Our Keurig coffee station—♥ it!
Christmas gift from Kathy, Alan & DeniseP.S. to (well, you know who you are): Rick admitted last night that he really likes the Keurig now!
This is a typical ball of yarn. Innocent looking, right?
This is an example of a typical yarn shop.
And so is this.
This is my own private yarn shop, actually it’s my yarn closet on steroids … well, a good portion of it anyway. The scenery changes as I take from my stash to complete projects, but then I add more yarn when I see types or colors I just have to have, even if I don’t have a certain project in mind.
The other day I was browsing yarns in yet another store when a woman next to me, who was doing the same thing, started to leave with several skeins of yarn in her cart. Suddenly she stopped and grabbed another one, saying “I better get this one, too, just in case…” We smiled at each other and I replied, “I think and do that all the time!”
Have I told you how much I love to crochet?
Crocheting is something I can do during CFIDS and FMS flareups and even migraines. It helps keep my hands busy and my mind focused on something other than me and my pain. There have been times when I don’t feel like picking up one of my crochet hooks, but that is truly rare. It is a soothing therapy where I can see the results of my efforts and that means a lot at a time in my life when I often feel like I am floundering in a sea of pain. I started taking photos of my completed projects—well, when I remember to do so—as a way of feeling a sense of accomplishment on days when I feel like I get nothing done.
Originally posted on The River Walk:
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. (Psalm 51:4)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. —1 John 4:7-12
When I read this a little while ago, I knew I had to share it with you!
Originally posted on vineoflife.net:
Giving birth with the amniotic sac intact is called a “veiled birth.” It is very rare but it is possible. It is less painful because the water cushions the baby’s head, meaning less bruising for both of you. Don’t worry about the baby drowning, he or she will not take a first breath until he/she hits the air for the first time, and the placenta will continue to provide oxygen until that happens..
This post is brought to you via April (aka Peacefulwife), who does her usual great job of reminding us where our Hope comes from. Thank you, April!
Originally posted on Peacefulwife's Blog:
Let’s just look at Romans through chapter 8. There are obviously thousands of other promises and things that God says about us in the Bible. But here are some of the most basic and foundational tenets of Scripture upon which we may build our lives, hope and faith with confidence. It is time to tear out all that is ungodly in our thinking and build on the foundation of Christ and His Word alone. HERE is my hope! THIS is my identity! THIS is my strength! HERE is my power and purpose in life!
All sin begins in the heart. Only when it is acted upon does it become sin.
We can read about this downward slide in chapter 1 of James:
If you look up the verses in the Bible where Judas is mentioned, you learn he was covetous. We know this because it tells us he was a thief. He didn’t need the money, he simply wanted the money. He had been with Jesus for three years. Did he think Jesus didn’t know he was stealing?
Our hearts deceive us too. We think God doesn’t see our secret sins but He does, just as Jesus knew Judas’ heart.
One of the most startling things to consider about Judas is that earlier in time, Jesus had also sent Judas to heal, cast out demons, etc.:
Isn’t this astonishing? Judas was able to do all these things and saw these miracles and many more. He saw Lazarus and the others Jesus raised from the dead, and yet he still didn’t believe with his heart.
Sobering thoughts, aren’t they? Doesn’t it give this portion of Matthew 7 a whole new perspective to ponder?
We all have preconceived ideas of what we expect of Jesus in our lives even if we are not aware of it. It is very likely that Judas had some preconceived ideas too—how he thought Jesus should be or do—and it was not working out that way. From my point of view, this is probably part of why he was contemplating betraying Him.
Here is one of my thoughts [and remember, this is my opinion, not the Bible’s]: we know that two of the other disciples thought Jesus was going to set up His kingdom right away and free them from the Romans. We know this because their mother asked Jesus to give them the two highest political offices, on the right and the left of Him.
Maybe Judas expected, as they did, to have an important “cabinet” position such as Department of Treasury where he could have both prestige and siphon off a lot more money to help him grow rich and powerful.
Does that sound like some of today’s politicians?
When it became clear to Judas that Jesus had another plan, he was probably disillusioned and maybe even angry. He seemed to have forgotten all the miracles of the past.
Remember, it is only a few days before Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead! Judas was there!
Often when we pray, our preconceived or erroneous ideas expect God to answer in a specific way. Or maybe we wonder why He is sometimes silent. Perhaps there’s even some other way we are disappointed by the answer [or no answer] to our prayers.
We must guard our hearts so as not to let unbelief seep in and cause us to sin or to doubt that God always has our best interests at work in our lives.
I’ll let this awesome blog post speak for itself. Thank you, Lyn Leahz and Peter Balinski!
Originally posted on promisebook.net:
Peter Baklinski (Sep 10, 2012)
“Thank you. If you hadn’t lost this bracelet, I wouldn’t have my beautiful baby next to me.”
(Mankato, MN)—Rachel remembers being excited as she purchased a red Bound4LIFE bracelet with the single word LIFE engraved on it. Wearing the bracelet wasn’t a fad or fashion statement for her, but a sign of her commitment to pray daily for the ending of abortion.
My bloggy friend, Lyn Leahz at promisebook.net, posted this today. It is very worthy of reposting, so here it is! Thank you Lyn!
Originally posted on promisebook.net:
As you read some of these profound statements, please consider the many tragedies going on around the world, and here in America. The only difference now is that America has greatly changed just in the last 20+ years, and more than ever before since 9-11. Could it indeed be as these great leaders warned?
Also, please take note of the importance of the family; both father and mother. Today, with the working family and daycare overflowing with so many children, they cannot fulfill many requests, and increased stress, have we as parents forgotten our first calling assigned to us by God Himself—to instill the Word of God and its values within our children? And not just in word alone, but in our daily lives? Many of these great men give credit to their parents for their peace of mind, greatness, and success.
My friend, what has happened to the family? What has happened to the teachings of godly, Bible-based principles that were once taught to the children, and present in the family? If you are an American citizen or national, what has happened to this country?
Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”