A Far Country

What do you do when your child is in a Far Country?  How do you function day to day when communication is sketchy at best or normally non-existent?IMG_1212

It is difficult for parents, especially mothers, who have poured their life into these precious souls, guarding, protecting, helping them find their wings.  Do we worry?  Of course.  Even when we pour out the burden of our heart in prayer, even when we have confidence that “they’ll be alright”.  For many of us, we also traveled in that Far Country.  We have experience there.   We seek to console ourselves with “I turned out okay” or “I made it and I’m wiser because of  it.”  Or maybe those are the very things that give us the most angst, for we know that we are not really okay.  We learned the hard way that the Far Country is full of wolves, robbers, and leaches.IMG_2001

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  I thought it would give me some measure of peace.  Not really.  How old is old here?

While Jesus taught he shared a parable that often gives the parents waiting comfort.  We see a father, evidently a caring tender father, being told by a son of little wisdom, “I’d rather have my inheritance that you owe me, than you alive with me.”  In other words, I’m tired of waiting for you to kick the bucket so I can go do what I want to do without your interference, so give me my money and I’ll see you later.

How that must of pierced the father’s heart.   But he gave the boy what he asked for, can he be called a real man, and let him go to a Far Country and learn life’s lessons in the School of Hard Knocks.    Off the son went, with nary a look back at the devastation in his wake.

Now, we aren’t told what his mother experienced in this.  If she were alive, I’m sure her eyes were faint from tears, her heart throbbing with sadness and rejection, her knees raw from hours spent in prayer.  Maybe, she was spared this grief.A_Prayer_for_those_at_Sea_by_Frederick_Daniel_Hardy

The Far Country seems like a place the cartographers have forgotten to draw in on the maps.  But, one thing I know.  God created everything.  There is nothing hidden from Him.  No one goes to the Far Country that God does not know about.  He is even there, watching over and seeking His straying lambs.  There is comfort in knowing that.

Blessed New Year!

 So we are four months in.  I don’t know why I did not get this published in January.

I have been a little busy.  I know some people are still waiting for their New Year’s cards.  Maybe this year, they’ll be Happy Spring cards.
  I like to make plans.  The problem I find with many plans I make, they depend on other people doing their part (or the part I have for them).

Being a mom is more complicated than some would think.  Moms make plans and most of them require the rest of the family to be moving in the same direction, at the same speed, at the same moment.  So, anyone ever try herding cats?  Being a mom is kinda like that.

I’m thankful the Lord has plans for me.  I’m a slow learner, well, maybe that isn’t quite right, I do learn things quickly.  Better said, would be I’m intent on where I’m going, so when things don’t go according to MY plan, I try harder.  Thing is, trying harder isn’t always is what is needed.  Most of the time I am slow to Stop.  Look to the Lord.  Listen.

“What are your plans for my life, Lord?”

God has been my lifeline.  My anchor.  My Rock.  I have been learning what it really means to “hold to God’s unchanging hand.”  I have stood on the prow of that ship and looked over the dark troubled waters of sorrow; understanding more than I wanted to the words “…When sorrow like sea billows roll.  What ever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.”

And in the midst of a storm that threatened to undo me, that sliver of peace pierced the clouds and my heart to remind me that God is God alone.  He reigns on His throne.  He is faithful no matter what; I can trust Him and He will not leave me nor forsake me.  Therein is Hope.

My lesson has been to make plans, but realize that I have control over nothing in this world.  My ability to plan, direct and execute are no more a barometer of my control than is my alarm clock  the cause of the rising of the sun each day.  The same holds true for you.

On the Journey,

Amy

Dinner is Served

I saw a recipe on Facebook and decided to give it a try.  Now, I do know how to follow a recipe and normally I do so to the T, especially if I am making something new.  After all, you have to know how it supposed to be before you really know if changes need to be made.  But this is soup and soup is its own animal in the kitchen.  To me, soup has no rules.

I am thankful that the Lord gave us such a vast array of tastes to enjoy.

I’m sure there were exact measurements, but this is pretty close.

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Nothing like sausage and onions cooking in a cast iron skillet.

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Stock, tomatoes, bay leaves, and sausage mixture in the pot – 9 minutes old.

A gluten-free mini-lasagna noodles by Sam Mills.

Put it all together, bring to a boil, then simmer until the noodles are al denta.  The one warning in the recipe was not to over cook the noodles and that left overs could result in soggy noodles.  These noodles have never been soggy when leftover.

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Topped with a little cheese and served with salad and crusty bread.  Yum!

Let me give credit for a great recipe to Brenda at A Farm Girl’s Dabbles.

http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2011/03/24/lasagna-soup/

If you live in a northern climate, this will hit the spot!  Enjoy!

On the Journey,

Amy

An Envelope is for

…holding lots of laughs.

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“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips”

Psalm 63:5

“Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127:5

The Bird’s Nest

Finis.  Finally.

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After several starts, I knit the final stitch on the Bird’s Nest Shawl from Cheryl Oberle’s book Folk Shawls.

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You can see mine is a little worn.  Sticker residue from the clearance table sticker, and edges a little roughed up.  It is my goal to knit each shawl twice.  I bought this and started my first shawl as I just learned to knit and purl.  It is divided up by country or region.

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The Bird’s Nest is my fifth shawl from the book to knit.  It is the only one under The Himalayas section.  I have also knitted the the Native American Butterfly Shawl sans the fringe, and the three found in The American Heartland section.  I learn something new with every shawl.

Don’t tell anyone, but I never swatch.  I know, that is bad, but does a shawl really need it?  My other bad habit, while I’m confessing, is I never buy the recommended yarn, and even worse, rarely the recommended weight.  I know, that portends a really bad recipe, but so far, I have loved every one.  I think the recipients do too.

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The Bird’s Nest was knitted with KnitPicks’ Comfy yarn in Peapod.  It is a cotton blend that is so soft and light.

A hand knitted shawl is a wonderful way to wrap someone in a hug of love and prayers.

Be A Thankful People

To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might…”

Daniel 2:23a

“And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.” 

Leviticus 22:29

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

1 Chronicles 16:34

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

Psalm 7:17

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”

Psalm 79:13

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:57

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6

“saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.'”

Revelation 7:12

My Dear Reader, I pray you will have a blessed day of Thanksgiving.  Lift your voices in song and supplication; crying out to the Lord God for wisdom, courage, boldness, and forgiveness.  May the Lord be merciful to you and to our nation.

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

The Cause of Salvation

 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:8

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit”

1 Peter 3:18

“I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.”

Isaiah 43:11

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Romans 5:6

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

Romans 6:3-4

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

John 18:36a

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians 3:20