What if?

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My husband treated my younger son and I to Easter Brunch today.  While eating, our son asked his dad how is day was going.  His response “It’s the best day of the year!”

That is the truth on this Easter Sunday.  It’s Resurrection Sunday and  Jesus is alive! We have hope in Jesus Christ and that hope makes this truly the best day of the year. The empty tomb of Jesus that gives us HOPE!

HOPE of forgiveness

HOPE of peace

HOPE of assurance

HOPE of Heaven

Hope of eternal life.

 

But, for many, they have walked away from that hope.  To them, I suggest to ask yourself “What if?”  What if your wrong?

What if?  Lyrics by Nichole Nordeman

What if you’re right?
And He was just another nice guy
What if you’re right?
What if it’s true?
They say the cross
Will only make a fool of you
And what if it’s true?

What if He takes His place in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends
What then?

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope
You never dreamed of hoping for?

What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

What if you dig
What if you dig
Way down deeper than
Your simple-minded friends

What if you dig?
What if you find
A thousand more
Unanswered questions down inside
That’s all you find

What if you pick apart the logic
And begin to poke the holes
What if the crown of thorns is no more
Than folklore that must be told and retold

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope
You never dreamed of hoping for?

What if you jump?
Just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

You’ve been running
As fast as you can
And you’ve been looking for a place
You can land so long
But what if you’re wrong?

What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

 

The Man and The Birds

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Paul Harvey was a radio broadcaster that I grew up listening to each and every week.  I had not heard any recordings of his stories for several years.  Then, yesterday, before our Christmas Eve family dinner, my husband played the audio of “The Man and the Birds”.  Such fond memories of my childhood and such tremendous meaning in that story.

Today, Pastor Wes at our church (Berean Baptist) also read this story.  Once again I was reminded of the meaning of the story.  There are many in our society who have not fully grasped the meaning of Christmas and the significance of God’s love for us.  So, maybe this story will touch them and help them to gain the perspective of the wonderful gift we have been given.

The Man and the Birds by Paul Harvey.

Winter Wonderland

Our first significant snowfall of the season has come.  We now have about 5 inches of snow, making my yard look like a winter wonderland.

While I am not very fond of driving in the snow and I really don’t like the cold weather that comes with it, I do like how pretty the snow looks.  The beauty of the snow comes just as I finish a table runner for my kitchen to use at Christmas time. I saw a lovely bargello runner a few years ago and decided that was what I wanted to make.

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Bargello Quilting

Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery that consists of upright flat stitches made to create motifs that depict motion.  The name originates from  a series of chairs in the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy, which have a “flame stitch” pattern.  Traditional designs are very colorful and use many hues of the same color for a shading effects that creates the sense of movement.

A bargello quilt is one that is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create the movement similar to that seen in bargello embroidery. The technique looks difficult, but is actually quite easy. If you can sew a straight seam, you can do this! Even though there appears to be  smany curves and shapes featured on the quilt, there is no curved piecing whatsoever.

All ranges of color are used, from light to dark. When choosing colors, there are many choices. A common option is a variety of shades in a single color family for a monochromatic quilt. Another common option is two complementary colors. That is why I decided to use this technique for my table runner – red and green are complementary colors and would work well for a bargello quilt.

Strips are cut at a specific width and sewn together lengthwise – I used 2″ strips of fabric that, when sewn, would finish to 1 1/2″ wide . The first and last strips are sewn together lengthwise forming a tube of strips with  the seam allowances facing out.

The tube is then cut vertically (opposite of the direction that they were sewn) to make many narrow loops. For my table runner, the strips were cut in the following widths:

1/2″   3/4″   3/4″   1″   1 1/2″   2″

These loops are then opened at the seam between different pieces of fabric and then sewn together.

To add the ornaments, I used my Bernina cutwork tool to cut and embroider different colors of fabric and thread. Some were simple circles, some slightly more complicated shapes with embroidery to depict decoration on the ornaments.

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This was a fun project to make!

A Day of Gratitude

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Thanksgiving Poem (modified)

Our table is set; great food you can bet.
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and we’re ready to eat;
All those near and dear us, are here today to cheer us.
This dinner is a winner, a wonderful treat.

It’s time to be thankful for all that God gives us;
Dear Lord, we are grateful; Dear God, hear our prayer.
It’s You we are praising; our voices we are raising;
Bless us and our family; keep us safe in your care.

By Joanna Fuchs

While every day I am thankful for the many blessings, today is the day set aside to express and celebrate our gratitude.  I am especially thankful for  many things – my faith, my wonderful husband, my four incredible boys, my extended family, my friends, my health… the list can go on and on.

My prayer today, as we celebrate this holiday, is that each of you will be blessed as well.

 

Fourth of July

Today is Independence Day – a day to celebrate our country and the freedoms we have.  Most important is our freedom of religion.  Many get this wrong – they think it should be freedom from religion. So, today while you celebrate, whether at a parade, a family picnic, or watching the fireworks, be thankful for your freedom and pray that our government will not infringe upon this freedom!
Some memories of Fireworks in Washington DC: