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June 13, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Waiting from Patchwork Sampler Blog

How are you at waiting? 

This past week I was waiting in line at Walmart. I was only getting a few things but decided to go through a line with a live cashier rather than the self-checkout. There was only one lane open and the woman in front of me had a cart heaped over and spilling out with merchandise. I was not in a hurry and since it was one of only a handful of times I have gone into a store in the past year, the wait was a little therapeutic.  

I was not in line long, however ...

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June 6, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Making a Contribution from Patchwork Sampler Blog

John C Maxwell quote

For some reason, Jon Acuff’s writing really resonates with me. I have read all his books at least once and his latest, Soundtracks, is a gem (look for a review of this book very soon). Anyway, Jon recently posted on his Instagram account (@jonacuff) an offhand remark made by John C. Maxwell.  You probably recognize John C. Maxwell’s name, as he is a well-known pastor, speaker, and author of dozens of books on leadership.

John Maxwell was asked, “What’s the first thought you had when you woke up?” and he replied, “I can’t wait to add ...

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May 9, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Happy Mother’s Day from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Proverbs 21:36

This past week I visited my mother in person for the first time in 15 months. Talk about a happy mother’s day! It was a joy-filled day, indeed, even though we celebrated a week earlier than the actual Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful reunion even though the few days we spend there didn’t make up for the lost time.

My mom is such a blessing to everyone with whom she has contact. She is selfless and helps everyone in any way she can. One of my mom’s most remarkable traits is that she never speaks ...

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May 2, 2021
Sunday Meditation: The Joy of Grandchildren from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Proverbs 17:6

The phrase “the joy of grandchildren” can be interpreted in two ways. First is the joy that grandparents have with their grandchildren. The absolute highlight of our week is the time we spend with our two little ones. It is exhausting, but we love watching them grow and learn from week to week.

The second meaning of the phrase is the inherent joy within little kids. We witnessed this kind of joy last weekend at our granddaughter’s third birthday party. This celebration was very emotional for a number of reasons. First, where did three years go? I can’t ...

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April 25, 2021
Praising God Through Music from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Psalm 9:2

Praising God through song is probably what most people think of when they hear the word “praise.” The praise and worship part of church services has always been my favorite. From traditional hymns to contemporary praise, these songs are what I typically find myself singing throughout the week.

I am so grateful for my morning routine which includes reading, a short workout, and some quiet time in the Word. If Jim isn’t up by the time I finish all this, I will do some piecing or handwork and listen to music. Almost always in the morning, I listen to ...

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April 11, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Praise God from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Isaiah 12:5

The Sunday Meditation topic for April is praise. There are many ways to praise God and I will touch on a few of them over the next three weeks. First of all, what is praise? Dictionary.com defines praise as “the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.” When we praise God, we exalt him for his character and who he is. We express adoration and wonder for all he created. We thank him for bringing calm in the midst of chaos.  We glorify his name.

One of the easiest ways to praise God is through prayer. Often ...

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April 4, 2021
Sunday Meditation: He Is Risen from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Wishing you and all those you hold dear a blessed Easter.

The post Sunday Meditation: He Is Risen appeared first on Patchwork Sampler.

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March 28, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Hebrews 12: 1-3 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NIV)

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March 21, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Finding Hope Through Trials from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Romans 5: 1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to ...

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March 14, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Romans 15:13 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Hope in a Season of Waiting 

What have you waited for this past year? For most of us, we have probably waited for more things in the last 12 months than we have the rest of our lives. We have waited for celebrations: births, weddings, birthdays, graduations, and even celebrations of life. Jobs and school have transformed into at-home activities. We have postponed events, concerts, movies, and theater. We have longed for travel and restaurants and backyard barbecues. We have even waited for groceries, haircuts, gym workouts, and library books. So much waiting for so many things, yet we have ...

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March 7, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Isaiah 40:31 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Isaiah 40:31

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

For the record, spring is my favorite season. Social media is always filled with people singing the praises of fall and every time I hear “happy fall, y’all” I just want to cry (for many reasons, haha!). Fall isn’t happy.  It is the precursor to winter. It is the season when trees turn brown and then bare. Daylight gets shorter every ...

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February 28, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Isaiah 54:10 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Zephaniah 3: 17

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10 

Earlier posts about love were teachings on how we, as God’s people, are to love one another. I didn’t want the love series to end without writing about God’s great love for all his people.  

Isaiah is such a treasure trove of wisdom, hope, and prophecy. My small church group spent almost TWO YEARS studying this one book of ...

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February 21, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Mark 12: 28-31 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Recently, I started posting a Bible verse for reflection on Sundays. This week it is Mark 12:28-31. If you are just here for quilting, feel free to scroll down for this week’s Women of the Bible blocks.
Mark 12:28-31

     28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
     29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with ...

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February 14, 2021
Sunday Meditation: 1 Peter 4:8-11 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

1 Peter 4

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:8-11

What better day than Valentine’s Day ...

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