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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, 
or take the path that sinners tread, 
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2
Lord, your word speaks to us
 just when we need to hear 
encouragement and wisdom.  
We delight in you.  
Amen

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


Leave your troubles with the Lord,
and he will defend you;
he never lets honest men be
defeated.
Psalms 55:22, Good News Bible

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises Happy Father's Day


Honor your father and your mother,
so that your days may be long 
in the land that the
Lord your God 
is giving you.
Exodus 20:12
Lord God, thank you
for our parents 
who did their best
to provide for their children.
We ask your blessings on our 
father's today.
Amen

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises

O God,
Teach me to know the richness of a gift
by looking at the heart of the giver.
Help me to receive love freely
and place no quality standards on it.
Help me realize that all of us have
our knots and tangles.
Some of us simply hide them better.
Amen
source "Quilted with Love" by 
Debbie Salter Goodwin

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


When anyone is joined to Christ, 
he is a new being; 
the old is gone, 
the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17, Good News Bible
Lord Jesus, May we be new
creations 
transformed by your love.  
May the old pass away 
and that which new
 remain in the present.  
This is our prayer for
 a broken world
Make us new in you.
Amen

Monday, June 1, 2020

Tooth Keeper

The Tooth Fairy will be making  stops at our house soon.  Short Stuff announced last night that he had a loose tooth.  I remember when his Dad lost his first tooth.  It was a little sad for me, as I realized my "little boy" was growing up.  Well, Short Stuff is on that same road to growing up.
After a long discussion about the Tooth Fairy, I decided a "Tooth Keeper" was in order.

It is a little rustic, but Short Stuff likes it and that is all that is important.  My embroidery skills are weak.   All I did was make a pattern, found three pieces of material.  White of course, a second piece of white (in my case I used a double knit) and then a novelty print with a solid piece for the pocket.
The pocket can be stitched on the back before assembly.  But I decided to do some hand stitching after I forgot to put the pocket on first.




Then, all I did was machine stitch about a 1/4" around the tooth leaving a raw edge.  Of course, you could make it like a pillow and put right sides together and turn.  Either way a tooth keeper is a great way to have fun with the Tooth Fairy visits.  Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


 A gift opens the way for the giver.
Proverbs 18:16

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


Dear God,
Remind me often that two things can never die:
prayer and love.  The prayers we pray for others
wrap them in peace and comfort them like a warm quilt.
They are tangible evidence of the love we share with them.
Amen
source Quilted with Love by Debbie Salter Goodwin

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


Gather the pieces that are left over. 
Let nothing be wasted.
John 6:12

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises & Happy Mother's Day


Dear God,
Protect me from responding to pieces of my life
as the whole story.  It is the same as treating pieces of the
truth as the whole truth.  Help me to
understand that nothing need be wasted when stitched
together by Your will.  I offer You my
gathered pieces to be stitched together for Your purpose.
Amen.
source Quilted with Love by Debbie Salter Goodwin

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble.  
Therefore we will not fear, 
though the earth should change, 
 though the mountains shake
 in the heart of the sea;
Psalm 46:1-2
Thank you Lord for
watching over us,
getting us out of tight spots
 and overlooking our
stupidity
You are
gracious and kind.
Thank you,
Amen


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday---Precious Promises


Then everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
Acts 2:21
Lord Jesus we turn to you asking for help.
Help us to stay strong to wait for the pandemic to pass.
Help us to love our family and
neighbor as you love us.
Help us to remain faithful.
We love you Lord.
Amen

Monday, April 20, 2020

Home Schooling


2014

As many of you know our grandson, Short Stuff is now living with us along with his Dad after the passing of his Mom last year.  Short Stuff is now 6 years old and a bright, happy little boy.  He is a true delight.

 With the stay at home order and the closing of all the schools for the year, we are home schooling via the internet and his classroom Kindergarten teacher.  I'm a retired secondary school teacher.  The last 13 years of my career I taught high risk students.  So, I have experienced much in the classroom.  But now, I know why I was a high school teacher and not elementary.  This experience is challenging my creative skills much more than an art quilt or teaching ever has. A six-year old is extremely active and have short attention spans.  The best thing is to create a schedule that has flexibility.  We try to set a morning time for our internet experience.  Then lots of reading.  I tried to do it all in the beginning and soon realized that was not necessary.  Short Stuff does well in math so we play Sequence Dice and a little Race Car game for addition and subtraction.  We are spending most of our time reading and working on sight words, with some writing thrown in for good measure.
He is helping me cook and is so proud of his meals.  He takes walks with his PaPaw and loves to ride his scooter.  Of course, there is always baseball and football games in the front yard.
This is an unusual experience for educators, and  I know the 1st grade teachers will pull together plans that will get all our kiddos on the same page.
If you or loved ones are in the same situation as I am, school via internet.  I recommend working on a weakness you may observe in your little student and read all the time.  It doesn't matter if your student reads to you or you read to them.  Just read.  Read outside, read to the dog, or a stuffed animal, read with a flashlight under a quilt.  Just read.
Stay Safe and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday--Precious Promises, Quilted with Love

The stay at home order in my state of Missouri has allowed hubby and I to do some much needed sorting and Spring Cleaning.  During this process, I stumbled upon a wonderful book that was gifted to me years ago.  Quilted with Love Discovering the Patterns of Life's Grace and Beauty, by Debbie Salter Goodwin.
  I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with this little book and recommend it to my quilting friends.  


A Quilter's Prayer

Take the pieces of my life
And stitch them together
According to Your will.

May I yield to the pricks of Your needle
so that Your stitches
may surround me with the pattern of Your love.

May I allow you to order the squares 
any way you want,
To pattern me by Your design
So that all will know
You quilted me. 
source-Quilted with Love
by Debbie Salter Goodwin