Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday's Strength: Psalm 62:6. Pressing Matters in Batiks. Book Date. Pressing On.

Monday's Strength

I once asked my pastor for guidance.  After sharing his wisdom, he concluded by saying, “Do not let this go.  It must be dealt with.”

Those were challenging words to hear, much less implement.  But I implement them I did. 

The journey was arduous.  Near the bottom of the valley, God moved in a miraculous way.  I slowly began my journey toward the top of the hills. 

It was then that I found this verse in my Box of Hope cards.  Praise God that I stayed the course!  Though I did not see it at the time, the Lord was indeed my Rock, my Salvation and my Defense during that trial.  Sometimes, we just need to stand and not be moved knowing God is in control. (Ephesians 6:13)

UPDATE:  7/8/20 Thank you, Mary at Hill Country Quilter, for your question about the Box of Hope!  I will share a mini tutorial on it on Monday, July 13, 2020!  

Pressing Matters in Batiks. 

Remember my Pressing Matters 30’s $7.50 quilt, the one in which I learned the valuable lesson of correct pressing?  Pressing Matters was my practice for these batiks and boy, did I learn a ton about compensating strips.  Only my LAQ can save this quilt now.  Fingers crossed, prayers up.  

Before I started on the batik version of the quilt, my daughter gave me a review of compensating strips and, this time, I wrote down her instructions.  Here's two of the blocks complete with placement labels.  

Hopefully, the top will be finished this week!  

Book Date

On my Goodreads list of Current Reads you will find eight books, but these are the ones I’m “really” reading. 

Current Reads

Until We Reach Home Again by Lynn Austin
(free audio book on RB Digital)

(Appalachian Serenade by Sara Loudin Thomas,
free download on Kindle)

The Astonishing Thing by Sandi Ward
(free ebook on RB Digital)

I’ve come so far to be able to juggle all these books.  Remember what a struggle it was to even finish one book after I finished chemo? So, if you're going through chemo or just finished chemo, remember, this part of your life isn't the rest of your life.  Stay hopeful!

Finished Books

by Dorothy Gilman (free audiobook RB Digital)
I enjoy the Pollifax series as light, entertaining reading and, after two books, am still surprised at the end.

(Kindle Prime Reading) 
This book is an important work of history detailing the lives of the Blue People of Kentucky in 1936.  Many of the social issues discussed, sadly, continue to plague our nation today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope the hearts of others will also be touched by this wonderful work!

Pressing On Philippians 3:14
I highly recommend linking up with Roseanne for her To Do Tuesday Link Up.  We simply set weekly goals and link up our progress.  It's been helpful for me.  

Last time my goals were:
1.  Visit Daddy and Mama via FaceTime. ✔
2.  Garden ✔
3.  Finish compensating strips for my 30's $7.50 quilt.  ✔
4.  Read - I want to read again!  Yea!  ✔

This Week's Goals
1.  Visit Daddy and Mama via FaceTime.  
2.  Catch up on Qube Crush blocks.  
3.  Hand work, especially Christmas gifts
4.  Read - Finish one book

Linking up to these parties!


  1. I would love to know more about your box of hope cards.

  2. Pretty blocks! I'll be looking up some of the books you recommended.

  3. Hi,
    Went through Chemo with my husband...hang in there...I've put a couple
    of your books on my TBR list...have a great day!

  4. Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for the shout out. I'm so happy the weekly link up and list making is working well for you. It works well for me, too! Your batik blocks are gorgeous. That is one great thing about batiks, I think - the deepness and richness of the colors. I can't wait to see that quilt top complete. Thanks so much for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne