Thursday, September 3, 2015

Keep Persevering

Your life is not a boring stretch of highway. It's a straight line to heaven. And just look at the fields ripening along the way. Look at the tenacity and endurance. Look at the grains of righteousness. You'll have quite a crop at harvest . . . so don't give up!   ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

The days can be hard, keep persevering my friends. There is hope.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

51 Things I've Learned

Fifty one years ago I was born. Last year on my big 5-0 birthday, I shared 50 things I'd learned over the years. I'm posting that list again and adding one more to it.   I’m certainly not perfect, but as I age, the things on this list are somewhat easier to accomplish or try to accomplish. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Less is more, keep it simple
  2. Teach children Bible verses at a young age
  3. Sometimes it's better to listen than to speak
  4. Apologize when appropriate, Forgiveness is mandatory
  5. Don't speak when angry
  6. The gas gauge in my car is there for a reason
  7. Things don't matter, people do
  8. Appreciate every day
  9. Have peace, and rest in the promise that God is in control
  10. Look for the blessings each day has to offer
  11. Be a good mother-in-law
  12. Respect my husband
  13. Giving is better than receiving
  14. Don't panic
  15. Help if I see a need and am able to fulfill it
  16. Teach children to be respectful
  17. Be kind
  18. Read my Bible every day
  19. Pray before I make decisions
  20. Children are people too, be respectful of their feelings
  21. Send real mail more often
  22. Don't be judgmental
  23. Take children to Sunday School & Church as young as possible
  24. Compliment others
  25. Don't think of myself as better than others
  26. Don't use social media as a place to get out frustration
  27. Send thank you notes
  28. Think before I speak
  29. Put the needs of my family ahead of my own
  30. Candid photos are sometimes better than posed
  31. Family doesn't have to be blood relation
  32. Be silly with kids, they love it
  33. If I have nothing nice to say, be silent
  34. If it's not my news, don't tell it, text it, tweet it, or type it
  35. Laughter is good
  36. Be content with what I have, don't be jealous of others
  37. Be sensitive to the needs & feelings of others
  38. Don't leave wet laundry in machine more than a day
  39. Give hugs
  40. Patience is a virtue
  41. Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there
  42. Be Thankful
  43. Don't be surprised with answered prayer
  44. Trust God's will for my life, wholeheartedly
  45. Accept a compliment or gift with gratitude
  46. Reading a book to a child is more important than dishes
  47. Go outside, breathe in God's creation
  48. Don't sweat the small stuff, it will steal my joy
  49. Prioritize family over obligations
  50. Accept help when needed or offered
  51. No prayer is too small, or too big for God to handle. 

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. I'll leave you with this verse that means so much to me.  

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  Psalm 143:8

    Have a blessed day ~ Abby

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thoughts that Feed our Souls

The things we think
are the things that feed our souls.
 If we think on pure and lovely things, 
we shall grow pure and lovely like them;
 and the converse is equally true. 
~ Hannah Whitall Smith ~ 

The above quote by Hannah Whitall Smith and the verse from Philippians 4:8 are a perfect combination to help us keep our thoughts focused away from negativity that we don't even know to be true. I'm pretty good at creating scenarios in my mind that haven't even happened. This little post has helped me today, and I pray it helps you as well. 

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 NKJV

Many blessings to you on this day.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dress A Girl Around the World

Some of you may have heard of the charitable organization Dress A Girl Around the World,  you can find them here:

Donna, blogs at Brynwood Needleworks and started the ball rolling as a collection site for people who would like to participate in making these dresses. Her first deadline has passed but I believe she's going to be doing this again. I was inspired to make a dress and send to Donna.

I looked through my stash for the brightest and cheeriest fabric I could find and came up with what you see above. There are little angel faces among the flowers of the fabric, and the bright green pockets have tiny little fish on them. The pattern uses bias tape on the armholes. I've never had a good friendship with bias tape and was apprehensive about using it. I have to say, I think we are going to get along just fine. I added a row of yellow rick rack which I think makes it pop a bit. 

The most important part of making this dress is the little girl who is going to wear it. I prayed for her and thought about her in it, putting her little hands in the pockets. I'm happy that I could participate in this and perhaps will make some more.  The tutorial I used to make this dress was found here: Pillowcase Dress Tutorial  I'm a visual learner and liked the way the instructions and pictures were shown.

If you'd like to participate, visit the site Dress a Girl Around the World for more information. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and/or following by email.  Have a blessed day.


Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  Matthew 25:40

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bloom Where You're Planted

I'm sure just about every one of us can relate to these words from author Barbara Johnson. 

Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there. ~ Barbara Johnson

Friends, there is Hope on the other side of the dirt you're in the midst of.  Bloom where you are planted.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61:11

Have a blessed day.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Text a Day

Texting - Either it's a part of your daily groove, or you don't want anything to do with it. My hubby and I are very different in that aspect. He has a plain Jane phone that he flips open to answer when it rings, and closes it when he's done talking. I have taught him that pressing 2 and "send" will automatically call me. He does know how to make a regular call in a pinch.

My cell phone on the other hand is an iphone that does everything except cook dinner. You probably won't be surprised to learn my case has birds on it. 

Some time ago, I had a friend going through a serious trial. I thought it would be encouraging for her if I texted a Bible verse every day. I didn't expect her to respond, I just wanted her to be reminded every day that God was with her. Over time I've added others that I text a verse to.  They range in age from 15 to 70 and when I text, they all get the same verse.

I thought I'd share with you how I do this and perhaps you have someone or someones that you could encourage by texting a verse to each day.

  • The only Bible app I've found that I can copy/paste the verses from is the Olive Tree Bible App. I use the NIV version for the verses I text. I like the simplicity of this app and the ease of finding what I'm looking for.

  • After planning my verses I locate them in the app, copy/paste in a text to myself. I usually do a few days ahead and put the day of the week at the beginning of the verse.

  • I'm not able to do it every day, but do try to at least 4x week. I try to do it in the morning, but sometimes it's later in the day. 
  • Be sure you ask the person you're texting if this is something they want.
  • Don't text late at night or very early in the morning out of respect for the person you're texting. 
  • I do not send it as a group text. Each person gets a personal, individual text from me. I cut/paste the verse to each person. It sounds like a lot, but really doesn't take that much time.
  • By NOT sending it as a group text, I can think/pray for each person by name, and if someone chooses to respond, it doesn't go to everyone in the group.

I know a few of the people I text, take the verse I send them, and text it to someone else, "paying it forward".

I will share in another post some suggestions of verses I've used.  Hope this has given you an idea for using your technology for good.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Scripture ~ Message in a Buttercup

As a child I would often pick buttercups and hold them under the chins of my friends, and ask them to do the same to me. It was said, if you could see yellow under the chin, you liked butter.  Of course there was yellow every time under our chins, not because we liked butter, but because the petals are reflective of light.  

The buttercup is a delicate flower whose light is always shining, despite being fragile. The light of the petals continues to shine through cloudy days and rainstorms. I'm reminded of  2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Despite any circumstances that cause us to be weak, God's GRACE is enough for us to carry on. He gives us the strength we need to keep our lights from ceasing to shine.  

Of this you can be sure: the loving heart of God is sufficient to meet your needs. Whatever dangers you may face, whatever heartbreaks you must endure, God is with you, and He stands ready to comfort you and to heal you.
~ 100 Days of Grace for Women ~

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Blessings to you today dear ones.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Do Good and Share

God has given us two hands -
one to receive with
and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding.
We are channels made for sharing.
~ Billy Graham ~ 

I am not wealthy by society's standards, but I have a lot of "stuff" that I don't need. I'm not sure how one reaches the point of overabundance, but I believe it creeps in slowly.

I am one who gets emotionally attached to things. I might need it, someone might need to borrow it, it might fit me again, I might use that for a project, I might read that book, and on it goes.

I'm finding it very freeing this summer as I give away clothes, books, and craft supplies to people who can use them. I invite you to join me by sharing with others, your surplus.

Perhaps you could share vegetables from your garden, some soup with your neighbor, clothes that don't fit, dishes you no longer use. 
Maybe it's just a something small you have that a friend has admired. The feeling of giving to another is very rewarding.  

Do not forget to do good
and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices  God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16

I hope your day is a lovely one.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunday Scripture ~ The Lord Looks from Heaven

The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
Psalm 33:13-15

Unlike an unfeeling satellite, the Lord sees with His heart of love as He considers who we are and what we do. The Bible reveals that He longs for us to trust Him and follow His way. We are never out of God’s sight, and He keeps a close eye on everyone whose hope is in Him. ~ Our Daily Bread ~

I hope you have a blessed day.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Corner of Maine

I live in a little fishing village on the coast of Maine. Life moves at a pretty slow pace and we like it that way. Most people have more than one occupation. My husband for example is a preacher and a lobsterman, true story. There are other things he does, but I don't want to overwhelm you. We have on occasion traded lobsters for fresh veggies from a neighbors garden.

My husband's accent is as native to Maine as it can get. I don't have an accent as I was born in Connecticut and lived there until I was six years old.  

The big news this week is the "Abigail" has been launched for the season. If you're curious about the "Abigail" you can see what happened last year here: The Abigail is Seaworthy

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction in our hometown, like the time I was driving home on a rural road I've traveled thousands of times over the years. I saw an object in the road, I knew wasn't an animal. There was no time to react. I hit it and was forced to pull over while this unknown object dragged and grated on the tarred road.

I got out of the car and discovered a metal colander. Yes . . you know the kind you drain pasta in. I couldn't move it, it was truly fetched up under my car. I called my husband (thankful for cell phones), and I asked him to come help and bring something long. He arrived in his pickup and pulled an oar out of the back (the kind you use to row a boat).  It was touch and go but he was able to unfetch it.

When I got home, I did what any responsible woman would do - I posted it on facebook with a picture of the colander to see if anyone knew who it might belong to. Here's what I wrote: 

Found: If anyone lost a metal colander in the Wiley's Corner area today, I have it. I didn't intend to stop for it, but when it fetched up on my muffler, I was forced to pull over. Kim, it was right near your house, perhaps it's yours. I called MacGyver Bill, and he came with an oar and got it unfetched.

You can imagine the fun my friends had with this story. I kept it for a few days, and even though some of my friends claimed they wanted it, no one came for it. I have a picture of it, but will warn you, it's not for the weak.

This weekend my little town has an annual celebration with lots of festivities planned. My mother is looking forward to the events as her home is in the center of town and she has a front row seat to everything. Here's a photo below of a previous parade. My mother's house is on the right in the photo.

I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into my world. Not my typical blog post but I've enjoyed sharing this. Have a blessed day.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:22