Here's is an index should you have a special interest you like to read first!
The Weekly Word - is a short devotional that sometimes becomes a Bible Study series.
My Reading Life - is filled with current, completed and upcoming reads as well as an occasional short review.
Stash Report and To Do Tuesday is where I'll share share stats regarding my fiber usage and acquisitions, Slow Sunday Stitching projects, goals met/lack thereof and photos of my projects.
Gratitude Journal - Sometimes I get lost in my own stinky thinking. This digital journal reminds me to count my blessings!
The Weekly Word
I trust in You;
do not let me be put to shame nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Show me Your ways LORD, teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me
for You are God my Savior,
and my hope is in You all day long.
Remember, LORD, Your great mercy and love,
for they are all from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
according to Your love, remember me, for You LORD, are good.
During times of great pain and losses, this verse is a reminder of our LORD's grace. As the LORD guides us in His truth and teaches us, we can confidently follow Him, even if the path forward is completely foreign. His instruction and guidance will help us to grow in Him and become more like Jesus.
As we deal with personal pain and loss, let us learn to focus on His instruction and to follow His guidance, regardless of our fleshly desires to react differently.
We have our hope in Christ our LORD and Savior who loves us beyond comprehension. If we believe that statement, then our trust is in Him also.
Let us let go of our human tendencies to react and instead remember that we can indeed be still and know He is God!
10“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
11The LORD of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Instead of complicating already painfilled and complex situations let us remember that much is gained from silent prayers for wisdom and grace.
It's so hard.
It's so different.
But, as we lean on the LORD and remember to seek His guidance and instruction all the while knowing we can confidently be still and know He is God.
My Reading Life
***** King's Shadow by Angela Elwell Hunt is the final installment of The Silent Year series - the years between the Old Testament and the New Testament. I was surprised that even in those days, politics and skill with manipulation was vital to survival and prevalent in royal life. Then again, why is that surprising?
Hunt brought the many pieces of the puzzle together with skill. For this reader, she never fails to satisfy.
Hard Copy Current and TBRs
Yarny Numbers I needed another skein of yarn for the Sunshine Afghan. Once it's finished, I'll be in the black.
I finally had a finish - some Christmas placemats in which I practiced machine quilting and binding! I'm about 20% to my goal of using 75 yards of fabric this year. I believe I'll surpass it as I still have four or five quilts to finish binding.
To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List
1. Slow Stitching
- Begin part 4 of the Bee Humble during the day. Done and undone! :) I added part 4 which was borders and realized that losing my points this time was simply not working for me. I spent last night with my seam ripper taking out two borders.
Even the master quilters had issues with this section, so I've decided I'm going to practice on scrap flannel and keep at it until I keep my points.
- Continue stitching on the Grandmother's Flower Garden in the evenings. Done! I almost finished the row!
After I add the last two rows, it might be a great size as a bed topper on my queen-sized bed!
- make progress on the Sunshine afghan Done! I almost finished another skein! This will be a Mommy and Me afghan so that Mama/Daddy is warm during the night time feedings.
3. Machine Sewing:
- A squirrel caught my attention and I have a finish to share! These Christmas placemats will be a gift for my sister and her husband. I enjoyed quilting them and practiced adding binding by machine.
- ** Pick a machine embroidery UFO/project to complete Done! I'm going to make some lace Christmas ornaments similar to these.
- make progress on the four $15 Sampler blocks for this month Not done
This Week's List
1. Slow Stitching
- Continue stitching on the Grandmother's Flower Garden in the evenings.
- make progress on the Sunshine afghan (The baby is due this month!)
3. Machine Sewing:
- Figure out the issue with the Bee Humble border
- Finish four $15 Sampler blocks for this month
Remember the song, "Be careful little eyes what you see"? It is often sung in children's Sunday School classes. It applies to adults as well. The lyrics in Casting Crowns Slow Fade struck me and are so very powerful! Here is their teaching video that corresponds to Slow Fade.
Here is our weekly prompt for Thursday's I Like post from Lee Anna from Not Afraid of Color which is all about our creative/sewing space.
What do you like about your creative/sewing space?
I absolutely love being able to look out into my prayer garden and the bird feeder I added to the window.
I also love my cutting table. It's a great space to cut fabric - obviously and plan projects.
Do you have a dedicated space that is yours alone?
I am blessed to have a dedicated room for my sewing space. It was a gift of love from my husband. I spent many months dreaming about a sewing studio and even created a document with my ideas.
We are friends with a master carpenter and his wife is a thoughtful planner. The four of us planned and designed the furniture and then the guys went to work building it for me! The shelves are from Pier One and the chest of drawers were my Dad's. I am so blessed to have this space!
What works in there for you?
Everything, absolutely everything. It was designed so well that I love all of it!
We are going to be adding shelving in the closet similar to the shelving above my desk in my new cloffice.
How do you feel when you're there.
LOL! That all depends how my project is going! 😉 Usually when I walk into my room to sew, I feel peaceful and productive. I feel ready to leave the world behind and simply get lost in creativity. Many times I'll play Christian pop music and the LORD does His work in my heart. I'll also listen to audio books or crime shows.
Overall it is my special place where creativity is unleashed and the machines hum. Sometimes it's silent as the seam ripper and I work together! 😏
I feel determined to deal with my UFOs and stash. They take up so much space!
Here are my favorite Instagram likes this week: