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Sewing and Serving

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Sew…what’s your hobby? I have a lot, but one of my hobbies is sewing. And I have recently been in the mood to sew, but I don’t have any particular project I’m working on.

You gotta love Pinterest and YouTube, right! While I was looking for ideas to appease my mood for sewing, I ran across port pillows.  These are small pillows that will gently cover an infusaport for patients who have those implanted in their chest.

Often times an infusaport is related to cancer treatment, but may be for other medical conditions as well.  In the basket above are 28 small heart-shaped, square or rectangular pillows that can be put on one’s chest under a seat belt in the car for pain/discomfort relief.  Small pillows like this may help offset pain after mastectomies or other chest surgeries and can be used under the arm of the affected side.

I decided to make some pillows and donate them to a local cancer center to hopefully meet a need, both physical and spiritual.  The pillow will help offset physical pain or discomfort and the gospel tract will offer hope for salvation.

Who knows, maybe someone will give their life to Jesus because they were introduced to Him while in a time of need.  At the very least, a seed has been planted!

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.   Romans 7:6
What’s you hobby?  Is it something you can use to serve others?  I’ll just be it is!
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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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Past Made Present

As you know, my husband and I recently took a trip into the mountains.  As it turned out we were able to re-visit Gatlinburg, TN with my sister and her husband.  Years ago, we went to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with the kids.  I’m not a huge art buff, but I wandered into an art gallery back then and saw a painting I have never forgotten.

You know how it goes, I wanted that painting but couldn’t part with the amount of money it cost.  It would be hard to pack it into an already full car and blah, blah, blah.  I didn’t get it.  Regularly I have thought of the painting and the impact it had on me.  I have told people about it and totally regretted not getting it.

All these years later, I find myself back in that area.  We had seen the original painting in a gallery in Pigeon Forge.  This time as we were ending our shopping in Gatlinburg, I saw an art gallery.  On a whim I asked my husband if we could stop in.  Before we could stop and head toward the gallery, I decided – never mind. He reminded me that we had seen it in Pigeon Forge.  As he’s talking, I change my mind again and headed toward the gallery.  My sweet husband joined me as we stood looking around.  There were abstract painting and landscapes.  The owner asked if she could help.  We said no and left the gallery.

Just as we were passing the last display window, THERE IT WAS!  Well, a print of it anyway. I rush back in, work my way into the display to grasp the print.  It was much smaller than the original painting, but I found it.  As I checked out (very excited) she told me that she had another the same size but already framed.  You know I bought the framed one!

Again, as I’m checking out she began to tell us how the artist is no longer painting so all you can find now are prints of his paintings and that she bought all the artwork in his gallery in Pigeon Forge last year when he closed it.  She told us that the artist used this as sort of a self portrait when he painted this piece.  My husband remembered talking with him all those years ago and how it may have come from the artist playing this role in a play.

I hope you find this as remarkable as I do.

“The Helmet of Salvation”

by Spencer Williams

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And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.    Mark 15:39
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No Place Like Home

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As you know, we have just returned from the mountains.  While we were out and about we looked for potential retirement locations.  As you can see, the area we were at was absolutely gorgeous. But…nothing really screamed at us.

We are listening for the Holy Spirit to speak as to whether or not we should move upon retirement.  Just the fact that both of us will entertain the idea is a monumental feat. At any rate, I have learned that you should keep doing what you know to do and not make any rash changes until you have a very clear answer from the Lord.  So we will stay put and serve right here at home.

I can say that traveling to southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee reminded me what an awesome God we serve!  He is the Master Artist.  I don’t understand how people can truly believe that “nothing” exploded and created this beautiful world that is perfectly suited for life.  I’m always amazed to see our great country’s landscape from deserts to mountains to lush green views like above.  Creation really does cry out that there is a God! Just  like the Bible says it does.

So, friend, if you are a fellow traveler remember, there’s no place like home!

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”   Psalm 19:1 ESV

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Mountain Vacation

My husband and I are headed to the mountains tomorrow.  We are meeting up with my sister and brother-in-law for the week.  We have rented a cabin on a lake so the men can do some serious fishing while we girls have a little R&R.

As we drive about the country side, my husband and I are looking at the lay of the land for possible relocation after retirement (not many years from now).  So my thoughts are:

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a cute house in the middle of a lot of acreage.  Peaceful and serene with great Internet service, four seasons but not too cold and centrally located to wherever our adult children make a home.

My husband will be looking for something totally different.  His thoughts are:

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plenty of wild game.  Funny as that’s what he thinks about here at home, too! But then, I like our cute house in the middle of some acreage that is usually peaceful and serene.  I refuse to talk about our Internet service or the lack of four seasons.

For us, it will be fun to look around.  Usually, when we really look at other parts of the country, we are reminded of how grateful we are for where we live.  This may be much the same.  No matter, we are excited to be “getting away for it all” for a few days.

Blessings!

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”         Isaiah 52:7