I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

Approximately a month ago, my online Bible study small group leader, who is also an author, put a request out for people to join her book launch team. I decided to try something new and signed up for it. I was provided a copy of her new book to read and joined the Facebook group.

I finished reading the book two days ago, on Sunday. The book was released yesterday, Monday. Here are my thoughts on the book.

The book is all about listening to God and going anywhere He wants you to go and doing what He wants you to do. This may mean leaving everything behind to travel far away or staying put to be an example to your neighbors or family. But many of us come up with excuses for why we can’t follow God’s calling. In Anywhere Faith, Heather runs through the excuses with examples from the Bible, along with stories from her own life, and how we can follow God’s calling both here and there.

I loved reading this book. It held my attention and I found myself relating to many of the things she talks about.

 

Losing Control

There is nothing like being off your feet for a length of time to make one realize just how much it means to be in control. I am quickly learning this as I go through my second bunion surgery recovery since December. Eight weeks of non-weight bearing on crutches makes it difficult to do many things that we take for granted. As nice as it is to get a break from some of the mundane chores, it does show you how particular you are about things. At least it is showing me.

Many things that I do around the house, in my mind, must be done in a certain way. Laundry is one example for me. Everything has a particular load that it goes in and gets washed in a certain way. But the laundry room is in the basement. Getting up and down the stairs repeatedly and lugging dirty and clean clothes up and down those same stairs is too much for me right now. So I have to hand over the reins and let others do it. Loads are being put together in different ways than I normally do it. Everything in me wants to scream, ‘No, you’re doing it wrong. Do it this way.’

But God is teaching me to surrender control and to be patient. I keep seeing clues of this in my Bible reading and my Bible studies, in my daily life as I am forced to allow others to do my chores in their ways. It is not an easy lesson to learn. But I will strive to learn it and will persevere until I am back on my feet again.

Filling the Time

So, it has been brought to my attention that I have been slacking off here. And, it’s true. I haven’t posted in two months. Time to get back on the bandwagon.

Let me just say that while I have been slacking off on my writing, I have been working hard on some other habits. Here are some of the things I have been up to over the last couple of months.

First off, and my number one priority, has been working on my relationship with God. Over the past year and a half, I have made Bible reading a daily habit for the most part. This is not to say that I haven’t missed any days during that time. I have. But I think that God understands that there are going to be times that it just isn’t physically possible. More recently, I have added devotional readings to my Bible reading time. Over the past month I have also starting working on my prayer habits.

I have also been working on reading more (both fiction and non-fiction) and doing more weaving and needlework (mostly cross stitch at the moment). I will make every effort to blog about these soon and to blog more often.

So, there you have it. A quick update to fill the gap until the next blog. I would love to see comments about your walk with God and what hobbies you fill your spare time with.

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28

Those of you who know me know that I like to play in medieval times. For over 20 years now, my family has played in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) as part of the local barony, Stonemarche (NH), in the East Kingdom. Check out the following link for more information on the SCA:

http://www.sca.org

For more information on the East Kingdom of the SCA, go to:

http://www.eastkingdom.org

I bring this up because my husband, Randy, and I spent last weekend at an SCA event in Manchester, NH, called A Market Day at Birka. This event is put on every year by our barony and this year was the 26th year that it has run.

Birka, as we call it for short, contains many parts of SCA play. It has shopping, heavy list fighting, fencing, youth fighting and fencing, a fashion show, middle eastern dance, classes, children’s activities, an arts & science display, haflas, bardic circles, a ball, baronial court, and a royal court. All of this takes place in not quite a day and a half. Most of it fits into Saturday.

Most years I spend part of my day volunteering to help the event to run. This year, however, due to foot surgery in early December and still being non-weight-bearing, I was able to enjoy the entire event (thanks to a knee scooter to scoot around on) with my good friend, Michelle. We dropped my A&S (arts & science) display off before heading to the short royal court going on near the fencing area. Several awards were given and a couple of people were put on vigil for the day to decide if they wanted to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican (the Society’s top award for service).

Next, we headed to the merchant area to do some shopping. Turns out, I didn’t need a whole lot so I only bought a couple of shuttles for card weaving. After all, one can never have too many shuttles. Michelle, on the other hand, did find several items to purchase and take home. After all that scooting around and shopping, it was time for a break. We went up to my room to eat some lunch and take a break. I stayed put for a short time while Michelle went to check out some middle eastern dance performances.

Soon it was time for the fashion show. We arrived late (getting an elevator with enough space for the scooter was challenging) so only caught the last half. But we really enjoyed what we saw of it. Amazing workmanship and wonderful creativity.

Next, we picked up my A&S display and headed for Baronial court. Awards were presented, tourney results from the day were announced, and other announcements were made. Baronial court finished and it was time to move on to Kingdom court. Birka Kingdom court can be long. This one lasted at least 2.5 hours. Many awards were given during that time and many people were recognized for their contributions to this game we play.

Once court was over, many people went to find dinner. Still to come was the Birka Ball and the Hafla. However, I was done for the day. Michelle headed home and I headed back to my room to wait for my dinner.

For more information on A Market Day at Birka, you can visit:

http://www.birka.org

Family & Health

My dad turned 85 years old on January 1st this year. Unfortunately, he spent his special day in the hospital due to bad pain in his abdomen. He spent the next couple of weeks in the hospital going through tests and procedures. His liver has stopped doing its job and fluid keeps building up in his abdomen. The good news is that there is no sign of cancer. The bad news, they’ve done every test they can think of but haven’t found the cause.

At the end of last week, he was moved to a Rehabilitation Center. This past Saturday, we joined several other members of our family in visiting him. We celebrated his birthday along with several other family birthdays that come in January. We had cake and ice cream and cards and a picture of all the birthday people.

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It was great to be able to see everyone but the circumstances that brought us all together at once is sad. I am praying for my dad — that he will feel better and that the doctors might yet figure this out.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

As I watched the  divisional playoff game on Saturday between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, wondering if my team (the Patriots, of course) was going to blow their chance. I watched as the Patriots fell behind, not once but twice, by 14 points. I also watched as they came back, not once but twice, from that 14 point deficit. And I watched at the very end, as they prevented a touchdown reception by the Ravens to win the game and advance to the AFC Championship.

As I watched that game, I found myself thinking a lot about Galaxy Quest, a space adventure movie. Throughout the movie, the characters often use the phrase, “Never give up, never surrender”. I couldn’t help but associate that phrase with what the Patriots were doing throughout their game. When they fell behind, they didn’t give up and they didn’t surrender. Rather, they fought their way back to even ground, not once but twice. Then they kept going to take the lead and stay there to win the game.

I hope I can do as well at standing my ground, not giving up and not surrendering when things get tough. I know I can do it with God’s help.

Tablet Weaving

One of my favorite activities to do is tablet weaving. Tablet weaving is a type of weaving that allows a weaver to make narrow, decorative bands. These bands can be used as belts, trim, handles, straps, etc. Shorter pieces can become bookmarks, key fobs, lanyards, etc.

Warping a loom, the process of putting the yarn onto the loom, can be tedious and time-consuming. However, weaving the band is quite satisfying. Here are a couple of pictures of my most current project.

Blue + white trim         Blue + white trim

This will make approximately 10 feet of trim, made from silk. It will be sewn onto a piece of garb to be worn at SCA events. (To find out more about the SCA, go to http://www.sca.org.)

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