Golf Course Walk

We have one of the most beautiful golf courses in the nation.  I’m not a golfer, but it is fun to drive the cart for Chris when he’s golfing, or even just walk the course in off-season.  Although the trees have lost their color, I think you can see how beautiful this area is, and how fun it is to walk here.  Surprises will be seen in the next post.

 

The Gift of Gifts

This week’s poems have been from the early pilgrims, and this one is great for the Christmas season, which isn’t far away now.  I love these special thoughts!

THE GIFT OF GIFTS

O source of all good,

What shall I render to thee for the gift of gifts,

thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,

my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,

his self-emptying incomprehensible,

his infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders:

he came below to raise me above,

was born like me that I might become like him.

Herein is love:

when I cannot rise to him he draws near on wings of grace,

to raise me to himself.

Here is power:

when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart

he united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.

Here is wisdom:

when I was undone, with no will to return to him,

and no intellect to devise recovery,

he came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost,

as man to die my death,

to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,

to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,

and enlarge my mind;

let me hear good tidings of great joy,

and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,

my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,

my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;

place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,

to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,

and in him account myself delivered from sin;

let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,

embrace him with undying faith,

exulting that he is mine and I am his.

In him thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

The Valley of Vision–a Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, pg. 16

Praise and Thanksgiving

These beautiful words are taken from prayers of the early pilgrims.  Imagine the fact that they arrived to this new world about this time 400 years ago.  Isn’t that amazing to contemplate?

PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,

my heart admires, adores, loves thee

for my little vessel is as full as it can be,

and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee

ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,

ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,

ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,

crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,

for adorning it, sanctifying it,

though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body thou hast given me,

for preserving its strength and vigour,

for providing senses to enjoy delights,

for the ease and freedom of my limbs,

for hands, eyes, ears that do my bidding;

for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,

for a full table and overflowing cup,

for appetite, taste, sweetness,

for social joys of relatives and friends,

for ability to serve others,

for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,

for a mind to care for my fellow-men,

for opportunities of spreading happiness around,

for loved ones in the joys of heaven,

for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express,

for what thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

The Valley of Vision–a Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, pg. 15

A Minister’s Praises

This week I’ll be sharing prayers from the early Pilgrims.  It’s always time to praise and thank God for all the blessings He gives to us.  It’s always time to trust Him more!

A MINISTER’S PRAISES

O God, my exceeding joy,

Singing thy praises uplifts my heart,

for thou art a fountain of delight,

and dost bless the soul that joys in thee.

But because of my heart’s rebellion

I cannot always praise thee as I ought;

Yet I will at all times rest myself

in thy excellences, goodness, and loving-kindness.

Thou art in Jesus the object of inexpressible joy,

and I take exceeding pleasure in the thought of thee.

But Lord, I am sometimes thy enemy;

my nature revolts and wanders from thee.

Though thou hast renewed me,

yet evil corruptions urge me still to oppose thee.

Help me to extol thee with entire heart-submission,

to be diligent in self-examination,

to ask myself

whether I am truly born again,

whether my spirit is the spirit of thy children,

whether my griefs are those that tear repenting hearts,

whether my joys are the joys of faith,

whether my confidence in Christ works by love

and purifies the soul.

Give me the sweet results of faith,

in my secret character, and in my public life.

Cast cords of love around my heart,

then hold me and never let me go.

May the Saviour’s wounds sway me more than the scepter of princes.

Let me love thee in a love that covers and swallows up all,

that I may not violate my chaste union with the beloved;

There is much unconquered territory in my nature,

scourge out the buyers and sellers of my soul’s temple,

and give me in return pure desires,

and longings after perfect holiness.

The Valley of Vision–a Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, pg. 186

 

QOV Presentation

Last April it was finally time for Paul and me to present the Quilt of Valor to our friend, Stephen.  I said “welcome home,” in case he didn’t hear that when he returned from Vietnam, and “thank you for your service.”  But in his graciousness I think he said “thank you” many more times than I did, especially over the next couple of weeks.  He loves this gift that is in honor, not only of his military service, but of friendship and appreciation.  Don’t miss the photo of the beautiful quilt cabinet he built for me, which can be seen at the bottom of this post.

You can see Vikki’s beautiful quilting in this close-up.

This is the quilt cabinet he built for me in our new home.  Isn’t it special?  I love it!

Stephen’s QOV

Finally the Quilt of Valor that I was making for Stephen was ready to have its layers (top, batting, and backing) quilted together.  My friend, Vikki, offered to quilt it for us, and also made a beautiful pillow case to accompany it.

This man had worked on the construction of our new home, in all its details.  When I offered to give him a Quilt of Valor, he kindly asked that its presentation be made in our home.  I was so pleased to do this for him.  I appreciated all of his hard work for us; the least I could do was to honor his service for our country in this way.  This man not only served in Vietnam but also served as a firefighter and held many other types of jobs through the years.  He has special skills in carpentry and can probably build or fix anything he sets his mind to build.  Truly gifted!

In the next post you’ll be able to see the full quilt!

 

Quilt of Valor #4

The fourth Quilt of Valor I was involved in was one I made for a friend. Stephen had been involved in the construction of our new home from start to finish, and when I discovered that he was a veteran, I nominated him to receive a quilt.  At first, I was depending on others to make the quilt, but as time went by, and the virus arrived (putting a stop to QOV presentations) I decided to make it myself.   I’ll share some photos throughout the week of the quilt’s construction and presentation to Stephen.

For starters, here are some pics of the early stages of sewing.

I started putting the completed blocks on my new design wall (ironically, built by the recipient of the quilt).

Then I started sewing the rows together.

It was a lot of fun!  This story will be continued in the next post.

Quilt of Valor #3

The third quilt that I had a part in was one given to a local veteran this summer.  My only part in this was attending the presentation and taking photos, but what an honor it was to be there.  It truly is a beautiful quilt and a wonderful way of saying “thank you” to this veteran!

 

Quilt of Valor #2

The second Quilt of Valor that I was involved in was given to another veteran of my DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter, Tammy.  Once again, a very nice presentation was made at our meeting, which was in January of this year.  In addition to saying “thank you” to the veteran, the phrase “welcome home” is also expressed. This is another very beautiful quilt made by Sheridan quilters that hopefully will remind Tammy of our appreciate for her service.

Quilt of Valor #1

I have the pleasure of being involved with a local quilt group that loves making and giving Quilts of Valor to veterans.  This week I’ll share three of them with you.  As a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), I became aware that we had two veterans that are members of our chapter, so I requested quilts for them.  The quilts are made by local men and women who donate their time and skills to prepare them.

The national Quilts of Valor organization was begun in 2003 as a way to offer comfort to veterans and to say “thank you for your service.”  It is an honor to be able present a quilt to veterans.

The first to receive her quilt (from my involvement) was Sue.  We gave her a beautiful quilt at one of our DAR meetings in 2018.  The local ladies from Sheridan that pieced and quilted it were present to meet her and to thank her.  Needless to say, Sue was very pleased!  Isn’t it a beautiful quilt?