Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Sunday, August 3, 2014
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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Yesterday I shared my overdue June finishes. Today I am sharing my July finishes ... all ornaments. Nine ornaments! I think this is a record for me for ornaments stitched in one month!
This first one is my pride & joy of the month, stitched over one. The design called for the bird to be back stitched, but nothing else was back stitched. I decided that if nothing else was back stitched, the bird wasn't going to be either : )
Posted by Shirlee at 12:53 PM
Friday, August 1, 2014
I don't believe I've posted any of my stitching since before my heart surgery on June 13! It's not that I haven't been stitching. I have! I've just been lazy about taking pictures. I don't know why. I have also been rather lazy reading blogs & every week or so I have to play catch up. I don't know why this is either. I will admit that it's frustrating to leave comments for someone only to have them bounce back to me. I have discovered that they do show up on the bloggers' posts, but I think that unless the blogger monitors his or her comments, they have no idea I commented. But this in itself isn't the reason for my laziness. I'll just blame it on recovering from surgery. Sounds like a good excuse to me : )
I kitted a handful of projects before my surgery. Strangely enough, none of them were ornaments! I either didn't have the right threads or the right fabrics. This, however, was a bit of a blessing because the projects I kitted were ones I fell in love with at first sight & have been wanting to stitch for months ... even years!
I really enjoyed stitching this first design! It's supposed to have a date & initials included on either side of the blackbird, but the designer only gives the date of 2005 & her own initials. I know I could have played around & figured out similar letters & numbers to replace the ones on the design, but I don't much care for dates & initials on projects anyway. I'm just wondering if leaving these two things off the design makes it rather empty? What do you think?
Posted by Shirlee at 11:12 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A storm can also relate to circumstances in our lives. Storms in our lives can be situational. An example of a situational storm would be getting ready to leave for work only to discover your car has a flat tire. Since your husband has the day off, he tells you to take his car. On the way to work, you get caught in traffic & end up being late. When you arrive at work, you have missed an important meeting & your boss is quite upset. An hour later you receive a phone call ... your daughter has gotten sick at school. You have to tell your boss that you need to leave work to pick up your daughter & take her home. When you go out to the parking lot, you find that your husband's car has a dent that wasn't there before.
Storms in life can also be relational. For example, a friend suddenly starts telling you she's busy every time you ask her to go shopping or have coffee with you.
We can also experience emotional storms in our lives. A close friend or family member suddenly passes away, or you lose your home in a fire, or your doctor diagnoses you with cancer.
The Bible describes a storm in Matthew 14. The disciples are in a boat on the sea of Galilee when a huge storm develops. The sky is dark, strong winds are blowing, & the waves are crashing against the sides of the boat. As if they weren't terrified enough, they suddenly see what they believe is a ghost walking toward them on the water. They began crying out in fear, but Jesus speaks to them & says "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Peter says to Him "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." You know the rest. Jesus says "come," & Peter gets out of the boat & starts walking toward Jesus. The storm didn't suddenly stop when Peter got out of the boat. The sky was still dark, the strong winds were still blowing, & the waves were still crashing. When Peter realized what was happening around him, he started to sink & cried out to Jesus to help him, which of course Jesus did, saying to him "You of little faith ... why did you doubt?" What is the lesson here? Peter was not aware of the storm when he kept his eyes on Jesus. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus & focused them instead on the storm, he began to sink.
When we have storms in our lives ... any kind of storms ... we need to keep our eyes on Jesus & focus on Him only. Not on our problems or on our circumstances. Not on other people. We need to focus on Him. You may be wondering how we can do this. Of course should pray ... not only when storms enter our lives but during storm-free periods as well. Paul doesn't tell us in I Thessalonians 5 to "pray without ceasing" for no reason! We also need to memorize scriptures. Matthew tells us how immediately after Jesus was baptized, He spent 40 days/nights alone in the desert devoting Himself to prayer & fasting. Satan then brought "storms" into Jesus' life by tempting Him. How did Jesus respond? He quoted scriptures.
There are many Bible verses & passages that are good to memorize. The Book of Psalms, for example, is full of prayers that we can incorporate into our own prayer lives. I also think it is good to memorize verses & passages that describe God's goodness. The devil can't defeat us if we are focused on God's goodness. Psalm 145 is an excellent psalm to remind ourselves how good the Lord is & to throw in the devil's face : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:34 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2014
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