Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts

Friday, February 6, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || On Schedule

What an ironic title when I missed posting on both Tuesday and Friday last week!

I just saw a couple of days ago that I have a couple new followers! Thanks so much for following and welcome!

A few Fridays back I know I talked about falling into a new routine while getting used to living in a new place. I still feel like that hasn't completely happened. Recently, I did make a schedule that I follow and started some new habits that have helped make things feel a little more normal in my new place. I thought I'd share a few things that others might find helpful if you've just moved to a new place or you're just trying to get a little more organized.

1. Spend time in the Word everyday.
    This sounds like it should be so easy, but sometimes when you're trying to get into a new routine things can get a little discombobulated. Something that my husband and I decided we want to start doing is learn more Bible verses by heart. I had a little slate heart that I could fit a scripture reference on but I needed to write the whole verse. I ended up finding a chalkboard door knob hanger at a craft store that works beautifully for the task. I'm keeping track of each weekly verse in a notebook to look back at and to avoid repeats.


2. Buy a calendar.
    I can't even begin to say how helpful it is to have everything written in one place. I write down doctor's appointments, job interviews (one of those would be nice), when bills are due, birthdays, even cleaning and laundry. I am slightly obsessive using two calendars. I like the one on the wall for crossing off days and keep another one by the bed and that's the one write things on.

3. Have a cleaning schedule.
     I know cleaning is not always the most exciting thing. but if you keep on top of it, it can take just minutes a day as opposed to taking hours when you suddenly realize it looks like a group of 17 children on a sugar rush went through your drawers...but you have no kids. Right now I only have one room to keep clean, but it helps immensely to know that I have gotten things done and everything is in it's place.
 My schedule looks something like this:
Monday: dust and vacuum
Tuesday: (every other week) wash sheets and towels
Wednesday: dust and vacuum
Thursday: general organizing, whatever looks like it needs sprucing up.
Friday: dust, vacuum, and wash clothes
On certain Tuesdays and Thursdays I might not have anything specific to do, but I try help out around the house in other ways by vacuuming other rooms in the house or filling/emptying the dishwasher.


4. Have regular times for waking up and going to sleep.
    I am the worst at this. I am definitely a night owl. I do notice that when my alarm goes off in the morning and I get right up out of bed I can wake up pretty quickly. It's just the getting up out of bed that's difficult, especially on cold mornings under a warm down blanket! My trusty ol' flip phone is my favorite alarm. I can change the ringtone I wake up to. I set really annoying tones on days I need to get right up.

5. Don't be too hard on yourself.
    If I get up later than I wanted to, forget to vacuum, or don't read my Bible some morning or night, I only get more frustrated and less productive if I spend time dwelling on the fact that I didn't do those things when I had planned to. It's nice to have someone who will tell me repeatedly, "Don't worry about it." of course, my husband isn't the only one telling me this. God reminds me too.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you have found a helpful tip or two from this post. It's time for me to go and put the clothes in the washer now!


Another fun fact: I find a laundry bag much easier to use than a basket. I can sling it over my shoulder to carry down to the basement and when the bag gets a little dirty or smelly I can just throw it right in with the clothes to wash! Plus they are so simple to make from an old sheet!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello

Well, after about an 8 week break, I'm back. The reason from my long break? I got married! 

I was in a long distance relationship for 5 years and engaged for just under two months. We had actually talked about getting married less than one month after we started dating and both agreed that we would want a short engagement if we decided to get married some day. God's timing is certainly best. We never would have thought that after waiting 5 years to get engaged that we would be married less than two months afterwards. 

Following the wedding I moved more than 300 miles, so I'm still trying to get my bearings straight here, but there are a few posts in the works. I sewed my wedding dress from Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress. I added wedding/love Bible verses to the backs of index card sized painting of bluebirds that are pictured in another post on here, and there may be a tutorial for a blue bird banner.

The past few months have been an incredible journey and I'm very excited to share some of that with all of you in the upcoming posts!

I'm still planning on keeping my Tuesday and Friday schedule, so please subscribe and check back for new posts! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Knitting, Comparatively Speaking

God is quite  crafts(man?). He made everything! Sometimes when I knit or crochet I start to think about that. It's pretty cool that God knits too!

Probably the most famous verse that mentions God knitting is this one:

Psalm 139:13  "For you created my inmost being;
                         you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Not only does God knit, He is also a potter

Job 10:9   "Remember that you molded me like clay.
                   Will you now turn me to dust again?
                  Did you not pour me out like milk
                  and curdle me like cheese,
                  clothe me with skin and flesh
                  and knit me together with bones and sinews?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
                    We are the clay, you are the potter;
                    we are all the work of your hand.

And Jesus, God's son, who was fully man and fully God learned the trade of carpentry.

Knowing what it takes to knit a shawl, or a stocking, or a hat, it is amazing to think of all of the work God put into creating the universe, and the even more specialized work he has put into each person in the past, present, and future on this planet!

Even though the verses that refer to God knitting or molding clay are essentially describing God creating something and not literally using yarn or clay (though he did create Adam from dust) I still think it's amazing to have been blessed a talent that is, in some small way, similar to the way God does His work. 

Knitting, for a person, is something that takes patience, the right tools, and carefully following a pattern in order to turn out right. Often I will make a mistake and have to rip out row after row or even start over again. Sometimes I'll even get tired of a project and it can sit on a shelf in my closet for years before I pick it up again! 

I am so glad that a perfect God is in control of His creation. He doesn't make mistakes and he never gets tired of working on us.  Sometimes, in our sinful nature we will make a mistake, and God so patiently and lovingly will unravel us to the point where we see that we need Him to do the work, and we need to follow his pattern that was perfectly planned for us from the beginning of time.