I had a hard time sleeping last night. I just couldn't shut my mind off. It's easy to get caught thinking about things that just don't do me any good. Anyone got some worry? fear? uncertainty? indecision? If so, you know what I'm talking about. Later I was reminded that what I think about can change my day. or my week, or my life. "Will I meditate on His Word or my worries?" Ann Voskamp from Holy Experience posted about the importance of memorizing scripture. She has a yearly memorization plan set up for memorizing the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew in 2012. (Matthew 5, 6 & 7 - 2-3 verses a week)
Last year I committed the book of Colossians to memory by following her dated plan. I carried my little memorization booklet with me just about everywhere I went. Some weeks I doubled up, some weeks I played catch up. As my memory book became stained, so did my heart....God used His word to do some amazing things.
* I grasped those committed verses in a more meaningful way because I had to learn them...and remember them, so I tied them into previous verses and thought about what they meant and somewhere along the way they got deep into my heart and anchored themselves there.
*I found myself less focused on my stuff and more focused on the Word. Heck, I had to be in order to get it memorized. And that was good, because God's word is so much better than my stuff...my worries...my off target wanderings.
* Scriptures from other passages seemed more familiar and tied together more easily after I'd connect them with something I'd learned in Colossians. God's word really is amazingly intertwined and affirming.
*** don't feel like it's too late to start...join in any time. I'm starting a couple of weeks behind, but that's OK...you're never behind when you're committing His word to your heart.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Jodi's tutorial and it turned out fabulously. I used some store bought bias tape for the string.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
(all fresh and clean)
Anyways, back to my clean space. I purged and reorganized and made room for my computer back on my desk. I didn't do any major furniture moving, but a few simple shifts and the entire space feels new to me. Isn't it funny how a couple of little tweaks can make all the difference? Before I had space issues when I sewed and now just moving the bookshelf down a few feet has opened up much more room for me to sew or scrapbook or blog.
(before the reorganization)
project 365. I'm taking photos as usual, just organizing them a bit differently. Instead of doing weekly spreads, I'm planning on doing thematic spreads. For example, one will focus on John Samuel's basketball, one on a week in the life of our homeschool, one on vacation....you get the idea. It'll allow me a bit more freedom with pictures and hopefully the new approach will re-energize me with my photography. I found myself waning at the end of last year.
That's all that's going on here if you don't count school and basketball....We're dribbling our way through the winter....we had 7 games this week. (it's not hard with 3 players and one coach under the same roof). Hope all is going well with you and your family...any reorganizing going on at your house?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I can't believe it is 10 days into the new year already! I took a little break from the blogosphere over the holidays and the next thing I know it's mid-January! We started back to school this week, so last week was spent putting away the Christmas stuff, cleaning the house and reorganizing for the new year.
Don't you love the gift of a new year? I was thinking back over last year and all the intentions I had at the beginning of it...how some of them have become habit and some of them are going back on my list for this year. But that's ok...I'm not beating myself up over the little things that didn't happen because a lot did happen! I memorized the entire book of Colossians, I read over 25 books, I learned to lean hard on the Lord during the tough times, I was given ample opportunities to forgive and be forgiven and I stockpiled blessings as I gathered my 1,000+ gifts.
I love how every year brings with it new growth, unexpected changes and endless opportunities. But I am only able to love those things because I know that the Lord is working all things for my good. (Romans 8:28) The ability to look back allows me to see areas that need refining (or in some cases blasting) and in turn I can see buds of new growth in places where there was nothing before. God is so good and I'm so thankful that at the start of this year, He promises to be just as faithful as He was last year!
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations " 3:21-23