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You may have seen me post a bookmark in the far-away past, but today I have another one. I’ve also posted handmade fabric bookmark. Really all it was was that I have been making my Scripture Cuff’s like craaazy and needed a break. I have been trying to read a few books that I received from friends all at the same time and realized after finishing a chapter or two in each of them that I had no bookmarks for them. I kind of felt like I should make some! So here is the first one I got finished. I’m not crazy about it but sometimes my first of anything is good test run.
First I started out with my fabrics. I cut them in the lengths and widths I wanted them and then got down to sewing!
Next I made a mistake….. I should have attached the face pieces (ie the white cotton and green ribbon) first to me sure they would be even but I didn’t. I attached the two cordoroy pieces first to kind of get the idea stirring in my melon. This did cause some problems which I’ll explain later.
So, after that I put on the white cotton and then the green ribbon. Like so.
Then I thought, “Hey it’d be so nice if I had something to help me remember when I made this bookmark.” So I embroidered these words below:
I’m not the best at embroidery, especially in small letters but it got the job done.
Lastly, I stitched it all together, added a bit of eyelet lace to it and wala! Now for the trouble part….. As you can see, my cotton strand and ribbon on the face of the bookmark are uneven. That’s because I didn’t attach them first and then had to guess. I mean I suppose I could have taken it apart or measured or something but look….. I was tired of measuring and being perfect. Like I said in the beginning, I needed a break from the cuffs and they need to be perfect. But it’s kinds cute! I love just playing around with stuff like this every so often. It keeps my creative juices flowin’. Have a great Thursday!
Well, we’re finally coming to an end here. This was the last week of my Beth Moore study in the book of James. Sad, I know. We covered most of Chapter 5 all in one week, with the exception of about 2 verses at the end which I’ll briefly talk about next week to bring this all to a close.
So, let’s start with James 5:1-6. It’s quite a long set of verses that I won’t quote here but if you read through them you may feel a bit uneasy. It’s because James addresses money and the wealthy. Now, in America or other non-Third World Countries we may think to ourselves, “I’m not rich….” But to a lot of other people out there, if you have a home with heating, electricity, running water, indoor plumbing, food throughout your day, a car and small little luxuries you are considered among the wealthy of the world. So, James here can easily be speaking to all of us. Really what Beth tries to cover on this day of the study is what we do with our finances. Yes of course we should be tithing to our church etc…. but she really gets down to being good stewards with our money all around. She tells us that she asked God if He was unhappy with her households relationship to finances or possessions. And what came from that question was confession of sin, repentance and admitting to God that everything they have is His and His alone and that He can do with it whatever He so chooses. My husband Moviestar and I did something very similar in the past and let me tell you… it can be a scary thing. But well worth it because you know that God will take care of your needs as well as use what you have to bless others. So, can you ask God the same question Beth did?
Next we headed to James 5:7-11 where we once again address the issue of Patience and Perseverance. Oh our two favorite words, right? But this time james gives us the most amazing example in scripture: Job. I don’t know if I need to continue to go over this same topic but just know this “we are blessed who endure.”
After this James talks about swearing. Oh no not the occasional 4-letter word but the swearing of an oath. You know, “I swear on my mothers grave!” that kind of stuff. He says to let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. What I loved about Beth’s teaching on this was that she brought up something I had never thought of,
“Swearing or Oath-taking suggests we are holding ourselves to a truthfulness that otherwise wouldn’t be our standard. Oaths say in effect, you can trust me because I’m qualifying it with this oath, but without it , all bets are off.”
Essentially what she is saying is that by using an oath to get someone to believe you, you are basically letting them know that you are usually a liar or don’t follow through which means that in reality and without the oath: you are a liar and unreliable. What I received from this is that by trying to prove how trustworthy you are with your Oath, you are letting everyone know you normally are untrustworthy…. scandalous. I never saw it this way.
The last two days of homework settled on James 5: 13-18. I liked these two days the most because as James begins to bring his letter to a close he tells us what to do when we find ourselves in certain situations. In a way he is saying, “Now before I go let me encourage you with this truth: in every situation, pray.” That’s the gist of it.
“Is anyone suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with the oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” – James 5:13-15a
I especially like the first part. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone who has been following this blog or Inspiring Pretty for awhile that Moviestar and I have been struggling in certain ways for a few years. It’s been pretty rough at times but we made it through and the suffering is coming to an end. So when I see James advice for the suffering, it’s strengthens me. Yes, because it is the Lord speaking through James straight to my heart in my area of need but also because it is a practical thing I can do every day to help my suffering. Don’t you sometimes feel -in the midst of a trial- that you are helpless? Well, you’re not!! And James tells you why? So, are you suffering? Then Pray!!!
Now quickly, let’s address the rest of the verse. Are you cheerful? Is everything in your life going pretty well? Sing Psalms. I know that isn’t “Pray” but to me it is. The Psalms are like prayers. So, in effect you are singing your prayers to God. Oh how He loves our singing. So, if you are happy right now, sing! But then there are times when we all come across sickness, either in ourselves or in someone we care about. Again, what is James’ exhortation? To pray. Okay, this can begin to get a little tricky because sometimes God chooses to heal and sometimes He doesn’t. When He doesn’t it can hurt. Not only does the heart hurt because of the loss, but your spirit can be hurt as well because you prayed so fervently for this person to find earthly healing and yet… they died. Beth shows us what can happen if we begin to become jaded with God,
“We can inject a victim mentality right into the vein of our relationship with God. We can decide that we are mostly powerless down here on planet earth and that God is going to do what God is going to do, no matter what.”
I’ve felt that way a lot in the past and it’s a tough place to be in. On one hand, God is going to do what He wants because it is always best. But He does hear our prayers and listen to them. Do I understand where and how God comes up with His decisions? No way. I don’t have a clue! And that honestly, is all part of the mystery of God. I will never understand it and that’s okay. But that doesn’t mean I should stop praying. Prayer has power. If you are struggling in this area right now, keep praying and believe that truth. Ask God to show you the power of your prayers and I do not think you will be let down.
Well kids, next week is it so come back for my final thoughts on studying the book of James with Beth Moore and we’ll wrap this up. See you then!
You already know that I love awkward wedding moments (if not, check out the links at the bottom). Gladly, I have discovered that this awkwardness extends beyond one day of wedding photos. In fact, funny engagement photos may be a precursor of awkward poses and angles to come in wedding photos. Hopefully you are not guilty of any of this, but if you are, revel in it, and submit it to Awkward Family Photos 😉 After all, it is only a photo and it is better to be able to laugh at yourself than not. Funny engagement photos are great in their own way. Enjoy!
Today’s wedding is an obeisance to the good old days of all things refined and classic from the earlier half of the twentieth century. It’s a grand and formal celebration, as weddings traditionally are. If you love antiques, or feathers, then you are sure to love this vintage wedding reminiscent of a bygone era. Enjoy the lavish soiree!