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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.

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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. 

 #31daysof_____ template set

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 Twenty-Six

Day Twenty-Six

 

red maple leafRead and reflect a moment on your devotional. 

 

Each new day brings opportunity to be impacted or to be impactful for the kingdom.

 

What part of the Word will linger with you?

Chasing Quiet Day 26: Whisper

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse:

Write each word as if it’s written to you personally. Scripture is yours to claim and apply to your unique position.

#31daysofquiet day 26 BQ

Pray.  Father God, we are continually inundated with loud chaos and constant disruption in our modern world. Help us tune in to Your Whisper of calm and reassurance.

 


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#31daysof_____: Day Twenty-Five

Day Twenty-Five

 

Enjoy reading  your devotional in a quiet nook.red rocking chairs

 

How does today’s verse resonate with you?

 

Linger a moment, soaking in the message to YOU today.

 

 

Chasing Quiet Day 25: Quiet Retreat

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse:  

As we quiet ourselves to create in our #biblequiltjournal each day, we’re carving these verses deeper into our hearts.

Pray.  Father God, strengthen us in the quiet of our devotional time with you. Thank you for speaking to us through Your Word. Renew  us as only You can, providing clarity for our busy day.


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#31daysof_____: Day Twenty-Four

Day Twenty-Four

 

As you read your devotional today, allow a sense of peace to wash over you… 

mountain stream

 

Invite the Lord in to surround you with His quiet.

Chasing Quiet Day 24:Peaceful and Quiet

 

#31daysofquiet #day24 BQ

Bible Quilt your selected verse: Stitch doodle lines around your verse to tie in colors from other verses. Trace back over key words to highlight them in your memory.

Pray.  Lord, help us live for You each day, slowing down in Your quiet grace. Still us with Your Word.


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#31daysof_____: Day Twenty-Three

Day Twenty-Three

 

Settle in for your devotional today, being receptive to what it might hold for you especially today.

boy swinging

 

Let His Words calm you. Release your worries to Him.

Chasing Quiet Day 23: Back and Forth

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse:  

Enjoy the process, claiming one verse after another to build upon the depth of your selected topic. What new connections do you see?

Pray.  Father God, calm our fears today as we move into this day, anticipating challenges and pressures but confident that You are stronger than whatever comes our way.


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