Monday, August 13, 2018

Jesus Asked It #3. Fall Into a QAL. Book Date.

Jesus Asked It #3
I hope you're enjoying this study of the questions Jesus asked!  Our second question is found in the Sermon on the Mount as well. 


Love for Enemies
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbori and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 NIV
  
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, [n]love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good foryour enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. 46 For if you love[only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that?48 You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48 Amp.


Enemies.
I think we all have them. 

So, what is an enemy? And what to do with our enemies? 

According to Webster, enemies are:  1) one that is antagonistic to another; especially one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent or 2)  a military adversary, a hostile unit or force. 

So what do we do with our enemies?
Jesus tells us in the previous verses:

 As He is preaching this, I can just imagine the crowd’s faces of indignation, confusion and rebellion.  So, Jesus explains via questions:



 As followers of Christ we should take the higher road, or, as is said, “Be the bigger person.” 

Ouch.
I must remind myself that ,
like most things,
loving my enemies
is a process;
progress not perfection
and to
be gentle with myself as well as with others.
Another QAL
So, with so many UFOs and WIPs, I have mangaged to avoid joining any QALs/CALs this year.  But, Caroline's at From My Carolina Home Teacup QAL had me at foundation paper piece. I want to improve my skills in this area.

Then the Partners in Design bloggers started Fall Into A QAL.  
I resisted.
and resisted.
Then I saw a block in "real life" as a show and tell in a class.  I was hooked.  It's applique - another area in which I've been wanting to improve on as well. 
Sooooo, I didn't make it through 2018 without joining a QAL.....  and that's fine by me!  :)
Here's my fabric pull!  I'm finally cutting into my batiks for a substantial project.  The white one is a fabulous glow-in-the-dark fabric!  I think that's perfect for a fall themed quilt, don't you?
Here's the fabric pull for Block 1!
Knowing that I would need some other colors, a few weeks ago I purchased some brown batik fabric.  
I'm excited to begin these blocks!

Book Date
Reading

The Silent Wife
Ok.  Hands down, The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison was a read that kept me hooked and even surprised me as the story progressed.  Going into the book, I knew someone was going to die, but I just couldn't see the wife doing the deed herself.  Harrison kept the story moving, let me into the characters' minds and kept me hooked until the last word.  Perhaps one of my favorite parts was the alternating chapters revealing each characters' thinking and perspective on their relationship.  If I gave my books star ratings this one would be a 4.5!  Book one is finished for the the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge hosted by Melwyk at The Indextrious Reader

The Warrior: Caleb (Sons of Encouragement, #2)

The Warrior: Caleb of Francine River's series, Sons of Encouragement was also a fabulous read.  As I go through this series, my faith is growing, just as it did when I read her Lineage of Grace series which is based on the women in lineage of Christ.       

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, August 12, 2018

Saturday Song: by the artist: T.E.S.T. Slow Stitching Sunday. Stash Report.

Saturday Song:  T.E.S.T.
I know this young man very well, yes I do.  T.E.S.T. stands for Through Eternity Standing Tall.  He bases his music on this Scripture:
He just released this album and I couldn't be more proud of him.  If you know someone who is struggling in their faith, this music will touch their hearts.  Just forward this link to them.  
By the way, yes, I do like Christian rap....
:)

Slow Stitching Sunday
Today I worked on the Patchwork Pussy Cat - and finished her!  She was stuffed, stitched up and is ready for my granddaughter to enjoy at Christmas!  

She's really curious about the little birdhouse my granddaughter made for me!
She loves the it!
Stash Report
The Kitty used a bit of fabric, but other than that, no changes.  

Fabric used since last time
.375
Previous total
63.195
To Date used
63.570


Fabric in since last time
0
Previous total
87.100
To Date in
87.100
Net in the red (more bought than used!)
-23.530
Yarn used since last time
0
Previous total
64.80
To Date used
64.80


Yarn in since last time
0
Previous total
211.30
To Date in
211.30
Net in the red (more bought than used!)
-145.50

Kate at Life In Pieces has motivated me to try and sew at least 15 minutes a day.  
This week I managed to sew 4/7 days.  I'm pleased because those days I sewed an average of an hour a day!  

15 minutes stitching days/week = 4/7 days
15 minutes stitching days since July 29, 2018:  10/14 days

Success Rate = 71%

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesday. To Do Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesday
Wow.  Joanne Viola @ Days and Thoughts has this great post that has life changing potential.  Following God is not complicated, though many times I make it so.  It's a few basic steps, 
follow Him,
cling to Him and
spend time with Him.
  
Her prayer at the end is simple - yet deep.
I hope you stop by and read her post.  It will take you the three minutes to read her short, but so deep post!  Let me know what you thing in the comments, if you like!  :)

To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List
1) Backpack #2:  Finish 1/2 of section 3. X
2) Finish the flimsy for Comfort Quilt #3 4.  ✔  
I love how this one came out!


3) Cut out the fabric for my next OMG as well as my 1 Xmas a Month - meet Patch the Pussy Cat! 
4) Begin joining my Spring Granny Square Afghan using the join-go-as-you method.  Here's the instructional video by Maria at Maria's Blue Crayon Tube Channel. X

5) Ongoing projects on which I simply want to make progress on:
     a.  Sew together more four patches.  
     b.  Connect another yo-yo flower.  X
     c.  Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt 
     d.  Prayer shawl #9 
Overall, not a bad week!

This Week's List
1) Backpack #2:  Finish 1/2 of section 3. 

2) Finish my August 1 Xmas a Month - meet Patch the Pussy Cat! 
3) Begin joining my Spring Granny Square Afghan using the join-go-as-you method.  Here's the instructional video by Maria at Maria's Blue Crayon Tube Channel
4) Ongoing projects:  
     a.  Sew together more four patches.  
     b.  Connect another yo-yo flower.  
     c.  Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
     d.  Prayer shawl #9 

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Wednesday
Mid-Week Makers @ Quilt Fabrication

From My Carolina Home Teacups Quilt Along Links! Thank you, Carole!

High Quality Thank you craziness Blank Meme TemplateHere are the links to the Teacups Quilt Along  by Carole @ From My Carolina Home.  Thank you, Carole, for your generosity and time in putting this together for us!

I do have memory issues due to chemotherapy treatment, so your reminders in case I forget to update this page would be much appreciated!  Thank you!

Without Further Ado:
First Blog Post
Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat (quilt design presented here as well)
Paper Piecing Basics and Tips
Teacups Quilt Along (Block 1)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Jesus Asked It #2. A New QAL: Teacups Quilt Along! Book Date

Jesus Asked It #2
Jesus Asked It #2
From last time, we ended with this question:
If we lose our "saltiness" (purpose) or our light, how can we be made salty/filled with light again?  Unlike salt, we can be redeemed.  

My first thought as I wrote that question was this verse:
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

Clearly, after reading this verse in context, Jesus is referring to food, shelter and clothing.  Seek first His kingdom and the rest will come.  

However, then, I have to ask myself, “How do we lose our light, our way, in Christ in the first place?”  
Sin. 
Plain and simple.

Therefore, how do we become restored to our Father and thus become “salty” again?

Repentance and receiving the forgiveness of God.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1

This brings me great relief, because how could I write this blog, testify as to the glory of God, and exhort those who are hurting to trust in Him if I am living under condemnation and unforgiveness?

To become salty again, to find my purpose again, I hope I remember to
1)       Seek first His kingdom and righteousness,
2)       ask God’s forgiveness for my sins,
3)       receive His forgiveness and then, the hardest part,
4)       remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

A New QAL!
Carol at From My Carolina Home shared about a foundation paper pieced project she was experimenting with.  She asked her readers if we might be iteresting in a QAL....well....yes!  So, I joined up, ordered the book, Cups and Saucers, and am ready to rock and sew!  
UPDATED:  I actually added the link!  :)
Here is a list of her posts so far.  I'm hoping to remember to update this list as we go along.  Please feel free to remind me if I forget!  
She shared what the quilt may look like as well as some basic instructions and tips.  Wanna join us?
Here are the fabrics I'm planning to use:
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Book Date
Reading
The Silent Wife
I wasn't sure about The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, but I'm really liking it!  It's part of a challenge I joined:  the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge hosted by Melwyk at The Indextrious Reader

Dreams of Falling
My current ebook is Dreams of Falling by Karen White.  
The Warrior: Caleb (Sons of Encouragement, #2)

I'm already enjoying the 2nd book, The Warrior: Caleb in Francine River's series, Sons of Encouragement.    

Finished

The Priest: Aaron (Sons of Encouragement, #1)
The Priest: Aaron by Francine Rivers was fabulous.  I gained so much insight into how much Aaron and Miriam's life was affected by Jochebed's placing Moses with Pharaoh's  daughter.  I also gained so much appreciation for the responsibilities leaders in our church face.  
Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson
I started and finished 
Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson this week!  
You can see the list of books I've read over at Goodreads!  My user name is, of course, Miaismine!


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