Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I am having so much fun with this whole quilting thing.  It's amazing and I've met some incredible people along the way.  Can't wait to see what is next.  I was recently at a pot luck dinner and one of the ladies brought her casserole dish in this very cute quilted cover that had a drawstring and kept the dish very warm.  I have looked everywhere for a pattern for that, any suggestions anyone?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Directions

Wow what a year, I've really gotten into my quilting more over the past year.  Taking a couple of classes has helped so much I feel like I'm finally on my way to being a "real" quilter.  I have to say I am loving it.  It combines all the things I love, creativity, giving, relationships.  People love quilts and there is just something about them that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I'm currently working on my first log cabin quilt and it's turning out pretty good if I do say so myself.  Can't wait to get it all finished and give it to the person I'm making it for.  I remember my Grandma making quilts and thank goodness I still have a quilt she made and each of my kids do as well.  Quilts are a lasting legacy.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Found this and realized I had never posted it!

July 15, 2009

When I woke up this morning I was thinking about the scripture in Matthew where Jesus was answering the disciples about why they couldn’t heal the epileptic man

Matthew 17:20

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

I love this passage of scripture. That train of thought then led me to the question that I’ve had asked of me several times over the years, “why do you believe the bible is true and inspired by God?” In the past the only answer I could give was I just know in my knower. Of course that does nothing to persuade someone that doesn’t believe and that has always frustrated me that I could not give a better answer. This morning as I was thinking on all that God took me back in my mind to before I was saved and really knew Him and the many times I tried to read the word and just couldn’t. It was complicated, boring and totally didn’t relate to my world and I would just get even more frustrated and put it down. Now I will say that when I was little I had a King James Bible and that translation is very hard to read. However, when I was 16 my aunt gave me a living translation and I tried to read that and it didn’t make any more sense to me than the King James. So it wasn’t just the translation, I just couldn’t read it, it made no sense to me. My mind was closed to the word.

When I was 28 alone with 2 kids after a particularly hard and nasty divorce I began to cry out to God, wondering if He was really real. I had been raised Methodist and was in choir the whole nine yards. I was even sprinkled with water from the Jordan river when I was 13 (which I thought was way cool but totally didn’t have any understanding of anything at that point in my life) I just thought God was this far off entity that I would have to deal with when I died, I didn’t think He had anything to do with my life on this earth or that He even cared about me or anything else today. In other words, I thought He was irrelevant in this dispensation.
As I cried out to Him, He met me where I was. I remember lying in bed singing the doxology (it was all I could remember) and doing that night after night. Even then, the worshiper that I was created to be was coming out, you see we all have gifts and callings that are in us from God and they will come out and either be used for Him or this world, it is our choice.

For those of you that might not have been raised Methodist and you are wondering what is the doxology, here are the lyrics.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Ok, that was a little rabbit trail I just couldn’t resist! Anyway, one night as I lay there singing that little song we always sang at the end of church all I can tell you is God came into my bedroom. I was laying there crying and He just came in and I literally felt Him put his arms around me and He comforted me. I still didn’t understand exactly what that was but I knew it made me feel better. It wasn’t long after that I became radically, annoyingly, amazingly saved. I really came to know Him and He became real to me and I realized He wanted to be involved with me TODAY! It was a life changing thing and I’ve not been the same since. There is a lot more to share but I’m running out of time today.

Bottom line, after my encounter with the Creator of the Universe I could read the bible and it made sense. Not only did it make sense but it was ALIVE! It spoke to me and guided me. So that is how I KNOW the bible is real and God is real and He cares about me and you. If the bible doesn’t seem real or relevant to you then you probably don’t know my God, but you can, He wants to know you and He loves you where you are. If you want to know more about that just contact me and I’ll be more than happy to tell you about Him and how you can know Him too.

Life's Journey

Life’s Journey
© Pamela Guinn

Let’s start with a few definitions from the dictionary of Life & Journey

Journey - a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time

Life - the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally
A mode or manner of existence
Effervescence or sparkle

What does the bible say about life?

There are 475 references in the bible about life. One of my favorite passages is John 10:10
the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly
Here is the translation for the word life in this passage from Strong’s Concordance.

Life translation zōē

1) Life
a) The state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate
b) Every living soul
2) Life
a) Of the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God and through him both to the hypostatic "logos" and to Christ in whom the "logos" put on human nature
b) life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last forever.

Abundantly translation perissos
1) exceeding some number or measure or rank or need
a) over and above, more than is necessary, superadded
1) exceeding abundantly, supremely
2) something further, more, much more than all, more plainly
b) superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon
1) pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent

What does the bible say about journey?
Journey translation naca`occurs 146 times
1) to pull out, pull up, set out, journey, remove, set forward, depart
a) (Qal)
1) to pull out or up
2) to set out, depart
3) to journey, march
4) to set forth (of wind)
b) (Niphal) to be pulled up, be removed, be plucked up
c) (Hiphil)

This particular use of the word journey occurs 705 times!

Translation - Derek
1) to cause to set out, lead out, cause to spring up
2) to remove, quarry
1) way, road, distance, journey, manner
a) road, way, path
b) journey
c) direction
d) manner, habit, way
e) of course of life (fig.)
f) of moral character (fig.)

This particular use of the word journey occurs 12 times!

Translation – macca’ prounounced mas-sah’
1) a pulling up (of stakes), breaking camp, setting out, journey
a) pulling up, breaking camp
b) setting out
c) station, stage, journey
This particular use of the word journey occurs 154 times! Translation – poreuō
Pronounced po-ryü'-ō
1) to lead over, carry over, transfer
a) to pursue the journey on which one has entered, to continue on one's journey
b) to depart from life
c) to follow one, that is: become his adherent
1) to lead or order one's life

Now that we have the “frame work” let’s look at our journey in this life.

I have been seeking God a lot lately about my role and destiny in this life on earth. Who am I, where am I going, does anything I’ve done really matter? Those kinds of questions have been on my heart and mind a lot lately. I realize that I can sometimes go way overboard on the “what if’s” and why and totally over analyze things to death. However, I believe that it is important to evaluate where we are and where we have been occasionally. One thing I keep hearing is remember the history, if you don’t remember history it is bound to repeat itself. I certainly have a few histories I don’t care to duplicate! Several places in the word God encourages people to have a memorial, in other words remember and don’t forget where you’ve been. Testify to the goodness of God in ALL that He has brought you through.

One other thing I tend to do is get so focused on where I’m going that I forget to enjoy the now in my journey of this life. You can be so laser focused on the destination that you totally miss the beauty in the journey! Sometimes the destination is not the main thing, the journey to get there is. Have you ever been on vacation and you were so excited to see something or go somewhere but when you got there is was a huge letdown? But the trip there was a blast? Sometimes I think we overlook the getting there and miss a lot of what God has for us here, today.

Recently I passed a funeral procession and there were only 4 cars in it. I was on the phone with Jeff and I said how sad that a person could live their whole life and the only seeming impact they had equals 4 cars of people. I think that person must surely have been a very lonely soul. For sometime my prayer has been God let me love people as you loved them. I take Him at His word that the greatest gift is love. I believe that love truly is the currency of Heaven. A long time ago He gave me a word that he was going to teach me to love the unlovable. I was young and stupid back then and thought “wow, what an awesome word.” Little did I know the pain that word was going to bring to my life. However, as painful as learning to love the unlovable has been there isn’t anything I would change. I still don’t think I’m there yet, there are a few people in my life that are a huge pain and I don’t totally have the love thing flowing for them at all times but I’m working on it and asking Him for more grace to accomplish this task. Here is the dictionary definition for love - a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. There is this one person that God has put in my life that these feelings are a huge struggle. However, I sometimes have these feelings for her and I’m confident that if I keep seeking Him with my whole heart someday I will reach this lofty goal of loving the unlovable.

So for me the journey of life is all about sharing ourselves with our fellow human beings as God brings them into our sphere of influence. Loving Him first with our whole heart and loving others as we love our selves. Ouch, that last one may hurt a bit as well, love our self? I struggled with this one for years as well, but God my deliverer showed me how much He loved me and that I am worthy of that love just because He created me! I pray He would show that to you today as well. But above all love Him and let Him shine through you! That you might sparkle and reflect Him to all you encounter.