Knitting by Blind Faith

A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That
Monday, June 9, 2008, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Life,Reflections

This weekend, RAM and I took a trip to Orlando to see his friend, Larry. Another friend of ours had restored an antique radio for Larry that had belonged to Larry’s family, and RAM and I made the delivery this weekend.

We met Larry’s roommate, Debbie, who is a doctoral student. Debbie and I chatted while the guys got caught up. It turns out she has studied aroma therapy, and she makes soaps, lotions, and bath salts, scented with herbs.

I should mention here that one of my favorite places to visit in the Orlando area is a store in Downtown Disney called Basin. I love their bath bombs, lavender bath milk, and sugar hand scrubs. I even made my own scented candle there once.

Well, Debbie’s products are so good that I bought hers this time instead. She saved me money and a trip to Downtown Disney, which was a bit out of the way.

Of course, my knitting went with me, as usual. I’ve been practicing those double decreases, and they’re coming along nicely. I’ve gotten some very sane, logical, and level-headed suggestions that I should start with some worsted yarn and a plain vanilla sock. The truth is, all of you who have said that are right, and I know this. But I just want to try this, even if it doesn’t work out. I want to challenge myself. Even if it means one step forward and two steps back, even if I don’t succeed this time, I will come away from the challenge a better knitter and a better person.

RAM and I have started going to church again. We lost Loyal during a time of prayer and fasting last year, and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to go back after that. The church we are attending is a smaller church closer to home. The people are friendly, and the Word is preached unashamedly and with sincere hearts.

One of the things that caught my attention was a statement that one of the pastors made in one of his sermons: our lives are a pendulum. We are never standing still. We are either moving toward God or away from Him.

I hadn’t given it much thought, but as I look at my life over this past year, I would have to say it’s true. I have moved from turning my back on God, to listening to His still small voice calling me back, to slowly making my way towards Him, to actively and earnestly seeking Him. Now, I feel alive again, and my spiritual hunger and thirst have been rekindled.

As I reflect on the times I thought running away was the easy way out, or those times I have tried to make God conform to my will instead of conforming to His, not allowing Him to form me into what He wants me to be, I am grateful that He never let me go. I am grateful that nothing can separate His child from His love.

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I’ve never heard of Basin store before. I’ll have to check that one out. It’s neat that you’ve found a source of lovely scents within a friendship.

Isn’t it interesting that God promises never to leave or foresake His children while, at the same time, giving them room to roam, er, swing? :-)

Comment by Chosen

We visited Faith and Ram today and had a wonderful time! We went swimming and enjoted their water toys!

They have two great hammock-style floats whiich were really confortable to lie on in the pool! They also had a radio-controlled boat which Maggiedaddy just loved and had fun skippering around the pool.

It was lots of fun, and we are looking forward to visiting them again soon ans splashing aound in the pool and spa.

Maggiedaddy had a GRRRReat father’s day!

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