>> Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cupcake Doilie Skirts No Fuss Fabulous

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THE POTTER AND THE CLAY

>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A few months back, I wrote about my feelings of inadequacies about being who I think I should be in Christ. I have long struggled with the shortcomings I see in myself and the high expectations I put on myself. I have even gone as far as being angry at the Lord for not making me able to fulfill MY high expectations of perfection. I was panged with conviction when I realized that I am the pottery asking the Potter "Why hast thou made me thus?" (Roman 9:20)

The death of a friend brought this home to me. My husband's friend was in his 30s. Only a few years older than I am. A believer. A husband. Father to two grade schoolers. He had struggled with cancer for a number of years. Finally, they were going to be able to get rid of the last of it by removing his leg where the cancer was centered. When he awoke from the surgery, he couldn't feel part of his face. He assumed it was a nicked nerve, but the Dr performed some tests and discovered that the cancer had spread throughout his body.

It was everywhere.

And fast acting.

That was around Christmas time.

There was a specialist Down South who MIGHT be able to remove the cancerous tumors. DH's boss offered to pay the expenses. But it would mean taking him --nearly-- apart and reassembling him.

He declined.

He was ready to go Home.

He told his wife he would pray that she would find a new husband to help her raise his boys.

He showed up at work with a smile on his face. He told those around him about the Hope he has in Christ. He made sure that his life was in order and that his family was taken care of.

His testimony spread around work and beyond.

God was glorified by his life... and by his death.

So much more so than He would have been had this man's cancer gone into remission.

He passed into Glory a week or so ago and DH and I had the honor of attending his funeral. We saw the faces of weather-hardened construction workers who rarely darkened the door of a church. They came to honor the life of a man who lived what he said he believed.

 They never heard him complain. His only concern was for those he left behind.

He did not ask God "Why did you give me this cancer? Why are you taking me away from my wife and from my children when they are so young?" He was not bitter that life had not gone his way.

 He accepted the Potter's plan and lived his life as best he could given the circumstances he encountered.

And he has inspired me to do the same.

My trials and troubles seem so small compared to his

...and yet he stood tall.

So can I.

Perspective is truly EVERYTHING.

I remember my grandmother saying "I complained that I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no FEET."

Ah, perspective.

It truly makes a difference.


Vessel of Honor
sung by Sarah Forbes (uncertain of the author)



I sat on a shelf between the wood and the clay
My merciful Master wouldn't throw me a way
And though I was tarnished and tattered and worn
He saw deep inside me a glimmer of hope

Now a vessel of honor
filled from Above overflowing with mercy and love
A vessel of honor Lord let me be
All I desire is what You have for me

He took me and lovingly polished my sides
Dumped out the ashes of my sinful pride
He cleansed me and purged me both inside and out
He filled me with hope and discarded my doubt

Now a vessel of honor
filled from Above overflowing with mercy and love
A vessel of honor Lord let me be
All I desire is what You have for me.

A vessel of honor Lord let me be
All I desire is what You have for me.


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WHY IS GOOD FRIDAY GOOD?

>> Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday....


.... good?

....why?

  • because all of our goodness is no more than filthy rags
  • because He was willing to put away all His goodness and become sin for us.
  • because if He had not sacrificed His goodness, there would not be a resurrection from the dead 
  • because He can fill us with His goodness and replace those filthy rags
  • because without His sacrifice we would not have any goodness to bring to a dying world
  • because that goodness that He brings to our lives makes this life worth living
  • because His act of kindness inspires us to bring His goodness to others
 To the world, the cross is a sign of grotesque punishment, shame and suffering.

To me it is joy, hope and the greatness and GOODNESS of God Almighty.

May His name be praised forever for His Wonderful Gift to us.

Sarah
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BLOGGER IN DRAFT NOW HAS HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE TEMPLATES

>> Friday, March 26, 2010

Have you seen the brand new Blogger Template Designer? The future of Blogger is looking very bright.

What do you think?

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Rare Vintage BOY Paper Dolls

>> Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Enter the world of knitting

>> Saturday, March 13, 2010



As an avid crocheter, I have long drooled over the lovely knitted patterns I have seen. I have also joked, however, that the knitters need a crochet hook to "fix" thier knitting mistakes... so I will just stick to my hook. Nevertheless, I still admire the knitted way.

My mother taught me to knit shortly after she taught me to crochet. I was about 8 or 9. After losing the stitches down the length of my work a few times, I got frustrated and put it down. Once or twice over the past few years I have picked it up again and tried to do it. Only to be frustrated again.

Two decades later I have decided to pick it up again.

I met a lady in a Drs. office who was knitting while I crocheted. We were both waiting for our appointments. She was also a left-handed crocheter and had started knitting to finish her edges with a more store bought look. She began to tell me about continental method. It fascinated me. It made more sence to me than the method I have previously attempted.

So I decided to give it a try. Here is the video I am viewing today as I start my journey into the world of knitting.

Do you knit? What method do you use? Any advice for a beginner?

Oh, and I won't be starting with the perverbial scarf. Instead I will be making swatches of different stiches that I can use later as one would granny squares.
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If it seems I have been absent lately,

>> Wednesday, March 10, 2010

 you can find me here. I have been blogging my crafty finds at my new blog, The Vintage Craft Basket. I will be back posting here soon! 

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DIY flower arranging: Making Cheapo Flowers Look Fancy

>> Sunday, March 7, 2010

Prudent Baby: Prudent Tip: Making Cheapo Flowers Look Fancy

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An eight year old's take on life...

>> Saturday, March 6, 2010

"All you've gotta do to win the game is keep moving

and make the right choices."
~ The elder, 8 years old.
An profound observation made while playing video games


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My response to Oregon passing the tax increasing measures 66 and 67

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010

My home state voted IN FAVOR of this tax increase this week, proving that:


 "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul 
can always rely on the support of Paul"  
-George Bernard Shaw



The state that has the 2nd highest unemployemnt in the union just  guarranteed that companies with new jobs will NOT be coming to Oregon.


How STUPID are my fellow Oregonians?


Once again we are the laughing stock of the country.


Heaven help us................


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>> Monday, January 18, 2010

I have decided to divide my blog topics into separate blogs.

Homeschool Blog: When Thou Walkest By the Way

Godly Womanhood Blog: The Pursuit of Godly Womanhood

Craft Links: The Vintage Craft Basket

Personal Growth, Family, Painting, etc: Beyond All Measure

I will be moving posts to their appropriate new homes as time allows.

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A Quote on resigning yourself to the will of God and His plan for your life

>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Come, boys," said I to my four sons, who were with me, "God can save us if it please Him so to do; but, if this is to be our last hour, let us bow to His will--we shall at least go down side by side."
the faith of Mr Robinson in Swiss Family Robinson. Quote from The Swiss Family Robinson Told in Words of One Syllable by by Mary Godolphin
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Please vote in my pole

>> Thursday, January 7, 2010

As I am redoing my blog, I am considering the direction I want to take the blog in the future. let me know what you like about the blog by voting in the pole in the left margin. Feel free to leave a comment if there is something you would like to see more of.

Thanks!

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>> Friday, January 1, 2010

As the new year begins, I am pausing to reflect on this past year...

...have I grown this year?

Emotionally?

Spiritually?

Mentally?

Socially?

Am I better person today than I was a year ago?

I beieve that I am.


It is my prayer that I never stop maturing, growing, moving forward. I don't want to turn 80 to find that I am no more mature than the average 18 year old. Unfortunatelly, I know far too many people who have not matured beyond their teen years.

And like a fish swimming up stream, if I stops swimming forward, I will be taken away by the force of the current pushing against me.

As Hebrew 6:1 says "...press on to maturity..."

Today I will not make a new years resolution. But I will reflect on the areas of my life that still need work. And determine to address some of those issues this year. So that next year I may again rest in the confidence that I have not become stagnant or lukewarm

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