He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Like many Proverbs, this one cuts right to the heart of our human reflexes. We try to cover our bad attitudes with a smile, our unkindness with excuses, our ingratitude with other peoples sins, our sins against our children with their sins against us. Whenever we sin, the first reaction of a human heart is to cover it up. Tear the leaves off of some nearby trees and try to hide from God. But here – God lays out for us how that will not work. Confessing your sin and forsaking it is the path to mercy. Continue reading ‘January 14: Proverbs 28:13′
The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
Here we have a Proverb that goes directly against popular ideas. Popular counsel is that if someone has wronged you, if your feelings are hurt, if you are annoyed with your sister, if you are mad at your husband – you need to let it out! Everyone says you will feel better. And you really might – for a minute, before you notice that you have flooded the house. Continue reading ‘January 9: Proverbs 17:14′
This Psalm will forever be associated in my mind with my Grandma Bessie. It was always one of her favorites – so much so that it became an anthem for her. She was the headmistress of a girl’s Bible school in Yokohama, Japan. When she married my Grandfather a choir of the school girls sang this at their wedding.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. Continue reading ‘January 8: Psalm 121′
This recipe really has no name. I imagine that is is a very distant relative of an authentic dish that is made somewhere. In our house this dinner is simply made. It follows no recipes. Maybe that makes it more authentic? Or more likely, much less. Either way, this is a quick, simple, yummy, warm meal. I don’t use the crockpot for this, but you could!
Continue reading ‘Weeknight Chicken Curry. A Recipe.’
I wrote a post for Resurgence on a few ways to control the stress of Christmas, which you can read here.
I should have written number 7 – wrap every gift the moment it comes in, but that would have been hypocritical. Enjoy!
So we have been trying to rev our way into Christmas. About time, I know! Our Advent mittens are up at last. Here is my sweet Daphne showing us a few:
There is a little craft fair tonight that is raising money for our teacher’s Christmas gifts. I made some doll sleeping bags which were super simple and quick (once I got around to actually doing them – that part took a long time). I used this tutorial, fabric I had in my fabric stash (I admit I love funky older fabrics, and this was a fun time to use them). My brilliant innovation that I am stupidly proud of was using nylon potholder loops for the ties. Super simple and fast, and they come in cute colors, which you already knew because they are all over your house. Continue reading ‘Some Better Pictures of Christmas (because the last one was so bad)’