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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dealing with SAD – Seasonal Affected Disorder

 

There is no way that I could finish the study on the birth of Jesus Christ this month, and since the subject of SAD is important to deal with earlier in the season rather than later, I decided to post this article today.  Since it contains spiritual content, it seemed like it would be appropriate.

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Seasonal Affected Disorder is a common and difficult health problem in parts of the world that have long, dark winters with short days.  The more northern regions, and I'd assume the more southern regions, where the days are very short are more susceptible and tend to have more people that require treatment.  I would guess it doesn't exist in areas close to the equator where the light is pretty equal all year. 

For further information on SAD in general, I suggest you do your own research.  This page is dedicated to my own battle, observations and to things that I found helped me personally.

My Story

Psalms 138:6-8 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

I spent the better part of my main growing up years (11-23) in western Michigan, which tends to have heavy, dark winters, though not nearly as bad as more northern regions.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Evening Song – Each Step I Take


 


Psalms 37:23-24  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
More than once when I’ve been overwhelmed with life my husband has reminded me that each day, meal, chore, difficulty met, is one less to go before we get to heaven.  One day the last step will be taken, the last trial met and passed, the last burden laid down.  “We shall see Jesus at last”!  Then “it will be worth it all”!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sew Happy Friday – Random, Scrappy Little Projects

 

Here’s a super easy tutorial for pattern weights.  These pretty little weights are used in place of pin when laying out a pattern for cutting.  If you don’t like pinning the pattern to the fabric this could be a great solution.  I haven’t tried them yet myself, but I know something prefer this method.  (Note: You don’t have to have a yo-yo maker to make these.  You can make your yo-yos the “old fashioned” way.)

Pattern Weights – at A Spoonful of Sugar

They also had this little tutorial for making greeting cards with fabric scraps.  This is something right up my alley since I love to work with fabric as well as making my own greeting cards. :-)  I like the fact that they look so nice with just the simple words on them.  Of course, you could also use the same method for simple shapes and write the words by hand or stamp them.

Quick Fabric Cards – at A Spoonful of Sugar

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Australian Memories – Laughing Kookaburras

 

Taken at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane, Australia.

I think this was the kookaburra's nest,
which had possibly originally been a termite nest
(based on something I read).

A closer view inside an enclosure.
Notice the blue ring around its eye.

There was a nesting pair near my brother’s house.  Since we slept with the windows open most of the time we were there, they woke my husband and me very early most mornings (before dawn) and once in the middle of the night with their crazy laughter.  You would have thought it was a bunch of wild monkeys. :-) 

Here you will find a sound file of their “laughing” on the right hand side of the page as well as general information.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Know Whom I Have Believed – A Poem by Martha Snell Nicholson

 

I wrote an article last night that I intended to post here, but things are not going according to plan, so I’ve been wondering what I should post here today, if anything.  This evening I ran across this poem and the thought in it is so sweet I decided to share it with you.

2 Timothy 1:12-13  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

I Know Whom I Have Believed

The things I know so far outweigh
The ones I do not know,
I leave the unknown in God's hand,
Content that it is so.

For I know Whom I have believed!
That is enough for me --
Enough for life, enough for death,
And all eternity.

by Martha Snell Nicholson

In troubling times, in every day life, in trials and tribulations, in changes or in drudgery and monotony there are so many things we don’t know.  But, when you think of Whom we do know – ah, what a marvelous thought!  The Almighty God Who made everything, the Lord of our salvation, the One Who knows everything in the past, present and future - How is it that we worry so much sometimes about what we don’t know when we know Him?  After all, isn’t that enough? 

Romans 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Birth of Jesus Christ – Part 3, Luke 1:29-34

 

If you missed the first parts of this study on the birth of Jesus, you may wish to go back and start at the beginning.

This section turned out to be especially interesting because of its usefulness in contradicting some of the teachings or practices of the Patriarchy Movement.  I didn’t realize how beautiful and powerful it was until I was working on this study!

Read here: Luke 1:29-34