Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer on the Hook . . .

A few summer projects . . . a pretty cotton coaster, kitchen nylon scrubbies, a sweet summer set for a new Florida baby, AND a granny square afghan for Stitching Hope . . .

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Moment In Time: A Review

I recently finished reading the 2nd book in Tracie Peterson's "Lone Star Brides" series--"A Moment
in Time".  This was another excellently written book in the Texas series that not only entertained, but it also informed as it was filled with many historical references. 

The book started off quickly picking up where the 1st in the series left off, but it was very informative as it filled in the blanks for the reader of what had previously transpired.  The plot line wasn't as fast-paced and "dangerous" as the previous, though there were a couple moments.  However, there were some important familial reckonings that needed to take place. 

As is typical of Tracie Peterson's novel, and most especially the bloodline of Marty (namely Hannah), there were very strong female characters throughout who weren't intimidated by danger.  These were women who fully embraced the strength they possessed from God and acted accordingly. 

I love clean romances that are brimming over with high virtues and morals, and this one did not disappoint.  There were common struggles to be sure, but beautiful triumphs throughout.  Books such as these help one to grown in faith as well.  I can't wait for the next book in this series!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Be Still My Soul . . .

Sometimes I need a redo.  I just need to take a step back, get some wise counsel, and then be still.  I
am at a place like this in my life right now.  Nothing--absolutely nothing--grounds me better than spending time in God's Word surrounded by the beauty of nature.  My soul quiets, my busy thoughts disappear, and I can hear His voice again--whispering His love, reassurance, and grace into my parched soul.  I write.  I pour out my heart to Him with pen and paper.  It is healing.  Most importantly, I finally listen . . . I shut out the busy thoughts crowding out His Spirit--the arguments that rage on in my mind, casting doubt, distrust, anxiety, chaos into my soul.  I just sit, surrounded by these beautiful trees; breathe in, breathe out . . . be still.  Listen.  Be filled. 

"Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;"  Ps. 37:7a

"Be still, and know that I am God . . . "  Ps. 46:10a

"Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling."  Zech. 2:13

"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."  Ex. 14:14

Be still . . . Be still . . . Be still . . .

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

What I do . . .

I pattern test and have published a few patterns, but nothing excites me more in the crafting world then crafting for others.  So, enjoy the chaos!