Thursday, 19 April 2018

Pinkie Needlepoint

I did finally finish Pinkie a few months ago...this is a photo of Pinkie with the Blue Boy done by hubby's mom:

I tried to match the frame and matting as close to Blue Boy as possible and it turned out very nice, if I do say so myself. I am so gratified that I am thinking of other projects to decorate our walls.

While working on Pinkie I would often think about the poem by Anonymous titled The Weaver. I know weaving is a different craft but there are many  things said in the poem that also apply to needlepoint; the blending of different colours and the messy underside, for example.

The poem goes like this:

the reason why
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom in silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

- Author Unknown

While working on Pinkie, I couldn't imagine what the finished project would look like until I saw it finished and framed on the wall at the needlepoint shop where I had it framed.

So it is with us as well. We might have glimpses of wonderful things the Lord gives us in this life, but as the poem states so well, we do not see nor understand why we must go through painful trials and hardships while we are here in our mortality. But some day we will get to see how all of these things were necessary in the work the Lord was doing in us, making us into His beautiful likeness, bearing scars that actually make the finished picture more beautiful.

  dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Pointing Fingers

It's easy to find  fault in others, isn't it? I say this because of  having the Billy Graham bashing going on in mind. I must admit that I too have been guilty of straining at gnats while swallowing the camel...however, the saying that when you point out the sins and shortcomings of others you have four fingers pointing back at yourself is so true. In this short video Francis Chan (who also needs forgiveness and God's mercy and grace) gets us back to the basics of what is really the most important thing to know,actually a person and not a thing, Jesus, and His perfect life lived. When we believe IN HIM He forgives us our sins and all our shortcomings. Even with all of his shortcomings I love Pastor Chan.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Yesterday I viewed a video that I considered posting here about a man who was deep into all the "conspiracy theories" and who ended up killing himself in April 2014. It was a lengthy video, over an hour long, and the fact  that I didn't believe many could sit through the entire thing, I thought it better to talk about this topic without the video instead.

There are many people that are without hope, moreso than ever these days it seems, and for some it gets unbearable. The man in the video was said to have been bipolar and that is a whole other issue that involves medical issues that I cannot get into. However the fact that this hopelessness is now so common  and the matter of suicide is on the increase, I feel it important to weigh in.

The stats of percentages of suicides per capita per year and the growing number being diagnosed as bipolar and/or suffering from depression (yes, I know not all that are bipolar suffer from deep depression, and those suffering from depression are not necessarily bipolar) is increasing, and those stats are available for you to search online. But I wanted to look at depression and suicide from a Biblical perspective.

The Psalms of David, beautiful as they are, display a range of emotions including depression, despair, and hopelessness. The anguish that David felt at the loss of his first son with Bathsheba was so profound that his closest friends feared for him. It was his faith in the justice of God that pulled him through. When we read Psalm 22, words which Jesus repeated on the cross, we enter into such depths of despair in those words that we think it is too deep for even God to enter such depths....but what we think and feel is often not the truth. Job went through worse trouble than many of us will ever see, yet he told his friends; "Though He (God) slay me yet will I trust Him" (Job 13;15) because one day we will all die, yet we have the promise that this is not all there is, and there is our hope, not that we will escape all our troubles in this life, but that we have a better hope of life with Him after this one.

Regarding hope Paul put it this way: "For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." Romans 8:24,25

Ever since prayer was taken away for children in school the sense of hopelessness and despair has become more and more intolerable, look up the statistics if you don't believe me. Prior to prayer being removed from schools how many school shootings were there? What were the crime statistics? Sure there were murders and rapes, just as there were atheists and perverts then...the crime of murder began shortly after the fall of man right from the beginning.

However when we look to Christ, we still have hope. I won't go so far as to say those who commit suicide are hellbound. That I don't know, God knows. But if our faith and trust remains in Christ, through His ability to sustain us and strengthen us, we retain a hope that endures even if the enemies of God slay us, because in Christ we have crucified our flesh and our dying body that we inhabit is not where we place our hope.

Jesus is our only true hope.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Twinkle Lights at Christmas Time

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 
John 1;1-5 KJV

One of the things that I love the most about Christmastime is the lights decorating people's homes, and the lighted Christmas decorations that are up decorating the main streets of the towns in the area. The lights do not shine during daylight hours, for obvious reasons. Once it gets dark they stand out beautifully, shining out in the darkness.

When Jesus came to live among us He was a bright light in a dark world. The rabbis, scribes and Pharisees should have recognized Him because they made it their profession to know the Word of God through the writings. They knew the writings and yet they didn't recognize the One who the writings were written for and about. The more He tried to reason with them the more they wanted to kill Him, and when the time was right that is exactly what they did, because even that most heinous of acts was within the good plan of God, to use what the devil meant for evil for good because that dark act made the goodness of Jesus shine in the darkness all the more brightly.

There are so many signs that we are seeing while the world grows darker in it's deeds and hatred of Jesus and His sacrifice for our sins, and yet as the days become more evil I pray that the light of Jesus and the good news of His grace will shine all the more brightly to bring hope to a lost and dying world.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 
Daniel 12:1-3 KJV

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 KJV

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Peace in the Midst of My Hurrying

This week offered me my last chance to finish up a few things that still required my attention before Winter puts his icy fingers into our soil and coats everything with a blanket of snow. I put leaves provided by Autumn onto the flowerbeds, and cut back some of the raggedy odds and ends, added a large contribution to my composting bins, and pulled up the last of the canalily bulbs. I also had many things that needed attention in the house as well. It certainly kept me very busy but getting it all done was so very satisfying, and being that busy you would think I had no time to waste being online...but I did, and I hope that it wasn't a waste of time, but God only knows ;-)

A few days ago I stumbled into a conversation by a Seventh day Adventist on the topic of the SDA church starting to enter into the eccumenical wave. His remarks about it revealed that many Adventists believe their church is not susceptible to what is happening worldwide, but it said nothing about the greater problem at the root of Adventism: Ellen G. White and her false teachings about Jesus. I shared my thoughts regarding these things, and gave about 3 or 4 replies in answering 2 Adventists who desired me to back up my "false accusations" (which was probably at least 2 too many replies) before giving up, not before sharing that I am praying there might be some (even if only one!) whom the Lord might give sight and understanding.

In previous strivings for the truth I would get very upset and even angry with the "blind ones" for not seeing what I'm trying to "bless them with", but over the past year the Lord has blessed me with a peace even in the midst of such striving that it is no longer striving! Praise be to God! And also the work that needs doing around the house and garden, work that used to often be drudgery is now joyful and wonderful to see these things bringing harmony and goodness and blessing as benefits reaped from the hard work accomplished.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!!

Friday, 10 November 2017

First Snow of This Season

So much I haven't gotten to yet outside, but we are supposed to get a couple of warmer days this week so maybe I'll be able to do it then...

The pure white of the snow reminds me of what the Bible says about being washed by the Lord’s blood:

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Now, back to work on my needlepoint :)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We Can Always Do More....

Yesterday in the comment section of someone's blog  who is always more than happy to point to everyone else's faults (all too human a trait that I confess I succumb to much too often) I was accused of being lazy and thereby letting my laziness dictate my behaviour of a pseudo-religious tactic of hiding behind my husband...if she truly knew me she would see how ridiculous that accusation is, in so many ways, lol, but it had me thinking and praying on the topic, and it makes me wonder how much is too much and how little is too little, because we can always do more,  in fact works based religions work their parishioners to death with zero benefit to their salvation. It also brought to mind the sheep and goats parable, the goats reminding Jesus of all the good things they did in His name and Him having to sadly say to them "Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you", because it isn't our works that saves us, it is His grace and our humility in the understanding of the  huge chasm between the two.

In pondering the accusation of my quasi-pseudo-religious laziness/hiding under a bushel by "hiding behind my husband"  I considered Sarai who went along with Abram's silly notion of hiding the fact that they were married and didn't rebuke him for it. She trusted God, she had to have, because if I was in that situation I would have had some very choice words for my dear hubby, God bless his patient soul for putting up with the likes of me! But God did turn it all out for good (as we are told that the Lord does so in Romans 8:28, a blessed Bible promise indeed!)...and yet we are told of Abram/Abraham's faith as being the example we are to follow!!! Really? But he messed up so badly! Yes, but his faith in God had nothing to do with his human lack of sound judgment! Praise God!

In sharing the "good news" (gospel) do we? Do we share the good news? Or do we continually dwell on the bad news and think it our "godly duty" to bash everyone over the head continually about it? And how much bashing is enough to say one isn't lazy about bashing everyone over the head about the bad behaviours and false teachers out there?

Thank you Jesus that you are sufficient and all of our striving adds nothing to what You have done for us.