Fabrics of My Life
Fabrics of My Life
Johnnie Mae Stewart says that life is like a custom-made patchwork jacket. Each of us has our own set of experiences, relationships, memories, and life events—the fabrics of our lives—that combine like that patchwork jacket to make us who we are: unique, one-of-a-kind individuals who cannot be duplicated. And if you know where to look, these fabrics can reveal the presence of God in your life and show you how He has been actively working in your circumstances and experiences to shape you into the person you are today.
In this book, Johnnie shares some of the most significant fabrics of her life; twenty snippets of a long and fruitful life constantly defined by the presence, protection, power, and purpose of God. Some stories describe everyday events while others relate miracles or other supernatural encounters with the Lord. She hopes reading her experiences will help you remember your own, and especially help you see, perhaps more than ever before, how God has been present in every experience and circumstance of your life, whether good or bad, to mold you, guide you, and grow you into the unique and precious person He has always wanted you to be.
Johnnie Mae Stewart (AKA J’Mae) is a vocalist, lyricist and pianist. Born March 21, 1948, she has been singing all of her life, but also pursued a variety of professional options over the years. She is an experienced seamstress and fashion designer. As an entrepreneur, in the mid-1970s J’Mae was co-owner of Jessie and Johnnie’s Beauty and Boutique in Kansas City, Missouri. In the late 1970’s she was a local talent scout and co-host of a radio program for Operation Push.
In 1989, during the height of apartheid, J’Mae was invited to tour the Republic of South Africa, where she performed concerts in the black townships of Durban Natal, Newcastle, and other surrounding provinces and black communities. Other musical accomplishments include teaching children with speech impairments to sing, and teaching and leading gospel choirs for 30 years in churches in Missouri and Colorado churches. In 1997 she won the Colorado Christian Vocal and Songwriters’ competition. The next year she produced her first CD (for promotional purposes only), entitled Pure Gold. This book, Fabrics of My Life, is J’Mae’s first literary accomplishment.