Monday, February 26, 2007

Why Worry?

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

~Matthew 6:25-34~

Bird picture taken by Elijah Lofgren. Daffodil pictures taken by Anna Lofgren - one of the prettiest and first signs of spring!

Friday, February 23, 2007

He Has a Plan

The future's so uncertain;
The way is unclear.
I know God has a purpose,
I know I don't need to fear.

But the doubts begin pressing -
Questions fill my head.
"What will I do...
In these years looming ahead?"

I want to know now,
Begging God for an answer.
"Will I go here? Or do this?
Which one is for sure?"

"Trust me, My daughter,"
My kind Father reminds me.
"I have a plan and a future
Marked out just for thee."

"I have such struggles, Papa,
Can you show me them now?"
"Trust Me, My Child,"
He soothes, as He vows,

"I will show you the path,
One step at a time.
Don't be in a hurry,
But rest. Wait for My time."

"I trust You, dear Lord.
I know You know best.
Give me the strength to wait and go each step
Until you show me the rest."

I may not know now
What I'll do every day.
But I do know for certain,
That God will show me the way.

~by Anna Naomi Lofgren, February 23rd, 2007~

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Pioneer Dress is Finished!

My pioneer dress is finally finished! As I was sewing on the last piece of braid, I was thinking, "I can't believe I'm almost finished. I'll have to start something else soon." Mother quickly told me that other things will take priority, but still...sewing is so much fun! I finished it on Tuesday and brought it on Thursday, so Anna could take pictures for me with her camera. They still turned out a little dark, and it's hard to see the fabric up close, but the fabric is really pretty. I'll see if I can get a clearer picture sometime. There were a couple of issues concerning this dress, such as, the size I used being too small, so we did some adjustments, and I accidentally cut a piece of fabric out of the skirt when trimming. I was discouraged for a bit after that happened, but Mother to the rescue! She fixed it for me, and it's hardly noticeable. Here are some pictures.

It's really hard to see the braid on it.

The bonnet was really fun to make.

I'm trying to get my hair long enough to be to

wrap a braid around my head

Saturday, February 17, 2007

3 Girls on a Hike

This morning, Miriam picked Jubilee, me, and Jubilee's dog Sox up, and we went for a hike. Though it was kinda cold, the brisk walk warmed us up, and we even got so hot we had to shed our jackets! We hiked around 3 miles on some trails near Lake Martin. Afterwards, Miriam treated us to lunch. I have the best sisters!

We hiked on trails mostly around the water. We even paused for a while to skip some rocks!

This is the way you cross the tree...

It was a beautiful day, perfect for enjoying God's creation!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Leah - Living without Love

Everyone's always liked Rachel. Everyone. Whenever I was younger, things were okay until she showed up. Once she showed up at a gathering, people generally forgot about me, and drifted over to her, the beautiful butterfly. Yes, I've been complimented on my eyes, but Rachel is just a total beauty!

When Papa told me that I was to marry Jacob, despite his wanting Rachel, I didn't really want to go along with it, but I had to. The look of horror and shock on his face was awful, that morning after our wedding when he found out it was me he had married. I thought that maybe I could help him grow to love me, but it's been so hard. His marrying Rachel only a little while after our own wedding didn't help any. Now I'm doomed to live with her the rest of my life...

Leah. What comes to mind when you think of her name? Do you think of the fact that she was unloved, and unlovely - at least compared to her sister? Hers must have been a hard life.

It seems that she always was in competition with her sister; it also seems as though Rachel often eclipsed her. Genesis 29:16-17 pretty much sums it up:

"Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form and beautiful."

My Bible note suggests that the word "weak" here could be translated "delicate, lovely, or gentle." Perhaps Leah had lovely eyes, but compared to Rachel - a total beauty - she wasn't what one would call pretty.

Jacob, the one Leah married, was in love with Leah's sister Rachel. (For the full story, read here) However, after he had worked seven long years in order to earn Rachel for his wife, Jacob was tricked by the girls' father, Laban. Instead of Rachel, Laban gave Leah to Jacob as his wife. She was kept veiled until the morning after the wedding, when Jacob figured out that he'd been tricked. He wasn't too happy about it, and demanded an explanation from Laban.

"Laban replied, 'It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.' And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife." (Genesis 29:26-28)

So, the two sisters lived as rivals, each vying for their husband's attention. But, as Genesis 29:3 says, "...and he [Jacob] loved Rachel more than Leah."

God was kind to Leah. When He saw that Leah was not loved, He opened her womb, and gave her children, while leaving Rachel barren. Leah quickly became the mother of 4 sons. The first she named Reuben, saying, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now." She gave birth to a second son, named him Simeon, and said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, He gave me this one to." Her third she named Levi, and with longing cried, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I hove borne him three sons." Naming her fourth son Judah, she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." (from Genesis 29:31-35)

She longed for her husband's love and respect. With each son she had, she hoped that Jacob would finally begin to love her. She was thankful for her sons, praising the LORD for the gift of children, but her struggles didn't end. When Rachel gave her maidservant to Jacob to bear children for her, Leah, not one to be out-done, did the same.

"When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, 'What good fortune!' So she named him Gad. Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. Then Leah said, 'How happy I am! the women will call me happy' So she named him Asher." (Genesis 30:9-12)

It seems as though Leah truly loved Jacob, although the feelings weren't mutual. She lived in a hard situation, being the lesser wife, and became quite bitter. In angry despair she once cried out to her sister, "Wasn't it enough that you take away my husband?" (Genesis 30:15) But God continued to listen to Leah. He didn't give up on her.

"God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. Then Leah said, 'God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband.' So she named him Issachar. Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. Then Leah said, 'God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.' So she named him Zebulun. Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah." (Genesis 30:17-21)

God blessed Leah, making her the mother of 7 children. Even though she wasn't thought much of by those around her, God cared for her. This shows us a wonderful aspect of God's character. Psalm 34:18 says,

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

God cares for everyone, no matter what their "worth" is. He blessed even the seemingly insignificant Leah.

Not much else is said about Leah. After her sister died, perhaps Jacob began to love her more. She raised her children, and seems to have been a good mother. Even though she didn't have an easy life, God used her offspring (and those of her sister and maidservants) to build the house of Israel, who became His beloved, chosen people.

What can we learn from Leah? We can learn from her desire for Jacob's love, and all she did to try to please him. Too often we give up on people, but Leah persisted, always hoping that Jacob would begin to honor and respect her. Instead of becoming angry with him, Leah tired to win his love. We can also learn to not do as Leah did when faced with her sister as a rival. Leah became bitter towards her sister, which seems normal - after all, she was only human! However, next time you're faced with someone who's hard to get along with, choose instead to love and be kind to them. You never know what a difference that will make!

Read all about Leah in Genesis 29-33

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from both of us at Maidens of Worth! We pray that you have a special, love-filled day with family and friends.

On this day that focuses so much on love, it's all too easy to get discouraged if you don't have a "significant someone". There's no one to bring you a dozen red roses symbolizing true love. However, purpose instead to be like a white rose - a rose of purity.

It's no accident that Maidens of Worth uses white roses in their graphics. These roses represent purity; they're a reminder to all of us that we should keep ourself pure. Purity is a lovely thing, just like these bright, beautiful roses.

In addition to purity, modesty is something very important. Modesty helps us stay pure. As a Valentine's Day gift from 1,600 Christian guys to all girls around the world, The Rebelution has just released the results of the Modesty Survey! It was a massive project, with tons of work, but the Modesty Survey Team has done a fantastic job!

Most importantly, the survey recognizes that this is a list of suggestions - not legalistic rules. It is accompanied by the Modesty Survey Petition, signed by a multitude of guys, which encourages us women to focus on the heart of modesty, not on the outward appearance, although it is important.

Guys, they are still accepting signatures for the Modesty Survey Petition, so this is an opportunity for you to still share your voice on the topic of modesty! Also, read through the survey, and see how your answers compare to those of other Christian guys around the world.

Girls, take the time to read through the modesty survey with an open heart. It's a wonderful encouragement, especially to us girls who have already been careful to dress modesty. This helps us realize one of the reasons why we take the time to dress as we do: to help our brothers in Christ. This also offers us a rare glimpse into a guy's mind!

It may take a while for the survey to load, but take the time, and check it out!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Teen Girls For Modesty

Teen Girls for Modesty Mission Statement
"...women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works." 1 Timothy 2:9-10

I believe that my body is holy and sacred and my clothing should not reveal what should be concealed.

I believe that virtue is the most important must have for every season.

I believe that being healthy, physically fit, clean and well groomed is always in style.

I understand that I can be pretty without being provocative.

I believe that my clothing sends a message to those around me and my clothing should reflect my dignity as young woman professing Jesus Christ.

I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by dressing in an immodest manner.

I believe that true beauty comes from within.I will loyally shop at retailers that provide clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.

I believe purity in actions and in dress are always in style!


My mother found these before I did, but I was glad she found them. I thought I'd just give some of my feelings on modesty, seeing as I never really have. True modesty, of course, begins on the inside before it can show on the outside. I don't believe that skirts equal modesty. Don't get me wrong, I love skirts! But I can be just as modest in a pair of loose fitting pants as in a long skirt. Skirts can be immodest, also (eg. mini skirts, form fitting skirts, etc).

Dresses can also be very modest or immodest depending on how they're worn. I don't know if I can say that a spaghetti strap dress is wrong to wear because I don't have any way to prove it right this moment, but I have never worn one and will never wear one because it would make me very uncomfortable. And I would feel that I'm "taunting boys and young men by dressing in an immodest manner".

I really like the way this list (I'm not sure what else to call it) is worded. It's simple, but says a lot. I don't wear skirts all the time, like my brave friend Anna, not because of what people might think about me, just because I still like wearing a pair of pants sometimes. There was a time when I could wear a skirt to our homeschool band and choir practices, but not to Youth Orchestra practice. Wearing skirts around fellow homeschoolers was natural and I felt fine, but when I would think about wearing a skirt to MYO practice, I would very quickly talk myself out of it. It was the peer pressure I was afraid of, that all the other girls there would think that I was a little strange for wearing long skirts to an everyday affair. But now, I don't care. I go back and forth wearing skirts and pants.

I wear mostly skirts when I go out in public, but sometimes I feel like wearing one at home. Wearing a skirt at home makes me more conscious of what I do through the day and I make sure that I'm a little more careful. The above list pretty much sums up everything I have always felt about modesty and purity. The one topic about "loyally shopping at retailers that provide clothing that is modest, affordable, and stylish" doesn't really apply to me in the sense that there isn't a store like that near us. If there was, then I would shop at it. But I'm all for being A Teen Girl for Modesty!

The first part of this post was found at A Modern Day Maiden Of The Lord.

Be Rebelutionary! Enlist Today

Young men and women, are you ready to be part of a Godly uprising in this generation? Are you ready to be part of The Rebelution, a new movement of young people "rebelling against the low expectations of an ungodly culture"?

I first heard about the Rebelution more than a year ago. In the October of 2005, our family attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio Christian Film Festival as part of a trip to Texas. Arriving in San Antonio before the festival started, we went to the Alamo, to learn some history and stretch our legs. Dodging rain showers, we walked through the buildings, reading and listening to the various displays. To our surprise, we saw two fellow Alabamians there, Alabama Justice Tom Parker and his wife. We greeted them, and learned that they were there for the Christian Film Festival as well! Justice Parker also told us that with them were the twin brothers of Joshua Harris! He also mentioned that the twins had a blog, called "The Rebelution."

"The Rebelution?" It sounded like a strange word to me, and I wasn't sure what exactly it was. However, to think that it was run by the twin brothers of the Joshua Harris - that was something exciting! I had read Josh Harris' wonderful book I Kissed Dating Goodbye when I was around 13, and had read it a few more times since then! We were also familiar with Greg Harris, who had in fact spoken at the Montgomery Homeschool Convention in 2004. I was interested in finding out what these twins were up to!

Our family enjoyed the rest of the time at the film festival, and saw many great films. My mom met both of the Harris twins and introduced me to one of them, though I don't know which one. At that point, they looked the same to me! =)

After finishing up our trip in Texas, we went back home and settled into the normal routine of life. Elijah, meanwhile, searched for the Rebelution online, and came upon the blog. After he'd read it for a while, he sent the link to mom and, so that we, too, could check it out.

When I first got on, I was absolutely amazed. I had recently started a blog on my personal website, which was mainly my online journal to keep in touch with friends and family. I had no idea a blog could be used this powerfully! I spent a lot of time that evening reading through the blog, and had to get on a few other times that week, as I read through the entire blog. I was astounded. For years, I was "different" than almost everyone I knew. Homeschooled my entire life and from a conservative family, I had almost always been the odd-ball among my friends. I was a part of a youth group for about a year, until my parents started up a home church with another family. Now we were even more different! Our home church grew some, and I became friends with other girls like me. We were happy to be separate from the world in many ways; after all, I helped with chores in the family, and did many things people thought far above my age! Yet, often I felt as though, since in my mind I was "better" than all those other teens, I was somehow okay. I was content with being just a little above "normal". After all, you could only expect so much out of a teenager, right?

As I read through the Rebelution's blog (the 4 months they had written so far), I began to have hope that just perhaps, things could get better. "Wow!" I remember thinking, "There really are other teens out there like us. Furthermore, they're even out to really impact the culture, not merely get by." It was wonderful to read things I had thought and believed, but had never actually put into words. I was challenged to not be afraid to be different. I was challenged to actually try to be different - to be far above "normal".

In November 0f 2005, we had a chance to hear Alex and Brett Harris speak. Although from Oregon, they were in Alabama for a few months as interns of Justice Tom Parker. It was a last minute thing; we went to hear the Harts sing in the homeschool choir, and were reacquainted with the Davies, whom we'd met at, yes, the San Antonio Christian Film Festival. (Colton Davie was the writer/director of the award-winning film, Bluestate: Tolerance for All.) Somehow, the conversation turned to the the Harris twins, and the Davies invited us to come hear the twins speak that night at their church's youth group meeting. Having enjoyed their blog, we decided to go. I sat spellbound as they talked about the Myth of Adolescence and learning to Do Hard Things! They were a dynamic duo; they were passionate about what they said; they really lived out what they believed. I had read most of what they said already on their blog, but somehow hearing it really helped it sink in. I left more fired up than ever about being Rebelutionary!

It's not enough to be just above par, abnormal, or better than the "average teen". We are called to live lives of example to those around us. 1 Timothy 4:12, the Rebelution's theme verse says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." We need to not buy into the lie that somehow, because we are teenagers, not much is required of us. Yet, it's now expected for us to be rebellious, lazy, and undisciplined. "Oh, they're teenagers!" is the excuse given, as if just because we're between the ages of 12 and 20, we're somehow something to be indulged and avoided. No! We're told to "Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22)

As the twins write, this "adolescence" period was something recently invented. In centuries past, teenagers were given responsibilities and expected to behave as adults. So why did this change?

People stopped expecting great things from their youth. Laws were passed so that one did not complete their education until around the age of 18. Now, it's expected that without four additional years of college, we're somehow not ready to face the world. However, not that long ago, youths finished school and sometimes even college while in their early teens. What's more, it wasn't really even a rare occurrence.

But now, "Let the teens have fun while they're young!" is the resounding cry. Instead of helping out in the family, most teens are caught up in their own world. In a whirlwind of school, youth functions, hanging out with friends, and just messing around, they don't have time for much else. They'll grow up, get responsible, and start doing things for God later. Right now they just want to have fun! You can still have fun doing hard things, but you don't want to ruin your life with fun.

In this dark culture, where it may seem that you're the only one who even tries to be responsible, there's a glimmer of hope. Now it's not just Alex and Brett; thousands of other teens have joined the Rebelution. "But wait," you may be protesting, "it all sounds well and good, but come on! Is there anyone that really lives and believes this way?" I've had the pleasure of meeting Alex and Brett on a few different occasions while they were in Alabama, and I can say for certain that they're real, truly living out what they write. On the Rebelution, especially through the forums, you'll "meet" many teens sold out to making a difference and rising above the low expectations of the world. They're out there. You may not know any; you may be the first in your area to start living this way, but you're not alone. The Rebelution has now even spread around the world!

Are you still not convinced that you can really make a difference while you're young? Do you think no one will listen to you? Jeremiah felt the same way. God called him to be a prophet while he was yet a youth, but Jeremiah was scared. " 'Ah, Sovereign LORD' I said, 'I do not know how to speak; I am only a child. " (Jeremiah 1:6) That wasn't any excuse to God, however. Jeremiah 1:7-8 goes on to say,"But the LORD said to me, 'Do not say, "I am only a child." You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the LORD." God promises to be with us. Without Him, we can't even begin to do great things. In our own strength, we can accomplish nothing worthwhile. However, He will give us the strength to do hard things. Jeremiah wasn't the only one called by God while they were young. David, the man after God's own heart, was anointed king, and slew Goliath, the great Philistine everyone was afraid of, while he was only a teenager. We don't know exactly how old Mary the mother of Jesus was when God came to her, but she was most likely around 14-16. Yet, she found favor with God, and the Father chose her to bear His Son. With God, anything is possible.

Purpose to make a difference. It won't be easy, but seek to Do Hard Things! It works in a variety of ways. Everyone's "hard things" will be a little different. But unite together; join the Rebelution, and truly begin living your life for God, even while young. Some may think you're strange, but more will admire you for your commitment. It's a growing process; it won't happen overnight. Remember Mary and David from the Bible? Before they were chosen by God, they made little choices over and over to be diligent and responsible. David was a shepherd, and cared well for his father's sheep. In time, he grew to be shepherd over Israel. Mary most likely spent her time helping her mother, and being diligent in the small things. She found favor with God, and was chosen to bear His son. By choosing to be faithful in the small things, God will put you in charge of larger things. (Luke 16:10)

Pursue excellence, and be Rebelutionary!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Life at Wisteria Pines

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as I battled another cold. Praise God, I'm on the upward climb to being over it! It has been a much milder cold and hasn't lasted as long as most, for which I am very thankful!

Life here at Wisteria Pines (Mom's name for our place) is going pretty well. The days are somewhat busy, but I'm learning a lot through it all! Life sure is different with only two of us children left at home, but we're getting used to it. Jubilee and I play a lot of games together to make up for it, and we're in many things together - choir, band, and she even takes my ballet class! Teaching has been going well; in fact, I'm enjoying it far more than I ever thought I would. The girls are doing great! In band we're playing music from The Fiddler on the Roof, as well as two quick march-types. They're fun to play, but I'm beginning to wish for some new music.

I've rested a lot the last 2 days, and I am ready to be well. =) Fresh-baked cookies - Emily's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal - are cooling on the counter, and they turned out very delicious! Today is time to clean; I usually do it on Fridays, but am doing it today because I didn't quite feel up to it yesterday.

This afternoon I may work on one of my many sewing projects - I have quite a few. My cross stitch is ever near-by to work on while watching a movie or the news. My mother is teaching Jubilee and me to knit, and we're currently looking for yarn to start a scarf. I've also got many things to sew in my sewing pile, just awaiting my sitting down at the machine to stitch them up. Working with my hands is so enjoyable!

The weather has been weird, like any other Alabama winter. It fluctuates back and forth. On Wednesday I thought for sure that spring was in the air, but it's gone back to being pretty cold. Yes, it's milder than what a lot of you have with snow and freezing weather, but it's still pretty chilly! Some days I just spend my time migrating between the two fires that Daddy so kindly builds, trying to stay warm. They're great for thawing out cold fingers!

Due to Daddy going out of town this week, we're planning to have our family Valentine's celebration this evening, with the family's favorite meal - Pasties! We'll exchange cards and candy, which is always fun. After supper we're sure to play a favorite game or two, and enjoy being together.

Life is good. =)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Even in sickness?

This morning I woke up with the all-too-familiar signs of a cold - a sore throat and stuffy head. For some reason, I seem to get sick quite often. If there's a cold to be caught, I usually catch it! I try to eat healthy, eating many fruits and veggies, but the colds still seem to come.

As I was thinking about my last post, I was struck again by 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." We're truly supposed to give thanks in all circumstances? Even in sickness?

I had to cancel teaching dance classes today, which I don't like to do! However, I can be thankful that I have a few more days to rest the ankle that's been bothering me, since I won't really be dancing while feeling bad.

I can be thankful for some time to rest and recuperate, since sometimes these days are so tiring!

I can be thankful for more time to read, for it's one of the things that helps take my mind off of my misery. I can be thankful for a chance to work on my huge "to read" pile.

And last but not least, I can be thankful, as my dear daddy reminds me, that I'll never get this particular cold again. This is one less cold for me to get when I'm older! =)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Don't lose focus

In the busyness of life, it is very easy to lose focus. We rush through all we're supposed to do, hoping that somehow we'll achieve everything on our to do list for the day. Sometimes, going hither and thither, you barely have time to collect yourself, before it's time to go on to the next thing. Sometimes it seems like there's not much meaning to all that's going on, and you drag through, hoping that someday you'll be able to do some "real" things for God.

However, God calls us to do everything as on to Him.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." ~ Colossians 3:17

You can praise Him while you wash dishes. You can praise Him as you're driving in the car to your next lesson. You can praise Him as your taking a shower or brushing your hair. He wants every aspect of our lives done for Him. Even the menial things? Definitely!

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

He wants even our supper to be eaten while glorifying Him!

Sometimes when we're going through life, it's easy to drag through our tasks, wondering if there really is a purpose in it all. "Does this floor really need to be swept?" "These school lessons aren't really applicable in daily life..." Sound familiar?

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." ~ Colossians 3:23-24

Yes, in whatever you do, God wants you to do it for Him; He is the One we should be serving day to day.

It's easy to loose focus; it's easy to gloomily drag through the tasks; it's easy to do something, but not put your heart in it. But,

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

He is the only One that matters. He is the one we should be praising as we cook the meals or do our school work. It's not easy to do. I, too, often find myself dragging through, just hoping to get done. However, take a minute, check yourself, and remember Who it's all about. Then, keep going, praising Him through all you do. It will make a difference!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Little Busy

I feel like the first month of the year flew by! I've had so much to do, that it just sort of passed me by. I have my schoolwork and two projects going right, make that three. I'm crocheting edging on a baby blanket for my yet to be born nephew, two aprons still unfinished, and a new dress halfway in the works. The blanket must be finished before Sunday, so it takes priority, then I really must finish the aprons for my brothers! It's really hard for me to get all my schoolwork done on a Wednesday or Thursday. On Wed. we have choir practice, and on Thurs. we have band and ballet. I always try to at least get my Algebra lesson done, that's the most important right now. And...I've been memorizing music for our district music competition. It's not really a competition, though. All you do is go and play for 1 judge and he gives you a score (eg. Excellent, Superior, Needs Work).
One of my pieces is Moonlight Sonata and it gave me a little grief at first, but now all I have is a little bit of the last page to memorize. ::sighs with relief::
Memorizing is really not my strongpoint, so I have to work a lot harder than the rest of my siblings (who have all of theirs learned). Well, I'm rambling and there is probably something better I can be doing, so Adieu!

Miriam Rebekah