Tuesday, November 27, 2012
From Psalm 130:
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
Put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption
He himself will redeem [you]
We have the tendency to beat ourselves up when we mess up, whether it's in moral issues or in the area of learning to live healthily - I purposely do not say DIET. While it is important to have a "broken and contrite heart", to repent and turn from the path of sin and error, it is important also that we see our Heavenly Father as HE is, not as perhaps our earthly fathers may have been. Yes, our sin merits punishment - and that's why Christ came. HE took it. So - we don't have to beat ourselves up. If we went way over our calories, maybe ate the whole batch of cookies - we can't just give up and say we may as well stop trying. We can humble ourselves for the sin of gluttony and serving the idol of our flesh, and ask for divine help to rise up and do better next time. Each day is a new day.
Furthermore, our Redeemer can redeem even our errors - He knows our frame. He can work ALL things to our good, if we let Him. We can LEARN from our failures. We can give testimony to His goodness, grace, and mercy in our lives.
Sigamos adelante! Let's press on!
Monday, November 26, 2012
I joined the adult choir at the school and we've been rehearsing some songs for the Christmas concert. One is Expect the Great www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IsabJ9T9JA It thrills me, considering all the waiting Levi and I have gone through and continiue to go through. Good things are worth waiting for. Levi has had 3 failed relationships (but out of them he has his 3 children - God working ALL things to good!). I was with my first husband 37 years before he passed away, and there were some very rough waters largely due to spiritual immaturity. But I have grown in Christ, and Levi is a godly man with many of the same passions, and with gifts and talents that complement my own. I expect great things when we are finally united, either here in the US or there in Peru. But...we're still waiting on that. But - with Great Expectations! Enjoy the song!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
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Where is my cell phone?
Don't have one! Ha!
My fiance is still in Peru.
Need to color it again!
with the Lord - happy
final destination unknown. I'll find out when I get there.
Your favorite thing?
Doing "Jesus stuff"
Your dream last night?
was with my son Ben shopping at Wegmans!
What room are you in?
Only reverential towards God
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
home, working on ceramics (not hobby - small business)
Something that you aren't?
once in a while if I track the calories
Wish list item?
enough money on time to bring my fiance up here
Last thing you did?
had lunch - turkey leftovers!
What are you wearing?
warm pants, t-shirt, and sweater
2 cats. My daughter's 2 boxers also share the dwelling.
Many in Peru; a few oldies but goodies around here
Levi, my Peruvian honey!
Chrysler Town n Country
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
not into shopping, but Wegmans I guess
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
Thanksgiving, I think, for gratitude
Five people who email me regularly?
my DD; staff from work at my school email
Favorite place to eat?
a Vietnamese place that also serves Thai and Chinese
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Peru! Pucallpa especially.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
My van's brakes are making an awful noise.
So I called the little old lady I go to most Saturdays - since I drive her around, I wanted to tell her that I thought it better to forego until I got the matter taken care of. I could sure use the money - especially now with a brake job to be done! But safety first.
But I'm not one to sit aroundall day, not even to Spark! I'd been wanting to look for my 2011 Tax Return for some W-2's, to change the mortgage over to MY name since my husband's passing. So, I went i9nto the "workroom" - so called because it has been used to store works in progress: soldering, crocheting, ceramics. It is small, but roomy enough that it has been used as a bedroom (complete with cable access!) But mostly it is a catch-all, where we put things "for now" until it reaches critical mass. Then it's time to tidy up.
Two large trash bags and several broken-down cardboard boxes later, the floor can be seen again, and I found some stocking stuffers I got for my grandkids LAST year. But still not the document I wanted. Oh, I found the receipts I'd used - but the return has the W-2's.
Well...my desk needs to be tidied up. That'll be the next project. Butnot today. No, I'll glaze the things I underglazed yesterday and get them fired up.
Does cleaning the workroom count as exercise????
Friday, November 23, 2012
I'm off from work today. That means I get to work on something ELSE. I have some special orders to underglaze - did about half of them and popped them in the kiln. Still had to make 3 goats and a weiner-dog. I'll paint them together with one more special order and some semi-special ("when you make this or that, give me a call"). Drinking water keeps me from sitting too long. So...Got that done, just waiting to hollow out the newer pieces. Had lunch of Thanksgiving leftovers, just as good second time around! And I think after Sparking I'll get on the bike for a half hour. MMM, turkey...makes me sleepy... at some point I'll take a nap, maybe!
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