Friday, December 2, 2016

Philippians 1:29. Gift a Day: Day 2, Gift 2 + Hanger for a Mini Quilt

Philippians 1:29
What is suffering?

So, what is martyrdom?
Paul was force to submit to prison and eventually martyrdom.  The Philippians suffered prison as well. 

Suffering for Christ was a given. 

Suffering for our beliefs is nothing new.  It’s part of the package.

I can’t really say I have suffered for my Christian beliefs.  I have been challenged by non-believers – good friends, beloved family members, and acquaintances - as to why I serve a God who would allow such pain in my life.  That hurt, but I wouldn’t call it suffering. 

A new acquaintance, who is a non-believer, said she doesn’t believe that “God will not send us more than we can handle.” I simply responded with a hug and said, “I hear you.”  I don’t know her life story.  I don’t know her pain, but I heard it in that sentence! 

I couldn’t agree with her, but neither could I share my point of view.  It wasn’t the right timing.

Simply saying, “I hear you,” hopefully let her know that I truly heard her pain and confusion – and I care.  And sometimes, that’s all people need:  validation of their feelings as well as knowing their listener cares without judgement. 

Any more will come in God’s timing.

LORD, this is a hard verse.  Oh, how I love to read Your promises, Your encouragement and of Your love for me.  But there is a price to serving you.  Let me serve You willingly and wisely, I pray.

Father, please be with those who are truly suffering for their belief in You!  Encourage and strengthen them.  And Father, if it be Your will, stop their suffering and give them victory upon victory!  Amen!
Dear Friend, this is my truth!

Day 2, Gift 2
My husband told me there are several people in his office that are cold – really cold.  If you recall, I made these hand warmers:

So, he asked me if I would give him a few to take to work.  Of course I would! 

I made these gift bags so he could take them in style!

Here’s the link to the tutorial I used from Amy at Positively Splendid!  

Hanger for a Mini Quilt
Though I didn’t make my OMG, I did finish it this morning - label and all!
My daughter did the quilting on the border and under the letters.  Also, do you see her quilting on the tree trunk and the Nativity?
I added hand stitched beading 
to the string of popcorn!

One reason for the delay was I wanted to make a way to hang the mini quilt.  I did and it came out great! 

This was the tutorial I used from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal!

I also plan to make a bag to hold the Advent Tree Decorations today. 

Isn’t sewing fun!

With the last week’s finishes my UFO completion percentages are up to 37%! Yea! 
 I don’t plan to add new projects to my categories until these are finished! 

But I am working on a plan for 2017 – which is even more motivation to complete my UFO’s!  J

Be blessed, everybody!


  1. Your quilt is so pretty and I know that your son will love it! The cranberry beads on the popcorn is pure genius!

    1. Ahhh! Thank you! He did love it - and that touched my heart!

  2. What thoughtful gifts, and lovely gift bags too, you are very kind. I love your wallhanging, your daughter did a good job of the quilting and I love the finishing touches you added. A lovely Christmas hanging which will bring pleasure for years to come.

    1. Thank you! The tutorial for the gift bags was so easy to follow! It's now my go to pattern for bags! Thank you so much for your kind comments! My son was thrilled to receive his gift! :)

  3. I appreciate your testimony of faith and courage. Sometimes I think of Paul and all that he suffered in his missionary travels. I so marvel about the time he was stoned and left for dead. His traveling mate lingered and saw Paul revive. Paul didn't even rest. He had to have a serious concussion. Would he rest? No! He simply got up and started walking to the next town. Imagine how sore and achy he was!

    I pray your faith and courage will always sustain you and that you will always grow stronger in your love of the Savior. Your quilting and generosity are very fabulous!

    1. Thank you for your kind words and prayer! You have really encouraged me! Your comments regarding Paul and his actions after being stoned stayed with me. It's true! You increased my understanding of this man of God! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments!

  4. Such sweet thoughtful gifts. You wall hanging is beautiful, I am sure you Son is going to treasure this gift. TFS!

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting! Yes, you were right, he really loves it! No sooner did we leave his home than he sent me a photo with it hung up and with the first decorations on it!

  5. Very nice! Thanks for linking up to Finished or Not Friday.

    1. Thank you for visiting - and for hosting the party!

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Very nice gifts, and lovely gift bags. It`s a nice Christmas quilt, and your daughter did a great quilting.