Archive for July, 2008

Read Esther 7:6–10

The workings of God are not related to our clocks; they are related to our crises. That’s why God doesn’t care if this is the last day you can buy that car on sale. It doesn’t bother God that it is the first day of summer or high noon or a quarter after seven or ten minutes to one in the morning. His timing is unrelated to Planet Earth’s clock time. So while waiting, look beyond the present.

The best way to do that is to pray! Make your life a life of prayer. Tell Him, in anguish if necessary, the pain of waiting. Express your panic. Tell Him you’re trapped. (Ask Him to hurry up, if that helps. He can handle it!) You don’t know how you can stay afloat much longer. In those moments, ask Him to help you see beyond the frustration and fear of the present.

The surprises in store are not merely ironic or coincidental; they are sovereignly designed. While anticipating, trust Him for justice. You may not live to see that justice, but it will come. He is a just God; you know He is. So trust Him for it.

I have found while in the fog that my great temptation is either to doubt or to deny—maybe they’re the same thing—to doubt or to deny that He is even at work. But, more often than not, when something looks like it’s the absolute end, it’s really just the beginning. I can see this later, when I look back.

Esther, our heroine, is a lovely model to follow. And her story is certainly one to remember. But the best focus of all? God Himself. How perfectly He works, how sovereignly He controls, and how remarkably He changes the face of things once He moves in. A queen who was passive is actively in charge. A king who was duped is now fully informed. An enemy who was only moments away from exterminating a nation is now an object of scorn. And those ghastly gallows, built for a Jew named Mordecai, will soon suffocate the body of a Gentile named Haman.

When will we ever learn? At the precise moment when it will have its greatest impact, God ceases His silence and sovereignly makes His move. And when He does, life is full of surprises.


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The Golden Hour

 Photo by Dorothy Samson

This comes at the first sign of twilight …the golden hour streams through the trees in an almost magical path, illuminating everything it touches. It’s so peaceful…and you hear the comfort of what quiet must sound like. It’s almost as though you are looking through an enchanted forest…it’s spellbinding watching this golden sun as it changes every second. It transforms ordinary, everyday flora into sparkling gems, winking at me and changing my uneventful day into a fantastical moment of awe. Stopping, watching, listening, pausing…….thanking God for His lofty and uncommon ways He shows us His majestic creation……………………….Dorothy

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I am waiting for my oils and lye to reach a certain temperature…so I thought I would snap a few pictures here in the shop….

These are soaps curing for one month on racks that Jim built.

The never ending list of soaps to make, supplies to order and products to make!

A so cute pillow my sis made for me to put on my doorknob when I am expecting customers….

Another doorknob pillow I found someplace…telling anyone when I will BEE back!

A lot of thread and ribbon..

Bowls and pots..

A mask to keep the lye fumes at bay….

Gotta get back to work!

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Not Forgotten

by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Esther 2:1–7

God’s presence is not as intriguing as His absence. His voice is not as eloquent as His silence. Who of us has not longed for a word from God, searched for a glimpse of His power, or yearned for the reassurance of His presence, only to feel that He seems absent for the moment? Distant. Preoccupied. Maybe even unconcerned. Yet later, we realize how very present He was all along.

Though God may at times seem distant, and though He is invisible to us, He is always invincible. This is the main lesson of the book of Esther. Though absent by name from the pages of this particular book of Jewish history, God is present in every scene and in the movement of every event, until He ultimately and finally brings everything to a marvelous climax as He proves Himself Lord of His people, the Jews.

Mordecai was a descendant of one of those exiled Jews. He was a godly man, and his most significant role was his relationship to Esther.

Esther, which is this young woman’s Persian name, means “star.” This seems appropriate, since she is truly the star of the show, the heroine of the story. The immortal, invisible, all-wise hand of God is working behind the scenes, hidden from human eyes. Only such a gracious and all-knowing Being would have His hand on some forgotten orphan, a little girl who had lost her mother and father and was left to be raised by her cousin Mordecai.

There is a beautiful message here for anyone who has ever experienced brokenness, for anyone who has ever been crushed by life, for anyone who has ever felt that his past is so discolored, so disjointed, so fractured that there is no way in the world God can make reason and meaning out of it. We are going to learn some unforgettable lessons from Esther. Here was a little girl who must have cried her heart out at the death of her parents, bereft and orphaned, yet who, years later, would become key to the very survival of her people, the Jews. God and God alone can do such things—He, in fact, does do such things, working silently and invisibly behind the events of history.

And he is working quietly behind the scenes of your life too.

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Years ago, I remember reminding my girls to say thank you many times…they finally realized what those words really meant…..and then never again did I have to remind them. You don’t hear those words much anymore. And I was thinking that maybe we don’t really know what those powerful words mean…..or what those words can do. Think about it….no matter what langauge you say them…they have the power to change someone’s day or bring a smile to a frown. We always think of children when talking about saying thank you. But what about us? How often do we say them? And really mean what we say.

We say thank you because we appreciate what someone has done for us. The dictionary gives us this definition – expressing one’s gratitude. But I think it would be hard to express your gratitude to anyone if it’s not in your heart to begin with. And that begins with realizing just what God has done for you. “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men..” Psalm 107:8. And “Thanks be to GOD for his indescribable gift!”…II Corinthians 9:15. His wonderful salvation he freely gives us should be way enough to give thanks to Him every morning. And we can thank Him over and over again for His new mercies and His grace He gives us too. Every day. No matter where you are….no matter what you are going through, if you start your day with a heart of thankfulness…and gratitude to the Lord God for what He has done in your life, saying thank you will come so easily for you. And it’s something we can teach  our children too…and tell them the reason why.

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Making Lavender Wands

Ally, Kassidy and Ezra are making Lavender Wands today with the help of me, their Nana…this is rather a new experience for me. The last time I made one turned out to be a disaster! Here is Ally figuring how to weave in and out….

Kassidy is learning too…

I think Ally is getting the hang of it…

So is Kassidy….

Ezra is making his for his Mom…

Here they are….all finished! The Lavender Wands smell so good!

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I chose my pattern, a McCall’s M5650.

I’m learning to cut the fabric from the pattern.

Sewing the yoke…”It’s hard to stay on the lines!!”

These are the straps to the dress….

Turning them right side out…

It’s fun to iron, especially using Nana’s lavender linen water.

I’m finally sewing the skirt part of the dress….almost finished!

This is what we sewed in the back of the dress….my Blessings dress!

And here is the finished dress!! I love it!

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