Yarn Along – Finished Quilts and a little Knitting

On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

My last post with “Yarn Along” was July last year –
zip. . . .there went another day.

Then I posted picture of a quilt in process.
I finished that quilt for Jayden
and one for her brother, Jacoby
Jan 23 jayden

Jan 23 jacoby  2

I also made quilts for the Farmer’s brother and his wife.
nov 25 darrel 009

nov 25 darrel 008

And one more commissioned quilt as a Christmas gift:

nov 25 darrel 013All were long-arm quilted by my daughter at
Quilt’m by Sunshine Designs.

So, again, not a lot of knitting going on.
I knit a few ‘Grandmother’s Favorite’ dishcloths,
’cause I can do those with out thinking.

I also knit a red shawlette, but it is not blocked
and there are no pictures.

BUT, I have been adding a ruffle to this circle afghan.sept 6. trisha pinwheel 001Oh, dear, this picture dated 9/2013!

Jan 28 ruffle Oh, well, I’ll just knitting away on these 12 stitches
with a 8 row repeat.

Lite reading, Debbie Macomber’s Rose Harbor in Bloom.

Joining with Ginny and patient knitters.

Today’s thought – Shall Not Be Moved

aug 11 003I love this ‘standing’ oak tree.

Good Morning

Psalms 46:5
God is in the midst of her;
she shall not be moved:
God shall help her,
and that right early

“Shall not be moved”–what an inspiring declaration!
Can it be possible that we,
who are so easily moved by the things of earth,
can arrive at a place where
nothing can upset us or disturb our calm?
Yes, it is possible;
and the Apostle Paul knew it.
When he was on his way to Jerusalem
where he foresaw that “bonds and afflictions” awaited him,
he could say triumphantly,
“But none of these things move me.”

Everything in Paul’s life and experience
that could be shaken had been shaken,
and he no longer counted his life,
or any of life’s possessions, dear to him.
And we, if we will but let God have His way with us,
may come to the same place,
so that neither the fret and tear of little things of life,
nor the great and heavy trials,
can have power to move us
from the peace that passeth understanding,
which is declared to be the portion
of those who have learned to rest only on God.

“Him that overcometh
will I make a pillar in the temple of my God;
and he shall go no more out.”
To be as immovable as a pillar in the house of our God,
is an end for which one would gladly endure all the shakings
that may be necessary to bring us there!
–Hannah Whitall Smith

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion,
which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.”
There is a quaint old Scottish version that puts iron into our blood:

Who sticketh to God in stable trust
As Zion’s mount he stands full just,
Which moveth no whit, nor yet doth reel,
But standeth forever as stiff as steel!

Stand . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Even Without A Sign

Jan 24 Happy JaydenA little girl’s smile makes all the work worthwhile.

Good Morning

Genesis 8:9-11
But the dove found no rest for or the sole of her foot,
and she returned unto him…
And the dove came in to him in the evening;
and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf

God knows just when to withhold from us
any visible sign of encouragement,
and when to grant us such a sign.
How good it is that we may trust Him anyway!
When all visible evidences
that He is remembering us are withheld,
that is best;
He wants us to realize that His Word,
His promise of remembrance,
is more substantial and dependable
than any evidence of our senses.
When He sends the visible evidence,
that is well also;
we appreciate it all the more
after we have trusted Him without it.
Those who are readiest to trust God
without other evidence than His Word
always receive the greatest number
of visible evidences of His love.
–C. G. Trumbull

Believing Him; if storm-clouds gather darkly ’round,
And even if the heaven seem brass, without a sound?
He hears each prayer and even notes the sparrow’s fall.

And praising Him; when sorrow, grief, and pain are near,
And even when we lose the thing that seems most dear?
Our loss is gain. Praise Him; in Him we have our All.

Our hand in His; e’en though the path seems long and drear
We scarcely see a step ahead, and almost fear?
He guides aright. He has it thus to keep us near.

And satisfied; when every path is blocked and bare,
And worldly things are gone and dead which were so fair?
Believe and rest and trust in Him, He comes to stay.

Even without a sign . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – An Heritage

Jan 21 soup cookingOn this cold, foggy day soup smells good.

Good Morning

Psalm 119:111-112
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever:
for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined mine heart
to perform thy statutes alway,
even unto the end.

To live in the Spirit is the right condition of man,
his normal condition;
and to live in the Spirit is to live with God–
hearing Him,
and knowing Him,
and loving Him,
and delighting to do His will.
“Thomas Erskine

Inclining my heart . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – “My soul waiteth . . .”

Jan 22 a time for pruningA good husbandman prunes,
then awaits the harvest.

Good Morning

Psalm 130:5-6
I wait for the Lord,
my soul doth wait,
and in his word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord
more than they that watch for the morning:
I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

A soul that is patient waits
with calm endurance for light before acting,
and in virtue of this calm and patient endurance
suffers no pain or anxiety,
because the soul possesses herself and waits for light;
and when the mind waits patiently for light,
sooner or later it is sure to come.
Trials of mind affect us more deeply than pains of body,
and if we give way to anxiety such trials become troubles,
and are immensely increased.
But this cannot happen to those patient souls,
who feel that they are in the hands of God,
and are encircled with His fatherly providence,
and that all things are in in His disposal.
When we see not our way through some trial or difficulty,
we have only to look to God,
and to wait in patience,
and in due time His light will come and guide us.
This very attitude of waiting,
this very patience of expecting,
will dispose the mind to receive
and the will to rightly use,
the needful light.
Whenever you are perplexed as to what course you should take,
if you go blindly into action
you will be sure to repent it.
Wait for light,
wait with patience,
and light will not fail you.
~~William Bernard Ullathorne

Psalm 18:28b
. . .the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

Learning to wait . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – No Man is an Island

Jan 21 purple centersI an fascinated by this succulent’s purple centers.

Good Afternoon

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
John Donne.

A selected explanation of this poem:
“The idea of tolling of the bell comes from the practice
people would indulge in of going to the village/town church
to ring the bell to announce that someone had died.
So, the tolling of the bell would likely evoke the question:
“Who died?”
That is the context in which the poet is writing.
So Donne is saying, as some other posters have commented,
that we are all interconnected
and are all affected by what happens to someone else;
hence, you need not ask for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for you,
since you too are affected by the passing of another human being.”
Thank you, Tony.

Genesis 4:9
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Love one another . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Perfect Peace

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Good Morning

Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.

“I do not know when I have had happier times in my soul,
than when I have been sitting at work,
with nothing before me but a candle and a white cloth,
and hearing no sound but that of my own breath,
with God in my soul and heaven in my eye . . .
I rejoice in being exactly what I am,
–a creature capable of loving God,
and who, as long as God lives,
must be happy.
I get up and look for while out of the window,
and gaze at the moon and stars,
the work of an Almighty hand.
I think of the grandeur of the universe
and then sit down
and think myself one of the happiest beings in it.”
~~A Poor Methodist Woman, 18th Century.

Is not this the purest description of contentment and peace?
‘. . .rejoice in being exactly what I am,’
To lay aside all the distractions and clamor of life
and see what is truly at the core of my being.

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
Isaiah 26:3 AMP

Keep your mind stayed on God . . .Today
With My prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Whatsoever

2012-07-01_12-25-29_503mosaicOne step at a time,
mosaic steps found in Carmel, CA

Good Morning

Matthew 7:12
Therefore all things whatsoever
ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them:
for this is the law and the prophets.

Take the trouble to spend only one single day
according to God’s commandments,
and you will see yourself,
you will feel by your own heart,
how good it is to fulfil Gods will
(and God’s will in relation to us is our life,
our eternal blessedness).
Love God with all your heart;
value with all your strength His love
and His benefits to you,
enumerate His mercies,
which are great and manifold.
Furthermore, love every man as yourself,
–that is, do not wish him anything
that you would not wish for yourself;
do not let your memory keep in it
any evil caused to you by others,
even as you would wish that the evil done by yourself
should be forgotten by others;
do unto them as you would do unto yourself,
or even do not do unto them
as you would not do into yourself;
and then you will see what you will obtain in your heart,
–what peace, what blessedness!

Matthew 7:12 So then, whatever you desire
that others would do to and for you,
even so do also to and for them,
for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets. AMP

In all things . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Walk as Children of Light

may13 004One step at a time

Good Morning

Ephesians 5:8
For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:

Walk as a child of Light,
for My radiance is all around you
and also within you;
it transforms you inside and out.
Remember that you were once darkness
until My Spirit quickened you to Life,
empowering you to live in My holy Presence.
Dwell on this blessed remembrance
until gratitude for My glorious grace wells up within you.

Trust Me to lead you step by step through each day.
I provide sufficient Light for only one day at a time.
If you try to look into the future,
you will find yourself peering into darkness:
My Face shines upon you only in the present!
This is where you find My gracious Love
that never fails you.
Live ever so near Me—flourishing in My transforming Light.
~~~From Jesus Lives by Sarah Young

Trust God’s light . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Procrastination

per frost flowersThe last flowers before the frost.

Good Morning

My mom procrastinates. I procrastinate.
I have even passed on that gene to my daughters.
This devotional encourages me to just ‘DO IT’!

2 Chronicles 24:4-5
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the Lord. 5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome
by putting them off till tomorrow.
It is only when they are behind us and done,
that we begin to find that there is
a sweetness to be tasted afterwards,
and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties
un-hestatingly done is welcome and pleasant.
they are full of blessing,
and there is a smile on their faces as they leaves us.
they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility.
and hindering our communion with God.
If there be lying before you
any bit of work from which you shrink,
go straight up to it,
and do it at once.
The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
~~Alexander Maclaren

Up and at ’em . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – With the Anointing

Mar 22 13 mt shastaMount Shasta, May, 2013

Good Morning

Psalm 25:12-14
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

It is a sign that the soul is living in God.
if it maintain calmness
within through the consciousness of His Presence,
while working for Him in active ministrations.
Such restfulness will show itself in the commonest ways,
in doing common duties at the right time,
in preserving a sweetness and evenness of temper
in the midst of ordinary interruptions and disturbances,
in walking to and fro quietly
on the the day’s varied errands,
in speaking gentle words,
in sweetly meeting unexpected call.
A calm, restful temper grows
as self is learning to lose itself in God.
Such grace tells gradually on the daily life;
even the minutest detail may be brought
under the power of God,
and carried out in union with Him.
~~T. T. Carter

Then shall my days be Thine,
And all my heart be love;
And joy and peace be mine,
Such as are know above.
Come, Holy Spirit, quickly come,
And make my heart Thy lasting home.
~~Andrew Reed

Lord, help me in the common duties . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – He Keeps the Key

my keys

Good Morning

Revelation 3:7
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Is there some problem in your life to solve,
Some passage seeming full of mystery?
God knows, who brings the hidden things to light.
He keeps the key.

Is there some door closed by the Father’s hand
Which widely opened you had hoped to see?
Trust God and wait–for when He shuts the door
He keeps the key.

Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet,
Or answered NOT as you had thought ‘twould be?
God will make clear His purpose by-and-by.
He keeps the key.

Have patience with your God, your patient God,
All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He,
And of the door of all thy future life
He keeps the key.

Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest,
To know of EVERY door He keeps the key.
That He at last when just HE sees ’tis best,
Will give it THEE.

Trust His holding . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – In Nothing Be Anxious

mar1 008. . . and His eye is on the …..chicken, also
and I know He cares for me.

Good Morning

Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Just think of having His wonderful peace
guarding one’s heart and
one’s thoughts all day long.
But it is only on condition
that we fulfil the sixth verse,
“In nothing be anxious,”–
this is a distinct command,
if we fail to fulfil it,
we shall not get the blessing.
Sorrow even is anxiety,
and should be laid upon our blessed Lord.
Then in prayer and supplication
we must not forget
thanksgiving is also distinctly commanded;
we must praise God for His dealings with us,
even though we cannot make them out at times.
Pray God to make you cease
from anxiety about yourself and your plans;
just be willing to do the work
our dear Father gives you at the time.
~~John Kenneth Mackenzie

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. AMP

Cease from anxiety . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – Resting in Stillness

March 29-30  YP cabin trip 033I lay all my everyday burdens at the foot of the cross
on which my Savior died to forgive all my sins.

Good Evening

Psalm 107:29-30
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

As thou learnest this lesson,
to carry all thy sorrows to God,
and lie at thy Saviour’s feet,
and spread thy grief before Him,
thou wilt find a calm come over thee,
thou knowest not whence;
thou wilt see through the clouds a bright opening,
small perhaps and quickly closed,
but telling eternal rest,
and everlasting day,
and of the depth of the Love of God.
Thy heart will still rise and sink,
but it will rise and sink,
not restlessly,
nor waywardly,
not in violent gusts of passion;
but resting in stillness
on the boson of the ocean of the Love of God.
Then shalt thou learn,
not to endure only patiently,
but, in everything against thy will,
humbly and quickly to see and to love the loving Will of God.
Thy faith and thy love and thy hope will grow,
the more thou seest the work of God with thee,
thou wilt joy in thy sorrow,
and thy sorrow will be turned into joy.
~~~Edward B. Russy

Rest in stillness . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Private Prayer

Good Morning

Psalm 5:3 
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

John Baillie (1886-1960) was born in Scotland. He was a professor, theologian, and author. I first became acquainted with him through his little book A Diary of Private Prayer. My good friend, Chris Bullard, and I were in Steele’s Christian Bookstore (used books) in Kansas City where our family was living at the time. We were browsing through the store when Chris found a copy of Baillie’s work. “This is a great book,” he said. He already owned a copy. I purchased it upon his recommendation and have enjoyed it for many years.
The following is an excerpt from A Diary of Private Prayer:
Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, let my first impulse be to worship You, let my first speech be Your name, let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.
For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:
For the love with which You love mankind:
For the love with which You love me:
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life:
For the indwelling of your Spirit in my heart:
For the sevenfold gifts of your Spirit:
I praise and worship You, O Lord.
Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the hours of the day;
Keeping me chaste in thought:
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech:
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work:
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself:
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealings with others:
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past:
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.
Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.
(Taken from Richard Foster’s Devotional Classics, pp. 126-127.)

Psalm 55:16-17
As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Pray . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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