Five Minute Friday – Why

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Why

GO

Why is an automatic response.
A young child continually asks, “WHY?”
He doesn’t really want or understand
the elaborate explanation we give over and over
until we finally tire and say,
“Because I said so!”

So we are as a child,
when meet we something we don’t understand —
WHY?
Not because we are unbelieving.
Not even because we want an elaborate answer.
But because we need our Father’s attention.
We need to know we are not alone.
We need to know  are cared for and
we can trust the one who is holding our hands.

Until we hear those reassuring words,
“Because I said so, my child.”

stop

“For God Himself has said,
I will not in any way fail you
nor give you up
nor leave you without support.
I will not,
I will not,
I will not in any degree leave you
helpless nor forsake nor let you down;
nor relax My hold on you!
Assuredly not!”
Hebrew 13:5
The Amplified Bible

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Three on Thursday – Signs of Spring


First Signs of Spring at Cozy Acres
along the garden path.

First to be seen along my pathway are the white violets.

  Then these precious bells appear.

Last, but not least,
(really not even the last blooms that reappear)
are the purple violets.
These will continue to bloom long after the white violets and bells are gone.

Just one more, please
The spring bulbs need separating,
but I love them bright and compact.
The little bells grow in a row to the right of this picture.

Linking with Carole for Three on Thursday .

But for right now . . .

I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

But for right now,
until that completeness,
we have three things to do
to lead us toward that consummation:
Trust steadily in God,
hope unswervingly,
love extravagantly.
And the best of the three is love.
The Message

Today

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Blessed Are the Merciful

I gathered these pretties yesterday.

from my morning Bible reading:

Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone
whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

Luke 6:36
Be ye therefore merciful,
as your Father also is merciful.

A merciful or compassionate man easily forgets injuries;
pardons them without being solicited;
and does not permit repeated returns of ingratitude
to deter him from doing good,
even to the unthankful and the unholy.
Clarke’s Commentary

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy.

“The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed;
It blesseth him who gives, and him who takes::
Portia in William Shakespeare’s
The Merchant of Venice

Luke 6:36 Amplified Bible
So be merciful
(sympathetic, tender,
responsive and compassionate)
even as your Father is [all these.]

Today . . . Help me exercise Mercy, Lord.

Makers’ Monday – Moods

Jeannie Gray said
” It’s Makers’ Monday.  Tell me all about what you’re making.”

Okay.

The mess of Moods of Change I found in ‘Crochet time out’.

I don’t know when I started it.
I don’t know what size needle I used.
I think I know where I left off . . .
but I ripped it out anyway and started over on February 6.


By this afternoon, February 12,
I had finished row 32 with 364 single crochets.
Some people stop at this point
making a mini Moods of Change.
I have many more skeins of yarn
so I’ll keep going around and around
depending on my ‘mood’.


Pictures show red as rosy but it is more country brick.

Moods of Change designer, Frank O’Randle
Linking with Jeannie.

Ravelry Moods of Change notes

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Five Minute Friday – Privilege

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Privilege – a right or advantage gained by birth

Romans 8:15-17
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
at we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together.

Go

When I first read the word privilege
and looked up the meaning
I was concerned with the thoughts of entitlement,
better or less than another,
this is mine.

I let thoughts come and go through my mind all day.
Then as I read through some of the five minutes of others
“what a privilege . . .”
caught my eye.
and what I was trying to put down jelled.

I feel so privileged to be a child of God.

Not because I was special,
not because I had talents,
not because I was born in a certain place,
had special parents or
spoke English.

I could have had a completely different ethnicity,
I could have been born in a different country,
I could have had a different level of learning
and I could still be a child of God.

Because “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel-16:7

Because I am a child of God,
the privileges I have are beyond measure.
I can call on His name in prayer;
and He hears.
I can crawl on His lap when I am afraid;
and I am comforted.
I can receive grace for each day;
and have strength for every situation.
I can love my neighbor as myself.
I can forgive,
because He first loved and forgave me.

Stop.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
refrain
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Written by Elisha A. Hoffman, Cyril A. Mclellan, A Showalter •
Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Yarn Along – February


What is ‘Yarn Along’?
Yarn Along is a place at Ginny’s blog where Knitters meet
(Crocheters are welcome, too)
to share all the wonderful projects being worked on,
finished,
frogged, (ripped out all the hard work)
learned from and cried over.
These dear people also share what they are reading,
or like me are listening to,
adding a bit of the story line
or a provoking thought.
(I haven’t been able to read and knit/crochet at the same time.
Sometimes I can’t even talk and knit/crochet at the same time.)

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading
and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Ginny begins her blog, Small Things,
on the First Wednesday of the month.

TA-DA
Ripple for Travis is finished!
Approximately 48 inches X 80 inches
nice size for a 6 foot + son-in-law.

Next Project in the Time Out pile.
Moods of Change by Frank O’Randle
What I found!

After checking everything out,
trying to figure out where I left off
AND what size hook I was using,
I decided to start all over!

Begin
February 6, 2018
I like the pattern,
the repetitions are make sense
and are easy to follow.

Row 20 completed at 1:30 am 2/8/2018
about 24 inches across.

Sporadically, reading

from the back cover:
Boundaries in Marriage helps you understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in your marriage
–and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation and intimacy you both long for.

I’m hoping to learn how to be a better partner in my marriage.

Linking with Ginny’s yarn Along @ Small Things

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Three on Thursday – On My Wall

As you walk up to our trailer,
you’ll see these three things hanging on our wall.

An internet repeater,
we share internet service
and this little box helps us have reasonably consistant service.

Our keepsake from our 2017 Topcrain Journey,
purchased in Ohio in Amish Country.

Our keepsake from our 2007 Topcrain Journey,
I didn’t look up where we purchased this star;
it is made from old metal roofing.

Before you ask,

from a picture I gave the Farmer,
I received this coat stand for Christmas one year.
the Farmer can make almost anything from a picture.

Linking with Carole and her Three on Thursday .

Makers’ Monday

Jeannie Gray said
” It’s Makers’ Monday.  Tell me all about what you’re making.”

Okay.

Finished!
Ripple for Travis

February 5, 2018 about 1:45am

Folded up ready to deliver
Approximately 48″ X 80″

Mood of Change is the next project to be finished.
I don’t know when I started this.

Linking with Jeannie

Ravlery Ripple for T notes
Ravelry Moods of Change notes

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Hope is Still a Promise

from 2013, still true today.

First violets are white.

“And this hope is what saves us.
But if we already have what we hope for,
there is no need to keep on hoping.”
Romans 8:24

Faith is a power, and Hope is a promise.
For Hope is always about that which is yet to come;
never about what we currently possess.
Faith reaches into the future
and brings into the present
a borrowed power that enables us
to live today in the strength of tomorrow;
to posses this earth with heaven in mind;
to live in the presence of the “not yet.”
But Hope differs in this regard:
it knows what is promised,
even though it cannot see it,
and though it will never lay hold of it
until the day it actually arrives —
Hope holds firm without wavering.
Faith is for this world;
Hope is for the next.
There will be no need for Faith
in Heaven once we are there,
so we should spend all that we have while we are here.
But our Hope will pay off huge on That Day
when we cross the threshold of Time into Eternity
and see what our hearts have only imagined.
Hope is a promise
that holds our hearts forward to a better day,
that lifts us above the present darkness of a bad stretch
and keeps us buoyant in the midst of turbulence and trouble.
But sometimes Hope flags in the face of delays;
and Hope deferred can make the heart sick.
Thus weakened with soul-sickness,
our hearts may lose their grip on what is promised;
our Hope may fade
and our passion to keep a forward view
can diminish in the dusk of uncertain turns.
That’s when Love steps in to lift Hope back on its feet
— for Love never fails.

For we are saved by hope:
but hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth,
why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:24-25

Hope . . . Today

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Five Minute Friday – Agree

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Agree – to have the same opinion

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We agree, the Farmer and I
that the Road Trip we took in 2017,
the year of our 50th anniversary was perfect.

Did we always agree?
NO.
There were disagreements;
sometimes slightly or
not so slightly raised voices
and even louder silences.

Did we have a good time?
Yes!
We met people who became friends;
visited with people we knew who became dear friends;
sights we saw that we would visit again in a heart beat
and memories when dusted off shine with great brightness.

Road trips are like life:
bumps, pot holes and u-turns
scenic surprises and sunsets
(I don’t get up early enough to see many sunrises)
shared hopes, accepted flaws
and great love anyway.
We agree.

Stop

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

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Three on Thursday – Time to Piece

My word for 2081 – FINISHING

As in finish what you’ve started.
Since November, 2017,
I have finished 5 crochet projects,
three that were waiting in time out
and two that I started with new yarn.
I’m only working on one project at a time,
so unlike me the project butterfly,
that I am.

This year I’m joining
350 blocks in 2018 Project
with Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts.

January’s goal – 10 blocks

Last night, the last night of January,
I decided I had to piece something!
But first, three things,


1. I had to straighten my shed on the right.
It had become fairly cluttered,
a little yarn here, a few recipes there,
a quilt block of the month piled here,
and miscellaneous stuff everywhere.

2. Next  up the ironing board.


3. Desk and Sewing machine ready.

Three of these blocks from 30’s fabrics were the end result.

Now I have 20 blocks completed,
and seven more cut out.
I don’t know if I’ll stop at 25 or cut more for 36 blocks,
I like square quilts for kids.

Linking  – Three on Thursday and Carole at Carole Knits

Makers’ Monday – a day late

Jeannie Gray said
” It’s Makers’ Monday.  Tell me all about what you’re making.”

Okay.

With determination
I am struggling to work one project
until it is finished.
Such a new concept for me!

My ‘like’ list is growing almost daily,
as Facebook knitting and crocheting groups
provide such wonderful eye candy.
Who can resist candy?

I’m still crocheting my ‘Everyday Ice Spirit’ ripple.
(E I S are Yarn names.)
Yardage equals 2300 yards with approx. 800 yards to go.

Ravelry link here.
Link with Jeannie here.
I hope I can put a picture of a new project next Monday.

Published in: on January 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm  Comments (6)  

When Thou Prayest

from my Bible reading:

Matthew 6:5-8
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues
and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them:
for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of,
before ye ask him.

A proper idea of prayer is,
pouring out of the soul unto God,
as a free-will offering,
solemnly and eternally dedicated to him,
accompanied with the most earnest desire
that it may know, love, and serve him alone.
Clarke’s Commentary

What is Prayer?
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast:
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward gleaming of an eye,
When none but God is near
Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high:
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air,
His watch-word at the gates of death,
He enters heaven by prayer
Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice,
And say, Behold he prays!
The saints in prayer appear as one,
In word, in deed, in mind,
When with the Father and the Son
Their fellowship they find
Nor prayer is made on earth alone:
The Holy Spirit pleads;
And Jesus, on th’ eternal throne,
For sinners intercedes
“O Thou, by whom we come to God!
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer thyself hast trod,
Lord, teach us how to pray!”
Montgomery

Pray . . . . Today

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Quench Not the Holy Spirit

from my Bible reading:

Quench not the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19

The Holy Spirit is represented as a fire,
because it is his province to
enlighten and quicken the soul;
and to purge, purify, and refine it.
This Spirit is represented as being quenched
when any act is done, word spoken, or temper indulged,
contrary to its dictates.
It is the Spirit of love,
and therefore anger, malice, revenge,
or any unkind or unholy temper,
will quench it so that it will withdraw its influences;
and then the heart is left
in a state of hardness and darkness.
It has been observed that fire may be quenched
as well by heaping earth on it as by throwing water on it;
and so the love of the world
will as effectually grieve and quench the Spirit
as any ordinary act of transgression.
Clarke’s Commentary

John 2:15
Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.

Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one,
and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon may therefore be considered
any thing a man confides in.
Clarke’s Commentary