Monthly Archives: October 2009

My current (for several months now!) project:

The doily-in-progress; as you can see, I’m working on the border, which is going to be a scallop:

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Self-Portrait!¬† ūüôā

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Sunday Afternoon Thoughts

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Well, I seem to be spending a lot of time in Whataburgers lately.¬† They are good places to catch wireless internet, and (when they’re not overrun with rowdy teenagers… thankfully they left…) it is even possible sometimes to concentrate and write a blogpost.¬† I’ve got to play chauffer again in approximately 15 minutes, so it will have to be a short post.

Festival day went very well; the weather was amazingly beautiful, the crowds crowded, and the fried pies… well.¬† It was all good.¬† And it’s over for another year!

Our minister is in the midst of a sermon series which currently is focusing on Galatians 4.  We all stood for the Scripture reading before the sermon, which was verses 13-26, the same as last week, and the words were just as powerful.

Love.¬† Love.¬† Real, self-sacrificing Love.¬† That is it.¬† Did you know, for example, that the word “serve” in Galatians 4:13– as in , “only use not liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another“– is not just a feel-good word, but in the Greek actually means slavery?¬† Whoa.

One thing I’ve noticed (he has been emphasizing it!) is that, while we generally see this passage as applying to individuals, the you is plural.¬† This is about the church as a body.¬† The middle eight– the majority– of the “works of the flesh” in verses 19-21 have to do with how we relate to each other.¬† In other words, the flesh is out to destroy relationships.

There is a lot more, of course, and he said it better; but my time’s up!

Fall Seems to be the Season for Change!

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Well, summer has been giving way to fall in fits and starts here.¬† It rained steadily from Tuesday night until this morning, then the clouds broke and the sun came out, and by all accounts it should be a beautiful weekend.¬† There is a festival in the town where I work (now much less… see following…) at an antique mall, annually our single biggest day of the year, and we sure do need the nice weather.

More than the weather has been changing!  About a month ago, in a dizzying combination of converging happenings, I quit my job, began homeschooling my brother, and got started in a new from-home job.  Talk about change.  I was apprehensive at first, but on the whole, it has turned out very well.  I am enjoying being at home, enjoying learning along with my brother, and spending lots of time hanging out with him; I am struggling with adjusting to having a lot of time to manage.  The home buisiness has taken longer to get going than I anticipatedРtechnological issues!Рbut that has been blessing in disguise, because it has meant less stress and more free time as the Bro and I get started with what is a new schedule for both of us.

God always knows what He is doing!


from Future Grace, chapter 13:

Patience is the capacity to “wait and to endure” without murmuring and disillusionment– to wait in the unplanned place, and endure the unplanned place.


Patience is the evidence of an inner strength.¬† Impatient people are weak, and therefore dependent on external supports–like schedules that go just right and circumstances that support their fragile hearts.¬† Their outbursts of oaths and threats and harsh criticisms of the culprits who crossed their plans do not sound weak.¬† But that noise is all a camouflage of weakness.¬† Patience demands tremendous inner strength.

For the Christian, this strength comes from God.  That is why Paul [Colossians 1:11] is praying for the Colossians.  He is asking God to empower them for the patient endurance that the Christian life requires.


…the strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.¬† This requires great faith in future grace,¬† becuase the evidence is seldom evident.

“Friends, Books…

…a cheerful heart, and conscience clear,

Are the most choice companions we have here.”

William Mather

“It is a tie between men to have read the same book.”

Emerson, Journals, 1864

(Courtesy of Miss B and her mother Judy, whose friendship proves the truth of both statements!)

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Any YLCF readers out there?

This sounds like fun!  Any takers?

Something to look forward to in November!

Next month Sara Groves releases a new album, Fireflies and Songs. I am excited!  There is a little more about it here.

Any other fans out there?