Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

To Lie or Not to Lie, That is the Question

     We had an interesting conversation recently with some friends.  The topic was ' Are there any circumstances when it would be acceptable to lie?'   Our friends said " No", but I disagree.  Can't you hear the choir of gasps?  " She thinks that it is acceptable to lie!!!"  Lying to cover up a sin or to destroy some one's reputation or harm them  is wrong but lying to save a life... can that really be wrong?

  In I Samuel 16, God commands Samuel to anoint David.  Samuel tells God that Saul will kill him if he hears what Samuel did.  God then instructs Samuel to take a heifer with him and say that he has come to sacrifice to God (which he did). 

In Exodus 1: 15-22, Pharaoh commanded the Hebrew midwives to kill all the baby boys. The Hebrew midwives disobeyed these instructions .  When Pharaoh asked the midwives why they had saved the babies, they said that Hebrew women deliver quickly and have no need of a midwife. The passage goes on to say,

" Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses."  Exodus 15: 20-21 

In our effort to live according to God's law, we attempt to make things black and white.  Christ frequently chastised the pharisees for living according to the letter of the law and not the Spirit of the law.  Any time we replace God's requirements, whether it is requirements for salvation or sanctification, we are living our lives legalistically.  Lying falls into this category.

The German pastor and martyr, Bonhoeffer, wrestled with this issue as he attempted to undermine the Nazi government.  He finally came to the point of believing ...

         "To be true to God in the deepest way meant having such a
          relationship with Him that one did not live legalistically by 
          "rules" or "principles".  One could never separate ones actions
          from ones relationship to God.  It was a more demanding
         and more mature level of obedience, and Bonhoeffer had
         come to see that the evil of Hitler was forcing Christians to
         go deeper in their obedience, to think harder about what
         God was asking.  Legalistic religion was being shown to
         be utterly inadequate." (Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, 
         Prophet, Spy p. 367)

Once Bonhoeffer came to this realization he became a double agent and entered the conspiracy to kill Hitler.  He was even willing to pull the trigger himself.

So, what do you think about lying?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Tale of Three Purses

     We are hoping to visit some friends this fall who live near a lot of historic sites.  I saw a pattern for a purse which was supposed to be small and light enough for site-seeing but sturdy enough to carry camera and guidebook.  So I decided to make Mom, Jacqueline, and myself coordinating bags. The pattern was relatively easy to follow and a lot of fun to make.  However, by purse #3, I was more then ready to be done and move on to something new!  You can't tell from the pictures but these purses are really small, as in 9 by 7 & 1/2 inches!

       Mom wanted the purse as shown in the pattern, i.e. light and dark green with red accents.  Jacqueline's favorite color is purple so she got a dark purple and rose bag with light green accents.  My favorite color is blue so I had light and dark blue also with light green accents.

      I still have to decided what to do about handles.  We thought about pre-made wooden handles but they are much to big.  The pattern actually calls for a braided handle with eight different strands of yarn, but I have reservations about its strength.  I sure I'll figure something out before our trip, although with my record it might be the night before!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Colorwork Mittens

 I know that it is just a little bit early to be thinking about mittens (especially with tempatures in the high 90's/ low 100's ) but these were so pretty I just couldn't resist! 

After all who doesn't love Chrysanthemum mittens?  


  I have a sneaking suspicion that everyone will get     mittens/scarves/ hats for Christmas this year!

                                Curiosity killed the cat!  In this case it just
                                       interupted my photo session.

I haven't ever done colorwork before so it went a bit slow at first but now I have several other multi-colored projects lined up!

Monday, July 18, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Sheldon Clowdus!

Please  email me  with your address and the size you'd like the dress in.  Please remember that it will take up to 10 days to receive the dress.

Thanks to everyone that entered and took the time to check out Pretty Posy Frocks.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Ken Ham recently wrote a book entitled Already Gone with some shocking statistics.  Nearly 80% of children coming through the Sunday schools and youth groups of our churches will leave and never come back.  The most shocking part is that they aren't lost in college!  Here is a great documentary entitled Divided explaining this loss.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pretty Posy Frocks Giveaway

The shop was opened as a creative outlet, a chance to work on some sewing skills, and to earn a little money for day trips.  We want to offer clothing that is feminine, modest and age appropriate.  We decided to get things started with a giveaway.  So here is the prize....

The dress will be available in size 2-6.  It  will be custom made, so please allow up to 10 days to receive your dress.  This also means that we will make the dress to accommodate your child.  If you need a size 3 chest but a 5 length, just let us know when we contact you as the winner.

                             child's chest                                finished length
      2T                       21"                                              21 3/4"
      3T                      22"                                               22 1/2"
      4T                      23"                                               23 1/4"
      5                         24"                                               24"
      6                         25"                                               24 3/4"

  1.   To enter please leave a comment letting me know you want
        to enter.
  2.  For a second entry, please blog about the giveaway.  If you
      don't have a blog, link to our blog on facebook.  Then leave
       another comment telling me you have done so.
  3.  The giveaway will end midnight Sunday, July 17.  The winner
       will be announced on Monday. will be selecting
       the winner for us.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pretty Posy Frocks

Well, by now I just know that everyone is on tether hooks, pins and needles, and the edge of the cliff to know what Mom is up to.  So (or should I say Sew) we are pleased to announce that Mom has opened a Etsy shop called Pretty Posy Frocks for girls/ babies that will include clothes, sweaters, socks, and all sorts of other things child related!  Right now the clothing is fru-fru girly, but we're going to include some more tailored outfits too.

Mom started sewing in high school. The first skirt she made was lopsided!  When Jacqueline and I were little, Mom made at least 80% of our clothes,

 from simple short sets to keep us cool under the hot South Florida sun 

to very elaborate Easter and Christmas dresses!

You will find a button for the shop on the side panel.  If you stop back on Monday, we will be kicking everything off with a giveaway of one of Mom's handcrafted, very cute dresses!