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Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You...

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  1. “What good is faith if it doesn’t have purpose? And anything with purpose is also bound to have knots and mistakes.” ~ thanks for sharing this Angie.

    An everyday dishtowel faith that is made up of my hopes, and proof of what I do not see (See Hebrews 11:1) is exactly what it means to me when I wait on the Lord, be still and know, He has a plan for my life in the midst of infertility.

    Jesus takes all our rags and turns them into robes of white. When our everyday faith is imperfect he clothes us in righteousness.

    Blessings, thanks for sharing your summer day.

    • I love the analogy of the dishtowel. So simple yet so true, just like Jesus. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. Angie,
    I love your analogy and I think we all have been guilty at one point or another of having a “look pretty in a frame”” kind of faith. For me, sometimes my hesitancy in putting a purpose to my faith is my insecurity in myself. Call it the “Moses or the Jonah syndrome”, but I’m the first to question God, “Who me?” Recently, though, He’s called me to something much bigger than myself and I could use prayers for all the knots and mistakes I’m going to make on the back of the dish towel. Thankfully my God can use me just as I am…and great things can be done in HIS power. I so needed this post this morning…thank you!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  3. So good. As a perfectionist, I’m growing weary of making my faith appear picture perfect in that frame. Every single person knows life is messy, so why use all this energy to cover it up? Instead, we can use our messiness to walk with others through this life.

  4. Thank you Jesus for giving Angie great cooking words on a Saturday morning already baking in the August heat !

    “We’re always in a season of growth as believers (hopefully), and for me, this one has meant realizing that I’ve put myself in a position that invites my brothers and sisters in Christ to turn over the work of my days and measure it for what it really is.”

    Measure me and my work, Jesus. Prune (ouch!) where needed. Spectacular blessings await, this I know.

  5. Beautifully written, Angie. And so wise. I’ve spent most of my life worrying about the front of the dishtowel, hoping no one looks too closely at the stitches, let alone (eek!) examines the back Thanks for giving me added courage to just put it out there and trust God to use it all.

  6. “Because the world has enough framed faith”…”we are His workmanship”…not mere pieces of artwork to be hidden away in art galleries (churches) but living, breathing masterpieces.

  7. Thank you for this ! I love it, it is so true and hits the bullseye.
    My husband is a Pastor and I am going to suggest this as a sermon point, as well as share for a women’s meeting.
    Blessings!

  8. Thank you! This is so very true, our faith isn’t some one dimensional splat on a wall it is tangible and should be experienced from every side, we may not be perfect, but HE IS!

  9. “Dishtowel Faith” sound like a good encouragement book! I love when a person can share their heart with words that give us thought pictures we can relate our walk and faith to! Thank you.

  10. I LOVE THIS…. the world does in fact have enough framed faith…! What it needs more of is hands to the grindstone…dirty faith. In the trenches. Serving not just Praying from afar… Your words and analogies are so inspiring today and I’ll never look at my dish towels the same way again!! They are beautiful- knots and all..! Thanks Angie! Happy Weekend!

  11. Oh, Angie. Beautiful and convicting post.

    “…it actually matters that the work of your hands is good and profitable and reflective of the God who put the needle in your fingers and assigned you a role in His kingdom.”

    We make the offering…He does the washing. Thank you for this reminder today.

  12. What a terrific reminder, encouragement, and shot of God’s practical loving for my Saturday. Thank you! This post really represents why I enjoy this online community so much. Thank you for the call to live a life that strives to not have too many knots, and a humility to get help untangling them – from God and our sisters!

  13. Oh how I love this post today! It meshes quite nicely with a sermon I just listened to about “fear of man” stopping us from doing what God has called us to do. I need to be more dishtowel and less worried about what others may think of me and my decisions in following Jesus. It seems to look more and more radical these days and different even from my beautiful church family, whom I love to bits and pieces…. but if God is calling me in a different direction, in a different way, then I must follow the Carpenter with nail-pierced hands and dance with the Holy Spirit, rather than worry about what others are saying. So difficult sometimes! But so worth it! What AM I stitching with my days? What a great question to ponder upon before the Lord…. Blessings.

  14. I love the analogy of the stitching on the dish towel. I know exactly what you mean, just never thought of it in terms of faith before. Thanks.

  15. Hey Ang
    Your message is simple and yet powerful. Thankyou. If it’s ok with you I would like to use it as a staff devotional at an A.C.E. school we are staying at in South Africa at the moment. Is that ok? Also with the book offfer….is the free postage if you buy 2 copies only available within the US? If so, please let me know how much it would be to South Africa. Many blessings. Jen

  16. I really enjoyed this today – good thoughts to ponder. I remember a poem I read years ago about cross-stitch – how God takes our messy side – the threads, the knots and He turns them into something beautiful.

  17. Angie,

    what powerful analogy. We need to make our lives an open book for all to see. We need to be vulnerable & show our knots & crappy stitching. I wonder sometimes if I’m doing it right & then God will show me.

    My dishtowel faith is laid out there for all to see. I will send cards or E-cards to encourage people during the week. I call friends to check on their family and see how they are doing during their “trials”. In return I can relate my trials to them and ask for prayers. Mostly I just pray hard for my family and friends.

    Blessings 🙂