Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Embroidery and the Steal of the Year

    I am fascinated by hand embroidery (well any needle work to be exact), the tiniest details and the intricate stitches that are used to form a stunning piece of art just amazes me. I dabble in hand embroidery, I don't know a lot of the different stitches but for me it is a simple, quiet moment of meditation for me where I can escape the chaos of the house! I like to sit and embroider with my headphones in listening to my worship songs, I feel closer to God in those moments for some reason. I am forever researching and finding new ways to embroider.
    Just this past weekend while I was out thrift hunting I ran across a large package of embroidery thread neatly wrapped and color coordinated. Upon further inspection the containers underneath actually held different gorgeous colors of pearl cotton!!!! Oh I was oozing with excitement, I know the other women around me must have thought I was crazy; but this was the steal of the year and I had it in hand for only $6.96 (and I got 15% off military discount!!!!) 1 container of embroidery floss, 3 containers of pearl cottons, 4 standard punch needles and 2 brand new never used Cameo Ultra Punch Needles, a book on punch embroidery and a stack of iron on designs with fabric!! I'm telling you I was so very excited to try my hand at Punch Embroidery. I am working on a project now and will show the completed piece very soon!!! Until then I am still working a bit each day on this piece, it isn't anything fancy just a simple piece I am doing for a precious neighbor of mine!!!


Can't forget my photo of the Great Find!!!







Monday, January 19, 2015

Feeling Inadequacy

     Over the last year I have been working toward a closer relationship with God and I believe through this time of gaining more control of areas in my life that Satan has come in and really pressed down hard on me. We all have a weakness whether it be feeling inadequate, a secret addiction, you may be a control freak, a worrier, I could go on but I know you get the picture. Mine is most definitely feeling inadequate! Wow! I've never written that out loud, or confessed it really! Maybe this is an effective way to help conquer this feeling......This inadequacy has hindered me so much in life to the point I would think it all the time. I felt like I saw all these women who had their lives on the straight and narrow not only with God but their marriage, children, their homes and more. I always knew I was a good mother to my daughters but there would be days where I would have other daily pressures of financial stress, the house, family members and so forth where it would cause me to snap. I would yell or say something I didn't mean in the heat of the moment and then here it was again.....you are not adequate! The looks on my daughter's face and I knew I had hit that part of her heart where it stung. I immediately stop and grab her and apologize and say "mommy is just having a hard day, I am so very sorry for reacting that way." She always kisses me and says "it's ok mommy, we all have bad days. I love you!" How does my 6 year old have better control and understanding with me than I do?  She is so forgiving and showers me with love no matter what. First, I had to learn to understand how God sees me. Then, when thoughts of inadequacy came, I would cling to His accurate assessment rather than my faulty views of myself.  He showers me with His grace and love every single day and says to me "It's ok, we all have bad days. I love you!" Much like Him, my daughter doesn't see my inadequacy or my fears. She just sees me as her mama, the most fun doll talker, baker and friend.
     I am so very thankful my God sees the good in me and shows me daily I am not inadequate. I will continue to stomp down Satan if he tries to make these feelings arise in me by continuing to pray and take each day as it comes. I pray if you ever feel inadequate that you will remember Eph. 2:10 
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
     We are each specifically and uniquely designed by God for His purpose. Many of those differences that we use to compare ourselves to and feel discouraged by are the very qualities that God "programmed" into us to bring Him glory.

Fast Forward an Onward from here........

OK, so  a quick catch up post. It is now 19 January 2015, let's just say it has flown by between the arrival of our Pennie Jo, Zoe starting Kindergarten, through the holidays and new year!

Our sweet, healthy, beautiful Pennie Jo was born 18 July 2014 6lbs 3 oz
11:15pm. Quick and natural delivery




Meeting her sister for the first time



Zoe's first day of Kindergarten!


Pennie Jo's first Christmas



I am starting up my blog again, as I have heard God whisper my name to get it rolling again. I will be blogging about our daily life and how God whispers to me daily (Or yells, sometimes I can try to tune things out). Whether it is meant to help me gain a closer relationship with Him and learn more about myself or to touch another life of someone reading, I'm not sure yet what the purpose but I will follow. Have a blessed evening.