Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesdays. To Do Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesdays
I was going through my blog drafts and found some great ideas for Thoughtful Tuesdays!  Today's is from Gail @ Bible Love Notes.  November of 2016! I found it when I was in the throes of recovering from chemotherapy and simply forgot to write about her post.  (I'm more organized and clear-headed now.)

Gail of 1-Minute Bible Love Notes is an amazing writer who captures deep meaning from God's Word!  Each of her devotionals can be read in under a minute.  
The post I'm sharing today is a great study and ties nicely into Philippians 2:12 - 13.

I hope you take a minute - quite literally - to read this post and be blessed!  

To Do Tuesday
Last week's list was slightly put aside for grandbaby time!  
1) Finish my second Tumbling Blocks prototype.  Not done, but progress made!

2) Finish crocheting two more colors of Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet Almost there!

3) Make more CIL blocks. Nope - Instead I made a different charity project that I'll be sharing soon!  
4) Make progress on Prayer Shawl #7Yes!
5) Pray my prayer and memorize Genesis 50:20a
 


This Week's List 
1) Even though I'm working more this week, I think I'll be able to finish the second Tumbling Blocks prototype. This one is going much better! 


2) Finish crocheting five blue and yellow flowers of the Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet ! I wonder if adding starting to join them is too much for my hands?  We'll see......

3) Use up the rest of the strings for the CIL blocks. 

4) Make progress on Prayer Shawl #7. This week our Cancer Care Group meets, so I'll be able to work on this one.  I usually reserve this project for this meeting night.  

5) Pray my prayer and memorize Genesis 50:20a  A friend at church recommended using Post-It notes all around the house to memorize Scripture.  I'm going to try that.  LORD knows I have enough of them!


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Philippians 4:20 Part 1. JP Drainage Bag Covers. Book Date.

Philippians 4:20
Scripture


Observation
"our God and Father".
Imagine, God is our father, our daddy, our Abba.  Yes!  To Him be the glory for ever and ever!
Application
When I first read this verse, I thought, what more can I add?  It's all there....but then it hit me, God is our Father who supplies our needs.  

Looking at it from a parent's perspective:  Do we supply all of our children's' wants? 

Of course not.  If we supplied all their wants...well, there might not be room in our homes - or their hearts - for anything - much less God. 

Some of their wants are plain impractical...
as are some of ours.

Human parents see the big picture, our God truly sees the bigger picture.  He knows what we want may not necessarily be what's best for us.  He knows what's best for us and all of His children.

So, we trust Him to supply our needs.  As I wrote below, my prayer life is becoming more simplified.  Instead of praying for specific outcomes, I'm learning to say, "Not my will, but Thy will."  


In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' short prayer was specific:  for the cup (Crucifixion) to be removed - and then He prayed for God's will, not His.  Interesting.

Here is a natural stopping point.  I'll continue with Part 2 - my testimony - in the next post.  Blessings to everyone!

JP Drainage Bags
On Instagram I saw a post here written by Christy @ckscarves about covers for the drainage bags used by breast cancer patients  after their lumpectomies or mastectomies. I've learned that these drainage bags are not used only by breast cancer patients, but other surgical patients as well.   

She sent me the link for her tutorial - and it was easy peasy!


Here's the fabric cut and stacked.


Yes, I'm a strip sewist!

All done!

I was able to make 6 tonight in about 1 1/2 hours - from cutting to finished!  I'll be passing them out at my next Cancer Care Group!  It is my second book for my 2018 Library Love Challenge.  


Book Date

https://www.amazon.com/
More-Than-Hobby-Americas-
Superstore/dp/1595559833
More Than A Hobby by David Green with Dean Merrill is filled with nuggets of golden life lessons that can be applied to almost any facet of life!  I'm truly enjoying reading it slowly so as to capture these nuggets more fully!


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https://www.amazon.com/
NIV-Story-Audio-CD-Continuing/
dp/0310421772
I'm so glad we are reading this book!  I still find myself going back to the Bible for reference, but this is an easy and enjoyable read in which God is speaking to me on an entirely different level!  In case you're interested, my church, Heart for the World,  provides the study outlines that make this a wonderful devotional time!  



https://www.amazon.com/
Quilters-Homecoming-
Creek-Quilts-Book/
dp/0743260236
I received The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini from my local library!  It will be book 2 in my 2018 Library Love Challenge!  I'm looking forward to listening to it during my commute to work!  

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report - More in the Red with Yarn,

Saturday's Song

I've shared this week's song, Reckless Love by Cory Asbury, recently, but I felt led to share it again because it is on my heart this morning.  Additionally, I felt led to do a bit of research on the background of this week's song and learned that his use of the word "reckless" to describe God's love caused a bit of a stir in the Christian community.  After listening to his response on this video after he sings, I can only humbly praise God for being so reckless in His love for me - for all of us.  


May we all learn to love recklessly.   Here is the link to the song's lyrics as well as another video with the lyrics showing.  Some have mentioned that they like to read the lyrics.  :)



Sunday Slow Stitching

Maria's Spring Flower Granny Square CAL from Maria's Blue Crayonis moving along.  I have decided to work up a "bouquet" of flowers  first and then join them.  I love how they look all together!  I picked up a green and blue by Caron to finish this project.  



I cut out the final pieces of my grandbabies Felt Advent Calendar and made a bit of stitching progress!  I'm so excited as I know I have been working on it at least for a little more than a year!


One Year of Stitches.
Progress continues on my  #1yearofstitches.  Increasingly, I'm finding that it's a great way to begin my prayer and Bible study time.  You can follow my daily progress on my Instagram account.


Stash Report
I have gone deeper in the red with my yarn stash.  However, I may yet get in the black - as a good friend said, "Where there's life, there's hope!"  

Sadly, another brick and mortar locally owned shop is going out of business and has reduced their prices.  So, I paid them a visit - and here's my finds.  


This beautiful yarn by Uneek will go nicely with my bit of bling yarn!
 These will also go nicely together!  I love how this superwash by Elysian works up!

UPDATED:  2/11/18 to include new fabric purchases.

Here's my new fabric purchases this week.  I needed the off-white Bella solid for a project.  The other two?  I just liked - a lot!  :)




Fabric used this week
1.875
Previous total
22.525
To Date used
24.400


Fabric in this week
4.000
Previous total
14.500
To Date in
18.500
Net
5.900
Yarn used this week
0
Previous total
0
To Date used
0


Yarn in this week
37.75
Previous total
0
To Date in
13.00
Net
-      50.75 oz




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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Philippians 4:19. Friday Finish - A Fun Journal Cover

Philippians 4:19
Scripture

Observation
Paul was so grateful for the gifts the Philippians sent!  We discussed how important tithing is and I shared when we first started tithing roughly 30 years ago and another view on Philippians 4:18 here.  Philippians 4:19 is our promise - God will supply all our NEEDS.  The awesome part is that He will supply all our needs according to HIS riches and glory!  Therefore, there is absolutely no way we can outgive God!  Application
Honestly, it has took me a while to trust this verse.  Many times God would nudge me to give at church or somewhere or even to someone else.  I wouldn't out of fear that we would fall short at home.  
However, as my faith grew, I did begin heeding His call and we never, ever fell short.  
Prayer
Abba, thank You for the opportunities You have given me to bless others.  You are amazing in that we never fell short.  Forgive me, I pray, for the times I was disobedient.  Now, I'm grateful that You have taught me to be not only a cheerful giver, but a faith-filled giver.  Your patience with me has allowed me to grow in You.
Thank You, dear Abba! Amen. 


Friday Finish

Do you like 
my new journal cover?  
It was fun to make as I used my Accuquilt Fun Flower Die
and 
practiced my applique skills.  
Actually, it's for my granddaughter.  There's so much I want to say to my grandchildren, but with the oldest being only 8 years old, they might not understand.  So, I write them notes in these journals.  One day they'll read them and perhaps understand.  I've decided to print out photos we take on regular copy paper and include them in our journals.  

Here are some more covers of my personal journals.
My personal journal
I used to use this 
washi tape journal 
for Bible Journaling....
I'm not an artist, but I try..... :)

 When I was first diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (in Nov. 2014), a dear friend recommended I keep notes of doctor appointments, labs, personal notes, etc.  This was my lifeline for a bit.  
Sometimes, when reading a book, I come upon life lessons.  They go in here.

Can you tell 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesdays. Wedding Quilt Finish. To Do Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesdays
You will love this post, "Tell Shame You Have a Savior" from Lyli at Fuel for a Wildfire Faith!  (Don't you just love that name?)  

How many times does the defeated one attack us with shame by reminding us of past failures, hurts and mistakes?  Well, Lyli has an answer to that in an easy to read post filled with verses that we can memorize and have victory over shame!  I so encourage you to visit and strengthen your faith - and "Tell Shame You Have a Savior!"  Can I get an "Amen"?


Wedding Quilt Finish
I couldn't believe I forgot to post the pictures for my sister's finished wedding quilt - the Pretzel Twist by Fons and Porter!  
I love how the sun rays are shining on it - as if God Himself is smiling.

Stephanie, my LAQ, did an amazing job!  
 She always works magic 
with my quilts!
This was a fun quilt to make - 
and the pattern was suggested by 
Stephanie herself!

It was a perfect blend of the colors my sister asked for, her style and the curvy quilting complimented the angles perfectly!  I never fail to be amazed at how beautiful Stephanie makes my quilts look!

To Do Tuesday
Last week's list
1) Press fabric for another Tumbling Blocks prototype.  Done and even cut out the fabric!
2) Finish the first 10 squares of Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet Along! Done!  
3) Make more CIL blocks. Done!  You can see them here!
4) Make progress on Prayer Shawl #7Done!  Again, you can see the progress here!
5) Pray my prayer and memorize Genesis 50:20a
This Week's List is pretty much the same as last week's:  basically a cut and paste job!  
1) Finish my second Tumbling Blocks prototype.  
2) Finish crocheting two more colors of Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet Along
3) Make more CIL blocks. 
4) Make progress on Prayer Shawl #7
5) Pray my prayer and memorize Genesis 50:20a

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Philippians 4:18 Part 2. More CIL String Blocks. Book Date.

Philippians 4:18 Part 2
Scripture

Observation
Wow:  "fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God."  Imagine, having your gift described as such?
Application
When we give, not only to our churches, but when we give anything, what makes it a "fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God"?  


It wasn't the amount the Philippians sent to Paul as much as it was their hearts.This Scripture is often quoted, instructing that giving is a matter of the heart.




Look at the next verse. Most of us give cheerfully, not expecting God to bless us, but because we love and care for others - which is an attitude of the heart.  Therefore our gifts are indeed "fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God." 

When I first started reading  blogs, I was surprised and inspired by everyone who lovingly and compassionately create for various charities. You inspired me so much that I prayed, "God, help me find the time to create for charity,"  and He answered my prayer.  (Funny, I never prayed for my skills to increase so that my gifts would be "good enough", just for the time to create.)

Each of you were my blessing, my inspiration and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Perhaps (grinning) that is why God blesses us abundantly in all things (our stashes) so that we may abound in good works.  :)

Prayer
My LORD, thank You for Your faithfulness and guiding my heart and hands as I wrote this post.  I'm so grateful to all the generous bloggers who humbly shared their giving, for their generous hearts, and for working through them to inspire me to also become a cheerful giver of fiber love.  

I pray your blessing on all the givers of the world:  that they may be blessed abundantly so that they may abound in every good work!
Thank You, Abba!
Amen.


More CIL String Blocks.
I was able to make more string blocks for CIL (Covered in Love)!  
I so look forward to making these - they're my favorite CIL block!

Book Date

https://www.amazon.com/
More-Than-Hobby-Americas-
Superstore/dp/1595559833
I'm still enjoying More Than A Hobby by David Green with Dean Merrill.  I'm not a business person, but the conversational tone of this book captivates me.  


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https://www.amazon.com/
NIV-Story-Audio-CD-Continuing/
dp/0310421772
The Story The Bible As One Continuing Story of God continues to bless me on so many different levels.  The study outlines my church, Heart for the World, provides work organically to help me delve deeper into God's Word.  

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