Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prasie the Lord, O My Soul!

You've heard the saying, "What a difference a day makes?" Well, what a difference a morning quiet time makes. It is hard to believe that last week found me moping around not able to get anything done. So tired I struggled to get up in the morning, not caring a hoot about how I looked, how the house looked. The end of the day would come and I had not really gotten anything done and now sleep would allude me too.

This week, I am up just before the sun, with a smile on my face. I just finished up the Psalms in my quiet time. This God who will not let me go is simply amazing. Many little tidbits about Him today in my reading of Psalms 145-150. He is the one who made heaven and earth, who keeps the truth forever,who executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, gives freedom to prisoners, opens the eyes of the blind, raises those who are bowed down, loves the righteous, watches over the strangers, relieves the fatherless and the widow, and shall reign forever.
He is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. He is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, near to those who call upon Him and preserves ALL who love Him for the LORD takes pleasure in His people.
He takes pleasure in us beloved. What more is there to say than, Praise the LORD, O my soul who rescued me from the dark place I was in.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Here we go...

So here I go jumping into this blog thing...  I am trying to get several things back on track:  my quiet time with the Lord, moving my body on a regular basis, eating well, and quilting.  So far so good on all fronts this week.
Today my Bible readings were from the Psalms.  today's theme seemed to be, "For His mercy endures forever."  I started with Ps. 117- Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him all you peoples!  For His merciful kindness is great towards us, and the truth of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD!

Ps. 118:29  reminds me to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  For His mercy endures forever.  And then there is Psalm 136 where this little phrase is repeated in nearly every line and ends with, O give thanks to the God of heaven!  For His mercy endures forever.  I have often found the repetition of that line bothersome.  You can't even finish one complete thought and there it is intruding again in the flow.  Today it was not a bother.  Today I read each line with relish.  This has been one of those weeks when I have reveled in His mercy, so grateful that it endures forever.

Moving on to my other goals.  My living room is clean- thanks Flylady.  I know where my laundry is- again thanks Flylady.  I put in sometime with my Turbo Jam dvd and  moved my body.  I know it had an impact because my upper arms werecomplaining when I was cutting out some quilt squares this afternoon.  Which brings me to my quilt studio. Things are starting to look promising in there.  This month I started working through Harriet and Carrie Hargreaves' Quilter's Academy Vol. 1.  Figured it was high time I honed my skills as I have never even taken a class.  Today was spent working on lesson seven using Carrie's Cowboy Corral quilt as inspiration for a fussy cut quilt.  

Here it is in the first stages on the design wall.

My beautiful, perfect strip sets of blue, green and gold.  These are the best I have ever achieved.

Starting to see the pattern now.

And by the end of the afternoon I have the main part of the quilt planned out.  I will probably play around with exact placement of the fussy cut squares some more before sewing it all together.  Then it will sit for awhile until I get to the lesson on adding borders.