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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

Come, let us bow down and worship
let us kneel before the Lord, 
our Maker!
He is our God;
we are the people he cares for,
the flock for which he provides.
Psalms 95: 6-7, Good News Bible

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday---Moment of Thought ON TUESDAY

My thought for today has nothing to do with quilting but perhaps it does??

The past weekend, has been another weekend of demonstrators and violence is my hometown/city.  I was born and raised in, what is now being called, one of the most dangerous cities in America.  St. Louis, Missouri.  I no longer live in St. Louis, but 45 minutes from the City.  I was raised in what was called Northwest St. Louis County.  But, my family has roots in St. Louis City.  St Louis was and still is a great place to work and play.  Many things to enjoy in the City, restaurants, the arts, sporting events, museums for young and old, world-famous Zoo, and many parks including Forest Park.  I could go on and on.  But this past weekend all that stopped.  The protesters wanted to shut down the City and they did.  I only recall a few events that continued their plan activities.  U2 cancelled their concert, which was big for the people who traveled miles to see the musical group.  Anyway, peaceful demonstrations turned to violence Saturday night.  My question:  Why??  I understand there is disappointment over the verdict handed down Friday concerning a police involved killing.  But, why destroy your hometown?  The lively hood of so many is affected when violence against businesses becomes the target.

I believe in peaceful demonstrations, our constitutional right.  But, it seems when the sun goes down the peaceful demonstrators go home and a new group comes out to cause damage.  They were not part of the planned demonstrations.  They are people who take advantage of the current tide for personal gain.  The high from destruction or financial gain from looting.  The statistics in St. Louis are awful when it comes to murder victims.  117-African American, 0-Asian, 1-Hispanic and 7-White.  Murder suspects include, 96-African American, 0-Asian, 0-Hispanic and 0-White (source Elliott Davis Fox 2 News).  The innocent people being shot by stray bullets are climbing and many are children.  The community has to take a stand.  People have to speak up and help the police, to stop this violence.

My thought for today has nothing to do with quilting but perhaps it does?     A quilt is made up of many pieces--like a community.   Joined together by a common thread.  Members of the communities where most of the violence has been happening this year and past years, must be that thread.  Only they can put an end to the violence in the city.  I understand their fear of retaliation, but that is paralyzing not only St. Louis, but their personal well being.  We all must work together to make a strong community that protects its people---young, old, black, white.  The police departments all over the country and here in St. Louis are working to improve their policing--learning from the past.  The communities all over the country need to help them.  We need to all make a quilt with a common thread of concern for life, liberty and the pursuit of  happiness.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

The Lord is good;
he protects his people in time of
he takes care of those who turn
to him,
Nahum 1:7, Good News Bible

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday---Moment of Thought

Quilting is more than stitches. 
Quilting is the mainstay of friendships that last a life time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

I am not my own self-made, self-reliant being but yours, Oh God.
Make me into what You will.
Make me a neighbor with those You will.
Guide me on the easy path for You.
Guide me on the rocky road for You.
Whether I am to step up for You or step aside for You;
Whether I am to be lifted high for You or brought low for You;
Whether I become full or empty, with all things or with nothing
I give all that I have and all that I am to You.  So be it.
May I always remember you, O God, I belong to you.  Amen
John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday---Moment of Thought

Festival of Sharing Quilt Show

Monday--Moment of Thought is a way for me to reflect, share and clear my mind of things.  All kinds of things.  Some relate only to me, others may touch a thought of yours.  This morning it's about staying the course.  Weathering through mistakes, change, life lessons, trust and forgiveness.   I once read the following--not sure where it comes from or who wrote it.  But, this is my theme for this Monday and many Mondays to come.
Rejoice Always
Pray without ceasing
Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is the will of God
In Christ Jesus for you

This simple saying---says it all and is a constant reminder when things become overwhelming.  I'm sharing it today for a reminder to myself and I hope a help to you as your life continues on its course.  Life sometimes deals us a difficult hand to handle and this little thought may help you as it helps me.  I have it on the refrigerator in the kitchen and my desk in the office.  It is a good reminder to look beyond  to the bigger picture-- to have faith and trust God's wisdom.   
 Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith,
 with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience
 and with bodies washed with clean water.  
Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess,
 because we can trust God to keep his promise.  
Let us be concerned for one another,
 to help one another to show love and to do good.
Hebrews 10: 22-24, Good News Bible

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

May the Lord himself, who is our source of peace, 
give your peace at all times
and in every way.
The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:16, Good News Bible

Friday, August 25, 2017

Who Am I

I am in a quilter's dilemma.  Exactly, who am I in this quilting world.  I have been lost for a few years now.  I think I'm on top of my game and then, I don't think so.  I enjoy making small quilts.  I'm not precise enough to do true miniatures.  Wish I could and maybe I just need to practice and sharpen my skill level.   I enjoy projects, so from the beginning I participated in AAQI.  I loved it and my work was going for a good cause.  Then, AAQI reached its $ 1,000,000 goal and is no longer.  That is when my feeling of lost hit.  What was I going to do with my desire to quilt small?  I did some swaps, entered a few contests for small quilts.  Even sold some of my little quilts.  But, I'm still looking for my place.  Maybe some of you have had the same thoughts?  Anyway, that is my dilemma.  I like working with vintage fabrics.  I don't like to follow patterns--maybe I'm a liberated quilter?   Most of my fabric is from estate and tag sales.  This little block---maybe a mug rug--is from an old quilt that I cut into a blocks.  I've added some fabrics and soon there will be colorful stitches to accent the old star.  The quilt is 7" x 7", perfect for a mug and morning thoughts.  I will keep stitching and adding to my box of finished small quilts.  I'm linking to Off the Wall Friday.  I love the photo and saying on today's Off the Wall page.  In fact, that is what got me to thinking.  One thing, while I'm searching and stitching I'm having fun and that is what quilting is all about.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Moment of Thought

This little art mini quilt I made years ago for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  It represented the earth--always changing.   I used it in yesterdays Sunday--Precious Moment post and today it seems to be appropriate for my Monday Thoughts.

Our world is spinning almost uncontrollably.  Internationally, nationally, personally and today universally things are out of  our control or is it?  This is total eclipse day for our area of the country. The excitement is in full swing, even though clouds my block the view.  The international and national news of unrest and turmoil is getting scary.  Personally change is happening at a fast pace--hubby and I are trying to keep up, trying to stay calm and move forward.

Peace is the key to all of these uncontrollable events.  I must keep that in mind.  I must dwell on the positive and not give in to negative thoughts.  That is easier to do on the non-personal events, but when it gets to personal issues, negative thoughts are hard to push away.  I've noticed lately I wake up with negative thoughts before I even get out of bed---not good.  Have you ever been in a situation like that?  I'm even feeling a little sick and I know that's from the stress and my own negative thoughts.  That has to stop and it is going to stop today.  I think that is the reason I decided to write about it today in my Monday Moment of Thought.  I plan to fill my heart with gratitude, trust and peace knowing that the good Lord has a plan and this is part of that plan.  As I concentrate on my personal peace, may peace be with you and as always Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

May grace and peace be yours in full measure
through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2, Good News Bible

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

With all my heart I will thank the Lord
in the assemble of his people.
How wonderful are the things the Lord does!
All who are delighted with them that want to understand them.
All he does is full of honor and majesty;
his righteousness is eternal.

The Lord does not let us forget his wonderful actions;
he is kind and merciful.
He provides food for those who honor him;
he never forgets his covenant.
He has shown his power to his people by giving them the lands of foreigners.

In all he does he is faithful and just; 
all his commands are dependable.
They last for all time; 
they were given in truth and
He set his people free
and made an eternal covenant with them
Holy and mighty is he!
The way to become wise is to honor 
the Lord
he gives sound judgment to all who
obey his commands
He is to be praised forever.
Psalms 111: 1-10, Good News Bible

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday---Precious Promises

Rejoice Always
Pray without ceasing
Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you.