Annie Smithson has been an avid and talented quilter for years, bringing much enjoyment to friends and family who have long appreciated the warmth, love, and beauty in each design. She explains below how she has used her God-given talents to provide a means for funds for GLR through which others can help provide a family network for those contacting GLR.
I was challenged to quilt a cross quilt to raffle at our family reunion with all the money going to Grace Like Rain for helping others. 1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.”
When approached to do another, I was not sure, but I do believe God laid this on my heart to do this to contribute to a wonderful cause. I now am working on my fourth quilt. Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”My prayer is that when you look at each one, you see what I see. The Old Rugged Cross of Calvary.
From GLR founder, Michelle Conner: “This last Saturday, my extended family raised about $1200 for GLR, all because my wonderful grandmother makes these beautiful quilts and everyone wanted one. One lucky person went home with this one but more than anything GLR is extremely grateful for the heart and love that is being extended from this family. Thank you Nix family for joining the GLR family!”
- On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
- Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
- In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
- To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.