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Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles

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You see I told you I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the themes of the day – sometimes I wonder why I even try.  But then I think, well trying is better than not trying.  Plus who knows maybe one day I will surprise myself and actually stay with the program.   Today’s post (post #1 hopefully) will be full of the 4 day’s I missed, so it will be a little eclectic in nature.

The weather here in North Carolina has been a little bit “frightful”.  It started snowing on Tuesday evening and we got about 7 inches before it was said and done.  Now that’s a lot for North Carolina.  So my little man has been out of school since Wednesday and to top it off has a teacher workday on Monday.  Ive enjoyed some time with him but I think we are both ready for him to go back to school.  I must admit I laughed at the school system’s announcement about there being no school the first day it said “Due to the threat of winter weather, school will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday.”  I laughed because of the wording.  Yet I also laughed because I remember the days in Canada when school never closed unless it was -40 and then sometimes it was open for those of us that could bundle up and walk.  Before you get upset, I completely understand that we close schools in NC when the weather gets bad – I know we don’t have all the equipment to clear roads, people aren’t used to driving on them, more children ride school buses, and children don’t have the type of clothes we did to keep us safe in the deep cold.  Nothing we can do about weather, except deal with it as it comes.

Sometimes, the weather that keeps us inside, prompts us to do the things we often tend to put off for another time, another day.  I tackled ,using the steam cleaner, cleaning the sofa and chair in the livingroom.  They were long overdue for such a cleaning.  Although, they didn’t come out looking brand new (how could they after 10+ years of use) they certainly do look a whole lot better.   I also managed to get all the laundry done and take a nap or two.  All of these felt SO GOOD!  Things feeling so good, is like taking a deep breath that refreshes and calms your very being. So Good!

When I hear the word TRUTH, I immediately think of the scripture reading from the Gospel of John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  This has been a significant verse for me as I’ve gone through years of counseling.   Coming to terms with the truth of what happened as a child into my young adulthood, has indeed begun to set me free.  I’m far from being completely free but each step I take I become freer and freer from the pain that was inflicted upon me.  I believe that everyone who speaks their truth will begin to see the bondage that holds them, slip away and they to will be set free.  I further believe that Jesus longs for each of us to be set free from whatever holds us hostage – be it our own sin, abuse, addiction, fear, anger and the list could go on.  I encourage folks to step out of their comfort zone’s and allow your truth to begin to set you free.  What a glorious day it will be when we are all set free.

I love lots of things but there is one thing that allows me to be a child and that’s blowing bubbles.  What fun they are.  I love to watch the shapes they take and wonder why some fly so far and so high and yet others pop in just seconds.   I love bubbles so much that on our 16th Wedding Anniversary, we spent at least an hour blowing bubbles off the porch.  We laughed as we tried to see who could blow the biggest bubble or who could make theirs go the furtherest.  Blowing bubbles is also a great way to teach children and adults how to breath, as a form of stress release.   As you breath out slowly the bubble begins to form in a more sustainable way (usually), reminding us that that we breath in through our nose and our slowly through our mouth our bodies and our souls are also sustained in fresh and new ways.  Our anxiety levels come down and hopefully we can go back to doing what we’ve been called to do.

There you have it the most eclectic post ever –  Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles.

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Snow Opportunities

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I think it’s kinda awesome that the past few days have been brought to a halt because of an incredible amount of snow. Or at least an incredible amount of snow for North Carolina. It sort of makes me in the mood to watch the Winter Olympics and to knit.

Knitting is one of the times that I feel closest to God and feel most present in this world. The rhythm of knitting keeps me grounded in the here and now. Certainly there are times when I find myself knitting and praying for someone but it doesn’t feel forced, it feels natural and it feels like it who I’m supposed to be holding close to the love and light of an awesome God.

During the Olympics knitters on Raverly often have knitting games that provide some fun, challenging activities for our hands as we do what so many others are doing – watching the olympics. The group I’m most active in on Ravelry has created our own Fiber Games and therefore I have 2 major projects on needles with the hope of at least hitting the finish line before the end of the closing ceremonies.

I’ve decided to knit 5 hearts for synod – one in each of the olympic colors. I have 4 knit just the black one to go and then the felting process. I guess I’ve left black till last because it doesn’t seem right to knit a black heart but I’ve got some thoughts on how to embellish it so that it looks attractive and fun like the other more colorful ones.

The second project that I switch between is a chevron cowl for myself. I knit one for Joe’s sister for Christmas and really loved it and so thought that it was a project that i would get a lot of use out of for myself and decided to go for it. It’s made out of Gina yarn made by the Plymouth Yarn Company. It’s self striping and the colors make a bold statement together. It’s also an affordable yarn at just a little over $6 a skein and usually you only need 2. On that project I’ve finished the first skein and am into the second. So I’m hopeful that I will get done before the closing. It’s blown my mind away how fast some folks can knit.

In addition to knitting, watching the olympics and watching it snow I’ve done some reading for personal enrichment and for church stuff. The book that has certainly got me thinking is Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward. I will try to write a review or some thoughts on it when I’m finally finished with it and have processed it enough. If your looking for something to take you deeper into your relationship with God, I highly recommend this book.

So snow is good for reading, knitting, watching the olympics, getting caught up on some work and just plain being!

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