Archive for the ‘thoughts’ Category

Lint

April 9, 2008

Here I am writing again about my fascination with dryer lint. I noticed that I have not had a lot of hits to my blog about lint, but I know that it will soon become all the rage. Lint is great. It is free. It is fluffy. It is warm. It is soft. It is thick and it can grow. It is a fabulous recycling material. It can even come in different colours.

I have been searching the web for other lint-lovers, such as myself.

Here are some more lint sculptures:

The second picture is purple blanket lint. They come from a

National Lint Project.

Some more unique uses of lint:

Dryer Lint Birds nest

The Uncommon Quilter

The last one is an artist called Jeanne Williamson who uses lint as a design element in her fabulous quilts. The Uncommon Quilter is her newly published book. She has a blog with many posts related to dryer lint.

I have a great love of the concept, “beauty from ashes.” It comes from one of my favourite verses in the Bible:

“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of despair.”

Isaiah 61:3

God can take anything ugly: a heart, an attitude, an emotion, an action, even lint, and transform it into something incredible to use for his good purpose.

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Ferry Ride

March 30, 2008

Sometimes I don’t have my camera when I wish I did, such as the ferry ride home from Hornby. We ate lunch and then walked up to the deck so the kids could run around. They especially love jumping off the “boxes” that are placed about. I’m not even sure what they’re for—life vests, I think. It was a clear, sunny sky and terrifically windy. The girls ran, squealing, and we ended up making our way to the very back of the boat. There we found a haven free from the wind. The sun beamed onto the deck and all we could see was ocean for miles around. The girls sat, skipped and peered over the rail, watching the wide foaming wake, while Myles did his “scoot” crawl. Mark and I leaned back on the ship’s wall and relaxed, watching the trees on the shoreline, and small islands, some with only a lighthouse. The water was sparkling and for one amazing moment, a sail boat passed directly under the sun which was creating an extra-bright triangle on the water. It’s hard to know how to end this scene, except to say praise God for that moment. I’m in love with the beauty of B.C.

Truth vs Feelings

March 14, 2008

master2007-07-27-17-07-29.jpgI am fascinated by feelings, but what I am learning about them, especially negative ones, is they do not always reflect what is true. As we grow, we develop our perspective of the world through relationships, defining moments, the beliefs of our parents, traumas and other experiences. These perspectives are made firm by our thoughts and emotions and they become our core beliefs. The core beliefs that do not match God’s word are a kind of “stronghold”. We all have a somewhat clouded view of God and reality. God wants us to transform those strongholds through prayer, the Holy Spirit and the power of his word:

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

I believe the Bible is truth itself. Reading God’s word is life-changing. It’s like a book we can’t put down that changes our perspective; or seeing a movie that awes us. We can transform our minds and emotions through reading God’s word:

“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Isn’t that power amazing? The words penetrate to the very joints and marrow of our bodies.

I am learning to see God as a parent, mentor or a friend who always has the right perspective. He gives advice and ideas that open up the world to us—possibilities. He is someone we can come to with any problem, feeling, or question. He is the greatest comforter. He puts his arm around us and points us in the right direction. He is our Creator, our Leader, our Father, the Lover of our souls. He never condemns. He is all things good. He gives, forgives, loves and saves. He points us to the truth in his word, and the truth makes our lives free: richer, fun, full of adventure. He gives power and inspiration.

Jesus is someone you want to know. Life is about Delighting in Him.

“What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that—who was raised to life and is also interceding for us.”

Romans 8:31-35

Life’s Little Surprizes

March 12, 2008

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I crouched down to take a picture of these crocuses which amazed me. They were growing through the rubble left over from our renovation. It reminded me of God’s grace and power bursting through the rocky parts of our hearts and lives.

Think on things that are true: While having this revelation, Miranda opened the patio door and announced to me, “Mommy, your bum is coming out of your pants!” (Sorry, no photo of that!)

Badge of Honour

March 10, 2008

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

This Easter, I have been thinking a lot about God’s power. The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead. Praise God that He gives us his power when we ask him for it.img_4053.jpg

My kids really inspire me. When they are feeling sick, they are often a lot braver than I am. They smile and giggle with a fever. They run and play with a cold. This weekend we had to take Megan to the hospital because she had a painful ear infection. How did I react? I wish I could say that I was like Marmee, the mother in Little Women, who comes right into a situation of illness and was the saving grace, knowing exactly what to do.

But no, I sat helplessly on the couch waiting as Mark took Megan to emergency. The opposite of powerful is helpless, which I often feel as a mother. Not knowing what to do or even thinking I can’t. “This is too much. I can’t cope with this. This is hard.” When I feel this way, I pray about it and God reminds me of what is true: that as a mom, I can walk forward in strength, wisdom and importance! I like to read Proverbs 31:10-30 and I have sensed the Lord saying to me, “This is the way all mothers can be with my power.” I have taken liberties while typing it out here and made it personal by substituting “she” for “I”.  Apply it to yourself as you read it:

“I am a wife of noble character

I am worth far more than rubies.

My husband has full confidence in me and lacks nothing of value.

I bring him good and not harm all the days of my life.

I select wool and flax. I am like the merchant ships bringing food from afar

I can get up while it is still dark; I provide food for my family and portions for my servant girls.

I consider a field and I buy it; out of my earnings I plant a vineyard.

I set about my work vigorously. My arms are strong for my tasks.

I see that my trading is profitable and my lamp does not go out at night.

In my hand I hold the distaff and grasps the spindle with my fingers.

I open my arms to the poor and extend my hands to the needy.

When it snows, I have no fear for my household, for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

I make coverings for my bed; I am clothed in fine linen and purple.

My husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

I make linen garments and sell them and supply merchants with sashes.

I am clothed with strength and dignity; I can laugh at the days to come.

I speak with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on my tongue.

I watch over the affairs of my household and do not eat the bread of idleness.

My children arise and call me blessed, my husband also and he praises me.

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

After having this insight, I read the same idea in Joyce Meyer‘s The Confident Woman. She says, “The woman in question is such a famous confident woman and yet her name is not mentioned. I am certain this is because God wants each woman to be able to insert her name in this woman’s story…I disliked the woman in Proverbs 31 until I realized she was an example to me, a goal I could reach for. One that God Himself would help me realize if I put my trust in Him and was willing to change. Over a period of many years this woman I once disliked immensely has become a good friend.”

Our kids deserve a badge of honour and so do we!

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Core Beliefs

February 27, 2008

Everyone has core beliefs. These are the thoughts that define who you are and your outward perspective. You can start to explore your core beliefs by filling in these blanks:

Life is…

People are…

I am…

What are the first thoughts that pop into your mind? For me they can change. Life is good, difficult. People are kind, funny, weird, self-centered, interesting. I am, well there are many adjectives to describe myself: cool, great, the woman, disorganized, nerdy, introverted. These core beliefs affect a person’s outlook and definitely relate to the way a person feels or acts. Now add more,

My kids are…

My home is…

I am a _____ parent…

What are your core beliefs?

Thoughts

February 11, 2008

“Whatever is true, Whatever is noble, Whatever is right, Whatever is pure, Whatever is lovely, Whatever is admirable, If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, Think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

This is a daily exercise for me. Something that I try to practise. I might even go as far as to say that this is the key to life. I like to look around me and notice what is beautiful and good and thank God for that. I think of God’s love, what he’s done and what is going to do. Doing this can change my mind when I am worried or upset and opens it up to hope and possibilities; sometimes even hilarious laughter. I guess this is faith.