Over the past few weeks, I've continued on with the two studies I was working through before the shift - The Element and You Are Made For More. I'm intrigued by how much life has changed and yet what I'm learning from these same books has remained relevant. It's as if that shift was strategically timed. I call that a God thing. I'm almost done with the books and will soon be ready for new ones. I'm intrigued to see what comes next.
I haven't given much in-depth thought to my passion or my destiny lately. They've become an awareness in the background even though they are the main themes of the two books. Passion ? ? ? Destiny ? ? ? They are topics that are both completely relevant and completely irrelevant because no matter what life throws our way, we are who we are and it's through living out our passion and our purpose that we are filled with energy and - LOL - more energy is fine with me.
Winston Churchill said... in order to be happy, you
need to find a task that requires perfection, is impossible to achieve, and
spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it. I call that a many black notes kind of activity. Sewing is one. Knitting is another. The wonderful thing about these kinds of activities is that they're with us through thick and thin, like a warm fuzzy blanket, a hug, a really good friend.
When I was studying and journal writing yesterday, there were two particular paragraphs that I found quite meaningful. The first is an awareness I've known for a long time - that if I will be faithful to God in the little things, he will trust me with more. That promise intrigues me when I consider it from all angles - personal, professional, creative, financial, and so on. I find myself wanting to take care and pay attention. Another awareness is that if I won't use what I have and take a step of faith, God can't do much to help me. Both motivate me to keep moving forward.
Anointing is this: God's grace, strength, ability, and power to do what he has called you to do. His anointing empowers you to be all that he's called you to be. Not only does his anointing empower you to use your gifts but it empowers you to get through any trial you may face. - page 214, You Are Made For More
This second paragraph stood out to me because of its combination of both aspects of life - what I'm good at and what I'm struggling with. What we're good at doesn't disappear when we're struggling. Often we push it aside and refuse to make time for it, perhaps because there isn't any time or perhaps because we feel selfish making time for that thing that we love BUT... that thing that we love is the very thing we need to make time for amidst struggles because it's the thing that nurtures us.
I used my husband's and my youngest son's measurements to draft patterns and sewed "muslins" out of some more of the girly purple knit. Once I see how they fit, I'll figure out if there's a better way to measure and eventually I'll sew them some real gloves as they're both in anticipation of getting something out of this torture of measuring - VBG. My son just cleaned out his closet and one garment he discarded was a brown hoodie. I grabbed it back out of the give away pile because there'll be enough fabric for one pair of gloves, possibly two, and I'm pretty sure I have something more masculine in stash that will work because I know for a fact - LOL - that Howard does not want purple gloves. Kyle ? Maybe. Howard ? Definitely not.
MEANWHILE, I'm knitting a scarf from this absolutely gorgeous Malabrigo 100% pure merino wool yarn that I picked up a couple weeks ago. The start is the same mock ribbing that I talked about yesterday and the more traditional basket weave repeat pattern is:
Row 1 - knit two, purl two
Row 2 - purl two, knit two
Row 3 - purl two, knit two
Row 4 - knit two, purl two
It's very easy knitting and a fun yarn to work with PLUS... it's especially nice to know the intended recipient will enjoy it. I was shopping downtown with a friend and saw this yarn that looked just like her and since she was with me, I asked what she thought and I was right - she LOVED IT - so I bought the skein and brought it home and if all goes well, she'll get a scarf. We'll see. I may need another skein and I didn't check to see if they had two when I was there. I'll keep knitting, see how far I get, and go from there. Even if there isn't another skein, I'm sure there's a solution.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the beauty of color