Today I will share some ideas for showing your love and remind you how very much God loves You! Truly!
“Lift up your face to God.” Job 22:26 Now Job had a quite a face to lift up to God. It was red, festered, teary, grieving. He had seen sorrow and he got the tee shirt of misery. Yep! His friends were commiserating about his woes. Almighty God heard their moaning and he stepped in to ask Job a question and it was a doozy! Ready, Where were you when I made the world? Kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Wow! I have been sharing how much I enjoy my writing books. The last two scripture quotations are written near the photo of me and my dad. It was our last dance together. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 4. I prayed for my dad. I knew he was in God’s hands and I knew he was going where there would be no more sickness and his bride was waiting with God to welcome him. “Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 I hope these thoughts warm your heart this cold January day.
I have also begun to create my valentines and some pretties for Valentines Day. Patrick took close up photos so you could see what I have been doing. You know I enjoy crafting with old greeting cards, well I cut out a heart pattern using the back of a card. Then placing the pattern on the front I cut out hearts. I made a dozen different cards with glue, paper scissors and the fronts and backs of old cards. Joy! I also made hearts using cross stitch, another was made with buttons and felt and the last was a hand stitched into a crazy patch heart. I started with scraps of fabric and placed the first piece in the center. I continued to add scraps until the piece was the size I wanted. Do not cut this pieced piece of cloth. Make a pattern a heart and use it to draw on top of the pieced fabric. Now embellish with embroidery, lace and buttons. Mine even has a blue bird pin. Now you cut out the heart shape and cut another piece of fabric using the heart for a pattern. I blanket stitched the two heart pieces wrong sides together. You can then and finished by sewing a pin or a ribbon on the back. Lastly, I am using a grape vine wreath to create a special anniversary piece which I will hang on the front door. I promise to take a picture when it is done. Oh, here is the web site information for 58,000 e books I was talking about. https://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/projectgutenberg.org Enjoy! Blessings and warm hearts, Trudy
“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” John 1:1 God was – God is – God always will be. “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3 The bible begins with God. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 What was the very first thing God made? Do you know? It was light. “And God said let there be light :and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 Light. All life depends on light. Before He made anything else, God made light. “And God saw the light that it was good.” Genesis 1:4 In the first Epistle of John we read: “God is light and in Him is not darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 All we need for life God created. He knew our needs. He was thinking of us when by His power the very first glorious light burst forth from the mind of God. We have free will. God will not force us to do anything. We must turn to the light ourselves. In the light is warmth, life and love – great love – boundless, limitless love – God’s wonderful love! Wonder! Joy! “Come let us walk in the light of the lord!” Isaiah 2:5 Blessings, Trudy
The colors – blues, rusts, and lavenders radiate from the center of the quilt outwards. The play of lights and dark’s remind me of the sunlight and shadows that dappled the old porch floor where the quilt design emerged from a jumble of fabric triangles.
This quilt would not exist if years ago someone hadn’t taken the time to share. They took the time to give me their knowledge and enthusiasm. I was taught how to sew. I learned to express my deepest feeling with needle and thread. I have sewn grief, prayers, love and joy to create a heart gift that speaks for me of my deepest feelings.
Kindness given long ago surrounds me now with color and warmth in the form of a quilt. Think of this blog as a collection of cotton fabric scraps given to you. You spill the contents out and begin to sort the scraps that appeal to you. Colors of life experiences, interests, beliefs and gratitude are spilled out in front of you.
At the center of all these is the dominate color of me. love. I am a daughter of God and of Albert Groff. I am a wife of 50 years and a mom. I am comfortable with this time in my life. I have peace, time, joy and great love. As you read the scraps of thoughts that I write to you, discover the ones that add beauty and richness to the quilt fabric of your life. It is my prayer that you will use these to express your true self. Use whatever medium stirs your soul. Create and grow. Discover what enriches your faith. Share the blessing that is you with others.
When a woman’s about twenty, With a baby about two, She begins to wonder what the years will do. Baking a cake for a community affair She pictures herself with silver hair.
Carrying her efforts to a church nearby A huge truck salutes with an air horn’s blare Which confection he is complementing She just couldn’t care.
Acknowledgement is made with a lady like wave, But the thrill of impropriety is saved, Put by against what the years will do.
Dearest child, 3/1995 This letter is written so that you may know that I love you. Feel the warmth of my love as you read my words. Know that there is a God! He made you and me and He loves us dearly. God is. He is in, about, around, beside and inside. All of nature, the vastness, the depth, the beauty and wonder are His creations. Seek the path through the wood, watch the sunlight on the water, see the flick of bright wing, hear the call of an owl and thank Him with all your heart. When you are hurt, confused, leave the trappings of man and seek a quiet spot to sit and share with Him. He’ll be waiting for you. Remember not to lose yourself in things. Share what you have been given. If you put God first in your life, then, I truly believe you will be blessed. Do the best you can. Hurt no animal or beast if you can help it. The only thing we own, truly is what we share: our- selves, our love of God, man and nature.
Today I am on a journey of discovery. Gracious, my curiosity has given me a lot to think about. I wanted to share with you my experiences with personal writing. After our son was born I began writing to him. Sometimes in the form of a letter telling him where we were living and how he has brought us joy. Other times my observations would lead me to attempt to capture an emotion or a memory. These found expression in a poem. (Please be lenient English Majors) Then I was encouraged by the book “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach to write down each day three things I was grateful for. This has blossomed and blessed me, truly. I found that “slanting lines and curving marks can stitch together mind and heart” (Trudy Groff Costello). I began to create a book of traditions to share with others. In these books I used the months and the seasons of the year to share my thoughts, family traditions, prayers, poems and beautiful quotations. For a new bride I could post the note from a Southern grand-mom to her granddaughter on how to do the laundry. https.//www.snopes.com/grandmas-wash-day This was special to me because both my grand-mom’s took in laundry. This loving note clearly explains exactly what effort this required. I began to write this “Book of Traditions” on my computer and save it so I could print out copies. I made the copies special by saving clips from old cards, stickers, old stamps and printing out clip art to paste in the book.
As I researched the topic of writing, and journaling I was delighted but a a bit overwhelmed with what the internet had to offer. WOW! Please, take a quick look for yourself. I did find one sight www.desiringGod.org. that at least expressed what I had in mind to share with you. “Journaling is a pathway for joy and a powerful tool in the hands of love” (David Mathis). I also got some helpful suggestions. I like the idea of using a small note book. I had not thought of keeping my writing book with me. Once you have a small notebook and a pen, please date each entry. Now, the next part is totally up to you. Do you want to start by making a list of blessings? Is there someone on your mind you need to talk to? I wrote a letter to my mom years after her death and it blessed my heart. Is your writing a tool for studying scripture? Maybe you would like to begin by writing out a favorite verse and then sharing what this verse means to you. Write what your dreams are. Write you favorite memory. God already knows, but He will use this time with you if He is welcomed as you pen your hearts sounds across the page.
Lastly, I encourage you to save your beautiful old calendars. I made pictures books for children, book covers for old books and beautiful envelopes and wrapping paper. If there are small pictures on the back of the calendar put them in your box of clippings. They can be used for collage or to decorate your journal. God Bless, Trudy
What have I forgotten? Did I get all the ingredients? Will they like my gift? Mommy, when will it be Christmas? Mommy, I’m hungry. Mommy, brother is being mean to me! Gracious, these few days before Christmas can be stressful! Today, I encourage you to find the manger in your heart. I share with you some sources that help center me. It is difficult to find your center when you want so very much to please everyone. You want to make this Christmas special! Our loving Father has already done that! He gave us his own Son and with this birth we celebrate comes salvation. Goodness for all our tomorrows. Christmas is all about love. “God is love.” With Him there is all that we need. Find something beautiful to read. If you could give any gift to those you love,what would it be? Write out your prayer and bring your gift of love to Mary and her Babe. Merry Christmas!
Gray sky An earth without warmth, In the silence In the cold When all seemed lost The promise did unfold Rejoce dear friend Of my hand take hold Together we will light the candle And guide the children’s path That we may carry our gifts of love to Mary and her Babe Trudy Groff Costello
Candle light Eyes bright Snow tonight?
Peppermint, pine Cinnamon and thyme Sugar plum time
Angels, sheppard’s Critters and kings The star’s light brings
In the manger Of our hearts Christmas starts Trudy Groff Costello