Psalm 116

Published Sun, Feb 5 2012 7:05 AM

Good morning, Heavenly Father! Actually I've been up all night again coughing and here it is 5:00 am, no sleep for a second night, and I'm saying "good morning". Well, at least it's positive. God, I haven't been too positive for many months now. I'm overwhelmed with health issues again and it's been so long since I've had a "good" day. The Bible says "ask and ye shall receive". God I'm asking for good days so I can have a positive outlook again. I need that positive outlook. I need to have my strong faith again....I don't know where it went. Help me, Lord Jesus. I'm out in left field somewhere. Where am I?? What happened? Why am I always turning left instead of right?

Psalm 116

 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
   he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
   I will call on him as long as I live. 

  "I love you Lord. And I lift my voice to worship you O my soul Rejoice....."     Amen.

I feel I must apologize to everyone because I've have had a very negative outlook in recent months about my health. Sometimes I become overwhelmed and I can't deal with the pain any more. What I need to do is turn to my God and my faith in my God and try to remain positive. Afterall, I'm still on this side of the grass, aren't I? I have survived 4 years.  So why give up now? We Kollers are fighters and survivors. As Grandma Koller used to say "Linda, you are bullheaded!" Ok, so why be different now? I'm not after people's pity, prayers yes. So.....Onward Christian soldier!

Nothing and I do mean nothing has kept me from the sewing machine! I've made 2 pillowcases and 2 placemats for my little Indy. I'm looking forward to getting home. Indy will come home on March 3. I'll have a week to get everything ready for him.  I just picked up some more fabric so I can make him a traveling mat to lay on. He will be a spoiled service dog. I also have fabric to make a quilt for the living room sofa for him to lay on.

I just finished another block that our alzheimer's qulter had started. I made it into a pillow that will go to her daugher who is in 4th stage breast cancer. Please keep the daughter in your prayers as she is not doing well I'm told. Our alzheimer's quilter was in church last Sunday and had a beautiful smile on her face. She was so precious.  I'm taking the 2 quilt tops home to quilt. The only project left is the wall hanging. I hope to finish before I leave, but I have a pretty full schedule these last 3 weeks.

The Renaissance Festival is rapidly approaching. Jim has started working on a new reversible coat. Not as flashy as last year's coat, but classier. This week I made the pants...just have to make buttonholes yet. Today we are having some friends over for a sew-in...probably more visiting than sewing. I believe we are suppose to start on Sheila's costume. Actually we are just embellishing last year's costume.  But what an embellishment!! A corset and overskirt in one. Oooolala!  My costume gets no changes. I'm the fair maiden who has been captured by pirates. In a half hearted soft voice says "Help, help! I've been captured by pirates!" We have a lot of fun for the day. Wish I could find the photo of the gang to post. We're quite a motley looking group.

Several women at church have given me fabrics and asked me to please make quilts to be auctioned. The proceeds to be used to purchase items needed for the church. One lady gave me some red, white, blue fabrics and I told her they would make a nice valor quilt. She mentioned that she had a grandson in Afghanistan. So I'm now making a quilt for his family.  I'm so priviledged that these women trust me to take on these tasks. I truly have my work cut out for me this year. Not to mention a few of my own quilts to finish up and my UFO pile.

Many thank yous for the birthday wishes yesterday. I belong to 2 birthday clubs and I  am going home with a handsome stash of 30/40's, blues, greens, and purple fabrics. I believe I now have enough 30/40's with what I've managed to collect to make the Eleanor Burns sampler quilt from the "Egg Money" book. With the greens and purples I can now make both the pansy table topper and table runner for my bedroom. 

I have enough to keep me busy. Plus, I'll be busy training Indy. I hope to meet some of you quilty friends in Ohio this year. Happy quilting!

PS. Don't forget the QCA/RWYS Luncheon on Feb. 17! Bring Show n Tell.


# Nana said on Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:00 AM

Linda I understand how health issues can become so overwhelming.  Just keep you faith and continue to chat with us on general forums.  We are always good for a laugh or two.  And I have definitely found that laughter really is the best medicine.   Hugs lady.

# mars92 said on Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:09 AM


I am so very sorry you aren't sleeping. You are in my prayers and always in my thoughts. You have been dealing with so much and you have managed to stay as positive as you possibly can.  I don't think you give yourself enough credit, truly I don't.

So I will look forward to seeing you on the 17th. And my friend, feel better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Many hugs,


# Spudgrandma said on Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:13 PM

Linda, I totally understand your feeling down. I have those days often but then I remember who is in charge and He knows the beginning from the end. I pray Lord that Linda will have a good nights rest and feel better physically and emotionally. Amen!

# safrmaz said on Sunday, February 5, 2012 6:01 PM

You are in my prayers, Linda.  Feel better and I'm looking forward to seeing you next week.



# Linda said on Sunday, February 5, 2012 8:57 PM

Thank you everyone for your encouragement! What would I do without my quilty friends! I love you guys.  Hugs, Linda

# bonnie rae said on Monday, February 6, 2012 12:57 PM

I feel for you. I discovered an awesome remedy for coughs. It's a capsule of fenugreek, which used to be combined with comfrey (don't know if you can find any but it works without it); an ounce or two of Aloe Vera juice,(I use Forever Living juice), vitamin C all in orange juice. I gave it to my children every time they had a cough and it works within the first day. I cried when I read your blog. I've been having a difficult winter but I really appreciated the scripture you shared. Thank you for seeing the Light.

# sulrossgrad said on Monday, February 6, 2012 11:23 PM

My prayer for you is that the Jesus Christ will fill you with peace and joy that surpassess all understanding. Our God has no limits. Joy is priceless and seems to pad the bumps in our paths.

by Sulrossgrad

# Hand Quiltin Grammy said on Thursday, February 9, 2012 6:43 PM

I have a hard time reading your blog but I know how you feel.  I am often in pain and have prayed for healing but for what ever reason God has chosen to say no but yet I will still praise Him.  God be with you.  

The Hand Quiltin Grammy

P.S.  I'm new and I don't have a blog here yet but I do have a blog on a different place it is