Does the Puzzle Piece Fit?

Father in Heaven, I pray these words You have laid on my heart reach people in the way that makes sense. Lead us Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Hi all! I know this isn’t my regular posting time, but I was impressed with these words tonight. I hope it makes sense the way it does in my own mind. Here we go…

 

I was thinking about everything going on in our world right now. Pandemic, racial tensions, financial crisis, loss, and on and on…

 

We can wonder if the pieces can ever be put back together. It makes me think of a puzzle. I myself cannot do puzzles but i can see the draw to them. If I could see to sit and piece together a puzzle, I do believe I would be hooked. I could imagine the gratification of finding the two pieces that fit together and slipping them into place.

 

In the middle weeks of the Quarantine, my son decided to take on a puzzle. Now because I can feel the straight edges of the pieces I was able to help him separate those pieces from the others. Then he began separating the other pieces into colors. This made it a little easier to search for the right pieces throughout the process of putting it together.

 

He worked on it a little each night and after about a week, he was closing in on the full puzzle being put together. But then the most frustrating thing happened when piecing a puzzle together… there were missing pieces! About three I believe. He searched high and low for the pieces but came up empty handed. Feeling defeated and like he had wasted his time, he sat back staring at an incomplete puzzle. It was fractured. It was unsatisfying. Then I offered a suggestion…

 

“Why don’t you take markers and color in the blank spaces with similar tones to fill in the blanks?”

 

After thinking for a moment, he felt like that might work. At least it wouldn’t be so noticeable. So he agreed that was a good compromise.

 

As I ponder this puzzle piece problem, I think of how much this is like what we are facing today. Our puzzles are missing pieces and we feel incomplete. We feel unfinished and a little hollow. There are things missing that we may not find the pieces to fit in our puzzle. We may search high and low for the familiar pieces that have always fit before. The ones that were specifically made to settle into the exact right place. But we cannot find them.

 

Now, as we see that these pieces are missing and the new normal suggests that those few missing pieces may not be found, we need to color in those spaces with similar but new colors.

 

Taking something that we might not normally use to fill in the blanks can make the missing pieces not so noticeable. It may even work out so well that no one would even be aware that the empty spaces are filled in with new colors  unless you pointed them out.

 

Maybe things have changed for you permanently with this pandemic or racial tensions or losses… try seeking out some similar colors to fill in the empty places. Eventually it won’t feel so much like missing pieces and it will blend in and fill the gaps.

 

This might look like joining a church, starting a book club, forming a prayer group, creating an on line platform to inspire others. Whatever your colors may be, they can serve to fill in the empty spaces and bridge the open spots.

 

I pray this gives you food for thought and it inspires you to get out the markers and choose some colors. Blessings my dear readers… blessings.

 

 

I’ll still post… some.

Father in Heaven, I pray my words here will be understood and felt with my hearts intent. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Good morning all! I want you all to be reminded of how much my table family means to me. If it were not for all of you, I would have no reason to post. My heart and loyalty is with you all.

I am in the midst of finishing the book I started several months ago. More like a year ago. I have an opportunity to sit down with a very prestigious publishing company at the end of July. This means I have to hustle to get my book at least mostly completed. I have much research to do and people I need to contact. I am writing about how to not only heal from the damaged areas in our lives, hearts, and minds, but maybe even see them as blessings… stepping stones to where we might be in our spiritual lives.

Your prayers would be much appreciated for this. My point in telling you this… other then just sharing it with you… is that my posting may be a little irregular during this time. I pray you will all stick with me and be confident that my commitment to all of you is very important to me. I’ll try to be as regular as I can, but I seem to get caught up in the writing and not realize what day it is or even what time it is.

I appreciate your patience and support with and for me. I’ll keep you posted with what’s happening in this journey and I’ll share thoughts from the book with you as well. I hope you all have a very blessed day and I’ll talk to you soon! Hugs to you all!

My Table Cloth Reminds Me of My life

Father in Heaven, I pray these words are woven together in a pattern that best glorifies You. Let this message be felt by all those who read or listen to it. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Welcome table family! Welcome to my table. I have a blueberry pie candle burning, some lovely piano music playing, and my cup of coffee. I hope you have your essentials and are ready for our chat.

 

One of the things I find most relaxing to do is sewing. Now mind you I don’t sew extraordinary master pieces that can be found only in high end boutiques. No, we’re talking simple things like pillows, fabric coasters, pot holders… easy stuff like that.

 

One thing I have recently started making that I really love to do is table cloths. When I stitch a pillow, it only takes me maybe a half hour to make a couple of them. I hand stitch these so if they were being stitched on a sewing machine it would probably only take minutes to complete them. However I haven’t learned how to use a sewing machine so I just hand stitch. It’s very soothing so I’m not sure I would use a machine if I could.

 

I have a little device that threads the needle and it’s been a game changer for me. Right now I’m making a table cloth for the summer months. Well… I know we are sneaking up on July already so it won’t be on as long as some of my other ones, but it’s been a bit crazy ’round here. But never-the-less, it will be on for a couple of months.

 

It’s reversible, like the one I made for spring, with a black and white gingham print and little bunches of cherries scattered on it! Oh My, when I saw this print, I just fell in love. Well, my daughter described it to me and I fell in love. The other side is just solid red to be used for Valentines or maybe even the Christmas holidays.

 

I have matched up the edges and began sewing the two very large pieces of material together. It’s such a large piece because my table is very large. It seats eight but it’s the counter top height and it is more like a square so it’s wide. I love this table but I rarely can find a store bought table cloth to fit it. So I began making my own.

 

As I sit in my chair by the fireplace, which happens to be in my dining room, I again turn on my music and lay out the material and begin stitching. I weave the needle through and then back through the opposite way. Pushing the needle away from me and then pulling it back towards me. The thread begins holding the edges of the material together and I continue along the edge. I actually have to stitch two panels of the same material side by side in order to have the cloth be wide enough for my table. So there is a double sewing job going on here. Right now I have the two pieces stitched for both the cherry side and the solid red side. I am working on getting the whole thing stitched together to form the whole table cloth.

 

I would have to say the most frustrating thing that happens is when the thread gets tangled and knotted. I have to stop sewing and work out the knot and then I can continue. Sometimes it takes longer then others. But it’s part of the process.

 

This makes me think of how life works sometimes too. All the events in our lives are being woven together to form one piece that is our story. Each event get’s stitched to the next and then the next and then the next…

 

Along the way we’ll encounter losses, break-ups, moving, changing jobs, changing churches, changing friends, etc. All these things are woven together and occasionally there will be some knots to work through. Some will take longer then others but once we work through them, it is back to stitching.

 

Psalm 139:13 “For You formed my inward parts, You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (ESV)

 

God has woven us together with loving thread. He meticulously and thoughtfully stitched us together, making sure to use a holy needle. He knew there would be knots we would have to work through as our lives were lived and each experience would be stitched to another. But the result is a beautiful cloth that is You! God will help us work through the knots and He will re-thread the needle with His thread when we ask Him to.

 

Will you ask God to re-thread the needle? Will you ask Him to help you work out the knots? Friends He created you, He wants you to be able to work through the knots of your life. Ask Him to help you so you can get back to stitching.

 

Blessings to you my dear readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message for Monday

Hello table family! I hope you all are well. I pray Father’s day was a blessing for you. We celebrated last Sunday (June 14) because my husband had major surgery on the eighteenth so we knew he wouldn’t be up to a cook-out or anything else on Father’s day.

 

I looked up this verse today and felt like it was quite powerful in our world’s circumstances right now…

 

James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed, the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (ESV)

 

This verse advises us to confess to a fellow human being when we have done wrong by them and ask for forgiveness. In addition to that, pray for them. Pray for others. When we pray a righteous prayer, this is to say a prayer that is pure in heart, it is powerful! Doesn’t our world today need prayer? Don’t we all individually need prayer? Then pray! It is powerful.

 

Blessings to you all.

My Table Will Only Be set for Three

Father in Heaven, I pray these words are filled with Your Spirit and touch hearts as needed. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Well come on in and pull up a chair. Here’s a hot beverage for you. Muffins and fruit are on the table so let’s get to chatting huh?

 

I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was to afraid to look at the at home pregnancy test myself. First off, I knew I most likely wouldn’t be able to see that little line anyway. My vision has significantly worsened since then but I still probably wouldn’t have seen it clearly even back then.

 

My husband and I talked about it and decided we wanted to begin our family and so I also didn’t want to be disappointed at only seeing one line on that test. This was a little over twenty-one years ago. I sat at our dining room table and rung my hands while my stomach did flip-flops. Three minutes never seemed so long before. I lay my head down on the table as soon as the timer dinged.

 

My husband got up and went into the bathroom where the test lay on the counter. A few seconds later he silently emerged. Head still down on the table, I felt him kneel down beside me. Lifting my head and facing him, I prepared to hear that it was negative. He kissed me on the cheek and whispered “you’re pregnant”.

 

My heart leapt and my stomach did a knew kind of flip-flop. We both shed tears and set off to tell our families the news. Months later I would find out during the ultra sound that we were having the first grandson on both sides of our family. Once he out-grew his little bouncy chair and could sit in his high-chair, we pulled it up to the table and I began setting the table for three.

 

Here we are twenty years later and I am not waiting for the test results. I’m waiting for the moving vehicles. My son has reached the next phase of life and is getting his first apartment. I sat in his room last night folding and boxing up clothes. I remembered the day I waited for the test to reveal that I would be a mother. I picked out very different clothes back then. I chose his first little jumper with miniature tools down the legs. Now He loads up his car with his tools and heads to work.

 

My Mama heart bleeds for the fact that my son is leaving home but I am truly excited for him to begin a new chapter. My daughter is still here with me thankfully. But it occurs to me that I will now be setting the table for three once again.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven.” (ESV)

 

I am reminded of this verse when I am feeling like I just can’t let my son go. Every time I feel like maybe he’s not ready, every time I feel like I’m not ready, I remember that there is a time for everything to happen. The plans may be painful at times but God understands this and He will walk us through times like this.

 

Have you ever felt like something changed or happened in your life and you just needed someone to listen? You didn’t need them to change it or say the right things or do anything to help. You just needed them to hear you and be there for you. This is what your best friend Jesus does.

 

I will be heart broken for a time but I will adjust to this new normal. There has been so much of that lately. Let’s walk this journey of “new normal” together okay? Remember this verse, dear readers,  when it feels like you can’t handle something or life throws more changes at you. I’ll be praying for my sons new journey and I would appreciate your prayers for him as well.

 

Blessings to you my table family. My love to all.

 

 

A Message for Monday

Good morning everyone and welcome to the table for a bite of a Monday message to start your week! My Son is getting ready to move out on his own very soon. This makes me think of a particular verse in the Bible…

 

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (ESV)

 

We often think of this verse when our kids move to the stage of life of moving out and moving on. But it also makes me think of something else.

 

Notice this verse says train up “A” child, not just “YOUR” child. We may have influence on a child that is not our own. This is also a time to be training in small moments. Maybe you spend a significant amount of time with a child, teach them about Jesus. Help them understand scripture. Be a Godly example for a child in your life. Help train up “A” child for God’s kingdom.

 

Be blessed and be a blessing today friends! See ya soon 🙂

What’s been going on…

Father in Heaven, I pray that You are walking and sitting beside each of us reading these words. May Your presence be felt and known Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Well it feels like I’ve been apologizing far to often for not fulfilling a commitment. I committed to posting here on Wednesdays at around 3:00 a.m. but it seems I have missed that mark a few times and I don’t like doing that. I’d like to fill you all in on what has been happening lately… not to offer excuses or cop outs, but to let you know that I value my readers so very much and I don’t like letting them down for arbitrary reason.

 

A few days ago, my son fell and broke his nose. He was lucky because he had just taken off his glasses and was also carrying a ladder. He happened to fall directly between the rungs on the ladder and not on one of them. However, he did enough damage by breaking his nose. He has been in quite a bit of pain but he is muscling through.

 

Just before quarantine, my husband was supposed to have surgery but it got postponed until further notice. That notice came last week and he was scheduled for surgery. He had said surgery yesterday. He is home recovering and scheduled for another surgery on the eighteenth. He will be down for about two and a half months for that one.

 

I decided to attend a virtual writing conference at the end of July which has the potential for an appointment with an editor and publisher. This means I have to have my book ready to be pitched in about a month or so. I’m trying to maintain my you tube channel since it’s so very new. Writing devotionals for the Women’s Ministry book project is always on my plate and of course my first love is writing here for all of you. I’ve recently written a twenty-four hundred word story to be hopefully selected to be published in an Anthology project.

 

Thankfully my daughter’s life has been pretty calm, although she has gone back to work with a lot of new changes and she also registered for fall classes. She may be attending them on line again but time will tell.

 

The days seem to get away from me and because I am soliciting help from my family to schedule my posts and spell check and edit my videos and blah blah blah… it’s all kind of happening when everyone has a free minute. My passion will always remain with writing and speaking and Bible study. I do need to take some time (like a whole weekend) and get things organized into a schedule and be diligent about keeping that schedule. i ask for your prayers in this matter. My commitment is to my readers so this part will not change. I want it to be authentic and real and honest. Posting from my heart and with the intent to help or inspire or simply be an enjoyable read if that’s what someone needs in that moment.

 

I appreciate the grace you’ve all given me. I’ve never received any negative comments or feed back. Not that everyone has to like what I write or even like me, but I don’t feel hurtful negative comments are necessary. There are a thousand and one ways to convey a message to someone without being critical. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

So that’s what has been going on in my world for the last week or so. Among all the other daily things. I’d love to hear from you and how things are going in your world! My love to all of you. Blessings.

A Message for Monday

Good Monday morning everyone! We have surely had some distressing times in our world lately, wouldn’t you agree? I thought this verse was fitting for such a time as this…

 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times  in every way, the Lord be with you all.” (ESV)

 

Oh to feel the peace of the Lord at all times and in every way. All we have to do is trust in Him and ask Him to help us feel this peace He offers. There is so much that is externally happening to make us not feel peaceful that we simply must ask God for His peace. You know, that peace that surpasses all understanding… AKA, doesn’t make any sense. This is how you know it’s from God. When we can feel peace in a time that offers everything BUT peace. Let God’s peace wash over you now. It doesn’t make sense to feel peaceful but God’s power is best seen when it doesn’t make sense.

 

Blessings to all of you and we’ll meet again on Wednesday  🙂

It’s Prayer Time Again

Hello table family. I hope you are well today. We have seen some extraordinary things happening in our world right now. I feel like we need another prayer time…

 

Father in Heaven, we have been witnessing some very unfortunate events in our world these days. Lord these things grieve us tremendously. But Father we know it grieves You so much more. Lord we ask for Your grace and mercy and also Your forgiveness. Lord there has been a heavy load being carried by so many and we ask for You to ease the pain. Families are being affected in so many different ways and we need Your guidance. Father there is a multitude of people suffering from the variety of events going on around us. Grant Your peace Father, grant Your harmony. May we keep our eyes focused on You and how to love others the way You do. Turn our eyes heavenward Lord and help us to see others through Your eyes. We pray all of this with linked arms Lord in the name of Your Son Jesus. Amen.

 

There are so many folks hurting right now for so many different reasons so I encourage you to leave your prayer requests in the comments and let’s link arms again in praying for one another. I’ll be praying for all the requests left here as well. I look forward to praying for you. Blessings to you all.

A Message for Monday

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Memorial day weekend. It wasn’t quite the same as years past but we still enjoyed the day. It was beautiful weather and we put chicken and steak on the grill. What did you do?

 

I have a verse here that reminds us to remember. Kind of a tongue twister, but since our last few months have been anything but normal, I thought this verse might be needed right now…

 

Psalm 9:1  “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.” (ESV)

 

This guides us into remembering all the things God has done for us in the past. This then allows us to have confidence in what He will do in the future.

 

If you are having trouble holding on to how God will present Himself in the future, just reflect on how He has done it in the past! Have a blessed Monday friends, see ya Wednesday 🙂