Sunday, July 18, 2021

Survivors’ Guilt Part Two, Reading, Stitching, and Gratitude

Hello There!

It's nice to be back to blogging again after a week off!  Last time I posted we were talking about Survivor's Guilt, what it is and how to deal with it.  I was sharing what I gleaned form this post at Parkview Health.  We'll continue with the healing process, check in on progress with my last Tuesday To Do list, check out my literary world, and share some moments of gratitude.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Survivors' Guilt:  Continuing the Healing Process 

Part 1 Part 3  Part 4


Many years ago I felt almost scolded by God when I first read this verse.  Slowly, a peace beyond understanding entered my being as I realized that God sees the bigger picture.  
When I found Jeremiah 29:11 and connected it to Isaiah 55:8-9, the deal was sealed.  My spiritual growth began and I began to sincerely and fully trust God.  

So, when I found the Parkview Health page, I was reminded of these familiar verses and my journey to trusting God's plan for my life.  It's a plan designed to
1) give me a hope and a future,
2) give me the power and knowledge that when I call on my Daddy, He will listen to me,
3) He will be found by me when I seek Him and
4) He will bring me back from captivity.  
And guess what?  
The same holds true for you!  
I know see Survivors' Guilt for what it is:
a tool the defeated one tried to use to defeat me and stifle the purpose God has for my life.  
I will go forward remembering those who have gone before me and try to live my life in a manner that will honor them, honor God and bring God's joy and encouragement to those around me.   
 Because His joy is our strength.  
Currently Reading

I'm really enjoying this well-written book 
about a shameful part of our nation's history.

My granddaughter finished her other book, so we started our Book Club For 2 last week! I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion!
Though I finished it, I am re-reading it to refresh my memory.  I'm hoping she'll want to read the second book in the series, Zia.

Though I  enjoyed listening to 28 Summers, but I was conflicted as I listened.

Mary Alice and I thoroughly enjoyed Camino Island!  I was wondering what in the world Grisham was doing in the first three chapters, but wow!  It all came together and it was a wild ride!  We've already eagerly begun Camino Winds!  
Next few books 

Yarny numbers
I purchased some more dishcloth yarn.  I'm so excited about the white and red one - the one in a cupcake style skein - as it was on clearance!  

I seem to be more on a crocheting kick right now.  I'll share those projects below.  
Fabric numbers
No changes here.
Productivity Stats
No changes here.  

Last Week's List
1.  Prepped Projects:  Stitch up the last few Qube Crush blocks.  Not yet
2.  Continue to progress on my hexagon afghan. ๐Ÿ˜„
3.  Stitch up my pile of mending.  ๐Ÿ˜„  One of the projects was a table topper I made in .  It was one of my my first projects and my first oh so humble attempt at  machine quilting.  The hand stitched binding came undone.  I believe the thread I used was of a lower quality, so perhaps that's why it came loose?   this topper.  
4.  Slow Stitching:  Make progress on my deer mitten.  ๐Ÿ˜„
This Week's List
1.  Prepped Projects:  Stitch up the last few Qube Crush blocks and then begin laying out my squares.  I'm not sure how to arrange all 72 a large quilt?  in various sized baby quilts?  a lap quilt and baby quilts?  My daughters suggested this layout. 
2.  Continue to progress on my hexagon afghan.   
3.  Slow Stitching:  Finish my dear mitten as well as frog my Noel mitten to make corrections.   I forgot some embellishing that takes this mitten to a whole new level of cuteness! 
LeeAnna's "I Like" party on Thursdays reminds me to look for beauty and fun in my world!  

My son bought me this mini pack of cookies from  @cookies_bychris
just because I mentioned I was craving her cookies!
Here are some interesting looking titles I saw at Target, but I resisted purchasing them.  As we deal with my aging parents, I am realizing that I should probably consider purging my own home.  My library card is being used so much more and I am posting several books at my account at paperbackswap.   
I thought my grandchildren might enjoy these books.

I thought The Hero Code would be an inspiring read.
I loved the idea of this book!
This book is definitely out of my normal genre,
but the cover and title are so alluring!

Here's a page I was inspired to create after reading
Chapter one of Stormie O'Martian's 
The Power of Praying Through Fear.  

Kitty and Mia are snuggling
during one of our recent thunderstorms.

Enjoyed this post? 


  1. I am familiar with both of those verses but I never connected them. Wow. What an awesome message!

  2. Nice to see your return. Sometimes the scripture is confusing to me, but as you say above, God finds a way to end up explaining with the scriptures. Have a happy week.

  3. Enjoy your stitching... lovely new yarn!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  4. I'm making a strong effort to keep as many books going out as I have coming in. Luckily I have a Little Free Library where I can share my finished books with others.

    I've seen This Tender Land all over the place during the last couple of weeks. I need to see if I can find a copy.

    Love the hexagon afghan.

  5. I see a few books I'd like to read.

    All your crafty things remind me of my mom. She quilted, sewed, crocheted, had 10 green thumbs and on and on. I have no crafty in me and no green thumbs.

    I have A Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron series on my tbr list.

    Your cat and dog are adorable!

    I hope you have a great week!

  6. Lots of fun projects going on. The cookies look yummy!

  7. Lots of great projects, and your dog and cat look comfy! Hope you have a great week!

  8. Heard so many good things about This Tender Land. I can understand why you were conflicted about 28 Summers. Me too.

  9. I really enjoyed Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger and want to read This Tender Land, too!

  10. I love those two Scriptures! You are an encouragement and inspiration to many, many people! Have an awesome week!

  11. This Tender Land is one of my favorite books. Beautifully written!

  12. This Tender Land was one of my favorite books of that year. I hope you enjoy it. Nice crafts and what cute pets!

  13. Hi,
    What a lot of books...I'll be checking them out. I'm always looking for a good book to read. Love that pretty yarn, and your hexies look really great. Have a great day!

  14. I love that Isaiah scripture. Long ago I heard an interesting idea about how God sees things (like we could ever really know!). We are on the highway in the valley and can only see the scenery around us and God is on the top of the hill and can see not only what is happening all around us but also what is to come in the distance. It's an elementary way of seeing things but I've passed that simple explanation on to my kids and they still talk about it.
    I love those cupcake yarns. I think they look pretty on my shelf and haven't used them yet - lol!