Sunday, July 25, 2021

Survivors’ Guilt Part Three, Reading, Stitching, and Gratitude

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Hello There!

I am grateful you've come for a visit.  I'll be continue our Survivor's Guilt Series inspired by this post at Parkview Health, sharing some books I'm reading, finished and plan to read, and my crafty life which is in a bit of a fluid state at the moment.  At the end of this post, you'll find a pictorial journal of moments that brought me joy and gratitude this week.  Please, grab your favorite drink, settle in and enjoy your visit!   

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Survivors' Guilt Part 3
The key to beating back the defeated one's goal of driving us into despair is not only knowing, but pursuing God's will for our life - the work he would have us accomplish for His glory.  Not only that, but we have an obligation to pray for others to find their way as well.  
Looking for a prayer to pray for them?  Try  Colossians 1:9-14.  First pray it for yourself, replacing the word "you" with "me".  The second time you pray it, replace "you" with the name of the person you're praying for.  This verse is a powerful prayer, don't you think?
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, 
we have not stopped praying for you. 
We continually ask God 
to fill you with the knowledge of His will 
through all the wisdom and understanding 
that the Spirit gives, 
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord 
and please Him in every way: 
bearing fruit in every good work, 
growing in the knowledge of God, 
being strengthened with all power 
according to His glorious might 
so that you may have great endurance and patience, 
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, 
who has qualified you 
to share in the inheritance of His holy people 
in the kingdom of light. 
For He has rescued us 
from the dominion of darkness 
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
 Colossians 1:9-14
Parkview's website then recommended that those of us struggling with Survivors' Guilt chose joy/victory over despair.  We can choose to bury ourselves in despair over our own survival and the loss of our loved ones, or we can go forward in the Lord's joy - which is our strength, by the way - which will lead to His victory.  

I'm not saying grieving has no place in our lives!  Quite the opposite! Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us there is a season for everything, but verse 4 is particularly applicable to our discussion:
Once time of weeping and mourning is lessened (as it is never really finished, is it?),we can move forward with His joy to declare victory and go about our God ordained purpose.  
In my next post, I will share the tools we can use to achieve this challenging goal.  

BOOK DATE
You can click on the books' images to be directed to a review page on  Goodreads.  :)
Currently Reading
The second installment to The Giver Series.
This book is my devotional read, so it will be on my "Reading" list for a while.  
My granddaughter would like us to read 3 chapters a week,
so this re-read will also be here for a few weeks.  

Finished:    
Though I am beginning to purge my bookshelves,
or so I like to tell myself, 😉
this is one book I hope to add!
I enjoyed this read, but wow!  
The society Jonas lived in was so strange and controlled. 
 Albeit, it was to protect the people, 
but can too much protection be a negative? 
Another good read by John Grisham 
in which he discloses a web of corruption.  
On a side note, I started and finished 
this audio book in a week!
This is a testimony of God's healing hand.
After  chemotherapy and radiations treatments 
for most of 2014, 
it took me 9 months to a year 
to be able to retain enough to even begin to read!
Today, in 2021, I can now juggle multiple books!
Praising God!
Next few books  
STASH REPORT
Yarny numbers
Lately, purging my closet, linen closet, crochet and reading have been calling to me.  I've finished two more dishcloths, made a tiny bit of progress on my hexagon afghan and significant progress one of my Tranquil afghan.  

Fabric numbers
My daughter gave me some fabric, but other than that, no changes.  My daughter did give me some fabrics, so indeed those numbers are up.  

Also, I won this fat quarter from Melva at Melva Loves Scraps during our Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL!  Thank you so much, Melva!
Productivity Stats
No changes here.  

TO DO TUESDAY

Last Week's List
1.  Prepped Projects:  Begin laying out my squares.  I'm not sure how to arrange all 72 squares...in a large quilt?  in various sized baby quilts?  a lap quilt and baby quilts?  My daughter suggested this layout.    
2.  Continue to progress on my hexagon afghan.  😊
3.  Slow Stitching:  Finish my dear mitten as well as frog my Noel mitten to make corrections.  
  
This Week's List
  I seem to be in a crafty state of flux. Consequently, this week's list is quite simple.
1. Follow the crafty call on my heart be it crochet, Slow Stitching or machine sewing.

GRATITUDE JOURNEY
I hope you enjoy this week's Gratitude Journey!
First, the song that blessed me this week!

This is my parent's dog, Crispin, sleeping by Mama.
I was teasing him by taking his toy away, 
so he fell asleep with it in his mouth!
My son requested this Kielbasa sausage and veggie stir-fry.
It was delicious!

I picked up these books at Coas, a locally owned bookstore
that trades in used/new books. 

I love, absolutely love Books About Books!
I've yet to read one I didn't like!


I like this Scripture from the book, Barrio America.

And that, my friends, is a wrap.  


Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication (Wednesdays)

The Loop Scoop hosted simultaneously by

I Like @ Not Afraid of Color (Thursday)

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Friday)

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Survivors’ Guilt Part Two, Reading, Stitching, and Gratitude

Hello There!

It's nice to be back to blogging again after a week off!  Last time I posted we were talking about Survivor's Guilt, what it is and how to deal with it.  I was sharing what I gleaned form this post at Parkview Health.  We'll continue with the healing process, check in on progress with my last Tuesday To Do list, check out my literary world, and share some moments of gratitude.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy your visit!

UPDATE (7:-21-21)

I read on Kathy's post today that Google may be doing away with feedburner as an email subscription service.  She switched to follow.it and I've decided to do the same.  

Should you like to subscribe, you can do so by clicking here, on the right sidebar or at the link at the bottom of each post.

You may want to keep a list of the blogs you enjoy reading just in case they drop off your inbox!  I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you!  Surely we can thrive through this latest change to our blogging world. 

I'll be adding this note to my posts for a few weeks to attempt to catch all my visitors.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Survivors' Guilt:  Continuing the Healing Process 

Faith

Many years ago I felt almost scolded by God when I first read this verse.  Slowly, a peace beyond understanding entered my being as I realized that God sees the bigger picture.  
When I found Jeremiah 29:11 and connected it to Isaiah 55:8-9, the deal was sealed.  My spiritual growth began and I began to sincerely and fully trust God.  


So, when I found the Parkview Health page, I was reminded of these familiar verses and my journey to trusting God's plan for my life.  It's a plan designed to
1) give me a hope and a future,
2) give me the power and knowledge that when I call on my Daddy, He will listen to me,
3) He will be found by me when I seek Him and
4) He will bring me back from captivity.  
Period.  
And guess what?  
The same holds true for you!  
I know see Survivors' Guilt for what it is:
a tool the defeated one tried to use to defeat me and stifle the purpose God has for my life.  
I will go forward remembering those who have gone before me and try to live my life in a manner that will honor them, honor God and bring God's joy and encouragement to those around me.   
 Because His joy is our strength.  
BOOK DATE
Currently Reading

I'm really enjoying this well-written book 
about a shameful part of our nation's history.



My granddaughter finished her other book, so we started our Book Club For 2 last week! I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion!
Though I finished it, I am re-reading it to refresh my memory.  I'm hoping she'll want to read the second book in the series, Zia.
Finished:    

Though I  enjoyed listening to 28 Summers, but I was conflicted as I listened.

Mary Alice and I thoroughly enjoyed Camino Island!  I was wondering what in the world Grisham was doing in the first three chapters, but wow!  It all came together and it was a wild ride!  We've already eagerly begun Camino Winds!  
Next few books 


STASH REPORT
Yarny numbers
I purchased some more dishcloth yarn.  I'm so excited about the white and red one - the one in a cupcake style skein - as it was on clearance!  

I seem to be more on a crocheting kick right now.  I'll share those projects below.  
Fabric numbers
No changes here.
Productivity Stats
No changes here.  




TO DO TUESDAY
Last Week's List
1.  Prepped Projects:  Stitch up the last few Qube Crush blocks.  Not yet
2.  Continue to progress on my hexagon afghan. 😄
 
3.  Stitch up my pile of mending.  😄  One of the projects was a table topper I made in .  It was one of my my first projects and my first oh so humble attempt at  machine quilting.  The hand stitched binding came undone.  I believe the thread I used was of a lower quality, so perhaps that's why it came loose?   this topper.  
4.  Slow Stitching:  Make progress on my deer mitten.  😄
This Week's List
1.  Prepped Projects:  Stitch up the last few Qube Crush blocks and then begin laying out my squares.  I'm not sure how to arrange all 72 squares...in a large quilt?  in various sized baby quilts?  a lap quilt and baby quilts?  My daughters suggested this layout. 
2.  Continue to progress on my hexagon afghan.   
3.  Slow Stitching:  Finish my dear mitten as well as frog my Noel mitten to make corrections.   I forgot some embellishing that takes this mitten to a whole new level of cuteness! 
GRATITUDE JOURNEY
LeeAnna's "I Like" party on Thursdays reminds me to look for beauty and fun in my world!  

My son bought me this mini pack of cookies from  @cookies_bychris
 
just because I mentioned I was craving her cookies!
Here are some interesting looking titles I saw at Target, but I resisted purchasing them.  As we deal with my aging parents, I am realizing that I should probably consider purging my own home.  My library card is being used so much more and I am posting several books at my account at paperbackswap.   
I thought my grandchildren might enjoy these books.

I thought The Hero Code would be an inspiring read.
I loved the idea of this book!
This book is definitely out of my normal genre,
but the cover and title are so alluring!

Here's a page I was inspired to create after reading
Chapter one of Stormie O'Martian's 
The Power of Praying Through Fear.  

Kitty and Mia are snuggling
during one of our recent thunderstorms.


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