Friday, February 24, 2012

No Stitching This Week...

This has been a very busy week with church activities every single night and today I am busy making Whiskey Cakes for the church bake sale tomorrow!  Therefore there has been no time for even picking up my needle for any stitching these last few days and the weekend looks to be just as busy with other activities too!

The weather today is so beautiful! It is almost 80 degrees outside! Of course a cold front is due to move through later today which will bring us back to more seasonable weather here in Virginia.  Unfortunately with this cold front and the extreme drop in temperatures expected we are under tornado watches across the state.

I did go out and take a couple of pictures of flowers in bloom in my yard.  Spring is trying so hard to come early this year.

My horses are wishing for cooler temperatures.  They are much too warm in their long winter coats today!  These two pictures are of my Morgan gelding, Hawkeye.

He is covered with dead grass from rolling on the ground trying to dry his sweating coat.  He needs a good rub down to clean him up a bit and some cooling winds to make him feel more comfortable.

On Wednesday night, Ash Wednesday, we had the most wonderful service at our church, a service that makes one think on all the sins we commit on a daily basis.  You know the little sins we don't even recognize as sin.  The way we think about others, the choices we make in reaching out or not reaching out to those in need.  The pride we have instead of humility, the control we think we have in our lives when really we can only depend on God to make all things right.  This service has really made me take a step back and examine myself from afar and see what God sees, the sinful self that I am and the child which He loves and to whom He extends His unlimited grace and mercy.  I thank God everyday for the incredible gift of love and sacrifice he gave to us in the death and resurrection of his one and only son, Jesus Christ! I think that this year's Lenten journey will be one of growth and maturity in my faith!

I wish everyone a safe and fun weekend!

Blessings and Happy Stitching!


cucki said...

aww sound like you are so busy but its nice and so much fun..
beautiful pictures..
love for you with kisses xx

Lynn said...

I have also had a busy week with church activities. I was chief pancake flipper at our Shrove Tuesday supper and then sang at the Ash Wed. services.
Our service also made me take a closer look at myself and there is room for a lot of growth!
Good luck with your Lenten journey. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Peggy Lee said...

Whiskey cakes for a church bake sale. Now that's just a little bit funny.


Love the pictures of the flowers and your horse. I was quickly spoiled by the warm weather we had yesterday. You really have to hold on to your hat if you go outside today!

Thank you for the thought provoking post today.

I hope the weather isn't too bad for your weekend activities. Keep warm and please be safe!

Vickie said...

Yes, we had a great Ash Wednesday message also. Thank you for your deep thoughts today Nancy. Hawkeye is beautiful.(So are the spring flowers). 80!!! We just got 5 inches of snow last night here in Wisconsin!! If you care to have a look, I just started a blog 3 days ago.

Margaret said...

Sounds like you've been extremely busy. Stay safe with tornado watches.

mdgtjulie said...

Sounds like a lovely service. And a good lesson to learn. I always say what I want from God when I pray, (I pray for anyone who's sick, or stressed, or whatever) and at the end, I usually say something along the lines of, "And help ___ (her, him, them, whatever) to accept your will, Amen." Sometimes it hard to accept what he gives us, and we wish he would take all our burdens, without which we wouldn't learn. And you have some lovely Daffies. They're beautiful, and you gelding looks disgruntled, lol. Poor thing, he must be so hot!! Hope everything is going well this weekend, and that you get some stitchy time soon!!

Nicola said...

I have never heard of whiskey cakes, I love new baking recipes.

Kaisievic said...

Thank you for sharing your minister's sermon - it made me reflect, too.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Siobhán said...

Your horses are so pretty, as are the flowers! It sounds like Lent will be a wonderful season of growth for you.

Kathy Ellen said...

How lovely to have daffodils blooming in early March! Your horses are beautiful.

Thank you for sharing about the beautiful Ash Wednesday message you received in your service. It is so true, that we often don't fully realize even the smallest of sins against so many whose lives touch ours. These 40 days of Lent are times to cherished as we journey in sharing the sacrifice of our precious Savior, who gave His life for us, that we might be forgiven for all of our sins. May we seek to humble ourselves in His Holy presence and deserve the greatest sacrifice of all, His Life, given for us.