Wednesday, June 4, 2014

You Are Loved, week 1.3 - Zephaniah 3:17

week 1, day 3 SOAP

Scripture~"17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

Observation~God loves me so much that He sings for me! I can be happy by staying close to Him.

Application~I need to obey God's commands and faithfully follow Him. If I let Him in, he will comfort me and I will be able to rest in His love. I should not try to do everything on my own when He is a Mighty Warrior on my behalf.

Prayer~Dear Lord, How can I ever be unhappy when I'm surrounded by Your love? Even when I mess up, You love me and rejoice over me with singing. Thank You for loving me for who I am. In His Name, Amen

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You Are Loved, week 1.2 - Romans 8:37-39

week 1, day 2

Scripture~"37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Observation~Paul tells us that it is impossible for us to be separated from Christ. There is absolutely nothing that can keep us from His love.

Application~I am never alone. No matter what, He is with me. Even when FB tries to separate us from our study group, we know that He is with each one of us helping us to overcome the obstacles we face.

Prayer~Dear Lord, Please help me to remember that when I am suffering it doesn't mean You have abandoned me. Instead of being afraid, I will trust Your healing love and know You are with me. In His Name, Amen

Monday, June 2, 2014

You Are Loved, week 1.1 - Psalm 139:7-10

It's finally time to start our study! I'm excited to get back in a Bible study.

Scripture~"7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."

Observation~God's presence is everywhere. No matter where we go or what we do, God is there to guide us. He sees us no matter where we try to hide, and He loves us no matter what.

Application~When I feel like hiding from God because I think I'm not good enough, I need to remember that He is good enough and because He loves me, I am good enough, too. I shouldn't feel the need to hide. The good news is that I can't hide from His guidance and protection. He is always there for me.

Prayer~Dear Lord, I don't want to run from Your presence; I want Your hand to hold me fast and keep me from falling. Thank you for always being there, no matter where I may try to hide. In His Name, Amen

Practice SOAP finish

Finishing the practice SOAP of Psalm 3 and 4, Application and Prayer.

Part 1
S~Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)

Part 2
O~David uses the word "surely," which means "without a doubt" according to Merriam-Webster. He has faith that the Lord will love him and always be with him. He has no doubt in the Lord's promises, love, and goodness.

Part 3
A~If God's goodness is truly following me all the days of my life, I should not feel fear or insecurity. The next time I am second guessing or doubting myself, I need to remember His goodness and love, move forward with confidence, and share His goodness with everyone I meet.

Part 4
P~Dear Lord, Please help me to overcome the fear that I am not good enough. Help me remember that Your love is solid and unwavering and all I need. Thank You for the wonderful women who have organized this book club to study Your love, especially our group leader who is giving her time to guide us through the study. In His name, Amen

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SOAP and other news

I have a busy summer planned, so I think I need to blog about it! Is this about the same time I picked up my blog again last year? School is out for the summer (yay!), and I have lots of things to fill my time. I enrolled in a summer book club and Bible study with the ladies at Good Morning Girls (there's still time to join us), Camp Loopy and Tour de Sock start on June 1, I'm learning to play the guitar, and then there's marathon training. hmmmm Maybe I've got too much on my plate.

The book club is reading You Are Loved, which is something I need to be reminded of a lot lately. I think this study is coming at a perfect time for me.

Another cool thing is that we're learning a new (to me) Bible study technique: SOAP. Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. To get ready before the study starts, my group is doing a practice SOAP of Psalm 23:6.
Part 1 S~Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)
Part 2 O~David uses the word "surely," which means "without a doubt" according to Merriam-Webster. He has faith that the Lord will love him and always be with him. He has no doubt in the Lord's promises, love, and goodness.

Tomorrow we'll practice part 3 A~Application.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

On the needles: The impossible is possible

I'm going to try something new for the rest of Camp Loopy. It's this thing called "Positive Thinking," and I read about it on the Internet. I know it sounds crazy, but apparently you focus on good outcomes instead of expecting every possible disaster that could occur. So I won't dwell on the fact that I'm way behind all the other knitters working on the same sweater and I haven't even divided sleeves and I'm behind on my grams per day plan. Nope. Not thinking about that at all. In honor of this new outlook I've renamed my project "Impossible is possible."

To knit the impossible takes a lot of focus, dedication, and sacrifice. One must be willing to knit at every opportunity. In the waiting room at yet another doctor appointment. In the breakroom at work. And yes, in the taproom at White Rabbit Brewery while DH samples a flight (or two). Sacrifice.

Friday, August 2, 2013

On the needles: Camp Loopy 3

Well, I've made it this far. One month and one project to go. This month's challenge is a project using at least 800 yards, so I picked a sweater. Yes, a sweater. In one month. But I'll get to that in a minute. First I want to show off my finished Camp Loopy project 2.

The challenge for project 2 was a popular pattern (on Ravelry) using at least 500 yards. Since I was on a high from finishing my first pair of socks in June, I really wanted to make another pair of socks. I searched Ravelry patterns for socks using 500 yards, and I found one that listed 450-500 yard requirement. My plan was to knit extra repeats to be sure I met the challenge. Since this was the first time I've ever tried to modify any pattern in any way, I didn't consider the size of the cuff. I should have added stitches so the taller socks would fit over my calves. Oh well, live and learn. I still love my socks!

Now it's on to project 3 and a speed-knit sweater. The pattern I picked is Tea with Jam and Bread. In case you aren't on Ravelry, the pattern photo looks like this:

And these are the colors I'm using:

So my sweater will look something like this:

And I have a plan to finish it before 11:59pm on August 31 (possibly right at 11:59pm). I calculated how many grams I'll have to knit per day to stay on target. When I hit the target I will be able to say that I survived completed my first year at Camp Loopy!

In other Loopy-related news, Little Loopy has a chance to star in his very own commercial during the Super Bowl. Please click here and vote for Loopy. You can vote once every day. I really, really want to see Loopy's Super Bowl commercial.
Doesn't he deserve a Super Bowl commercial?

I need to thank my wonderful husband and all my knitting friends for the support and encouragement to finish project 2. They didn't let me give up, even when I was convinced that I wouldn't finish in time. Thank you!

I'm linking up with other knitters at Patchwork Times.