Saturday, May 21, 2016

Thank you...

I've been wanting to say that for a while now.
"thank you"

Thank you for the encouragement you offer when I share things from my life and heart on Sunday.
Thank you for being real in your comments and emails.
Thank you for being a family in Christ and praying for me and my loved ones.

In the world today there's increasingly more criticism, unkindness, jealousy and bullying - reactions we never saw in the life example of Jesus. He offered correction in kindness, and loved others with such so honesty and compassion that His own people jealously marked Him for assassination. He gave all He had, and He had it all.

Mostly I'm kind, but sometimes I'm not. 
Mostly I'm an encourager, but to my shame I've also allowed jealousy to rear it's head a few times.
Mostly I'm honest, but am still learning to let my 'yes be yes' and my 'no be no' without extra embellishment. (Matthew 5:37)
Mostly I'm generous, but there are days when I have to rely heavily on correction from the Holy Spirit because I'm trying to keep what I have.
Mostly I walk with Jesus, but at times I stray and He must come gather me in His arms and carry me back where He needs me to be.

Knowing this about myself and having shared some of my weaknesses in a few Sunday messages, it means the world to me that you continue to visit and continue to encourage me.

I know none of us are perfect and we won't be this side of heaven, but let's make a decision to encourage one another every day, remembering we'll each have our good days and our bad, our Jesus moments and our earthen vessel moments. 

The best remedy for criticism, unkindness, jealousy and bullying is encouragement, and that's what I appreciate about you. 

"thank you" so very much


  1. You are very special. Thank you!
    Carol O

  2. I always try to live by the 'do unto others' rule I learnt at Sunday School when I was very little. If every one treated everyone the way they would like to be treated how wonderful the world would be. Take care of yourself and your beautiful family and know you are often in my thoughts. Sending much love to a very special

  3. A big thank you to you, too, for all your lovely patterns and tutorials. I appreciate it very much.

  4. You are an inspiration, thank you for all you share with all of us.

  5. Hi Jenny
    An inspiring post that makes you think about ourselves and how we treat others and deal with day to day situations. Even for those that do not believe in God usually have a Higher Power that guides them through their dealings with life situations.

    It's always good to have a reminder to be the best we can be and treat everyone with patience, tolerance and charity. I'm trying hard to think of a time I have been jealous, but I do have my flaws!!

    Best to you and still praying for Blossom.
    xx, Carol

  6. This is why we have repentance, isn't it? And forgiveness as often as we keep struggling to change ourselves into eternal people. Your words of encouragement go out week after week. You're right none of us are perfect, but we keep on changing, a bit at a time, keeping the eternal perspective in mind. We are becoming people who can live with God, and I am grateful for your example. Enduring to the end of time, not giving up on ourselves or on who our Heavenly Father has designed us to be takes a lot of encouragement, and you are certainly providing that. Thanks for this good verse.

  7. You are human. I am human and struggle with the very same issues, constantly! Keep doing exactly what you are doing. You are beautiful inside and out. (((hugs))) to you!


  8. Good Morning Jenny! Your post today certainly touched my heart! I know that you help strengthen my walk with the Lord. Thank you! I hope that you have a fantastic creative day!

  9. Thank you for sharing Jenny! Yes, we are all human - that is why we need Jesus :)! He loves and understands. What a wonderful Savior we have!

  10. Beautiful post. Thank you for being so transparent.

  11. You are welcome. And thanks to you to for sharing yourself, your faith and trying to be the best you can be.

  12. I shout out a BIG 'THANK YOU', You are so close to my heart and so much of what you post hits home with me at the moment you post it, that I feel like you are posting what I am feeling or thinking.
    Even my baby is having a baby in August.
    The Lord is Gracious and Kind, full of Love and Compassion. You are a fine Daughter of the King , and you show us all, how to draw close to Him in all you do.
    Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say Rejoice! Phil.4:4
    Thank you for taking time to tell us your story. huggs

  13. Thank you Jenny for your thoughtfulness, your HUGE inspiration and the love you put into your designs. When stitching your designs the love continues right to the end when I can stand back, look at the finished product and smile. Your honest words are an encouragement to me and I can 'spot' a Jenny design from a thousand paces. Hugs, with gratitude.

  14. My words are of you Jenny Dear and to God and Angels for guiding us in this journey we live day to day. Blessings my friend...

  15. Thank you for the reminder! A minister I listen always says that we should ask " How can I be a blessing to someone today?" and yet somehow I always seem to forget that simple message.

  16. Amen and amen! Words so true, and they fit each and every one of us! Love your heart, Jenny, and your generosity to us in tutorials and free patterns.

  17. That's a great way of putting it - mostly. I love that the Holy Spirit is gentle in correction and not condemning. Have a great week you awesome lady! Prayers and hugs to Blossom.

  18. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. I think about that verse - and while it's meant to us, that we're not condemned, how often to we condemn others in our daily struggle against our flesh? We'll not be perfected this side of heaven, but encouragement is a gift, and we should give it every chance we get. Thank you darling Jenny-girl, you are an encourager, you have a marvelous gift for it, and you use it. I'm so very thankful for you.

  19. Dear Jenny: Thanks to you, you are an example to follow. God Bless you.

  20. I love reading your blog dear Jenny, you always encourage and inspire me with your words and your creativity. You are quite right in saying not one of us is perfect and when we accept all our flaws and quirks then we can truly be ourselves. Not perfect but forgiven and loved by our dear Lord Jesus! I'm on holiday in the USA at the moment but I make sure I find time to read your blog every few days xx

  21. You give so much through your designs and blog, it is a joy that you let us share in this. I just did a look at the designs in the June Stitchery Club,and they are so lovely. I'm looking forward to having the "Love the life you live" completed to put on my wall and see every day. It is the perfect reminder to appreciate each day and where we are right now. It is amazing how you keep coming up with all these ideas. You are a true artist! Diane from Minnesota, USA.

  22. Dearest Jenny,you have been a big part of my daily linving, for so many years, even though we live oceans apart, you in Australia, and me in South Africa, your sewing, your blog and all you do continues to be my inspiration and brings me peace, when I need it the most. I think you are amazing, and the fact you are now a granny and soon will have two tiny babies, is an awesome thought, they are so blessed to have a Gran like you.
    Hugzzz Jeni Flemmer.......I have 8 grandchildre, 4 boys and 4 girls, rangingin from 18 to 5.they have brought so much joy......

  23. We're only human and we slide backwards and sideways.
    It's how we clean up those slides that counts. Well at least I'd like to believe so.
    Not very poetic but hopefully you understand what I mean.


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