Prayer & Praise Monday – October 21, 2013

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Good Monday Morning Friends!

We are sailing through the month of October, already! Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation month? Well it is! So let’s begin with a prayer for our pastors:

Dear Jesus, Thank you for not leaving us alone! You are so good to have given us Your Holy Spirit to teach us, convict us, and remind us of all of Your words. And if that weren’t enough, you have also given us wonderful shepherds – our pastors – to give us greater insight into Scripture and to lead us as we seek to become more like You! Today we ask for a special blessing over our pastors. We pray that you will keep them close to You, protect them from temptation, and use them mightily for Your Kingdom. Help them to rely on Your strength, and not their own, to remain faithful to the calling You have given them. Give them rest, refreshment, and encouragement for their souls to press on when faced with challenges. Show us, Lord, how we may bring special blessings to our pastors and their families this month! Amen.

One of the BEST ways you can encourage your pastor is through your faithful prayers. Of course, Throne of Grace has the perfect tool to help with that!

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Here are a few other ideas of ways to give your pastor a little extra special appreciation this month (or anytime!):

* Give your pastor and his wife a gift card to a local restaurant for a night out (offer to provide babysitting, if necessary!)

* Send him a card of thanks in the mail. If you have children, have them include pictures or artwork!

* Invite your pastor and his family over for dinner.

* Give your pastor a gift certificate to a local Christian Book Store or online Christian book distributor.

* Use whatever gifts God has given you to serve your pastor or his family – bake goodies, clean their house, offer to do yard work, wash a car, do home maintenance, etc.

Here are a few new prayer requests and praises this week:

• Meredith has asked us to pray specifically for her senior pastor. Please pray for protection for his 5 young kids and beautiful wife and direction for Meredith’s church.

• Throne of Grace’s own Deb and her family are praising God that they have received a referral for an infant boy in China.  Hallelujah! They have been waiting for many, many months to move forward with their adoption! Please pray for them as they wait to travel and as they prepare to welcome a precious little one into their home!

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• And last, but not least, please join me in praying for one more adopting family that was just matched with a baby:

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My sister, Emmy, and brother-in-law, Nathan, have just today received the wonderful news that a birthmother has chosen their family! Praise God! My new niece or nephew will be born sometime in the next few weeks! Please pray for the health of both mom and baby and pray for a safe delivery. Emmy would also love prayers for wisdom in the decisions that need to be made in the next few weeks and for God’s peace as they trust Him to orchestrate all the details of traveling for the baby’s birth and preparing for the baby’s arrival home. Let’s also pray for a smooth adjustment for the whole family (especially for 2 1/2 year old Penelope!)

We’d love to know you are praying with us this week! Leave us a comment below…and be sure to let us know if there is a way we can be praying for YOU! 🙂

Blessings,molly

Winner! Winner!

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Happy Friday Throne of Grace Friends!

Whew! We had a marvelous response to our Fall Giveaway! Thank you to each and every one of you who entered, commented, joined our blog subscription, liked us on Facebook…and told your friends! It was such a blessing to read all the creative ways you had thought of using a $100 gift certificate to the Throne of Grace Shop!

We truly wish we could bless you all with the gift certificate, but we had to pick just one winner. Our friends at Rafflecopter.com have an announcement to make. Drum roll, please!

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And the winner is…ILKA J. !!

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Ilka, will be contacting you shortly with directions for claiming your prize! We are praying already that the Lord will multiply the blessings out and allow you to bless many with your prayers as we get to bless you with some FREE Throne of Grace products!

And for the rest of our lovely entrants…

Stay tuned for more opportunities to win in the future! In the meantime, we do hope you will remember Throne of Grace as you plan your holiday shopping. Wouldn’t you like to give gifts this year with eternal significance? We’ve got something special for just about everyone on your list!

One last thing…just a reminder that our first boutique of the Christmas season is TOMORROW, from noon to 4 pm at the Ladera Ranch Fall Festival. If you are local to the area, we’d love to see you there! Pumpkin patch, yummy food vendors, inflatable rides, and, of course, a handmade market! Guaranteed Fall Fun!

Blessings,

The Throne of Grace Team

Apron Tutorial – Part 2

Welcome back!  If you missed the first part of the tutorial, which shows how to make the apron itself, check it out HERE!  (It also includes the info on what size pieces to cut from your fabric for the pocket.)

Now, here’s how to add a large, cuffed pocket to your apron!

First, place the two main pocket pieces right sides together, and then place the two pocket cuff pieces right sides together:

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Next, sew around 3 sides of the main pocket pieces together (i.e. the two short edges and one of the long edges) using a 1/4” seam (leaving the top edge open):

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Then, clip the 2 sewn corners of the bottom of the pocket to make them easer to turn right side out.  Be sure not to cut over the seam, but just cut pretty close to it:

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Next, sew the two short edges of the pocket cuff pieces together (leaving the top and bottom edges open) using a 1/4” seam:

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Then, turn the main pocket piece and the pocket cuff piece right side out and iron them flat. Make sure the corners of the main piece are pushed out so that they’re as close to fully turned right side out as possible:

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Next, place the cuff piece over the main piece (i.e. the main piece is inside the cuff piece) so that their top edges line up:

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Make sure that the seams on either side line up with each other, and then pin the main piece and cuff together to secure them:

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Sew them together with a 1/4” seam:

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Next, flip the cuff piece up so that you turn it inside out and flatten it out.  Then, iron it flat:

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Fold the top of the cuff down 1 1/4”, and iron it flat:

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Then, fold the top of the cuff down again another 1 3/4”, and iron it flat:

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Now, your pocket is finished and it’s time to add it to the apron!

Start by finding the center of the pocket and the center of the apron.  Place the pocket on the apron so that the centers of each are lined up.

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I placed the pocket 1 1/2” from the top of the ruffle, but you can place it wherever you like!

Once you’re happy with the placement of the pocket, pin it to the main apron piece around the edges and the bottom to secure it.

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Then, topstitch the pocket down around the 2 short edges and the bottom with a 3/8” hem:

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If you want one large pocket, you can be finished at this point.  However, if you’d like to separate it into sections, do the following:

First, decide how big you’d like each section.  I decided to make one section about 7” wide and the other about 4” wide.

To do that, I placed my sewing tape measure across the pocket and placed a pin at 7” from the left side:51_Pocket_Find7InchMark

Place a few more pins in line with the first:

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Topstitch down the line you made with the pins to sew the sections.

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And now, you’re finally done!!

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I think the aprons came out super cute, and we’re so excited to use them for the first time!

If you’d like to come see us (and our aprons!) this fall, come check us out at the following boutiques!

 

Ladera Ranch Fall Fun FestSaturday, October 19th, 12 pm to 4 pm

Founder’s Park

28275 Avendale Boulevard

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

 

Believe BoutiqueFriday, November 8th, 4 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, November 9th, 10 am to 3 pm

Cornerstone Christian Church

1595 S. Alma School Road

Chandler, AZ  85286

 

Crossline Holiday Boutique
, Monday, November 18th, 5 pm to 8 pm and Tuesday, November 19th, 9 am to 12 pm

Crossline Community Church

23331 Moulton Parkway

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

We hope to see you there!

Love,tami