Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ten Guidelines From God

A friend of mine emailed this too me today and I thought it was too good not to be shared.

Ten Guidelines From God

Effective Immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you.. Please, follow these 10 guidelines

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME: Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE: Don't wake up one morning and say, "Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.." Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

5. TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only -- to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget......

I thought this list was an excellent reminder for the things that we know, but in our human nature don't always do or even want to do.

Last night was the end of our Beth Moore Daniel study. What a great study. Now I just need to catch up and finish all the homework (Sorry Jenny, I'll get it done, I promise - just can't promise when). The next study I'm doing will be with the girls from my Sunday School Class. It will be weird not doing a study with my friend Jenny since I've been in some kind of study with her for the last year and a half. I may have to drop in her next study from time to time.

On the Knitting front. I'm almost done with the Jitterbug Shop Model that I have been working on. I worked on it tonight while we were watching the Beth Moore videos. I always love knitting in public because I get some interesting reactions to what I'm doing. I'm down to the toe. I'm hoping to finish it tonight and maybe have a picture up this week.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pictures as promised

As Promised, I finally got the camera out and took some pictures and uploaded them to the computer.

Here is a picture of me with my friends Anne and Tracie our last day at the beach (My friend Alissa wasn't in the picture because she had already left because she had to go to work that day). This is the tank that I finished on the way down to the beach.

Pattern: Tank from Yarn Girls Book (can't remember name)
Yarn: Gedifra Tiago
Needles: size 8??

This is a picture of the baby blanket I knit for my cousin's new baby, Avery Grace.

Pattern: Basic Fan & Feather (3 stitch garter edge with 7 repeats of F &F - total cast on of 125 stitches)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme Cotton
Needles: Size 11 Denise Interchangeables

Here are my Yarntini socks. Jessica at Yarntini was great enough to special dye this for me.
Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks
Yarn: Yarntini Sock Yarn in Vintage Self Striping
Needles: Size 1 Sox Sticks

Here are my Jitterbug socks that I just finished last night.

Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Popsicle
Needles: Size 1 Sox Sticks
Modifications: Shortened the leg to 5" to accommodate the shorter yardage.

Now, here is the fun stuff. I found these bags by Piddleloop after I saw them on Stacy's blog. I checked out their etsy site and found this project bag with the matching little bag. I also had Jen make me a matching double point needle case to match.

This is the inside of the bag with the shop model I'm knitting for In the Making out of Colinette Jitterbug in Raspberry.

This is my double point needle case and the matching little bag for knick knacks.

And these are the goodies that came with the bag.

I loved everything about dealing with these ladies. They were easy to communicate with and they provide a superior project. After looking at the Piddleloop blog, I found out about the bags from Stuck in Illinois on Etsy. (ok, I've just learned that I didn't see these bags at Piddleloop, so no clue where I found them, but still love them). Below is the reversible sock project bag that I bought from them. I love it!! It is called Watching Cats. This was another company that was great to work with and I will definitely do business with again. (Because a girl can never have too many bags.)

And last but certainly not least is the first month yarn from the Zen Yarn Garden Art Walk Sock Club. This Yarn is based on the painting Hallucinogenic Toreador by Salvador Dali. Next Month's selection will be based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Ok, that is all for now. I'll try to do better in the future about better updates.

Making some progress

Ok, I know I keep promising pictures, but I am getting there. I hope to actually take some pictures tonight. I have actually completed two pairs of socks in the last week - my yarntini vintage socks and my Jitterbug popsicle socks. I'm almost done with the mini sock pattern for my sock class. It is just your basic sock in miniature proportions.

Donna, the owner of my LYS, In the Making, sent me home with some Colinette Jitterbug in Raspberry to knit a store model from the Free Pattern that comes with the yarn. I'm about 3/4 done with the leg and headed for the heel. I don't love the pattern because everything is done in row counts instead of inches, so I'm having to keep up with what row I'm on.

Also went to see the Bourne Ultimatum Saturday night. Good movie. If you liked the first two in the series, you will definately like this one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Climbing out from under my rock........

I know I have been completely ignoring my blog lately, but I will be doing a update hopefully this weekend of some finished objects and some cool/cute things I have gotten lately.

In the category of just general life, I guess I should just start where I left off.

July 19-22 was the Singles Retreat at Fort Walton Beach with my church. There were a few issues, but overall, it was a really good time and a chance to catch up with some friends that I have been neglectful of. The weather was great and I really haven't laughed that much in a really long time.

July 27-28 was my 20th High School reunion. I actually had a good time and it was much better than I had expected it would be. It was fun to see some of the people that I was in the band with in high school that I haven't seen in 20 years (I skipped the 1o year reunion).

On August 2nd, I had surgery to remove my gallbladder. My surgery went fine and I'm finally on the downside of recovery. It has been extremely hot here in the south, so that has made it a bit difficult to regain my energy.

August 10-11 was the Women of Faith Conference in Atlanta, GA. This trip had been paid for since May and if it hadn't, I probably would not have gone because I didn't expect it to take me as long as it did to recover from my surgery. The whole concept of "out patient" is a little deceiving as to the seriousness of the surgery and the amount of time needed for recovery. The preconference with Beth Moore totally rocked. I would give you a summary of what she spoke on, but you can check out Jenny's blog for that info. I really couldn't do a better job recaping the day than Jenny did. I really needed that message from the Lord. As for the rest of the conference, it had more of a serious tone than it usually does, but Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll and Anita Renfroe were hilarious and just right on with their message.

Finally getting up to last weekend. Friday night was a great night with my girls. My friend Alissa hosted a Chocolate Boutique night. We had a great time getting to reacquaint/get to know each other better and did I mention there was chocolate (and lots of it). Thanks Alissa! The evening was awesome in every way!

Saturday night was movie night with my Sunday School class. We had a really fun time and watched both The Italian Job and Wild Hogs. I would recommend both movies.

Whew! See there has been a lot going on in the last month or so. I have also completed a tank that I took to the beach (finished it on the drive down), a baby blanket for my cousin's new baby and I'm also almost done with my Yarntini Vintage socks. There have also been deliveries from Etsy that I'll share later. I promise to try to have the pictures posted by this weekend, along with some pictures from the beach.

The dates have also been set for the beginning knitted sock classes I will be teaching at my LYS, In the Making. I'm not sure when Donna will have the calendar up, but I know it will be soon. We are also tossing around the idea of a class for felted slippers (check out for the fuzzy feet pattern in the archives).

More later......