shine brighter

when it appears that things are not going along swimmingly……

the light shines even brighter :)

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. …
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.  psalm 112: 4, 7

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.  ephesians 3:16-21


This is a small portion of a larger project I have been working on – shown are little french knot flower drops…….

I am behind on TAST and have been (probably) too involved in the United States election coming up on November 6….but am so very thankful to live here where we can vote….and to have a military that protects that freedom…. here in the USA are we thankful, or thank less?  do we think we deserve this and that….or do we realize that God does not give us what we deserve, yet heaps blessings upon us?

 Christ Jesus is who He said He was….- folks can debate and fight about voting…
but Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY way – there is no debating and fighting  with God – He reigns :D

how can you possibly reject the Lord Jesus Christ? only if you reject God’s grace and mercy.  And if so, you will spend eternity without grace and mercy – in God’s wrath – which killed Lord Jesus Christ on the cross as He bore the punishment of all the sins of the world and suffered God’s wrath…so that you, me, would not – …..and  He lives :D

accept or reject – eternity hangs in your choice…

and the next four years? 
 – thanks be to God for the choice

TAST 40 & 39

I have been working on a piece that includes a piece of vintage silk (specifically, a piece of lining from a vintage silk haori – a Japanese short “coat” worn over a kimono), shown here with TAST week #40’s Beaded Hedebo Edge – this was a new stitch for me, and creates a pretty “ruffle” like row. The instructions for this stitch may be found here on pintangle.

The silk reminds me of  charmeuse; this is worked in pearl cotton 8, with little pearl beads……

On the same piece I have worked some patchwork of print cotton…

to which I added week #39’s stitch, Knotted Buttonhole Stitch…. a new stitch for me, and I like it very much….

The stitch was worked in coton a broder, and I had already added the running stitch which you see at the top of the knotted buttonhole stitches – I like them together :)

Come and join along with TAST, you will learn new stitches, and meet others who are stitching along too – no pressure, but great opportunities for learning, creating and gathering wonderful information from experienced and gifted embroiderers!

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 corinthians 5:21
He did that for you – your part is accepting on His terms

12 years ago someone took the time to leave a tract, which I found, that explained the gospel of Jesus Christ.  
 I read it… I then looked  up all the statements in a Bible to see if it was true….it was and is. That was exactly when life began – when I confessed my sins to God, turned from them, to Him, and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour – because He paid for all my sins – I could never pay, nor can anyone else – He did it all.  He alone is Saviour.

My Father Creates Poppies

Mauve Poppy in the garden

Oh Thank you Father!  For everything…great and small.  I pray even one, or even many! will come to know you, by the power of the Holy Spirit…..through me.  To know they NEED you…and the salvation you have provided by and through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Oh Righteous Father!  The world hath not known thee; but I know thee, and these have known that thou has sent me.    john 17:25

He lives! and He came to save sinners – have you talked to Him?

The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. romans 10: 8-10

Shed Abroad

Shed Roof by misteraitch A shed roof behind Trefaldighetskyrkan (Trinity church), SE Sweden

This Shed is in Sweden – Shed Abroad…..

More importantly, shed abroad is the Love Of God
we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  

Romans Chapter 5 – the whole chapter is worth reading right now

photo credits:
beautiful photo used with permission via creative commons license

Sands of Time

Passage of Time I by Riebart

The words of a favorite song are “The sands of time are sinking…”, and though we usually do not like to acknowledge it, time passes.  There – another moment gone – every single moment is new, every single day is new…and will never ever pass this way again.

That fact can be either something joyous, or something depressing…..

but – with the ending of Passover for this year, let us be reminded that God delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt – and while  Israel was redeemed and saved, the Egyptians and Pharaoh were judged.  There is no salvation nor redemption without Judgment…there is no love without Righteous Justice.

We will stand before God one day – whether you believe it or not, you will stand before Him – and receive eternal judgment unless, covered by the Passover Lamb’s blood – the sinless blood of Jesus Christ – who lived the sinless, blameless life AND took our place on the cross receiving the full punishment and judgment for our sins, in our place. Died, and was resurrected in the flesh for our salvation.

It is a gift from God – we cannot earn it, nor buy it – just receive it – receive His salvation, in Jesus Christ.