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2012828204417.jpgMark 9:35 (NIV)

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.

Today, I chose to lay my needles down.  If you know anything about me and this journey, you know that was a huge but very necessary deal.  For several weeks now, I have been under the weather, multiple doctor and specialist visits, prednisone, antibiotics, coughing, headaches, and all that being sick without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel entail.  Through it all I kept knitting because the caress of the yarny goodness was not for me, but for others.

There is a fire in my belly to create items that a deserving military service member, past, present or future will hold, carry, hug or be wrapped with the knowledge that their special piece was made by loving hands.   But last night I was working on a piece, feeling lousy, just trying to complete it. I pushed and pulled and yanked stitches right off the needles.

When the yank happened, I knew I wasn’t feeling well,  it had been a long physically challenging day, I was tired and had no business touching that scarf or those needles.  Packing away the yarn and needles for the evening, I fully planned to wake up today and repair the  damage.

Then I woke up, picked up my e-reader, read this text and realized that I needed to rest, to take care of myself to listen to the Spirit.  When I feel better, the yarn and needles will be here and God will give me the strength and direction to complete the scarf.

Each day we there are subtle reminders that we truly are powerless without God.  There is not one aspect of my life in which I do not submit to His will. We cannot ask to be healed yet not do all we are instructed to aid in our healing.  My fingers yearned to pull out a ball of  truly yummy yarn and imagine a new hat or cowl, to caress my new needles and dream about the possibilities of what warm love they would hold, but not this day.

Lord, I thank you for opportunity to heal, to get better and to know that in your time, Father, Your perfect will be done!  Today and everyday!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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English: Man Made in the Image of God, as in Genesis 1:26 to 2:3, illustration from a Bible card published 1906 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Reading the above text, it struck me that God is highly in favor of work!  Not only is He in favor of it, He put Adam in the garden to “work and take care” of it.  In other words God told Adam to “Get to work!”

This holiday break has been an absolute blessing but it is over and now and time to go back to work.  Time to be about completing and undertaking tasks purposed by God for me.  These periods of respite away from the daily grind have a way of providing more than just physical and emotional rest.  Ok, so maybe I did a bit more knitting than actual resting, but those long uninterrupted periods of knitting provided quiet moments of reflection and contemplation.

Rested, ready, reliable and responsive,  let us go into the next phase of our tasks, whatever work we do, give glory to God while working!  Be grateful to be employed and understand that God employs us to be emissaries on behalf of the Kingdom!  Now, it is time to get back to work!  

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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37 Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Let me be the first to admit, I had doubts!  Nagging, defeating and at times crippling doubt.  I opened my mouth and announced that our spin-off of Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative  was going to complete 200 items by December!  Initially the “we” was just me, but fueled by a sincere desire to help, my needles have been humming, through illness, storms, weekends and every seemingly waking moment that I was not working or driving.

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There were moments when I started to feel like the Dunkin Donuts man in the old 70’s commercials, except instead of “I need to make the donuts”, my mantra was “I need to knit the (insert hat, cowl or scarf here).”  Time was getting closer and closer,  I prayed and begged God to please send help, things just were not moving fast enough under my needles alone.

The testimony of God’s answering even the smallest prayer was manifest  first by the dawning  of interest and then by the desire of angels to help!  The trickle became a stream one hat became 40 (I realized I might need to learn to crochet), boredom for a University student morphed into hats and scarves cranked out overnight and delivered with smiles the next morning.  My empty mailbox received boxes as God blessed others to bless us with yarn at just the moment we were about to exhaust the supply.

Humbled and grateful I was able to bear witness to an ever-growing  pile of knitted, loomed and crocheted items.   These items are now bagged and ready to go home with University students who are excited about being able to  distribute them in their communities and to make a difference at home!   Please pray with us as  pray over the next number!!

There is nothing too hard for God!  He truly allows us to be stretched when we have doubts He calms them and allows His will to shine through!  Continue to pull and shape me, Lord!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Psalm 4:7 (NIV)

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Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured in dance: an early moving picture demonstrates the waltz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7 Fill my heart  with joy when their grain and new wine  abound.

The day-to-day can at times become such a draining routine that we forget that the word passion exists.  Sure, we can plaster on a smile and look happy but the passion that comes from truly enjoying life makes that smile look cartoonish and fake.

Passion exists in many forms, passion for food, writing, knitting and in my daughter’s case, passion for dancing. Dani Dancing (Video)    Watching the absolute joy on her face as she danced in the sunshine at the Strawberry fair on Saturday with other dance enthusiasts burst my dress snaps and had me shouting “Go baby!”   When we use God given talents to serve others, when we share freely of ourselves, roll up our sleeves and throw caution to the wind and embrace our gift of life, God smiles.

The storms of life are inevitable and today I vow to run outside with arms spread wide, head thrown back  and dance in the rain knowing that God, my father holds not only me, but the whole world in His hands!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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1 John 4:8 (NIV)

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.



I am a mother who was without my child on Mother’s Day.  Yet, because of love it was not an empty day. I was surrounded by love.

This weekend my beloved daughter came to town and my full love battery was charged to over flowing. Infused with her infectious love of life and energy I recall moments while she was growing up that all I had to give her most of the time was my love.

There are times in life when all we need is love, when all that brings a smile is the knowledge of an abundance of love. God is love! At moments of doubt and storms, when it seems the walls are closing in, God’s love is our strength and buffer.

Seeking Him energizes, clarifies thoughts and opens doors where we only saw a wall. I am so thankful for the daily visits of His love sprinkled with the periodic visits by the angels we call family!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name,  will humble  themselves and pray and seek my face  and turn  from their wicked ways, then I will hear  from heaven, and I will forgive  their sin and will heal  their land.

There has been so much going on in my life in the last couple weeks!  All I have been able to muster the energy to do is repeatedly and constantly call on the Lord.  As this day got underway today this song, that I have loved for a long time touched and moved me in ways it hadn’t before.

http://youtu.be/rq-5UjgtiYA – (Fred Hammond) Thank You Lord for being There for Me.

When I couldn’t find a voice to ask for help, He heard.

When my eyes shined with unshed tears, He heard.

When it seemed that hope was fading, He shored me up and renewed that hope.

When it seemed that one door had slammed shut, another opened.

It is so easy to wallow in what is not right, but the reality is that there are so many other little blessings along the way that deserve my abundant thanks and gratitude.

Thank you Lord, for always being there, for hearing and answering my unspoken prayers and for sending angels to minister to me, when I need it most.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood…”

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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7 Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NCV)

For two days, the needles have been silent.  Fingers have not felt the soothing slide of yarn, ears have not heard the rhythmic clicking and clacking of stitches being woven together nor have my eyes viewed rows of progress.   Every single work in progress,  all of them, came to a screeching halt.   What the world, how could it be the very thing that has fueled my days and blog had stopped.  I have been perplexed and in a word, lost.

One innocuous phone call and my world went into a silent, motionless holding pattern.  Not upset, not resigned, not spurred on, just…nothing.   Oh then last night the dam broke and the tears and words flowed, freely and unchecked.  I was impatient and once again questioning God, Poppa why? what? when?  As usual, He spoke, the whisper caressed my ear, gently patted my back and dried the tears.  “I got this!”  That was it, all He said and I realized again that the life I had surrendered so long ago, remained surrendered.  My self-imposed worries and fears had to be laid down at His feet.   Freed, I plan to pick up the needles and work on a project of praise and thanksgiving.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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