He Never Gives Up On Us

No matter how we feel, God continues to love us…and He never gives up on us.
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Even if you have temporarily given up on Him, He will not give up on those who are His.

If you are searching for someone to fill a void in your life, I know exactly Who you need.  Follow me here.  He will never give up on you!

Deuteronomy 31:5

I pray you feel God’s presence in your life today (and every day).  Let us bow low and worship Him on this spectacular Sunday.  Praise Him!

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As I read Psalms one morning last week, this passage stood out.  It brought my mind straight to Spectacular Sundays.

Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,

for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.

They exult in your righteousness. (Psalm 89:15-16)

That’s one of my goals for these weekly posts – to call everyone to worship.

Do you sing a doxology at the church you attend?

If your parents took you to church as a child, perhaps you have fond memories of a particular doxology.  I do.

Doxology – from Greek words doxa – “glory” and logia – “saying”.

Glory saying…

In other words, a doxology is an expression of praise to God, or a short hymn of praise sung during Christian worship.

Many of you know this doxology in the video below.  Click the brackets at the bottom right corner to expand to full screen – much better for viewing the beautiful pictures.

In the churches I attended while growing up, the four-line portion of this doxology was sung at the beginning of worship, so I think of it as a call to worship.  Isn’t it joyful?  Singing about God’s glory lifts our eyes to Him, taking our focus to Him…away from our problems of this life.

I get caught up in His Glory, and He takes me away…to His throne in my imagination.  Does that happen to you?

The psalm above says the call to worship is joyful, and we who hear it are happy.  We walk in His light, bask in His reputation, and delight in His righteousness.  I hope that is true for each of you today as you sing your Glory saying on this Spectacular Sunday!


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I don’t have a long post today – only a short one for any and all dad readers.  (Are there any of you besides HBD and HH?)

I hope you have a very Happy Father’s Day!

This short video reminds me of my dad, and HH with our children, as well. (I’m not paid by Dove to advertise their product for them.  This Dove commercial is from YouTube.)

Dads, please don’t ever forget that you are vital in the lives of your kids.

I hope this brings to mind fond memories of you and your dad through the years.  Yes, it is time we celebrate dads!

Here’s to two of my most favorite dads in the world.  I love you, and I celebrate you today.

Thanks, Dad!  Thanks, HH!  I thank the Lord for you both.

Also, happy Spectacular Sunday to everyone.  🙂

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Easy DIY Lace-Trimmed Napkins

Have you seen lace-trimmed napkins at stores like Pier One?  I’ve drooled over those beauties for a long time.  But, they are pricey!

I found a package of men’s handkerchiefs for $13 and some change at Wally World.  The quantity in the pack was 13 (although, I have no idea why they sell handkerchiefs in a baker’s dozen).

Hmm…hankies launder well and last a long time before wearing out.  They might make good napkins, if embellished in some way.

Easy DIY Lace-Trimmed Napkins

The white napkins are the ones I refer to in this post.

The hankies.

I love them paired with a print napkin or a solid napkin, either one.

The hankies have a nice, tiny turned edge.  To attach the loop trim I purchased at a local fabric shop, I turned down the end of the trim and began stitching at the hanky corner.

Beginning End of Handkerchief Trim

Notice, I attached the trim to the back side of the napkin’s turned edge – to make the back side prettier.

In my way of thinking, if you make the back side pretty, it won’t have an ugly side.

Trim Beginning in Napkin Corner

Set a wide zig-zag stitch on your machine for sewing over the trim base.  You want to avoid stitching directly into the trim.  (My needle did not like going into that stuff!)

Sewing Trim into Place

Begin and end the trim with a 1/4″ to 1/2″ fold-under and back-stitch a couple of times.  The process is very simple, and the napkins turn out neat.

Set of Six Lace-Edged Napkins

I don’t know what this loopy, dainty trim is called.  It sort of reminds me of tatting, so I decided to buy it.  I love tatting…

This type of trim was not my original plan (in my head, anyway), but I didn’t find a trim similar to the napkins I’ve seen for sale in stores.  This loop trim cost about a dollar a yard, so the total cost per napkin was around $2.  Definitely worth the effort!

With 13 hankies in the package, you can get two sets of six (with an extra for a whoops!).  I’ll be on the look-out for a completely different lace trim for the next set.

DIY Lace-Trimmed Napkins

Another note about the hankies.  I think it’s a good idea to use brand-new-out-of-the-package handkerchiefs rather than used ones.  😉

What about you?  Don’t you agree?  And, how do you feel about tatting?

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Get the Gold Nugget – Even if it Means Reading the Last Chapter First

Do you read books from front to back – the normal way?

I laugh at a friend who always, always, reads the last chapter first.  Always.

Can you imagine?  (It’s possible that you do that, too.)

I’ve actually never tried it – until recently.  Something was mentioned in the first few pages of Jack Hayford’s book, The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer, that made me do it.  I jumped to the last chapter and read the entire thing before beginning again at the…well, the beginning.

Intercessory Prayer

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I’m no longer laughing at my backwards-book-reading-friend, because I’m so glad I read the last chapter first!

Here’s why:

Those six pages had a secret nugget of gold in them.  The entire book has wonderful, meaningful, helpful nuggets, mind you.  This 13th-chapter-gold-nugget has forever changed the way I pray for my family.

Jack Hayford tells a story of how, when he was a young boy, his father and mother began praying for their family and naming their names specifically.  This following is a quote from the book.  I wanted you to see it word-for-word.

Lord, we ask that You would, by Your Spirit, move in Your grace upon everyone who bears the surname Hayford and everyone who bears the surname Farnsworth.  We ask that, by Your Spirit and for Your glory, You would move upon people who bear our family name.  Strengthen all who already know Your name, and draw those who do not know You to hear Your Word and receive Your Son.

This became part of their daily prayer for their family – the names of the maternal and paternal parents.  Hayford said it would take too long to explain the things that happened to their family over the next two and a half years after adding this prayer principle to their prayer life together.  He speaks of uncanny results that amazed them, divine intervention involving family members with their surname (some who they’d never met).

They experienced opportunities to share Christ with family members, but also discovered family members who’d received Christ since the time of beginning the added prayer.

God’s promises are ours to partner with through prayer.  Hayford shares two concluding statements (summary by me):

  1. God loves you and He loves your family.  (He created you and your family and wants His best for you all.)
  2. Everything of God’s promise is practical, including your role.  Jesus Christ as your Lord qualifies you (and He calls you) to take your position as a continual bearer of your family before God’s throne.

Doesn’t that give you chills?  Hayford’s final words challenge us to stand!  We should take our position and pray for the inheritance that God wills for our family!

I need not say more…except that I pray you have a spectacular Sunday.  Amen!

If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, read this.

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One Sham, Two Looks – a Tutorial

I shared the new master king shams with you last week.  Although I’ve already provided the tutorial for the Pillow Shams With a”No-Flop” Flange and the tutorial for How to Sew Mitered Corners, there are a few additional details I need to share about making these two-sided king shams.

One Sham - Two Looks

For the king size, cut the base of the front to the measurements of 19″ x 34″.  I cut the flange pieces at 5″ per full-width strip.  You can make your flanges to the size you like.  I wanted the flange of these king shams to be different from the standard shams I made with the 3″ flange.

To make a reverse side a little prettier, I prefer an off-set opening.  Lay your finished sham front over your reverse-side fabric and cut the full width to the height measurement of the sham.  Then, cut the width at about 18″ from the selvage for the sham opening.  Notice my cuts are at opposite ends of the fabric strips.  For a solid, this isn’t an issue.  For patterned fabrics, this matters.

Off-Set Sham Opening

You want the openings to the outsides, which means each sham has the opening at a different end.  (The large cut piece is 36″.  The smaller piece at 18″ is trimmed further later by another couple of inches.)

Toile King Sham

Finish the openings by sewing a double 1″ to 1-1/2″ hem along both opening edges of each sham.  Serge or zig-zag stitch around the remainder of the sham sides.

Lay the sham front on a flat surface face-up.  Lay your large back piece face-down over the sham front.

Sham Opening Hem Sewn

Place the smaller back section over the larger section, overlapping the opening edges by a couple of inches.


As mentioned earlier, I trimmed off another 2″ from the smaller section.  Your trimming measurement is different if you have a smaller flange.Sham Sections Pinned

Remember that your shams should have openings at opposite ends, so check the pattern directions and make sure you’ve placed your pieces correctly before stitching.

Pinning Opposite Sham

Follow the remaining directions from the Pillow Shams With a “No-Flop” Flange Tutorial, except for one slight difference.

Sew the flange portion on your finished sham in the ditch of the flange seam.  I love that term stitch in the ditch.  Ha!

Stitching in the Ditch

Here are the finished shams.

King Shams Complete

And, a final and closer view of the back opening with the ribbons sewn for holding it all together.

Sham Back Opening

I hope you can use these sham tutorials that I’ve shared.  I know the master bedroom has taken me forever to finish, but this is the last of the main projects.  (Although, there is one more tiny thing I’m pondering…maybe soon I’ll get around to that.)

I’m heading into the kitchen today – follow along by email so you won’t miss the recipes coming this week.  What are your plans?  Any sewing projects?