Monday, March 24, 2008

All the Easter pictures are taken...

Well as you can see I did not accomplish my other dress :(...I was very upset..but alas I have a bunch of pictures I downloaded of a 1959 jacket and skirt...do you like? I made it from pattern #8939 Butterick circa, I would say 1957-59. I found it online as well as the material. I put a strip of ribbon on the bottom of the skirt and a butterfly broach on the jacket.

Like I said on my last posting I just couldn't finish the jacket so I found this laying around halfway done and figured I could make it work. I finished it Saturday night and put it on and found out I had to loose 5 lbs in 1 night. Well I didn't, but I sucked it in very well, and I am truly happy, My husband hates the picture of him but if I don't get one I never will. Give me feedback and let me know how you like exchanging ideas, hurts from one another, crafts and prayers. I think I am doing a pretty good job reaching all of you. Please continue to post!

One more thing. Dr. Stanley, at church on Sunday, said if we don't believe in the resurrection then we cannot believe in Him or His death. The disciples believed everything Jesus told them but when He died, He had to prove that He was alive. We need to go out to our neighbors and friends and tell them "Jesus is alive"! I believe I am here for this crazy little blog and reaching so many woman, just like Rachel is, all over the country, so we can get together, pray, for one another, and sharing the good news. I have one lady from South Africa, I am thrilled! I just want to leave with one prayer for all of us...Lord, Let us learn to depend on you and you alone for everything in our lives. Even when we feel that we are at the end, whether its because of divorce or other hardships..YOU are in control, YOU are soverign, WE are your Brides. Help us remember how the disciples believed yet when you rose they forgot everything you told them. Don't let us forget...ever. WE are children of the almighty, let us remember that Whatever is true, whatever is noble...let us dwell on these things only...Lets just come to "Daddy" and let Him take over!
Amen!
God Bless you all, see you later. Hope you like the pictures....:)

12 comments:

kim said...

YOU LOOK FABULOUS DONNA!!

Very classy--love the gloves too!
And....a very lovely family also!

It sounds like Dr. Stanley had a wonderful message on Sunday. Isn't Easter just the BEST!!??!!

I really like in your blog when you said "Let's just come to "Daddy" and let him take over." I often think of God in that way. Kind of wrapping his big loving arms around me and making it all better.

Have a great week!
In him,
Kim

fivedesigns said...

Kim
I have been a christian all my life and it wasn't until just last week when I realized that no matter what we go through, we go through it with the Father or try it on our own!

My Mom pointed it out to me that I have been feeling rejected by "man" and God has been in that area. It was all purely subconscious but I now realize that I can no longer blame the Lord for anything. He has never deserted me nor rejected me and I am totally in love with Him all over again. Praise God!

Also if it weren't for Rachel Olsen I would of never started this blog so I know the Lord's hand has been guiding me through every step.

God Bless Kim and please tell everyone to join so we can all talk about how good the Lord is!
Donna

JnL4God said...

Donna very creative I love it. I also love to so and do all kinds of crafts. (Gifts and talents from our Father)I am really enjoying Rachels study and meeting my new friends and sisters. Blog looks like it is off to a great start. I am just starting one too, if you want to check it out.
In His Love,
Lynn

JnL4God said...

What a typo I meant to say I love to "sew" should have read befor I entered.
Blessings
Lynn

SweatPea said...

Donna,
Nice dress. You are very talented.

Thank you so much for opening up your heart, life, encouragement, and prayers. I loved the prayer you shared. It is so true but I am struggling SO bad these days. This is the most terrible thought but every time I hear beautiful words about us leaning on God and realizing He is the only one we have and need, I think "yeah, but you (whomever it may be) has a husband to endure the trial with." May God forgive me for thinking that because I know not everyone has a husband and some do but not a good one to lean on. I mean, on Rachel's sight when people mention talking to their husbands about this study, or wanting to give more to their husband, or whatever the comment it is, I am filled with such envy.

So many times, I feel it is better to have not loved than to have loved and lost it in this way. I mean, had I not met Chris, I would just have the pain of wondering who that special one is and when God will provide. But now, I have felt that kind of love I always longed for and I know it's just across the river. I made this comment to a friend once about better to have not loved and she was offended and felt like I was saying God made a mistake with uniting us. I said no, He didn't make a mistake; it was the most wonderful and perfectly-matched union. But, if I knew it would turn this way, would I have chosen it?

I know I say all this with the presumption and idea that this pain will never end and that it won't end in the glorious reunion I so long for. I don't know. I pray that and I seek to have the faith that says yes, God will do this miraculous thing in His time. But I don't know that. I believe it and want it but what if. What if He doesn't, couldn't He had done it some other way. Couldn't He had drawn me close without breaking my spirit in the way area that is so sensitive and precious to me. I longed for six long years for my "prince in shining armor" for that one God wanted me to be with and He provided. Yes, I can see a purpose in this trial and this pain but if down the road my marriage isn't restored, I dont' know if I can. I mean I still will because I know it's drawn me so close to Jesus, but why, why can't He just do a tranformation in Chris like He has in me and just reunite us and bring Himself so much glory?

I just feel so alone. I feel like the husband/wife relationship is so precious and there is that comfort and level of unconditional love. I don't feel I have anyone to endure this trial with and therefore it makes is so hard and so lonely. I even feel like my friends are dropping off one by one for their own reasons. I don't feel safe in sharing my struggles with anyone. I guess I'm sharing them with the whole world right now but somehow that seems so much safer than sharing them close to home. It seems even in sharing my simplist of heart ache with my close friends, it turns into a time to 'lecture' or preach to me how I need to go and just need Jesus. I know that's true but maybe I'm looking for a solution for my pain, for some comfort for my pain, for some encouragement that someone says "yes, this is the prime plato for God to do a miraculous work and reunite you two."

Does any of this make sense?
Thanks again Donna for listening and caring with the love of Christ.
Paula

fivedesigns said...

Paula

I really hope you read all the comments made after what I wrote to you from other women. We are all praying for you, we care about you, we feel your pain, we've been there, the list goes on and on. I have even had woman send me e-mails about you. You are a blessed lady and the Lord loves you so much. He sees your tears and hears your cries. He wants you to hold on to Him, the Almighty. The one thing though that the Lord wants is complete trust and obedience. What is it that God wants from us? You, Paula, were planned for Gods pleasure. HE isn't talking about Chris, He's talking about YOU! The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness,smiling at your birth...Now what does that have to do with all that is happening to you..He demands full attention. When you are putting your entire being into something else then you are seeking something else. How can you worship and give your whole being to the Lord when every thought and comment is about Chris? I would say this even if you were thinking about something else, if that "thing" takes 100% space in your head, how can you trust the Lord? I know you know this and I know you've heard it. I just feel like the Lord cannot get by the attention you are giving something else at this moment in time. GOD WANTS PASSION AND COMMITMENT IN OUR TIME, OUR WORSHIP, EVERYTHING FOR HIM!!
"Go to the Lord for help; and worship Him continually" Psalm 105:4
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for MEN" Colossians 3:23
"Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering" Romans 12:1

In a nutshell, God is a jealous God and when we are so into our issues we cannot worship the way the Lord wants us to. I also just wanted to tell you that having a 2nd husband is not always wonderful. Yes, he took over where my ex left off but being married to a man with disability is a very trying experience. I am the one who has to work, I am the one who has to take care of everything. The one thing I ask that you start to do is just start worshiping the Father. When you pray you are praying that you will be reunited. What if that isn't His plan? Paula at this point you need to leave it in HIS hands. If the Lord wants to bring you together HE will, nothing you do or say will change that. Stop praying for him and start praying for you. You need wisdom and knowledge to get through your heartache. We all have our issues and right now it's not how are you going to get back together--your prayer needs to be "Father, what can I do to come back to you worshiping the way you want me to without all this baggage". You "daddy" is waiting for you to say "i get it, when I start believing you're in control, I will then see results"

Paula, Jesus loves you, give Him a chance to show you.
God Bless, I am always praying, but I am praying for you.
Donna
Donna

Dana said...

Hey Donna,
Your blog is doing so well! Your dress looks great and the gloves are DELIGHTFUL. Don't dispair, you can finish the other dress and wear it Mother's Day maybe with a hat. Did you read the my post on Rachel's blog about my son? God is blessing us so much through the Bible study!! It feels so good to open up to others with my concerns. I've always went straight to God with my concerns. I live in such a small community that loves to gossip and judge. Even at my church. Don't get me wrong, I love everyone at my church but I must confess I have missed alot because since my Grandson has been living with us things have been different. I feel like I don't fit in anymore. I have been trying to think of ways to have real christian friends and totally gave up when out of the blue I stumbled on to Rachel's Bible study and now I feel like I'm free to be me. Your advice to sweatpea is right on the mark. Bless her heart. I'm praying for her. I'm really worried about her. Donna, it sounds like you have your plate full too. You have a lovely family but we have to face it honey, we're not getting any younger and its hard to keep up sometimes. This is just a season. Let's just do as the song says "Worship while we wait." Well, it's late and I've got to get up early so goodbye for now. Have a wonderful day tommorrow.

Dana

P.S. I'm still having trouble with my blog. I don't know how to make my name show up so others can click on it and go to my page. Any ideas?

fivedesigns said...

Dana

God is so good is right!! I have been praying for you and your son. I didn't know whether to write it here or on Rachel's posting. As you probably know I went through a lot when my ex was around, he was an alcoholic as well as an abuser. Each day he didn't come home it was always a reason why. I praise God that in your situation, in the small of his heart, he can hear God. I truly believe that a Mother's prayers as well as others are reaching the Lords right now. How many Mom's and Grandmothers prayed each night that their loved one would know the Lord..how many testimonies have been given, saying, "If my mom didn't pray each night...Listen Dana, none of your prayers are in vain. He hears every one of them. Just as He hears the prayers of Paula too. I always tell everyone that God answers prayers in 4 ways, sometimes immediate, delayed, no, and then sometimes different from what you expect. I say that to you and Paula. If the Lord brings your son completely around and doesn't bring Paula's husband home it doesn't mean He doesn't love her any different. I praise Him for your answered prayer and I praise Him for bringing Paula to this post as well as Rachel's.

Talk to me again Dana and we will go over your post again.
Love Donna

Plant Lady said...
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Plant Lady said...

Donna,

The dress is gorgeous! You did a fantastic job on it. I am envious of your sewing ability. I should practice more, I guess.

But unfortunately, I can still hear the voice of my Home Ec. teacher saying, "Rip it out!"(the seams) Ha! Ha!

Plant Lady

Susan said...

All I can say is WoW! (I'm here following a link from Rachel's Women of the Bible study.)

I was just going to look at your Easter outfit pics, which are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the 50's style dresses and suits. They remind me of my mother, I think. But those times were so simple compared to today. I think I was born way after my time!

But your thoughts are going to keep me coming back. I need encouragement--and in my small town, there aren't many women that I've found that are seeking God. But I've found some on the internet! I can't wait to go back and read some of your other posts.

In His Love,
Susan

fivedesigns said...

Susan
I just read your post and I am too so happy you posted!

It's make me humbled and blessed that you are coming back to read because I believe I was put here to place a word for someone and only thru the Lord. Pray for me daily because with your prayers I can encourage only with the Lord.
God Bless you Susan
Donna