The first two lines of this Christian chorus/song, that I haven't sung or thought of for years, popped into my head this week. Couldn't remember the rest of it, so looked it up:
Father, I place into your hands The things I cannot do, Father, I place into your hands The things that I've been through. Father, I place into your hands The way that I should go, For I know I always can trust you.
Father, I place into your hands My friends and family. Father, I place into your hands The things that trouble me.
Father, I place into your hands The person I would be, For I know I always can trust you.
Father, we love to see your face, We love to hear your voice.
Father, we love to sing your praise And in your name rejoice. Father, we love to walk with you And in your presence rest, For we know we always can trust you.
Father, I want to be with you And do the things you do. Father, I want to speak the words That you are speaking too. Father, I want to love the ones That you will draw to you, For I know that I am one with you.
And then this random? thought:
"evil flourished when good people do nothing"
Didn't know who said it (apart from me), so looked it up.
Apparently the correct quote is:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
Which then got me thinking about the definition of the word 'random':
"made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision"
And I decided that these thoughts were not so random after all.
So maybe I should call them 'God thoughts', because I think God instigated them :)
And because I've had headaches the last few days I didn't go to church this morning, but went for a restorative walk around the river instead:
Unfortunately my headache is getting worse now, so will take my leave and go lay down.
May you have a restorative (def:
having the ability to restore health, strength, or well-being)
It's raining now. I'm glad we did the beach thing this morning. I guess the garden mulching will have to wait, and I can sit and knit (although I'm a bit over the knitting and am feeling the crochet urge) and not feel guilty about not working in the garden...
...which is friday here, I browsed some of my Grass Roots magazines while having my morning coffee...
getting back to basics
Am not doing any more knitting for Bec's shop for this year (unless she specifically wants something). The weather is warming up, so not as much demand for warm woollies, although this is Tasmania! The annual Craft Fair is on in Deloraine in a couple of weeks, so will leave my woollies in the shop till after the Fair, then bring whatever is left home for the summer.
So I'm back working on my charity blanket. I can't believe I only need to knit 4 more squares!!! (Need 28 for the blanket) Will sew it together then, and mail it off to Wrap with Love before the end of the year. My aim is to knit one blanket each year...
Taking a break from the Plainspoken series I've been reading (see previous post). I still have the Hutterite Diaries to read, but found THIS ONE on my bookshelves the other day, and am enjoying it...
And watching an episode a night of The Waltons dvd while I knit...
Time to get back out into the garden and get a bit more done...before I run out of steam for the day :))
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
This was one of my bible readings this morning. I'd never noticed the progression of faith before...
By faith we...
obey... dwell/wait... receive.
And on a sort of related subject...
I have been attending the Seventh-day Adventist church and the Mennonite church for the last 10(?) months. Marnie and Denver were attending the SDA church so I went along. I've had some contact with the SDA church over the years, but thought I would give myself 12 months to decide whether I would attend there long term.
While at the same time....
attending the Mennonite church to try and come to some decison about them also. I have had contact with the Mennonites/anabaptists for about 8 years now and when I first moved to this area I fellowshipped with them for 6 months. This was when the church was just starting up here (in 2013?) and they only had about 15 folk attending, and most of those where the family that had come from Canada to start the church. Now they have around 80 members and also some Australian families have joined.
But I wasn't ready to take the final step, even though I could have continued fellowshipping with them and not actually join the church, I felt if I wasn't going to commit completely, perhaps I should not stay, so attended the Uniting church until it closed down earlier this year. Interestingly the Mennonites are now using the Uniting church building for their meetings.
I have come to the conclusion that I will not go with the SDA church. I do not agree with some of their theology/bible interpretations/beliefs, and due to some issues in the local church here recently and the way they have been handled in a very unbiblical manner, I have made my decision sooner rather than later.
So ...here I am...back with the Mennonites :). I must say, having attended a vast number of churches/denominations over the years, that they are the most godly, humble Christians I have met. My heart has probably always been with them, it's my stubborn will that God needs to work on :)).
I feel much more ready at this time to make a decision/commitment, but will give myself 12 months.
to be continued...
And to finish on a lighter note, these are the beanies I have been knitting recently to take to Bec's shop...
She wants some fingerless gloves now, so will start on those today. It's raining, so good knitting weather.
And some of the books I have on the go...
They are from the Plainspoken series (true stories, not fiction). I'm reading Simple Pleasures at the moment. It's a lovely book...
Surely it's coffee time now...I'm all talked out :))
I replaced some of the white flour with wholemeal flour and almond meal. Also added some cardamom and allspice. And sprinkled brown sugar/cinnamon and chopped walnuts on top before cooking.
Then went outside and chopped down more rose bushes...
the hellebores are pretty...aren't they!
It's been a lovely day weatherwise. I'm just back from my afternoon walk. Time to light the fire (I think it's going to be a cold, frosty night), cook some tea (as in 'dinner') and settle in for the night.