Lilla Rose Sale!!!

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I am sooo excited!!! Lilla Rose is doing an amazing 72 hour sale and has announced the September style already! Details on the picture! Please click here to order http://www.lillarose.biz/VirtuousDaughters/

Also, Virtuous Daughters is doing a special…for the first two customers who order $50 or more through us, I will send you a special gift of appreciation! Enjoy!!

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Feminine Modesty Monday – 16

Hello Girls,

I hope you are having a pleasant and blessed week as you continue seeking Yahweh’s face and desiring to please Him above all!!!

Here are a few pictures of an outfit that I wore last month while we were camping. The week that we were camping out was often quite cool, even though it was the middle of July!!! It was nice, though, and we enjoyed it as we enjoy Feast of Tabernacles!

The light yellow long-sleeve T was given to me by a sister years ago so I don’t remember what it had cost originally, the skirt was a birthday gift from Samantha two years ago that she bought for about $4-$6, and the polyester short sleeve shirt was given to me also but originally cost a $1 or little more. :)

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I did a French Twist and gathered it together. I then used a hidden pony-tail to hold my hair and clipped a small Flexi on the French twist. Due to part of the twist that stuck out a little too much on the side, I pinned a Flexi Bobby Pin in to keep it in place with a pretty look.

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I would enjoy getting pictures of your outfits that you are trying to be modest and feminine in! If you would like to send me pictures of them (or several outfits), and a bit about yourself and the outfit, I would gladly put feminine and modest outfits up on Modesty Mondays.

I pray that all y’all are blessed richly as you try to be beautifully modest for Yahweh’s glory! I would enjoy hearing about your journey at my email!!

Blessings;
Sarah

 

 

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Modesty Monday- Purple Flowered Skirt and Pink knit top

Shalom sisters!!!

Here is an outfit that I wore a while ago. The knit shirt was bought at a thrift store for under a couple dollars and the skirt is  A-line and homemade by Samantha. :)

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We have two Flexi’s that are the same design but are an X-small and small which worked well for unevenly parted hair. I did a simply twist and pinned it with a flexi on each side.

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Blessings; Sorry this is so short!

Sarah

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Modesty Monday – 1 Skirt, 3 Ways, 3 Days

Hello girls!!!

Here is a picture of my green tiered skirt with a different top than before. This shirt is the cotton knit shirt that I altered in my last post, two weeks ago. If you’d like to see how I altered it, then you are welcome to go  over to that Modesty Monday Post.

The scarf is borrowed from Samantha. :)

 photo 20150713_094111.jpgI did my hair in a twist that I learned on a Tutorial that Caroline Allen from www.modestmomblog.com did.

 photo 20150713_094619.jpgThe shirt was given to me by Samantha as well as the skirt and the scarf and Flexi clip are both borrowed from Samantha, also! Don’t you love having sweet sisters who welcome you to borrow their things?!!!

Here are two random pictures of flowers that I took recently. Don’t you really like flowers?! It fascinates me how beautifully, creatively and intricately they were made by Yahweh! So delicate and so strong…vibrant yet soft…aren’t they beautiful?!!!

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Sarah

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Sarah’s Twin Japanese Futon

I mentioned in the last Tutorial of my husband-to-be and my bed, that I made my sister Sarah one. I had quite a few “full” layers, so what I did with hers is, I started with 6 full layers. Then I would do a couple of pieced layers, then a couple of full layers, and so on…leaving off with 5 full layers and the last layer I wrapped all the way around the bed, and then whipped stitched it together. This really did wonders with keeping her layers together and flat while I put it into the slip cover. But I will walk you through each step with making a twin.

I made this one on our dining room table, as it was the perfect width and saves the back. :o)

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See the pieced layer?
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Again, save the hands! Make some patting with the cotton batting!
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I was a bit more careful with this one, as it was the day after I made ours, so my hands were still a bit sore. :o)
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Now we have some thickness (she decided she wanted it to be more like 4″ and since I had the scraps and supplies, I was able to…thank you Yahweh!). Again you can see the piece work. Note: when doing a few pieced layers, make sure you never have the seams in the same place!
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The last layer, this is before I flipped the bed over to get the cotton totally around the bed.
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See how it now goes totally around?
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Again, pin it in place to hold it together…
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Before you girls go any farther, look around you. By now you have created quite the mess, I’m sure! Which is fine…but you are now to the point where you’re cutting is finished…so take a minute and clean it all up.

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Much better! Now the house is ready for company and it’s peaceful…you are still working, but this is called being thoughtful of those around you. When you can, keep the work area looking decent, so the others can enjoy the home, too, and get things done that they need to. It only takes a moment…and besides, you need to straighten up that back and let your eyes take a break! :o)
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Then whip stitch it together.
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Now time for the cover.
I didn’t get a picture of putting it in, but it’s only open on the top like a pillowcase, so you can picture it. Now I am going to walk you through how I closed it up.
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I figured a picture is worth a thousand words. :o)
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Blind stitching it.
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Almost there! :o) Now it’s time for that tying down part! Again use a Doll Making 3″ sharp needle and Pearl thread (embroidery floss, but the thickness of string). For detailed stitching help, please refer to the previous tutorial on “Our Bed – A Homemade Japanese Futon“, as I go into pretty good detail on how to do it.

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Done!
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Then more for looks, I added a stitch on each corner.
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And someone now has a 4″ Japanese Futon Mattress! :o) Happy Birthday, Sarah!
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Part 2: Character Training and How What We Think Will Affect Our Children

Part 2: Character Training and How What We Think Will Affect Our Children

Part 2: What Does Yahweh’s Word Say About Fear?

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about what the Word says about fear. We barely skimmed the surfice, but I pray as you began to read some of the scriptures concerning it, you realized just how critical trust is. And really, fear and trust are opposites. When you fear a situation, you aren’t trusting that situation to Yahweh’s keeping. You don’t believe He’s incontrol, but that the situation is. Or you don’t believe the scriptures when they say that the Father cares more about you than the sparrows, and we know how much He cares about them!

For years, fear, worry and doubt had such a grip on my life. I really struggled (although I didn’t even know that I did!) with trusting Yahweh with my life. Things would happen, and I would become fearful of the “what-if’s”. If He called me to walk through something that was difficult, I would doubt His goodness and His love. Why would He ask me to walk through this, if He truly loved me?

Within the past couple of years, He has taught me who He is, no matter what He calls me to walk through. And He’s taught me how I needed to truly trust Him, come what may. He never said life would be a bed of roses, in fact, He tells us it won’t be! So why do we go through life, and when tough times come, we break? Where is the trusting heart of a child? Why do we only trust Yahweh in the good times? Why do we only praise Him in the good times? Do the times really change who our God really is? Does He not require and deserve our praise and trust, no matter what life brings our way? Yahweh’s word tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to, “Trust in Yahweh with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” So let me ask you this question again. Are you trusting Yahweh with your whole heart, or is there doubt in part of it? Are you leaning on your own understanding of a situation, or leaning on HIS understanding of it? Are you acknowledging Yahweh in ALL your ways? In all areas of your life? In all situations? And if you are, then why (or should I say how) can you fear them, as well?

Yahweh really began to convict my heart of just how much I lacked a trustful spirit. I said one thing (that I trusted Him), yet I wasn’t living that out. My actions spoke louder than my words…and they weren’t lining up! It didn’t change the situations. It didn’t take the pain out of trials. But it made me look at life in a totally different manner. He was molding and making me into His likeness…and being purified of the dross in my life, was painful. It made me cling to my Saviour, knowing HE was and IS in control…and that He didn’t promise I’d never know pain, He promised to be with me through the pain…through the thick and thin. There is a difference. As I realized more and more of who He was, it made me realize how this had played into my fear factor. I didn’t really know who He was or what His character (for lack of a better word) was. What did His Word say? I feared for lack of knowledge. And the more I acknowledged Him as Lord (master) of my life, and reverenced and respected Him as the Potter and myself as the clay, the more I realized I had nothing to be fearful about.

The other thing that I realized is, we often fear what He may call us to walk through, so we try to take the reigns out of His hands. We try to take the paintbrush away from Him. We are in essence telling Him that He is now the clay and we are the potter, because we didn’t like the way He was forming that clay! Ouch. Again, it all boils down to not trusting! And having a controlling spirit! We are leaning upon our own understanding, refusing to acknowledge Him as God, as the Creator of the universe…the Creator of us! The Giver and Taker of life! We try to play…yes…God. We don’t like not being in control. We don’t like not knowing the end of the story from the beginning. We don’t like having to give the controls to another…because quite frankly, we think we know what is best…plain and simple. But sisters, we simply do not. We don’t see what He sees! We don’t know what the canvas painting is even supposed to look like, let alone be able to paint the picture on it! We know He changes not. We know He gave His only begotten Son…because of His love for us! We know He loves us with an everlasting love! We know He promises to be with us! We know He promises to hold us, when we are too weak to hold ourselves. We know He promises to never leave us. We know He promises to never fail us.

Y.E.T W.E S.T.I.L.L D.O.N.T T.R.U.S.T H.I.M. WHY????

Because Satan is out to kill and destroy and we don’t weigh the spirits, we don’t try the spirits, and we don’t even recognize the spirits for what and who they are from! Yahweh tells us that He does NOT give us a spirit of fear…yet we welcome that spirit into our lives with open arms! I mean…it gives us something to do, right? Oh, my precious sisters! Let’s begin to view life through His eyes, through His understanding, and begin to realize just how much Satan is out to kill us and destroy us! He doesn’t want us trusting Yahweh! He LOVES it when we fear and distrust Him! This is WHAT HE WANTS!!! Satan is out to get victory over our lives…Yahweh has shown us this…and it’s time we stood up and told him that he WILL NOT get victory in our lives, and that we don’t trust in horses and chariots, but WILL trust in Yahweh our God and there is NOTHING that he can do to stop us! Give your all to the One who loves you more than you will and ever could, realize! Put your trust in Yahweh your God and see what can happen! It’s incredible! Because your God is incredible!!

Sisters, let’s start training our character so that we truly trust Yahweh with everything within us, so that one day, Yahweh willing, when He blesses us with children, we can then teach them how to trust Yahweh their God with their whole heart! Times are not for the faint hearted. Yahweh needs our eyes stayed upon Him! He needs to know that He has our whole heart, our whole soul! We can not serve two masters. Which one will you trust?

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How I Altered my Knit Shirt – Tutorial

Hello Girls!

I wrote this post on Monday, but with a flu this past weekend, and a nephew’s birth yesterday, the post was delayed until today. I couldn’t get it to post before I went to bed Monday, but Samantha was with my sister who was having her baby, so was a little preoccupied with something more important than getting the post to publish. ;)

I hope y’all are doing well and enjoying Summer at y’all’s current abiding. :)

This Monday, I altered a shirt that I would like to wear in a future Femininely Modest outfit picture post for y’all. The shirt was previously a size or two too big for me, so I altered it today to make it fit me better. I think I got a little carried away when I was trimming it down and may have trimmed the sides down a little too much! :/ I think it will be fine, though. :) When you cut your knits down, it is helpful to have another knit that you wear and can compare the sizes to as you measure and alter a different knit.

Anyway, here is how I did it. :)

First, I cut 2″+ off the sides of my shirt bodice, and cut the sleeves off. It is sometimes a nice idea to leave the surger seam on either the arm of the bodice, or the sleeve itself to keep the material from stretching too much when it is sewn- depending on which one you are more concerned about stretching. For this bodice, since I gathered the sleeves and cut the bodice down also, the Surger seams wouldn’t have stayed on either the sleeve or arm hole seams!

In this picture, I’ve detached the sleeves, trimmed down the sides and arm holes, and kept the material from the width that I cut off of the sides.
 photo SDC19549.jpgAfter cutting the sides, I realized that the bottom seams didn’t line up. The back bodice was about 3/4″ longer than the front….so, off comes both seams. If you do this, be sure your bodice is long enough! :)
Also, because my neckline was a little tall, I cut about 1″ off the top in preparation for a different collar. I also kept this strip for later use, if necessary.
 photo SDC19551.jpgFolding the shirt in half, carefully, helps insure that my edges are evenly trimmed. Note: I’d suggest folding the shirt so that the back is in the inside. This helps be sure that if any side is a tiny bit smaller, due to the crease in the middle, it is the back that comes out a tiny bit smaller and not the front.
 photo SDC19546.jpgStrips that I cut off of my hem and collar and then sewed into about 1″ wide, folded strips:
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 photo SDC19566.jpgGather the sleeve to fit the armhole. Then, I pin it in place, being sure to have the center crease of the sleeve (closest fold to the camera in the above picture) even with the shoulder seam or a tiny bit (1/3″-1/2″) towards the front bodice. {My shoulder seam length is about 4″}

Then, sew the sleeve on!
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I didn’t capture many pictures of the process of making the collar, so I’ll have to try to explain it in words. I’ll try to explain how I did the collar to the best of my ability, and pray that all y’all who may be benefited from it will be able to understand what I am saying, or at least gain better ideas for future use with your own creativity.

So, using some of the pieces I’d used from hems and the collar, I gathered them slightly, then sewed them onto the inside piece (closest layer of collar material to where my neck was supposed to be) of the collar. That way I could fold my collar down later and have the pretty side showing. :) It reminded me of when I used to take care of my little sister and I needed to learn how to fold those pretty socks with lace on the top that when cuffed down, had the pretty side of the lace seam showing, or when left uncuffed (or cuffed inside-out) would have the raw edge showing!!!
 photo SDC19564.jpgI sewed a 1/4″ elastic on the inside of that seam, thus having a three layer deep seem. The deepest layer into the inside of the collar was first my elastic, then the inside collar layer, then the ruffled edge. Next, straighten and smooth out the two layers of collar and pin the bottom layer to the top layer. Then sew them together (the tiny seam you can see on the picture below). I then took a hand-sewing needle and tacked the collar down in multiple places. I didn’t want to simply sew it for a few reasons. 1) it would be stiffer and probably not stretch over my head easily. 2) It would look pinned to the bodice, rather than look like it was just laying there. 3) It would probably undo the main reason I had the elastic and that was to hold my collar a little closer to my neck.

Note: I’d probably have chosen a 1/8″ wide elastic for collars because they wouldn’t be as stiff or large, but the 1/4″ was what we had and it seems to have worked fine! I guess a lot of what decides which size elastic you want, is what look it is that you are wanting!! :) Also, note: Make sure you cut the elastic length long enough to fit over your head!!

 photo SDC19574.jpgI ripped out two and a half of those 1″strips that I either sewed or cut off the hem of this shirt. Then, I sewed them back onto the bottom of the shirt, single layer (keeping the addition layer quite a bit looser than the shirt to add a slightly ruffled look), before giving it a larger hem.

 photo SDC19573.jpgI hope this helps some of y’all in some way! I know that altering my T-shirts and any knit under-shirt, tank-top, etc has been a huge blessing this Spring!! Because I wear them under my long sleeved blouses, it really doesn’t matter if they are tighter than what would be modest to wear by themselves, and they fit me nicely. It is exciting to be experimenting on my long-sleeved knit shirts also, and I really like girly, cute shirts. It is simply very hard to find feminine, modest, pretty long-sleeved shirts that can be worn by themselves rather than needing to be doubled with other layers to make up for the immodesty or the lack of femininity in them.

I’d love to hear your ideas on making clothes modest and beautiful!!! I have so much to learn and I am eagerly anticipating gaining insight into how to dress modestly, beautifully and femininely, as well as efficiently!

Sarah

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Part 1: Character Training and How What We Think Will Affect Our Children

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about child-training and how our character/actions play so much into the way that we train our children – and who they will become as a result. A little while ago I wrote about Preparing Them For His Glory. Today, I’d like to talk about training our character so that we can train and mold their character in righteousness. Whether for good or for evil, who we are and how we think, WILL impact and affect our children’s lives. This is why, my precious sisters, it is so important to be working on our own character! We don’t want to pass down the bad character traits to our own precious little ones.

So how does our character line up with scripture? Do the way that we think and handle things now, line up with scripture? Have you ever thought about this? Yahweh does give us instruction, sisters. He does care how we handle things. Do you know what He thinks? How He wants you thinking? I’m going to really stress three main area’s in this series…fear, worry, and doubt and how they play into our lives, as they are on my heart. These three factors, if left unchecked, can ruin our lives. They can make it so that Yahweh can’t use us for His glory and honor and to further His Kingdom. They ARE huge, girls! Have you ever thought about them and how they play into your own life? What does scripture say about them? Have you ever thought about it before? Is it wrong to worry about things? To be fearful about things, even horrible things that could happen? Do you know what scripture says, and are you living according to what it says?

For years, I never really thought much about them before. Nor did I realize how I used to fret and worry about things and how wrong it was to. I mean, we all know bad things can happen! Look at the times we are in! So, is it really wrong to worry about things? What if things aren’t going your way and feel like they are falling apart? Is it wrong to be fearful, atleast some of the time? I mean, how wrong can this be? Really. Think about it. Could it really be that wrong?

Answer: Yes, it most certainly can be and is! Sin is sin my precious sisters, and this one is huge in my line of thinking. Let me show you why.

First, let’s read the definition of them. These are taken from the Merrion-Webster’s online dictionary.

Fear:

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Worry:

: to think about problems or fears : to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen

: to make (someone) anxious or upset : to cause (someone) to worry

Doubt:

: to be uncertain about (something) : to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely

: to have no confidence in (someone or something)

Let’s now take a look at scripture and see what scripture has to say about them.

What Does Yahweh’s Word Say About Fear

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This has to be one of my all time favorite verses in scripture. It’s one of my life verses. I mean, why do we need to fear? He promises to be with us, to strengthen us when we need to be strengthened, to uphold us with HIS right hand, and we know that we don’t have to be dismayed…why? Because Yahweh is OUR God! So sisters, let me ask you again, are we supposed to be fearful? Besides being a direct command from Yahweh to NOT be fearful, what is there really to be afraid of? With Yahweh on our side, as our Guide and our Stay, what is there to fear? What can man really do to you?

Psalms 27:1-14 A Psalm of David. Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, MY HEART SHALL NOT FEAR: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of Yahweh, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Yahweh, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto Yahweh. 7 Hear, Yahweh, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Yahweh, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will take me up. 11 Teach me THY WAY, Yahweh, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living. 14 Wait on Yahweh: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on Yahweh.

I love the above passage as well, as it really declares who Yahweh is supposed to be in our lives. He is our strength (or supposed to be atleast, but often times we won’t let Him be!), so why would we be fearful of someone or something? David goes on to declare how even if a host encamped around him, he would not be afraid, because he understood very well who was in control of his life. He had confidence in Yahweh his God. Do you have confidence in your Yahweh your God? Do you believe Yahweh your God? He said He would be with you, do you believe Him? If you don’t believe, you will fear. You will become fearful, doubtful, and you will worry. It’s a lack of belief, sisters. Where and in whom do you put your trust in?

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Yahweh tells us that the spirit of fear is NOT of Him. He isn’t the one who placed it within us, it’s not of Him…so who might I ask, is it from? You have light and darkness. The father of righteousness and the father of all lies. You have Yahweh and Satan. If the spirit of fear is not of Yahweh, who is it from? Satan! Sisters, now do you begin to see why this is so serious? This spirit is not of your God. It is of the god of this world…the ruler of darkness! It isn’t a light matter when we allow this spirit to come within our lives and take root!!

The scripture verse goes onto say that fear is the opposite of a sound mind. When you begin to fear, you no longer have a sound mind in Yahweh. Again, it’s serious! It’s not something to take lightly.

Yahweh tells us who we are supposed to fear.

Matthew 10:28-31 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

There is a righteous fear, and there is an unholy fear. We are to fear Yahweh, because He is a Righteous Judge! But He does NOT want us fearing everything and everyone! He tells us He loves us more than anything else…so why should we be fearful?

I want to go on to say that fear is also distrust. When we fear, it’s because we don’t have confidence in our God to do what He says He will do. We don’t trust Him. We distrust Him. Which is again, because we do not understand who our God is, for if we did, why would we have reason to fear?

I said earlier how our character, if not trained in righteousness, will hinder our children’s lives (as well as our own). When we are fearful, we pass that evil spirit of fear down onto our children and those around us. Yet, what does Yahweh say? In Leviticus 25:17 He says, Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am Yahweh your God.

By being afraid, we oppress others. Yes, you heard me right. Let me go onto explain.

Take a storm. When you are fearful of a storm (no matter what that storm includes), and you start to worrying about it (which is an offspring of fear), watch what happens to those around you. If they aren’t aware of it and reject that spirit, they too, begin to be fearful of it. But, if on the other hand, they remain trustful in Yahweh, knowing He holds everything within the palms of His hands and promises to be with us, and you begin to talk about how faithful Yahweh is and how we can put our trust in Him…what happens? See the difference in how we think and how it effects others? But when we pass that spirit of fear onto others, we now oppress them with that spirit! I have seen this countless of times. Often times I hear mothers simply say “oh, I worry about everything!” Sisters, this isn’t of Yahweh! We must view sin as sin. Fearing man, things, and even Satan, is wrong! It is sin. Yahweh commands us NOT to. Which means when we allow ourselves to, we are going against Him and are disobeying Him! So why do we think it a light thing, when we do just that? Why do we brush it off as some light matter? We should be getting down upon our knees and repenting, not marveling in how this sin is so much apart of our lives!

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful (or anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through the anointed Yahshua.

How can we keep a sound mind? By being anxious over nothing, but instead of being fearful about everything, we get down upon our knees, thank Yahweh for whatever it is, and pray knowing He promises to see us through everything and anything! We can pray about things, but there is a difference between trusting Him and fearing the situation. It’s called surrendering it to Him, my precious sisters. It’s called trust. When we trust Yahweh at His word, we WILL have peace…even in the midst of turmoil. It’s that peace that passeth all understanding. It isn’t explainable. But it is real. We don’t have to understand everything. Yahweh doesn’t tell us we will understand. But He commands us to trust Him. Will you? If you do, Yahweh promises to keep our hearts and minds through Yahshua! But He can’t keep something that we refuse to give Him. This takes two! Will you let Him keep your mind and hearts, by doing what He tells you to do…one of which is to not be fearful? Or will you make it impossible for Him to? The choice is ours.

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Preparing For Our Beloved’s

Yesterday I posted about how I had made my husband and I’s bed. Lately Yhwh has really been showing me what an absolute joy it is to prepare for his coming. The scripture verse “she does him good and not evil all the days of his life” comes to mind. It isn’t just when our beloved’s are with us that we are to be serving and doing good by them, but its all the time.

Over the years I have found pleasure in writing him, getting different gifts for him (for instance when my sister went to Israel about 7 years ago I had her pick him up something), etc. But lately, Yhwh has taken it one step farther and has been showing me what a joy it is to do something for the both of us. I guess it makes it feel real…that its just like when a couple is apart and on a far journey, he is on a journey…but he will come, he IS coming, it will just take time! So for me, it has probably been one of the biggest joys recently, as it makes him feel so close! Writing letters is wonderful and I certainly look forward to him reading them. Getting gifts now and then is also wonderful, as it’ll make him realize I was thinking about him and praying for him even back then. But there is just something really really exciting and special in creating something, just for the two of us.

And so it was with our bed. But Yhwh didn’t stop there. For years now, I have been praying about a special way to bless my husband. Many of my sisters and sister in laws chose to do this through writing and singing songs to their husbands on their wedding day. I really wanted to bless him as well, but I’m not a song writer (and thats not to say Yhwh wouldn’t give me a song…He can obviously do anything!). But I really didn’t feel it would be through a song. For me, I really felt like it would be through a quilt. I have made many quilts, and I love quilting. But year after year as I prayed and thought about what design to do for us (as many of the quilts I’ve done have had meaning behind them), nothing ever came…and so neither did the quilt. I figured if need be, we could always use the ones I have already made, but I really prayed Yhwh would show me what pattern to do that would bless my husband and be special for “us”.

Well, right after I finished our bed, guess what came?! Yes, the pattern (and no, I’m not going to share it with y’all!!). Yhwh just flashed the design before my minds eye…and I knew at that moment, it was perfect (I mean, how could it not be when Yhwh’s the one who gave it to me?!)! I had no idea how I was going to do it, as I have never, ever seen anything like it before. But I knew if the pattern was from Him, He’d help me figure it out! I was sooo excited!

I ran upstairs and drew what I had seen. I could hardly sit still! I wanted to jump for joy!! In fact, my sister sat there laughing at my joy! Years of waiting had come to an end…I could now begin it!!! And as I looked down at what my hand had just drawn, I wanted to cry. Me who can’t hardly draw a stick figure…drew THAT?!?! It showed me once again Who was in the middle of it! Only He could make this a reality…and it has been like this from day one. I would get one step completed and ask how to do the next, and He’d show me. It was amazing! Such love my God has for us!!

And with each stitch, I realize how He has been holding me in the palm of His hand, preparing and molding me into the lady He needed and needs me to become. Had He shown this pattern to me years ago when I first asked, I wouldn’t understand it, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t have appreciated it like I do now. It’s a treasure and something that I will treasure for years to come.

And like our bed, it has made him feel so much closer, so real… and only a prayer away! Choosing the fabrics, cutting it out, each step has been like no other…although I have made many before…this one is for my BELOVE! This one is for my Ish! My Love…and I. It is a gift from Yhwh to us. It’s beyond special and I feel like I can be “doing something”. Like preparing different things for our home, I can be working and figuring out (with Yhwh’s help!) how I can bless him. And one way is by learning how to do things myself, so that we can be fugal with the resources Yhwh has blessed us with (like with the bed).

Sisters, this is why I share this…how are YOU preparing for your Love? Are you getting things in order so when he does come, you are ready for him? Are you doing things to bless him “right now”? It doesn’t have to wait! Pray and ask Yhwh how YOU can bless and prepare for YOUR Beloved! Don’t feel like you have to do what others have done for theirs. Be free to be you and let Yhwh show you what will be meaningful for the both of you. And if He doesn’t reveal anything specific to you, wait. But don’t feel like it’s because He has forgotten or doesn’t care. Know it’s because He’s in the middle of answering you, but it may take time…and in the meantime, ask Him what you can be working on and learning in the meantime.
And when He does show you anything, no matter how small it may seem at the moment or something you may not understand right then, don’t allow that to stop you! Enjoy preparing and doing things for the both of you! One day it will be a treasure when we can show them how we we’re thinking about and praying for them.

Yhwh bless!

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Our Bed – A Homemade Japanese Futon

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been sleeping on the floor with GREAT results! But I knew sleeping on sleeping bags was a short term fix, so I started researching Japanese Futons and realized that I could make my own using 100% Cotton batting. Well…anyone who knows me, knows I really enjoy sewing and the thought of making my own bed…well…I just couldn’t resist! :o)

But then Yahweh brought a thought to my mind. The Futons last many, many years. If I was going to go through the work, time, and money to make one…why not make it large enough for my Beloved husband and I? It wouldn’t cost that much more, something I could definitely manage, it would bless others who came to visit and needed a bed to sleep on in the meantime…and it would be something special that I could do for us. I smiled. Make my Beloved and I’s bed??? But it was a special way that I could prepare for his coming and I was all for that! I laughed and teased my family that now I could honestly tell my husband I’ve made his bed for him, waiting for his arrival! :o)

So after research it, I came across this youtube. The lady doesn’t explain or talk through it, but she walks you through how to do it.

The only problem that I found was, she didn’t explain where she got such thick cotton batting, nor the size of the batting, etc. But, it was enough to give me the “gist” of how to make one. So I set out.

Well, I thought I had gotten enough batting (as I wanted to make my husband and I a full width, but a queen length…another wonderful advantage of making your own!) and JoAnn’s only had 5 bags of the “Warm & Plush” 100% Cotton batting, which I realized was much thicker than the other battings. But what I soon realized was, it wasn’t going to be nearly enough. This is where Amazon comes in! I found this bolt, again on sale for 50% off…and it was slightly less expensive than buying the bags, and I knew I needed roughly double what I had already gotten. So I ordered a bolt, using our Prime membership. It was due to arrive Monday, but never showed up. So we go on to realize that it had left PA and gone up to MA, just to turn back around and go back to PA. I called UPS to see what was going on, but they weren’t much help and just said they didn’t know, but it was now due to arrive on Wednesday. We weren’t going to contact Amazon, but Tuesday morning Dad really felt like we needed to atleast tell them what was going on and see if they knew what had happened/was happening. So I called and spoke with a man who looked into it and just kept saying “that’s so weird! that is just so weird!” He said since we ordered using Prime and it was going to take another half of week to get to us, he said he wanted to send us another bolt and said he was really sorry this happened and that he had no idea what was going on. He also wanted to ship it overnight. I told him the other package should be here Wednesday (same day as the overnight would arrive), but he wanted to do this and said he was so sorry.

I was blown away. I paid $154 and it was already 50% off, with free shipping! Now I was going to get 2 bolts for $154 (queen size rolls)!

It really taught me a powerful lesson, because I have to sadly admit, that the night before I was really disappointed and just didn’t handle it very well. I was running out of time before I left for a month, and now it would leave me less than a week to get it done and a bunch of other stuff done. I did tell Yahweh I was sorry, that as we like to say “All’s well”. It is what it is. So to wake up and realize the gift that Yahweh had waiting for me, was so humbling! Simply because I wanted to be impatient over it, because I didn’t see what He saw, and didn’t realize that He was actually trying to bless me and provide what I needed…but didn’t realize I needed…just yet! Talk about a powerful lesson! He ALWAYS has a reason for what He allows in our life…and He does work ALL things for the good!

So Wednesday was the big day. I prepared the cover and then set to work. You will see it laying on the floor, but please realize this ended up being too small in the, so I just used a Duvet cover I bought at the thrift store for around $5. I also bought a flannel one that goes over the white mattress cover, to protect the cover, as this one can come off to be washed…whereas the white was turned into a the actual mattress cover and can not come off without undoing the stitching.

Here is a step by step tutorial for all those who would like to join in the adventure! :o) Or for those of you who are wondering how they are made. Enjoy!

The cover I had made for it (but later used it for my sister Sarah’s twin mattress…which I will also put up in another tutorial).
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The roll of batting…
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Layering it…it’s still doubled here…I rolled it to the length I needed, then cut it and opened it up, making sure to keep ALL wrinkles out of it. This is important. Take your time and keep it flat! :o) Or you will feel it! (You’ll have a lot of extra on the side, even doing a queen width, so you cut this off)
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See how I cut it to fit? Now I go to the second layer.
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Once I had quite a few layers down that were even (one piece), I started using the side extra width pieces, laying them sideways. Please note: Again, you MUST line these layers up. Keep all layers as even as possible, and don’t have the edges overlap each other…even just a little.
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Every couple of “pieced layers” I’d do a couple full layers. this helps it stay together and keep it smooth.
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After I got it as thick as I thought I needed it, it was time to flip it over and make it all even. In retrospect, I would have cut the layers exact right from the beginning, but it was hard not “seeing” the cover and I didn’t want to cut into my cover. So I left some room to spare. It would be worth it to put the cover on the first couple of pieces and cut it even, so you don’t waste so much.
Also, you will see my sister and I working on this, but you can’t really see what we are doing. She was helping me pin it (putting the pins straight down through the layers…it’s about 3″ thick), to hold the layers still while I trimmed all the layers even.
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Cutting the layers even…
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See the pins now?
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Okay, you will see on my hand after I had been cutting for awhile, that it was pretty irritated and blisters were starting to form.
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SAVE your hand and use that cotton batting you are working with! It makes an incredible difference!
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Layers are now even! YAY!
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As you can see, the slipcover I made wasn’t going to fit, but I wanted to show you how to put a slipcover or duvet cover on. It takes work and time…and it will pay off…slow and steady. Keep those layers together and flat! It WILL get wrinkles in it while you’re putting it on if you aren’t careful, which will require a lot of work to get them back out. You may still have to, but take my word on it. GET THEM OUT! ;o) It’s so worth having a soft, even, and flat mattress! You really don’t want a lumpy one, and it WILL be noticeable!
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In the Duvet cover…
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Just button it up at the end…
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And because it had the wider edges, I just folded them and tacked them in place…
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And it’s finished…almost!
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Now the fun begins! ;o)
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It needs to be tied down, now…which is a must…there is NO getting around it, girls! I used my hands, as it’s roughly 6″ wide. And let me admit something here…for miss perfectionist…this was hard. Really hard. But all you can do is your best. Your stitching isn’t going to come out all even. It is extremely hard to get that 3″ needle down and back up all those layers…and keep it straight at the same time. Like I said, you can only do your best and keep moving. You will get faster as the time goes on, and straighter. But you will be there all day long, if you insist on getting those stitches perfectly even and straight. Don’t ask me how I know.
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A thimble is a MUST!
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Once down and back up again, cut threads a couple of inches long on each side. (I used the thick Pearl thread…it’s like string and you can find it with the embroidery floss at the stores).
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Now knot it, but pull it tight!
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And then knot it a couple more times.
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Again, once the knot is in, leave some headroom and cut.
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And viola…
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The slip cover that can be washed…
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But this isn’t quite it yet! :o) I was SO excited about this! I like small spaces…but I like space saving ideas! I just LOVED this feature on our bed!
You make your bed up…
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You then fold it in two…
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And then put your second quilt on top for looks (okay, so now you all know I sleep with two flannel quilts!)…and you now have a couch and a bunch more room for “during the day”!
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In fact, I am sitting on the couch version of it, while writing this up! :o) Then when it’s time to go to bed, you just move the stuff out of the way, open it up, if need be, shake it a little bit, put the second quilt on top of it, and it’s made and ready for use! Which is what I am about to do as it is now 9:30pm and I need to be up and at it by 3:45am tomorrow! So enough of a tutorial, my friends, and until next time…Lilah tov!

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