I am in a constant competition to be more creative and more crafty and more artsy than my best friend. (Which will never, ever happen because she is the ultimate in talented. While I may look crafty and creative…she is AMAZING!.)
Anyway, she has been posting on her blog about making reusable bags for groceries. I LOVE the idea…in fact I have one that I paid 99 cents for at our local natural food store and as much as I love the idea…the bag is still sitting in the back of my car. I have yet to use it again. (“humph” goes my husband and taller and taller grows the stack of plastic grocery bags in our garage)
But, with all these great tutorials and ideas out there, who can resist the temptation? Check out her reusable bag that she crafted (and some good pointers about plastic lunch boxes…scary!) and follow these links for some other ideas.
Bags from a sheet
JennyDee the ultimate
It has amazed me over and over again since I have been at home how God has placed certain books, verses, people etc in my life. I have felt again and again the amazing timing and provision of God. Today was one of those days. I’ve ignored this book, Sacred Rhythms, for the past week and chosen other things to do or read. It was almost like God truly led me to that book today and to this section.
We are facing a crossroads right now in our lives. We have the choice to stay in TN or possibly relocate with Larry’s job. It has been a crazy roller coaster ride these last few days and we don’t know which end is up. This is what I read today:
One of the most important lessons I have learned over the past few years is how important it is to have time and space for being with what’s real in my life-to celebrate the joys, grieve the losses, shed my tears, sit with the questions, feel my anger, attend to my loneliness. This “being with what is” is not the same thing as problem solving or fixing, because not everything can be fixed or solved. Rather, it means allowing God to be with me in that place and waiting for him to do what is needed.
When we don’t attend to our vulnerabilities and instead try to repress it all and keep soldiering on, we get weary from holding it in. Eventually it leaks out in ways that are damaging to us and to others.
Another reason we are so tired is that we are always working hard to figure things out rather than learning how to cease striving, how to be with what is true in God’s presence and let God be God in the most intimate places of our life-which is, in the end, the only thing that will change anything. We’re busy trying to make stuff happen rather than waiting on God to make stuff happen.
Exodus 14:13-14 Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.
Sit quietly at the base of the tree that is your life and begin to notice what is true about you these days. Don’t rush or try to make things anything happen. Let your soul venture out…feel the difference between trying to fix it and just being with it, between doing something and just resting, between fighting it and letting God fight it.
This is what I am sitting with today:
moving, cars, jobs, working, debt and money
each problem so big and each decision so large and all looming, how could I even begin to try and solve it or fix it?
Hello to all my crazy fans…just kidding. I can count on one hand the people who read my blog. I have decided to switch blogging software. I have seen so many other blogs using wordpress and I wanted a chance to try it out myself. It offers a ton more features than blogger so we’ll see.
I’m not closing my daisyeyes blog just yet. But check back here for new posts often and I’ll let you know when the daisyeyes.blogspot is shutting down.