Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spiritual Sunday

Some bloggers have a "Spiritual Sunday" link-up. This is my own contribution. The song may not catch your attention right away but keep listening. The lyrics and the tune are really nice.

If you want to hear more of this group's songs, you can go here

I also enjoy an ancient form of singing called sacred harp  :

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Everything Beautiful

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 

 Ecclesiates 3:11

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Reassurring Song

I have posted this before, I know, but it sounds so good, it is worth repeating!

For another great song you'll find yourself singing over and over, go here and scroll down to the video I posted. The words are beneath the video. I was not able to find the acapella  version, but the singers in this one are so good they drown out the instrument .

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Blessings of Good Citizenship

A Regatta in Geneva
by Frederick Dufaux

Americans have a blessed opportunity to be good citizens because their country was founded upon spiritual principles. God is our judge, our lawgiver, and our king. (Isaiah 33:22)

For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Those who follow the Bible, whether here or on foreign soil, make the best citizens for any country when they live out the beliefs of being loyal to God's word, loving neighbor, and being good stewards of their property.

 Anyone who fears the Lord will be a better citizen because his first loyalty will be to obey the commandments of God contained in the Bible.  Men and women who become husbands and wives and train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, will add to the security and peace of their country. They will bring up future citizens which will be a blessing to the country.

 When people are good caretakers of their land and their money, and live good clean lives, they will contribute to the good name of their country. When they work honestly and work hard, they contribute to their country's prosperity. Loving their neighbor means that they will be guarding the safety of their own families and their friends.

When people trust in God for their provision and their protection, the country is blessed.

Father's Return Home
by Frederick Morgan

When men obey the scriptures to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it creates good citizens for the future. When women guide the home and teach other women to love their husbands and train their children to obey and to know God, the whole country has better citizens.

A Father Reads the Bible to His Family, Including the Hired Help

One reason that Christians can be good citizens is because of the Bible's teachings that they are actually citizens of a better country, (heaven) that God is their King, and their passports are their conversions.  Our citizenship is in Heaven, Philippians 3:20.  There are many other scriptures which teach that a Christian's first loyalty is to the King whose law is the Word of God. When a person obeys that first, they automatically become good citizens in whatever earthly country they live. 

Young Couple Reading the Bible

Taking care of your own property and being a good homemaker makes you a better citizen. A country is surprisingly known by the cleanliness and orderliness and hospitality of its homes.  Christians are commanded to be hospitable and to be orderly and it is a blessing to any country to have followers of God as its citizens.

If you want to be really patriotic, then be a good citizen by being responsible for your own house and family. It makes home living more comfortable and adds to the beauty of your country.If you are concerned about your country, start with your own house and do what you can do within your own ability. Be a homemaker, homeschool your children, worship on the Lord's Day, obey the Gospel, pray often.  This is the most patriotic thing you can do.

This is a favorite homeland song of many Americans, largely due to the noble words of selfless living and the invitation to God for His blessings. To those in the U.K., it is sung to the same tune as your "God Save the Queen."  Verses have been changed, added or subtracted over the years, but here are some of the original stanzas:

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesty, above the fruited plain!
America, America, God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat ,Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale Of liberating strife
When once and twice, for man's avail
Men lavished precious life! America! America! God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again Thy whiter jubilee!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Painting Inspired Sewing

Mother and Son
by Fritz Zuber-Buhler
Switzerland, 1822-1896

Tickling the Baby
by Franz Zuber-Buhler

by Frans Zuber-Buhler

For painting-inspired sewing, I've chosen the country styles of the Swiss painter, Frans Zuber-Buhler. In the previous post there are many paintings by Daniel Ridgeway Knight which have a similar style of country clothing. 

 To sew something similar in a modern dress, skirt, blouse or vest, I would suggest you look in the  costume section of a pattern pattern book and  adapt a pattern  to every-day wear by altering the length or the sleeves to modernize it. 

 Or, sew one of these Neue Mode patterns, which can be worn as casual clothing. These are not costumes, but this pattern company does have a costume section. This selection has the look of the 19th century country clothing, with the wearableness of current day needs.

This Neue Mode pattern is available in the U.S and Europe and looks similar to the country  clothing worn in the paintings. To make it look like a skirt and vest, just sew a different color skirt onto the bodice piece. Similar boots can be bought at discount stores everywhere.

Every year, pattern companies and department stores  have a version of the all-time classic peasant blouse and skirt. This Neue Mode pattern combines the two into a dress.

Most patterns need adjusting at the shoulder and neckline. You can see instructions here on a previous post.

Another interesting Neue Mode pattern.

These patterns have no seam allowance added on the pattern, so if you are used to sewing patterns which include seam allowance, you'll have to remember to cut a seam allowance one-half inch to five-eighths inch around the paper pattern.

This might be of interest to several ladies who asked about sewing similar clothes to the country fashions shown in paintings on this blog.

You might also look for "Lanz" designs and patterns, a Swiss based company.


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