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It has been a few days since my declaration of wanting to look for and pursue happier thoughts. ‘Cause you know, I live in my head most of the time; and I can say with complete certainty, I don’t want to live with such a Crabby McCrabby Pants.  I’ve been consciously trying to see the good things (big and small) and trying to catch myself when I have negative thoughts.

I’ve noticed a few things in this little exploration.  When I start my day off in prayer, I have I good day.  When I hit my snooze button 5 times before jumping out of bed and speeding off to work without my prayer time, I have a really, really bad day. Now, I know rushing could be the cause, but I’m convinced it is the praying thing.  When you spend 30 minutes first being thankful for all you have (including the job you really hate, but are grateful for because it keeps you in yarn) and then praying for all the people who are having tough times with death, illness and job loss; the tacky co-worker who takes personal time off at the most inconvenient times without asking if you had plans and leaves you with a mountain of her work to finish up on top of your own doesn’t seem too terribly important.  See! Crabby McCrabby Pants!  Sigh.

Mostly I’m doing okay with things.  I’ve really fallen out of the habit of writing about what I’m experiencing, so forgive me while I get back into the groove of things.  So, here are a few good things in a really frustrating/bad day:

  • I heard about this video this morning.  It made me smile.
  • I made it to work on time even though I hit the snooze button 6 times.
  • Whole Foods Strawberry Shortcake
  • Project Runway starts tonight! Yea!

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July 29, 2010 Posted by | Blessings, Faith | 2 Comments

Recent Virginia Church Service – Stimulus Sermon

My mom sent this e-mail to me the other day.  Because I agree whole heartedly, I thought I would share.

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Genesis 47:13-27 

I would love to give the Pastor of this church in Virginia a hug and a high five. This guy is obviously a leader.  Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is.  It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years. 

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Good morning, brothers and sisters; it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God’s Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we’ll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27.  Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us? …..(reading)….. 

Joseph and the Famine

 13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is used up.”

 16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

 18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”

 20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, [a] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

 23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”

 25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”

 26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.

 27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.

Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray. So we see that economic hard times fell upon  Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again. 

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock – their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year.  But the famine wasn’t over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives.

“There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh.” So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?  That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery?  Yes.

That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes. 

But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus  Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen .. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government, no, it says they gained possessions!

But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to “share the wealth “once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders. 

What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh”?  Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. 

Bow with me in prayer, if you will. “Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh’s government. In God We Trust.”

Amen.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Faith | 6 Comments

Cell phones vs Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go…..hmm……. where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more  thing. Unlike our cell  phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible  being disconnected, because Jesus already paid the  bill.

Makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities?

Trust in the Lord and *ASAP (Always Say A  Prayer)

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Faith | 6 Comments

Merry Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Twelve yummy tea bags,

Eleven hours baking,

Ten cookie tins,

Nine family visits,

Eight gifty cards,

Seven books to read,

Six leafy buttons,

Five Harry Potters,

Four hand made gifts,

Three rubber duckies,

Two hand knit sweaters,

And a baby who saved us all.

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Fabric, Faith, Family, Finished, Holiday, Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 4 Comments

Pass Tests While You Tarry

I received this several months ago and was prompted to hold onto it.  For a while, I read it every day.  I had a serious case of the “Why mes.”  Everything seem to be coming down on me at once.  This article helped me through it. 

Today, I was thrown right back into that feeling.  I’ve been sick the past several days.  Today, I finally felt like I could muddle through work , though I still feel like poo.  Once I got to work,  I received an e-mail that gave me a full on panic attack.  Which, I haven’t had in several years.  Since the e-mail is of a personal nature, and I’m not comfortable with all the Internets knowing everything about me, I will simply say that the person who sent the e-mail is being, and has been for a while, disrespectful to me.  I can not cut this person out of my life (again, personal circumstances); but really don’t want to continue to be disrespected all the time

After raging for a bit, I replied in what I thought was a neutral but firm e-mail that stated if the disrespect continued the situation would go down hill quick.  Knowing this person, I have a feeling it will head that way soon.  I just have to pray for this person to realize that there are other people in this world and read this article and hope it takes root in my heart.

 

He hurried down the concourse to catch an important connecting flight. As he arrived at the gate, he noticed that the door was closed and the airplane was just pulling away. Looking at his watch, he stepped up to the counter and said, “I don’t understand. The airplane is leaving eight minutes early. I really needed to be on that flight.”

The representative replied, “Yes, unfortunately the airplane left early, and I am sorry but we cannot call it back.” After making arrangements to be included on the next flight, the pastor sat down to wait. A little while later, the representative, who had been watching him closely, came over and asked, “Why are you so pleasant? I expected that you would get angry after what happened.”

The pastor explained, “I belong to God. He controls all things. If He wanted me on that airplane, He would have kept it here until it was originally scheduled to depart. I know that since He didn’t allow me to catch that flight, He must have something better for me, and for that I am grateful.” This pastor passed an important test to get more of God’s power:

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). 

How can we prepare to “pass the tests” that God gives us? One of the most important ways is to develop a thankful heart that recognizes and accepts His sovereignty in our lives.

There are at least four good reasons why we should give thanks for whatever God allows to happen in our lives. First of all, God is in control of all things. Nothing happens without His awareness and permission, not even the falling of one sparrow. Therefore, we can be sure that God is fully aware of everything that happens to us. (See Matthew 10:29–31.)

Second, if we love the Lord and are committed to doing His will, then we can be confident that what He allows to happen will be for our ultimate good. (See Romans 8:28.)

Third, one of the highest purposes for which God allows difficulties in our lives is to conform us to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we learn to respond as Christ would to whatever situations we face, we develop His characteristics, including patience, endurance, compassion, discernment, wisdom, humility, self-control, and many other important qualities. (See Hebrews 12:5–11 and Romans 8:29.)

Fourth, God wants to teach us His ways, which are higher than our ways, and His thoughts, which are higher than our thoughts. (See Isaiah 55:9.) By humbling ourselves and thanking God for whatever He allows us to experience, we will demonstrate meekness, which is strength under control. Scripture promises, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9).

When we rejoice in tribulation, we gain patience, experience, hope, and love, which come by the power of the Holy Spirit. (See Romans 5:3–5.)

This pastor thanked God for allowing Him to miss his airplane, because he knew it was the right thing to do. However, he later had more reasons to be thankful when he learned that the airplane he missed had tragically crashed.

 

If we want to experience more of the power of the Holy Spirit, we must begin by fully surrendering ourselves to His control and exhibiting a grateful attitude for whatever He allows in our lives.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Faith, Gripes | 1 Comment

Seriously, it’s too fast

My life is speeding by, and I don’t like it one bit!  Just keep that in mind as I write a very disjointed post today.  Maybe if I go list style it won’t seem so thrown together. (It totally is, but I don’t want it to look like it is.)  So, here we go.

1.   I’ve been doing a little charity knitting:

2009-09-22 cowl

Scrappy Cowl

2009-09-22 hat

Scrappy Cap

2009-09-22 secret photo 1

Super Secret Project #1

2.  By default I accomplished #49.  The cable has been out since Friday.  I know my boys have hated it, but I’m loving it.  There is definitely more talking going on.

3.  I love, love, love sales at Old Navy!  I swung by on my lunch hour.  I picked up two knit dresses for under $5 each.  I picked up another two dresses for under $8 each and a shirt for $4.  Sale shopping rocks!

4.  I love Ravelry just as much!  I ran out of my copper yarn half way down the sleeves.  I just zipped over to Ravelry and found someone with the same color and dye lot.  This was pretty neat because the yarn is about 3 years old.  She got it in the mail the same day.  As I type, it is winging its way over to me. Yea!

5.  My little brother turned 28 years old this past Friday.  He lost his phone, so I couldn’t call him.  So, Happy Birthday little bro! I love you!

That is a little taste of the good things.  There is many more dull or stressful or mundane or aggravating things going on, but I want to be a glass is half full kind of gal.  I’m usually not, but I want to be.  That is all.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Faith, Family, Finished, Knitting, Random, TV, Work | 2 Comments

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong to secretly wish to get swine-flu just to get caught up on your life? Yes? I can’t help but feel this way.  There so many projects I want to work on.  There are definitely not enough hours in the day.  Right now I’m working on now & hope to start soon:

  1. Finish getting all my triangles cut for my zig-zag quilt.  I can’t wait to see this one finished.  I also have ideas for at least three lap quilts.
  2. I want to start a lace cardigan from Knitty 2007, Oblique. Oh, my! I can’t stop thinking about it!
  3. I want to start my very own wrap.
  4. I need to make more progress on my super secret Christmas present.
  5. Hubby wants me to make more coasters. Apparently they make very good projectiles in his and Boy Child’s “wars.”
  6. Finish knitting and working out kinks in my super personal knee high sock pattern.
  7. Finish up purple silk shawl.
  8. Frog and find a replacement knit for super secret Christmas present #2.
  9. Sew shopping bags for Rhinebeck.
  10. Finish up a copper color cardigan. I ran out of yarn and had to order more. It came today. Unfortunately the dye lots are very different. (I purchased the first batch of yarn about 3 years ago.) All I have left is the sleeves from the elbow down and the neck & button band. I’m not sure what to do.
    1. I can finish it up and not be bothered by the slight color change.
    2. Make the cardi short sleeved and use the new yarn only as a button/neck band. I think it will be less noticeable.
    3. Frog the whole thing and use the yarn for a vest. What do you guys think?

I’ve also signed up for a Needle worker’s group at church.  We have decided to knit and crochet hats and scarfs to go along with the other compassion ministries, especially those geared toward homeless women.  I am the only one in the group who knows how to knit, so I am in the process of gathering up materials and teaching everyone the basics.  I’ll also need to whip up some things for my group.  I’m not too concerned about this though.  It will be a great opportunity to use up the numerous bits of scrap yarn I have around the house.  I’m hoping to whip some up, so I can finally have pictures to post.

I also had a chance to have lunch again with Mrs. S.  The greatest part of our friendship is that we understand each other. We let each other be ourselves.  It is great!  She also likes my homemade laundry detergent.  That makes me so happy!

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Faith, Knitters, Knitting, Sewing, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment

The busiest weekend ever!

Normally, I reserve the right to do nothing on my weekends.  I contend that I work all week and that the weekend should be left alone.   Most weekends I live by this rule; however, this past weekend got by me.  I’m not sure how it happened.  Looking back, I became one of those parents that book activities for their children every moment of every single day.  Only I am both the mom and the child!

Saturday

Saturday brought Mrs. S into my life.  I got up early and went to check out the new Joanne Fabric store.  It opened this past Friday, and I wanted to check it out.  I made it over right as the store opened.  I picked up some knit fabric in great fall colors.  I have trouble finding dresses that are long enough to cover my tush.  When I saw that I could make my own for $12, I couldn’t resist.  I also snatched up a great blue and brown plaid to make a jumper.  I can not wait for it to get cold so I can wear it!

 Once Mrs. S made it to Birmingham, I dashed over to Anthropologie to help pick out scarves.  I am a Genius at shopping for other people!  I urged quite strongly that Mrs. S try on a sweater.  Namely this one.

 

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I love, love, love this sweater!  Sadly, I can not wear this color green.  I makes me look jaundice.  Hopwever, with her great red hair and pale skin, it looks great on Mrs. S.  Now, I know she only tried this on to please me, but I don’t care.  She looked sooo good in it!  She needed no convincing, and it was purchased with a smile.

After that, we made a quick trip to the LYS.  Surprisingly, I purchased not a single skein or hank of yarn.  Hubby was thrilled. I did pick up a new Rowan booklet.  I did live a little through my shopping guru.  She is a yarn shopping whirl wind!  I am envious!  She got some GREAT stuff!

Next, we made our way to P.F. Changs where I was treated to a great lunch.  I’ve never had lettuce wraps before.  Let me tell you something, I am addicted now!  I have thought about those wraps not every second of the day because yarn takes that spot, but I think about it alot!

From there we made a stop at the pet store on behalf of Mrs. S’ new kitty Harry and back to Joanne Fabrics.  We rounded off the visit with a trip to Starbuck’s for coffee and a little knitting.  Oh.My.Word.  The pumpkin spice latte was so good! I want one all the time now.   You know, besides the lettuce wraps.  Strange combo but it works for me.  I, as usual, talked nonstop.  I think I need to tape my lips shut on our next visit.  It was such a great visit.  I can’t wait for our Rhinebeck Trip! Yea!

Sunday

My church has set up  college style small groups that allows people with like interests and lives to study in groups together.  Last I checked, there were 60+ groups to choose from.  I decided on two! 

9:00 – 10:30 am – New Testament Survey

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Church

1:00  – 1:30 pm – lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm – hanging out

2:30 – 4:30 pm – nap

5:00 – 5:30 pm – hanging out

5:30 – 7:00 pm – needlework group

7:00 pm – 12:00 am – computer, knitting, working on new quilt top

I’m pooped!

September 14, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Fabric, Faith, Friends, Knitting, Yarn | 2 Comments

Interview with God

I got this in an e-mail and thought I would share.

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.

“If you have the time,” I said.

God smiled. “My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?”

“What surprises you most about human kind?”

God answered… “That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die… and die as though they had never lived.”

God’s hand took mine… and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

“To learn they cannot make anyone love them.   All they can do is let themselves be loved.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.
To learn that a rich person is not who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.
To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”

“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly. “Is there anything else you’d like your children to know?”

God smiled and said…“Just know that I am here. Always.”


September 9, 2009 Posted by | Faith | 1 Comment

Happy Easter

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | Faith, Holiday | 4 Comments