Monday, July 16, 2018

Next Steps with God. Machine Embroidery. Book Date.

Next Steps with God
After our Still Stitching series, I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to take the Bible section of this blog.  So, until God gives me clear direction regarding another series, I will share what I have been learning recently.  I hope you are blessed by these sharings.  

Many years ago, I took this verse quite literally viewing it as a ladder of my spiritual progress during trials.  
I would ask myself these questions:
Was I merely suffering?  persevering?
Or was I allowing God to shape my character?
Finally, did I have the hope that does not disappoint/shame?  

Late last year, I had lost hope.
It was gone and I had no desire to seek it.  I was weak and broken.
Awwwww, but it is when we are weak that we are strong!  
My precious LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, reminded me of my ladder to hope!  I had been merely suffering.  Slowly, I began to persevere!  
Then I humbly began to accept God's shaping of my character via this simple tool:
Slowly, hope returned.  
I am again filled with hope and peace!!!!  The situation remains largely unchanged, but God changed me!  

He can change you as well!    
Give Him a try, what do you have to lose?

Machine Embroidery
Guess what?  I have a new addition to my sewing machines!  I am now the proud owner of a Bernina 560 with the embroidery attachments!  

To be honest, I've had it a while, but was waiting for my complimentary Mastery Classes.  These are a six-week course which Bernina dealers offer to "master your machine"!  Plus, if I need a refresher, I can go back at any time!  

Here is one of the first projects I made!  
Book Date

Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch, #3)
Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herse 
The Silent Wife

As I mentioned last week, I joined the 12 Annual Canadian Book Challenge hosted by Melwyk at The Indextrious Reader.  I found The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison at my local library and will be starting it this week.  It seems kind of eerie, but I'll give it a go!
How Hard Can It Be?  by Allison Pearson has been eighty-sixed....sadly I just couldn't get into this tale.  
Keeping Faith
I'll be starting Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult this week as well.  

I was sad to finish The Time in Between by .  I miss Sira, the protagonist, so much!  This five star book had a great plot, historical facts, fabulous narration, intrigue and a strong female protaginist on top of a fabulous ending.  As I was discussing this book with a friend, she told me that the book is a series on Netflix.  Yes, you know me.  I'm watching it!  Ms. Dueñas has a new fan!  
The High Tide Club
The High Tide Club was an great read that had a bit of mystery, intrigue, romance, and intrigue!  Definitely recommend this one!  

You can see the list of books I've read over at Goodreads!  My user name is, of course, Miaismine!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song
Are you feeling under pressure lately?  Perhaps work issues?  family issues?  emotional issues?
This song tells how God He can make diamonds out of dust - the dust of our pain.  Jon Steingard does a great job of sharing the story behind this song.  

All I know is that diamonds are created under pressure - immense pressure.  
Pressure is something we are all familiar with.  Guess what?
We've all survived begin under great pressure - heck - some of us have even thrived!
We're being made into diamonds dear readers - we're being made into beautiful, precious, valued diamonds.

Slow Stitching
It has been a lovely day with friends and family.  There's been a wee bit of time for slow stitching, though!
I was able to write up and embroider a bit on my Still Stitching project.  
My Spring Granny Square Afghan got  a bit of attention today!  Finally!  
Tonight I hope to add the blue flower with with borders to begin the second row of my Yo-Yo Quilt.

Stash Report
My daughter found some more flannel for me!  This is great as it means more baby quilts for El Paso Children's Hospital!  

You know, I have been so blessed this week by giving someone a dream!  Part of her blessing was 14 yards of various types of fabric!  Yea!
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