Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daily Dos and Daily Promises

Hello friends,

I'm still recovering from my cold. I don't have it really bad right now. Just enough to make me feel more tired than usual and the odd bout of sneezing.

Since I don't have a lot of energy I'm just doing bare minimum each day, a little laundry (it never seems to end), a little cleaning, a little blogging, and a little reading. Tomorrow I'll get out for the first time in what seems like ages. It will be nice to get together with a few ladies and be back in the land of the living, he he.

I'm still reading "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake and have started on a new book called, "Medicine River" by Thomas King.  The book chronicles the lives of a group of contemporary First Nations people living in Western Canada.  Thomas King is part Cherokee, Greek and German-American. He used to lives and works in Alberta, Canada as a professor.  I understand he now lives and works in Ontario, Canada.  His book was actually published in 1989 and has been on my reading list for some time. Recently, I came across a used copy and I'm enjoying it's easy, conversational style.

I also started cutting out pieces for another quilt'; this time in shades of green and blue. I think it will look quite nice.  It will likely be another lap blanket because I have a lot of fabric but there isn't enough in any particular complementary colours to make larger quilts.  You might have seen my other lap blanket here.  I am still deciding what to do with it but eventually I hope to sell several quilts.  I will use any proceeds to help children like Little Linet or Kigen at the Missions of Hope. Once I've finished with my lap quilts, I hope to make some larger ones too.

These are some of the fabrics, I've started cutting.

For dinner tonight we had coconut shrimp (from a bag) and stir fried noodles (home made with packaged noodles).  It's the first time I've had the coconut shrimp from the frozen foods section.  I don't usually buy things like that but they were on sale so I thought I would try them.

They were quite good and even came with sweet chili dipping sauce..  I googled a recipe and came up with this one that looks very similar to what we had.


The recipe looks easy enough and so I'll probably try to make it from scratch some time.  I think the Japanese panko (crumbs) make the difference.

I haven't been overly busy this week but have been keeping a relaxed pace.  Somehow posting about what I'm doing or what I have done, makes me feel less like I am wasting my days. Every day is a gift and I don't want to waste any of them.That is what I say to myself on most days.

I also try to remember to be grateful each day and give thanks for whatever I do or whatever God has given to me.  Even when things aren't going so well, the Bible tells us to give thanks.  I have a promise box and each day I pick one or several cards out of it to see what "special" message God might be speaking to me that day.

This is a promise box like mom had when I was a child. I used to love to take the "daily bread".
This is a promise box I got about 15 years ago. 

 These are some of the scripture cards I drew out this week.  God is clearly telling me that His name is to be praised!

I've been bearing burdens with, and for others and this week and I've also been feeling a bit low in body and in spirit.  I needed to be gently reminded that God is to be praised regardless of the circumstances in my life or the circumstances in the lives of others.  So often I try to "fix" other people's problems.  That is part of my personality and from time to time (often), God needs to remind me that he is the one who can fix things and we need to turn to him in ALL things, good or bad.  I've also learned that sometimes a breakthrough in a prayer need comes when we offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Last night my mother called me with a praise report.  I pray for her every day and often with her on the phone.  She was calling to tell me that a difficult health challenge she has been facing this week, turned around.  This answer to prayer came after a period of just focussing on giving praise and thanks to God for everything. I love it when I see and experience the Word of God in action like this.

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. 

Ecclesiastes 7:14
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  1. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Nothing worse than a cold, it just seems to ebb every bit of energy out of you. Take care Diane

  2. I hope everything about you is all right now. But maybe it is a good time to take a rest for a while as you are always busy. The promise box reminds me of a page-a-day calendar. Each day has a nice word of wisdom. Joyful, take care and have a great week.

  3. Sorry to hear you've not been well. Hope today is a better day. I love that promise box. I had one out for a while. Not sure what happened to it. I'll have to hunt it down now. You've inspired me :-)

  4. Penny I'm so sorry you've been unwell - that's really why I didn't reply to your e-mail the other day, because I guessed you probably weren't up to long e-mails. I'll reply this evening. Enjoyed the photos and 'Anacortes' - such an interesting history you have in Canada.

  5. Keep praising Him my sweet friend, love you.

  6. Dear Penny,

    I'm sorry to hear you have been unwell of late. Glad to hear that you are taking things easy and starting to recover.

    Actually, like you, I have been trying to fight of the flu this past week. I haven't had the flu in years, but this one has knocked me off my feet, literally!

    Oh, by the way, I forgot to thank you for letting me know that Linet has received the go ahead for the surgery. This is great news! Praise Jesus!!!

    Your praise box is a beauty, so pretty, and the words scribed on the front really refreshed my soul today. "God's love is a daily promise." Thank you God for your unconditional love!!!

    Sending love your way, Kerrie xoxo

  7. I hope you are feeling much better :) a beautiful and uplifting post, thank you :)

  8. I hope You're well ♥
    Greetings Sabine

  9. I love book recommendations. Your quilt looks beautiful, please post photos when it is done. Feel better, Penny.

  10. Do take care and hopefully the colds completely get away. I'd love to learn how to quilt. When I check the prices in the mall, oh my, they are so expensive but I can't use the sewing machine! Have a fruitful weekend and hope you enjoy the time with your friends :)

  11. Please feel better soon and take good care of yourself. I love the idea of a promise box, they are quite beautiful. Thank you for your reminders to be grateful and to give thanks. It is important as you say to continue those practices even when things are not going so well. Glad to hear your Mother has some respite from the challenge also. xx

  12. The promise box is a great idea! We have a daily calendar, one page per day with an inspirational verse, and also we get Our Daily Bread, a booklet published by RBM (Radio Broadcast Ministries), which we read each night after dinner. I'm sorry to hear that you've been sick with a cold. I hope you are feeling better.

  13. Friend,
    what a beautiful blog, I needed to hear it in the midst of what trials I am going through. I shall turn my sour attitude into a thankful one, thanks Penny!

  14. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments. I do love my little promise box and if you can get your hands on one it would be a blessing to you too.


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