Farewell…

Well life is catching up with me.

As youth advisers we are entering what is known as our “busy” year.  So I’m trying to simplify my life and cut things out, you know, lessen my responsibilities. I have enjoyed blogging, I have been blessed by the responses that the readers have given me, but I think  it is time to take a “leave of absence.”

Maybe next year I’ll start up again. . . who knows. Either way I want to thank all of you who have been faithful readers.  It’s been fun!

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.        Hebrews 13:20-21

Do It Yourself Curtains

I like curtains. They’re like art work, they’re on display. And you know what, curtains are biblical! Okay so that last line was kind of a joke, although the tabernacle/ temple of God did have curtains in it and they were important!

A curtain or veil is what was used to separate the holiest part of the temple off from the rest. Behind this curtain is where the priest went to meet God, and offer incense to Him. ( More on that below.) And when Christ died on the cross, this curtain was torn in two. It symbolized that we no longer need a priest to go between us and God.  Amazing huh! God is good!

Anyways, I decided that my curtains were too short. I like the “drag on the floor” look. But do you know how expensive curtains are?!?!? Especially the long ones that I’d need for my house. So since I’m not super picky about the details on the way things look, I decided to make some myself!

My curtains before the project. In this picture you can see that I lowered my curtain rod to try to achieve the length of my curtains that I wanted, but it just looked funny having the rod so close to the window.

First I went to my favorite store…Salvation Army (on half day) and got some blue curtains. I was bummed because they had 2 different shades of dark blue and once I got home I realized I should have went with the other set of curtains that were a tad bit lighter, but since I only paid$3.50 for the ones I had bought, it was okay. Can’t come out perfect every time when you’re using Salvation Army as your only option!

My blue curtains in tack... soon to be cut apart!

I cut the loops off my white curtains. Then I cut the blue curtains so that I could add it to the top of my white curtains.

Then I sewed it together and then added 2 more seams at the top of the blue part for the curtain rod tunnel (yeah I just made that term up because I'm not sure what it's really called. You know me, professional as always!)

A few weeks later I found a set of these glass tie backs, 6 for $10, at a yard sale. Not a bad price if you ask me.

Finished product, draggy drapy curtains, with the rod moved up to where it belongs. Love it!

Total cost: $6.80

That total cost  includes the 2 glass tie backs. My white curtains were free, thanks to my aunt. They originally were cream but I bleached them white. The blue curtains were $3.50. And the tie backs came out to  $1.66 each.  I love when I can do it myself and save some money too!

I loved to hear if any of you have ever done a “do it yourself” project. It might give me more ideas too!

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.  The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.            Mark 15:37-38

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. 8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John”         Luke 1:5-13

Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them.              Exodus 26:1

ASK THE READERS

Rett has LOTS of energy.  It seems his favorite way of outlet for that energy is to pick a fight with Ben. He’ll be a dinosaur who wants to “eat” Ben, or a mean race car that wants to drive over Ben, or a dog that wants to “bite” Ben…

All these “games” involve Rett having a lot of fun and Ben NOT having fun. Ben will like the “game” for a little bit but then he’s had enough of Rett’s pinching hands “eating” him, or the dog biting his shirt, and, well, he never likes when Rett plows him over with his “race car”.

I have been telling Rett for almost half a year now, that when Ben cries it means Rett needs to STOP doing whatever it is that is making Ben cry. I’ve tried paddling, I’ve tried time outs, I’ve tried doing the same thing back to him …. NOTHING seems to work.  ~ SIGH~

For the most part Rett is a very happy, go lucky, kind of kid. I hate that this is such a big issue right now. I feel like half his afternoon is spent sitting in time out.

So my question this week to the readers is: What to do?! What worked for your children? What did your parents do to you and your siblings? Please help!

What are you drinking?

Ben is my little desert, or camel, or sponge…whatever you want to call him. That boy drinks and drinks and drinks!

So I guess I really should not have been too surprised when I found him dipping his hand in the fish bowl, and then slurping off the water! Yuck!!!

The water is DIRTY! It’s one of those kind that does not have a filter on it. The fish is totally dependent on us to keep his bowl clean.  Sooo, lets just say our fish has learned to build up his tolerance for dirty water.  ~Sigh~ Poor fish, I try to clean it on a regular basis but when it comes right down to it, he is not on the top of my priorities list, ya know what I mean!?

Food for Thought:

Ben chose to drink forbidden, dirty, water rather than come ask me for a drink. Not only did he risk making himself sick but he also ran the risk of getting disciplined, since touching the fish bowl is “off-limits” at his age.

How often do I do the same thing with my Heavenly Father? He wants to give me good and pure things, but instead I settle for what this world has to offer me.

Instead of going to him for complete contentment,  I buy this new home decor item or a new outfit or complain about what I don’t have.  And then I wonder why I feel so dull inside and dissatisfied. I have let the stinky water of this world pollute my thinking!

My Heavenly Father wants to give me peace and freedom from fear. But instead I fill my schedule full of things that  I “have” to do. I then don’t have time for my daily devotions because  I need to sleep-in due to lack of energy.  I worry about my children, their health, our finances. . .  where is the peace that God is offering me? Again I am drinking the stinky water of this world and it’s theories and it is making me sick!

I thank God for His clean crisp Water of Life, that He freely gives. For His word to guide me and His love to help get me through each day!

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

 

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?       

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”            John 4:10-11, 13-14

ASK THE READER

ASK THE READER:

What do you find is the best way to save money for big purchases?

Teaching or Forcing?

The other day I went on a walk with the boys. Upon seeing a bird in a tree, I said to Rett, “Look there’s a turtle-dove.” As we watched it fly away, Rett looked to me and asked, “Does her eat turtles?”

A logical question if I do say so myself! Speaking of Rett and the things he says…

I could hear them playing in the other room, but the peace didn’t last long. Rett was saying “NO, Ben! I said no!”  Followed by crying on Ben’s part. Going in I found that Rett was forcing Ben to obey him. When I asked what was going on Rett explained that Ben was trying to go outside, out the back door. I have told him before that he is not allowed to do. This is a rule that we’ve been working on for a couple of months now.  Everett knows the rule and so he was physically restraining Ben from going out the door. This means pulling him away and throwing him on the floor while standing over him telling him “no”.  Which of corse made Ben very upset.

I sent Ben out of the room and then pulled Rett aside. I explained to him that he can’t be the one to discipline Ben. I told him that he can tell Ben “no” when he’s doing something naughty, but that if Ben keeps doing it, then Rett needs to come get me to take care of Ben.

Rett protested and said, “but I want to teach him!”

Rett’s idea of teaching is a familiar one. How often spiritually do we step in and instead of letting our Heavenly Father be the one to deal with the problem, we try to force the answer. We can do our part to point out and teach God’s word and instruction. But people, friends, spouse, grown children… if they don’t want to listen then we need to run to God and ask Him to step in. To try to force someone to hear us, concerning God’s word, is just going to cause bitterness.

Go forth this day and teach, but don’t force. Unless of course you find your toddler sneaking out the back door.

Headlock is typical... not always smiles to go with it!


Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.  Hebrews 12:15

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.   2 Timothy 2:24-25

Ask the Readers…

I’ve decided that once a week I’ll post a questions for the readers to answer. This week the question is…

What was the best advise you were given when you were a teenager?

 

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Proverbs  4:12