January 24, 2011

Encouraging Words

I found these words especially encouraging today:

2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. 
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his
Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

January 18, 2011

I Finally Made My Own

Mugrug, that is.  I've been seeing these things all over the web on so many sewing sights.  I've been working on a  Valentine's mini quilt that I started last year to finish it up and I had many little strips already cut.

I wanted to use them up and now I have a few little mugrugs, maybe I'll pair them with a cute mug, some homemade cookies and give them to someone.  Not sure who.....Mom.
   I really enjoyed this mini quilting time.  I got some practice with using the walking foot, I used a terrifically easy binding method and I got a chance to appliqué.  All in this little project.  Plus I fiddled around with the size.  I like the way the smallest one turned out best but I think I like the middle one for size.  I'm making another using hexagons that I am going to incorporate my One Little Word into as well.
I'm linking this project up to Fabric Tuesday!
Have a great day!

January 17, 2011

Morning Rituals

I love the early morning.  This is my time.  I like the quiet of the house.  It is not silent but calm.  Some sounds, but they are the early morning kind.  The water streaming from the coffee maker.  Any other time of day it seems much louder but in the morning it is just right.  I love that sound.  I hear paws gently padding and kinda clicking through the kitchen.  I love that sound.  I can hear the pages of my Bible as I turn them.  I really love that crinkly sound.

This is my time.  Tea time.  Bible time.  This time gives me pause to appreciate all the possibility of the day.  I can be thankful for so much.  I can enjoy the thought of going to work (in the next room).  I read the Word and it stirs in my spirit.  Sometimes convicting, sometimes comforting, sometimes opening my eyes but always, always stirring my spirit.  I love this quiet time.
I hope that everyone has a time like this.  Whether daily or nightly or weekly.  It is so necessary and good!

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start!  God Bless You!


January 9, 2011

One Little Word

...can make a big difference.

I have been choosing One Little Word (thanks again to Ali Edwards for hosting/initiating this ritual!!) for a few years now.  The process of choosing a word to really define what I want an entire year to be begins early for me.  I really start thinking about it around November.  The notion just lingers in my mind.  I don't concentrate or read the dictionary or anything, I just put the idea in there.  In the past that is all I have had to do:  plant the idea of "One Little Word" and then as I go about my daily life, reading, laundry, work and everything in between, a little word will stick.  It resounds.  It makes itself present.  Once this persistent little word has presented itself a few times I know that I have my word for the year.  Done.

This year there was no appearance by just one little word.  December 31st was fast approaching and I had not put any effort into my word.  I began to fret.  Before fret turned into disappointment and disappointment turned into quitting, I began to think purposefully.  I did not make any goals/resolutions for this year.  I did not have a plan for this year.  I don't even have a list of things or projects I want to accomplish this year.  All of these things I usually have in hand and know by heart on January 1, you see.  In thinking about 2011,  with no clear or defined image of what I want for this year, I focused on what I want and need most in my life.  I did this very selfishly.  I thought about me.  I considered my needs.  The recurring theme in all of my wants and needs came down to my faith.  I love this word.  I love what it means.  I love that just 5 little letters is representative of such a huge part of my existence.  We all have faith of some sort, right?  I think so. So this very little word is so very gigantic and I love knowing that throughout 2011 it will make an appearance in my days.  Sometimes in very small ways and sometimes in very big ways.  I love the prospects of approaching 2011 with this one little word.  I can see so many opportunities with this word.  In short, I'm excited!

love, Lisa

January 2, 2011

Welcome to 2011!

Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone had a fun, safe holiday.  We kept it simple here.  Family over for a bit then games with the kids and visiting friends until midnight on Dec. 31st and then sleep.
I'm working on some projects that I have in mind for One Little Word 2011.  My word for this year is faith.  I have some ideas about how to approach this project.  I think first of all, to keep it simple, I'll try for making something each month and try keeping in mind what I want to accomplish.  Today I will be working on a little frame that I have.  It has a little clip and is more of a box.  I'm going to make something to clip in there that I can keep on my desk and see/read daily.  More about that later!

Best wishes and lots of prayers for you for the New Year!

love, Lisa