Wednesday, November 22, 2017

With Thanks This Thanksgiving Holiday

There are alot of images that "speak" of Thanksgiving.  From pilgrims and Indians to tables laden with food.  When I think of Thanksgiving, I picture a cornucopia overflowing with bounty.  Reminds me of the harvest season rich and full.  Reminds me of simplicity and how while it is simple, there's strength in that.  Reminds me of times spent with my family as I was growing up and how we would gather around the family table on Thanksgiving day and share a meal together.  The fruits and vegetables spilling out of the cornucopia makes me think of the bountiful blessings of God, ever flowing, never ending, a vast diversity of goodness.

The Thanksgiving holiday (my favorite of all holidays) makes me reflective, when I turn my thoughts to the past year and think back on how God has blessed my life or how His hand has kept me and provided for me.  For me, in my life, this past year, I've had some changes.  With God's help, I've received peace regarding other things.  Made changes, dealt with areas that could not (for now) be changed.  Moved on.  Healed.  Forgiven.  Accepted.

Found this beautiful prayer online and am posting it here.  Made a few changes (in blue) of my own. Definitely speaks what I feel in my heart.

"Thank you, God for the times You have said, "no." They have helped me depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer.  It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my will differs from Yours.
Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me.  You have protected me from what I may never realize. 
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed.  They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go.
Thank you, God, for the physical pain You've allowed in my life.  It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf.  Have come to realize the power of "He is touched by our infirmities."
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life.  Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You. I have felt your calming peace and powerful presence, reassuring me you are a real God, that I do not walk alone.  
Thank you, Lord, for the uncertainties I've experienced.  They have deepened my trust in You.
Thank you, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue.
Thank you, Lord, for the losses I have experienced.  They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain. 
Thank you, God, for the tears I have shed.  They have kept my heart soft and mold-able. Thank you, Lord, that I can cry and feel.  Thank you, Lord that I do have emotions and can express them.  Thank you, Lord that my "tears are stored in vials in heaven."
Thank you, God, for the times I haven't been able to control my circumstances.  They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank you, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You.  Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven. While the pain of loss hurt, I am thankful these people were in my life for a season and that their presence blessed my life.  Thank you, Lord. 
Thank you, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places...something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.  Knowing that the adversity of my soul wants to kill, steal and destroy but he will never be able to kill my testimony, steal my joy or destroy Your Love for me.  
Thank you, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me:  Forgiveness of my sin through Your death on the cross.  You came to this earth, robed yourself in flesh, walked and ministered among men and then was crucified on a cross, buried, taking the keys to death, hell and the grave.  The blood shed that day on Calvary stills flows today for whosoever will.  Thank you, Lord.  Thank you for the power of Your Word, the working of Your Spirit.   
Thank you, God, for the righteousness You have given me, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It's a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own.
Thank you, Lord, that you know me.  You hear me and You see my tears.  You remind me through difficult times that You are God.  You are on the throne and You are eternally good.
And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.  For when I am weak, You are strong."
-Cindy McMenamin, Author

Giving thanks, today...In ALL things.  For All things.

God is good.  His mercy endureth forever.

Wishing you and those you hold dear a blessed Thanksgiving.  May you feel God's presence near and may you be surrounded by His peace and comfort.  May your heart feel His love for you.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Waxing Moon Designs Stitching Mends the Soul Finish


A finish.  Two days beyond goal of wanting it done by the end of last weekend.

Had half of the lace along the bottom done, realized I was off one row.  Took it all out.

Then realized the word Soul was off by two rows.  Took that all out and restitched it.

Finally, finally...a finish.

I do like what the quote states.  I've found stitching really does mend the soul in ways talking cannot.  Quiet time in the evening, with my feet up, Leah on my lap keeping me warm, working the needle in and out of the fabric...talking to the Lord, thanking Him for the good things in my life.  Yup, stitching does mend the soul.

Will not be stitching this one again.  Chart is available if someone would like to stitch this one.  Prefer USA mailing address only.  Use contact form on the side bar of my blog.  Chart  for my last finish Waxing Moon Designs - The Best Things - is available as well.  Again, USA mailing address, use contact form on side bar of my blog.  Don't want anything for chart(s) or postage.

Regarding what's up next to work on...will rest my needle for a bit and decide later on in the week.  Would like to do something wintry or Christmas themed.  I have several designs kitted up.

Stitching Mends the Soul
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Light Mocha Quaker, GAST and DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Completed 11/21/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design - 14
Will Mount, Lace and Frame - Myself

I would like to thank those of you that have sent lovely Thanksgiving cards in the mail and/or emailed me wishing me and Leah a blessed Thanksgiving - so very kind, so very sweet of you.  I will be sharing Thanksgiving Dinner with my mom and younger sister this year.

Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the holidays.

Giving ALL things.  FOR all things.

God is a good God.

In other news...

Leah had her one year check up since adopting her from the animal shelter.  Was told, "she looks healthy, happy and contended."  Tests done came back good, no bugs, parasites or worms.  She's gained a few pounds during the past year.  She was a perfect kitty during her vet visit.  Charmed her way into the hearts of the those at the vet's office.  She got kitty pets and lovin's from all.  She was a little subdued last night due to having gotten her shots, but she's been spunky and back to her old self today.  She's a keeper.  Love her bunches.

For a smile...

It's been a very windy, cold day here today.  Caught Leah in the front window watching the leaves blowing about on the front porch and falling from the nearby trees.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Waxing Moon Designs Stitching Mends the Soul WIP

Ever had a design that with every stitch, or so it seemed, something went wrong? 

Nothing bad about the design or designer.  I like Waxing Moon Designs.  Just with stitching this piece I've wanted to throw it a couple of times due to being so frustrated with it. Not one of my better moments or stitching experiences.

First a suggested thread color not working out and having to find another after stitching a large area of one of the design elements.

Stitching and finding out the count was off, having to take out stitches in more than one place.  More than once.  Stitching sections two, three and yes, even four times.

Thread tangling and knotting.

Folks, this piece, when done will be a relief!

Just have to finish the apron and the lace at the bottom.   Would like to have this finished by the end of the weekend.

Having shared all that...Stitching Does Mend the Soul.  I do like to stitch or machine sew.  I do like working with needle and thread.

Tried to take good pictures.  It's overcast here today.  Such a dreary day.  Changes in the weather really mess with my fibromyalgia.  Today will be a low key, do little day.  Not even sure I will stitch and if I do, it won't be for very long.

Needle minder from MixingItUpwithDBL, an etsy artisan.  I use needle minders when I stitch but now when I put up my stitching for any length of time, I park my needles in the fabric.  Don't want any more lost needles.

Stitching Mends the Soul
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Light Mocha Quaker, GAST and DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Progress as of 11/16/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design so Far -  9