The Vision Unseen

The Think Write Thursday topic for today is:
to look out a window you don’t normally look out of and tell us what you see.

In my bedroom is a small window that faces east.

This window always has the blinds shut.

I don’t look out this window.

I don’t know its vision.

This is an ignored window.

One day I opened the blinds . . .just a little.

And wonderful light shown in.

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a child is born,
Isaiah 9:2,6a

I’m linking with Think Write Thursday.

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To Give Everything First

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth,
have not a cake,
but an handful of meal in a barrel,
and a little oil in a cruse:
and, behold, I am gathering two sticks,
I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die.
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not;
go and do as thou hast said:
but make me thereof a little cake first,
and bring it unto me,
and after make for thee and for thy son.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
The barrel of meal shall not waste,
neither shall the cruse of oil fail,
until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah:
and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
And the barrel of meal wasted not,
neither did the cruse of oil fail,
according to the word of the LORD,
which he spake by Elijah.
1Kings 17:12-16

 

But what if . . .
what if the widow had not believed the words of the prophet?

What if she had not picked up that curse of oil the next morning
to fix the breakfast cake

What if she had not reached in to the bag

Did she wonder as she picked up the flour scoop
Did her hand tremble?
Did she cry
“LORD! HELP MY UNBELIEF!”

She was just like me
measuring out for days the amount left
in the bag and in the cruse.

Making each cake in the morning and in the evening
just a little smaller
just a little drier
knowing on what day
everything would be gone.

The day came
and as she looked in her little son’s eyes
she said,
Come, let us gather the sticks for today’s breakfast.

As they walk down the same lane
they had walked day after day
they met a man
who asked her to give everything she had to him first.

 

Remembering mine affliction and my misery,
the wormwood and the gall.
My soul hath them still in remembrance,
and is humbled in me.
This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:19-23

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Sunday Bible Reading – Habakkuk 3:17-19

March Poppies

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet,
and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

 

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Five Minute Friday – Abandon


Joining with Kate at Heading Home

For five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.”

Today’s prompt- Abandon

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or for me Abandoned

When you are a small girl
and a trick is played onyou
and no says “that isn’t nice!”

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are a small girl
and you have received a promise
and it isn’t fulfilled
and no one explains why

You fell abandoned and alone

When yo are a little older
and you change schools
and everything is different and new and scary
and you dond’t fit in

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are a little older
and you are falsely accused
and you it it is your fault

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are older yet
and are critizied for your actions
and you haven’t leared how to do any different – yet

You feel abandoned and alone

Abandoned – having been deserted, forsaken , stranded

Many times in our life’s
during circumstances beyond our control
We do feel abandoned

But to to each of us there should come a time
to make sense of the feelings.

By learning You are good enough
By learning to speak up for yourself
By learning sometimes you do receive the reaction from a bad day
By learning to adjust to change
By learning the tools to be comfortable in socially
By learning all these situations will work for your good

By leaning on God’s teaching and guidance

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes;
and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law;
yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
Psalm 119:33-35

By leaning on God’s promises

. . . for he hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Hebrews 13:5-6

He maketh the storm a calm,
so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet;
so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psalm 107:29-30

I will feel loved and safe.

Stop

Scriptures added after time.

Yarn Along – Feather and Fan

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

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Feather and Fan or Old Shale pattern is an easy
yet not a boring pattern to knit.
I  love the way it finishes.
I started this on in December, 2016
and finished it last week.
I was hoping for last Wednesday
so I could tell you about it,
but late at night I knew I’d never make it.

I borrowed Old Shale tablecloth pattern.
I love circle afghans.
I think I’ll do this one again someday.

Ravelry notes

I am trying a very NEW thing for me –
ONLY ONE knitting/crocheting project at a time.

Next WIP to complete is this beatiful orange/brown
Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle,
approved by Buster.

Ravelry notes

Currently listening to Unspoken by Dee Henderson

I’m joining with other knitters/crochetiers here.

February 350 Blocks Project

350-2017

 

‘OK, so here it is the end of February, and we’re supposed to have 62 blocks made by now”
Prairie Moon Quilts.

Goal for February 35 blocks.

I made 16 blocks for this table topper
at a class offered by Run With Scissors,
Citrus Heights, CA
Night time pic are hard on the colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the topper letovers I made 9 blocks for coasters.
Miniature crazy quilts.

 

9 blocks were cut out from a cute coffee theme panal.
Simple just cut out, next I’ll pad and back, stitch,
turn rightside out then quilt a little.
These will become small hot pads.
     

I love this fabric for the backing.

So I’m adding 34 to my total blocks made.

January 33 + February 34 = 67 blocks!
I’m a few ahead.
Time will tell how this project finishes.

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So Run, That Ye May Obtain

Ever Keep Heavaen in View

For we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:14

It is the last step that wins;
and there is no place in the pilgrim’s progress
where so many dangers lurk as the region
that lies hard by the portals of the Celestial City.
It was there that Doubting Castle stood.
It was there that the enchanted ground
lured the tired traveler to fatal slumber.
It is when Heaven’s heights are full in view that
hell’s gate is most persistent and full of deadly peril.
“Let us not be weary in well doing,
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.”
“So run, that ye may obtain.”

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

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Another is Hindered

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I love the bare branches of trees.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more:
but judge this rather,
that no man put a stumbling-block,
or an occasion to fall,
in his brother’s way.
Romans 14:13.

A vexation arises,
and our expressions of impatience
hinder others from taking it patiently.
Disappointment,
ailment,
or even weather depresses us;
and our look or tone of depression
hinders others from maintaining
a cheerful and thankful spirit.
We say an unkind thing,
and another is hindered in learning
the holy lesson of charity that thinketh no evil.
We say a provoking thing,
and our sister or brother is hindered
in that day’s effort to be meek.
How sadly, too, we may hinder without word or act!
For wrong feeling is more infectious than wrong doing;
especially the various phases of ill temper,
–gloominess,
touchiness,
discontent,
irritability,
–do we not know how catching these are?
F. R. HAVERGAL.

Them that were entering in,
ye hindered.
Luke 11:52.

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Whatsoever Thy Hand Findeth To Do . . .

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My meat is to do the will of Him
that sent me and to finish His work.
John 4:34.

Don’t object that your duties are so insignificant;
they are to be reckoned of infinite significance,
and alone important to you.
Were it but the more perfect regulation of your apartments,
the sorting-away of your clothes and trinkets,
the arranging of your papers, —
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, _do it_ with all thy might,”
and all thy worth and constancy.
Much more, if your duties are of evidently higher, wider scope;
if you have brothers, sisters, a father, a mother,
weigh earnestly what claim does lie upon you, on behalf of each,
and consider it as the one thing needful,
to pay _them_ more and more honestly and nobly what you owe.
What matter how miserable one is, if one can do that?
That is the sure and steady disconnection and
extinction of whatsoever miseries one has in this world.
T. CARLYLE.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:17

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Seek the Best

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The Stone beside me marked the resting place
of somebody’s BELOVED WIFE
who died in 1805 OF A FEVER.
Beneath her name was a line of script,
almost indistinguishable.
I looked close,
wondering which biblical phrase
her grieving children might have chosen.
But it was not a quotaton;
but a statement:
EVER SHE SOUGHT THE BEST, EVER FOUND IT.

Eight words,
I stood there with my fingers on the cool stone,
feeling the present fade
and the past stir behind the illusion we call time.
A century ago
this woman had been living through a hideous war.
Perhaps it took her husband from her,
perhaps her sons.
When it ended
her country was beaten, broken, improverished.
Yet someone who knew her had written
that she always looked for the best,
and always found it.

There was courage in those words,
and dignity, and purpose.
And a kind of triumph, too,
as if they contained a secret of inestimatable value.
What you look for in life,
they seem to be saying,
you will surely find.
But the direction in which you look is up to you.
Arthur Gordon

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

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Windows of the Soul

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God stretched out the heavens,
stippling the night with inpressionistic stars.
He set the sun tothe rhythm of the day,
the moon to the rhythm of the month,
the seasons to the rhythm of the year . . .
He formed a likeness of Himself from a lump of clay
and into it breathed life.
He crafted a counterpart to complete the likeness,
joining the two halves and
placing them center stage in His creation
where there was a temption and a fall,
a great loss and a great hiding.
God searched for the hiding couple,
reaching to pick them up,
dust them off,
draw them near . . .

We reach for God in many ways.
Through our sculptures and our scriptures.
Through our pictures and our prayers.
Through our writing and our worship.
And through them He reaches for us . . .

His search begins with something said.
Ours begins with something heard.
His begins with something shown.
Ours, with something seen.
Our search for God and His search for us meet
at windows in our everyday experience.

But we must learn to look
with more than just our eyes
and listen with more than just our ears,
for the sounds are sometimes faint
and the sights sometimes far away.
Ken Gire

Then shall ye call upon me,
and ye shall go and pray unto me,
and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me,
when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:
Jeremiah 29:12-14a

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We Have Need of Patience

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My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations [or “trials”],
knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.–
James 1:2-3.

We have need of patience
with ourselves and with others;
with those below,
and those above us,
and with our own equals
with those who love us and
those who love us not
for the greatest things
and for the least;
against sudden inroads of trouble,
under our daily burdens;
disappointments as to the weather,
or the breaking of the heart;
in the weariness of the body,
or the wearing of the soul;
in our own failure of duty,
or others’ failure toward us;
every-day wants,
or in the aching of sickness
or the decay of age;
in disappointment,
bereavement,
losses,
injuries,
reproaches;
in heaviness of the heart;
or its sickness amid delayed hopes.
In all these things,
from childhood’s little troubles
to the martyr’s sufferings,
patience is the grace of God,
whereby we endure evil for the love of God.
E. B. Pusey

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Casting All

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Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care
Your anxiety,
your distracting care,
on him,
for he careth for you,
for he meddles or concerns himself,
with the things that interest you.
Whatever things concern a follower of God,
whether they be spiritual or temporal,
or whether in themselves great or small,
God concerns himself with them;
affects them affects him;
in all their afflictions he is afflicted.
He who knows that God cares for him,
need have no anxious cares about himself.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
and he will sustain thee.
Psalm 55:22

He will bear both thee and thy burden
Clarke’s Commentary

Casting the whole of your care,
all your anxieties,
all your worries,
all your concerns,
once and for all on Him,
for He cares for you affectionately
and cares about you watchfully.
1 Peter 5:7
Amplified Bible

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As For God

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He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.–Psalm 23: 2- 3.

Out of obedience and devotion arises an habitual faith,
which makes Him,
though unseen,
a part of all our life.
He will guide us in a sure path,
though it be a rough one:
though shadows hang upon it,
yet He will be with us.
He will bring us home at last.
Through much trial it may be,
and weariness,
in much fear and fainting of heart,
in much sadness and loneliness,
in griefs that the world never knows,
and under burdens that the nearest never suspect.
Yet He will suffice for all.
By His eye or by His voice He will guide us,
if we be docile and gentle;
by His staff and by His rod,
if we wander or are wilful:
any how,
and by all means,
He will bring us to His rest.
H. E. MANNING.

Psalm 18:30-32
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? 32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

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Be Still

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I do not believe that we have begun to understand
the marvelous power there is in stillness.
We are in such a hurry–we must be doing–
so that we are in danger of not giving God a chance to work.
You may depend upon it,
God never says to us,
“Stand still,” or
“Sit still,” or
“Be still,”
unless He is going to do something.
This is our trouble in regard to our Christian life;
we want to do something to be Christians
when we need to let Him work in us.

Do you know how still you have to be
when your likeness is being taken?
Now God has one eternal purpose concerning us,
and that is that we should be like His Son;
and in order that this may be so, we must be passive.
We hear so much about activity,
may be we need to know what it is to be quiet.
–Crumbs

Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 Amplified

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