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A new blanket

I was so blessed to receive this beautiful yarn for Christmas!

Originally, I wanted to make a sweater from one of these skeins.

However, I try to always pray about what God wants me to make and the answer was a baby blanket.

At first I couldn’t picture it.

Which pattern should I use?

How would these two ombre colors work together?

So this project sat, waiting for me to hear from the Lord.

It was perfect.

When I’d finished my previous projects (a hat for Mom and overalls for our granddaughter) the answer came.

Honestly, I still couldn’t see it.

Normally I have a mental picture of the finished product.

The finished product comes out a little different, but starting without any mental picture seemed a bit of a stretch.

Yet, stretching is something I’m learning to do more and more.

With a day of rest I was able to get a lot of the blanket finished yesterday.

It was such a pleasure to hear my sweet husband say:

“That’s a really pretty blanket,” with a smile of appreciation.

I had to praise the Lord.

It was all His idea.

With these days of learning, stretching, and surrender I’ve been finding more and more that when I take life before the Lord in prayer first, beautiful things happen.

On my own, in my own desires or opinions things rarely turn out at all.

Too many times I’ve tried to force circumstances or work something out, and if anything actually came of it all, I found my stress and striving had robbed me of any possible joy.

I don’t want to go back to that.

Although it’s not always comfortable, and I rarely feel any sense of control, there’s a beautiful freedom in allowing everything to be God’s.

God’s plans, His timing, His outcome.

It works so much better.

Stress and striving can’t rob God, He doesn’t do either of those things.

So, I don’t have to either.

I can pray before starting any project or task and pray while I work.

And I can leave the results up to God.

If something goes wrong, I’m going to look for an opportunity to learn from the mistake, and I’m going to praise Him for He never leaves me or forsakes me.

It’s incredible the lessons He has taught me from one small baby blanket.

The psalmist said it best.

Psalm 37:4 KJV — Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Purple Tuesday

Noel's room2It began many years ago when I knew I’d be homeschooling our four little ones while living over seas.

I wanted to do something that would be fun and educational.

After all who wants learning to be boring?

So “color day” was born in our home.

On any given day I would announce that the next day was “Red Day!” or “Blue Day!” or “Green Day!”

We would wear the color, eat food of that color (green day was not a hit for this reason) and play “I spy” for that color all throughout our day.

It was fun.

And hopefully we grew to appreciate God’s creativity a little more.

After returning to the States I kept up the color day but with much less frequency, often finding it difficult to carve out the needed energy and fore thought to bring it about.

But it lingers on and has adapted as my children have left the stage of colors and numbers.

Then I went to prison, and my outlook grew.

One of the requirements for us to be allowed to go in was we wear purple tops and black pants. I owned 1 purple top. So I went shopping, for it was a two day appointment.

I was blessed to share with several ladies about Jesus and the hope of Salvation. I grew to love these women and they returned the emotion.

On our last time with the ladies one woman, with whom I had formed a friendship, commented to another inmate.

“We can’t hug the purple ladies, but I wish we could.”

I took that phrase with me as I squeezed her hand for the last time. I have added purple to my wardrobe and pray for those inmates when wearing my purple.

This to the shear joy of our middle girl who’s favorite color is purple.

One day at school she and I were wearing our purple and another Mommy who was present was also wearing purple.

As we discussed this unusual happen stance she smiled, “It must be Purple Tuesday!”

So, not every Tuesday, but many of them we wear purple. I always smile when I walk out of my bedroom on a Tuesday and my middle girl says, “Mom, it’s Purple Tuesday!”

Other people at school have joined in from time to time, and we have had a great deal of joy out of our special tradition.

My wonderful in-laws bought me a beautiful flowing cardigan for Christmas that is a lovely royal purple.

My first day at school wearing the beloved garment I received many compliments but one Mommy blessed me by quoting scripture:

“Her clothing is fine linen and purple.” Proverbs 31:22b

I grinned.

“Thank you.”

What wonderful gifts we have all around us in the everyday. I hope you and your family have your own special traditions which bring added joy through the simplest of things.