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Artist in Residence - Praying for my "why"

Good afternoon from your Artist in Residence! This is my final post and I want to express how much I've enjoyed sharing with all of you.

I was thinking about this post and how to wrap up when I was inspired by the sermon at church today.

One of the things companies and organizations talk about today is your why. We all need to have a why for what we do; if we don't we run the risk of feeling lost and wandering never really finding what satisfies us.

Our pastors started a new series called Into the Woods and they are discussing Elijah and one of the verses discussed today was 1 Kings 18:36-39

'At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”'

And what struck me in the sermon was when the pastor talked about the so in that verse. Elijah isn't just praying to God. He is also praying his why.

Knowing our why is not just important for what we are doing but also when we are praying. Why are we bringing particular requests to God? How do we want to see that request in action?

We may not know where we are headed. We may not see all the steps but if we pray and obey (to steal more from today's sermon) we will always end up where we should be.

There is so much hope I have for Blankets for Berries and how I imagine the end result. I am going to keep working on it. I am going to keep praying my why. Even if it doesn't end up being what I'm picturing now I know it will be what it is supposed to be in the end.

I appreciate Hillary and Amy providing this space for so many of us and for this opportunity to share my work and my hopes and dreams.

I appreciate those of you who have read my posts these last couple of weeks. It is with a grateful heart I wrap up my time as the Artist in Residence at the Hive.

Thank you all!

- Amanda

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