I have been reading a book by Liz Curtis Higgs. Embrace Grace. I just have to say that over the past years I have kinda thought that I had a lot of work to do in order to realize the freedom that God has for me. Its like its always been just out of reach. I even admit that sometimes I have dreaded the next step that I would have to take to really be able to embrace freedom. In her book, Liz talks about building a door instead of a ladder. This has changed my perspective of freedom. My healing, my freedom, my future are more dependent upon my Saviour and the gift that I have already received, than on my effort. Grace is such a wondrous gift. I’m so glad that my freedom does not depend upon my performance, or my strength, or my gifts. It is because of what Christ did thousands of years ago that I can be truly free.
- Memorize a Bible Verse or a Piece of Poetry that you love.
- Read a good book – I love spending time at the local library. Find a book or just browse books of interest.
- Go for a walk- I have many wonderful walking paths where I live. I try to find something beautiful to take a picture of, or just a place where I love to be.
- Window Shop – My favourite is a craft store. Just to take a stroll and dream about something. Lots of new products to explore.
- Learn a new hobby – For me a new knitting pattern, might be just what I need, but how about learning something like origami, or painting
- Watch a movie – I have Netflix now, but before that I used the Library to borrow movies and documentaries
- Phone a friend or family member – I love phoning my kids, and my mom and dad love to hear from me.
- Write in your journal – I love writing, I have public journals and private journals.
- Unsubscribe to all the emails that you are receiving that you don’t want – something I keep putting off. If I ever get really bored. This would be a great way to spend a few minutes.
- Paint your nails – I have special time about once a week. I give myself a facial with warm, warm water, I do my nails, I have a special pampering box with creams and nail polish for this time.
- Watch music videos- I watch worship music videos and colour at the same time.
- Make a vision board- I normally write a list of things I would like to try and another list of things that I would like to change. I have made a scrapbook before with just things that were important to me. You could just use poster paper and old magazines to make a vision board. I also have used apps to make a vision board before.
- Look into ways that you can volunteer – I have met many new people by doing volunteer work. I am currently working on a project that will take about 100 hours to complete. I have always wanted to give back to certain people that have enriched my life.
- Pinterest – I spend hours exploring Pinterest.
- Do a puzzle or a crossword – I do like puzzling. I have computer puzzles, I also play bingo from time to time. Puzzles come in many forms. I personally like wordsearch puzzles better than crosswords. Again apps are available.
- Create a emergency plan for yourself – I have learned this the hard way. Make a plan of what you will do in case of an emergency. What, Who, When, How, and Why. I am alone at this time in my life. It means I am a little family of one. I need to know what to do if my situation changes. This has got nothing to do with my relationship with God. It just sets my mind at ease to have this list in the back of a notebook somewhere. Also create a will, and make sure your kids know what you would want if something happens.
- Write on-line reviews or take part in an online discussion – This is something I am just starting to do. I think it takes a while, and you have to be a constant voice. I especially am trying to involve myself in discussions in LinkedIn, and WordPress. I also enjoy participating in the word prompts on Word Press.
- Drink a full glass of water – I don’t drink enough water.
Wrinkle – a slight line or fold in something especially in fabric or the skin of the face.
I worried much more about wrinkles in my earlier life. Today, they are just part of my story. I proudly wear wrinkles at times, other times clothing is all about comfort. I am thinking about the commercial about looking very comfortable. Wrinkles are comfortable and beautiful. They tell a story about where I have been, maybe they tell too much about whats important to me. This year has been a year of being the real me. The real me just wants things to be easy and comfortable. I want to spend my time and money on making my life better for me, not making an impression on people that really don’t care about my wrinkles in the first place. Life has its wrinkles, it adds interest. I wear those I do have with pride. via Daily Prompt: Wrinkle
Lately I hear about suddenly’s. Suddenly life changes, Suddenly’s come to everyone. It might be good news, it might be bad news. Suddenly life takes a turn in different direction. I have suddenly’s that I savour. Suddenly my child says he loves me. Suddenly I get a long awaited phone call with good news. Other suddenly’s I remember in sadness. Remember suddenly losing an infant to sids. Suddenly a job I had accepted, no longer fit. Suddenly a phone call about a loved one being sick, or bad news. I am thankful for a God that has my back while I face today’s suddenly. Help me to face today with courage and wisdom. Help me to remember that other people also suddenly will have to cope with change. Help us be gracious to each other. via Daily Prompt: Suddenly
- “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today” – Will Rogers
- “You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are” -Joyce Meyer
- “Believe you can and your halfway there” Theodore Roosevelt
- “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it” Edith Wharton
- “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda” John Maxwell
- “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened” – Billy Graham
- “I may not be where I need to be but I thank God I am not where I use to be” – Joyce Meyer
- “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty during good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. – Ann Landers
- “Every man must do two things alone; He must do his own believing and his own dying” – Martin Luther
- “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
- “I am a yarnaholic. That means that I have more yarn stashed away than anyone person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There is something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel like I could never have enough. – Debbie Macomber
- ” Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend” – Martin Luther
- “You are designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness”- Zig Ziglar
- “Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Teresa
- “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that those instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen instead to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” – Henri Nouwen
- “Its easier to prevent bad habits than break them” – Benjamin Franklin
- “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”- Max Lucado
- “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy” – Brian Tracy
Today, I sit contemplating the importance of deciding on values that are important to me and how the canvas that represents my 53 years has been knit and shaded in a variety of different stitches and so many amazing colours by the events and the experiences that have made me, me. As I think back to lost loves and hurtful experiences, I find that my values have been reassessed and my pattern has been modified because of these experiences. My experiences, born out of a naivety have created the canvas that I am so proud of today. I have come to learn that my mental and physical health are much more important to me than they were before I went through the pain and inexperience of youth. I still want to add value to lives, and hope to use my experiences to help improve the fabric of the lives that touch mine on a daily basis. Unless I value myself and embrace the tapestry of my life, I am not of much use to you. Daily Prompt: Fabric
- Spending time hanging out with my kids makes me smile
- Watching a good movie makes me smile
- Learning something new makes me smile
- Hearing a good joke makes me smile
- I smile when I feel like I am making a difference to the people around me
- I smile when I read a good book
- Knitting can make me smile
- Enjoying a beautiful sunny day makes me smile
- Finishing a complicated project makes me smile
- I smile when I am in the wool aisle of any store
- I smile when I feel grateful for the place I am at right now
- I smile at all the colours that fill my world
- I smile when I play with my son’s dog
- I smile when I cuddle the cat
- I smile when I can sleep in
- Walking in the woods or by the water makes me smile
- I smile at a kind word even if sometimes I encourage myself
- I smile when I write
My Favorite things are incomplete without speaking about my favorite author. Debbie Macomber’s book Knit Together changed the way I viewed my life when I read it a few years ago. It’s about Psalm 139. It demonstrates God’s purposes for each person. God created every person for a reason. This book helped me to dream about a better life for myself. I believe I am where I am today in part because of reading this book. I also have read many of Debbie Maccomber’s fiction books. They are about relationships and consequences, not about fastasy relationships. I would recommend her books. She loves people. Her books are about helping people, not just trying to gain publicity for herself. I appreciate her. She would be a person that I would consider her to be on God’s Guest list in my life. God’s Guest List is another great nonfiction book she has written.
This afgan took me almost four years to knit. It was my biggest and most time consuming project. I am looking forward to seeing it put to use. It felt so good to finish this project. It is 156 squares which took about 2 hours apiece to knit. I then sewed the squares all-together. A funny story related to this blanket is that I had no idea of the size until I had almost twice as many squares done as I really needed. I now have twins. I have made a variety of projects. Life has been hard the last few years and I find knitting is a relaxing hobby. It helps me to deal with stress.
I actually spend alot of time looking at patterns and really have to discipline myself to finish what I start. I have recently been making more smaller projects like scarves and hats. I usually knit every day and have three or more projects going at any one time. I get bored easily and it actually helps me to finish what I have started when I work on a variety of projects all at once.
I also like to spend time exploring different stitches and patterns. I like knitting because my creations are uniquely me.
Some of My Favorite Things
I love to explore knitting and food websites. My number one leisure activity is knitting and I absolutely love to discover new patterns and tips when I am on line. My online time is usually divided between looking at knitting sites and food sites. I guess that’s me. This is a knitting site that I really like.
I would like to grow in experience of life and do things I have never done before. That includes trying new patterns and new recipes that I might be a bit intimidated by. I have spent much time over the years being afraid of new experiences. I almost feel like I might be making up for lost time.
My purpose in writing this blog is to share some tips with any one that might be interested in them, as well as maybe build some more friendships with people that are similar to me.