August 21, 2017

I'm With Him

Devotion for the Week...

We bought Aiden his first drum set for Christmas 2011 after he had spent months taking all of my metal mixing bowls and my pots, then spreading everything out around him and drumming on them with my wooden spoons. In May 2013, he upgraded to a larger set (he looks like such a baby in those pictures! Wow!) Talking to Aiden about music is like talking to me about quilting...there's the same enthusiasm in his voice, the same excitement about all the things he's doing or wants to do.

This weekend, he'll be performing in a music festival. A local musician was so impressed by Aiden and his friends, when he heard them a few months ago, that he asked them to be his band for this festival. It will be Aiden's first performance outside of a school setting and we're all looking forward to it (Aiden, especially!).


Because he's performing, Aiden gets into the festival for free. He also gets one ticket for a guest. Let's say I'm the one using that guest ticket. Because I'm going with Aiden, I get in for free, even though I'm not doing anything to contribute to the festival. Really, that's for their benefit, because I have zero musical talent, so they don't want me trying to contribute! All I have to do to get in is show up and say I'm with Aiden and they'll let me in, even though I didn't pay for a ticket and I'm not doing any of the work.


Sound familiar? Jesus has offered all of us a 'guest ticket' to relationship and eternal life with God. Jesus did all the work and now we are able to have that eternal life simply because we're with Him. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).


There are a lot of people still trying to earn their way into heaven, but it doesn't work that way. It's not like the festival tickets, where some people are getting in free because they're performing, others are getting in free because they're guests and everyone else can just buy a ticket. The only way to God is through Jesus.
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My work can't get me saved. Neither can yours. No matter how hard we try, it will never be enough, because we have no talent for righteousness, any more than I have for music. Fortunately, God isn't looking for people who have righteousness figured out, because He knows we can't do it. Instead, He is looking for those who are willing to admit they can't do it on their own and who are willing to say, "I'm with Jesus."

August 17, 2017

Quilt Deliveries!

I know you've been waiting to see pictures of the residents with their quilts, so here you go! I don't have pictures of all of the residents with their quilts, but I do have 7.






Delivering the quilts has taken a while because the residents are rather spread out. Some in a home 2 hours away in this direction, some more in a home 2 hours away in the other direction...that sort of thing. Thankfully I've had a few people help with the deliveries.

I also had the most wonderful note show up in my mailbox one day this week. It seriously made my day!
Isn't it nice to know the quilts are being appreciated? This note definitely goes to every one of you who sent blocks or batting or whatever to help with these quilts, as well as everyone who helped put the quilts together.

There are still a few quilts to be delivered, but they should all be finished in the next few days. Then it's on to the quilts for the employees. I should have enough for them soon, so there will be more pictures of finished quilts in the near future 😊

August 14, 2017

Tenting

Devotion for the Week...

I love camping in our tent. There's something about sleeping in a tent that feels wonderful and, believe it or not, luxurious to me. It's like sleeping directly outside, but with something to keep the bugs away, lol. Waking in the morning is my favourite part, when the tent is all warm and full of sunshine and the birds are chirping all around us.

That being said, I am also glad I live in a time when sleeping in a tent is a recreational thing and not an everyday thing. Especially since we live in Newfoundland, where the winters are cold and snowy. I love traveling around the province and exploring, but I don't think I would have loved living in a tent all the time, moving around as needed to find food, dependent on nothing but a tent and a fire to stay warm through the coldest months. I am grateful for my nice sturdy house when the wind is howling and the snow is falling!

The Bible sometimes refers to our physical bodies as tents. In 2 Corinthians 5:1 Paul wrote, "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands." And Peter wrote, "I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me" (2 Peter 1:13, 14). 

What I find interesting about this analogy is that tents are not very sturdy; they're easily torn or destroyed. Those in the past who lived in tents full time would have had to be constantly repairing or replacing them. The older the tent, the more patches it would have had and the more work it would have taken to keep it functional. Isn't that just like our bodies? We get scraped and bruised, bones get broken, we get sick. Definitely, the older the body the harder it is to keep it functional!

The wonderful thing is, these tents we're living in now aren't what we'll be living in forever. Paul said that after this earthly tent is destroyed, we will have an eternal house, built by God. What a promise! When our bodies give out and we die, whether through sickness, old age or some tragic accident, our easily damaged earthly bodies will be replaced by something far, far better.

I also find it interesting that Peter referred to his coming death as a 'putting aside' of 'the tent of this body.'  While I don't think any of us welcome death, there's comfort in knowing that our physical death is not the end. Nor has it been the end for any of our loved ones who have already died. They've merely put aside the tent of their earthly bodies and are now in the eternal body made by God for them. Isn't it amazing to think of seeing them again, someday, after we have put aside our own earthly tents?
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One more interesting thought is that tents are temporary. Even those who lived in tents all the time viewed them as temporary, though for them this was because they often moved around with the seasons, following their food sources. They would take their tents down, carry them to the next place and set them up again. For us, the tent of this body is temporary because when this life is over and we are in heaven with God, we will live forever in those eternal bodies He has made for us.

We can't really imagine what those eternal bodies will be like, but they can be sure they will be as different from our earthly bodies as my camping tent is from my house.

August 10, 2017

Mix it Up! Mini Quilt Pattern Release

My Mix it Up! mini quilt pattern is now available in both my Etsy and Payhip shops!
Mix it Up! mini quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Have fun playing with colour in this 36" x 36" mini quilt. Made with machine applique and simple blocks, this quilt comes together quickly and allows you to experiment with your favourite colours. Solids or prints, or even some of both, mix it up however you like.
 Mix it Up! mini quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Use blue and yellow to make green, as shown, or try red and white to make pink, red and blue to make purple or change the background colour and use black and white to make grey. What colours will you mix up?

Get your pattern now at Etsy or Payhip.

August 08, 2017

Churn in the 2018 Quilter's Planner

I am excited to have a quilt in the 2018 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link). Meet Churn 😊
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Kitty of The Night Quilter, has done all the photography for the Planner again this year and her photography is just so beautiful. I love this close up shot.
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Churn came about when I challenged myself to use a traditional block in a non-traditional setting. Once I had the small churn dash blocks in the design, I added the bold grey to kind of echo the shape of the churn dash and I loved the simplicity of it. I didn't want all that negative space to be boring, though, so I used low-volume patchwork to fill it up. The result is a design that comes together quickly, but has plenty of interest.

I left the teal churn dashes unquilted other than stitch-in-the-ditch and a spiral in their middles. The grey is quilted with dense matchstick quilting in Aurifil 1158 and the background is quilted in an echoed loop design in Aurifil 2600 (which really does work with any colour!).

All 13 of the projects in the 2018 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link) will be in a full colour companion magazine this year. There's also a gorgeous sampler quilt pattern, designed by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs. Pre-orders for the Planner are available now, so be sure to get your copy (affiliate link). International orders can be placed through the Fat Quarter Shop.


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