Monday, March 30, 2015

He Is Risen!


It's almost Easter!  I love Easter!  I live my whole life like Easter is every day.  That's because it is.  Jesus is alive and it's apparent in my life every day of the year.

I've been thinking a lot about the generosity of God.  The Bible is full of whosoever's and whatsoever's.  I love that.  Even more important than loving it, I believe it.  I realized a while ago that if I don't really believe that God will do something, He probably won't do it.

I'm really thankful for all the people who taught me about God when I was growing up.  They planted seeds that had a huge impact on me.  However, most of them had a very limited view of God.  I was taught that Jesus died so I can go to heaven.  Period.  We prayed, but there wasn't much power in those prayers because we didn't really believe that God would do anything.  Christian life was all about becoming more like Jesus.  That's all good, and if that's all that being a Christian is about it would still be the best thing ever.  But it's so much more.  It's really all about Him, not about me.  It's believing that God takes an active part in my everyday life and in all things.  It's believing that God is not only able to do things for me, He actually wants to!  He is alive!

I love this verse.
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."  
Luke 2:52.
Some people magnify the negative.  They're all about suffering for Jesus and being mistreated for the sake of the gospel.  They usually end up suffering and being mistreated.  After all, that's what they're believing God for.  I'm not saying that a Christian will never suffer or be mistreated.  I've certainly had my share.  But when Jesus lived on this earth, as He increased in wisdom and stature, He also increased in favor with God and men.  I'm praying for favor with God and with men.

In fact, I can name several times just in the past couple of weeks that I've been given favor from complete strangers.  I try to point out to my kids when we have favor.  Just the other day my daughter and I received uncommon favor while we were out.   Of course, when we got back in the car I commented that we have favor with God.  My daughter rolled her eyes and said, "Why do you always have to say that?"  I want my kids to recognize God's favor.  I explained that since I pray for favor with God and men, then I'm thankful when I see it happen.  And why would I ever stop praying for it?  I can't think of any reason to stop.  Jesus is alive!  It's exciting to see what God will do for me.

Each of us can believe however much we choose to believe.  I not only pray big, I believe big.  I come boldly before the throne of God and I believe that God has great things in store for me.  Some people will think that it's wrong for me to pray for favor or to expect big things from God.  I feel sad for them.  I'm not going to stop.  My God is big and unlimited.  I have a generous God.  I hope that you believe and experience how generous God is also.  Jesus has risen.  He's alive!

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Winning Words


I put this verse on the front of my prayer binder so I can always be reminded of God's bigness.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.  Ephesians 3:20 - 21

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Past, Present, and Future Sewing


Not much sewing has been going on here lately.  I became sidetracked with other things, but I'm back on track now.

Past

 I made Brie a pair of pajama pants.  This was just to check the fit which is why there's so many different fabrics that don't go together.  Surprisingly, they fit pretty good with the first adjustments I made to the pattern so she'll wear these.  She said they fit better than any she's had from the store!

She's a really great model but since she just got out of bed when I took these pictures she only wanted the pajama pants to show.  I understand.

Present



My next project is a dress for Brie.  She has a summer dress that she loves but it's slightly off grain which makes it twist on her so she won't wear it.  I took it apart to make a pattern from the pieces and I'll make her another one that doesn't twist.

Future



The project that I'm thinking about is a coat or jacket from this heavy fabric that's been in my stash for a while.  I figure if I start at the beginning of the summer there's a possibility that I'll have it done by the time cooler weather gets here again.


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God is Sew Good


I heard this a few days ago and it's stuck with me.  I'm not sure what the exact quote is, but it's something like this.

When we have done everything that we can do, God is just beginning.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Honey Wheat Rolls Update

Hey, I'm back!  I took a little time to regroup and now I'm ready to move on.


A couple of weeks ago I saw my recipe for Honey Wheat Rolls and realized that I hadn't made them in a while.  Then I looked up the blog post and saw that all the pictures are missing.  That's what happens when I clean things out and don't bother to look if something is still needed.  Anyway, I took some pictures while I made them and updated the post.  I don't know why I stopped making them.  They're so good!  Give it a try!!


**I really am back but I will only be posting once a week now.  If I spend all my time making blog posts then I don't have time to do anything.  I'm sure you understand.  I'll keep the same rotation of writing, cooking, sewing so all the topics will continue being covered evenly.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Not Much To Say

Do you ever feel like you say too much?  I do.  I'm not a very talkative person and I still feel like that sometimes.  It's been like that this past week.  Not that I've been saying anything wrong, although I do have my moments of saying the wrong thing, but I just don't feel like I have much to say that's productive.  My heart is to only say what God wants me to say, and only do what God wants me to do.

It isn't always a bad thing to not have anything to say.  It's just a time to talk less and do more.  It's kind of like Paul was telling the the Thessalonians to do.  He wasn't reprimanding them, just telling them to get even better at it.  Do you ever have times that you feel like just being quiet and working on something?


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Winning Words

"that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing." I Thessalonians 4:11,12 NKJV

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mom's White Shirt Update


I'm still plugging away at my mom's white shirt, but it's almost done!

I just have to hem the sleeves and the bottom, sew on the buttons and open the buttonholes.  The next time you see this shirt my mom will be modeling it.

My daughter bought a mannequin to photograph the items made with her crochet patterns and she let me borrow it for the picture.  I have a sewing mannequin on my wishlist but it's not that big of a priority for me yet.  I'm just happy that I can borrow this one whenever I want.

I've been making a lot of sewing plans when this shirt is done so I'll be sharing some of that next week.

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God Is Sew Good

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,
                      Ephesians 2:4-6 NASB
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