Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Resurrected My mother could take a sickly plant and nurse it back to health. My granddaughter can take a blank piece of paper and paint inspiring scripture art on it. My friend can take a grief-stricken person and bring life-changing comfort. When our God took His broken Son

Heart Breaking

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Heart Breaking   The news wasn’t good. Reports brought serious concerns, coming from two locations on nearly opposite sides of the world. Friends and family far and wide read daily accounts with mounting apprehension. Immediate prayer provided the best way to deal with the progressively alarming physical symptoms

Magnificent Animals

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Magnificent Animals We could hardly believe the little tigers born in our zoo only thirteen months ago could be so enormous. These playful youngsters delighted their audience gathered behind the thick glass that separated the tiger’s lovely area, complete with a pond, from zoo goers. They ran into the

Cold Bus, Warm Arms

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Cold Bus, Warm Arms When the bus pulled up we hurried on—glad to get out of the piercing wind. The bus made the short trip to the gymnasium where the college graduation would be held, but its heating system didn’t have time to warm the cold air that gushed

Winter Colds

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement. Winter Colds The Church service was punctuated with coughs, echoing from one side of the sanctuary to the other. Coughs were as noticeable whenever  we stood in lines at the grocery cash registers. We were thankful for the thoughtful grocery stores that put medicated wipes out to run

Love Looks Good

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Love Looks Good We recently experienced the pleasure of traveling to attend the bridal shower for a beloved niece. Joyfulness permeates bridal showers. Friends and family gathering together to   rejoice with a person who is anticipating marriage is such fun. Showering the bride with useful items for her


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Ritzy The hotel was amazing. With its size, extravagant lobbies, chandeliers, and shiny stair rails, the establishment reeked money. One can only imagine what a night there would cost. But the staff was lovely, not an ounce of exclusiveness in evidence. A night’s lodging or a dinner in one


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Puzzles The puzzle was large, challenging, and interesting because of the variety of animals and people depicted on it. Putting it together was the perfect activity for a snow storm that closed us in our house for days. Exalted exclamations rang out when a piece fit and groans when

God’s Annonymous Army

Monday’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement God’s Anonymous Army The scene brought a smile to all who had the privilege to see it. Big sister pushed a covered stroller carrying a tiny baby. Big brother carried a younger sister, toddler size but a challenge to his young arms.  All happily followed Granddaddy, who carried their

A Lump in the Throat

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Lump in the Throat The atmosphere was electric with pleased anticipation as we waited for the graduation procession to begin. We eagerly scanned the line for our granddaughter as the graduates marched in. Graduations bring happy emotions—pride, hope for the future, gratitude for the milestone attained. Brief explosions of