28 October 2009

Pro-Life Heroes


Tuesday night I had the blessing of attending a fund-raising banquet for the Crisis Pregnancy Center in my area, and Jill Stanek was the keynote speaker! It was a fabulous evening.



Jill is amazingly gracious, funny, warm, and a very powerful speaker. She is a lovely lady with the heart of a warrior. She doesn't seem to be afraid of anything.

I attended as a supporter and as a "reporter" for Catholic Online, and here's the link to my article. Please take a moment to read and share the link with all those who love LIFE.

Many thanks.

26 October 2009

Being Loved For Real



"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.




"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always very truthful. "When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt."


"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked "or bit by bit?"


"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."




I don't know whether Margery Williams intended to teach us all a great spiritual lesson through her beloved children's story, but she certainly did. Sometimes it hurts to let yourself be loved for real. It takes a long time, and you won't look the same anymore. But once you've been loved that way, you don't mind being hurt or looking shabby.

Such is the process of holiness for us. We're not supposed to be satisfied to merely believe; we are to pursue holiness. We were never meant to hold private beliefs that are for our own good only. If we will begin to practice devotion, we'll soon find out what it means to be loved and to be real.


Please read on...


Banquet with Jill Stanek

I am thrilled that I'll be attending the banquet for the Crisis Pregnancy Center tomorrow night featuring Jill Stanek!

Was able to call this morning and get a last-minute RSVP.

Should be a fantastic evening. They say they're expecting 1200 people!

25 October 2009

Praise!

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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

(Well, this new image is a bit bigger than I realized, but it shouldn't surprise me. When it comes to chocolate, I always go overboard!)



I'm praising God for another good week around here...

I find that I am thankful for the same things as always ~ a healthy family, a home, food in the fridge, clothes in the dryer, toys on the floor, books to read, dishes to do, errands to run, and life to live. I don't know why I'm so fortunate. I pray I am grateful.

Praise you, Jesus, for just loving me so completely. Thank you for the blessings that are popping up everywhere. Thank you for thinking of me.

Glory and Praise to our God, who was and is and is to come.

I hope your week was full of good things. Please share your Praises with me! This is the Lord's day ~ Praise Him!

20 October 2009

Everlasting Love

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness." Jeremiah 31:3

"I have called you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43:1


Right now my heart is fixed on these words, and silently saying, "Whoa."

Everlasting love... He calls me by name... I am His.

It's simply amazing.

Peace to you today. You are loved. You are known, and you are loved.

God bless you.

Stitches and Seams

I did it! I sewed on a machine for the first time today!




We began sewing our strips of fabric together for the quilt, and lo and behold, I'm already a pro! I'm a complete natural. I took to this like a duck to water. My instructor just stood there shaking her head in amazement.





(There will be a brief pause while I go to confession for lying.)




Oh, my instructor stood there shaking her head, alright, but not in awe of my raw talent! Ha!

Actually, she is a kind and patient woman, and she kept encouraging me to keep trying, even though I had to run through all my strips a second time because my 1/4" seam was not 1/4".



Alas, I am not a natural. I'm going to fumble my way through this, but I'm still having fun and I am determined to learn. All in all, for my first hour on a sewing machine in my entire life, not too bad.


After all, I didn't sew the needle through my finger.

19 October 2009

Notre Shame


I shouldn't be surprised, but I was holding out hope that they would come to their senses and actually choose the Church over politics, actually require their school president to obey his superiors (like, for instance, his bishop). But alas, Notre Dame has done it again. They have shown once again where their true loyalties lie, and it is not with the Catholic Church.

The Board of Trustees has voted to give Fr. Jenkins five more years as President of the university, praising him for his commitment to the faith.

Here's the list of Trustees, which is made up of priests of the Congregation of the Holy Cross as well as lay men and women.

Shame on every single one of them.


Conveniently for them, ND's website gives no address for contacting this illustrious Board.


(I need to find me a Notre Shame t-shirt or something.)

18 October 2009

Praise!

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"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners...But his delight is in the law of the Lord...he is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither." Psalm 1


Oh, I just can't wait to say.... PRAISE GOD FOR THIS AUTUMN WEATHER!!! It has been in the 50's here all week, with rain off and on, white overcast sky, breezy, and absolutely, positively PERFECT. I.LOVE.THIS.WEATHER.

I feel like I'm coming back to life. Thank you, God.

And I'm very thankful today for the week we've had around here. The girls' school closed unexpectedly due to a very high number of sick kids, so we had a 5-day weekend! We've been utterly couch-potatoish, playing lots of games together and just having fun doing mostly nothing. I'm sorry to see school start again tomorrow.

I'm also Praising God for this wonderful season that really brings out the baker in me. It's time for all things seasonal and sweet and rich! Everything just smells so good in autumn, don't you think?

Praise God that we're all healthy. Thank you.

And I'm Praising God for the hot cocoa I shared with my girls yesterday. They were both so tickled that I gave them hot cocoa in coffee cups... they said, "Oooh, grown-up cups! Thanks, Mom!" How cute is that?

Well, I could go on and on this morning. Can't wait to read all your Praises to God on this fabulous weekend. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm an autumn/winter girl. Finally ~ finally, the oppressive heat of summer has passed, and I can breathe again!

Have a wonderful day and a blessed week ahead! May our Father's richest blessings be with each of you!

Blessings,
Jennifer


P.S. Let me know what you think of the makeover... is it too much on your eyes? Or is it just ugly?? Just trying to spice things up around here and add a little seasonal color.

17 October 2009

New Colors

Wanted a little fall color ~ just something to jazz up the ol' blog.



Still getting used to the dark background. Is it too much to look at?



I wish half the year was autumn and the other half was winter.


Today is Perfect

Today is...


Cold...

White sky...

Quiet and still...


In a word, today is PERFECT.


This day calls for...



14 October 2009

Quilting 101


So, Quilting 101 began this week with me front and center!



The instructor taught us a lot about fabric (100% cotton) and thread and why it matters what fabric and thread you use when making a quilt. We learned about cut, fold, salvege, and bias. Bias cut is wonderful in clothing because it has the most stretch. Did you know your undies are cut on the bias? You do now.

Next, we learned that rotary cutters are dangerous! And invaluable in cutting fabrics for quilting, so you better learn how to use one carefully. Scalpels, those things are! Never use one around your kids -- they'll think it's a pizza cutter and you'll soon be on your way to the ER.

Then she had us begin cutting our fabric into the strips we'll need to start sewing next week. Yay!! So, I still haven't used a sewing machine, but I'm one step closer.

Been looking around for a machine, and I'm thinking of a Kenmore. I can get a very basic model for only $100 or something more tricked-out for about $250. Of course, there are the "Cadillac" machines that are over $3,000!! For now, I've gotta save my pennies.

Can't wait til next class! Pray that I don't sew the needle through my finger!!

11 October 2009

Praise!

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"Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation." Psalm 85:7


Today I am grateful to know the God who brings true peace. I am grateful to know the Prince of Peace. The Child of Peace. (Nobel can keep their silly, empty prize.)

I Praise God for the changes He brings in my soul. He gently reveals what keeps me from Him and what keeps me from love, and then tells me the truth...which sets me free.

I Praise God for His unfailing love. We hear a lot about the unfailing love of God, but I wonder whether we really get it. His love for us never fails. He love us always and completely.

I Praise God for the people I share this house with. We have this perfect little world inside these walls and I can't imagine even breathing without them.

I Praise God for the faithful souls who love the Church and defend Her and proclaim the truth about Her in the midst of all the stupid garbage being served up as "Catholic."

I Praise God for the priests and religious who give their lives in service to the rest of us.

I Praise God for the beginning of autumn... I saw signs today that it is really here! Leaves are finally beginning to shed their green, and I'm suddenly in the mood for all things pumpkin, apple, ginger and spice. I can feel my heart getting lighter by the day!



Please link up and share your Praises today! I hope y'all have a truly blessed week, rich and filled with God's grace. Praise God!


08 October 2009

Quilts

On a lighter, personal note, I am just giddy with excitement that next week I begin taking a beginner's quilting class!


I've never used a sewing machine in my life, and I can barely thread a needle (no joke), but I am just overcome with the desire to learn how to make a quilt. So I found a terrific shop near my home and I signed up!


I can't wait to get started! For the time being, I'll have to use the machines at the quilting shop, but pretty soon I'll need to get a machine of my own. I'm in the market for a good used one, I think. I'm open to suggestions from those of you who know about these things!


By the time the class is finished, I'll have made a 60" x 60" quilt using three fabrics all
by myself! Woohoo!!


Should be a very fun learning experience and a chance to get out of the house and mingle with some other ladies and hopefully acquire a new useful skill. (I say "hopefully" because I'm praying I'm not too talent-challenged to learn how to sew!)

I need more of this kind of activity in my life... I'm very grateful to be able to do this right now. Thank you, Lord, for a simple pleasure that will gladden my heart.
'Tis a sweet blessing.


07 October 2009

Our Lady of the Rosary

A Blessed Feast day to you all...


Our Lady of the Rosary


Pray today especially for the revival of the Church in America and in reparation for the blasphemies against Our Mother and her rosary.


04 October 2009

Praise!

I'm a little late today, but I didn't forget!

Let God's Praise be heard!

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"Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!" James 2:12-13


Today I'm praising God for helping me learn the lessons of mercy. It's rather easy to accept mercy being shown to those whom we consider "good" already, or at least those who haven't done anything truly horrendous or cruel or hateful.

But, folks, that sells mercy short... way too short. Mercy is precisely for those who need it most. And "those who need it most" includes me! It includes me, and the abortionist, and the rapist, and the murderer, and the whatever else you can think of. My own sense of justice and fairness doesn't really like that idea, but if mercy isn't given to "them" it won't be given to me.

Mercy covers all those who beat God to a pulp and then nailed Him to a tree to die... what sin, what wrongdoing, what crime could possibly exist that mercy cannot atone for?

We cry out for vengeance... and God is dying to show us mercy.

Thank you, Jesus, for Your endless mercy. Especially the mercy you show me.

I also Praise God for the treasures in my life named FAMILY. They are here with me, they are healthy and whole, we are fed and sheltered and free. We are blessed. Thank you, Father.


Please share your Praises with me, even though this day is growing old... it's never too late to Praise God on His day!

Have a very blessed week... I pray God holds you close and fills you with peace.



P.S. Please, please don't forget to pray on Wednesday. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Please take a moment to read here about the sickening blasphemies happening against our Mother and the rosary... we need to stay informed so we can stand against these attacks.

03 October 2009

Rosary Rally to Stop the Blasphemy!


I know all of you love Our Lady and the rosary, so I want to ask you to click on this link and read this current article regarding the disgusting blasphemies against Mary and the rosary.

Please Stand Up and Pray this week, especially Wednesday, Oct. 7. It's the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!


Please pass this along to all your Catholic friends and together we can raise a glorious bouquet of love to our Mother.

Thank you very much!



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