I was asked to create some costumes for my church's Christmas production.  It was then that I started praying over each garment that I made.  Not for the garment, but for the person that would be wearing it.  For their family taking over that person's chores while they served in our production.  For the people that would be watching the production... you name it.  Instead of dreading the fact that I would have to make 80 costumes, I craved my late night "prayer time".  For years I did the costuming and praying for my church, but then I was moved to some different roles that took me from costuming, but definitely kept me praying :)

As I started painting furniture for others a little over a year ago, I found myself praying as I worked.  Please let this piece be a blessing to someone's home.
Please be useful as a toddler sets his sippy cup on it. 

Please bring joy to guests and make them feel welcome in the home. 

These past two weeks I have worked on a tea set for Chaffin client.  The set is a full table and four chairs, and will be residing in the granddaughter's bedroom in their home. 

 Lord, bring the bond of grandparent's and grandchildren together over this table. 

 Let there be delight and happiness in this home.  Let there be comfort and peace and a place of love and simple companionship at this table.  

Let there be silliness and goofiness, and perhaps a time of learning, training, and discipline at this table.  Most of all, make sure they leave a seat of Christ Himself.