Friday, March 24, 2017

Philippians 2:25. Covered in Love Blocks Finished + A Few Tips

Philippians 2:25.
Scripture

Observation
Paul called Epaphroditus his 
"brother",
"co-worker",
"fellow soldier" and
"messenger".  
Epaphorditus took care of Paul's needs.  Wow.




What a contrast to his pain of verse 21!


Application


What a comfort Epaphoritus must have been to Paul! From this passage I can only conclude that he showed Paul
the love and loyalty of a brother,
the dedication of an excellent co-worker
and 
the courage, faithfulness, fearlessness, wisdom and dedication of a great soldier.

I can only pray that I can remember and develop these characteristics that Jesus may one day call me His "sister", "co-worker" and "fellow soldier".  


Prayer

LORD, thank You for showing me this Scripture in a way I hadn't before!  Help me to remember it - to help me to become the woman of Christ You want me to be that I, too, may be a "sister", "co-worker" and "fellow soldier" for You.
Amen.  


Covered in Love Blocks Finished + 

A Few Tips!


TADA!  Here they are!  I did it!  
I was able to make 6 of them! 
If you decide to make these, perhaps these tips will help you!  

1) I made the hashtags on the inside of the squares because it helped me line them up better. 

2) I marked 1/2" all around the middle square. 

3) My sewing room was quiet so I could concentrate. 

4) I chained pieced each step. 

5) Trust the tutorial. Do it step by step without trying to figure out the "future"!
This block was challenging, 


but it was SO MUCH FUN! 
I'm so glad I made them! 
It feels great to have completed what, 
for me, was a challenge! 



Thank you, Kat, 

for a fun long distance Friday afternoon! 
It felt like you were right in my sewing room cheering me on! 
It feels fantastic 
to have achieved this goal! 
Thank you!


Thank goodness for 



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Philippians 2:24. Covered In Love. Things I Like.

This post is a bit longer than usual, but I believe you will enjoy a look into my living room.  LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color has a "Things I Like" post every Thursday. She encouraged me to write one, so I'll end this post with a pictorial of Things I Like!  UPDATE:  I just realized this is a linky party - silly me!  Here's the link if you want to join in the fun!

Philippians 2:24.
Scripture

Observation
In this post I wrote about Paul is preparing to send Timothy after he himself finds out the outcome of his trial.  In spite of his serious circumstances, Paul is still confident - in the LORD!  Isn't that where our confidence comes from?  

Application
Yes!  It is!
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Saturday morning was spent ministering to a neighbor, helping a friend diagnosed with cancer and having coffee with another friends living with cancer.  It was a wonderful morning of ministry and being ministered to - all at the same time.  


As I walked joyful and carefree in to Wal
-Mart, I tripped and fell right on my left hip and leg.  Somehow right big toe nail got scrapped up as well!

One would think I would have at least fractured my hip after kissing the cement with it, but not even a bruise!  I'm fluffy - so I guess God's hand helped me to bounce!Only my big toe is complaining and swollen.  My nail has decided to begin the process of jumping ship after it's abuse!  :)

After God's angels helped me up, I purposefully and with pain induced tears, praised Him anyway with confidence. I refuse to let even these little things take my joy.  

Prayer
LORD, You know I am frustrated because I won't be able accomplish all I want to with this big ol' toe of mine, but I still praise You!  You have given me the confidence of knowing my life is in your hands!  Thank you for Paul - for inspiring his words!  
Thank you that we can all have this joy and confidence in You despite our circumstances!
Amen!

Covered In Love.
Admittedly, I'm a bit intimidated by this cycle's Covered in Love block - but it looks like so much fun! Here is Kat's picture!
http://katandcatquilts.blogspot.com/2017/02/grandads-shirts-block-drive.html
 Her tutorials are so well written that I just have to give it it go!  I took the first step - with my husband's help - by pulling the fabric!  
What do you think?
OOPS!  I forgot to post the picture!

I Like #1
My pics are from my living room only because
1) it means minimal walking and
2) the winds are up to 50 miles an hour!  


This is Mia and Sammy.  They never leave my side
especially when I'm under the weather.
Mia is facing the camera - yes, my blog is named after her!
Sammy is camera shy.

A portion of my library.
Books I'm reading/planning to read.



  These little angels are from one of my favorite artists -
Kelly Ray Roberts.


Another Kelly Rae Roberts work of art.
This was given to me when I was undergoing chemo.
The artist is Paula Haynes. 
I love friendly looking owls!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Philippians 2:23 Another Crochet Project! To Do Tuesday

Philippians 2:23
Scripture

Observation
Did you notice something?  Paul is waiting to send Timothy until he sees how "things" go with him - to see if he will live or die. (Remember, that is the decision he is waiting for while writing this letter.) He needs Timothy at his side right now.
Application
Paul is taking care of himself by keeping Timothy with him until he knows his own future.  Self-care.  That's wisdom.

I've been struggling with that lately! It's really not surprising!  I'm finally feeling more and more normal after chemotherapy!  (The effects of this life saving treatment are long lasting and take time to recover from!)

Paul has reminded me that I need to learn how much I can feasibly accomplish in one day without ending up like poor Spongebob!
image tagged in squarw bob pants multitasking | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

On a side note, This verse is going straight into my "Verses" app on my IPhone! Denise Panter from Count It All Joy! told me about this app that helps us memorize Scripture!  It's so much fun and useful!  I encourage you to try it!

Prayer
Hello There, LORD!
Thank You for giving me an "anchor verse" to make this change in my life.  You and I both know it's been hectic - fun - but hectic!  Help me to live as You would have me live!  I so want to serve You and minister to other so badly, but I certainly need Your guidance.

I am praise You for the many friends, family and ministry opportunities You have given me!  Thank You for giving me the abilities to pay it forward!  Life is good!
Amen!

Another Crochet Project!
I thought you may be tired of seeing the Hexagon Afghan all the time, so I wanted to share another crochet project that I'm working on!  


Granny Square Cardigan
https://yarnutopia.com/2015/05/20/
crochet-tutorial-granny-square-cardigan/


I saw it on Pinterest and immediately pinned it to my "Next!" board!  Nadia provides a great tutorial here at YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad!

It's so easy!  Basically, all you do is crochet a 41" granny square, fold it, sew the arm seams and wala!  Instant glamour!  

Here is my progress thus far:






I'm using Yarn Bee's Diva Sequin in Deanli and an "H" hook.  Thus far, I've used one skein to crochet to make a 22" granny square.  




It works up beautifully, don't you think?





What To Do?
I'm enjoying the RSC 2017 so much! Believe it or not, I've been preparing for it since the Fall of 2016! I decided to combine my RSC with another goal:  to make a strip quilt.

So, I cut off 2-3 strips from most of my fabrics, organized them by color and eagerly awaited January's post from soscrappy! Here's something really cool that's happening -  I am getting these tiny little 4" squares as more scraps!  Aren't they the cutest ever?  
Not sure what I'll do with them....
a mini quilt as part of the backing?
a doll quilt?
a table topper?

What do you do with these cute little squares?  

To Do Tuesday
Here's my list from last week:
1) Covered in Love blocks - at least 3-4
2) Keep up with my Quilty 365 - DONE!
    This one took all week to catch up on 122 squares, but it's done!  Yea!
3) Add two hexagons to my Hexagon Afghan
4) Turn my Simple Scrappy Sampler into a at least a 50% flimsy.  My goal is to have it into a real flimsy, backing finished and turned into the quilter by the end of the month!

The rest of this list will be this week's goal!  
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Philippians 2:22. Quilty 365

Philippians 2:22.
Scripture

Observation
What a wonderful verse Philippians 2:22 is!  Paul had just shared a bit of discouragement in Philippians 2:21.  But he followed this verse with a word I love, "BUT".  
Application
There are so many times when I share the challenges of life with you.  Sometimes I think this blog can be a downer for my readers.  But, God really directs this blog and I type as He speaks.

My journey through life is blessed to overflowing - with joy and pain.  Yes, pain can be a blessing.  I've finally learned this lesson.  When I experience pain I call out to my Father, "God, this really hurts, but I love You and will praise You through this.  Period."  

This mentality did not come overnight.  I have certainly walked away from my faith in years past.  But I learned that victory, peace, joy and serenity come only through Him.  


I love how Paul used "but" in Philippians 2:22 because it reminds me that though we will experience difficulty, there is always a but!  For me, it's Romans 8:28.  

Prayer
Thank You, LORD, for the little words in Your love letter to us that are truly big words!  Please help me to see them as You would want me to.  
You and I have been on quite a journey! You have seen me through so much!  
You have been faithful even when I have rejected You.
But I finally get it - I finally realize that ALL things thus far have worked together for my good.  Because of that, I know that this holds true for my future!  Thank You, Father, that I - and everyone who is willing - can trust You with that!
Amen!

Quilty 365
One of my To Do Tuesday goals was to catch up on my Quilty 365 2016-2017 and I am!  Look how pretty!  

Yea!  This is the first time I've taken a picture of the quilt with the rows all together and I'm so excited!  

I fell behind 122 days, but I am catching up quite easily!  Amazing how much the To Do Tuesday at Stitch All Things helps!  As does my little work station!

And I'm staying caught up with March! 


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday.

Hello Everyone!
This week has been filled with friends, family and grandbabies, so my crafting time has been minimal.  And I'm good with that.  My grandbabies will soon want to hang out with friends instead of me, so I'll take what time I can with them. Friends and family time has been wonderful.  

Slow Stitching Sunday.
have been crocheting a bit. My goal is to attach 2 - 3 hexagons to my afghan every week.  



I use a portable tray to set up
my supplies.  That way I can crochet
inside or outside.  




It's exciting to see the progress!  So many individual hexies have gotten used up to the point that I'm going to pause to make more hexies! Exciting!



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