Verse of the day...
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
What a picture of my life lately. It's been a little over year of unexpected rain. Some just drizzles, but others, like the storm hitting me ... rattled windows with wave after wave of thunder and bursts of lightning.
What about you? Is there stormy weather in your life right now? Where are you finding shelter from the storms?
As I've turned to Scripture recently... I'm amazed at the number of times it reminds us God is our shelter. God knows that we will encounter hard times and His Word reminds us that the strongest and safest shelter is God Himself.
As always we have a choice: get drenched in the rain or seek shelter. You see, the storms of life can cause us to run toward God, but just as easily they can cause us to turn away. A whole range of emotions can leave us standing in the rain to get drenched: bitterness, anger, confusion, helplessness, or hopelessness. If you can relate to these emotions, you might feel badly for having these emotions, but don't let these feelings keep you from God.
Read the Psalms and you'll see that God can handle every emotion. Negative emotions are not a reason to turn away from God. They're the very reason to turn to Him, desperately wanting the kind of faith and strength only God can provide.
Keep turning to God, continue to tell Him in prayer how you feel, and leave your emotions with Him. As you do, you'll start to feel His nearness, His hope, His promise, and His comfort. If you find yourself returning to feelings of fear or hopelessness, just go back to God. Be honest in your prayers. Acknowledge that you're having a hard time, but that you want to trust Him in your circumstances. Know that He loves you and will consistently and constantly be your shelter from the storms.
Dear Lord, "Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings" (Psalm 61:1-4). In Jesus' Name, Amen
hugs...love & blessings
**"Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8**
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well... here's an update on my project. I received an email from my Aunt the other day with a list of guesses as to what I'm making (No... not a car seat cover... heehee) and asking if I was going to give hints as I go along. I didn't really think to give hints... but it seems like it would be more fun. Here is a pile of 25 squares I have done so far. I'll give you two hints as to make up for the first post.
1)The yarn I'm using is Simply Soft Caron ~ Autumn Red
2)The pattern is a Vintage Pattern from the 1950's
Friday, November 20, 2009
Yarn: Peaches & Cream Cotton
Hook size: I
Stitches used: chain (ch) , single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc) slip stitch (sl st)
Rnd 1: Ch 4… 2dc in 4th ch from hook… *ch 2 … 3dc in same sp as the 2dc.* *repeat* 3 more times. hdc in top of ch 4 ( 5 sets of 3dc)
Rnd 2: ch3 … 2dc in hdc sp. *Ch1 … 3dc, ch2, 3dc in ch2 sp.* *repeat* 3 more times. ch 1… 3dc in hdc sp….. hdc in top of ch3.
Rnd 3: ch 3.. 2dc in hdc sp. … *ch1 , sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc,ch2,3dc in next ch2 sp.* *repeat* 3 more times. ch 1, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in hdc sp…. ch2 … sl st to top of ch 3… finish off.
Created & written by: ©Tammy Carlton - March 2011Do not sell pattern. Do not post pattern without link back to original.Coffeen’Crafts
* you can also make this pattern using Red Heart yarn in Christmas colors for fun tree ornaments and room decorations!*
hugs ... love & blessings,
**The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
~ Proverbs 10:22**
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Being the grandma I am... I cant have my babies with out blankies... so I dived into my stash and immediately got to work on a replacement! Two days later ............ *whew* it was done. I made him a cover for a box of 24 crayons too. He's big into coloring right now. Its off in the mail and I'm hoping they get it today! I hope he likes his new blankie... its just like the old one .. just not broke in yet! :)
This is Guinea. Isn't he just the sweetest thing?!
You want to talk about cute............ check this out. Guinea and David fell asleep together!
Just a little show & share........... Another fish dishcloth. I think these are so cute and each time I make them in a different color.. they just get more and more cute.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Although through the years of us growing up and moving away we didn't get to know each other like I would have liked.... that doesn't change the fact that she was my family and I loved her!
hugs... love & blessings,
Oh God, who brought us to birth,and in whose arms we die,in our grief and shock contain and comfort us;embrace us with your love,give us hope in our confusion and grace to let go into new life;through Jesus Christ
In Jesus Name ~ Amen
Monday, November 16, 2009
Yep................. we cooked our hot dogs on this really fun cooker! There was bowls of chili on the table... chopped onion... shredded cheese... sour cream... and good ol' ketchup & mustard. We had Frito's with our hot dogs.... and big glasses of milk. :)
It was Wonderful! Michael ate about 3/4 of his hot dog and a handful of Frito's... his tummy was still not quite back to feeling itself.................... but later in the evening... he came to me asking for a hot dog... he was hungry... really hungry............ :)
We warmed up the cooker and put on a couple hot dogs... he ate the whole thing and was one happy boy!
God is so Good!
Trust... and Faith!!! No matter what the issue in your life.............. Trust that God is in control... and have Faith that He will guide you through it safely!
hugs... love & blessings,
**Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials ~ James 1:2**
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
God Bless you all!!!
hugs... love & blessings,
**And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5**
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Yep........... this silly gadget works! I have made several batches of Perfect Brownies since I bought this pan.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sc one more time in last ch.
Sc THROUGH BACK LOOP (where the needle is) of each sc around and around.
The two corners will start to curl - don't worry - as they should.
This is what it will look like as you keep crocheting around and around.
Crochet until you can fold the potholder so that the top edges touch. It looks like you may be there. Let's check...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
for I am your God and I'm always beside you.
Be determined and confident:
since you are mine I will always support you.
I am the God of love who moves on gently:
leading you, drawing you into all that is new and lovely.
All you need is available now:
let me carry you and bear you along in safety.
I am the Lord of love who comes to you in quietness:
there's no need for struggle or panic,
for I died for you in the cruelty of torture:
how can I let you suffer alone?
I am the Spirit of love to direct you tenderly:
I hold your hand and I will not hurry you.
We will go on together into tomorrow:
for I am with you and I won't let you go.
Be not afraid for I am with you:
I shall never abandon you wherever you may fall.
Only be strong and very courageous:
for you are mine and I will always love you.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
There are lies everywhere. Blinking neon lights, and sweetly penned secrets. A movie. A sermon. A Day after thanksgiving sale. How quickly we forget that the things we hear and see are making an impression. Like an empty place in the bed where a body used to lay,they’re wrapped up in the sheets, but they don’t need the rest. They can come without warning and talk for hours without a sound. Lies tell the future, insist on interpreting the past, and seem to always keep us paralyzed to the present. They can fill a closet with skeletons and invite monsters under the bed. Lies are strangers in friends clothing and fill your house when you’re alone.
The inevitable, unstoppable result of listening to something other than the truth. Cousins, sisters, brothers, parents possible even spouses perhaps? I’m not exactly sure the relation but I know that its a tie that binds. Feed one, and you nourish the other. Nurture a lie, and watch the panic grow. Forget the truth and welcome anxiety. Give up on hope, and welcome misery with open arms.
So then it should comes as no surprisethat the most recurrent command in all the Bible is this:“Do not be afraid.”Easy enough right? Well maybe it could be, but I don’t think we’ll ever live free of fear as long as fear itself is our problem. Fear is the consequence of a lie, Which means, if I find in myself some irrisistible anxiety, chances are, I’ve welcomed a lie into my heart. And maybe I didn’t exactly welcome it. Maybe I just forgot to close the door on some memory or I left the window cracked, but whatever the reason, if the lie has crept in somewhere, and has made its home where my faith has worn through, I must recognize it for what it is.
It should also come as no surprise then, that the work of God is belief. “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one whom He has sent.” Do we understand that fear isn’t something that we are meant to live with? Do we have any idea how free we would be if we could just believe?And trust me, I know. It’s not easy. In fact, its the hardest work any of us will ever have to do, but its the war we were meant for. Since we’re grafted into Israel as Romans says, that means we’re brought in to “wrestle with God,”for that is exactly what Israel means. So we fight to rest. We work to stop working. We war for peace. We run to stand still. Life is waiting for the ones who lose control. “taking captive every thought, and making it obedient to Christ Jesus.” Take captive? Yeah. Take it freaking captive. Smack that lie in the mouth and slaughter it with the Truth!!!
**The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? Psalm 27:1**