Kathy and I started working together I think in February..Kathy is very prolific! I have quilted many for her..and I am not her only quilter…LOL. She has so many she has to use 3 or 4 of us. Which is good ..she gets many different flavors and ways in which to enhance her quilts. Plus spread around her work. I have these two finished for Christmas gifts….and two more to post later.
So I have been part of Women’s bible study in this particular group since June..I feel like I have been a part of them for years. I was part of another group for several years..it kind of dissipated for some reason…and I loved them just as much.
One of the gals tonight was talking about how she has a hard time reading her bible. She believes..and another gal piped up to say that for the longest time she didn’t understand it either because she felt like the time or era of the bible didn’t apply to us in the current times. I remember telling a youth group leader that in the seventh grade. But What I realized a long time ago is that Human condition is the same now as it was 2000 years ago …We all suffer the same afflictions David did as he was writing the psalms. No matter what we are going through (now) there is something in the bible to help us get through what we are going through…right?
Pretty Amazing! It just shows us that God knows so much about us ….he knew everything that, that handbook (The Holy Bible) would need to help us along the way. It is discounted to much! We need to read it. So we finished up Psalms tonight….and we are going through Proverbs next. 3 proverbs a week …so this week chapters 1-3. For anyone that needs to follow along.
I read from a couple different versions…so I have a better picture. But one of my bibles is a study version …I gain so much insight from the study guides they have for the verses.
So while going through our studies tonight…I read a passage and I just LOVED it….it says everything I have been saying for this last year…and I had never read it before.
Psalms Chapter 147 verse 10-11 (NLT)
He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, Those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
The study guide under these verses say this:
We may spend a lot of effort trying to sharpen our skills or become physically fit. There is nothing wrong with doing so, in fact, our gifts can be used to glorify God. But when we use our gifts with no regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our honor and trust that God desires. When he has those, then he will use our gifts and strengths in ways far greater than we can imagine.
WOW!!!! How amazing is that?!!! I have believed that for the last year! I give God the credit for everything I have…for my business..my quilting gift…the way in which I relate to people..the way in which he protects me…in more ways than I can imagine. God Is fully invested in me….and he is working miracles in my life every minute of everyday….I see it so clearly…even when I can’t…I know. So…. more confirmation. God is good all the time! AMEN!
For the People who want to study proverbs with me how do you want to work this out…exchange emails…we could get on a chat? Maybe in quilt connect?
I am up for anything just let me know.
I am excited to share in this with any of you.
As far as today…I finished some quilts, had lunch with my dear friend, made an AWESOME dinner for my family. Bryce started working on his UFO quilt, Carl pinned one on the frame to quilt….Rob got the second coat of paint in our room..I am LOVING the color. Clarissa went into our room after school and sat on our bed..and said “mom I really like this custard color” LOL I know..I do too. It’s really pretty and sunny and it will go with just about any color of quilt I want to put on my bed…which is even better! YAY! So tomorrow will be another day of painting trim and doors and we can start setting everything back up again. Which will be nice…I keep going into my bedroom to change clothes and then realize my clothes are in the livingroom. LOL. I can’t find anything.
Only a couple more days..and things will mostly be put back together. Hopefully.
Do you remember that movie from the 1980’s called “money pit?” …2 weeks…2 weeks…2 weeks.
LOL yeah. well forget that!
I also spent some time at the Fabric Patch today..OMGoodness! They have some cute stuff in from market and new lines of fabric….I didn’t buy anything…nice control there. But I did get some red snappers. It’s a new way in which to load quilts….I need to figure out how to get my leaders sewn and try them out…so we will see…I think I can’t try them out until January..I don’t have time to mess with learning something new at this point. But the girls at The Patch really like this system….so they gave me a complimentary set to try out. I hope I do like it because it seems like it would be faster ..lets face it….if I can load a quilt faster that means I can quilt more…am I right?
Well today our senior Pastor gave the sermon. I like him….he is a nice guy. But I feel like the other Pastor speaks directly to me..he gets in my mind. Our senior Pastor was preaching to newer Christians or people who are “un-saved”. I am not complaining because I think God tells them what to preach. I also believe that people need to hear that message. I knew the bible story well….In John Chapter 3 with Nicodemus. I remember it from when I rally dug into the bible…the confusion he had of not understanding rebirth.
Today was a potluck at church…by the time I got through the line and sat with Rob..I noticed a pastor sitting across from me. He is a retired Pastor. I think many of you may remember the story i wrote last summer when he preached.
Well he told the story of working with homeless men…in particular one named Benny and how he was saved….. was murdered and at his funeral and there after they saw how he had impacted people around him…sound familiar?
I don’t know this visiting pastor..but I was so moved by his accounts of those men and his work….I am sure he has countless stories to tell..but I have only heard the one sermon.
I was arguing with myself to talk to him and tell him how moved I was by his last sermon…..I ate my whole plate of food …I was talking with his grandson….all the while trying to tell him how I was blessed…and trying not to seem vulnerable or weird. If these men only knew how much I listen….study and talk about their words. LOL. well Finally I knew I was running out of time…and I am rally trying to make myself “talk'” more and say what I think I should say…I told him. I was so proud of myself. I told him that his story of Benny Touched me and that I had shared it.
He smiled at me….I think I saw a little glimmer or twinkle. It really warmed my heart. I feel like its getting easier and easier for me to be so vulnerable. I mean, I air out all my laundry here..LOL ( well most of it) but personally I don’t.
I can’t even really explain what holds me back. Giving someone a compliment shouldn’t be a hard thing. I mean I can freely do that for people i know…I always want to see people succeed..I am happy for all the successes one has…It’s amazing. I try to help everyone around me.
If you can believe this…I am always amazed by this but I get accused of being a SNOB, or aloof many times until someone gets to know me. I will sit in a class and no one will know I am there…..My friend Jeri and I took our first few quilting classes together years ago…and we didn’t become friends until about 2 years ago…because I didn’t talk ..LOL . Just watch OUT when you do get to know me..cause I talk to much. It’s funny how people perceive me before they get to know me…and I always wonder why? But that’s ok…because i really should and can only invest in the people who take the time to dig below the surface.
Anyway…so I will leave you all with this….today…sermon is about salvation. Being re-born …..Although I gave my heart to Jesus long ago..I am finding myself having moments of re-birth throughout my journey…Have a Godly day!
Well I am having some troubles…..I hate it when I have troubles. Don’t we all?
I am learning real quick.
I have a hard time because i am a people pleaser. Just like in all business transactions…some go well…or good. I pray that all go well..but sometimes they don’t. This is the hardest part of my job. When I worked for someone else the “boss” had to take care of angry patients….or customers right? But now it’s all on me.
That is so stressful for me. When I invest so much of myself into a business….”this business”…..and someone is unhappy I feel terrible. I want people to come to me if they are unhappy. I would rather fix the issue …and make a friend and future associate rather than just say “good-bye”. It is so not about money with me. I think it may be that way for other people..but for me it’s all about personal relationships and friends. Honestly.
So when someone is unhappy with me business or otherwise…I would rather make it work. I realize I will never make everyone happy. In other words my track record isn’t going to be perfect. But A chance would be good.
So in the beginning of my business I made some mistakes and quickly changed how I handled some of my policies and procedures…I got into a good groove of how things work well. But changes keep happening,with each change I have to make adjustments. All in all I think my statistics are good…..of happy verses unhappy customers. But I am always sad to lose someone. So this week ( I will rat myself out) I have had two unhappy people. That is not good…..I haven’t had many at all ( I think I am up to 6 ..That I know of…I don’t know if it is safe to blast this info out into the world…but I have quilted way over 500 quilts..close to 600 now) …most people are willing to work with me to get it fixed, I am very thankful for them….. I also realize that a part of them is invested in their quilt. They are trusting me….I take it so seriously and I am more sorry than anyone could ever imagine if it doesn’t turn out how they imagined. I would never want that.
So I am sharing this just so you all know..I am approachable. I am invested in your feelings….and above all I want your interaction with me to be a blessing….not a bad experience. Thank you all so much!
Well yesterday after I was “kindly” kicked out of the house to go shopping…LOL. The kind of shopping that Sally referred to as “Performance Art” HAHAHAHA!
If she only knew! You know time goes by so fast….I am not even kidding when I say….Sabrina and I walked up to the cutting counter and the three girls cutting fabric groaned….LOL. One of us I am pretty sure gave us the evil eye…but it was hard to tell because it was late..maybe she was just tired.
Anyway I got home and immediately came to the family room (downstairs) because that is where everyone was..plus the computer…so I chatted with them….and made my entry…then made my way upstairs. They had Clarissa’s room put together….and they had emptied mine and Rob’s room. YAY! Our mattress was on the floor so we could camp out…LOL. We are to old not to be able to sleep comfortably.
So today after church I have to go buy paint….that could be done today! How exciting!
I am so excited for my new room. I already have an Amy Butler bed skirt….and some throw pillows. I bought them on sale last spring they have been waiting for my new room. I need some new curtains….Me new room is going to be bright and cheery. I can’t wait!
I walked into Clarissa’s new room…Oh it’s so nice….Things are coming together….Finally. One room left and possibly a bathroom if I can convince Rob.
Today we are having a potluck after church…it’s the church’s anniversary….I have school work of course. Only about a month left of school and then I am finished. I was half tempted to just let it all go this quarter…..but I shouldn’t do that.All the money I have paid…I just need to get it done.