"The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and to have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover that the simpler the life the greater the peace." - Elisabeth Elliot in The Shaping of a Christian Family

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wise Words Wednesday - Creative Devotions

I know that artistic journaling in Bibles or about your Bible reading is popular now and I wish I had both the time for such stuff and the skill to do the memory-enhancing drawings that some people do.

I have neither, so my journaling is limited to now-and-then semi-outlining only-when-particularly-inspired journaling.

Here's how it went recently:

As a missionary preacher's kid, homeschooled by a logical, orderly mom, I learned outlining early on and it has helped me to notice a lot of gems in the Scriptures. (I just wish I had learned more of her orderliness.)

It is encouraging and strengthening to see where we were ("there but for the grace of God go I"), who God is, was, and always will be, and who we are now because of what He did for us as found in Ephesians 2. 

I can easily refer back to this page when I need a synopsis of this chapter, or a pick-me-up when I think I'm worthless, or a multitude of reasons to praise God. All without having to be a creative genius. Heh.

I encourage you to go have a deeper look at that chapter.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

On a Roll - Another Project Done

Though this one can't be counted as finishing a work in progress, because I just started it recently, it's a good accomplishment nonetheless.

The quote is from a poem by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. She saved many girls from temple prostitution and raised them and some boys, too, in a Christian atmosphere, educating them and preparing them for profitable work. The last 20 or so years of her life were spent bedridden from an accident, but still able to oversee the ministry to the needy and writing. Here is the entirety of that though-provoking poem:

In Acceptance Lieth Peace ~Amy Carmichael

He said, ‘I will forget the dying faces;
The empty places,
They shall be filled again.
O voices moaning deep within me, cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in forgetting lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will crowd action upon action,
The strife of faction
Shall stir me and sustain;
O tears that drown the fire of manhood cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in endeavour lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will withdraw me and be quiet,
Why meddle in life’s riot?
Shut be my door to pain.
Desire, thou dost befool me, thou shalt cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in aloofness lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will submit; I am defeated.
God hath depleted
My life of its rich gain.
O futile murmurings, why will ye not cease?’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in submission lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will accept the breaking sorrow
Which God tomorrow
Will to His son explain.’
Then did the turmoil deep within me cease.
Not vain the word, not vain;
For in Acceptance lieth peace.

May God help us to accept what may be difficult for us.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Finally Getting to Sew

This afternoon was declared a sewing afternoon while the most attention-needing of my daughters went to serve an older lady by helping with her yard work. I found the boxes that contain most of my WIPs (Works in Progress) or UFOs (Unfinished Objects), so I can finally set a goal for Joy's  UFO Challenge (now that the year is half over). But...better late than never, right?!

I easily found 21 UFOs, so that's what I'm going with at this point. When we unpack more, I'll count them. Since my goal is to cut this number in half, I have to finish 10.5 projects by the end of the year. Heh.

Today I finished two. 
This little wallhanging is to be a gift for a graduating friend this weekend.

This little thread catcher I made for my very own self. I had started it sometime ago, but discovered that I'd sewn the sides up too high and that made the opening too small, so I took a few stitches out and tacked the seams. And I hadn't put the buttons on yet. So, yes, it was a very quick finish, but every little bit helps and now I have a great place to put my little embroidery floss trimmings.

It felt so good to sew today.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Newborn bunnies and a fiber festival

Things are looking good in the rabbitry. These are some of our seven French Angora kits who are now three weeks old. Aren't they darling?!

They should be ready for selling around July 12th. Their daddy has great fur, long and silky without too much guard hair. Their mama has shorter hair which we hope will result in less tangles in the offsprings' fur while producing the quantity of their father. 

Their mama is a very good mama and is feeding them very well.

One of the things Sarah enjoys doing at the farm market besides spinning with her drop spindle is playing a little music on the tin whistle. She even made a little money doing that!

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed some time snooping around the Top of the Mitt Fiber Festival. We saw a lot of beautiful yarn and wool with which to make yarn. I got some alpaca wool for Sarah to try spinning. It mixes nicely with angora. We got tempted to buy a smaller, more portable spinning wheel for her to take to the market, but resisted the temptation for now.