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June 22, 2017
Philippians 3:17 Part 1. For Marley! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:17 Part 1
Paul confidently tells the Philippians - and us - to 
1) join together and follow his example, 2)use him as a model and 3) keep our eyes on those who live as we do. 
Again, unity in following Christ.  Awesome.
Do you have a model for your walk? Perhaps a sister/brother in the LORD that you admire?  

I'm blessed that I do.  In fact I have several. 

One particular comes to mind.  
I knew her when we lived in Clovis, NM. A close relative of hers had been found deceased.  The ...

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A Wimp No More! Part 2. A Twisty Finish! Patrick's Strength from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

A Wimp No More! Part 2.
Part 1

So many times, when I face trials, I lose my focus!

This is our real battle!
This helps us to remember,
people aren't the problem,
it's a spiritual battle.

Once we REALLY realize that,
we should
And while we are standing,
let's stand in hope,
because the anchor holds - it really does!
Jesus is an anchor we can count on!

A Twisty Finish!
The Pretzel Twist is now a flimsy and has been delivered to Stephanie, my long arm quilter!  
So exciting!  I added borders to make it bigger ...

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June 19, 2017
Philippians 3:16. Sunday Slow Stitching with a Special Tool! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:16.


Oh yes, my brother Paul!  Keep on keeping on!  No looking back!  Keep moving forward!  


How many times have I read this verse and never seen it!  Thank you LORD for revealing it so me so powerfully this morning!  I can surely relate to Paul's advice!  

So many times, when the going got rough, I walked away from God.  Until I finally realized that without Him, I could achieve nothing!  I remember the moment so clearly - which is a miracle because my memory is.......well....not the best!  :)

I was driving, weeping and ...

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June 16, 2017
Philippians 3:13-14 Part 2. Pretzel Twist Progress!! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:13-14 Part 2
Continued from here
Application con't.
We can all heal.  It's possible.  Paul certainly gave us the tools we need to heal.  I write from experience.  My life has been hard - very hard.  As a young Christian, these verses stuck with me over time, gently soaking into my soul. 
Over time - years in fact - I've discovered these these tools work.  
Healing comes in God's timing.  

1.  Forget what is behind.
This is tough, but possible.  We can never really forget, but we can attempt.  Some things ...

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Philippians 3:15. Twisting Away! New Feature! I Like! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:15.

Paul is saying that his view is correct.  He is trusting God to make clear this point of view to those who think differently about this (Philippians 3:1-4).  
Wow!  Now THAT is confidence!  Paul is so sure he is correct - and I agree with him.  To those who don't agree he is saying:
1) they are immature in the LORD
2) he is trusting God to show them the Truth.

Very interesting.

How many do we know that are faltering in their faith?
in their lives?

And it worries us.
And ...

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June 12, 2017
Philippians 3:12 Part 2/2 Organization for the Pretzel Twist from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:12


Like Paul, I certainly attempt to love, to serve and to know Christ, but know my efforts are imperfect.  Sometimes my list seems -and is - overwhelming resulting in inaccurate negative thoughts: "I fall short!" or "I can never be good enough."
Then these lies are forced back by knowing that every day, He works in us - every day is a learning opportunity in Him. So, I'll relax with my Big Brother - Jesus - knowing that He has already taken hold of these - and us - on the cross.
LORD, thank You for reminding me that ...

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June 11, 2017
Philippians 3:10-11 Part 2/2 Pretzel Twist Progress! A Drunkard's Path from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:10-11 Part 2/2
Part 1 is here.

Perhaps it's time to apply the lesson I read in Chapter 2 of Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez.  

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He writes that for us to imagine that we are on a spiritual retreat to deepen our walk, as are many others. Each participant is matched with a mentor - your's is in his 70's and has been touching people for God for years.  Early in the morning, as you walk past his room, the door is ajar and he is praying out loud.  Curious, you listen ...

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June 9, 2017
Philippians 3:12 Part 1/2 Pretzel Quilt Progress! Happy Mail! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:12

Previous to this verse, Paul had listed several magnanimous goals which are as follows:  1) to gain Christ,
2) be found in Him,
3) to know Him,
4) to know the power of His Resurrection, 5) to participate in his suffering, 6) to become like Him in His death and 7) to attain resurrection from the dead.  Further, he wanted to attain these goals based not on his flesh and what HE could accomplish, but through faith.  This list can seem overwhelming.  
Until verse 12:  He humbly and clearly states that he has not achieved ...

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Philippians 3:10-11 Part 1/2 Studio Tour Part 4 - Organizing Miscellaneous Supplies from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:10-11 Part 1/2
Paul's desperation to know and become like Christ is clearly expressed in these verses!  His reason is simple:  he wants a spiritual and moral resurrection, as  expressed in the Amplified Version!

Today, this verse reminds me of Philippians 1:9-11, which I see as a prayer for my loved ones.  To me, Philippians 3:10 could also be a prayer for our loved ones.  I don't know, I just sense a desperation in Paul in verses 10-11 to really, deeply know Christ.  

I have to ask myself?  Do I ...

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June 6, 2017
Philippians 3:9 Pretzel Twist. Organization For Many Pieces. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

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I realized I forgot to add the "prayer" part to yesterday's Bible Study.  I could go back and add it, but I've decided to move on.  God understands our faithful, sincere efforts to honor Him.  Don't you agree?  :)

Philippians 3:9

Paul's desire is so simple:  he wants his righteousness to be based on faith in Christ alone.  He understands this righteousness is from God and based on faith in His Son.  
Study of verse 9 could be a rather complicated and long process.  But, let's simply take it at ...

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Philippians 3:8 New Crochet Project! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello there!  
I hope and pray you all are doing fantastic!  It's great to be back in Bloglandia!  I went to San Antonio on a great vacation!  
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Then, the night I got home, I stayed up until 4:00 a.m. worshiping the porcelain throne as they poisoning...

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Today, after nearly a week, I'm feeling so much better!

So, onto our study and crafty news!
Philippians 3:8

Paul is saying that he considered EVERYTHING a loss compared to the privilege of knowing Jesus - everything.  In fact he goes so far to state ...

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May 27, 2017
Philippians 3:7. I Like! Studio Tour Pt. 3 - Embroidery Floss Anyone? from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:7.

Paul is referring to the "gains" he received as a Pharisee.  After he met Christ, he considered these gains a loss.  
How this verse resonates within my own heart!  So many objects, thoughts, books, and my own lifestyle seemed so inconsequential after I received Christ as my Savior!  As I go through my walk with Him, growing and maturing in Him, more "gains" seem a loss compared to the blessings He's poured into my life!  

Our entire thought process and value system changes to become richer and deeper.  The wonderful aspect of ...

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May 25, 2017
Philippians 3:6 To Do Tuesday from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:6
Verse 6 continues Paul's litany of why he certainly has reason to base his faith in the flesh - though he clearly does not.  

Here, Paul lists his amazing zeal for persecuting the church and extreme following of the law.  

How broken Paul's heart must have been as he went down his own personal Memory Lane of persecuting the church!  How many of us are trapped by our own Memory Lane?  Dear Ones, we don't have to be!  Remember Paul's point:  our faith is based on Christ alone!

Paul was definitely ...

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Philippians 3:5 Part 2 To Do Tuesday - RSC 2017 Green! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:5 Part 2
Part One is here
This is so simple, yet we make it so hard.  Many times, our own
lack of trust, 
and misunderstood doctrine
can keep us from the 
hand of our Abba Father!

Father, please loose the chains that bind us from simply trusting You.  Be it illness, pain, hurt, abuse, distrust, disappointment - whatever it is, loose those things in Jesus' name - that we may learn to lean on Your precious arms!  Help us to not get tangled up in the words of the "mutilators of the flesh ...

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Philippians 3:5 Part 1. A Happy Surprise! Hexagon Afghan. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:5 Part 1.
Naturally, this verse needs to be read in context - especially with Paul's list of Jewish privileges.  
Remember, his reason for listing them is twofold:  
1) to serve as a warning against believing that circumcision and keeping of the Law was required to show we are "perfect" Christians, (Philippians 3:2)
2) that we don't need physical marks on our body as prove of our faith, (Philippians 3:3)
2) to remember that he, especially, has reason to have confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:4).  

As he previously stated, our confidence ...

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May 16, 2017
Philippians 3:4. Studio Tour Pt. 2 - Misc Storage Magic! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:4
As we discussed during Philippians 3:3, we don't need physical marks on our body to serve Christ.  Our confidence should not be placed in such things.  However, for those who believe they have reasons to put their confidence in the flesh, Paul is preparing to strengthen his argument, as we shall see in verse 5.

Our confidence should be placed in Christ, in our Abba Father, 
not in our flesh!  
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I would be utterly lost if I forgot this lesson!
Furthermore, we should listen to our fellow brothers and sisters who have ...

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May 15, 2017
Philippians 3:3. Sewing Room Tour Part 1: Fabric Storage from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:3.

What a powerful Scripture with such clarification in the Amplified version!  Paul is saying we don't need physical marks on our body to serve God.  We serve Him spiritually with joy and praise to Him, not putting confidence on any part of our flesh!  
This Scripture has ministered deeply to me today!  In spite of the fatigue and pain of fibromyalgia (the physical), I can still praise God and serve Him in my Spirit via His Holy Spirit!  I was up to the wee hours of this morning Netflix binging and crocheting.  But ...

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May 8, 2017
Philippians 3:2. Quilty 365 + A Fibromyalgia Update from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:2.

Before I started this study, I had noticed that Paul was pretty blunt.  In his writings, he freely and boldly shares his faith - as well as his warnings.  Philippians 3:2 is no exception.  According to The Layman's Bible Commentary by Archibold Hunter, "dogs" is refering to the Judaizers - who believed circumcision and following the letter of the Law was required to be a "perfect Christian" versus having the uncomplicated faith in Christ. 


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I usually turn to what is commonly known as the ABC's ...

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May 5, 2017
Philippians 3:1. Scrapbooking Challenged? Part 1. Layer Cake Quilt. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:1


I'll list a few quick observations. 
1) The use of "brothers and sisters" is a reminder:  We are family!  

2) We're reminded to rejoice in the LORD! 3) Reminders can be good.


1) When I first heard a member of my church call me "Sister", I was confused.  Up until this time, I had only heard "sister" used in church to refer to nuns!  When my trusted friend explained the concept of family of Christ to me, I was surprised.  Over the years, I have come to count on and love my ...

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May 4, 2017
Philippians 2:30. More Dishcloths. TADA! A Finish! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:30

This verse needs to be seen in context - at least to include v. 29.  Paul is asking the Philippians to receive Epaphorditus  back with great joy, to honor those like him and reminding them that he almost died on the missionary trip.  

He also points out that Epaphroditus ministered to him in lieu of the Philippians.


I used to think that v. 30 was a bit harsh - until I read it in the Amplified Version:

Philippians 2:30Amplified Bible (AMP)

30 because he came close to death 
for the work of Christ ...

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