Friday, May 28, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Hmmmm, should I go ahead and post the goals for Week 2 - even though I didn't finish Week 1? Can I be a super woman and finish all the goals of 1 & 2 in the next week? - or am I setting myself up for failure? I don't know - but let's move forward and see what happens.
1. Sew jacket
2. sew vintage PJ's
3. sew pants in muslin and fit them
4. cut out the pants in the fashion fabric
5. cut out lab jacket (for #2 son)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The subtitle for this book is, "Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life." Dale Bourke writes in a homey and conversational tone making the reader feel right at home - and you need to feel comfortable as some of the topics can be tough to hear. I was in tears by the second page. Dale Bourke takes the reader through a series of challenges and relates her personal experiences through the biblical filter of Naomi in the book of Ruth.
The timing of this book is amazingly significant for me as my youngest child is about to graduate high school and I will soon be free from my homeschooling duties for the first time in over 18 years. I was very encouraged by Dale Bourke that God has definite, purposeful plans for me for this next chapter in my life. She made me smile (after having made me cry) and gave me hope that God has much more planned for these upcoming years than I could ever imagine.
My relationship with this book was a bit of a love-hate nature. I felt that there were just too many additional sources cited and too much emphasis placed on angst over being unattractive to men. There is also a definite slant to the professional woman and career. But at the same time I loved subject matter, the sidebars and calls to action, the inclusion of the book of Ruth, and the great bibliography. The personal stories also made the lessons much more real and captivating.
Anyone facing this huge middle age change in life will find solace and inspiration in facing the next half of one's life in service for God. Don't be distracted by the parts you cannot relate to, rather embrace the heart of this book and the author's message of finding purpose in your "Second Calling".
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
On April 16-17 a group of friends, the Princess, and I went to a Living Proof Live event in the Tampa area featuring speaker Beth Moore. It was excellent. Beth gave us permission to post the outline of her topic over that Friday evening and next Saturday morning.
That Wild Thing We Call Family
Introduction: The perilous last days feature social issues 2 Timothy 3:1-5, and environmental issues Matthew 24. People will (are) growing less and less attached to family - more hard-hearted.
1. We increasingly lack family - are we deliberately teaching our daughters and granddaughters to be a lady? And our sisters in Christ as well?
2. We need family - people close enough to us to knock the rough edges off. We need depth of relationship - not just FaceBook friends.
3. Family was meant to grow; not shrink. A. Christ came to birth a new family. B. Christ can also resurrect and old family.
4. Any family can have calamity. Whining will never help us - get up and face it and battle it out. Do not fear brokenness - we are already broken, but God puts us back together!
5. Family calamity is most complicated when it comes as a consequence.
6. Family calamity doesn't have to be irreparable. Seek restoration - seek peace. If the situation cannot be repaired - we don't have to be broken. Isaiah 58:6-9 "...not turn away from your own flesh and blood."
7. Christ came to bring honor back to the family.
8. We ARE family. Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families.