Monday, March 19, 2018

Still Stitching #2. Stitching with Love. Book Date.

Still Stitching #2
Perhaps you’ve been heartbroken over the decisions of a loved one?
Perhaps your pain is so great you only have strength to move from your bed to the sofa and back again? 

I’ve learned that depression is not all bad, in fact it can be productive.  A friend who has lived with depression told me that she uses that time to ask God what she is to learn during this darkness.  He has been faithful to respond.

So, as I lay in God’s green pastures and quiet waters, I made friends with depression and asked my LORD and Savior to teach me.  And He did.  He brought a person into my Al-Anon group who listened to my story with understanding and compassion.  When it was his turn to share, he shared five life-changing points that he learned from a 80+ year-old lady.  They flamed my flickering hope into flames of victorious faith.  So, I’ll share them with you. 

Point 1:
Pray for the courage and strength
to walk away and
for peace in the midst of it.

As you can imagine, this was grueling – to pray for and to do.  But, God moved and showed me clearly that this was what I had to do. 

Joshua 1:9 kept popping up in my readings and in sermons at church.  Notice the similarity of the wording.
This was no coincidence.  God moved even more, to confirm that this step had to be taken - for my own good and for the good of my dear loved one.
To be continued.

Stitching with Love
CIL Squares 
The current CIL Block Drive will be using blue colors.  I've pulled this fabric and will be making them soon!  

Comfort Dolls

Comfort Dolls are given to the brave women in domestic violence shelters.  The originator, Pat Winters, gave me permission to make them for cancer patients.  They will now have a little softie to comfort them as they go through various tests, treatments, effects of chemotherapy and the year after treatment.  Very little fabric is needed for these dolls.  It could even be considered a scrap project.  They are quite simple - as  you can see by the pattern I drew out on Pattern Ease.
Here's the fabrics I've chosen!

I'm off to sew now!
Book Date

Image result for the story the bible as one continuing story of god
The Story continues to bless me.  I'm seeing God's word in a whole new light as I read through this book.  Just in case you're interested, my church, Heart for the World,  provides some awesome study outlines that enrich my reading experience.
I not only finished The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini, but also A Circle of Quilters!  Both were audio books, so I feel like I'm cheating, but during the university semester, audiobooks are the way for me!  

Why the Sky Is Blue
Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner is a deep book filled with real emotions and struggles.  I am so eager to see how the protagonist finds her way through her challenging circumstances.  I am also reading eagerly to see how the LORD works in her life.  

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You make my day with your comments!  

I love reading and responding to them!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday's Song. Still Stitching #1. Sunday Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song & Still Stitching #1

This chorus from Blessings by Laura Story is so true: 

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights 
are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Push forward my dear reader, push forward.  

Today begin our study on living with loved ones who have lifestyle challenges - alcoholism, addictions, etc.  I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL counselor or therapist.  I'm simply a Spirit filled woman who deals with this issue.  

The title "Still Stitching" is a play on words.  "Still" comes from Psalm 46:10:
I have absolutely no control over anybody or anything - except myself.  Oh!  That truth was so hard to learn!  But, Psalm 46:10 is of great help to me.  
You might say that "Stitching" is my way of Bible Journaling, my way of healing after being broken yet again.  I began the #1yearofstitches during this time.  When life got crazy, I picked up my stitching, sat quietly and prayed.  As a friend listened to me describe this time and a name for this study, She said, "Awww....Still Stitching."  There you have it!  

The focus of this study will be on helping ourselves, not our "qualifier" (person with the addiction).  Our toolbox will be foremost Scripture, music,  and the tools I've picked up in Al-Anon meetings.   

I will begin with where I am now, refer to where I've been and then onto where I hope to be.  

My prayer and hope is that many are blessed via this study that has been and continues to born of tears and victories.  

So, I leave you today with a beautifully encouraging song and a word:  
Be still.
Know He is God.
Still stitch.

Sunday Slow Stitching
I finally finished my Felt Advent Calendar!  At first I thought I mis-numbered a couple of decorations my pink an, but all is well.  Whew!
Here you go!
 Here it is!
 Baby Jesus is added 
on the 25th day.  

Today I'll be Still Stitching as well as crocheting some squares together on my Spring Granny Afghan by Maria's Blue Crayon.  Here's my humble progress so far....

Stash Report  
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I got this quilt back from my LAQ and 
picked up some binding for it.  Of course, 
this fabric is already in my stash and 
of course 
I bought too much.  
I will not pass up 
a yellow batik 
that is 50% off! :)

I visited my local quilt shop and picked up two polka dot 
Grunge charm packs 

as well as a couple of yards of white Grunge 
to compliment them. 

Not sure what quilt pattern 
I'll chose, 
but I'm eager to get started!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Philippians 4:23. Still Stitching. A Finished Baby Quilt.

Philippians 4:23

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Adding in those words - with your spirit - to me means to embody, envelope our very being with Jesus' grace.
Grace as defined by Webster's:

a unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b a virtue coming from God
c a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

I hope and trust that you have been blessed with this study of Philippians.  

Thank you for your support, comments and acceptance.  

It's been just me, Jesus, you - my precious readers as well as my patient family and friends who listen to me brainstorm and offer their perspectives.  Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and thanks.  

Father, I pray, that as we conclude this study of Philippians that every being, every precious reader may accept and receive Your unmerited divine assistance  , the virtue of grace and knowledge that they are loved and forgiven as they accept Your gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior.  Furthermore, I thank You for Your graceful guidance as I wrote this study.  

You have grown my faith beyond measure.
You have lead me through the valley of the shadow of death.
You have proved Yourself faithful, even when I have failed You.
You have used this study to bless others.
My gratitude overwhelms me.
May You accept my praise and thankfulness as a sweet, sweet sound to Your ear.
Amen and amen.

Looking Forward:
Still Stitching
As we go forward with the new Bible study, Still Stitching, I ask for your prayers.  We will be addressing the issue of having loved ones with life controlling issues such as alcoholism, addiction and other life issues.  

As I discussed this new direction with a friend, she said, "Oh, Still Stitching!"  As you can see here, it is the perfect title.  Thank you, Friend -  you know who you are.

A Finished Baby Quilt
This quilt is done!  Ok.  Maybe not.  It needs a label.   But other than that - it's done!  I followed Allison's tutorial on her blog, Woodberry Way, and wala!  Easy peasy!  She called it a 1-Hour Quilt Top (Using the "Scrappy Trip Piecing Method) and I loved it!  
It was so easy - even for me!

This was my inspiration fabric.

These were the fabrics I chose.

 I put them order by taking various black and white photos 
which clearly show value.  

This was the last quilt that Sammy, 
may he rest in peace,
gave his approval.
 Here is the finished product!
 My daughter quilted it for me.

Soon it will be 
wrapped around 
the sweet baby 
it was made for. 

 I hope you check out these fun link ups!  

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Philippians 4:22. I Like! Abbey Bag Finish!

Philippians 4:22

I love how this sentence opens:  "All God's people".  We, too, are God's people!

According to my main reference for this study, The Layman's Bible Commentary, those belonging to Caesar's household servants - both slave and freemen.  Again, can you imagine their joy upon hearing those words as they circled around the one reading the letter?

 I am deeply humbled by the words, "All of God's people", especially as I realize I am one of God's people.  I am His.  
His child.
His child.
His child.
So are you, dear reader.
whatever we have gone through,
whatever mistakes we have made,
whatever traumas we have been through,
We. Are.  God's. Child.
LORD, thank you for adopting me as Your child, for sending Your love for me.   Regardless of ANY AND ALL circumstances, I know I have a Father who loves me - and my readers.

Abba, please make this knowledge real to them as well!

I Like!
Truly stop and visit LeeAnn at Not Afraid of Color to see the most interesting pictures and meet some amazing people!  
This first picture is from an "I Like" post I started last year!  Glad I found it!
I don't often name my pictures, but I'm calling this one "Potential".  I just love the potential these grape tomato flowers are offering.  It could be a metaphor for life - we are all beautiful creations of God bursting with potential!

I love taking walks with my grandchildren.  One is 8 and the other is 7.  I told them about LeeAnn's "I Like" Thursdays, and they wanted to participate!  Here are their likes!

Autumn leaves 
hanging around till now.
 A tree encircled by rocks.

A cactus waiting 
for water and Spring time!

A kind neighbor 
puts out fresh water 
for all the doggies 
who are walking their humans.
  Mia usually takes a long drink
 when we pass by her house.
The ramp on this house caught
my grandson's attention.
I've noticed that he 
immediately notices 
unique features in homes.  
Now, my three-year-old
 grandson wanted in 
on the action as well.  
He wanted you to see 
his motorcycle
 and the flower 
that he picked for me!
Here's a like of my own!

I made this cute little Abbey Bag at my sewing group on Saturday!  It's a great little pincushion, scrap bag and mini tool holder all in one!  The pattern is from Abbey Lane Quilts.  

 Now I have one on my sewing table and one on my cutting table.  

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Thank you for visiting & commenting!
I so love reading and responding 
to them!  
In fact, 
I find myself smiling 
as I read them and write responses!