Friday, February 27, 2009
This month everything changed. The last three projects were finished this week. Thanks largely to the Tuesday night knitting group. Sadly, I was talking to the organizer and learn the group was just a Jan/Feb thing. There is not more knitting club. I will console myself with a long over due stop and the local Knit & Stitch store. Here are my completed projects (Ravelry friends can find project details on my page):
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Last week at GEMS I had a wonderful opportunity to (I hope) pass on what I've been learning about jealousy and the gospel. We were talking about memorizing God's Word, and our leader asked the girls if they could think of a situation in which knowing the Bible could help them. One of the girls mentioned that she had been jealous because two of her friends were excluding her. She said she could look up verses that say, "Don't be jealous." Then she paused, and candidly admitted: "But I still feel jealous, though."
What a perfect illustration of how all attempts to conquer sin without applying the gospel are shallow--they do not have the power to inspire us and make us more like Christ! If I am struggling with jealousy, and so I memorize a verse that tells me "thou shalt not covet," how does that help me to overcome the jealousy? I already knew that my jealousy was wrong…
You can find the rest of her post here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
There is potential for the next 40 days to completely revolutionize my habits. In the time it has taken me to write and edit this paragraph I have gone from viewing Lent as a burden to endure like a requirement for a spiritual merit badge to a thrilling journey. The right choice, I think yes. May I remember this insight when I miss a beloved show.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Since the 15th I’ve been thinking about what I’d give up for Lent. I want to be intentional in what I give and active in adding something good so I’ve decided on media while alone. This will mostly be movies at home while I knit but it is also includes gaming (Zelda will have to wait), TV shows I watch alone, and non-research, work, or blog related internet use. Things that are allowed are already established TV nights with friends, movie nights out with friends, and ministry events that may include movie watching. I haven’t completely decided how/what I am going to add into my life.
Now I am off to eat pancakes with friends. Yay for pancake Tuesday and pancakes for supper!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Bad Problem: I like the new/reused blog layout. However, the banner keeps moving over so you see a line from the original template and I have no clue how to make it disappear.
Fun Problem: I’m playing Zelda Wind Waker. I no longer jump (as much) when bad guys jump out at me and I’ve made it all the way to the first dungeon, which in reality isn’t very far but very good for me. I am here and can’t kill the fire-pede
Thursday, February 19, 2009
In that moment I came to a realization that I like my life -both who I am and where I am at. It was this beautiful, simple, satisfying, spiritual moment. There was no praying or singing but I was one of the best moments of worship for me because this my life is a blessing for God. I don’t think I have ever been that completely content with everything about me before. I have everything I need…that is my thankful Thursday thought this week.
Life is good!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My shelf of books to read sorted by binding colour.
***Addition February 19, 2009***
On the Book Shelf:
1) Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions –George Barna
2) Every Woman’s Battle (and the workbook) –Shannon Ethridge
3) Miniskirts, Mothers & Muslims –Christine A. Mallouhi
4) Do They Run When They See You Coming? –Jonathan McKee
5) This Beautiful Mess –Rick McKinley
6) A Fish Out of Water –George Barna
7) Why Not Women? –Cunningham & Hamilton
8) You Don’t Have To Cross The Ocean to Reach The World –David Boyd
9) Getting Honest With God –Mark Littleton
10) The Discipline of Grace –Jerry Bridges
11) The Pursuit of God –AW Tozer
12) Unveiling Mary Magdalene –Liz Curtis Higgs
13) Red Moon Rising –Greg & Roberts
14) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality –Peter Scazzero
15) Faith Teaching –Wamberg & Conaway
16) Can’t Wait for Sunday –Michael Walters
17) Litlith –George MacDonald
18) Leadership Essentials for Children’s Ministry Craig Jutila
19) Effective Youth Ministry –Fawcell & Nylen
20) After You Drop Them Off –Jeramy Clark
21) Amir sSalaam –Qawii
22) Leading from the Second Chair –Bonem & Patterson
23) Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry –Doug Fields (I’ve read about a quarter and I’m almost in my into my third year…)
24) Do Fish Know They’re Wet? –Tom Neven
25) The Ripple Church –Phil Stevenson
26) Walking on Water –Madeleine L-Engle
Removed from the Shelf:
27) Operation World –it’s more of a resource like a dictionary or encyclopedia
28) Lords of the Earth –it was miss shelved; I already read it two years ago
29) Evangelism: God’s Most Excellent Adventure –Mike MacNeil, I found this in the church library last year with it’s wonderful purple cover. It’s an older version of the Personal Evangelism text Born To Raze Hell.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I after the delicious meal with good friends I was more than a little tempted to slip off to my office and work (or take a nap) and skip the music/speaker worship. I didn't want to go. No desire at all. But I did. I am glad. It was a long song set 8 songs I think…it only took the first four or five to change my mood, refocuses my thoughts, and renew hope and life in my. I’m learning that the thing I really don’t want to do is often the best thing for me.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The best part of Ravelry is that other knitters noticed the beautiful sweater on Fringe two weeks back. One member is working on making a pattern from a screen shot. By the time the pattern is ready I should be done everything I currently have on the go.
In other knitting news, I returned to the Knit one Purl two this week. It isn’t what I was looking for. The group is small but it is good to make time for something I enjoy and connect with the other two knitters. I’ll be posting finished projects soon.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
It wasn’t the disaster I expected. There was the normal grumbling and complaining but two leaders noticed they listened to the message even if they pretended not to.
Things to be thankful for this Thursday:
-comfy beds with duvets
-yummy ribs (gotta love Montanans)
-my Missions Buddy (the lovely Selinda)
-hugs from Dee
-prayer with pastors
-great talks with friends, mentors, and people I respect
-encouragement (especially to finish my nanowrimo novel)
-home cooked meals when I don’t have to do the dishes, thanks Becca!
-my church family