Not everyone who asks questions wants answers. In listening to coffee shop conversations, I’ve observed that questions are veiled attempts to start a discussion. When it comes to the topic of God, it seems questions are almost always motivated by a desire to ridicule belief in the supernatural. I am increasingly convinced that the root of disbelief in God is a desire to not have to answer to a cosmic Someone for their moral choices.
When I consider all that I have to be grateful for and how seldom I express that gratitude to God, I feel sad. I want to love Him so much more than I do now, which is so much less than He deserves. He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die so that I could live forever with Him in heaven. Yet I am so quick to complain of little discomforts and balk at giving of my time or money, not to mention fasting or doing anything I don’t feel like doing.
If I love Jesus and He suffered so much out of love for me, why am I so unwilling to sacrifice my self-will in even the smallest thing? James said that “faith without works is dead” so live that is only words would be worth very little.
Heavenly Father, You commanded us to love You “with all our heart, soul and strength”. Help me to put You first, to give You more than words, to spend time with You in prayer. Help me to obey You in everything sine those who love You are those who follow Your commandments. For all the times and ways I fail, I trust in Your merciful love.
This inspires me to knit and crochet even though my skills are really basic.
Have you ever wondered about the secret language we use on the Knit-a-square forum? Over time, we’ve evolved squares into warm garments to help combat a distinct lack of warm clothing. Thanks to KAS, little bodies can be warm, dry and protected.
The Go-Over does just that – it is a sweater that is meant to “go over” other layers of clothes for extra warmth. They are typically heavy duty and feature a wide neck and ample armholes. Think: acrylic worsted weight.
The Go-Over uses 16 squares, four for the front, back and each sleeve. You can also make it in one piece from the neck down or from the bottom up. I’ve tried both ways, individual squares and in one piece. While it goes faster when you’re making it with squares, it does take longer to put together. I make the sleeves the way you would with a traditional sweater, less wide at the wrist, increasing as you go up the sleeve.
View original post 185 more words
Imagine that a visionary told you and that you were utterly convinced that Jesus’ Second Coming would happen sometime within the next few weeks (though not exactly when since “no one knows the day or the hour”). Consider the following questions:
1. How would you feel?
2. What would you start doing regularly or do more often than you do it now?
3. What would you do that you know you need to do but have been procrastinating about?
4. What would you do less often or stop doing altogether?
5. What would move to the top of your list of priorities?
When I shared with my husband my answers to questions 2 and 4, he asked me what stops me from doing or refraining from those things? My answer to this could be summarized in these three things: gluttony, sloth and self-will.
I just finished reading Twitter for Dummies which was published in 2009. I don’t know if there’s a newer edition or if the authors have changed their opinion about this.
They strongly recommend putting a picture of yourself on your Twitter profile. I currently have the same fractal image on all the platforms I use and prefer to keep it that way.
One thing I like about communicating online is that it’s the only place where I’m judged on what I write and not at all based on how I look. Maybe I’m a bit odd but I don’t like my picture taken or shown and only use mirrors when necessary.
How do you perceive Twitterers, Facebook users or bloggers who have a picture of something or perhaps no picture at all on their profile? Do you mistrust them or does it not make any difference?
Is there a compelling reason for me to replace my fractal with a photo of myself on Twitter and Facebook?
If you are not showing a picture of yourself on your Twitter, Facebook or blog page, what is your most compelling reason for this decision. If one of these platforms suddenly made this mandatory, what would you do?
When we say no to violence, we always imagine a knife, a bomb, a gun. However, to me, violence is caused by our attitude. For example, telling people that they are good for nothing, that they are lazy, and that they are this, and that they are that. I think this a great violence. If you and I could only make that one strong resolution that we will say ‘no’ to violence, and say ‘yes’ to peace by our kindness, by our attitude towards each other, even in a small thing — a smile when we meet each other, it would help more than anything.” – Mother Teresa
If we are filled with the fruit of the Spirit, we will do no violence with our words. Instead the words we speak will bring healing and restoration.
Lord grant that my words will never be critical or judgemental but only kind.