Monthly Archives: October 2014

Will it Work Wednesday? Fabric Bracelets

A couple of weeks ago, my son had the word bracelet on his spelling test. I guess I got it on the brain and so when I saw these bracelets, I thought they would be fun to try. Shower rings, scraps of fabric, glue gun, and a little girl were available  so I was ready to go.

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If you follow the tutorial found here, you won’t have any trouble. It really is as easy as it looks. The final products turned out nice. Don’t worry about the frayed ends, they just help the bracelets look a little lived in.

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They fit perfectly on my little girl, who is 4 years old. They will be tight to get on anyone much bigger. I could but it was tough. I did try to saw off the inside latch, but it was too sharp then.

So, for this Will it Work Wednesday, the answer is yes. Easy, cute, and quick, these fabric bracelets are great for a special little girl who needs some jewelry, but not the good stuff yet! Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking Too Much

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A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Proverbs 20:19

Is there someone in your life who always knows the latest about everybody? Does it make you wonder what they know about you?! In a world where everything seems to be almost instantaneous, it sure doesn’t take long for a confidence to be heard by many.

This is where you really need to know who you are sharing with. Having a good friend is a beautiful thing. She is someone you trust to give you the honest truth about things and has probably seen you through some hairy situations. She is not a gossip who is going to spread your business to people who don’t need to know.

“…so avoid a man who talks too much” means you need to be responsible for what comes out of your mouth. You don’t want to air your dirty laundry to someone who doesn’t need to hear it. Even in a fit of anger, you need to guard your tongue. Some gossips thrill and thrive on knowing juicy tidbits that could cause upheaval for someone else. They plot to decide the best moment to drop the bomb of what they know so it can purposefully hurt someone. Other gossips just don’t know how to keep their mouths shut and can’t keep a secret.

I’m sure at some point you have played that telephone game. You know the one where someone whispers something into the ear of the person beside them and then they whisper it and so on. The fun is seeing what the final statement is compared to the original. However, in real life, sometimes it isn’t so fun when the gossip is shared, repeated, altered, and repeated wrongly.

So, be careful with your tongue. Be careful who you share sensitive things with. Find that friend and try to avoid sensitive items with the gossiper. Your business is yours, so be responsible as you share it.

Oh, and the tables can be turned on this too. Don’t you be a gossip who tells other people’s business. And don’t talk too much about things which don’t concern you. You need to watch your own words.

A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Proverbs 20:19

Get Out the Broom and Clean Yourself Up!

Proverbs PictureHe who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31

What is your reaction when you see someone poor? Do you look down your nose, avert your eyes, cross the street, or make sure the doors are locked. Do you wonder why they don’t get a job or clean themselves or their front sidewalk up? I can check all of those things off and I’m pretty sure if you are reading this, you can too.

The next question is what do you do? The Proverb says He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker. God made all of us, from the clean and rich, to the down and out. How we treat others is a reflection of how we treat God! Ouch. So if we look down our nose at others, we are looking down our nose at God. Double ouch. I don’t want to treat God with anything less than praise. I am humbled that He chose me and He chose you.

We should all want to live out the second part of the Proverb which says …but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. I want to honor God. Our actions need to show honor to God because none of us is any better than anyone else when it comes down to it. God knows what is really in our hearts. Reading this Proverb lets me know that my heart needs some cleaning.

So, let’s get out the broom, the vacuum, or the Swiffer. What action can we take today to start cleaning out the eye aversions and judgmental thoughts?

First, pray. Pray to God and ask for forgiveness that you were judging someone on their situation that you know nothing about.

Second, pray. Pray to God and ask him to open up opportunities for you to do something for someone which will honor Him. Maybe this means cleaning up your own sidewalk and then you just kind of keep going up the street. Maybe this means putting together a bag full of food and secretly dropping it off on someone’s porch. Maybe this means saying hello with a smile when someone looks at you.

Third, pray. Praise Him and thank Him for the blessings He has given you. Be specific. It’s getting cold where I live and I’ve got the heat on. Thank you, God, that we have heat and money to pay that bill!

If we can remember that one day we could be on the receiving end of someone’s kindness because we have fallen on hard times we would probably treat others a little differently. Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Don’t be kind to make yourself feel good. Do it for God.

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31