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The Weekly Word
2) Be completely gentle - This year one of my goals, my main goal actually, is to listen with compassion and gentleness. It's such a strange experience, but when I remind myself of this as I'm listening to someone speak (in person) their very appearance seems to change right before my eyes. I know, I sounds weird. But it's true. Or perhaps as I remember, God softens my heart and I see the speaker through His eyes. Either way, hopefully gentleness is making me a better listener and ministering to the one speaking.
3) Be patient bearing with one another in love - Many years ago I was advised never to pray for patience as the trials to instill it in my life would ensue!
Today as I relate to others, I'm learning patience. Many times, it's practicing deep breathing. Other times it's remembering that slogan: No reaction is a reaction. And yet other times, we can remember that God loves all of His children - including us!
I'm also learning to exercise patience as I am experimenting with learning new skills in machine sewing. I'm learning to be kind and patient with myself. One precious lady once said, "If a friend talked to me the way I talk to myself, I wouldn't be friends with her anymore!" So, after many deep breaths, I pick up my seam ripper and step forward!
Be it with others or with ourselves, let us learn to be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another - to include ourselves - in love.
My Reading Life
After pondering a comment from a reader, I wanted to share the sources of many of the books I read. Books can be expensive, so my main source is my local library! They have various apps that make reading versatile, fun and free. The ones I use the most are Hoopla, and Libby, yet as I was researching I found many other options! I sure other local libraries have digital offers as well!
My Reading Life
From behind the counter, Shaun Bythell catalogs the customers who roam his shop in Wigtown, Scotland. There's the Expert (divided into subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).
Then there's the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lycra Clad), and the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter). Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer--all add up to one of the funniest book about books you'll ever find.
Shaun Bythell (author of ) and his mordantly unique observational eye make this perfect for anyone who loves books and bookshops.
To Do Tuesday
- Bee Humble - Complete the hand embroidery of Sections Four and Five by May 15th. Section Five has a ton of beautiful details. Done - progress made! Section Five is the right hand side: the bee hive, grass, stems, leaves and some bees. Also the words "Bee Humble" on the bottom. I spent a morning prepping the house and wrapping my head around the hand stitching as I had stepped away from this project for a bit.
- Christmas Tumbler Quilt - replace the fabric that bleeds with new fabrics Done! I have the quilt on my design board ready to be stitched up!
- Fall Into A Quilt - Stitch up the two prepared blocks Not done.
- Stitch up the pillowcase that's been on my design wall for a while Done! This cute little pillowcase is from a kit I bought years ago from my LQS. I used this tutorial from Spruce Crafts for a quick finish. As I sewed I was reminiscing how hard sewing pillowcases was for me as a beginning sewist! :) How things have changed.
4. Machine Embroidery
- finish this Kimberbell Lovebirds Tandem Bicycle Tote. All it needs is the cute slogan embroidered and stitching the sides (famous last words) 😏 Not Done.
This Week's List
- Bee Humble - Complete the hand embroidery of Sections Four and Five by May 15th. Section Five has a ton of beautiful details.
- Christmas Tumbler Quilt - create a flimsy!
- Fall Into A Quilt - Stitch up the two prepared blocks
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