Back in March of 2013 I made this. I had every intention back then to blog about it, but, I'm not sure, life happened or something. So here is how I made my Bible cover. (Please understand, it's been almost 2 years since I did this, so pardon any "your guess is as good as mine about what I did here" pictures--because there WILL be some of those!)
Last week I asked EJ when he reads his Bible every day. He kind of hemmed and hawwed, so I gave him a possible solution. You see, after he goes to bed, he stays awake for about two hours and reads. Then I go in, turn his light off, we snuggle, and he goes to sleep. So I suggested that he use the first ten minutes or so of those two hours to do his devotions. Wednesday night, he enthusiastically turned to the Proverb of the day and started reading. I went in to check on him about half an hour later and he was asleep. :-) It happens sometimes. Thursday, though, about half an hour into it, he was asleep again. :-/ Okay...But on Friday night, when I went to check on him, he was asleep again. This does NOT happen sometimes. I wondered what was wrong. On Saturday nights, he doesn't stay up to read because he has to get up early for church the next day. So Saturday night, I went to snuggle with him right away. We had only been talking for a minute when he said,
"Mommy, I need to tell you something."
I had no idea what he was about to say, but any time he prefaces his speech with this, it's always insightful.
A couple weeks ago, right after Christmas actually, I went through my canister of spoons and scrapers and got rid of the ones I don't use and/or were broken. I think I threw away six or seven things, and these are the ones going to the thrift store:
A while ago I wrote about checking labels and trying to eat a little healthier. That has worked pretty well so I decided to step it up a notch. There are entire camps out there who disapprove of sugar, from the "my personal opinion--you do whatever you want" people to the "you're just killing yourself, one spoonful at a time" folk. I'm always leery of believing something when a bunch of nut-jobs are advocating it. That said, I read an article the other day that detailed how excess sugar can mess with all these different organs and their functions. Most were not horrible; none were life-threatening. This article didn't warn that I'd die of cancer if I kept eating sugar, it simply suggested that certain areas of my life might flow smoother if I cut back a little. Now that's an attitude I can get behind! So here's me cutting back a little.
These footies have been sitting in my sewing chair for...I'm not gonna tell you how long! Yesterday, I was in my craft room for something, and I saw them sitting there, and it dawned on me that if I don't fix them soon, EJ will have outgrown them! So, I pulled out my chair and got down to business. You can see how bad, er, how loved, these footies are.
A while ago (a long while ago--this post has been lurking in my draft folder for almost 6 months), the issue of modesty was hot, in the news almost every day. Right in the middle of all that, my husband and I had a lengthy conversation about how to teach "good godly Christians" that they are not dressing modestly. My pastor's wife did a Sunday School lesson about modesty being an issue of the heart much more than an issue of dress, and then my mom shared an article about how important it is for Christians to "paraklete" each other, specifically in the modesty department. (Paraklete is Greek for going alongside and encouraging, like what the Holy Spirit does for us.) My husband told me I should write a blog post about modesty (as if enough people haven't talked about it recently!). He's written a little about it (in college, an article titled "What My Shoes Say About Me"), but I know that modesty is a hot topic, and it's hard for some people to get past any bitterness they may hold to think clearly about it.
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.