Thursday, January 16, 2014

For I know the plans I have for you ....

The online bible study at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Made to Crave will be starting January 19. I'm really excited for this study. I don't have the book, but I'm going to try and follow along as well as I can, until I can afford it.

On the most recent blog post for this study, we were invited to begin joining in on the blog hop. Each week they will give us topics from which we will choose one to write about on our blog, then share with others. Today, I am choosing the topic of My Favorite Bible Verse.

Actually, like many others I'm sure, I have more than one favorite. Jeremiah 29:11 is one that always comes to mind, though. It's been a favorite for a long time. Also, my mom had this verse, along with others, posted near her computer. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2012, and went home to be with Jesus on September 7, 2012. This verse has always comforted me, reminding me that while I may not always know the hows and whys of things, GOD DOES!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

My word for the year is PEACE. It's the first time I've chosen to study one word through the course of a year. Jeremiah 29:11 definitely is a peace-giving verse! I may struggle with things in my daily life, but God is there! And He has a plan for me! AMEN!!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Happy New Year!

So I guess this is my first post of the year. :)

It has started out well. I finished my first project of the year, my Mince Pie Mayhem socks (Socktopus KAL on Ravelry). I knit them in Cascade Heritage Paints in the Indian Summer colorway. This pair took a while, it seemed, due to all of the cables, but I'm glad I knit them anyways.

I am now knitting Fiori di Zucca, also from the Socktopus book and for the same KAL.

So far I have knit each pair since the beginning of the KAL, and plan to continue knitting each pair in the book.

I have not done specific research into my word (PEACE), yet; but I am daily aware of my need and search for it constantly. I am reading the book "In Pursuit of Peace: 21 Ways to Conquer Fear, Anxiety and Discontentment" by Joyce Meyers. I am also using the daily devotional "The One Year Book of Proverbs." I can definitely feel a change since I've committed to studying the Bible more again. I am starting to hunger for more of Jesus again, as I used to. I am thankful for this.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

I am thankful and blessed to know that though I will have troubles and trials to face in this life, God is with me always and He is in control. There is nothing that can come between me and the love of my Lord, and nothing can stand against Him (or me, when I stand in Him)!