Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MFW Blogroll Update

Hey all-- Just a quick post to say I've gotten all the comments and emails about the MFW Blogroll.

I am not currently home, but will be returning on July 31st (Lord willing).

I will create a new icon and establish the new blogroll as soon as I get home.

Thank you for being patient-- I know many of you have already started school.

I will announce it here, as well as, on the MFW message board.

If I can figure out a way to make the icon sooner, I will create the blogroll sooner.  I just don't have the same software on my notebook computer as I do the desktop computer at home.

Hope that makes sense :)

Until then, happy blogging!







Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 5th of July




All last week I was asked, "What are you doing for the 4th of July?"

Amidst the preparation for a national holiday, I try to remember that we don't celebrate a "date."

There is nothing about the fourth day in the month of July that is special in and of itself.
We, as a nation, celebrate this day as an anniversary of freedom. We celebrate independence from a monarchy, the rule of a nation by an earthly king.

I am very grateful that I live here and am able to raise my children in these United States of America. We are far from being a perfect nation, but I would not choose to live anywhere else.

I am grateful for the people who took a giant leap of faith and traveled across the ocean to start the country I now call home.

I am grateful for the men and women who have lost limb and life defending our freedom. I don't think lightly of the privilege to vote. I am grateful that I am given a voice in the direction this country turns.

But there was something about remembering that it was "Independence Day" and not just the 4th of July that tugged at my heart.

I think it is good to be free and independent from an earthly king, but I think that it is only half of the answer. Being submitted to and dependent on a heavenly King is the other half.

God's heart has always been to govern His people. You would think that we would be eager to be governed by God who describes Himself as,

"The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth," (Exodus 34:6).

Yet we, both as a nation and individually, have cried out like the children of Israel did in 1 Samuel 8:5-7:

"And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us.

And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them."

Are we listening to God's heart as He says this?

"They aren't rejecting you Samuel, they are rejecting Me, God Creator over heaven and earth, God giver of Life. God that faithfully loves them. They don't want me to rule over them."

Very often I am the same way. I seek out an earthly king too.

I place my own faulty, fleshly self on the throne of my life and ask God to step back. I declare my independence from Him and attempt to fight battles I've no business in and govern a life I've no rightful claim to.

When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior I declared that I was giving up the rights to my life and handing my life over to the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

How quickly I forget. I don't want to forget though.

Yes, I want to remember that I live in this free country. But more so, I want to remember that I am truly free.

John 8:36 declares, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

Am I free to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want?"

No.

I am free from sin (my earthly king) and am able to be ruled by my Righteous King.

"But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in {further} lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:17-23

Yes, our country has had much blood shed for it, to protect it. 

But not more blood than what was shed by Jesus on the cross of Calvary to free us from the bonds of sin.

Yesterday, July 4th, we celebrated wholeheartedly the gift of living in a free, independent country.

But let us not forget to re-commit ourselves today, the 5th of July, to being governed by a great and gracious God.


This is an adaptation of a post which originally appeared July 3rd, 2008.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Quilt That Started It All

Hi there,

Remember me? I used to blog around these parts :)

We've been so busy.  Incredibly, mind-numbing busy and the problem is I don't see an end in sight.

I've heard the high school years go twice as quickly as the grade school years.  I believe it!

Abby will start high school in the Fall and I've already planned her high school graduation in my head!

Anyway, awhile back The Hawaiians turned Alaskans that I have affectionately dubbed the Hawaskans came to visit us on their way to their new home.

You can refresh your memory with these posts: The Coconut and The Chicken Pox

Okay, so what I forgot to post in the Chicken Pox post was that Tammi decided a week-- yes, seven days, before she was moving to another STATE, to make me this...












She made me a quilt! A beautiful quilt that I really don't like to share with anyone ;)

Well... as you know, we are just finishing up year four of the five year cycle.  So this year we studied early American History.

One of the things we studied was quilting and our assignment was to make a simple quilt.

I said I would never quilt.

You know, like I would never live in Oregon, drive a mini-van, or home school.

*shakes head*

Ahem, back to school... I taught Charlotte and Elijah how to use the sewing machine and they each made a simple quilt square that we turned into a pillow.

In keeping with the historical aspect, I had them choose their fabrics from fabric we already had in the house.

Charlotte made hers first: ta-dah





Didn't she do a great job?

And here is Elijah's pillow (that he keeps on his bed):





I'll post pictures of Abby's quilt pillow just as soon as it's completed.


Papa's mom was an amazing quilter and all it took to wake-up the genes was helping these two make simple pillows.

Yes, one more "I'll never" has bitten the dust.

This is my very first quilt, but definitely not my last.  In fact, I've already started another...
the Lord, He sure is funny.  I never realized I would enjoy it as much as I do. Crazy.

Anyway, here it is... it was a birthday gift for a special friend...






( I used the "Around the Block" pattern by Sweet Jane  and the fabric was Moda's Just Wing It.  All purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop.)

It's been very fun.

What about you?  Have you done anything new and exciting lately??








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