Monday, December 5, 2016

Philippians 1:30. Day 3, Gift 3 Tortilla Warmers

Philippians 1:30.
Here is the last verse of chapter 1 and what a doosey it is!  Please note verses 29 and 30 are one sentence.  

To me, it’s 
important to read verses in context – at least the entire sentence!
Paul is pointing out that the Philippians are going through the same struggles he went through and continues to go through. 

The word “since” stops me in my tracks.  Let’s see what since means:

Definition of since

1.   1:  at a time in the past after or later than <has held two jobs since he graduated> :  from the time in the past when <ever since I was a child>
2.   2obsolete :  when
3.   3:  in view of the fact that :  because <since it was raining she took an umbrella>

Number three is the one that applies in this scripture.  Do you see the word “because”?  Let’s replace it in the verse and see how it sounds:

Thank God that Paul’s letter continues because Philippians 2:1 is encouraging indeed!
But, v. 30 is tough – you are suffering just as you saw I did – and still am. 
You know, when I was at MD Anderson in Houston, I felt at home.  In our hotel, I was surrounded by people
who were very sick,
whom I would soon look like.
The same held true at Texas Oncology.  I was surrounded by those who looked like me and were going through the same journey as I – more or less. 
Whereas, when I was home,
I was the only one without
and with the look of sickness in my face.
There was no mistaking how sick I was because I looked different from everyone else.  (Mind you, I’m not complaining – just stating a fact.)
But, I felt more at home with those
who were suffering the same as I was.
What I glean from these verses, 
what I really understand in my heart
about what Paul is saying is this:
“We’ve walked the same journey
of suffering and pain,
we are united by this,
we can beat this,
there’s power in numbers –
we got this.”
And, my dear,
so do you.
whatever you’re going through
someone else is too.
No man is an island.
Whatever you’re going through,
someone else is too. 
Nothing is new under the sun.
Whatever you’re going through,
someone else is too. 
You and God
got this.

Dear friend,
This is my truth.

God, sometimes
we feel so alone.
We mistakenly believe
that no one can possibly
our pain
our sin
our hurt.

So, we isolate ourselves
from friends,
from family,
from You.

But, in You we have victory!
We are not alone!
Regardless of our individual situations,
has walked this path before us,
is walking this path with us,
will walk this path after us.
Either way,
help us remember

Day 3, Gift 3:  Tortilla Warmers

OK, so I realized I can’t sew every day, so my day three is today!  J  I made these awesome tortilla warmers! 

They are so easy to make using this tutorial!  From what I’ve read, you put a stack (4) tortillas inside, microwave for 15 seconds, check the tortillas, add more time if needed, then enjoy! 

These two are finished and ready to go to their happy new homes!  This fabric was from Hobby Lobby.  I made my own binding tape.  Two more are on the way! 

Honestly, they are so easy to make that I’m making two more!  It took me less than an evening to make two!  I thought of more friends who would love them!  J

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Philippians 1:29. Gift a Day: Day 2, Gift 2 + Hanger for a Mini Quilt

Philippians 1:29
What is suffering?

So, what is martyrdom?
Paul was force to submit to prison and eventually martyrdom.  The Philippians suffered prison as well. 

Suffering for Christ was a given. 

Suffering for our beliefs is nothing new.  It’s part of the package.

I can’t really say I have suffered for my Christian beliefs.  I have been challenged by non-believers – good friends, beloved family members, and acquaintances - as to why I serve a God who would allow such pain in my life.  That hurt, but I wouldn’t call it suffering. 

A new acquaintance, who is a non-believer, said she doesn’t believe that “God will not send us more than we can handle.” I simply responded with a hug and said, “I hear you.”  I don’t know her life story.  I don’t know her pain, but I heard it in that sentence! 

I couldn’t agree with her, but neither could I share my point of view.  It wasn’t the right timing.

Simply saying, “I hear you,” hopefully let her know that I truly heard her pain and confusion – and I care.  And sometimes, that’s all people need:  validation of their feelings as well as knowing their listener cares without judgement. 

Any more will come in God’s timing.

LORD, this is a hard verse.  Oh, how I love to read Your promises, Your encouragement and of Your love for me.  But there is a price to serving you.  Let me serve You willingly and wisely, I pray.

Father, please be with those who are truly suffering for their belief in You!  Encourage and strengthen them.  And Father, if it be Your will, stop their suffering and give them victory upon victory!  Amen!
Dear Friend, this is my truth!

Day 2, Gift 2
My husband told me there are several people in his office that are cold – really cold.  If you recall, I made these hand warmers:

So, he asked me if I would give him a few to take to work.  Of course I would! 

I made these gift bags so he could take them in style!

Here’s the link to the tutorial I used from Amy at Positively Splendid!  

Hanger for a Mini Quilt
Though I didn’t make my OMG, I did finish it this morning - label and all!
My daughter did the quilting on the border and under the letters.  Also, do you see her quilting on the tree trunk and the Nativity?
I added hand stitched beading 
to the string of popcorn!

One reason for the delay was I wanted to make a way to hang the mini quilt.  I did and it came out great! 

This was the tutorial I used from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal!

I also plan to make a bag to hold the Advent Tree Decorations today. 

Isn’t sewing fun!

With the last week’s finishes my UFO completion percentages are up to 37%! Yea! 
 I don’t plan to add new projects to my categories until these are finished! 

But I am working on a plan for 2017 – which is even more motivation to complete my UFO’s!  J

Be blessed, everybody!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Philippians 1:28 Part 2. Sewing News: A Gift a Day. Pinwheel Coasters

Philippians 1:27b-28
without being frightened
in any way…”
As they endured attacks on their church, their faith, and their very way of life, Paul is saying that by them standing in unity and without fear they will have the victory!  Furthermore, this will be a sign to their opposition that they – instead of the Philippians will be destroyed.  God will save the Philippians.

In today’s current societal climate,
these verses are so encouraging.
The divisiveness in our country is sad.

So much hate.
So much ignorance.

Almost everyone is under attack by one group or another. 
Most of us fall into one of the
“undesirable” groups. 
But you know what?
I truly believe these verses:

My dear friends,
sometimes no response
is a response.
Sometimes our no response,
frees our God to respond
on our behalf.

The battle is not ours,
but God’s.

We need simply to march
in unity and faith,
pushing forward to the prize.

We need to prayerfully
take our positions, stand firm,
and see what God will do!

Meanwhile, we can be courageous and encouraged
as we face our tomorrow’s knowing
God is with us and for us.

LORD, how many times have I picked up the battle and futilely fought it on my own strength?  This led to defeat, frustration and, surprisingly enough, weakened faith.  Help me to recognize that
the battle is Yours and the victory is ours,
there is power in numbers and unity,
that you are my warrior, my strength, my shield!

I praise You for this! 
Thank You, LORD,
for this amazing gift of

Sewing News:  A Gift a Day

You know, in January I always say to myself that I will take time every month for Christmas sewing and I don't.  Then, I'm in such a last minute rush that I'm too tired to truly enjoy the season - much less the reason for this wonderful season!  
So this year, I lowered my expectations of myself and I did start early.  But, then there's that one perfect gift I can make for so and so!  

I still don't want to pressure myself, so I decided to make a Gift a Day.  I want these gifts to be meaningful, personal and something that can be finished in an hour or so.  Every day I will be posting a gift a day on my Instagram account @miaismine22 under #agiftaday!  

A couple of posts are already on Instagram, but I'll sharing about them more in detail here.  So, without further ado, here's the first one!

Day 1, Gift 1:  Pinwheel Coasters
These Pinwheel Coasters went up really quickly because
1) I used some scrappy HSTs left over from another project
2) I used a self-binding method.

I am over the moon because my daughter loved them and asked me to write a tutorial!

So, I will be making another set for the tutorial to be published very soon!

Blessings to all!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Philippians 1:27b – 28 Part 1. Sewing News: Setting Up A Quilty 365 Center

Philippians 1:27b – 28
As we discussed previously here and here Paul is asking for a united front in verse 1:27.  To be sure there are disputes over details in the Philippine church, but overall, they can agree on the Gospel of Christ.  As previously discussed, this point is so vital, that Paul mentions it three times in verse 27b!
After discussing “striving together as one for the Gospel”, he tells them they can achieve this without being frightened in any way by those who oppose them.

This reminds me of the saying, “There is power in numbers.”  Amen!
I also recall how my love for my sister-in-law grew tremendously as I nursed her through breast cancer – twice. 
Yup, she's my hero!

And then how she flew from the east coast to New Mexico during her own chemotherapy treatment to go with me to my own first chemotherapy treatment.

Now, like all sisters,
we love each other deeply
we can definitely drive each other nuts!  J
I remember telling my kiddos, “I can complain about her, but not you!”

So contradictory,
but it made so much sense to me! 
Oh, and my husband?
He would just smile.

Together, my sister-in-law and I  encouraged each other
via telephone
to beat cancer. 
And we did.

The Power of Unity Cannot be Denied! | image tagged in breast cancer awareness | made w/ Imgflip meme makerThat’s the power of unity.
That’s the ability
to be fearless
in the face
of our enemy.
That’s unity.

You know how I hate hypocrisy and “fronts”!  Therefore, this set of verses really had me struggling to make peace with and write about because that is exactly what I felt Paul was asking the Philippians to do!

Thank you God
Holy Father, thank you for helping me as I grappled with these verses over the last week!  Now I understand why You’ve been calling me all morning to study and read, and 
I now understand “united front” on a deeper level – and I appreciate it. 
Thank you, Abba Father! 

Sewing News
How I Set Up My Quilty 365 Center
First, I must mention that I use this tutorial to make this quilt.  In short, I cut out circles of fabric and light interfacing, sew them right sides together, cut the interfacing, turn them inside out and iron them to my background fabric.  But seriously, check out her link.  :)

1)    My granddaughter helped me run my light interfacing through the Accuquilt to make a mountain of 5” circles – which quickly turned into a little mountain!  J

2)    Then I spent an afternoon cutting out a 5” strip from each “bolt” of my fabric.  Using my I Accuquilt made short work of creating the 5” circles. 

3)    Next, I sew the circles onto the interfacing to the circles and pin them to the squares. 

4)    Finally, I will press them and blanket stitch them on.  I’m using a mix of hand sewing and machine sewing.  I had started out using embroidery floss, but then I read that was not the best idea.  That saddens me as it looks so very pretty!

5)    I store them all in this pretty handmade basket. 

6)    At times, I follow the mood blanket mode and pick a color that reflects my mood using this chart.  At times I pick a fabric that reminds me of that day.  It’s all very loosey goosey!  J

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