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My #onelittleword …a year later

My #onelittleword for 2018 was RELEASE.

graduation nightLast year my son was a senior and I needed some focused attention toward launching him well, so I settled on this RELEASE target, hoping to bypass a potential “momma meltdown” as our first son left home for college.

During a busy spring semester, we forged through each senior activity and marched toward our celebration of his graduation. Then we careened toward the milestone of his college move-in day.

Throughout this season, my son and I did this awkward little push-pull dance of me nudging him to stay on track and him side-stepping around me with his own confident stride. Slowly, the Lord allowed me to recognize the small ways I needed to let go so that he could propel forward into his new world.

#wordfortheyear 2018

I learned that when exploring your #wordfortheyear, it’s helpful to consider all of its various meanings and usages. You may discover some you didn’t anticipate!

Bible Quilt® JournalSomewhere along in March when I was knee-deep in the final editing phases before submitting the Bible Quilt® journal to our printer, it dawned on me that this, too, was a RELEASE. It was a culmination of two years of integrating this journaling technique into my personal devotions and then developing it into a workshop format with my sister-in-law to share it with other women.

Transforming the journal into a publication allowed us to release it to a wider circle. By holding it loosely in our hands, other women were empowered to share the #biblequiltjournal with their friends, sisters, and church families. Simply through this heart-to-heart sharing, the Bible Quilt journal has trickled its way into 28 states and we’re blessed by each story we hear!Bible Quilt map, Oct 2018

It’s true that the Lord’s purpose for our lives is on a scale drastically larger than our own. Although we can attempt to narrow our focus and plod along in our devotional time to pursue a particular theme for the year, God orchestrates the details in His own intricate way.

#wordfortheyear ReleaseI thought I had this whole #wordfortheyear perspective unfolding nicely, then I had a significant realization that the Lord had been preparing my heart for something dramatically different all along.

Last summer my mother was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and she passed away within 6 months. The big RELEASE for the year was actually letting go of my precious Mom – – – my prayer warrior and constant encourager.Mom at Christmas

During the last month of her life, I slipped out for neighborhood walks as much as I could and prayed tearfully over this final “release.” Some days I would pray for God to help me release my childhood Mom – the one who took my brother and me to the zoo; the nurturing Mom who made me gooey grilled cheese and steamy chicken noodle soup when I was sick; the adventurous one who ate my questionable concoctions from my Easy-Bake oven.

On other walks I’d pray to God for help releasing the mother of my teenaged and college self – – the one who struggled as a single mother and was emotionally tapped out, but allowed me to carve out my own path even though it was so very different from hers.

Some days I’d barely make it out for a walk due to the relentless pressures of caring for Mom’s increasing needs while trying to maintain my own household. I’d pray with gratitude that I was able to provide for her and surrendered to put her needs first as she had done for us kids for so many years.

These were some of the hardest days, releasing her from the role as a my maternal advocate and letting go of her future presence in my life as a cherished confidante and friend.

beloved Bible

We are still very fresh in our grief and I’ve released to the point of feeling untethered, but I’m trusting God with the timing of Mom’s homecoming and His continued Presence in each of our lives as we lean into His grace and mercy for comfort.flowers from friends

#wordfortheyear template for Bible Quilt journalMeanwhile, I’m tucking into my new #wordfortheyear with renewed intention and, hopefully, a touch of Mom’s grit!

For those of you joining us in Bible Quilting, I added a #wordfortheyear template into our shop to help further your own personal journey.

Have a blessed 2019, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#31daysof_____: Day Thirty-One

Day Thirty-One

 

Yay! We’ve come to the end of our October challenge. Celebrate this little hurrah as you read your devotional today.

fallen leaf on turquoise table
fallen leaf on #theturquoisetable

 

How are you recharged? 

In what ways are you renewed in your efforts to get into the Word daily?

Who might you invite to join you as an accountability partner to continue your daily Quiet Time throughout the busy holiday season?

Preparing our hearts will help keep us grounded.

Chasing Quiet Day 31: Lasting Beauty

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse: If you’ve kept your template page loose, go ahead and attach it to your journal page. We like to add washi tape around the border to frame it and keep it more secure.

#31daysofquiet #day31

Now that you’ve completed your 31-day pages, you can display them by standing your journal upright on a counter or table. It’s a colorful reminder to you, your family, and guests of God’s timeless truths each day.

31 days of Quiet on #31daysof_____ template for #biblequiltjournal

Your #biblequiltjournal can also be used as a prayer reference.

“I am” template for the #biblequiltjournal

Claim specific scriptures for particular people for whom you are praying.

Sometimes I’ll snap a pic of a portion of a Bible Quilt page and text it to a friend, simply adding that I’m praying this verse over her.

Sharing the Word of God, personalized in your own handwriting, can have a powerful impact…for both of you.

Pray.  Lord, thank you for the guiding truth of Your Word that is timeless and applicable for us today. Help us lean into it together, supporting one another in the beauty of your scripture. 

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Moving forward

Leaf template with watermark
LEAF template for the #biblequiltjournal

We hope this 31-day series has been fulfilling to you!

Our prayer is that you’re able to use your #biblequiltjournal as an enticing tool to stay in the Word, to fall a little deeper into the beauty of scripture.

Fall into God - template for #biblequiltjournal
“Fall into God” page on LEAF template

We just added a fun new template to the shop for FALL!

It can be oriented either direction and adapted for a multitude of topics.

We invite you to grab a friend and have some creative time in the Word together!

Collectively, we enjoy the camaraderie in our Ordinary Threads FB group to share ideas and pages. Drop in and join us!

 

#31daysof_____: Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen

Gear up for your devotional today. 

walking the dog

Physical activity often spurs our mental clarity and helps us sift through our emotional responses to events of the week.

Listening to an uplifting podcast while I’m out on a walk can refresh my spirit.

How do you pair your physical and spiritual activities?

 

Chasing Quiet Day 16: Training Together

 

#31daysofquiet #day16 BQ
#31daysofquiet #day16 #biblequiltjournal

Bible Quilt your selected verse:  Starting a fresh #biblequiltjournal page is full of choices.  Choose whichever block you’d like to continue your 31-days of verses. You can do the same color palette or mix it up a little!

Consider partnering up with a friend to pray the same series of verses over a particular period of time. Or maybe you’re ready to Bible Quilt with a friend to support each other? We have a lot of options re: how we can train in the Word together.

Pray.  Lord, let us rest in Your Word today.  Rejuvenate our spirits as we strive in each of our own personal journeys, leaning on each other as a community of believers. 

 


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#31daysof_____ : Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen

 Come to Me. Rest.

These are simple concepts, but not easy to do.

Chasing Quiet Day Fifteen: Come to Me

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Congrats! You’ve made it to the completion of your first page in your #31daysof_____ series!

#31daysofquiet day 15 BQBible Quilt your verse. Today you can fill in your last verse and spend a few extra minutes adding some finishing touches to the whole page. You may choose to add a few stickers to tie in the theme or add some color to balance out the overall effect. Sometimes I will retrace some of the key words to highlight them a little more BOLDly.

The Word of God is powerful in any form. When you’ve fused verses together from all over the Bible, it can make a significant impact. Let this seep in a little deeper today.

#31daysofquiet #day15 #biblequiltjournal
#31daysofquiet #day15 #biblequiltjournal

Pray. Father God, we come to you weary and preoccupied. We often get bogged down in the gritty details of daily life, but You know the big picture for us. Help us find rest in You.


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#31daysof_____: Day Ten

Day Ten

Find a quiet place to read your devotional today. 

Be StillHow does today’s verse resonate with you?

Take a moment to be intentionally still.

Quiet your mind as you pause your body.

Breathe.

Move forward with a more purposefully slow pace and see how long you can maintain this posture of stillness…

 

Be Still

Chasing Quiet Day 10: Be Still

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse: 

As we decorate our #biblequiltjournal page day by day, it’s a tangible reflection of His Word building in us.

Sometimes I’ll go back and add a touch of color to a previous day, scanning the scripture again and making connections I haven’t made before.

#31daysofquiet Day 10 BQ
#31daysofquiet #day10 #biblequiltjournal

Pray.  Lord, it is so hard for us to slow down and BE STILL to soak in Your presence. Help us pause long enough to get ensnared in Your purpose for us today.


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#31daysof_____: Day Nine

Day Nine

 

Slip away from the hustle & bustle to find a quiet place to read your devotional. 

How does today’s verse impact you?

Carving out some solitary moments in our day is a challenge. 

Take a moment to reflect on your verse today and how it might ground you in your interactions with others today. 

Chasing Quiet Day 9: Seek It

Bible Quilt your selected verse:  Let the process of writing slow you down a little bit today. As we read and write scripture, it sinks in a bit deeper and we become more familiar with the cadence of God’s Word.

You may even be surprised to discover that you’re memorizing scripture through Bible Quilting!

Even though we think we’re embellishing through stickers or washi tape, the Word is actually being written upon our hearts as we linger and decorate our #biblequiltjournal pages.

#31daysofquiet day 9 BQ
Bible Quilting at #theturquoisetable #31daysofquiet #day9

Pray.  Lord guide us this day as You unfold Your work in us each day ~~in big and small ways. We are in Your capable hands.


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