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All my Christian life I’ve heard “someone is watching you”.  This statement is intended as a reminder the things we do and say in our everyday lives are, in part, our Christian witness.  Good or bad, if we claim Jesus as our Saviour, our actions reflect our love or lack of love for Him.  I’m far from perfect and am sure beyond a doubt I have grieved Jesus many times with my words and  actions.  This post is no way  intended to toot my own horn or pat myself on the back.  Its sole purpose is to emphasize how great an impact our actions have on others…people without Jesus included…especially.

My sweet husband had to be at work at 5:00 this morning.  I rolled out of bed at 5:30.  I’m  hanging my head in shame, because I did not get out of bed in time to make breakfast for him and kiss him goodbye at the door.  Not, really.  He enjoys that quiet time alone to prepare for the day, and he kisses me goodbye before he leaves.  By 8:00 I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things I need for preparing what I will take for Sunday dinner on the grounds after church tomorrow.  While in the produce department I came upon Charlie,  an employee I’ve spoken to for years, and after greeting her, I asked her how long she had been working at the store.   She told me she started when the store opened thirteen years ago.  Then Charlie told me she remembered the first time she met me.   I was just a little taken back and told her I hoped it was a good memory.  I’ve always felt like Charlie was just a little uncomfortable around me…I sensed her looking through me…she seemed to be leery.  She looked as if she had something she wanted to say.  I even wondered if she disliked me even though I knew I had given her no reason to.  I ALWAYS made it a point to speak to Charlie, ask how she was doing, and wish her a good day.  Charlie told me she remembered me visiting the garden center shortly after it opened.  I bought a shepherd’s hook.  She said I returned later to return a shepherd’s hook.  I told her there were two stuck together, and I paid for only one.  I told her Jesus would not be pleased with me if I kept something I had not paid for even if it were not taken on purpose.  Charlie said she couldn’t believe anyone would come back to return something they had not paid for.  She has always been puzzled by my actions…and me.  She has remembered that encounter every time she has seen me since it happened. 

Charlie said people steal Wal-Mart blind, and few people bring things back if they leave without paying for them.  I told Charlie, people need Jesus.  Charlie does not know Him, but she knows He has made a difference in my life.  I pray He will make a difference in her life, too.

My visit with Charlie this morning was humbling and reminded me people truly are watching us…and to them, we become what they see.   What are others seeing in you?

Blog posts without pictures are so blah…so here is one…off topic, but very beautiful.

Until next time…

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

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Thank you to the men and women who have secured and continue to ensure the freedom we have enjoyed in the United States of America. That precious freedom is slipping through our hands. Our ancestor’s gift of freedom is in jeopardy of being forfeited and fought for in vain.  The enemy is within.  The solution is simple.

There is no freedom greater than that found in Jesus Christ.

Until next time…

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  Romans 8:21

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Yes, I know Christmas is in December, but for just a few minutes after the postman made today’s delivery I was sure Christmas had arrived again.  My bloggy/Art4Mail friend Lisa sent me a stash-building care package filled with wonderful pretties to help wile away my crazy quilting hours in fanciful style.  The box was filled with laces and trims, shiny-fancy fabrics, beads and baubles, motifs and more.  I was enamored and enchanted…wowed by Lisa’s generosity.  Not long ago, she said something along the line of “we make such good friends through the computer”.  And it is true.  (Yes…I know sentences don’t begin with “and”…just call me a grammar rebel.)

I took pictures of all the treasures.  The pictures turned out a bit dark, but you can still get the gist of all the package held.

Fabulous beaded trims…

Shiny Fancy Fabrics…

Trims and lace and Kreinik thread…

A pile of pretty silk ribbon…

And these lovely pictures…In my novice ignorance I’m not sure exactly how to use them.  They may be iron on transfers.  I’ll definitely be looking into it.  I’ve seen lots of beautiful work where they’ve been used within a block.

The pictures only show a bit of what sweet Lisa shared.  Thank you, Lisa.  I appreciate you.

Until next time…

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  These things I command you, that ye love one another.  John 15:13-17

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This is a really quick post to share a first-time project I committed to in Art4Mail.  (Art4Mail is a fabric art swap group I belong to.  It’s open to sewers (pronounced so weres  for anyone who has their mind on plumbing:))  The theme of this sweet project is what prompted me to join in.  We are making quilties (6 inch quilts) based on the fruit of the Spirit.  Loving the Lord and His wonderful Word, there was no way I could resist.  We will make a separate quiltie for each of the 9 fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Our first quiltie will reflect how we interpret “love”.  Because of my new love of  crazy quilting, I’ve chosen to make crazy patch quilties.  Moments ago I finished making my naked blocks.  Here they are.

Block front:

Block Back:

Now the fun part begins…I’ll share again when the embellishing is completed.

The lady who thought of and set this quiltie theme up just had major heart surgery.  Art4Mail and her family would appreciate it if you would remember Barbara in your prayers.

Until next time…

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have love you, that ye also love one another.  John 13:34

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As I reflect on having an “attitude of gratitude” and all that I have to be thankful, I cannot help but wonder about the meaning of the words.  Like so many things in this life  attitude is a choice.  One dictionary says attitude is “a settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in a person’s behavior”.  Of Gratitude it says “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”.  Notice there are two parts…two actions…in the definition of gratitude.  When I think an attitude of gratitude I cannot not help but think of the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35.  “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Today I am thankful God has given me a dear husband with a giving heart…that we might be a blessing to others by sharing what God has given us by showing random acts of kindness to others.  What better way to show our gratitude (and Jesus in us) than by being kind to the people we encounter in our daily lives?  Gratitude is an attitude of choice.  Choice is made on purpose.  May I always have an attitude of gratitude to the fullest extent of the definition so others see Jesus in me.

What are you thankful for on this Attitude of Gratitude Thursday?  If you would like to take part in this weekly expression of gratitude click on the button at the top of this post.

Until next time…Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.  Psalm 147:7,8

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I recently joined a lovely online community for Christian homekeepers. The founder of the community started an opportunity to post weekly on Thursday, focusing on having an “Attitude of Gratitude”. She expressed her observation that, in general, people have become less thankful for what we have. I’m very inclined to agree. Even among God’s children I hear the expression of dissatisfaction about what they have…or don’t have.  (woe is me)   I’ve been guilty myself. So often we forget to count our blessings instead of counting our wants. As Christians, we know our heavenly Father loves a thankful heart…for this reason I am accepting the challenge of focusing on an attitude of gratitude and will take part in this weekly blog event.

When I replied to the initial “Attitude of Gratitude” post on the Christian Homekeeper blog I was asked if I would post my reply on my blog. That reply reads as follows…

“In all things give thanks” comes to mind when I think of an attitude of gratitude. I’m so blessed. It’s easy to express gratitude for the good things…for the blessings God bestows on His children daily if we just take the time to open our spiritual eyes and think about what those blessings are. In hindsight I can look back and see how God uses the tough times and hard things we go through to bring blessings into our lives…blessings that outweigh those tough times and hard things. I am thankful to have a heavenly Father who ALWAYS knows what is best for me.

Are you feeling thankful for the abundant good things in your life, or does your attitude of gratitude need an adjustment?  Feel free to join in on Thursday and share what you are thankful for.  Click on the Attitude of Gratitude button at the top of this post or on the sidebar to visit the Christian Homekeeper blog.

Until next time…

In everything give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

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With each new year comes a new beginning.  Resolutions are made…many forgotten by the first week’s end.  I’ve not promised myself to lose more weight…though I hope to…nor have I promised to spend less and save more…though I need to.   I have not promised myself I will make more frequent blog posts…life too easily gets in the way of computer time….nor will I resolve to keep my house neater and be more organized.  Some causes are lost battles from the start.  My New Year’s resolution is simple in words but not necessarily so easy to put into action.  I’ve resolved to love more.  Love is a serious action word…love without action is not given and is not received.  It is simply a word.  Null and void.  In the words of Jesus, Matthew chapter 5 says:

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Loving more will not be easy, but if I don’t give up in defeat, it will be life changing for me and anyone I come in contact with…friend or foe, because people I encounter will see Jesus in me. 

Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year full of love…

Water Kefir note…I’m loving the stuff.  Mine is wonderfully carbinated.  My grains aren’t multiplying like I wish they would…but I’m enjoying a fresh batch every 48 to 72 hours and have some in reserve now.  I can’t honestly say what benefits I am getting from it other than satisfaction and pleasure.  Those two alone are worth the minimal preparation time it takes to keep my kefir going. 

Until next time…

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give.  ~ unknown ~

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For Today…Monday, November 8, 2010

Outside My Window…the sun is shining, a gentle breeze is blowing…it’s a perfectly beautiful day.

I am thinking…of change.  Change is sometimes inevitable even if it is not comfortable.  My DH and I face inevitable change in our church life soon.  My heart is heavy, but I know the Lord has blessings ahead as we follow His lead.

From the learning room…I am learning restraint.

I am thankful for…my dear husband, my children and grandchildren, the friendship I have with my mother, for God’s love and faithful Christian friends.  I am blessed.

From the kitchen…I “hear” the work that awaits me call.  For the time being I will ignore it…but not for long.

I am wearing…a long sleeeved gray cotton tee and a long camo fleece skirt.  I’ve got socks on my feet and an apron around my waist.  It’s finally cool enough in Mississippi to feel comfortable in clothing.

I am creating…several things.  I learned a new quilting technique…tube quilting…and have started making squares using the technique.  I’m working on a knitted market bag that is nearing completion.  Those are the two I pick up and work on first these days.

I am going…to stay home the remainder of the day.  At lunchtime I took lunch to my DH at work so we could sit and visit for a little while before he had to get back to work. 

I am reading…Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers and my Bible daily…

I am hoping…my son, his beautiful wife and children are able to visit later this month. 

I am hearing…Adrian Rogers, a great preacher gone on to heaven, on CD.

I’m praying…for my pastor and his family, and for my church family.  We are at odds right now…but I know who holds the future, and we are in His mighty hands.

Around the house…I’ve been decluttering and down-sizing.  I’m trying to get things more manageable so upkeep takes less time.

One of my favorite things…harmony.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:  Church on Wednesday…staying home and working around the house for the rest of the week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…


 

If God took you to it, He’ll get you through it.  ~ unknown ~

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A little love goes a long way. 

My pastor diligently visits a couple of nursing homes in our area.  Recently I joined him during one of his visits.  I was hooked.  Now Monday mornings are spoken for.  Period.  This past Monday I didn’t make it and have missed my new friends all week so now with resolution I’ve determined only an emergency will get in the way of going…or contageous illness. 

During my first visit I spotted a man with a folded sheet covering his legs.  I introduced myself to him and shook his hand and asked him if he had a lap quilt, and he said, “no”.  I promised him one and during that week I made one for him.  He was delighted to receive it and started using it immediately. 

A little love goes a long way.

Here’s a picture of the lap quilt…made of recycled denim and stash cotton for the stripping…it’s tacked together with yarn.

Each time I go I look for ways I can be a blessing to the folks who live there…many have outlived their friends and family or have been forgotten.  If you have ideas of things to make I’d love to hear from you.

A little love goes a long way.

Time for me to get moving…

Until next time…

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.   Psalm 119:111

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East to West

Here I am Lord,
And I’m drowning
In your sea of forgetfulness… See More
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where you found me
And it echoes in my mind,
Keeps me awake tonight

I know you cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before you now as,
As though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
From you leaving me this way

Jesus can you show me
Just how far the east is from the west
Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
Rising up in me again
In the arms of your mercy I find rest,
Cause you know just how far the East is from the West
From one scarred hand to the other.

I start the day the war begins
Endless reminding of my sin
And time and time again your truth is drowned out
By the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away,
From you leaving me this way

Jesus can you show me,
Just how far the East is from the West
Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
Come rising up in me again
In the arms of your mercy I find rest
’cause you know
Just how far the East is from the West
From one scarred hand to the other.

I know you’ve washed me white,
Turned my darkness into light
I need your peace to get me through,
To get me through this night
Can’t live by what I feel
But by the Truth your work reveals,
I’m not holding on to you
But you’re holding on to me,
You’re holding on to me

Jesus you know
Just how far the East is from the West
I don’t have to see the man I’ve been,
Come rising up in me again
In the arms of your mercy I find rest
’cause you know just how far the East is form the West,
From one scarred hand to the other.

Just how far

The east is from the west

From one scarred hand to the other

A few pictures…

Cucumber Kim Chi (before fermentation)

beautiful double hibiscus bloom…

a surprise among the green bean vines…

home grown, home canned green beans…

another hibiscus bloom…a Cajun hibiscus…

and one final pic…a beautiful daylily…

I hope all is well in your corner of the world.  We’re taking each day one at a time and trying to do what’s right.  That’s a full time job.

Until next time…

A man never knows joy until he gets rightly related to God.  ~ Oswald Chambers ~

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