Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Dear Friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.
1 John 4:7-10, Good News Bible
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them. Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them. "Why are you looking among the dead for the one who is alive: He is not here; he has been raised. Remember Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.,' "
Luke 24: 1-7, Good News Bible
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.
So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. at all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet and the word of God as the sword which the spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people.
Ephesians 6: 10-18, Good News Bible
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others. Why then do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the log in your eye? How dare you say to your brother 'Please let me take that speck out of your eye' when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Matthew 7: 1-5, Good News Bible
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
...When he opens something, it cannot be closed. And when he closes something, it cannot be opened. I know what you do. I have put an open door before you, and no one can close it. I know that you have a little strength. But you have followed my teaching. And you are not afraid to speak my name.
Revelation 3:7-8, The Everyday Bible
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This was one of my favorite quilts. I made it as a donation to a Quilt Alliance Contest and Auction a few years ago. Used a photo of the quilt top in my last Sunday--Precious Promises post and just wanted you all the see the finished product. My week has been going well. Enjoyed lunch with hubby and a few stops at resale shops--always fun. Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Quilting!
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I started Thinking about Hearts here. The little sampler sat for a few days as family matters were more pressing at the time. But, yesterday I started some stitching. Just a little here and there. Not sure where this little piece is going, just a happy cloth to stitch and relax. Do you have projects like that? I have about four projects that I really should be working on, but just stitching for fun is refreshing. Enjoy your stitching and check out the great stitches at Off the Wall Friday. Have a wonderful weekend and as always Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I've been thinking today about the month past and the past 50 years. You see, on January 12 my hubby's Mom passed away. She was 93 years young. Up until the past few months, my mother-in-law was a woman who had a zest for life, even in the twilight of her own life.. She was an outgoing person and made friends at her Independent/Assisted Living facility easily. In fact, many people said she was the first person they met when they moved into the facility.
But, she was a complicated woman--she had an unique personality. As I reflect on her life and my relationship with her I realize that after all these years. I don't believe I really knew her. She could be so kind, but so controlling, so generous but so manipulative, so forgiving but hold a grunge.
My early years in the family were difficult--I was not the wife she would have chosen for her son. We had many ups and downs. I was raised to respect people no matter what---so when she would express disapproval with me or manipulate an event. I would take it in stride and work my way to an end that would satisfy her and not compromise my beliefs.
I remember the one time I stood up to her, she had been disappointed about events that had taken place that my hubby, his step-mother and myself had nothing to do with, but she placed all the blame on us. I told her where the blame should be placed and that I would not tolerate her comments any longer. If she continued, I would remove my family from having contact with her. I was shaking in my shoes as that ultimatum came flowing from my lips. Hubby and I had been married for 25 years, at that point and I guess I had enough. What was so interesting, she never said another word concerning her previous criticism. What was also interesting our relationship changed and until her passing we became close.
She was a good woman, who loved her family and who I believe had some bad things happen to her when she was growing up--that we will never really know. But I believe those things changed her and made the unique personality we knew. She had a love in her heart for her family, but had difficulty expressing that love. Her love had conditions, I believe those conditions were set up for her own protection.
At her memorial her oldest Grandson expressed that this was a time for forgiveness. Many family members knew what he was talking about and many members have more to think about on that subject than myself. I'm pleased to say that the last 25 years of knowing my mother-in-law were good and joyful. Another thing I have thought about this past month, is that life is so precious and every moment can mold a person forever. Kindness, Love and Caring is what it is all about and what I strive for daily. I thank Virginia for making me more aware and for raising a wonderful son.