Sunday, September 25, 2016

Philippians 1:13 (Part 1). Slow Stitching Sundays.

Philippians 1:13
Scripture
Observation
You know, I believe Paul and Timothy encouraged each other during this time.  By their lifestyle and speech the guards were able to observe Christ within them.  Also, Paul had to have witnessed to them – he had to have. I get this. 

My very being is Christ.  To live is Christ (Philippians 1:21).  I cannot
Exist without somehow sharing my faith.
Have friendships if I cannot share this part of my life.
Even write this blog without sharing my faith.

IT WHO I AM.

Don’t get me wrong.  I have many friends who are non-believers. 
And we love each other dearly.  
We are heart sisters.  
You know who you are!  :)  They understand me and I understand them.  We respect each other.  
The same goes for my family members who are also unbelievers. 

We respect each other’s beliefs
We love each other.

God has recently worked through 
one of my loved ones to make His point.


Application
I have placed myself in chains, but not for Christ.
As a result,
it has become clear 
throughout the whole palace guard 
and to everyone else
 that I am in chains
for Christ. 
Philippians 1:13

Oh, I thought I was in God’s will, in fact I was sure of it.  
But, my dear loved one, 
He lets us know when we’re not.
I have been ignoring
His whispers,
His prodding,
His voice.

Why?
Because only I could do
what I thought needed to be done.

Might you be doing the same?

It became clear to the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains.

The palace guard weren’t believers – at least several of them weren’t.

And one of them 
has been speaking God’s truth to me.
God worked through him 
to shout out (not literally!) His whispers.

I hear You, LORD.
I always did.
I just didn’t want to let go.

But whom better to release my loved ones to than to You? 

Do you struggle with this as well?

Are you in chains as well? 

Running yourself ragged
Saving the world?

Stop:  Who’s problem is this?
Look:  What is my/your part in it – if any?
Listen:  To what God is tell me/you about this problem – REALLY listen
Realize: I/You am/are nobody’s Savior.  But, we can be their prayer warrior.

Yup, I can do that.
I bet you can, too!
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Prayer
Dear Father,
Thank you for helping me to see where I was wrong.  Thank you for using my loved one to shout (not literally of course!) Your Word to me when I refused to listen to Your Still Small Voice.

Thank You for this time with You in giving me direction.  Help me to release to You and please comfort as I do so.


Thank you, LORD!  You’re the best!

Slow Stitching
Today I'm back on focus and using my Sundays to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden!  Yea!

Then perhaps I'll play a bit and make some progress on this Christmas gift for my grandbabies.

I'm using this tutorial for their felt food lunch! Of course, lettuce, tomatoes and a bag of chips are in the plans as well!  

I'm linking up to Kathleen's Sharing Sundays and Kathy's Slow Stitching ! Sundays!

Dear Friend, this is my truth!

7 comments:

  1. Your flower garden is beautiful! The felt food will make a fabulous Christmas gift! So cute! I really like the tablecloth too.

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    1. Like your blog! Just signed up for your emails! :)

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  2. Thank you, Pam! I started the flower garden before I got sick, then my daughter helped out with it. I love it! Last year I made the kiddos felt food breakfast and cookies. This year it's lunch! I quilted the tablecloth at a sit and sew. I forgot my walking foot and was (mistakenly) too shy to ask to borrow someone else's. So, it is really rough quilted, but I love it so much! Thank you for commenting! :)

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  3. I love the felt food!!! looks good enough to eat!

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your comments!

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  4. Love the Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks, and the felt lunch is a great idea.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy to be back to work on it! I almost got the entire first row put together! Yea!

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