The Weekly Word
Isn’t amazing that Paul these four letters, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, from prison? Even more incredible is that the majority of these letters are letters of encouragement.
Written. By. A. Man. Who. Was. In. Prison.
These prisons were nothing like today’s prisons. They were miserable.
How do did Paul maintain such faith while imprisoned in such a dismal environment? In my opinion, it’s all a matter of perspective.Unquestionably he knows he is imprisoned – no denial there. Undeniably, he knows Nero put him in his physical prison.However, no one can take him away from his spiritual prison, one he gladly claims.
Paul not only joyfully claims to be a prisoner of Christ Jesus, he also gives the reason for his joyful imprisonment: for the sake of the Gentiles and seeing them saved by the grace of Jesus Christ!
Isn’t that amazing? His focus remains on Jesus and bringing others to His Lord and Savior of whom he is a joyful prisoner!
What are we prisoners of? Greed? Lust? Depression? Drugs/alcohol? Gambling? Whatever is our prison, we can pray to become healthy prisoners of Christ Jesus so that whatever our circumstances are, we will remain focused on Jesus, the healer and redeemer of all mankind. And guess what? We can pray the same for our imprisoned loved ones. They can have this same victory. Amen?
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Recalling Miss Mabel’s sewing notions that were her childhood toys, Sutton buys a collection of buttons at an estate sale from Bonnie Lyons, the imposing matriarch of the lakeside community. Propelled by a handful of trinkets left behind by her mother and glimpses into the history of the magical lakeshore town, Sutton becomes tantalized by the possibility that Bonnie is the grandmother she never knew. But is she? As Sutton cautiously befriends Bonnie and is taken into her confidence, she begins to uncover the secrets about her family that Miss Mabel so carefully hid, and about the role that Sutton herself unwittingly played in it all."
To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List
a. Some of the fabric that bled on my Christmas table topper is also in the cut fabrics for my Christmas Tumbler Quilt and Table Topper. Thank God I'd only stitched up one row of my quilt! Consequently, this week I will be replacing them. Hopefully by next week, I’ll be ready to start stitching these projects together.
c. “Learn and Discover” is a term I learned in this month series of Mastery Classes for my Bernina. Every month they offer "Embroidery Academy" and this month's class we'll be learning how to stitch up patches. A quick online search revealed that patches are a hot new trend. I’m so excited!
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