Verse of the day...
~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thank you my dear sweet friend! This is definitely a GREAT RAOK!!!!
Have a wonderful day...............
Crochet much............ Love Lots........... Bless Bountifully.... and Forgive Completely!
**My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
God is always at work in our world, and He is speaking to you—but you must listen! God's voice is often not heard where you expect it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
These are for a lovely lady (Jessica) that is making blankets for a raffle for the her sons 5th grade to go to camp. She is making 2 blankets.. one with 12" squares the other with 8" squares.
I hope the raffle goes well... and the 5th grade is blessed with plenty of money for camp!!!
In times of joy and pain, God envelops us in His love. God's love never fails, even when we fail. He is faithful! Pretty amazing.......... He loves us NO MATTER WHAT! Like we love our own children. No matter what they do... we love them. But do we realize we are to love everyone that way. And if we do know that... why do so many of us NOT. We give conditions to our love for others. How sad. We assume and accuse as if we are so much better than someone else. We are so quick to point fingers... as if we have no sin in our lives. And God still loves us. Why is it then we cant seem to love back? Why do we hold a mistake someone has made against them forever. Why do we act as if we have done nothing wrong and we are owed. The selfish human race. Yes.. if someone has hurt you... call them on it.. if they apologize.. it should be forgiven and FORGOTTEN. Not to be held over their heads until we feel they have suffered enough. God certainly doesnt do that. If I sin.. and I ask for forgiveness from my Father in Heaven................. He forgives.. and forgets. Its gone... never to be used against me again. Not by Him anyway. The only one that can keep it alive ... and burning .. is me. Shame! I am a sinner... I make mistakes... I do my best to apologize to who I may hurt and ask both them and God for forgiveness... at that point.. its over. Over for me. I no longer hold that against myself. Its then left to who I hurt and God. I KNOW God will forgive and forget. Will the person I hurt? If they are truly seeking God... they will. Because God IS love!!!! He loves us... to help us love back. Not to just Him ... but out fellow brothers in sisters.
Time to go spread some love of my own. I need to get back to work on my crocheting. I have charity items and gifts to make/finish!
God Bless each and everyone today!
**How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is a Bracelet Bag I made for a very dear friend/sister. She had asked me some time back to make her a basket for a particular need she has... well.. I tried some patterns.. made a simple one of my own.. but none of them felt right to me. I just needed that perfect basket/bag. As the good Lord does always... He showed me this bag. I was reading posts on C'ville and what do ya know... this was posted on there as a free pattern. I wanted this pattern for my granddaughters for Christmas presents.. but after putting together this first one... I KNEW it was to be for my friend! So off it will go in Monday's mail to her! I sure hope she likes it! I'm quite pleased at how it came out!
Thank you Courtney for this Wonderful pattern!
Off to get some emails out... refill on my coffee.... and a bit of crocheting done before I get to bed.
have a wonderful night... great tomorrow and fabulous beginning to a new week.
1 Peter 2:1**
When you pretend to be something you're really not, remember that God sees your heart. Simply confess that you fall short of who you should be. Ask God for sincere motives that lead to good deeds.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
One of the ways He gets my attention is to show me what wonderful friends I have! Beautiful ladies I have met online......... show me that I matter by simply posting a note to me here when they notice me missing. Emails of concern... and even a wonderful card in the mail ... simply "Thinking of me" June................ thank you! It meant the world to me to open that card today! You are simply a blessing to me! God Bless you my dear Friend!
I have found that a personal issue that my husband and I are dealing with right now... has taken over some of my confidence in getting the projects I have committed myself to doing ... done. You know... that ol' *I cant do anything right* feeling that satan haunts you with when something is going on that is leaving you feeling stressed and hurt. You KNOW the stand you have taken is right... but satan lies to you and makes you question yourself. Which then bleeds into other things in your life. Satan telling you that you cant possibly fill all those commitments on time. When you know you can ... because you've done it before. Satan tries to tell you that the relationship with your spouse is slipping.. so soon after becoming stronger than ever... because you see your spouse OVER Worrying... letting Fear take a hold. You know God is hearing your prayers when you overhear your husband speaking the words of truth to your son about self confidence.... that God did not give us a spirit of Fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
You just hope now... he heard his own words. *wink*
Which brings me to this scripture............... which has opened my eyes this evening.
We Harvest What We Plant
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer* is overcome by some sin, you who are godly* should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.2 Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct. 6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 7 Don't be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.9 So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
This is helpful to me for a couple of reasons... one for the personal issue that is going on right now... for me to keep strong and wait for the blessing. And the other for me to be confident in my decisions.... and my commitments... and not give up.
So.............. one project at a time.................. these are squares made for an online friend for a friend of hers. A comfortghan for a mommy and one for her baby. The baby was born early with health issues... so Windy(my online friend) wants to make mom and baby matching 'ghans. What a lovely idea!
This is just a simple hat I made with some odd ball yarn I had laying around. Needed to just do something quick and fun... and it will make a neat little gift for someone!
I have a few squares to finish up for a friend that is making 'ghans for raffle at her sons school. I'll post pics of those tomorrow... along with pics of 12 -12" squares I made for a dear lady (sissie) from C'ville and CrochetSwapsGalore (yahoo) She is making comfortghans for all the folks in a local Seniors Home for Christmas.
Off to crochet.. get more coffee... and tend to some email.... one project at a time!
have a GREAT evening... and a Wonderful tomorrow!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
These are the words of a man who has learned how to be sustained in the most difficult, trying times of life. He learned in the midst of troubles that he did not need to live in fear, because God was his defense.
Amazing ................. just amazing! The words of our Father ... right there... just when we need to read or hear them!!! I'm dealing with some trying times right now... and I'm so blessed to have God right there with me... guiding me... holding me up... protecting me. WOW!
And through all that... He shows me how to bless others. I continue to do charity work and it feels GREAT! I have seriously been praying about the charity work I have done. I want to do more. I love giving to others! I love spreading Gods love through a simple skein of yarn and a crochet hook or set of knitting needles. Thank you Lord for all you do through me!
As for this scarf............. this is Scarf #3 for the Orphans of America.
Scarf #4 for Orphans of America. I had intended on making 5... but only got 4 scarves out of the 2 skeins of yarn I bought for this project. So we'll see. I may or may not get a chance to get more yarn and make one more. If not......... I am pleased I was able to get these 4 done and will be quite happy to contribute them to the cause.
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh..... this is one of the scarves I'm making for my Swap partner. Love the pattern and hope she does too. I cant wait to get her package put all together and mailed off. I love swapping ... its so much fun... like mini little birthdays or Christmas's
Now this.... this is another tested Square for Donna (aka: SmoothFox) from C'ville! I Love her patterns!!! This new take on the heart in the middle is rather neat! This solid heart and her 'granny' style heart are just enough different to be able to use them for just the right project.
Thank you Donna for letting me test this for you............. this one is going into a comfortghan... so it will get plenty of love!
Isnt this just the neatest darn thing? What is it you ask? Its a towel ring/holder! A lovely lady on C'ville (aka: Cocoa Cream) designed this! All I need is a button and its ready to be a gift for some special person! You can find the pattern here...... Towel Ring
Well.. off to get more work done............ have SEVERAL projects going and need to keep moving on them!
I'm sorry for not being around lately... for not sharing ... my work and thoughts. But my wonderful husband took me and our 3 young boys off for a mini vacations this last weekend. We had tried to do this for our Anniversary.. but that didn't all work out as we had hoped... but we got to do it this weekend. We spent time swimming... eating lovely meals... walking the trails... hayride to a campfire with story time and smores... apple picking... and just all around fun. No worries... no responsibilities for just a few days. Awwwwwwwwwwwh felt good! But now we're back.. and I'm back to work and blogging!
Have a WONDERFUL day... Great evening... and Fabulous week!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Received this in an email from a friend today.................. What timing too. With things going on in my life lately... this is one of those ... "needed" emails to get.
**The Ant and the Contact Lens A true story
Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb.
As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. 'Great!' she thought. 'Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.' She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there. She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse, 'The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.' She thought, 'Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.' Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, 'Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?' Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!
The story doesn't end there. Brenda's father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption,
'Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You.'
I think it would do all of us some good to say, 'God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will.'
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him....I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13) **
Really makes you think ... huh? What load are you carrying right now? Do you find it to be heavy? Do you find yourself struggling to continue to carry it? Don't give up... God will pile blessings upon you for holding strong and faithful in Him. Your load will making you stronger in the Lord. And if you were to really seek Him.. you would see... you aren't carrying that load alone after all. God is right there with you.. every time you need Him. How awesome is that!
Well........... I wanted to share a few things today. I'm continuing to have fun crocheting for others. Charities and Swaps. This first picture is of a "Frosted Gingerbread Cookie Ornament" I snagged the idea and pattern from a lovely lady on C'ville that posted her pattern of a Sugar Cookie. I'm part of a Christmas Ornament Swap... so this is one of the ornaments I'll be sending off. I think its rather cute and I plan on making one for our Christmas Tree this year. Please excuse the darkness to this picture.. but it seem to be the only way I could capture the raised design of ribbons. This is a beautiful pattern... shared again by another lovely lady on C'ville. Its an Awareness Ribbon Square. I made this for a friend to create a comfortghan for another friend.
Here is one more Red Scarf for the Orphans of America. Three more and I can mail them off!
Well...................... I have crocheting to get to. An empty coffee cup to fill.. and a load of laundry to tend to.
Have a Wonderful day.. evening and tomorrow!!!!
**I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as Lord.
~ Hosea 2:20**
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wow.................... are you ready for a new day? I know I am!!! I was able to get 2 more scarves done. I am so thankful for being able to do these things. Thank you Lord for giving me time in my days to accomplish all my tasks and the desire to serve you by loving others!
Wanted to share a couple more scarves I managed to get done.
This one is for the Orphans of America. I really like this pattern and how it looks so nice no matter what yarn type you use. This is one more for the Special Olympics...........
Well.. I need to get more done.. and tend to my family.… but I would like to leave this thought with you…
When your AC breaks down… don’t let that control your mood or day… Find the blessing in it… you may have learned a few things about your unit from that.. and you may have had the chance to enjoy a beautiful breeze through your house. When you have a problem at work… instead of getting angry and letting that ruin your day…. Sit back and really look at it.. can it be fixed? Can it be replaced? If so.. then you really didn’t have a problem. When your car breaks down along side the road… don’t let that become your last straw… do you have friends and/or family that can help you? Can it be fixed…replaced? Then again… you don’t really have a problem. Look at those things and see…. The broken AC was a way to let in some of Gods fresh air and blow Satan out. The issue at work… was a way to learn more about the way things work. The broken down car… Gods way of slowing you down….trying to get you to be thankful for all you DO have!
So… today… really pay attention to who’s eyes you look through… God
**Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
~ Matthew 6:33**
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Welcome to a new day........... for sharing ... for loving.... for giving..... and forgiving. All for and with God! Do you find days where any of those things are a little more difficult than you would like them to be. I do. Its a human struggle. But with God........... all those things and so much more... can be so EASY. I've had my share of tests in all these areas lately. Mostly forgiveness. That's a tough one sometimes.... to forgive someone ... for something they did... or maybe you 'think' they did and they aren't even aware of. I guess my patience has been tested in this area alot lately too...... to be patient while God works on others hearts of forgiveness. Amazing what a destructive thing unforgiveness is! Its also amazing to me how easy it is to hang on to. You spend time rehashing things over and over in your head to make sense of someone hurting you and how you were in the right... and all along ... you should just Forgive and let God deal with the issue. But darn it.. we dont want to let go of it... we want to be 'right' and we want that dumb apology. Who are we? Are we more powerful than God? Do we think our hanging on to it is going to fix it? My goodness.... we are such sinners. So who are we to demand an apology for us to forgive others. God is the only perfect one. He is the only one that can demand anything. And you know.... He doesnt "Demand" a thing from us. He asks of us... He asks that we follow His word. He asks that we open the door to let Him in. He doesnt bang down the door and force us to follow Him. Free will... hmmmm. A great thing... yet becomes our mountain to stand on .. bang our chests and demand from others. The human race sure is selfish.. is it not?! I'm so GLAD God is so full of love.. .mercy... and forgiveness. I dont want to stand on a mountain and claim to be owed something. I'm letting God stand on all mountains and show me the valleys full of need. I want to be a good servant. Pick people up by having a simple giving heart and show them the top of that mountain... the one where God stands so tall with His arms wide open and says... I LOVE YOU.
With that... I do what I think is what God would like me to do. He gave me crafting talents and I am to use them to show His love. These simple scarves are just a sample of that. Does it take much of my time? NO! Does it cost much? NO! Does it comfort someone? YES! Is it something I feel God asks me to do? YES!
Through all this ... I will continue to learn... learn to love.. forgive... share... and show others what a wonderful Father our God is.
These are two scarves I have finished as of now for the 'Special Olympics'
These are scarves I have finished as of now for victims of abuse to a crisis center in Central MA
This is one of 5 scarves I will make ... that I'm almost done with for the Orphan Foundation of America
**Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-my Savior and my God!
~ Psalm 42:11**
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Is it a GRAND day or what!!!?!
Life is amazing when you truly trust God and leave the worries of the world in His hands. I cant tell you the relief I feel right now. I had the most fabulous weekend with my husband and 3 young ones. God took my troubles from me and is dealing with them. I had to be willing to give them up!!! and I did!!!! People will hurt you … and for the most part… they don’t really mean to… but leaving the pain and sorrows to God… is not only the right thing to do… but amazing… both for (me in this instance) and the ones that left the hurt. God also honored my faithfulness I have in Him through all my determination and prayers… My husband and I couldn’t be closer. How fantastic is that……… My husband and I always had a great love for each other.. but for it to be even better now… WOW… and Praise God! He is Good!!! Now to wait for the rest of my prayers to be answered and Love to be shown………. The anticipation is exciting.
I have been staying quite busy with my crocheting and my boys. I have all sorts of charity projects going on … and my boys are ALL in football. *whew* David plays Flag Football… Michael is in Elementary Tackle Football.. and Patrick is in Jr High Football. Wow… typing that all out … they sure are growing up…. *sigh*
Crocheting has been non-stop. Gifts... Crochet Games of Ancient Greece... Swaps... Charities... and and and .............. Omy!
I’m now working on scarves for the Athletes at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho. Scarves for victims of abuse to a crisis center in Central MA. Scarves for the Orphan Foundation of America… and also toys for the 3rd Annual Toy Drive to a chosen Hospital. And many Charity Squares for Comforghans!!!! I will post pictures later of some of the scarves!
Well………….. back to work I go.
You all have a TERRIFIC Day!
Look to God today for your troubles… sorrows.. and even your thanks of blessings!
He is an amazing Father!
Special Olympics 2/12 - Toy Drive /12 - Red Scarves for Orphans /5 – Scarves for abuse victims /6
Prayer Blanket Challenge - 8 of 21 done
**So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.~ Colossians 1:28**