Be Still and Know

Not only are we quickly approaching the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the busiest times of the year. It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the holiday shopping and festivities that we forget to take time to breathe and savor the moments.

It’s times like these that I am reminded of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

We all need to take time to pause… especially me. I love a good, busy holiday season! lol! As you go through your normal day, take time to just listen. Tonight when you lay down, instead of going through your tasks for tomorrow or your laundry list of prayers, make time to lie in the silence and open your heart to God. Yes, there is a time to petition God for your prayers but sometimes we need to just listen. Let him fill you heart and mind with His thoughts, His comforts, and His love. Don’t lie there and re-live endlessly rewinds of the days’ events. Be still and let God reveal Himself.

Let God rejuvenate your soul. You will be a better friend, co-worker, wife, and/or mother.

We are stronger and more effective when we are quiet before the Lord.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

It’s Finally Football!! SEC Y’all!

I don’t know about you but there are few things better than a crisp Fall day and a college football game. Down here in Georgia, not much can compare to the SEC!

We wait patiently through Spring and Summer but when the weather starts to cool down, we get excited! My man treats opening day of SEC like it should be a national holiday. He’s been planning and preparing for months. There were a few times (during this crazy pandemic) when he wasn’t sure if college football was going to follow through with the commitment….but….it’s here!

I know some of you may not be football fans….and that’s ok. But for me, it’s more than just a game. It’s a time to bond with my man, to share in the things that he loves. It’s also a time to invite family and friends over, cook some food, and have a great time. We can get together and cheer on our team or engage in friendly rivalry. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to connect with the people we care about.

So…during this football season, take advantage and reach out to friends and family….have a family night….throw some food on the grill with friends…enjoy each other!

Oh yeah…..Go DAWGS!!

It’s Fall Y’all!

I love this time of the year!  The leaves are changing, the weather is changing and football is in the air!   Down here in Georgia, we love football!   Preferably the SEC!

I know things have been a little crazy and a lot different this year, but that’s all the more reason to do the things you love and make every moment a little extra special.

This time of year really inspires me to get crafting and sewing!  I have so many projects that I want to do! I don’t know about you but my list is long and is growing everyday. lol!

One of the things that I have already been working on are Fall mugs. These are simple mugs that anyone can put together.   They’re nothing fancy and very easy to make. All I did was pull out the ol’Cricut, cut out some decals and put them on a couple of mugs.  They turned out so cute!

If you would like to make some, but don’t have a cutting machine, send me a message and I’ll be glad to cut some out for you!

Check out the picture below.

Hop over to my “Vinyl Projects” link to see a few more ideas.

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Pray, Pray, and then Pray some more!

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

“Prayer should be as natural as breathing.”  – Lisa Bevere

How many times have you heard someone say (or said it yourself), “when all else fails….Pray!”   Prayer should always be what we do first in any circumstance.   Giving everything over to God should always be our first line of defense.  He stands waiting to hear from us.  Prayer and obedience are our most powerful tools in spiritual warfare!

Yes… He already knows the situation.

Yes… he already knows your pain. 

And Yes…He still wants to hear your precious voice reaching out to Him in total surrender.

Our heavenly Father knows the battles we face and he so lovingly supplies everything we need to stand strong and overcome.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Peace Does Not Equal Quiet

We’ve all heard it…we’ve all said it: I need some peace and quiet!

In the hustle and chaos of this world, we mistakenly think that to have peace means everything and everyone needs to be quiet. The kids need to be napping and not fussing, the TV is turned off, the husband needs to help with the chores, etc. This list goes on. Actually, peace has nothing to do with a quiet surrounding. It’s more about who we are on the inside and how we react.

Merriam-Webster.com defines Peace:

  1. Freedom from civil disturbance.
  2. A state of security
  3. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts

Look at #’s 2 and 3: Those can only come from inside ourselves. We must pull those from our inner strength….strength that can only come from one source.

Let’s look at peace in action.

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples are on a boat when a dangerous storm hits. The NIV Bible calls it a “squall.” The disciples are panicking and scared, convinced they are going to die.** Jesus is asleep! He was sleeping through the entire storm! They had to wake him in order for Jesus to calm the storm! So cool! Jesus is living proof that your circumstances do not have to be perfect to have peace.

(**Something to ponder: Why would the disciples think that God would go to all the trouble of sending his Son to this earth only to die on a boat? Those crazy disciples! )

I know you’re probably thinking, “Of course Jesus was asleep, He’s the Living God!” And that is so true. However, what we need to remember is that during Jesus’ walk on this earth… Yes, He was fully God… but He was also fully man. He took on every possible earthly situation that can come against us and shows us the way to stand strong.

So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and needing “peace and quiet.” Look to the true source of Peace. You’ll be surprised at how trivial your chaos becomes.

Stay Strong! Stay Sweet!

Seamingly Simple

Seamingly Simple!

My sewing machine = My happy place.

So many people think that sewing is only for those who have been blessed with an incredible talent.   NOT TRUE!

If you can sew a straight line, you can create anything!

When I realized that all I had to do was sew a simple seam or hem, the possibilities became endless on what I could create! Think about it…. place 2 pieces of fabric together and sew.  The only other special talent you need is to follow instructions on a pattern… and that’s only if you’re using a pattern!   I have made window curtains, shower curtains, placemats, napkins, quilts and tote bags… just to name a few things.

Hop over to my menu page “Sewing Projects” and check out some pictures of a few projects that require nothing more than for you to know how to sew a straight line!

A Simple Patch Quilt Started It All!

OK…so quilting my not sound like the most exciting past time. As a matter of fact, you’re probably thinking “quilting? Only grandmas do that!” Well…that’s only partly true. I quilt…and I’m a grandmother….hmmmm. Well….I haven’t always been interested in sewing, much less quilting. Actually, up until recently, my job and career have taken the front seat in my daily journey.

What changed? Everything! I became a Nana! So far I have one little grandson who has become the center of my world! He is the sweetest and funniest little guy. So how does this pertain to quilting? When my daughter and son-in-law announced that we were having a little boy, I began thinking about what I wanted to do for the little guy. What could I do for him that would be solely from his Nana. I sat up in bed one morning (literally) and said, “I’m making him a quilt!” Keep in mind that I have never made a quilt before…I could barely sew!

Do your Research!

I started researching quilting tutorials and researching patterns, the whole 9 yards. And then it dawned on me….I called my mother, a.k.a. The Quilt Whisperer! lol!

She gave me a piece of good advice. She told me to go with what I know. Keep it simple. So….the simple patch quilt was born. I didn’t do anything fancy. I talked to my daughter and she told me the color scheme for the nursery….I bought a quilt block ruler (6 1/2 inch), 5 different coordinating fabrics and got started.

Let’s get started!

If you’re a beginner, and have never sewn a quilt, I’ll give you the tips my mom gave me:

  • cut out your blocks….whatever size you decide on.
  • sew them together in whatever pattern you want.
  • Sew with a 1/4 inch seam…(the only hard core quilting rule)
  • Make it as big as you want. (my daughter measure the baby bed mattress)

**One important tip**

When picking out fabric, the smaller prints look great on smaller blocks. The larger the print…the larger your block should be.

That’s it! You have a quilt top! No stress! No anxiety! Just a pretty quilt!

Here are some pictures of one of my simple block quilts. Hope you enjoy!

The Georgia Pineapple

Hey There! Welcome to my blog!

I’m sure you’re probably wondering…”Georgia Pineapple?” What does Georgia and Pineapples have in common? Well, let me tell you…

You know the saying, “Be A Pineapple! Stand Tall! Be Sweet! Wear a Crown!

The pineapple is kind of my motto. I believe we should all stand tall – be proud of who we are. Each one of us is unique. We have our own stories, struggles, lessons learned, and also victories. Be proud of what you have survived. Be thankful for each and every day and each and every blessing.

Be sweet. I know, it’s not always the easiest thing to do but it’s worth it. Show kindness and grace – even when others don’t – even when they clearly don’t deserve it. oh yeah…and forgive others. None of us are perfect. There is only one who walked the earth in perfection….and we’re not him!

Wear a crown! Always remember who you belong to – whose daughter you are. I’m a daughter of the King! I don’t deserve a crown – but He thinks I do.

That’s the Pineapple part of the story.

Now for the Georgia part…I’m Georgia born and bred – just a southern girl through and through. Add it together and “The Georgia Pineapple.”

Having said all that, I guess you’re probably wondering what you’ll find on this blog….good question. The answer is, probably a little bit of everything.

I love to encourage people – so there will be a lot of inspiration, mainly spiritual.

I love to create – I love to sew. I’ll share my sewing projects along with patterns and instructions.

I’ll also share my craft ideas and instructions.

All will be free if possible.

I hope you have found my post worth your time. I’ll post more later. Hope to see you soon!

Thanks for stopping by!