Friday, July 8, 2016

Gentle Domesticity BOM - block 7 pattern...

Thanks for your patience with this month's Gentle Domesticity block.
Over the last couple of weeks I've spent a lot of time resting and it's been a blessing in disguise because I've been given quiet time to reflect on life, the people I share it with, and a sense of growing contentment with my lot in life.

It's a not a perfect life.
There's loss and grief that never goes away, regular concerns about loved ones, preparing for the financial impact of aging in our changing economy, plus various and sundry 'other things' that could threaten to remove the shine off what would otherwise be called a wonderful life. 

Of course, that's if I let them, and to be honest sometimes it's all a bit much for me and I will  wallow in a pool of tears, or gather me, myself and I for a pity party - but only on rare occasions like an anniversary, or if I've been unwell and in pain for a long period.

Most of the time I count my blessings. Most of the time I cherish close to my heart the joys and gifts and delights the Lord has poured upon me and I praise Him. 
 It's during those moments, when I quiet my soul and drink deeply from the goodness of His grace, that a profound gratitude fills the empty and raw spaces inside. From this stream of gratitude a well of contentment spreads, promising to sustain me in the ebb and flow of a season yet to come.
I can say, I am blessed.
I can say, my heart abounds with gratitude.
I can say, I know contentment - contentment as a wife, as a woman, as a homemaker, as a mother, as a friend, as a daughter of the Most High.
 Often it's just making the choice to give thanks, deciding to be content with where we are today and with what we have, that brings nourishment to those dry parched areas inside our hearts, allowing us to burst forth with fresh growth and abundant life.

I want to be lush and life-giving, don't you? 
I don't want to be the shriveled pot plant out back that's neglected and parched of life giving water, and that what the Gentle Domesticity block this month signifies. The beauty we show when we soak in gratitude and bloom in contentment.

Block 7 is HERE waiting for you. 
May your heart fill with contentment and blessing as you stitch. 

Blocks 1-6 are also in the shop if you've missed any this year.



Ondrea said...

Still sending you, Blossom and the rest of your family healing angel hugs. Thankyou for the BOM but do try to keep resting as much as possible. You are in my thoughts.

Christine M said...

Thank you Jenny. Another lovely block. I hope you and Blossom are feeling better. Hugs, Christine xx

Guida said...

Thank you for this lovely pattern. Hope you feel better soon and quickly recover. Guida

margaret said...

so good to read you are feeling stronger a very moving post you have shared with us today, I so admire your strength in your faith

KimM said...

Beautiful block, Jenny. Sending best wishes for your recovery and to Blossom, as well.

Little Penpen said...

Another beautiful block... it's wonderful when we realize just how blessed we really are. So glad you feeling better!

Charito said...

Thank you Jenny. Its beautiful.
God Bless you so much. And remember his promises for your life. He loves you and he is your pastor. Salm 23.

Brenda said...

Good Morning Jenny! How delightful to see your post with your lovely embroidery shining! It is wonderful to know you are doing a bit better with this post and with your thoughtful words of love, lessons and hope. I continue to pray for you and your family for healing and strength! Have a fantastic creative day!

Debra said...

Thank you for the lovely block, and the very uplifting and thought-provoking post. I am grateful that you are recovering from your illness, and I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Jackie said...

You have such a wonderful way with words. Thank you for the beautiful block!

Winifred said...

Just catching up as I haven't been around for a while. So sorry to hear you & Blossom have been so poorly. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you both.
God Bless

Anonymous said...

Jenny, you will NEVER be a shriveled up plant! You are that green, growing, life-giving person. Thank you for this view of contentment. I love the block, and I love you.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Must agree with Susan, you could never be shriveled up!!! I love this post sweetheart and agree wholeheartedly. Contentment is a choice....and you've made it well. Love the block, sweetie. Hope you're feeling better every day!

Vicki said...

I've been thinking of you. I hope you are getting better. Vicki

EMRC said...

lindas suas mensagens em bordados, Jenny.

Tuppence said...

Jenny espero que te encuentres mejor y te vayas recuperando..
Muchisimas gracias por este nuevo bloque,,es precioso ¡¡
Un beso ..Nora