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February 11, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Date. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength
God's timing is perfect.  His ways are higher than our ways.  I realizes this even more when remembered sharing  this verse not long ago.   

Two days later, I leaned on it - hard.
My dad has been diagnosed with METS - metastatic cancer.  You can read more about it here.  
So, yes, I am leaning on this verse as well as many others.  My daughter sent me this song.  


God is good - all the time.  All the time, God is good.  We can indeed trust Him.


Book Date
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January 30, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Date. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer



Monday's Strength

Matthew 11:10 blessed me so much when I read it tonight.  I realize that it is referring to John the Baptist preparing the way for Christ.  However, I also look for ways Scripture can apply to my life directly.  

Though the way ahead of us may seem uncertain, God has prepared our way.  He has sent messengers ahead of us.  He has provided a way of comprehension, compassion, love and support for us.  

As we go through life, as we face our challenges, let us draw strength and comfort from the knowledge that God has prepared ...

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January 22, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength

When we are weak, He is strong.  In our times of pain, we can count on God.  Always.  

I took a walk with God this evening.  I needed Him.  My heart is breaking bit by bit as I see my Daddy grow weaker and weaker due to some unknown, un-diagnosed ailment.  

As I prayed, I played my "Gentle Praise" playlist.  This song blessed me.  
         
When I am weak, He is strong.  In my times of pain, I can count on God.  Always.  And so can you.

Will you join me in believing?

Book Dating
Have you heard ...

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January 8, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength

I picked up this lesson from Jana Alcorn's book, Don't Throw in the Towel, Hope Again.  She pointed out that perhaps by Hezikiah turning to the wall, he was turning away from distractions.  Let us prayerfully turn into our wall and away from whatever may be distracting us from our precious LORD's voice.  Then, after meeting with the Source of our strength, we can courageously fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12).

Book Dating

The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV
Though I fell behind in The Story, I'm still enjoying reading it!
Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest
Still reading this one!
Just started ...

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January 2, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There! 
I hope you all have a wonderful 2019!  There will be some changes here that I hope will bless you!  I'm also hoping they will help me "work smarter, not harder!"  Take good care and Happy New Year!

Monday's Strength.

Like I said in my last post, let us go forth into 2019 with the LORD's joy, confidence, faith, trust and hope!  Perhaps if we remember this Word, we will be better equipped to do just that!

Book Dating

The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV
Though I fell behind in The Story, I'm still enjoying reading it!


Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest
Doing Busy Better ...

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September 18, 2018
Jesus Asked It #6. Teacup Quilt Along Block 2. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Jesus Asked It #6
As soon as I read Jesus’ next question, I remembered my first years as a bilingual teacher.  It was so overwhelming!  So, to simplify my life, I decided to join my students and wear the uniform that they wore:  blue pants/skirt and a white blouse.  That way I could focus on what was truly important:  being the best teacher I could be. 

As I read the above verse, I wondered if Christ was really saying:  “Seriously, why do you worry about clothes?  There are lost souls to be saved, the sick to be healed!  Time ...

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September 4, 2018
Late Happy Labor Day! To Do Tuesday. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Happy Labor Day!
Today's post will be short as I have enjoyed the last few days relaxing with my husband.  Last night my daughter and 8-year-old grandson came over to play with our new puppy, Chico, and Kitty.  
My grandson and I practiced lassoing each other's arm and playing chase in the yard.  I tackled and tickled him a few times as Chico licked his face!

I thought there may be some pain in this grandma's body this morning, but my pain levels are normal - no increased pain!  Praise God!  

Instead of a full Bible Study, I ...

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August 28, 2018
Jesus Asked It #5. Fall Into a QAL Block 2. Book Date. Ooops! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Jesus Asked It #5




Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27 I was a professional worry wart - had my 
PhD in this skill - still do.  
Worrying is like running on the hamster's wheel...

So much wasted energy and I bet we look pretty silly to our LORD and Savior.  


It's hard to break the worrying habit.  One activity that works for me is listening to praise and worship music.  My altar, Promise Box and spending time daily with God are vital to my faith.  

I'm curious about ...

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August 20, 2018
Jesus Asked It #4. Teacup QAL Block 1! Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Jesus Asked It #4
Our next question addresses worry and anxiety over our basic needs.

 
I find this verse a tough one because of all the hunger and poverty in our world.  Perhaps this is why we are so encouraged to give to missions.  After all, are we not the hands and feet of God?  

Would poverty exists if everyone gave a bit to eradicate it?  Hmmm…I wonder?

For application to myself, I have learned that my basic needs – food, clothing, shelter - will be covered by my LORD and Savior.  As I examine other “needs” in my life, I ...

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Jesus Asked It #3. Fall Into a QAL. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Jesus Asked It #3
I hope you're enjoying this study of the questions Jesus asked!  Our second question is found in the Sermon on the Mount as well. 


Love for Enemies
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbori and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those ...

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August 7, 2018
Jesus Asked It #2. A New QAL: Teacups Quilt Along! Book Date from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Jesus Asked It #2
Jesus Asked It #2

From last time, we ended with this question:
If we lose our "saltiness" (purpose) or our light, how can we be made salty/filled with light again?  Unlike salt, we can be redeemed.  

My first thought as I wrote that question was this verse:
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

Clearly, after reading this verse in context, Jesus is referring to food, shelter and clothing.  Seek first His kingdom and the rest will come.  

However ...

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July 31, 2018
Jesus Asked This #1. Progress on Got Your Back - Backpack #2. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Questions Jesus Asked #1
On Sunday, July 22, 2018 Pastor Dale preached an amazing sermon:  Do You Want to Get Well?  It was based on John 5:1-15, the accounting of the man by the pool of healing waters.  During this powerful sermon, Pastor said something like this (paraphrased), "If you want to ask questions, why not start with the questions Jesus asked?"  

That set right with my Spirit.  
Therefore, I'm reading the four gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in order focusing on the questions Jesus asked.  I'll be implementing the Color Coded Bible Study that I ...

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July 19, 2018
Next Steps with God. Machine Embroidery. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Next Steps with God
After our Still Stitching series, I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to take the Bible section of this blog.  So, until God gives me clear direction regarding another series, I will share what I have been learning recently.  I hope you are blessed by these sharings.  


Many years ago, I took this verse quite literally viewing it as a ladder of my spiritual progress during trials.  
I would ask myself these questions:
Was I merely suffering?  persevering?
Or was I allowing God to shape my character?
Finally, did I have the ...

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July 10, 2018
Still Stitching #12 Part 3. Scrappy Four Patch Progress. Finished Tree Hugger. Book Date + a New Reading Challenge! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Still Stitching #12 Part 3.  
The pain is still there.
The effects of various types of abuse are still there.
But, I am doing the hard work to be a thriver:
Talk therapy.
Growing in my faith.
Support groups.
Begin gentle with myself.
Forgiving those who hurt me.
Forgiving those who failed to protect me.
Understanding that man has free will.
Understanding and believing that all things work together for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

I no longer ask, “Why me?” , but instead ...

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July 2, 2018
Book Date. Scrappy Four Patch Progress. Xmas All Year! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Scrappy Four Patch Progress
I've made even more four patches - up to 140 or so now!





Xmas All Year!
I also decided to join the Xmas All Year project.  It's really quilt simple:  make 1 Christmas gift/ornament/one year long project to be finished by Christmas!  This way, we have the potential to have 12 gifts ready to go and hopefully avoid the Christmas sewing rush!  It's hosted by Jeanette at 1 Xmas Item a Month.  

I'm going to tie this in with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty over at Elm Street Quilts as ...

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June 25, 2018
Still Stitching #12 Part 2. Sewing School Class 1. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Still Stitching #12 Part 2

Still Stitching #12 Part 1
As my faith grew in God, I began to seek Him out.  Thus began my venture into becoming a survivor.  These verses were – and are – instrumental to my growth.




I can tell you that Proverbs 3:5-6 was a tough one – trusting God after all that had happened to me.  Once I crossed that bridge, however, I started the road to becoming a thriver.  

The journey to becoming a thriver literally took years and that’s fine.  To everything there is a season! 

There were several pivotal moments, a few ...

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June 12, 2018
Still Stitching #12 Part 1. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Still Stitching #12 Part 1

We have reached the final point that my friend shared:
Is is so true!    My loved one is my child and
for many years he blamed me for his problems – all. of. them.
For many years, I accepted the blame because I was not a perfect mother.  However, there is no perfect parent except for God our Father.  He is the perfect one.

Our kids, our siblings, our loved ones have all come without an owner’s manual.  For that matter, neither did we! :)

We are not to blame for how they ...

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June 5, 2018
Still Stitching #11. Scrappy Four Patch Progress #3. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Still Stitching #11


So, what exactly does it mean to open our hearts?  To me it means to trust others with my vulnerabilities, my dreams, and my love. For me, this has resulted in setting boundaries – and keeping them - though admittedly, they can fall away in my times of weakness.  And that’s ok.  Progress not perfection.

My vulnerabilities are definitely something I do not trust many people with – as I assume it is with many others.  We hold our vulnerabilities close, showing them only to those we can truly trust not to hurt us. 

Again, like ...

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May 29, 2018
Still Stitching #10. Scrappy Four Patch Progress #2. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Still Stitching #10


This is so very true. 
But, how do I NOT open my heart to my loved one? 
He is precious to me! 
Consequently, how many times has my heart been broken?
Countless times.
I have not been able to implement completely this point in my life.
I am, however, able to protect my heart a bit more.

Addicts and alcoholics are sick.  I’ve been told it’s a disease – an thought I’m still grappling with.  One therapist did give me a great perspective though.  She gave me five pieces of paper and ...

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May 22, 2018
Thoughtful Tuesday: On Our Own? Book Date. To Do Tuesday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Thoughtful Tuesdays
This post from Lesley at Life in the Spacious Place blessed me immensely.  I was reminded that we are never alone in our journey for the LORD is always with us.  We were never meant to go through life alone - ever.  I hope you'll hop on over to Life in the Spacious Place and be encouraged!  

High Quality Thank You Blank Meme TemplateThank you, Lesley, for such a  comforting reminder of our Father's love!


Book Date -Currently Reading
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I'm enjoying reading at least a chapter a week of The Story   I highly recommend this book!  I did fall behind while we ...

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