~These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. (John 15:11)~

Monday, April 26, 2010

Instruction sheet

Instruction Sheet for Pattern for Living

When using a pattern one generally goes by an instruction sheet.  God's Word definitely gives us good instructions while following the pattern for our lives.

Proverbs 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Study First
2 Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Planning and Layout:

1 Corinthians 14:40  Let all things be done decently and in order.

Seam Allowance

Give others the benefit of the doubt.  I Samuel 16:7...for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Instructions for Cutting:

Cut out all unkind criticism, gossip, fault finding.  Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.


Don't get ruffled!  Not called for in this pattern!
James 1:4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Lip Zipper

Lord fill my mouth with proper stuff,
and nudge me when I've said enough.
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

Facing The Task:
Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:...

Proverbs 6:20-21  My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck.


Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Finishing Detail:

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:

The Weaver

The Weaver

Here is an excellent poem. May we but realize that we are in the weaver's hands and He knows the outcome.

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily

Ofttimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And Explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

-Grant Colfax Tuller

The above was used in our Pattern for Living theme

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Simple Yet Necessary Pattern for Living

  1. Select Pattern:  The Bible is our pattern
  2. Cut out Pattern:  Remove Sin from your life.
  3. Sew Pattern:  Add Godly characteristics
  4. Wear Outfit:  Be a witness with your life.

The above was used in the Pattern for Living Theme.

Fashions A La'Frivolous

Here is a humorous fashion show to use in one of your ladies meetings.  It is just a fun and enjoyable skit.   It was used in our theme Pattern for Living, but could be adapted to your own theme.  Have fun with it, add to it or change it to suit your needs.

Fashions A La'Frivolous

Good morning, ladies!  This morning, knowing that we all need to refresh our personal wardrobe from time to time, we have prepared a special collection of fine originals for your viewing and consideration.  Upon the conclusion of our fashion show, if you wish to obtain one of these originals for your wardrobe, you need only to let us know!  Before we begin, I'd like to remind you of a verse of Scripture found in Proverbs 17:22--"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine".  We are trusting that our style show will not only give you some good ideas, but will provide some merriment for your hearts!  Our collection will feature favorites for travel, sportswear, office wear, that after-five look and even some sleepwear.  If our music director is ready with her accompaniment, let us begin.  (Music director plays as each model is introduced)


1. Box Suit 6. Print Dress
2. Sack Dress 7. Panel Skir
3.  Slip Over Sweate 8. Dinner Dress
4. Car Coat 9. Evening Ensemble
5. Spring Coat

Box Suit

Large Box (to cover body area)

Rope choker

Cocoa box (with handle added)

Pill box hat (made from pill boxes)

Boxing gloves

Shoe boxes (for shoes)  

The first fashion on our program is the standard favorite, the BOX SUIT from the House of Cartons Unlimited.  There's nothing baggy about thisi outfit which is ideal for box socials or a classy,out-on-the town, Jacqueline Kennedy look.  To go along with the box theme is an adorable pillbox hat created by Advil and Aleve.  For jewelry, our model, has chosen the choker necklace, and she is carrying a cocoa-colored bag, which is in such good taste.  to compliment her outfit, she wears that latest punch in kid gloves.  don't fail to notice her newest style, squared-toed shoes..."wearing boxes without tops, sandals were for Clementine".

Sack Dress

Large Plastic Sack (to cover body)

Paperclip Necklace and Earrings

Marshmallow Purse

Caps (on each shoulder

Rubber band bracelet

Sting of Lifesavers (on shoes)

Two pieces of garden hose (tied to lower leg)

Next is the SACK DRESS from the House of Jacque Pen-nay, worn by our model.  Notice the accentuated straight lines of this dress with the attractive cap sleeves.  She is carrying the novel marshmallow colored purse.  Besides being fashionable, think what a hit you could be at barbeques and weiner roasts.  Melissa's paperclip necklace and matching earrings, along with the rubber band bracelets will prove to be very handy in any office or school setting.  Her shoes will be real lifesavers for those long work hours and are niceley set off by the coordinating green hose.


Slip worn over a sweater

Butter knives hung by string (over skirt)

Tong shoes

Alligator Purse

Toy Turtles (for neck)


Our model is wearing a fashionable SLIP OVER SWEATER, a strictly from nowhere creation, especially good for those hurry up and dress occasions.  The Coordinating turtle neck is very becoming and too hard-shelled to miss.  The sleeves feature the exquisite balloon style.  The fashionable skirt with knife pleats does well in cutting corners in your budget.  She wears tong shoes, a favorite summer style and perfect for picking up those tired feet.  The alligator purse gives snap to her ensemble.  Don't you agree that this is a sharp outfit? 


Cars pinned on coat

Convertible car on collar

Seat Belts

Clutch Purse (Clutch from car)

Hub Cap Hat

Old Car or Trike Horn

Spark Plugs (worn as pin)

This model has turned to the sports line as she models her CAR COAT, a Fasten-Your-Seat-Belts Creation.  She proudly points out the features of this coat and plugs the product.  Notice the clever convertible collar which can be worn with the top either up or down. Our model  is wearing a fashionable hub cap, good for those tiring days, and carries a clutch bag, geared to any woman's taste.  The horn delightfully calls attention to this trend-setting, useful coat which can be purchased at your local car dealership here in your own area.


Springs (Attached to collar and hem of coat)

Floral Hat

Bones (attached to a purse)

Duck Bills on Shoes (made from cloth)

Next we have our model bouncing in with the very latest in SPRING COATS designed by Spring Mattress Company.  The elegance of this outfit practically defies description.  The gentle collar matches the hem of the coat.  Springs are busting out all over!  The coat is extremely light, weighing less than 25 pounds.  Her lovely floral hat with spring colors,makes i an all season outfit, perfect for those rainy, but warm Carolina mornings.  Notice her lovely bone purse -- a ready treat for any dog along her way.  The duck bill shoes will do swimmingly well in all the puddles.


Newspaper Skirt Wrap-Around

Comic Paper Top

Drinking Straws (glued to paper bag purse)

Straw Hat with pictures mounted

Now we see our model always first in fashion,modeling the latest in PRINT.  Prints are having one of their biggest fashion seasons in years, and this is one of the most unique designs.  This adorable number, created by The Charlotte Observer, has a comical blouse and pleated news-worthy skirt, which after wearing, can be used for wrapping anything, and especially garbage, if no sacks are available,  If you have a special picture around that you want to show off, you could do it as our model has for her accompanying picture hat.  Her otufit is further enhanced with the ever popular straw purse.  Think of how convenient this purse will be when your next fast food stop forgets the straws for your drinks!


Wood Panels

Blue Prints (to cover blouse area)

File Purse

Copper Pipe Pieces


This model wears the youthful PANEL SKIRT styled by the U.S. Plywood Company, which is built for comfort.  It reminds us of the budding trees of springtime.  The blue print over-blouse has attractive lines and is ideal for house hunting or consulting with your local home contractor.  The copper piping is the perfect, old-fashioned accent and is preferable to the newer and cheaper versions of piping.  The wrench necklace will keep youfrom getting stuck to the house every day.  And, of course,the fild purse give this otufit a fine finishing touch.



Tea Bag Earrings

Garden Vegetable Corsage

Shell Purse (egg shells glued to bag)

Ice Cream Scoop and Rolling Pin

Measuring Spoons/Cups or Tape (for hemline)

Kitchen Accessories

Centerpiece (for head)

Five Dates Strung Around Wrist

Our next creation is a beautiful DINNER DRESS.  Our model is wearing this exquisite gown of white Textured Cotton from the looms of Carolina Mills.  It is the absolute best for her after five dates.  Extremely functional, this dress is designed with a scoop neckline.  Accessories are obviously all useful.  Her dangling tea bag earrings and centerpiece hat would add grace to any dining room.  The pin adds charm to her waist line, and notice the carefully measured hemline.  The fitting corsage made of garden vegetables confirms that harvest time is here.  The shell purse almost looks good enough to eat.


Flannel Pajamas

Dog Slippers

Night Cream (for face)

Curlers (or toy steam rollers)

Candle Stick and Candle

Rolls (for collar)

Silk Flowers (pinned to sleep pants)

Last, but not least, our sleepy model ismodeling this beautiful EVENING ENSEMBLE.  The top has basic, clean-cut lines with coordinating bloomers and is simply a dream...or is it a nightmare??  Look at the soft roll collar supplied by Bake-Rite Bakery and especially handy for those midnight snacks.  This lovely model is blessed with that glowing, creamy complexion and notice in particular the (steam) rollers in her hair.  No wonder she has such lovely, naturally curly hari.  Her feet are adorned iwth cuddly companions for the night.  Does all this give you a tired feeling?  Well, as you may guess, this is the END.


Pattern for Living

Pattern for Living

Instruction Sheet

For this series of meetings a pattern envelope was made and given to each lady with instructions for each meeting.  The envelope looked like this:



Inside the envelope was placed a sheet that looked like this:

There were several of the above pages stating the place of each meeting with the date and time, the speaker, the craft, and the hostess helpers.  You could adapt them any way you wanted.

Also enclosed was a Pattern for Living Instruction Sheet which included the following:

Important:  "In all they ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."  Proverbs 3:6

General Directions for Doctrine and Life:  Study Titus 2

Planning & Layout (1st Meeting):

  • Gather Materials - "Let all things be done decently and in order"  I Corinthians 14:40

  •  Study directions - "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  II Timothy 2:15
  • Consult expert - "Pray without ceasing."  I Thessalonians 5:17
Instruction for Cutting (2nd Meeting):

  • Seam allowance - Give others the benefit of the doubt.  "Man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart." I samuel 16:7
  • Cutting - Cut out all unkind criticism, gossip and fault finding.  "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby"  I Peter 2:1,2
Facing the Task & Marking the Pattern (3rd Meeting):

  • Choose interfacing for shaping - "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works." Titus 2:7
  • Marking - "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:  for the end of that man is peace."  Psalms 37:37
Construction of the Garment (4th Meeting):

  • Put it all together - "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." I Cor. 4:2
  • Binding - "Keep they father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck."  Prov. 6:20,21
Finishing & Pressing (5th Meeting):

  • Pressing - "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."  Phillippians 3:14
  • Finishing detail - "I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."  II Timothy 4:7


Ruffling - Don't get ruffled!  Not called for in this pattern!

Lip Zipper - "Lord fill my mouth with proper stuff, and nudge me when I've said enough,"

Gathering - Drawing together of friends using thread of humor.

Elasticity - Use for all problems.  For vexations caused by people, apply affection.  For problems caused by circumstances, apply prayer.  Fro infirmities or unexpected obstructions that hinder well-laid plans, say "Thy will be done."


Friday, April 16, 2010

Five Principles of Discipline

Five Principles of Discipline

  1. Be an example of what you intend to teach.  I Tim. 4:12; I Cor. 11:1
  2. Demonstrate love before correction.  do not combine praise and blame.  The more you praise your sons and daughters the less you need to discipline them.  Heb. 12:6
  3. Train your child to seek your approval and to delight in wisdom.  Prov. 10:1
  4. Establish goals and limitations.  Heb. 12:8
  • Limitations will be tested for security.
  • No limitation implies rejection of child.  Young people want to be conquered.
  • Teach obedience by the word "NO!"
  • Teach reverence for God, parents, property.
  • Set goals:  personal disciplines, finances, friends, music, skills character, ministry.
        5.  Clarify the consequences of disobedience.
Example:  Adam - avoid bitterness.  Satan's major attack on the church comes through deception.

First Offense:

  1. Get alone with the child.  I Thess. 2:11
  2. Clarify instruction (was it understood?)
  3. Convey grief eye-to-eye (for repentance) Ezra 9:3
  4. Give only one warning
  5. Be prepared to follow through on discipline.
  6. Make sure punishment is scriptural
Second Offense:

  1. Act "in the day you hear of it." Num. 30:5
  2. Bind Satan before confrontation. Mark 3:27
  3. Get alone for correction
  4. Establish personal responsibility. I John 1:9
  5. Appeal to his conscience.  "Could I ask you some very personal questions?  You do not have to answer these questions, but if you do, will you be honest?  Romans 2:15
  6. Emphasize your responsibility to God.  Proverbs 13:24
  7. Reflect grief --- wait for repentance.
  8. Associate correction with love.  Hebrews 12:6
  9. Win his will without breaking his spirit.  Hebrews 12:15
  10. Know the causes of a broken spirit --- anger, inconsistency, or injustice by parents.  "meekness---my energy under God's control."
  11. Purpose of crying --- clear conscience.  Rod is a symbol of authority.
  12. Signs of willfulness --- temper tantrums, no crying, threats of retaliation, resentment.
  13. In difficult cases --- express more grief, examine your life for similar failures or God's reproof.
  14. Give comfort after repentance (word, affection, understanding) same parent.  Hebrews 12:11
  15. Encourage restitution.  Ephesians 4:28
  16. Evaluate results --- ask forgiveness for anger.


Welcome to a Ladies Be Joyful. Would you like to live a joyful life? You have come to the right place. The greatest joy you can have in your life is to find Jesus Christ as your Savior. He offers abundant life to anyone who puts their trust in Him. There is more than enough for everyone! When you have found new life in Christ you have crossed God's bridge to eternal life. When we cross from this life into life eternal, that will be another great joy! So if you have not experienced new life in Christ then look here or here to find out how to experience that joyful moment which brings peace that passes all understanding.
As you visit, perhaps you will find some other resources that will contribute to more joy in your life. It is my desire that these resources will be beneficial to you and will bring some extra joy into your life. May the Lord's blessing be upon you and may you know Him and the abundant joy that only He can give.

Full Joy

~These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. (John 15:11)~