Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Blog

Hey, I've set up a new blog at Beyond Relevance. Come check it out, and while you're at it, go ahead and subscribe if you like what you see. I've got a mixture of things from rants to crafts!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

New post

I have posted a new blog at Word Press.


Monday, August 22, 2011

New Blog

I have been thinking about getting a bit more serious about writing my blogs. I desire to bring creativity into my heart so much, and I believe that writing is one of the tools that will do that. I've decided, though, that I'm going to change blog programs, and I've got my own site! Beyond Relevance will house my blogs. If you follow me here, please click the link and follow me there!! If you DON'T follow me here, please click on the link and follow me there! ;-) It is a work in progress, and some of blogs here will show up there - only rewritten a bit.

See you at Beyond Relevance!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love

Warning: The following contains a not so nice post. I'm ranting, if you will. Please do not read if you are uncomfortable with cynicism or criticism.

You were warned.

I have just about had it with Christians - and I am one. And by that I mean that I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, he is the Son of God, he died and was victorious over death and by that sacrifice and miracle, I am a Daughter of the KING. I believe that. For most of my life, I have been very busy in 'ministry'. I've been a Sunday School teacher, a VBS director, youth leader, worship leader, worship team member, I wrote curriculum for nearly everything. I loved being involved. For years, though, I'd look around and wonder why we really weren't making much of a difference in our world.

And then I stepped out of my bubble - my nice little church bubble where all the people were Christians and were members of my church, and all my friends were Christians, too. I liked that climate controlled bubble, and I've got to admit that some days I long for that comfort and that kinship. It can wear on a soul to be on the outside, because being out here nearly brings me to tears every day.

Because out here the masks are off and the smiles are gone.

Years ago,  I announced through an ad in the local paper that I was a Christian mom seeking to provide day care for children in my home. I ran that ad for over a month, and it went unanswered. I was a bit surprised that when I took the word 'Christian' out of my ad the next month, I had more calls than I knew what to do with. I didn't understand that back then, but I have a very good idea now.

The world is skeptical of Christians. And rightfully so.

I have seen a lot of ugly stuff in my job as a child welfare worker. I knew I would when I first started, but I've been a bit surprised at the type of ugly I have seen. When I first started my job and I needed to find a home for a child, I would hope that a Christian home could be found. I had this idea that a hurting, abused, unloved child could experience the love of Jesus in a Christian home. And here's the ugly: I haven't found that to be true.

What I have found to be true is that these hurting, abused, unloved children become targets and projects. And they get to learn how they just don't measure up to our Christian expectations. They get to learn what is just not acceptable in the climate controlled bubble - The Can'ts if you will.  Because, you see, many of us Christians get in to a rut, I think. We dress up so that we can fit in that perfect climate controlled bubble. We get our masks on, wear the perfect costumes. But we don't show love.

Quite frankly, Christians, it's time we step up and act like our Savior. We don't need a degree in Greek or Hermanuetical studies to get that. It is time to put down our building tools, Church. We don't need bigger, fancier, hipper stuff. We don't need programs and committees. We really don't need to have one more Bible study on the shelf to buy or one more meeting at the church to go to. We've had all that stuff and we still can't show the world Jesus.

Each one of us needs a mirror - the lighted, magnified make up mirrors that show every pore, blemish and wart.

We have not allowed the Holy Spririt to reign in us. We have not allowed the love of God to indwell in us. I think it's time that we get our noses out of our little rule books and we certainly need to quit slapping people around with our expectations. The world gets what we don't believe in. We tell them all the time.

Seriously. Have we ever thought of giving water to a thirsty person for the sake of quenching his thirst?

In John's account of the Gospel, Jesus said that the whole world will know that we are his disciples by the love we show each other. Church, I have come to the conclusion that there might be a whole world full of Christians. I just don't think there are very many disciples.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, 
 would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, 
I would be nothing. 
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; 
but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. 
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 
It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. 

But love will last forever! 
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, 
and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. 
But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, 
but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 
 All that I know now is partial and incomplete, 
but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

---Saint Paul, from the Bible

Friday, July 29, 2011


Since last summer, I have made a strong effort to regain my creative side. I can't even explain how dry my soul felt for a while. I kind of think I know how trees must feel in the winter. 


I like that I've been able to create some crafts and sewing projects. It's been so fun, and I've got to tell you that I am starting to feel life inside of me.

It's growing.
And dreaming.
And budding.

I can hardly wait until the blooms!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


It is hot. And we turned in to whimps. We finally put in our window air conditioner yesterday. I'm not so sure I like it...although I really do love that I'm not sitting and sweating. That's always nice. For years we didn't have an air conditioner! I felt all 'Mother Earth' gardening, preserving all the food and putting up with the heat. Gosh, I remember times that I would pack up the kids to go for a ride in the air conditioned car just to have a break from the heat.

For the most part, though, I really don't like the house all closed up and the sounds of the air conditioner and fans running. I LOVE feeling the breeze in the house. Today though? There's no breeze. Thank you, God for giving someone the ability to develop Freon.

I've been re-organizing my craft room. I've got more to sew, and I couldn't even turn around in there. I took everything off the shelves, scrubbed them down, organized the fabric and crafting accessories I have and basically got ready for round 2 of quilt making! (As soon as my 'walking foot' comes, I'll be quilting!) I am really impressed that I am able to get all that stuff in such a small little room. I thought about scaling down the volume of my craft materials. I did that many years ago, and it took YEARS to recover. We wouldn't want to go through that was traumatizing.

But it is getting organized, which always makes me feel good. I wish I had learned how to maintain during my putting away items as I am done with them, throwing away scraps of fabric as they are snipped, etc. I just don't think it's in my genes. Well, it might be in the gene pool, but I must have swam far away!

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Quilt Top is Made!!

Despite the heat, I have been able complete the quilt top that I started last weekend. I'm so excited!! I fudged on the couple of pieces that I cut wrong, but I couldn't see paying extra for more, mistakes and all, here's my first attempt at a quilt. I kind of figured out the pattern as I was going, which is just my way, I suppose.

I don't think the colors show really well. The oranges look kind of peachie in this photo, and the turquoise is light...I like the quilt in person. The colors are really bright.

I will be purchasing the back and the batting this week and then I will hopefully start the quilting process!! We'll see how that goes. I've never done anything like this before. I'm going to use my machine, which is probably cheating, but I can't even imagine trying to quilt this by hand in this heat.

I will keep you posted on my progress!