Yesterday, I started a new creative project.

The purchase of templates and sheets of beautiful illustrations inspired me to make my first Gift Bag.

I’m not sure if I misread the instructions,or I simply became entangled in the two-sided adhesive tape.

The finished bag vaguely resembled what was illustrated –


  The inside had very sticky patches, one of the outer sides was not only sticky but had imprints from my gluey fingers.   It also twisted the bag with a decided lean to the left.

My  first instinct was…..

Oh its a mistake.   I’ll throw it away and start a new one.

My second thought was better – What can I do to improve it?

I had a container of tiny glittery shapes, rarely used.   (Maybe occasionally on a Christmas display.)

I poured the whole container into the bag and shook it vigorously.

When I emptied the excess back into it container, the inside of the bag shone now with a gentle glow.   Tiny red hearts had separated themselves from the heavier shapes and now clung tenaciously to all the sticky ridges.

The inside was now smooth to touch and was beautiful.

I laughed as I glued two pieces of lace to each side and deliberately attached a row of bright red hearts.

With ribbon handles attached this bag looks lovely.   It is unlike the illustrations but even with its kinda wonky tilt, is UNIQUE.

One day, with an appropriate gift inside it will be a blessing to ‘someone’.

Isn’t   this an accidental reminder of God’s redeeming love towards us?  

Our mistakes, even deliberate sins are covered with  Divine Love as His Grace blots them out of His Sight.

Beauty for Ashes’ is God’s Heart refrain.  

    In His Kingdom it’s called FORGIVENESS. 

    Repenting and accepting His Gift.

Another thought emerged in this day of creative mistakes.

    If we make a ‘mistake’ in our personal life choices, do we have the right to discard or should LOVE be given every opportunity to redeem? 

Blessings, Dear Ones.



About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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  1. RobbyeFaye says:

    Great post, analogy and question. One to think about for sure!


  2. oneta hayes says:

    What a novel and creative idea to shake the glitter in the bag giving a beautiful inside. And you analogy of God’s work in us is appropriate. Nice.


  3. Dawn Marie says:

    A beautiful post, Faye. And just like the inside of the bag ending up be the most beautiful, so too for the true beauty of each of us. Our own beauty shines the brightest from within. And that is no mistake…. Hugs to you!


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