Monday, July 30, 2018

Jesus Asked It #1. Progress on Got Your Back - Backpack #2. Book Date.

Questions Jesus Asked #1
On Sunday, July 22, 2018 Pastor Dale preached an amazing sermon:  Do You Want to Get Well?  It was based on John 5:1-15, the accounting of the man by the pool of healing waters.  During this powerful sermon, Pastor said something like this (paraphrased), "If you want to ask questions, why not start with the questions Jesus asked?"  

That set right with my Spirit.  
Therefore, I'm reading the four gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in order focusing on the questions Jesus asked.  I'll be implementing the Color Coded Bible Study that I learned about here.  
This is a pretty intensive study that I break up throughout the week.  This morning's study looked like this:  
  I printed out the NIV version in column one and the Amplified version in column two.  As you can see in the Amplified version, "saltiness" can be construed as our purpose.  
I took a break here with one burning question:  If we lose our "saltiness" (purpose) or our light, how can we be made salty/filled with light again?

I'll continue the study with the next steps:  

-Read the chapter as if you are the author. Who are you? Where are you? To whom are you writing?  
- Then read the chapter as if you are the recipient.  What is the message they wanted to send you?
If you decide to follow along, I'd love to hear about how the LORD is working in your life!  
Or I'd love to read your comments about this study/these verses!  
Be blessed, my dear reader, be blessed.  

Progress on Got Your Back - Backpack #2

I finished Part 2 of Annie's Got Your Back 2.0!  The seam on the binding will disappear to night.  I've decided that hand binding will be prettier.  

I love this paisley fabric was from Hobby Lobby - a purchase from at least 3 years ago!  The pink was from my LQS!  
Soon, all these pieces will be a backpack!  :)

Book Date
The Priest: Aaron (Sons of Encouragement, #1)
Francine Rivers wrote a great series, Sons of Encouragement.  The description from Francine Rivers' webpage  states:  "In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God’s call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life." I am currently listening to The Priest: Aaron.  
Dreams of Falling
My current ebook is Dreams of Falling by Karen White.  

Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch, #3)
Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herse 
was a sweet romance with a predictable ending.  However, I absolutely loved how Ms. Herse integrated Scripture in her characters' personality.  As they faced various situations, they recalled Scripture that helped them trust in God.  Oh, that we should all remember that lesson!

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult at first was hard to listen to.  Ms. Picoult addresses social issues and speaks for both sides of said issues.  This can make her books hard to read/listen to, but, as always, she wrote an engrossing read.  

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 29, 2018

Saturday's Song: The Broken Beautiful. Slow Stitching. Stash Report

Saturday's Song:  The Broken Beautiful
Here is an upbeat song with a deep message:  
God's love will never change.
There's healing in His Name.
He makes broken things beautiful!

Have you been broken?  
I know I have.  
I bet you have as well.  

My dear, you are beautiful when you turn it all over to God!

Do you feel shame?
He took all that on Himself for you.

Are you scarred?
Well, if His scars are the evidence of healing, mine must be as well!
I'll never look at my chemotherapy port scar the same again!

Take a listen.
Raise your hands and dance in praise to our precious Savior!
Go ahead!

Slow Stitching
Well, here we go!  My finger is finally healing enough for me to crochet, so, hopefully, today I'll be finishing up my green flowers for the Spring Granny Square afghan!  

This blue yo-yo flower is attached complete with its white yo-yos.  
I also hope to make some more white yo-yo's to continue Row 2 of my Yo-Yo Quilt with this yellow/orange flower!  
Here's the progress on my Still Stitching project. 
                                                               #1stitchaday #1yearofstitches
Stash Report
No fabric/yarn in!  Yea!  Now that classes have finished at my LQS, Be Sew Creative, the temptation has been neutralized!

I have finished the Oreo Orca so that was a bit of fabric out!  I'll be showing it next week!  
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesdays. To Do Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesday

Today I would like to share Color Coded Bible Study, a method discussed by Ruth O'Neal at TheMennonite.  I’m going to give you a brief outline, but her post has all the details.  You will need a Bible that you will be coloring in, colored pencils, a pen, a highlighter and a notebook. 
  1. Read the chapter you have chosen to study.  
  2. Then, follow her suggestions for coloring in various details of the chapter. Sometimes I do this step in one sitting, sometimes over a period of days.  It’s up to you and how the Holy Spirit is working in your heart.
  3. Your next step is to read the chapter as if you are the author and journal about who you are, where you are and who your audience is. 
  4. Now you’ll read the chapter again, but from the perspective as the recipient.  Journal about the message you are being sent.  During both of these steps, I often refer to my color-coding and the results are amazing!  The depth of awareness increases in even the most familiar passages of Scripture. 
  5. Next you move onto following the “bread crumbs” – the extra references in the margins of your Bible.  Ruth has excellent guidingquestions for this step! 
  6. The next step is to see what scholars have to say about your passage.  For now, I’m using Biblehub as a reference for this part. Again, seek out Ruth’spost for this section.  Her additional comments will greatly enrich your study.
  7. Finally, apply what you’ve learned to your life! 

I applied this to Psalm 1.  Here’s what it looked like. The paper is white - not sure why it came out the way it did, but I like it! 

The framing was just a bit of doodling…..
Here’s what my Bible looked like in May when I did my “dry run”.  When I picked up Psalms to begin this study last week, I gleaned so much more as I journaled! 
 Thank you, Ruth for sharing such a powerful tool!
To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List
Progress was greatly hampered by a misfortune - I cut my middle finger with a rotary cutter.  Yuck!  How I caught my middle finger is beyond me.  I refused to go into the ER and opted to treat it at home with my dear husband doing the heavy lifting.  After several days of Neosporin and bandages, I am down to just a band-aid and alternating Neosporin and fresh aloe vera.  

As it was on the side of the ancillary node dissection and lumpectomy, I called my surgeon who said as long as it doesn't  get infected, I am good.   My PCP said it looks good and sent me off for a tetanus shot.  

I did order the Klutz Glove and will be a faithful user of it!  :)

1) Backpack:  I would like to stitch all around my quilted pieces to seal the edges.  After that, I am going to prepare the rest of the pieces by fusing the various interfacings, making the bias binding, padded handle, straps and strap tabs. I also need to prepare the front flap of the backpack pocket.  It sounds like a lot, but I do not think it will take too long.  ✔ This was before I cut myself.

2) The actual instructions for sewing the Oreo Orca are three pages with tons of pictures.  I am hoping to finish the following sections:  patches, tummy, tail, fin and sewing the top together.  Luckily, there is a "Sew with Me" webpage!  I am getting excited about this project!  X To be added to this week.  I did manage to cut out all the pieces and get some parts sewn on!
 The white fabric is a glow-in-the-dark fabric!
3) Continue making those pretty, green flowers for my Spring Granny Square Afghan! X Crocheting was out of the question, maybe this week?  I did however make these yo-yos!

4) Finish the flimsy for Comfort Quilt #3.  X

5) Make more four patches - of course! X
This Week's List
will look a lot like last week's list.  
1) Backpack:  Hopefully get through at least 1/2 of section 3's instructions.

2) Oreo Orca:  I would like to finish the  tummy, tail, fin and sewing the top together.  The "Sew with Me" webpage is helpful!  

3) If I'm able, I would like to finish the green flowers for my Spring Granny Square Afghan

4) Finish the flimsy for Comfort Quilt #3.  

5) Trim my four patches.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Saturday's Song: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again Stash Report.

Saturday's Song:  Tell Your Heart To Beat Again
November 26, 2014.  
"You have a tumor in your breast.  It's really deep in there.  You need a good surgeon because this type of tumor cannot be handled by just any surgeon."

My heart stopped beating for a season.

November 13, 2015.
After 6 months of chemotherapy and 42 days of radiation, I reached the last day of treatment!  
As I drove home, I erroneously believed I would immediately return to the person I was before.

It's been 2 1/2 years and I still live with the effects of chemotherapy.  I told my daughter one day, "I just want the old me, to be normal again."
She wisely said, "You are normal, this is your normal - you're alive."
I stopped in my tracks!  Praise God!  I'm alive!  Furthermore, I'm getting stronger every day.

July 17, 2018.  My heart is beating again....I guess it's been beating for some time.

Here's the story behind the song.

Are you going through cancer?  
Are you going through a trial?
Are you heartbroken?
Has your heart stopped beating?

Your heart will beat again.  
You will thrive again.
You will appreciate life more than ever before.
Tell You Heart To Beat Again.

Slow Stitching
My dear readers, please be careful when cutting fabric with a rotary cutter.  This week I cut my finger pretty badly - 1/2" long, about 1/4" deep.  I decided not to go to the hospital choosing instead to treat at home.  After a phone consult with my surgeon, (I called him because I cut on the same side as my ancillary node dissection and we have to be careful with that side.), he was pleased with how we're treating it, though he felt I should have had stitches. Please be careful, my friends.

Consequently, there's not a lot going in the stitching department.  I can, however, type with both hands now!  :)

I did make these yo-yo's
and embroider a bit.  Still Stitching continues to give me time to rest in Him and remember His Word and lessons.  
Stash Report
Don't you think this yarn would be a beautiful shawl/scarf?  At $1.47 a skein, I had to pick it up!
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Sunday Scripture Blessings @ Peabea's Scribble Pad

Paulette's Papers 
updated:  forgot to add this new to me link!  :)