Monday, April 25, 2011

Some Much Needed Encouragement

For you, dear sisters:

I am woman.
I am invincible.
I am tired.

I did a Bible study a couple years ago using Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss that really spoke to me and gave me a refreshing perspective. She writes: "...the Lord Jesus Himself was given only a few short years on earth to accomplish the entire plan of redemption. Talk about a long 'to do' list! Yet, at the end of His life, Jesus was able to lift His eyes to His Father and say, 'I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do ' John 17:4...
I find that truly amazing. Rarely can I say at the end of the day that I have completed the work I set out to do that day. To the contrary, I frequently drop into bed at night with a long, mental list of the unfinished tasks I had hoped to take care of that day. How was it possible for Jesus to finish His life's work -- especially in such a short period of time?
In Jesus' words, we find a clue -- a powerful Truth that sets us free from the bondage of hurry and frustration about all we have to do. Notice what work Jesus completed in the thirty-three years He was here on the earth: 'I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.' That is the secret. Jesus didn't finish everything His disciples wanted Him to do. (Some of them were hoping He would overthrow the Roman government!) He didn't finish everything the multitudes wanted Him to do. (There were still people who were sick and lonely and dying.) But He did finish the work that God gave Him to do. ...Freedom, joy, and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God's priorities for each season of life, and then setting out to fulfill those priorities, in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything that He has called us to do."

May each of you be blessed. ♥

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pond People

This one is blowing bubbles through a dirty hollow reed in a scummy puddle (that the cat drinks from).

This one is drinking it.

This one is contemplating the new pond he's just dug. That the cat is drinking from.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An April Birthday

...with presents,

and cake (red velvet, of course),

and the first campfire of the year.

Some philosophy from the birthday girl: "Goodness is good; badness is bad."

This celebration of 4 years definitely falls under the good category.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happiness Is...

...hand sewing with my mama's vintage embroidery bag ~ that she used when she was about my age. I love the envelopes labeled in her handwriting with all the colors of the rainbow. And the needles still holding floss from one of her projects.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happiness Is...

...finding a vintage dress form at a local estate sale for $50. She's been lowered for travelling; I'll have to figure out how to make her tall again. Her previous owner called her Heddie ~ because she has no head. Maybe I'll rename her something along the lines of...Marie Antoinette? And I'm thinking of having her show off my wedding dress.