Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spurgeon: Four Good Ones in a Row

February 14 - Morning
“And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.”–2 Kings 25:30

Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king’s palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. We cannot eat or drink or wear more than the day’s supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it and the anxiety of watching against a thief. One staff aids a traveller, but a bundle of staves is a heavy burden. Enough is not only as good as a feast, but is all that the veriest glutton can truly enjoy. This is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful. When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with his daily allowance. Jehoiachin’s case is ours, we have a sure portion, a portion given us of the king, a gracious portion, and a perpetual portion. Here is surely ground for thankfulness.
Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word, through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall receive renewed strength. In Jesus all needful things are laid up for you. Then enjoy your continual allowance. Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy.

February 14 - Evening
“She was healed immediately.”–Luke 8:47

One of the most touching and teaching of the Saviour’s miracles is before us to-night. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of Christ by a law of necessity, without His knowledge or direct will. Moreover, she was a stranger to the generosity of Jesus’ character, or she would not have gone behind to steal the cure which He was so ready to bestow. Misery should always place itself right in the face of mercy. Had she known the love of Jesus’ heart, she would have said, “I have but to put myself where He can see me–His omniscience will teach Him my case, and His love at once will work my cure.” We admire her faith, but we marvel at her ignorance. After she had obtained the cure, she rejoiced with trembling: glad was she that the divine virtue had wrought a marvel in her; but she feared lest Christ should retract the blessing, and put a negative upon the grant of His grace: little did she comprehend the fulness of His love! We have not so clear a view of Him as we could wish; we know not the heights and depths of His love; but we know of a surety that He is too good to withdraw from a trembling soul the gift which it has been able to obtain. But here is the marvel of it: little as was her knowledge, her faith, because it was real faith, saved her, and saved her at once. There was no tedious delay–faith’s miracle was instantaneous. If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, salvation is our present and eternal possession. If in the list of the Lord’s children we are written as the feeblest of the family, yet, being heirs through faith, no power, human or devilish, can eject us from salvation. If we dare not lean our heads upon His bosom with John, yet if we can venture in the press behind Him, and touch the hem of his garment, we are made whole. Courage, timid one! thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”

February 15 - Morning
“To Him be glory both now and forever.”–2 Peter 3:18

Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, “to Him be glory.” Is He not a “Priest I for ever after the order of Melchisedek”? “To Him be glory.” Is He not king for ever?–King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To Him be glory for ever.” Never shall His praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live–long as the Father’s throne endures–for ever, for ever, unto Thee shall be glory. Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle’s words are, “To Him be glory both now and for ever.” Will you not this day make it your prayer? “Lord, help me to glorify Thee; I am poor, help me to glorify Thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give Thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol Thee by spending them for Thee; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but Thine, and glow with no flame but affection for Thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of Thee and for Thee; Thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Thy treasury; I am all Thine; take me, and enable me to glorify Thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”

February 15 - Evening
“Whereby they have made Thee glad.”–Psalm 45:8
And who are thus privileged to make the Saviour glad? His church–His people. But is it possible? He makes us glad, but how can we make Him glad? By our love. Ah! we think it so cold, so faint; and so, indeed, we must sorrowfully confess it to be, but it is very sweet to Christ. Hear His own eulogy of that love in the golden Canticle: “How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine!” See, loving heart, how He delights in you. When you lean your head on His bosom, you not only receive, but you give Him joy; when you gaze with love upon His all-glorious face, you not only obtain comfort, but impart delight. Our praise, too gives Him joy–not the song of the lips alone, but the melody of the heart’s deep gratitude. Our gifts, too, are very pleasant to Him; He loves to see us lay our time, our talents, our substance upon the altar, not for the value of what we give, but for the sake of the motive from which the gift springs. To Him the lowly offerings of His saints are more acceptable than the thousands of gold and silver. Holiness is like frankincense and myrrh to Him. Forgive your enemy, and you make Christ glad; distribute of your substance to the poor, and He rejoices; be the means of saving souls, and you give Him to see of the travail of His soul; proclaim His gospel, and you are a sweet savour unto Him; go among the ignorant and lift up the cross, and you have given Him honour. It is in your power even now to break the alabaster box, and pour the precious oil of joy upon His head, as did the woman of old, whose memorial is to this day set forth wherever the gospel is preached. Will you be backward then? Will you not perfume your beloved Lord with the myrrh and aloes, and cassis, of your heart’s praise? Yes, ye ivory palaces, ye shall hear the songs of the saints!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

wallpaper related to that pillow

I worked out that design in Electric Quilt before starting it. Of course it always looks a lot neater in EQ than it turns out to IRL!
I made some wallpaper from the test. This is too bright and busy to be wallpaper, but it's my wallpaper right now anyway :-)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pillow for DH's birthday

Example of the kind of NO stress project I like! All the blocks are the same, so it can't possibly go wrong.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

the peasant dress pattern comes together

That's how the skirt prints out! Next step is testing.

And one of the dog. Because.

It is real amethyst! Just not gem-quality :-)
I paid $1 for it and it's on my desk now.

Started... ? Finished 2010

I saved the pattern pic in 2004, so it's safe to assume I cut out the dress shortly thereafter. In the dark void between 2004 and now, it lay mostly-finished in a drawer. The only parts not done were the neckline facing and the hem, and the only thing stopping me were a couple of mental blocks. I didn't think it looked very good, I didn't think I could do a facing that would come out right and I knew it needed something but not what.
Well I just dragged it out and finished it. The idea here is to make a neckline facing, not a *perfect* neckline facing. It looks okay, really. And WHAT it needed was some hearts from the cool Pfaff that I didn't have in 2004!!!

Picture cropped at neck because of habitual glum expression. I really got to smile more, like they've been telling me all along. Grumpy's looking worse every year.

Neither of those seams are supposed to be there. One's because I was running out of fabric. One's because I didn't line up the neck facing right. Oh, well. That's no reason to stay in the drawer for the REST of time.

That's a SIDE ZIPPER. Do you see any sign of a zipper? Hahaha, do I rock???

Free handwriting fonts for practicing cursive penmanship

I love the Penmanship Print for making kids tracing sheets! I just went looking for a nice cursive to help the kids learn that (as I'll never buy another School Zone publication again) and there's a really pretty one here, called Learning Curve.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Best worksheet site ever


I'm over here all the time and print piles of these things for the little guys, like multiplication, telling time, measuring. What a great site for FREE! Some of the ones that want you to pay don't have basic, simple worksheets this useful.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy pills

Got my Flash assignments more or less done, see this week's project here,

Yes, Flash is a lot of fun!
But it's hard to do what you're supposed to be doing if your brain's bursting with great ideas for something else.

I've been working on a peasant dress pattern, one that would be right to start with, not have to be adjusted in all kinds of way. Why do commercial patterns always seem to have immense necklines? Half the stuff I make, the neckline has to be raised three inches just so my bra doesn't show. Really why ALTER when you can just start from scratch and then share the pattern on the internet :-)

Got busy with AI. I absolutely totally love AI for making patterns, it's just the greatest thing since candy. I did a little scooting on the raglan pattern I already had (for the spiral dress, before I cut the sections apart) so it would work with neckline elastic, then measured the lower edge, drew two immense circles in AI, and cut a section with the top that measurement.

See that box "document info"? That shows the length of CURVED lines. Makes it super easy to make pieces of fabric fit to each other.

The ruffle's just a square. I wanted to do this this morning so I could go by later and get some $1/yd fabric for testing, but how many yards do I need? NO PROB with Illustrator, just draw a square 44" wide and start arranging copies of the pattern pieces, stretch the square long enough to enclose them all and divide by 36 :-)

Six yards!
Playing with this stuff is just like taking happy pills!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Whyyyyy I didn't have my camera with me? Some of these would have been so pretty, in my favorite colors of white, black and deep blue.

Best I could do with the bald eagle... cell phone camera held up to the working half of a little boy's binoculars :-)

That's the tree the bald eagle was in! Middle of the pic... tiny white blotch... that's him.