Sunday Bible Reading – Psalm 130

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Good Morning,

Psalm 130
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice:
let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
If thou, LORD,
shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord,
who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the LORD,
my soul doth wait,
and in his word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord
more than they that watch for the morning:
I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
Let Israel hope in the LORD:
for with the LORD there is mercy,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Waiting for the Lord. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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March 29–Today’s thought — Sunday’s Coming

Good Morning

It was a simple sermon, starting softly, building in volume and intensity until the entire congregation was completely involved, repeating the phrases in unison. The sermon went something like this.

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter’s denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming.

It’s Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, “Father, forgive them.” It’s Friday; but Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, “My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?” What a horrible cry. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. And at the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that’s because it’s Friday, and they don’t know it, but Sunday’s a coming…”    S. M. Lockridge

For the Son of man is come to seek
and to save that which was lost.
Luke 19:10

Hopeful because  . . . Sunday’s Coming
With my prayers; desiring yours,  Leslie

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March 28, Today’s thought -God Lays My Foundation


Good Morning

Isaiah 54:10-13
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed;
but my kindness shall not depart from thee,
neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,
saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours,
and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
And I will make thy windows of agates,
and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD;
and great shall be the peace of thy children.

“Is there o end to trials?
Is there no limit to affliction?” you ask.
“Can there be assurance that God knows our every care,
our every weakness?
Will not the morning break with new hope
and refreshing courage?”
Yes, dear heart, there is hope,
there is a limit.
did not our Lord Himself promise us
that we would not have to suffer
affliction beyond that which He had to endure?
God sends affliction and He removes it.
Quietly wait
and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He comes.
When His design in using the rod is fully served,
He ends the trials and He limits the affliction.
If the affliction is for a time of testing,
that we might become as pure gold,
that we might glorify God,
it will end when the Lord has used us
to bear witness to His grace and goodness.
When we have given to Him all the honor
which we can possibly render to Him,
then we would wish the affliction to depart. M. Taylor

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Song verse – John Keith

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Yarn Along-The Bad, The Good, and a Wedding Gift

On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Mar 27 whippoorwill

I’m having a big problem with Miss Shirley’s shawl.
Last week I told you I had to frog a long row,
this week I reknit the long row and the count is still off…:(
Doesn’t it look innocent?

Mar 27 blanket & pillow cases 001Miss Brittany’s granny square is coming along – it’s my take-a-long knitting.

Mar 27 blanket & pillow cases 003My dear friend’s daughter is getting married in April.
I’ll just use the ivory thread for the embroidery,
to give a white on white look to go with her ivory bedding.

If you click here you’ll see what’s happening at Ginny’s.

AND if you click here, you’ll find more friends at Tami’s.
I’m reading Plague of Memory by S. L. Viehl, one of the Star Doc series.
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March 27, Today’s thought – Gossip

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Good Morning

It always starts with one word

First, somebody told it,

Then the room couldn’t hold it,

So the busy tongues rolled it

Till they got it outside.

Then the crowd came across it,

And never once lost it,

But tossed it and tossed it,

Till it grew long and wide.

This lie brought forth others,

Dark sisters and brothers,

And fathers and mothers–

A terrible crew.

And while headlong they hurried,

The people they flurried,

And troubled and worried,

As lies always do.

And so evil-bodied,

This monster lay goaded,

Till at last it exploded

In smoke and in shame.

Then from mud and from mire

The pieces flew higher,

And hit the sad victim

And killed a good name.
~~ Author Unknown

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Incline not my heart to any evil thing,
to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity:
and let me not eat of their dainties. Psalm 141:3-4

Set a watch, Oh Lord . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Chatting on the Deck


“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

QuestionsMelanie asks “What kinds of seafood have you tried and liked? What is the most unique seafood you’ve eaten?

I’m not very adventuresome when it comes to food. Red Snapper, tilapia, tuna, halibut, crab, shrimp, cod are my favorites. At a wedding reception in Hawaii, I was super encouraged, dared, it was insisted that I try the raw fish. I don’t know what kind it was. I wasn’t impressed.

Anne says, “An unforgettable holiday moment is_____________________. (She’s on the other side of that BIG pond. I believe a holiday is a vacation on this side. )

In 2007 the Farmer and I took a cross country road trip, 53 days long, visiting 32 states. One deadline – complete freedom. We loved every minute of it. Our dream is to do more traveling.

Arlene wants to know, “When was the last time you tried something new?”
I tried a new to me recipe last night ‘Barley, Peas, and Lentil Stew’ the Farmer is a vegetarian. I’m always on the look out for veg-recipes. It was good.

Becky asks, “Who or what inspires you?”
The Word of God, my mother and my children, all encourage me, You can do it!

Madonna wants to know,” How did you chose the names of your children. Wendell adds,”If you don’t have kids, how do you choose pet names?”
Daughter #1, praying I asked the Lord for a name my baby would like. “Mary Ruth”, but Lord I can’t name the baby that I’m going to have a boy! this was before untra-sounds.
Son #1, My choice Aaron Clifford; Clifford for my brother. Aaron looked so much like my brothers at birth, the Farmer didn’t want a Topper name, so he was named Aaron Howard, Howard after the Farmer’s father.
Daughter #2 Margaret Ellen, I was thinking after a favorite aunt. Later we found out it was the Farmer’s grandmother’s name also.
Son #2 Daniel Ripley, I just liked the name Daniel, Ripley is my mother’s maiden name.
Daughter #3 Dan and I read a book whose main character was Emily Susanne. So she is. (Picture of the 5 is in the previous post, ‘Ten on Tuesday’)

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Ten on Tuesdays – Dreamin’


On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Things You’d Do If You Won the Big Powerball Jackpot.

What a fun topic!
Not many of us could say
we haven’t dreamed of winning the big one.
Although not long ago I ask the Farmer
“what would you want to but if. . . ”
After a long pause he replied,
“Maybe a new tractor…”
I’m not that limited.

1. A substantial offering toward missionary work our church supports in Mexico, Cuba and different areas in Africa.

2. A chunk to each of the 5 children for paying off/buying the house and furnishing of their dreams. Or maybe we will seriously consider that family compound we’ve talked about.

2009 1226 (91)aAaron, Dan, Mary, Emily and Margaret

3. Trust funds for the 13 grandchildren to access at 30 years old.

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4. Funds for our mothers: the Farmer’s is 100yrs old in a nursing home; my mother is independent and healthy, but __?___ a month would go a long way toward easing financial needs.

5. A new tractor

6. A whole family vacation, that we’ll remember and talk and laugh about the rest of our lives.

7. Travel – – we have several trips we’ve been dreaming about

8. Remodel the caretaker’s house – possibly will be our home in the future

9. Increase our monthly income by $2000. a month (we are retired with SS plus occasional part-time income).

10. A Hyundai Genesis for me.
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Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote
“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment,
all you have is all you need”. I believe this with all my heart.

Click here to see other’s dreams.

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March 26, Today’s thought –Figured Out?

Mar 22 13 mt shastaOur view of Mt Shasta, March 22, 2013

Good Morning

Have you got God figured out?
Get ready, you may be in for a surprise.
Hear the rocks meant
for the body of the adulterous woman drop to the ground.
Listen as Jesus invites
a death-row convict to ride with Him to the Kingdom
in the front seat of the limo.
Listen as the Messiah whispers to the Samaritan woman,
“I who speak to you am He.”
And listen to the surprise
as Mary’s name is spoken by a man she had buried.

God appearing in the strangest of places.
Doing the strangest of things.
Stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns.
Hanging a bright star in a dark sky.
Many more knees will bow.
And many more seekers will celebrate.

“For no eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God
has prepared for those who love Him!”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Max Lucado ~~ Six Hours One Friday

Accept God’s Preparation . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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March 25, Today’s thought – Plain Truth

Mar 22  barnI love old barns for the useful life they lived and the secrets they could tell.(seen on along Interstate 5 north of Sacramento)

Good Morning

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

The plain truth is that without Christ there is no happiness in the world.

He alone can give the Comforter who abides forever.
He is the sun; without Him people never feel warm.
He is the light; without Him people are always in the dark.
He is the bread; without Him people are always starving.
He is the living water; without Him people are always thirsty.
Give them what you like, place them where you please,
surround them with all the comforts you can imagine,
it makes no difference.

Separate from Christ, the Prince of Peace, a person cannot be happy.

~ J.C. Ryle

Love the truth. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Psalm 146

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Good Morning

Psalms 146

Praise ye the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
While I live will I praise the LORD:
I will sing praises unto my God
while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man,
in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth,
he returneth to his earth;
in that very day his thoughts perish.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea,
and all that therein is:
which keepeth truth for ever:
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed:
which giveth food to the hungry.
The LORD looseth the prisoners:
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind:
the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down:
the LORD loveth the righteous:
The LORD preserveth the strangers;
he relieveth the fatherless and widow:
but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
The LORD shall reign for ever,
even thy God, O Zion,
unto all generations.
Praise ye the LORD.

The Lord shall reign for ever
Therefore he can never fail; and he is thy God, O Zion.
Hitherto he has helped you and your fathers;
and has extended that help from generation to generation.
Therefore trust in him and bless the Lord. Clarke’s

Magnify the Lord with me . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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My Name is Leslie and I Procrastinate

My sewing area

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Blocks being made

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With lots of help

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Blocks get trimmed to the same size

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I had blocks together and half the binding on and procrastinated.
Not now…
Not today….
Yes, today, but didn’t do it….
Later today, ran out of today………….
so when the load of quilt gets heavy enough ……

So in one and half hours border on,
mitered corners stitched,
back seamed and everything pressed.
WHY …OH…WHY…do I procrastinate ?
My friend could have had her quilt a month ago.
Thank you for your patience.

Blocks and border all together

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Backing fabric
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The quilt is now in the hands of  my favorite quilter, Emily.
Quilt’m by Sunflower Designs

This finished Object isn’t made of yarn, but it IS finished
I’ll hand sew the binding when the quilting is done.
I’m joining with Tami, just for fun!

March 22, Today’s thought – Green Jeans and Soggy Bottoms


Good Morning

“He makes me lay down in green pastures,
he leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:2

It’s kind of nice at first,
especially if your life has been a whirlwind of activity;
running to and fro,
closing deals and climbing the never ending ladder;
burning the candle at both ends;
living on the edge;
coming apart at the seams.
A getaway to a nice balmy meadow,
next to a gentle babbling brook
is just what the doctor ordered;
all we need now is Bambi and Thumper
and the picture is complete.
Like I said, it’s kind of nice — at first.
But as the days turn to weeks,
and then draw into months…
and then years —
green and wet can get a little old.
But the Lord is not fooling around here.
He’s after something far more valuable
than you being a success,
as this world defines it.
He is after you being the man or woman
He created you to be.
And to this end He will make you lay down —
even if you don’t want to.
He will lead you by still waters,
even though you scramble to go somewhere else.
And why is He doing this?
So that your trust will be in Him —
and not in your own fleshly striving.
If you can somehow get up and walk away,
then the Lord is not your Shepherd.
And you will never know
the indescribable payoff that awaits
all those with green jeans and soggy bottoms.

“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yes, even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil — for He is with me. His rod and staff comfort me. He prepares a banquet table for me in the presence of my enemies, and anoints my head with oil. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life — and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

But you go ahead and walk away;
I’m sure you’ll find the finer fashions
of this world more suitable to your blank eyes, and hollow chest.
And, no doubt,
the whirlwind will sweep you up in such a buzz
that you’ll not visit these parts again.

Until you are made to lay down in gray linen on a cold stone.

Accept God’s leading. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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March 21, Today’s thought – The Bible

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Good Morning,

Now these are the commandments, the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the LORD your God commanded to teach you,
that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God,
to keep all his statutes and his commandments,
which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son,
all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged.
Deuteronomy 6:1-2

The Bible is a beautiful palace,
built up out of sixty-six blocks of marble–its separate books.
In the first chapter of Genesis we enter the vestibule,
which is filled with the mighty acts of creation.
The vestibule gives access to the law courts,
the five books of Moses.
Passing through these we come to the picture gallery
of the historical books.
Here we find hung upon the walls scenes of battle fields,
representations of heroic deeds, and portraits of eminent men
belonging to the early days of the world’s history.
Beyond the picture gallery we find the philosopher’s chamber,
the Book of Job.
Passing on we enter the music room, the Book of Psalms,
where we listen to the grandest strains
that ever fell on human ears.
Then we come to business office, the Book of Proverbs,
where right in the center of the room stands facing us the motto:

“Righteousness exalteth a nation:
but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

From the business office we pass into the chapel of Ecclesiastes,
or the preacher in his pulpit,
and thence into the conservatory, the Song of Solomon,
with the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley,
and all manner of fine perfumes, fruits, and flowers.
Finally we reach the observatory, the prophets,
with their telescopes fixed on near and distant stars,
and all directed toward the bright and morning star
that was soon to arise.

Crossing the court
we come to the audience chamber of the King, the Gospels,
where we find four lifelike portraits of the King Himself.
Next we enter the workroom of the Holy Spirit,
the Acts of the Apostles,
and beyond that the correspondence room, the Epistles,
where we see Paul and Peter and James and Jude
busy at their desks.
If you would know what they are writing about
their Epistles are open for all to study.

Before leaving we stand for a moment in the outside gallery,
the Revelation, where we look upon some striking pictures
of the judgment to come and the glories to be revealed,
concluding with an awe-inspiring picture
of the throne room of the King. W. Duns

Enter His palace. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along – Knit, Frog, Knit


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Miss Shirley’s Whippoorwill has been my main knit this week.
I was hoping to have it done for her birthday on Thursday,
now I’ll be glad if it is done by the of the month!
Presently I’m knitting on 467 stitches adding 2 stitches every row.
Today at the end of row 107 I had the wrong count
and found my mistake 16 stitches from the beginning,
that is a lot of stitches to frog.

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I added 225 (+/-) beads on row 102, that was a long row.
I’ll add 235 (+/-) beads on row 112,
and 284 (+/-) beads on the bind off.
Beads are 8/0-451 Met Hematite, a solid dark grey, with a polished metal sheen.
I use Oral B Super Floss to add the beads following
Laura Nelkin’s instructions here .

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Heather’s baby blanket I love it!

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I love the way the the long colors of Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball striped in this blanket.

Shattered by Dick Francis was my knitting companion.
I like Dick Francis’ books, England and horse racing — a good mix.

If you click here you’ll see what’s happening at Ginny’s.

AND if you click here, you’ll find more friends at Tami’s.

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March 20, Today’s thought – Watching

Mar 15 busterGuarding the yarn remnants.

Good Morning

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:26

How do you measure you value?
Dollars in the bank?
Cars in the driveway?
Letters after your name?
During the Depression,
you were something special
if you had a little meat on your bones.
That meant you were prosperous,
that nobody at your house was starving.
People could see you were well cared for,
and for that matter,
cared about.

Well, suppose we. . .look at the birds of the air.
Have you ever seen a skinny bird?
Maybe if it were sickly and couldn’t fly off to find food,
but the ones in the air are plump and healthy and flying high.
Even though they have no food stored up for tomorrow,
they seem to be doing fine today on the food
that their heavenly Father has provided…
And Jesus said we are of more value to God
than those happily fed birds,
meaning he will look out for all our needs,
not just physical, but spiritual needs, too.
Liz Curtis Higgs ~~ Reflecting His Image

Watching the birds of the air. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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