Saturday, March 28, 2009

March is NOT going out like a lamb. . . 
it is playing around with us as we were warned.

This morning it is snowing like crazy!
But speaking of lambs, 
here is the beginning of a baby blanket I'm going to knit using a website that generates a pattern for making striped blankets  This one if for a baby boy. Like the yarn choice? The yarn is a cotton /acrylic blend so it will wash/dry up easy and be cool for spring and summer. I opted for this particular pattern so I have more off-white than big blocks of color. 

Want to do something like it? Visit Biscuits and Jam's Random Stripe Generator page. You will receive the knitting pattern below the design and you can refresh the page as many times as you want to see a different combination. Pick the one you prefer and knit it up. I've made one using  this pattern generator before for our granddaughter and I really liked the results (as did our daughter). I'll show updates on my progress with this blanket-on-the-make as I work on this over the next few weeks.
Have a blessed weekend!

Truth for Life
He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
Job 37:6

Friday, March 27, 2009

Heading into Sudan!

Snow tomorrow, rain today, warm sun the day after tomorrow 
sounds like life in general, no?

When life becomes difficult through circumstances beyond our control. . . there is a poem I think about and often re-read. Its one that Elizabeth Elliott shared when she had a radio program years ago. I wanted to share it today for our times are seemingly more uncertain now and perhaps it will encourage you in your focus and help you gain perspective. The poem reminds us of truth we can hang our hat upon. 

Our missionary daughter and her family are flying into southern Sudan to begin their assignment April 7th. We would appreciate your prayers for the details of getting all their household goods packed and ready 36 hours ahead (the rules of the government), for safety as they travel and in the town which will be their home which they will share with others. 
Thank you!

Blessings to you in whatever you are walking through just now. 

Do The Next Thing

"At an old English parsonage down by the sea, there came in the twilight a message to me. Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven. And all through the hours the quiet words ring, like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear, many a doubt hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from heaven, time, opportunity, guidance are given. Fear not tomorrow, child of the King, trust that with Jesus, do the next thing. 

Do it immediately, do it with prayer, do it reliantly, casting all care. Do it with reverence, tracing His hand who placed it before thee with earnest command. Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener, working or suffering be thy demeanor, in His dear presence, the rest of His calm, the light of His countenance, be thy psalm. 
Do the next thing."

Truth For Life
God opposes proud people, but he helps everyone who is humble. 
Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, 
and He will honor you when the time comes. 
God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to Him.
I Peter 5:5b-7

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome to our home! 
Spring has sprung!
Bradford Pears are white, gloriously white!

Time Marches along. . . 

Its mid March, can you believe it? It seems that time is passing faster and faster. Our lives are full and rare is the time to sit, knit, visit, etc. We savor such moments!

Tonight I knit the first 6 rows of a new knit-along I joined. It will be a short project but will give me a daily dose of knitting time, ahhhhh, calm, relaxing knitting! I've missed it so.

I need to get INTO my knitting mode as I have two babies on the way that I would love to provide with a specially designed baby blanket. One is in Oklahoma the other lives in London, England. So one blanket will be made of cotton the other of a man-made yarn blend so both will be easily washable for the moms/dads benefit. 

What 'cha knitting? Do share with me!

How are you celebrating St. Pat's day tomorrow? I'll be wearing a bit of green and remembering what one man can do who follows the leading of God.

We have had signs of spring all about town so that is what I added in photos to the sight. Enjoy the view! From my front door to trees, bedding plants blooming, etc.

New life abounds! New life! We rejoice as spring arrives - we long for new life.

Truth For Life
I won't ever forget your teachings,
because you give me new life by following them.
Psalm 119:93