January 22, 2018

Two Sources

Devotion for the Week...

When Nathan was little, it seemed like he talked non-stop, especially when he was with me. I can remember telling him now and then that my ears needed a break because I wanted quiet so I could just think for a moment. Once we were driving down the road and I convinced him he should try to see how long he could go without talking. He didn't even last 20 seconds! To be honest, it was overwhelming at times. He's almost 10 now and still talks a lot, but not quite that much, thankfully.

Most people don't talk so much that it's overwhelming for the people around them, but we do all talk many times throughout the day. We talk to family members, friends, neighbours, store employees, co-workers, doctors, waitresses and more. We talk about the weather, our kids, our work, our hobbies, politics, the news and much more.

Most of the time, our conversations are fine, but sometimes the things we say are not quite so fine. We may say things out of anger, irritation or impatience that are the exact opposite of fine. Things that we are horrified to hear come out of our own mouths. This is nothing new, of course. James wrote, "Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check" (James 3:2).

James also wrote, "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water" (James 3:9-12).

This should not be. And yet it is. Why?

I read this portion of Matthew recently and I think it can shed some light on why.

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:33-37).

Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, who were accusing Him of using Satan's power to cast out demons. He didn't have much time for the religious leaders of His day, here calling them evil and a brood of vipers, while at other times He called them hypocrites and whitewashed tombs (see Matthew 23).

What interested me in these verses was the idea of our words as fruit, rooted in our hearts. You see, as Christians, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, which should result in all of our words being good fruit, born from the goodness in our hearts.

But as I've said, that's not always the case.

So what's up? Well, unfortunately, our sinful human nature is sitting right there beside the Holy Spirit, trying and trying to force its way back out into the open. When we are angry, irritated or impatient, we sometimes tap into that as the source of our words, rather than the Holy Spirit.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to be the source of our words, the fruit is good. But when we allow our sinful nature to be the source, the fruit is not good.
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This is one reason why stopping to think before we speak is such a good idea. If we're not spewing words in the heat of the moment, we can pay attention to where our words are coming from. What source are we tapping into? If it's not coming from the Holy Spirit, it's not something we should be saying.

January 21, 2018

Nathan's Monster

On Friday, Vera of Negligent Style shared some monster softies she made, along with the link to the tutorial she used. As soon as I saw them, I knew Nathan would love to have a monster of his own. He has a big teddy bear that he still loves to sleep with, so a big softie would be a hit. Plus, he has been asking me to let him sew something for a while, so this would be the perfect opportunity. I filed it away in the "someday soon" file.

Then, when he was going to bed that same night, he managed to put his foot through his pajamas. He was quite upset because they were new (from Christmas) and he really liked them. Since we needed something for the arms and legs of the monster anyway, I told him we could make something out of the ruined pajama pants and suddenly my Saturday became monster making day 😊

I think I have a very happy boy.
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The grey fleece we used for the body is one I've had lying around for years. Nathan picked all of the other fabrics himself. He also did most of the work himself, with assistance/guidance from me. He cut apart the ruined pajamas.
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 Pinned pieces.
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 Did all of the sewing himself, with my machine set almost all the way to "turtle" speed...
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
and with a little extra help from my Quilter's Planner 😊
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
He also made all the decisions. Arms or no arms? One eye or two? Button or fabric for the pupil of the eye?

Plus, he drew the pieces for the eye and drew the mouth. This is definitely HIS monster.
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
He had a blast stuffing him and was amazed by how much stuffing it took to fill him up.
Nathan's monster softie | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I think he's rather proud of himself 😊
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January 16, 2018

Divided Quilt Pattern Release

I am pleased to release my Divided quilt pattern today! It is made with one simple, machine appliqued, orange peel block and finishes at 52" x 70", perfect for snuggling on the couch with a good book or movie.

This design was inspired by the shirt a man wore to church one Sunday morning, which proves that quilting inspiration really is everywhere!
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I had a lot of fun making this quilt, even though I made it in only 9 days while also working full time. The power of deadlines, lol 😊 I made it with Me + You fabrics from their Indah batiks and solids and I really love the feel of the fabrics. Plus, since it's lightly quilted (that deadline was looming!), it stayed super soft and drapey.
Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Divided was first published in Quilty magazine and the editors wanted to see it with different colours for the stripe, so I thought I'd share them here too. I have to admit, I wasn't sold on the black when that was what they chose. I thought it looked a little bland without the pop of a bright colour in the stripe. In the end, though, I really love the elegant look of the black 😊
Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

You can get your copy of Divided in my Payhip shop or my Etsy shop.

Tell me, what colours would you use for the quilt? Would you go with a bright, contrasting, pop of colour for the stripe?

Get your copy of Divided

January 15, 2018

Piled Up

Devotion for the Week...

This time of year in Newfoundland usually requires a lot of snow clearing. We shovel our driveway rather than using a snowblower and the sides of the driveway can really pile up high if we get a lot of snow. Years ago, Paul taught me that it's important to throw the snow as far as you can at the start of the winter, rather than just dumping it at the side of the driveway, because if you throw it then the pile starts farther back, giving you more room for the snow that will come later in the year. Even with that, though, there are years when by spring everyone is saying "there's nowhere to put more snow!"

Sometimes we've been blessed by a snowplow driver who would take the snow at one side of our driveway and push it farther into our yard, giving us more room. What a huge difference that makes!

I remember being out one day, though, when a plow drove by as I was shoveling. The driver stopped and said he would help, but there was no where even for him to put the snow. The pile was already so big, and had been pushed back so many times, the plow just wouldn't be able to push it back any farther.

Now that's a lot of snow!

We were out shoveling a few days ago and Zach was just dumping the snow by the side of the driveway, so I told him to throw it back and explained why. After, I kept thinking about the pile of snow and how it's harder to deal with as it gets bigger. It made me think of people who think their pile of sin is too big for God to deal with.

Thankfully, God is more powerful than I am, and even more powerful than a snowplow. There is no pile of sin so big He can't remove it. Paul wrote, "But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:20,21).

No matter how big the pile of sin in a person's life, the power of God's grace will always be enough to remove it!
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Those who don't yet know Jesus as Savior may think their sin is too big for God to deal with, especially if they have done a lot of wrong in their lives. It is wonderful to be able to say that, no matter what you have done in the past, when you come to God asking for forgiveness, He gladly removes that whole pile of sin. Not only that, but all of heaven celebrates it! Luke 15:10 says, "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

But it's not only those who aren't believers who think their sin is too big for God. Sometimes believers do something that is so wrong they feel like they can't ever be forgiven for it. Thankfully, that isn't true. No matter what we do, God is always willing to forgive us when we ask Him to. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

He will purify us from all unrighteousness. No matter what the sin is, or how much the sin has piled up, He will forgive us and purify us.

Isn't that a wonderful thought?

January 08, 2018

The Something for Everyone Pattern Bundle

Today is our first day back to work after having two weeks off for the holidays. I haven't at all been looking forward to needing to set the alarm again, so I decided to make this week a lot more fun by creating a new pattern bundle.

Introducing the Something for Everyone pattern bundle!
Something for Everyone quilt pattern bundle | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This pattern bundle includes 5 of my favourite patterns: Love Birds, Mix it Up!, Flower Box, Rainbow Ripple and Friendship Galaxy. Friendship Galaxy includes 4 sizes/layouts for a total of 9 possible quilts!

The bundle is available this week only (through Thursday) for the introductory price of only $25 😊

With this bundle you'll have patterns for mini quits (4!), baby quilts, a throw and a full size bed quilt. Two patterns use machine applique, while all the others are made with traditional piecing. Having 9 different patterns means you can spend less time browsing online for the perfect pattern and more time making. And that means you'll get to make more quilts!

Get your copy of the Something for Everyone pattern bundle

Which one will you make first?

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