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Inspiration Happens

Maybe you’ve had this experience.

You’ve finally put the finishing touches on a project! And even met your deadline! Elated, you thank God for the last-minute inspiration.

But a couple of minutes later? You’re already thinking ahead, planning, and worrying about next week’s deadline.

That was me a couple of weeks ago.

I sat in my kitchen, trying to string together a post that made sense. The minutes ticked by, and my frustration grew.

I finally threw up my hands in defeat and let it go.

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A couple of minutes later?

I wonder if I’ll ever learn this lesson:

Inspiration seems to hit at just the right time.

Whether it’s picking out fabric for a quilt, composing a piece of music, or writing my blog post. It happens.



It’s not that you don’t have to do the work.

Work at it – but take breaks

It’s when you try to force an idea, work at it until you’re weary, that’s when it can fall apart.

Inspiration happens. At the perfect time.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Pattern Shop

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Is it time to Downsize?

Downsize…Live Simple…

It all sounds so zen – the thing to do when you “get older”.   

But what about your dreams? Should you downsize those too?  

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

One of my (many) dreams is to have a Longarm quilting machine. The prices? Even on the low end, are pricey.

Sometimes I start downsizing my dream.

I tell myself:

  • I’m too old to invest in it.
  • Too old to learn how to use it. 
  • I could never recoup the expense. 
  •  It’s just a silly dream.

I tell myself I can be content quilting with my sewing machine, even if it is back-breaking work.  

I figure if I lie to myself long enough – I’ll start believing it. And be content with my downsized dream. 

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But here’s the thing.

If we downsize our dreams, we downsize our lives.  

Settling for less isn’t living the full and abundant life Jesus came to give us.  

My dreams may seem unrealistic to most. Heck, they often sound a little nutty to me!  

But without the dream, wouldn’t life be dull?

Aren’t the dreams – the ones you can achieve and the ones that appear a fleeting fantasy, part of the joy and fullness of life?

I believe God gave us dreams for a reason. They keep us moving forward.  

So my advice? Is this…

Keep your eyes on the Lord and hang onto those dreams. 

(By the way, thanks for stopping by and reading my post!

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Pattern Shop

Look Up

My first encounter with a Giraffe was at the Bronx zoo. I was around 5 or 6 years old. I remember looking up…way up to see it.

Thinking about Giraffes – got me thinking about life.

You can either look up and be optimistic about life. Or you look down and be a pessimist.

Each day, to me, is a little miracle – a day to build on, learn from, and have coffee and bacon. Or make a quilt!

If you keep your eyes open and stay optimistic (look up) you will see God’s presence everywhere.

Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills...where does my help come from?

It’s breathtaking. It’s Spirit lifting. And life-giving.

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Every day is a gift from God, and we are here today for a reason.

How we show up is up to us.

The optimist or the pessimist?

This is the day the Lord made…He created this day for you and me.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Pattern Shop

It’s time to do the work

This project won’t happen by sitting back and talking about it.  

That came to an end this week. Because, I felt God – not gently nudging, but pushing me to get this done.  

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So? I took a leap of faith. 

And bought all the fabric I needed online.   That takes a little bit of faith!

The Snags of Buying Online

  1.  There are so many choices you could spend entire days and weeks browsing. (Didn’t do that! )
  2. A LOT of places only do 1-yard cuts. Connecting threads lets you buy 1/2 yd cuts and up.
  3. And then there are the questions that linger in your mind. Will the red be brighter or darker? The print? Larger? Smaller? Etc … (Only time will tell!)

We’ll see if my instincts are on target or a little off in a couple of weeks. 

Yup, I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for much too long. The hard work of gathering supplies is done. And that’s one less thing on my to-do list! Done! YAY!

Now we wait with anticipation for the fabrics to arrive. 

It’s a time for some patience, 2 weeks can feel like an eternity.

Until then, I’ll be creating the online materials for the Seeds of Love Quilters Devotional Journey.  

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Pattern Shop

Does God Really Hear Our Prayers?

My answer? Yes!

How can I be so sure? There was one simple word on a sign.

Giraffe.

Proof that God does hear our prayers.

Do you want to hear this story?

I am warning you, it’s a little – bizarre. But… that’s why I’m telling it.

So here it is…

One morning I had a prayerful conversation with God. I asked to see a living, breathing, free giraffe. (Not in a zoo.)

Well, of course, I could hop on a plane and go to Africa to catch a glimpse of one. That is if I liked to travel and had the money.

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And I wanted to see a giraffe – in my “backyard”.

I reasoned God can do anything, so why not ask for a Giraffe sighting in New England?

I didn’t really expect to see a Giraffe in my backyard or on my way to work.

I was okay with that. In fact, if I saw a real-life giraffe outside my window or when I was driving down the road? I’d kinda freak out.

I went about my day, forgetting about the outrageous request. Until I saw the sign.

Giraffe

It was so random – kind of bizarre

It was as if God was saying to me – “I won’t let a giraffe roam free in the wilds of New England”. But I want you to know I hear you.

It removed any doubt that God heard all my prayers, from the silly to the serious. He hears yours and mine.

And God will answer your prayers – in His way and in His perfect timing.

After all – I did see a “Giraffe” on my way to work 🙂

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Pattern Shop