Thoughts and Sewing

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Can you believe we are almost to October? I love October. Today we have real fall weather. Its lovely. The house is all open and the breeze is flowing in from the ocean. We have rain in the forecast and snow in the mountains next week. This morning while out feeding my chickens, a Flicker flew over. His bright red underside was glowing in the early morning light. It made me so happy that they will be here for winter. To listen to the calls in the trees and at first, I think I have a hawk. I am glad I saw him today. Fall is here when they return. This last week I finally finished His Eye is on the Sparrow by Beth Twist.

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I started this in January 2016 and I finished it in September 26, 2018.  Now to get it framed. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned while doing counted cross stitch.
“In life there are always mistakes. But like in my counted cross stitch, stopping right then and fixing the mistake is better than waiting for it to go away and ignoring the problem. Fix any mistake if I can right then.

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Follow the pattern. I need to repeat this over and over to myself. Quit trying to fix the problem by thinking I can figure something out on my own. Follow the rules. God gave us a book, it really is quite simple, so in life I just need to do what it says and quit trying to think I am smarter. I am not.

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Don’t give up. I have had this thought lately, I will never be a really good sewer, or hooker or crafter or gardener or even blogger or writer or wife or mother or teacher. On any day one of these pass through my brain. I keep sewing because I think if I keep ripping it out and if I keep sewing I will get better. If I am not happy with where I am then it is up to me to keep working only I can change the outcome and be where I want to be.

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Pay attention. How often I will be doing a counted cross stitch and I just sort of enter in to this place where I don’t know where I go but when I wake up, I have added too many stitches and I have to spend 20 minutes ripping out. I have to always be paying attention in life, to notice things that really important to pay attention to those nagging little voices that creep in that I need to listen to instead of turning up the music a little louder.

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Be myself. Enjoy the journey. When I am sewing or reading or even walking, I am in hurry up mode so I can say I walked 5 miles or I finished another project or I can add another book to my reading list. I need to slow down and enjoy what I am doing so what if my finished projects look homemade well heck they are and I am getting there, so why not enjoy the work of my hands instead of comparing myself to others.

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Be real. Yep, I make mistakes in my counted cross stitch that I just leave there because I am tired of the pattern and want to do something else. Stop being ashamed of what I do. Thank God that I have this time in life to sew.”

(reprinted from my other blog. January 21st, 2013)

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Thank you so much for visiting here. I wish you blessing upon blessing today,

~Kim~

 

 

Odds and Ends

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Its been a wonderful week. The weather finally cooled off and the sound of  the breeze in the wind chimes and being able to open the house is wonderful. I am thankful for the air conditioners, but having the windows open and the air moving through is just so much nicer.

I noticed while out walking that sky is blue again and by the time October gets here the light will be blue and gold. Its hard to stay in the house when the weather is like it is now. I am finally not worrying about my chickens and the heat.

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This summer has been different from the others. I have tried to make peace with change. I heard this the other day while I was listening to one of my favorite teachers, who is blind. She said, ” The circumstance God allows does not define me, but God allows it to refine me.” (Jennifer Rothchild) I think this summer I have tried to think about my place in the world and what just is it that God would have me do with my time. In that same message, she also said, ” There is power in a eternal perspective.” I want to rise above the daily challenges to be more than I am now. I want a life that seeks to put others and their needs above my own. I want to live a simple life free from my petty needs and wants. Trying to get loose from all that entraps me is hard. Because at the center of it all, I am just an idolater. My worship is about me rather than God. So having time, I think about these things.

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Going to Bible Study is nice. Different this year. I don’t know what our leader did before Bible Study, because she said she worked in a government position. I wonder if she was a prison guard. She is no nonsense sort of person. She makes me feel like I am Winnie The Pooh, all fluff and no brain. One of the other ladies, was a missionary. She seems to me to be suffering from PTSD. We have another woman who is homeless and has lots of issues, but is excited about the Lord. Another couple of ladies have never been in any kind of Bible Study before and two of them are taking care of people with early onset dementia.

I leave the group, feeling like my life is Disneyland. Having Emilie there is good, She keeps me on my toes. She said, ” What Mom, you have had two weeks without a trial and you think you have a perfect life?” She makes me laugh at myself.

So life changes and its still good. I am me in spite of myself. Have a lovely week.

~Kim~

Thoughts on a September Morning

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I think why I don’t write as many blogs here is I am still learning and a tiny bit overwhelmed. There is just so much I don’t know about this platform. It feels like its taking me so long to learn it. This year, I have had to learn to use a new camera, a new computer and now Word Press. Ron starting a new job and the two boys that are still at home are traveling for work. I feel like this year has been one of learning new things.

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I was thinking that if I was going to choose a word like I do normally in January. I didn’t this year because at the beginning of 2018 I knew it would be a year of changes. As I was thinking this morning, I thought in looking back at how there have been so many changes, I would use the word brokenness to describe 2018.

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.” —Vance Havner

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I started Bible Study this week. We are going to study Exodus by Jen Wilkins. One of the things that is different about her study is that she starts off by saying that we need to ask ourselves when ever we study the Bible, ” What does this text teach me about God? The Bible is about God. The Bible is about you only in how you see yourself with God.”

In all of the years, I have studied, I have never heard that. It makes me so excited to think of the Bible that way. This year, I was asked to be a greeter. I get to stand at the door where all of the new Mom’s and young children go to their classes. It makes me so happy to stand there and realize, it is my face that will set the tone of their day. I am taking my job very seriously. Making them feel welcomed and at home. As Ron always tells me, ” Be the best version of yourself you can be.”

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This quote says it best for me. ” The church is not a select circle of the immaculate, but a home where the outcast may come in. It is not a palace with gate attendants and challenging sentinels along the entrance ways holding off at arm’s length the stranger, but a hospital where the broken-hearted may be healed, and where the weary and troubled may find rest and take counsel together.” —James H. Aughey

This year I am in a group with a brand new leader, and ladies who have never been in a Bible study group before. I feel so wonderfully blessed to be apart of the group. Its going to be a wonderful year I think.

So welcome September! I am so glad you are here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

~Kim~