Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Not Much To Say

Do you ever feel like you say too much?  I do.  I'm not a very talkative person and I still feel like that sometimes.  It's been like that this past week.  Not that I've been saying anything wrong, although I do have my moments of saying the wrong thing, but I just don't feel like I have much to say that's productive.  My heart is to only say what God wants me to say, and only do what God wants me to do.

It isn't always a bad thing to not have anything to say.  It's just a time to talk less and do more.  It's kind of like Paul was telling the the Thessalonians to do.  He wasn't reprimanding them, just telling them to get even better at it.  Do you ever have times that you feel like just being quiet and working on something?


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Winning Words

"that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing." I Thessalonians 4:11,12 NKJV

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mom's White Shirt Update


I'm still plugging away at my mom's white shirt, but it's almost done!

I just have to hem the sleeves and the bottom, sew on the buttons and open the buttonholes.  The next time you see this shirt my mom will be modeling it.

My daughter bought a mannequin to photograph the items made with her crochet patterns and she let me borrow it for the picture.  I have a sewing mannequin on my wishlist but it's not that big of a priority for me yet.  I'm just happy that I can borrow this one whenever I want.

I've been making a lot of sewing plans when this shirt is done so I'll be sharing some of that next week.

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God Is Sew Good

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,
                      Ephesians 2:4-6 NASB

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Flatbread???


Another recipe gone wrong but it was still useable.

I'm not sure what went wrong but it might be because I put everything in the bread machine instead of making it by hand like the recipe.  Oh well.  We used it for pizza crust and it worked great!

I used this Homemade Flat Bread recipe from Food Network.


I put everything in the bread machine and let it do it's thing.


Then I had an extremely sticky mess when it came out.  The recipe didn't say to flour anything but I couldn't do anything without some flour.


The recipe said to divide the dough into 20 sections.  I tried to at first and ended up with tiny pieces.  Maybe I didn't put all the flour in it but I really think I did.  Since it was apparent that they weren't going to turn out, I just started rolling them bigger so I could use it for pizza crust.


Cooking it in a dry grill pan made all the extra flour that I used scorch so I started putting a little olive oil on the pieces before I cooked them.


Everyone had a pizza made exactly how they like it.  Some had a much bigger pizza than others.


Buffalo chicken pizza for my son!

Verdict:  I haven't given up on flatbread but some research must be done before I try again.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Technology Difficulties

I have a love/hate relationship with technology.  I love it but it causes me so much trouble.

My computer had a virus.  I should say my son's computer had a virus because I don't even have a computer right now.  It invaded my wordpress blog, putting bizarre links in my posts and messing with my template.  I'm sorry if anyone had bad links from my posts.

I'm sorry about jumping around so much but I'm back on blogger.  I have more control over my blog here.  If you follow through imoutonalimb.com it should automatically switch you here otherwise it will have to be changed manually.  I feel like I'm home on blogger.  Oh, the virus is gone now, by the way.

At the same time we found out that our health insurance company was hacked and all of our personal information is no longer secure.  I was watching a news show about technology yesterday and the reporter asked the expert if we need to fix the internet.  The expert tactfully told her that the internet isn't broken.  The problem is how we use the internet.  Well, I don't have any say over how my health insurance company uses the internet and my president has told me that I don't have any choice about whether I have health insurance.  I guess I'll just try to make the best of a bad situation.  After all, I very rarely use my health insurance but I'm thankful for it when I do use it.

I'm going to try to be back on track with my blogging schedule this week.

Monday - writing
Wednesday - cooking
Friday - sewing

Today I'm going to try to make flatbread for the first time.  I'll let you know how it goes on Wednesday!

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Winning Words

"Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV



Monday, February 2, 2015

Carefree



The dictionary definition of carefree.
carefree: adjective  without anxiety or worry
I love the word carefree.  I want this definition to describe me.  I'm not really a worrier but I do have anxiety sometimes.  Usually it's about something that happened in the past and I keep reliving it, trying to figure out where it went wrong.  The more that I learn to cast my care of Jesus the less anxiety I feel, but sometimes even my best efforts don't work.

Last week was a strange week for me. Something that happened a couple of years ago kept coming back to haunt me.  It wasn't anything major.  I had just been through some major stuff that I had no choice but to deal with, so this was not that important to me and rather than confront it I just walked away.  I also knew that confronting it wouldn't help the situation.  I'm pretty good at putting together all the pieces of a puzzle and figuring out what's really going on, but I was missing a crucial piece about this one.  I was at peace about walking away. I gave it to Jesus and left it in the past.  At least I thought I did.

With all of these thoughts coming to the forefront again, I was craving time with God and time in God's Word.  My favorite part of the Bible is in the book of John when Jesus is talking to His disciples and then prays to His Father right before He goes to the garden where He is betrayed.  (John 13:31-17:26)  My eyes kept going to John 14:27.  "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  Jesus paid too high of a price for my peace for me not to accept it, and I felt much better after talking to God about it.

And then this morning it was like a light went off for me.  I had the missing piece to the puzzle about what happened.  I know what triggered the problem and I have complete peace about the situation and how I handled it.  I also think that God was warning me so I won't step into something like this again.  God has put me in a much better place now and the last thing I want to do is make the same mistakes.

But why did God wait until now to fill in the missing puzzle piece?  Maybe this was the first time that I really asked for peace about it.  I noticed that the prior verse is all about the Holy Spirit coming to be our Helper.  Once I really wanted peace, the Holy Spirit stepped in and gave me the information I needed to have peace.  God always knows what we need and He supplies our every need when we come to HIm.

I'm sure this won't be the last battle in my mind, but I know what to do about it.  I'm on my way to being carefree.

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8
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