Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy

Psalms 126:6
He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him.

A poor farmer has had a very bad harvest:
a very scanty portion of grain and
food has been gathered from the earth.
The seed time is now come,
and is very unpromising.
Out of the famine a little seed
has been saved to be sown,
in hopes of another crop;
but the badness of the present season
almost precludes the entertainment of hope.
But he must sow,
or else despair and perish.
He carries his all,
his precious seed,
with him in his seed basket;
and with a sorrowful heart commits it
to the furrow,
watering it in effect with his tears,
and earnestly imploring the blessing of God upon it.
God hears;
the season becomes mild;
he beholds successively the blade,
the ear,
and the full corn in the ear.
The appointed weeks of harvest come,
and the grain is very productive.
He fills his arms,
his carriages,
with the sheaves and shocks;
and returns to his large expecting family in triumph,
praising God for the wonders he has wrought.
~~Clarke’s Commentary

So we must take our seed,
even though in our eyes,
it is pitiful,
small,
and of little worth.
We bravely sow it
in our patch of influence.
Our tears and our intercessions then flow
before the only One
who put life in the seed and
who knows the time of the harvest.
For we do not know
the times and the seasons of seeds,
the long waitings and the quiet watchings,
the sudden fears and the lonely nights,
but we, in spite of all,
‘against hope believed in hope’,
because with our little mustard seed of faith
we believed as Paul said,
‘I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.’

And again we weep,
but now with joy.

Today . . . continue to sow.

Scripture references
Romans 4:18
1 Corinthians 3:6

Sower photo – Jeremy Sams

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Five Minute Friday – Surrender

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Surrendering is to
cease resistance and submit to authority.

GO!

Confession time.

This week I checked our bank account
and realized we were going to be short.
I won’t go into the details
but the short fall was because of decisions
I made over the past couple of months.

We are retired and are on a fixed income
(with some funds from part time jobs.)
I do most of the financial transactions.
I had a problem.
Solutions came to mind.

1. This month I worked more hours than usual
in my part time job;
I could ask for an early partial payment,
deposit the funds and go on my merry way.

2. I could fess up and ask the Farmer for funds
from our stash (he controls the stash)
and reimburse the stash when I get my regular payment.

Pride and covering verses humility and clearing.
We all have this decision occasionally.

To preserve my clearness before God
To preserve trust in my marriage
To preserve my self-respect

I surrendered to humility,
owned my weakness,
received pardon,
the funds needed and
with reinforced diligence continue to be the
distributor of the funds.

stop.

Proverbs_28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

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One of my Favorite Things to Do

I enjoy knitting and crocheting,
the rhythmic, repetitious movements
are soothing and and comforting.

I love the tools, I call them toys.

knitting needles, crochet hooks,

a swift

and a ball winder

stitch markers, row counters, scissors, and yarn needles,

I like to see yarn wound up in cakes.

I like making things.
and giving my projects as gifts.

But my favorite part of playing with yarn is
trying new patterns.
Challenging myself – Can I do this?

This afternoon I played with this pattern:

Flower Puddle Ripple
1st 9 rows of 51+ rows of ripples and cables.
I can do this!

You can see the completed blanket here.

BUT . . .
I am trying to finish what I start
because I’m not a good finisher;
I am a wonderful starter.

SO . . .

I continue to crochet

row after row of ripple,

yep, it’s getting boring

because I . . . can . . . really . . . do . . . this . . .


I’m glad I have a furry helper.


I’m linking here with others who like to play with yarn and its toys,

Laundry Exposed

Idaho Clothesline

Really I don’t mind doing laundry at all.

In fact, once upon a time,
Mary and I considered a starting a mobile laundry service.
Pick-up, wash, dry, fold, put on hangers, return.

I did our laundry on Monday,
washed three loads,
dried three loads,
folded three loads,
put away three loads
(except I haven’t hung up my skirts yet).

It took all afternoon and part of the evening
because the washer I use is the slowest one on earth.
It’s less than two years old,
It’s just slow.

I usually fold as I remove from the dryer,
except for socks and undies.
As I was folding I realized:
#1.I immensely dislike turning t-shirts and undies right side out!
Surely there is a way to remove these items
and have them find their way into the hamper right side out.
Isn’t there?
and
#2. I immensely dislike finding socks inside my undies.
Did I just admit to that?
That must be why it takes the washer
so long it’s having a little matching party.

Mr. Washer, just wash the clothes,
I’ll be in charge of matching things up. OKAY!

My favorite way to dry sheets.

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Five Minute Friday – Intentional

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Intentional – done on purpose, deliberate

GO . . .

My Scripture reading this morning:

Matthew 15:36-37
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes,
and gave thanks,
and brake them,
and gave to his disciples,
and the disciples to the multitude.
Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled:
and they took up of the broken meat
that was left seven baskets full.

BRAKE looked bold and bright
have you had that happen?
Something you’ve read 1000 times
suddenly you see.

Christ intentionally broke the bread.
He had a purpose.
He saw a need.
The whole load was enough for one
or at the most a few
and probably not even crumbs would have remained.

But BROKEN,
how useful
how fulfilling
and how lasting
(some left for a later need.)

I am broken – intentionally by my Lord,
through circumstances of life,
sickness
loss
grief
disappointments
misunderstandings.
‘WHY’ my heart screams.
It is part of the intentional plan of my Father.

I am not designed to be solitary . . . alone,
hiding under my bushel,
but to shine and bring forth fruit.

We’ve all heard the saying:
squeezing brings forth what’s inside.
What if I’m never squeezed?
Nothing useful comes forth
and the fruit rots intact,
alone and useless.

Lord,
Help me daily accept the breaking.
Help me become useful for your intentional purpose.
Amen

Stop.

John 12:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it abideth alone:
but if it die,
it bringeth forth much fruit. 

As I was writing I remembered this picture taken in July, 2011
of the Farmer teaching the grandsons and a little friend to plant seed.

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Yarn Along is Back!


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.
During the month we can link up to share
what is going on with our hands wrapped around needles or hooks and yarn.
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 and are noted.
Now you know.
This link will take to Ginny’s,
I hope you enjoy your visit.
You’ll see me there.

Back in December I removed my favorite games from my phone.
Too much time and, yes, I bought lives,
too much money was being spent in that activity.
I began reading more and crocheting more and finishing projects much faster.

With newly purchased yarn
I made dear friends in New York an afghan to help stay warm.

and my oldest daughter, Mary, an afghan
to brighten her new home.

I decided to work on WIPs (Works in Progress)
and finished (as big as I wanted to make) Rings of Change
for my middle daughter, Margaret, for Christmas.

A little boy needed and blankie and Spice of Life not finished
but big enough for a little boy received a border and I called it finished.

Next WIP pulled out of time out was Galaxy of Change, December 31, 2017.
It was stalled on row 24, I made it until row 36
when I found my stitch count was off, too much to fudge it.
I ripped back to row 33.
Beginning again and counting VERY carefully.
I passed row 36 and last night I started row 45.

Crocheting is so much easy with a correct stitch count.
I don’t really like the large kinda diamond shaped holes, so I’ll fix them.

on Kindle A Prairie Heritage series, Vikki Kestell
Last two Audible books –
The Inn Keeper of Ivy Hill and Lady of Milkweed Manor
– Julie Klassen
Currently from the ear buds –
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

Pattern links to Ravelry.

I am sure I won’t have this many projects to share next month.
I need to do some quilting.

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The Song of Moses, Victory at the Red Sea

Exodus 15:1-4

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel
this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying,
I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously:
the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God,
and I will prepare him an habitation;
my father’s God,
and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a man of war:
the LORD is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea:
his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea

from Clarke’s Commentary:
Dr. Kennicott’s translation and arrangement of the song of Moses.

“I shall now give what appears to me to be an exact translation of this whole song: –

Moses. Part I
1. I will sing to Jehovah, for he hath triumphed gloriously;
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2. My strength and my song is Jehovah;
And he is become to me for salvation:
This is my God, and I will celebrate him;
The God of my father, and I will exalt him.
3. (Perhaps a chorus sung by the men)
Jehovah is mighty in battle
Jehovah is his name!

(Chorus, by Miriam and the women.
Perhaps sung first in this place. )
O sing ye to Jehovah, for he hath triumphed gloriously:
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Moses. Part II
4. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea;
And his chosen captains are drowned in the Red Sea.
5. The depths have covered them, they went down;
(They sank) to the bottom as a stone.
6. Thy right hand, Jehovah, is become glorious in power;
Thy right hand, Jehovah, dasheth in pieces the enemy.
7. And in the greatness of thine excellence thou overthrowest them that rise against thee.
Thou sendest forth thy wrath, which consumeth them as stubble.
8. Even at the blast of thy displeasure the waters are gathered together;
The floods stand upright as a heap,
Congealed are the depths in the very heart of the sea.

O sing ye to Jehovah, for he hath triumphed gloriously:
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea
Chorus by the women.

Moses. Part III
9. The enemy said: ‘I will pursue, I shall overtake;
I shall divide the spoil, my soul shall be satiated with them;
I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’
10. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them;
They sank as lead in the mighty waters.
11. Who is like thee among the gods, O Jehovah?
Who is like thee, glorious in holiness!
12. Fearful in praises; performing wonders!
Thou stretchest out thy right hand, the earth swalloweth them!
13. Thou in thy mercy leadest the people whom thou hast redeemed;
Thou in thy strength guidest to the habitation of thy holiness!

O sing ye to Jehovah, for he hath triumphed gloriously:
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Chorus by the women.

Moses. Part IV
14. The nations have heard, and are afraid;
Sorrow hath seized the inhabitants of Palestine.
15. Already are the dukes of Edom in consternation,
And the mighty men of Moab, trembling hath seized them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan do faint.
16. Fear and dread shall fall upon them;
Through the greatness of thine arm they shall be still as a stone.
17. Till thy people, Jehovah, pass over [Jordan];
Till the people pass over whom thou hast redeemed.
18. Thou shalt bring them and plant them in the mount of thine inheritance:
The place for thy rest which thou, Jehovah, hast made;
The sanctuary, Jehovah, which thy hands have established.

Grand Chorus by All.
Jehovah for ever and ever shall reign.”

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?

Fear Not . . . Today

Having Done All, Stand


from my Bible Reading today:

Ephesians 6:13
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all,
to stand.

Clarke’s Commentary

Wherefore – Because ye have such enemies to contend with,

That ye may be able to withstand
That ye may not only stand fast in the liberty
wherewith Christ hath made you free,
but also discomfit all your spiritual foes;
and continuing in your ranks,
maintain your ground against them,
never putting off your armor,
but standing always ready prepared to repel any new attack.

And having done all, to stand
And having conquered all, stand

Stand . . . Today

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A New Year Before Me . . .

As I wrote this title the cliques started running through my head

a clean slate
a new beginning
no footprints in the snow
365 opportunities.

Really, isn’t today just the day that followed yesterday
Wasn’t yesterday just as new as today?

Each day is new

a clean slate
a new beginning
no footprints in the snow
1 more opportunity.

If I wasn’t a good steward of yesterday
what guarantee do I have that I will do better today.

A new number is no guarantee.

2018 doesn’t change a thing personally for me,
except as something to remember when I need to know the date.

As we have been told over and over:
only by changing what you have been doing can change take place.

My pastor challenged us Thursday evening,
examine yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Is there room for improvement?

What choices can you make,
one choice at a time,
that will improve your usefulness and well being for God’s service?

Most of the time there is not a lot we can do about our circumstances,
but if we change our attitudes, our viewpoints, our desires
and acknowledge the choices we have everyday
and determine which is a better choice.

Then be brave enough to make the better choice.
Will it be scary? Yes
Will it feel uncomfortable? Yes
Will it seem like everyone is watching you? Yes

But that is what courage is;
knowing something is scary, uncomfortable and lonely
doing it anyway.

—————————

brutally honest now

I have written these words
hearing these words
knowing there is truth in these words
wanting something different
yet making the same poorer decisions this morning.

Why?

Could it be the results of making better choices
and the consequences of poorer choices
take a long time to be seen?

Emily says
“Be Calm and Ask for Grace”

Lamentations 3:21-23
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.

 

Choose Better . . . Today

Thank you for your patient following and finding nothing.

I suffered blog burn out from 70+ days of continual blogging here: Topcrain Jorney2

 

Picture: A section of the Chilisuagi Trail by Panoramio

Tell Me of God’s Love for You

In Him we live, and move, and have our being.–ACTS 17:28.

Where then is our God?
You say, He is everywhere:
then show me anywhere that you have met Him.
You declare Him everlasting:
then tell me any moment that He has been with you.
You believe Him ready to succor them that are tempted,
and to lift those that are bowed down:
then in what passionate hour did you subside into His calm grace?
in what sorrow lose yourself in His “more exceeding” joy?
These are the testing questions by which we may learn whether
we too have raised our altar to an “unknown God”
and pay the worship of the blind;
or whether we commune with Him
“in whom we live,
and move,
and have our being.”
J. MARTINEAU.

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Ask for the Old Paths

from my Bible reading this morning:

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD,
Stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way,
and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see
Let us observe the metaphor.
A traveler is going to a particular city;
he comes to a place where the road divides into several paths,
he is afraid of going astray;
he stops short, – endeavors to find out the right path:
he cannot fix his choice.
At last he sees another traveler;
he inquires of him, gets proper directions –
proceeds on his journey –
arrives at the desired place –
and reposes after his fatigue.
. . .

The soul needs rest;
it can only find this by walking in the good way.
The good way is that which has been trodden
by the saints from the beginning:
it is the old way,
the way of faith and holiness.
Believe,
Love,
Obey;
be holy,
and be happy.
This is the way;
let us inquire for it,
and walk in it.

But these bad people said,
We will not walk in it.
Then they took another way,
walked over the precipice,
and fell into the bottomless pit;
where, instead of rest,
they find: –
– a fiery deluge, fed
With ever-burning sulfur, unconsumed.
Clarke’s Commentary

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Having God for my Rock Equals . . .

Psalms 62:1-2
Truly my soul waiteth upon God:
from him cometh my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
he is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.

Just reading these words this morning brought peace and assurance to my heart.
I cam depend on the Rock, Christ Jesus.
He is unmovable and always listen for my cry.

Clarke’s Commentary gives this thought:
Having God for my rock – strong fortified place,
for my salvation – continual safety,
and my defense – my elevated tower,
which places me out of the reach of my enemies;
I shall not be greatly moved –
I may be shaken, but cannot be cast down.

Can I hear an AMEN?

Rest on your rock, Today.

Ye Shall Receive

summer, 2011 024Spider Lilies make me smile.

John 16:23-24
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name,
he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:
ask, and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full.

What a promise available to God’s people today!
ASK.
Do you see there are no qualifiers,
no limits,
no restraints?
Just ASK.
Do you see why Christ wants us to ask?
So we may be full of Joy.

Joy – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

Do you need joy today?
ASK
BELIEVE with your ‘little mustard seed’ faith
WAIT, for God’s perfect timing

See, already, you feel a little joy with just hope in the promise.

Clarke’s Commentary tells me:
John 16:24
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name – Ye have not as yet considered me the great Mediator between God and man; but this is one of the truths which shall be more fully revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.
Ask – In my name; and ye shall receive – all the salvation ye thus request; the consequence of which shall be that your joy shall be full – ye shall be thoroughly happy in being made completely holy.

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In Times Like These . . .Yet I Will Rejoice

Our fig tree, taken January, 2011

I am so thankful for hope and confidence in a Living Lord.
Many times our way looks bleak and with little to inspire hope.
But we are not looking to our way for our assurance,
but to the God who directs our steps,
one step, one pause at a time.

Habakkuk 3:17-18
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.

Habakkuk saw that evil was at hand, and unavoidable,
he submitted to the dispensation of God,
whose Spirit enabled him to paint it
in all its calamitous circumstances.
He knew that God was merciful and gracious.
He trusted to his promise,
though all appearances were against its fulfillment;
for he knew that the word of Jehovah could not fail,
and therefore his confidence is unshaken.
Clarke’s Commentary

God is Concerned with My Cares

Volunteer Zinnias since the Farmer wasn’t here to plant them.

Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

The many troubles in your household
will tend to your edification,
if you strive to bear them all
in gentleness, patience, and kindness.
Keep this ever before you,
and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes
are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations,
watching whether you take them as He would desire.
Offer up all such occasions to Him,
and if sometimes you are put out,
and give way to impatience,
do not be discouraged,
but make haste to regain your lost composure.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

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

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. Clarke’s Commentary

I’ll cast my cares on Him . . . Today