Wishing you all a blessed Sunday & rest of the week!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wishing you all a blessed Sunday & rest of the week!
Posted by Shirlee at 4:03 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2014
I have prayed about what to share with you today. I always have several ideas & deciding on just one is sometimes difficult. However, while listening to the radio this morning, I heard one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in the entirety of my life. The words are from the heart of the man who wrote it, but they are from my heart as well. Perhaps they are also from yours?
Posted by Shirlee at 8:11 AM
Monday, September 15, 2014
In my opinion, the "gotta stitch" ornaments offered last year were many ... more so than in previous years. This year's offerings have kind of gone back to those prior to 2013. I did find a few "gotta stitch" ornaments in this issue, however, so without further adieu, here are my Top Nine for 2014 (I couldn't find ten). They are listed in the order in which they appear in the magazine. Photos of individual ornaments are sadly unavailable at this time.
1. NOEL - Pickle Barrel Designs. Maybe it's the word NOEL appearing on this ornament, but there's something about it I like. Features a banner with the letters N, O, E, & L, separated by snowflakes.
2. Joyous Square - My Big Toe Designs. The word JOY designed the way only MBT can design it. This will be one of the first ornaments in this issue that I'll be stitching!
3. O Holy Night - Faithwurks Designs. Extremely simple, quick-to-stitch ornament.
4. Faith - Nikyscreations. A primitive angel design. One of my favorites!
5. Come & Behold Him - Fancy Work. A simple design honoring what Christmas is all about. I love it!
6. A Woodland Wish - Blue Ribbon Designs. I was lucky to find a download photo of this one. I love these woodsy designs by BRD. I'll be leaving off the date though. You know me & dates : )
Posted by Shirlee at 1:06 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Oh so many things to share with you today! First of all, the temperatures are staying cool & therefore I am still smiling & singing that Pharrell song : ) In fact, it's been so cool this morning that I treated myself to a long-sleeved jersey & broke out my fluffy slippers from last year : )
my autumn painted breadboard ...
Posted by Shirlee at 12:35 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Another nine! I can't believe I stitched nine ornaments a second month in a row! I'm not by any means a fast stitcher. However, I usually spend about 2 hours each night happily stitching away while John either watches something on TV, plays CDs while he's online (Christmas music has been in the air lately!), or reads to me. The time adds up I guess : )
The first three ornaments I will share with you were an absolute delight to stitch! I know they will be among my favorites each year. I apologize ahead of time for any designs that look a bit "warped" or uneven in my scans. They are actually nice & straight in person.
Posted by Shirlee at 5:05 PM
Monday, September 8, 2014
The book I am reviewing this month is Colliding With Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth by Sarah Jakes. I chose this selection because I have always been inspired by the biblical account of Ruth. I expected that the author would take me a bit deeper into Ruth's character, maybe introduce me to a few things I hadn't seen before, but she far surpassed my expectations.
There are 30 short chapters in this book, each one based on a verse or two from the Book of Ruth & focusing on the changes she experienced & the choices she made after her husband's death. Briefly stated, her life as she knew it ... as she had expected it to always be ... had ceased to exist. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, also a widow, encouraged Ruth to return to her parents' home while she herself returned to her homeland. Ruth, however, loved Naomi deeply & refused to leave her on her own, making the choice to return with her to Bethlehem.
The changes in Ruth's new life were many & her future uncertain. The author takes the reader step by step through each difficulty Ruth encountered & shows how she overcame them through her deep faith in God & a determination to not let circumstances define her. She kept doing what she knew was right.
We can make the same choices: to trust God with our lives, to honor & obey Him above all else, & to see ourselves as He sees us. We do not need to live our lives based on the negative image someone else tries to create in us. We do not need to allow someone's negative words to determine who we are or who we become. We do not need to allow circumstances to dictate our paths. We do not have to give up when the going gets tough.
Ms. Jakes ends each chapter with these three things:
1. A journal entry where she shares personal experiences that reflect upon the chapter just read. I deeply admire an author who is willing to share his or her own mistakes & struggles. It is much better to say "I understand" with a personal illustration showing how you understand, rather than stopping with those two words which can leave a person wondering if you really understand at all.
2. A series of questions for you to answer. I have read books where an author gives you questions to deepen your understanding of a chapter & how it relates to your life, or to simply deepen your understanding of yourself in general. In the majority of these cases, I have found these questions to be of no benefit whatsoever. The questions Ms Jakes gives in this book, however, are both well thought out & thought provoking.
3. A short prayer to ask God for help &/or healing based on the focus of the chapter. I have read prayers in other books which have often left me wondering what the author was trying to say, but Ms. Jakes shares prayers that are not only simply & beautifully written but relevant to the subject discussed & easily applied to one's own life.
There is a saying that was popular several years ago ... "keep on keeping on." It means to persevere ... "to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success." This meaning defines Ruth's life. It can define yours & mine as well.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:05 AM
Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Monday, September 1, 2014
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