Quilting Again

As baby will soon be here for long visits, I am making a baby quilt to cuddle baby safely here. I am doing a small biscuit or puff quilt with a calming aquarium theme. I will take pictures when I have more than just the cutout fabric (which was my afternoon). I had thought I was finished quilting for a while but alas, need to cozy our grand baby up with love. Quilts take dedicated effort, which to me is love. To me, you spend time on someone you love. And it is truly rewarding to love someone. And we will make time for this precious little baby and his comfort. And may God convey this love to them through this act of love. May God bless all our efforts where loving people is concerned. May God be praised!😄❤

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Beautiful Friendships

To me, friends are equal to family. I make few friends but adopt them fully invested into my family and personal space. My friends are always fully welcome to anything of mine and they are exceedingly precious to me. I am not sure if being brothers/sisters in Christ has made my friendships so much more powerful with that essentially deep spiritual connection. The reason I do not know is that no close friend I have adopted has ever been an unbeliever/unsaved. So I do not know for certain but I am pretty sure it plays a strong role in bonding. Thank you, beautiful friends. I pray for you and love you and am here if ever you need me. ❤

How Jesus Meets Us As We Are

Jesus meets us where we are as we are. All He needs from us is a humble heart that allows Him in. That is it. The rest does not matter, He happily does the rest of the work out of His enormous love and grace.

For example, when He met and changed me recently, I had been a hot mess. Seriously, I was lost and depressed, having lost my daddy and two close friends I absolutely loved. I was depressed, trying to survive while raising two kids full time and caring for a home and husband who was very mean to me. And I broke before God, realizing I had nothing left I could muster. I humbly said, “Ok, help me.” Huge prayer right there. Then it began. The good work.

He put it in my heart if I had to sleep alone that I would be covered by Jesus and reassured He never left me or forsook me. He put the notion of a quilt and I hand-stiched every block and applique and border and everything to include 5 blocks in the center that depict the life of Jesus. I put crosses and hearts on the corners and our family in there and have been covered by Jesus every night since. As I stiched, Jesus was healing me. I was changing.

Then He kept me wanting to read the Bible. I could not get enough. And I prayed and prayed. I walked with Him alone and had great conversations. I cried a lot. Then I fasted and prayed and deepened my relationship with Jesus. And here we are today, and I am ready to go to heaven anytime He is ready to snatch us up out of here.

And it is all from Jesus meeting me where I was in a broken mess with my tiny humble prayer and acceptance of Him. Jesus comes to us and is big and wise and loving enough to take care of us and meet us where we are. There is no holy pill to swallow, no formalities we need to do, no sacrifice we first must make except that ego. We must humbly pray and accept Him. Then He meets us in whatever else we got into and fixes everything. Yes, we may have work to do but it is easy with His help. ❤

A Beautiful Visit

When you need a rest, why not take one without any tech and with a friend or with family? Just a picnic or a visit and chat or just a road trip enjoying God’s scenery will do.

That is what we did today and it was beautiful! Lovely to see the last of my grandparents’ generation. I got to visit with the sweetest ladies, my Great Aunt Evelyne and Ellen, her roomate. They are in their 80’s and still full of life and spirit and love. Both are retired missionaries to Haiti, having worked together to minister and work an orphanage. My great aunt had never married and Ellen’s husband died some years ago. And our day with them was peaceful and encouraging and uplifting. People who neglect our forebears do themselves and these wise people an injustice. How beautiful our day!!! How we live them!!❤

When Jesus Comes In

Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior invites Jesus into your heart and soul. He figuratively knocks patiently and lovingly on our heart’s door until we let Him into it. We have to allow Him in as Master, however, and where most people want Him in as roommate or friend with all the living benefits, it is harder for people to want Him in as Master and Lord because this is in direct opposition to our pride and ego, rather narcissistic in tendency at times (or some live there). But Jesus is Almighty God, One of the Godhead, and must be Master. It is simply the natural order of things and He lovingly knows that He is best suited at the position. He can do much much more for us when He takes the reins for He is all- powerful. But He loves our free will and allows it, dictates we keep it, so that when we allow Him in, it is true and free love to Him back.

This whole concept is beautiful and really conveys Jesus’ deep love and frankly respect for each of us.

So, when Jesus is finally invited in as Master, He rules with love and gentility and the fruits of the Spirit. He is not a harsh dictator as His enemy is (who tries to break down your door and demands to be master and wants you dead- stark contrast). Where the enemy’s idea of being master is controlling and domineering you, Jesus superior idea is to guide and strengthen and empower you to do n what you were designed to do in a healthy and peaceful, joyous way. The contrast is incredible.

So, accept Jesus into your heart and soul as Master and see for yourself how beautiful He keeps making you and your life and mind as time goes on in prayer and His Word. It is beautiful!!!❤

The Benefits of Fasting

All day, as I said, I have fasted and prayed. And let me tell you what I learned.

1. I spent the day with Jesus, really feeling like He was right here with me all day and especially in my prayers. And I cannot adequately express how incredibly peaceful and comforting and fun Jesus is. I want to make this a weekly event because Jesus soothed my soul quite literally.

2. God answered my prayers. I knew personally that He healed my finger I prayed for. Seems a trivial thing, but I am a pianist and we had a video recording gig tonight and this morning I woke up and it was strangely jammed and hurt piercing pain with every attempt to bend that finger. So a big deal to me and God healed it and I have zero pain now bending it fully. Also, I felt Him (hard to explain that- it is a spiritual thing) answering prayer. It was as if I were in the same room and He was hearing me and nodding.

3. God strengthened me, which I did not expect. I knew He would answer my prayer for energy and He did, but also He spiritually strengthened my resolve to work more for Him in prayer first and foremost and then doing what I was designed to do. God revealed to me that He really has a great plan and how beautiful it would be if we followed that plan. For our own good because He loves us. Also for His kingdom that is coming soon enough for me to visualize it. I so want to be an active part of Jesus’ kingdom now and in the future that it brings tears to my eyes.

In short, please pray and fast. See what God shows you and how deeply He loves you as you do. God n is truly so good and worthy of all of our attention and worship!❤❤❤

Truth

Overcome lies with truth.

Lies come from the enemy, even if a loved one says them. Maybe they believe lies. That doesn’t make the lie true.

God only speaks truth. Check the lie with the truth of the Bible.

Pray continuously and the Holy Spirit will help discerning lies from truth when you ask.

God hates all lies. Do not accept what the Spirit tells you is not right.

Keep reading the Bible’s truth to have truth in your mind and heart. Lies will be easier to detect and reject.

Do not ever lie yourself. When you do not lie, it frees your conscience and you sleep better at night.

Truth yields purity. Embrace truth. Decide your life will embrace truth and reflect it.

Always be truthful and people will notice and ask your advice when bad things happen. Then speak truth in love.

Truth and love go together, for God is truth and love. There is only His truth and love. Truth and love are not relative, they are absolute. They are what God says they are for He is their source. This is important because truth or love that changes with circumstances is a lie.❤