Words, Manners, Actions and Habits = ?

Our words reveal our thoughts;
Our manners mirror our self-esteem;
Our actions reflect our character;
Our habits predict the future. W.A. Ward

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luk 6:43-45

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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Waiting is one of the great arts. Allingham

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27:14

Is this what my waiting looks like?

First week: Hopeful confident cheery
Second week: optimistic philosophical edgy
Third week discouraged depressed snarly
Fourth week: Have mercy! Hurry up please it’s time!!!!!
I don’t care what happens just let the torment be over!

Fifth week: I don’t want to talk about it don’t you dare tell me
the Universe knows best.
Indeterminable time in the future: Oh my God. You’re kidding! Really!
You wouldn’t joke about this, would you ?I don’t believe it!
thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!
borrowed from  Romancing the Ordinary, Sarah Ban Breathnach

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Psalms 62:5

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:25

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Perfectly Possible

What is impossible with you is perfectly possible with Him who is Almighty.

A little child at mothers’ knee
Plies woolen strands and needles bright.
Small, eager hands strive earnestly
To fasten every stitch aright.

But soon perplexing knots appear
Which vex and hinder progress’ flow;
Impatient fingers pull and tear,
While ever worse the tangles grow.

How surely then in wiser hands
The roughest places are made plain!
How easy now the task’s demands,
How wonderful the lesson’s gain!

Thus, God, we bring our snarls to thee;
Though human sense and stubborn will
Oft clamor loud for mastery,
We hear alone Thy “Peace , be still.”
Edith Shaw Brown

Jeremiah 32:17  Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 9:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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I Love Knitting

When most people talk about their Valentine, they’re usually talking about a person. Well, one of my Valentines this year is going to be to my knitting! I love it so much, let me count the ways:

1. It fills my life with color.
2. It encourages my creativity.
3. It keeps my hands busy.
4. It introduces me to new people who share my love for the craft.
5. It loves to travel.
6. It likes the same audio books that I like.
7. It keeps the same schedule as I do; if I want to knit in the middle of the night, it’s there for me.
8. It likes to change bags as much as I do!
9. It challenges me.
10. It keeps me company, even when I’m cranky.

borrowed and edited from knitting daily editor, Kathleen Cubley

I thoroughly enjoy knitting, every part of it, from the mindless back and forth of garter stitching to the ‘sit down in a straight backed chair keep your eyes on the chart’ knitting. I even love to frog it, to make my knitting the best it can be.

Published in: on February 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Empty Nest?

Random thought from the message this morning: empty nest.

I still have children in my home. They are adults. I don’t care for them, instruct them, guide them as I did in years past.

My place in the home has changed. My focus, I wrote has changed, but really, I don’t have a focus, and I think I’m feeling the ’empty nest ‘ – what do I do now – unsettledness. Is that a word?

Time to ponder – empty nest . . . where do I go from here and who am I now?

Published in: on February 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm  Comments (2)  
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Gift of Hope

“There was a secret hidden in the heavens, far away from the sight of man. It was a gift of hope, laid up in heaven for us by the Lord. At the perfect moment, in the fullness of time, the Lord remembered the gift and brought it forth for us to have and to behold. Because of this His name is now renowned throughout the whole earth. His life has now been made manifest in and through us, making us useful unto every good word and work, and lifting us far above the power of sin and death. He is the mighty God, who works wonders of love by His great power.” James Ryle

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Can you knit in Spanish?

Ralph and Rosa stopped in Sacramento on their way home Wednesday. They had been visiting family and friends in Washington, Oregon, and in Redding, Ca.

Ralph and Rosa stopped at the shop first and were given the 25 cent tour, then to our house for lunch. Ralph got a load of firewood for their wood stove, Edith and Gene came by to visit, and Mary, R & R, Elmer and & I went to Garcia’s for dinner. Edith and Gene didn’t come with us, that is Uncle Gene’s story.

Rosa wanted to learn to knit. A fly on the wall must have been laughing itself silly watching two ladies whose communication skills would fit in a thimble work on the intricacies of knitting. I would show, Ralph would explain and Rosa had the challenge of figuring it all out. We did a lot of laughing, too. At one point I said, Ralph I need some more words, he said which ones, I didn’t care which ones, just some that would work for our knitting need. I guess we didn’t do to badly, though, when she left she could cast on, do the knit stitch, bind off and she had two new sets of knitting needles. Ralph learned he could go online and find information about how to knit. So if she wants to learn more, they can struggle together. She caught on real quick, her stitches were very even from the start. Could be a knitter in the making.

They left about 9:45 Thursday.

I went on to help at a grammar school library until a little after one, I went to lunch and the to the shop to get Elmer and home again.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Even When It Hurts

from: life lessons, Elizabeth Berg, January 2010, Real Simple

…..I know now that the dictionary definition of ragout is “a richly seasoned stew of meat and vegetables.” For me, it will always suggest another kind of mix:  a warm kitchen on a winter’s day, an old friend’s condor and absolute trust, and a new friend’s generosity in giving me a recipe, which is always about more than it seems. That’s because sharing the things that nourish us helps to fill an empty place. Sometimes that place is the stomach. Sometimes it’s the heart. And sometimes, the best times, it’s both.

So thankful for friends and family,  especially the person who will tell me what I need to hear, even when it hurts.

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Simplicity is More Than Less

I like Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach:

Simplicity does not mean making do with less,  but appreciating the important things more.  It means making deliberte decisions to surround yourself only with objects that inspire, comfort, soothe and serve you. Paring down to those essentials is more than just cleaning, organizing, or rearranging. Clearing away the clutter is a spiritual endeavor made up of choices, not chores, and the process itself can be as satisfying and empowering as the results: With every decision, you are creating a calm, clear space for your self. You are making room for wonderful new gifts to come into your life, such as order, serenity, and creativety.

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Lord is My Shepherd

Who is it that is your shepherd? The Lord! Oh, my friends, what a wonderful announcement! The Lord God of heaven and earth, and Almighty Creator of all things; He who holds the universe in His Hand as though it were a very little thing. He is your Shepherd, and has charged Himself with the care and keeping of you, as a shepherd is charged with the care and keeping of his sheep. If your hearts could really take  in this thought you would never have a fear or a care again;  for with such a Shepherd how could it be possible for you ever to want any good thing?               Hannah Whithall Smith

Psalms 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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