Sunday, April 29, 2007

J went to prom last night. I wasn't sure about the whole thing, but Dad was the final authority on the issue and I've just been praying it through. That being said, he looked great and was very gentlemanly.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. Galatians 4:1-2
In my Believing God study today, the lesson was on Abraham, but indirectly, when applied to us, ministry. I came to saving faith in March 1993. By March of 2000, I'd taught Sunday School, done several VBS's, was in charge of Ladies Breakfast, had done several classes of Weigh Down Workship and the Exodus one, as well as doing several other things on and off. In March of 2000, I basically had a nervous breakdown. I pulled away from almost everything, except Ladies Breakfast. Even though I was in the depths of despair, deep down, I knew God had a work to do and it wasn't going to be pleasant.
Over the course of several months I learned many things about myself. I had become prideful
( 1 Timothy 3:6 (NIV) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. -- 2 Corinthians 12:7 (NIV)
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. ).
I was doing the work myself, I wasn't relying on God, I wanted the glory. I needed to have that broken down in me. I also learned that I had to take better care of myself, that I had a lot more to learn.
So, for the last seven years, I've been slowing growing, taking my time, learning to just to trust God and His perfect timing. That's why the verse from Galatians really stuck out at me. I was a child and I needed to wait until the time set by my Father!! I'm so excited for what He is doing right now! His timing is so perfect! Waiting may seem difficult, but it is so worth the results!
Please pray for an old school-mate's family. She went home to be with the Lord this morning, just 3 months to the day of being diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer. She leaves behind a husband and three children. Her testimony was awesome and she was ready and excited to go home, but concerned for her kids. Please say a prayer for them.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

God is so good!!!!!
God is so good!! I wish I could put into words what I'm feeling in my heart, but they aren't there yet. God has been using books that I've been reading and studies I've been doing (particularly Beth Moore's Believing God) to really stir up my heart and teach me things about Himself and myself. Oh how I love HIM!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Partial-birth abortion has been deemed illegal. I can't believe it took this long to do what only makes sense. All types of abortion are murder, but this is particulary heinous. The "health" of the mother is also a misnomer. You have to undergo the entire labor process to have an abortion this way, so a physically ill woman could not endure it and if it were for a women's mental health (a slippery slope argument), this would be bring more harm than good. To suggest that this puts "women's rights" back is a ridiculous claim. In fact, the right to terminate a child's life puts women's rights back.

Instead of screaming about the right to terminate a child's life, maybe the "feminists" should wake up to the idea of keeping their legs together. Simplistic, I know, and the old "what about rape? what about incest?" argument then pops up, but those occasions are extremely rare and it is still not the child's fault.

I'm having trouble with feeling mercy or compassion for the misguided media, the liberal lobby, those who spout their opinions without fact or sense. I'm trying to pray for them, but it is often a difficult undertaking.

Praise God, though, the weather is taking a nice turn. We've had nice temps and sunny days this week and that always makes one feel better.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I also want to say that I went to today and e-mailed them about firing Rosie. It's time. She cannot continue to go on national television and lie to the american public. I'm all for free speech, but you'd better be able to back up those things you spew as fact. May God have mercy on her soul. Please pray for her.
My Lorna's Laces "Yellowstone" socks. After our trip to Yellowstone last summer (our 2nd trip there) I really wanted something to "memorialize" my feelings for the park and the western side of Wyoming. When I found this yarn at Angelika's, I had to get it. It really is pretty and I can see how the colors reflect what I feel when I'm there. I love that Yellowstone is so diverse, so calm on the surface, but boiling underneath it all is a volcano, waiting to be unleashed. One of these days, that sleeping giant will awaken and won't most people be surprised.

Our first meeting of the "Nutty Knitters" met last night. We're going to be meeting every other Tuesday evening and I'm so enjoying it! My Y group decided that they wanted to continue and we also knew of others that wanted to join us, so we were 7 strong, each knitting different things and for different reasons! K, our first gracious hostess (as we'll be traveling from home to home), surprised us with several yummies and we enjoyed nice conversation and continued our learning.

I'm so excited about our next endeavor at church. I've had Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" on my heart for several months, but something kept getting in the way, whether it was weather or health. Finally, God's timing met up with mine and we will begin the study in a couple of weeks. I've been doing "Believing God" online and it's so challenging and so wonderful.
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Well, my felted bag is still sitting over there waiting to be felted. Things got in the way and now the laundry has to be done first, maybe tomorrow. I've just been working on each of my wips-a little here and a little there. I'd like to start on a new challenge-two socks on one circ. I purchased Knitting Software's book on it and I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl.

My teaching knitting at the Y has ended and we are now forming a group to just meet and knit. We start this coming Tuesday. I'm excited. It's a diverse group of women (and one teenager!) and I think we'll have a good time. I enjoyed teaching, but I like the idea of a more informal gathering to just sit, knit, and chat.

Well, I've got more magazines to get on ebay, I'd better get to it.

Friday, April 06, 2007

I feel like I'm making some progress! I've finished my felted bag, except for the felting, which I'm hoping to do this morning. I've been working on my Lorna's Laces Yellowstone socks and I've just got the foot to go on the 2nd one. I've got my baby sweater going well and I've been working on my SWS? scarf. It would be really nice to have some Christmas gifts out of the way!

One of my comments asked if I am a counselor. Not in the sense that I get paid for it. I believe that all Christians are "counselors", we are all called to minister to others. That being said, I do believe that God has gifted me with an ability to counsel others in a way that bears fruit. For as long as I can remember, people have poured out their troubles and struggles to me. I can't say that I always have the best advice-I don't really believe that advice is the purpose of counseling. Often times, just listening to a person helps the person to recognize their problem and figure out their own solution. Anyway, I've been doing a lot of studying using counseling textbooks and I'm looking at taking some courses.

I'm am very thankful that the lady I've been meeting with is feeling somewhat better. I know that God can move mountains here and bring complete healing and victory to her.

It's freezing here!! I mean that literally. It was around 20 degrees here this morning and it's only supposed to get up to just over freezing. My poor daffodils--I'm not a gardener, matter-of-fact, I consider myself to have a black thumb, but they were doing so well and now they are not feeling so well! It's supposed to be cold until next week. Oh well, spring is coming and the sun is shining!

I hope everyone has a blessed Resurrection Sunday. May we all reflect on Jesus' reason for going to the cross and humbly bow before Him in gratitude and praise!

He IS Risen!! He IS Risen Indeed!!