Wow it’s been a whirlwind few days. Feels good to be on the computer typing out a post and slowing down for a bit.
I came across a really neat scripture this morning that I have not read before. I pondered it for a few hours and it came up in my mind throughout the day, so thought I would share. It is from John 17:20. In John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for His disciples. In John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers. I did not know this was in the bible before today. I know he loves us and forgives us and all that stuff but I never have read before that he prayed for us.
In John 17:20 Jesus says:
I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. NLT
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message. NIV
NIV Faith in Action Study Bible Commentary for John 17:20-26
Jesus now prayed for his future followers – people he hadn’t yet met, men and women across ages. He prayed for their unity – not based simply on common beliefs or behaviors, but rather a unity found by participating in the very life of God. Because Jesus would be in them through the Spirit, they would become participants in the oneness of the Father, Son and Spirit. That radically different kind of unity would cause the world to believe.
Also in this commentary:
In his longest prayer, Jesus asked God to glorify him in his final days and to bless his followers.
NIV Bible Commentary by John H. Sailhamer
As Jesus was now about to leave his disciples, he prays for their protection in the world (17:6-12) and their continued joy and sanctification (vv. 13-19). And Jesus looked beyond these disciples to their disciples and prayed on their behalf (vv. 20-22). His central concern was that these future generations of disciples would continue in unity and love for one another (v. 23).
So very neat to know that before Jesus left this world he prayed for us! We are all united and we are all disciples. I think of my kids and how I influence them and how they look to my husband and I for guidance, love, and just about everything else right now. It brings to my mind a question…What kind of disciple am I being for them? I am called to be a disciple and I wonder what example I am showing and what I am teaching? Makes me think…
So, I love crafty things. I always have, I just am not super creative. Give me a pattern and I am set, but wing it and I am lost. I am the same way in the kitchen…I need a recipe to work from or it will be a disaster! I love to knit I have been doing it for about 5 years now and I so enjoy it. I currently am making a scarf for my brother…it is taking me longer than expected (his birthday was in December!) but it’s coming along. I will post pics of the finished product but here is one to show the status now. It is a design from Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn*Knit 40 Fabulous Designs. It uses Noro yarn in Silk Garden and Yoro. This is the third one I have made and each time I have picked a different color scheme. I just love Noro yarn it is so pretty!
I am getting into sewing…I figure if I am going to learn something new I need to do it before our baby boy arrives because then I will have no time to learn anything for a while with 4 little ones! I have researched sewing machines, read about how to sew on one, and bought all my goodies at the fabric store. I am currently borrowing my cousin’s machine until I decide if it’s something I will enjoy. After one time using the machine I have decided and I love it! I tried it out for the first time last night and it was fun. Now to find a good deal on a great machine! My poor husband was the only one around to view all my stitches. After every practice row I had to get up and show him what I had done. I have the material for my first two projects and I have a folder on my computer with a bunch of “one day I will do this” projects. Here are a few pics and links from my practicing last night and of the projects I want to do.
The machine I am borrowing.
My first stitches!
My first project link can be found at Sew4Home. It is a great website and the projects on their site are step-by-step. This seems pretty straight forward just sewing straight lines. Will see how it turns out!
My second project is from a great book I found on sewing. Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects. I thought making something for the new baby would be fun and this seems pretty easy to try out.
Other projects I have found that look fun to try:
Great book on praying for your husband: Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. I particularly love her Power of a Praying Wife Book of Prayers because it is small, compact and lists out all of the prayers from her book. I bought this right around the time my husband and I got married and I have used this over the years. She also has a lot of other wonderful books to choose from.
Brain Pickings will keep your mind moving. As stated on their site: Brain Pickings is your LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, you-name-itology. I thought it sounded fun and informative…not your basic read but keeps your mind going with good info.
MOB Society – For Moms of Boys, By Moms of Boys. This came through on an email and I thought since I am having a boy it would be fun to read their postings.
Have a great rest of your week and enjoy!