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Baker Creek Seed Giveaway

Jacqueline at Deep Roots At Home is hosting a giveaway of Baker Creek heirloom seeds!

We ordered seeds from Baker Creek for the first time this year, and are really looking forward to our heirloom vegetables! I WILL be posting about our garden (with pictures) very soon!

Go on over and enter the Baker Creek Gardener’s Giveaway!


My Apologies

It has been about a month since we last posted {edit: I just realized it’s been 2 months since our last real post!}, and over that time I’ve wanted to get back to writing and posting, but something has held me back. Mostly it’s been the trouble I’ve had with actually writing, as well as not knowing how to break a silence. But it’s also been something else – the need to immerse myself in my family and home, seeking God on my knees in that safe and yet altogether trying environment, and avoiding the distraction and temptation I face when I start to do a lot on the computer. It has been a very blessed time, and God has given me back my words. He has set my heart at peace and renewed my desire to share online the joy and importance of serving my family.

Look forward to these posts over the next week:
Thrifty bananas
Family Economics 2012 trip report
Rambling thoughts on self-control

Until then, Cheerio!!! *smile*

A Big “BUT”

I did not finish everything I wanted to on this blog – the background is the wrong color, there is no header yet, I had at least two other pages to edit and publish, the categories on the right still need tweaking, I did not get to write amazing posts for this coming week, and worst of all, I lost the vision that had so excited me. Somewhere in all of my busyness it seems to have tiptoed away.

Simply and honestly put, I am overwhelmed with all the “right” things I think I should be doing, things I thought God wanted me to do. I despair and the joy fades. Half-finished projects surround me, yet 10 new ones rise to my mind. It appears like one particular project is important to be finished, so I try to focus on it, only to come to a crisis with another and realize how wrong I was. I stay up late to work on things at night, only to wake up the next morning tired, depressed, and unmotivated. There is no strength, just weariness.

BUT… and this is one of the biggest “buts” I have said in my entire life… but God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. (from 1 Timothy 1:7)

I read Romans 8 today. As He always does when I have come to “the end of myself,” God provided that chapter, using it tremendously to break and humble my heart.

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)

And so again I receive the answer to my heart’s agonized cry of “why? why is this happening to me when I’m just trying to do what’s right?” It’s the same answer, the same fault, I have found a hundred times before – it is myself, my weak flesh without the power of Christ, this body of death I am bound to by my own stupid will.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit.” (Romans 8:9)

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

Oh, that sound rebuke! Christ has redeemed me, the Spirit dwells in me to testify of my adoption, and God is my loving Father. What room is there left for me to whine in weakness and trouble?! There is a truth that I cannot escape, that wraps it’s warmth around me no matter how much my flesh wants to feel miserable – God is a faithful Creator, He does not, cannot, will not, give me more to do than is possible. End of the matter. God’s will for me in my life, in this year, this day, and down to this moment, is always accomplishable. It is only an impossible feat when I take matters into my hands, burdening them down with fears, doubts, pride, selfish ambitions, and impure motives {among so many other sins we fall into by separating ourselves from God}. Praise God that HE makes it possible!

Jesus says to all who will hear, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Yes, Lord, I come… the victory is Yours.

First Blog Post? Check!

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I don’t tend to come to a decision quickly, and I don’t rush blindly into things. There was nothing different about this blog. I prayed, reasoned with myself, sought my parents advice, and felt that – within certain reasonable boundaries – all lights were “go”. Then came one of the hardest parts of all – coming up with a blog title. Each and every possible name had a reason for being and it took almost a month for everyone to finally be satisfied with the result. So it is an extreme honor for our current title, Life On The Potter’s Wheel, to have made it this far. But there is some bad news – it could change at any moment. Thus the general URL that can go with most any title we may use.

My sisters, Amanda and Lady L, have agreed to accompany me on this journey into The Web. We have started as spiders, able to safely navigate the sticky strands that weave their way through the harmless mass of material. Our fear, however, is that we might morph into an insect that can’t tell where it is safe to fly, and so gets caught and strangled in the massive Web that didn’t appear to be a threat before. In fact, it wasn’t even visible until the poor unsuspecting insect got stuck and was killed, just like so many before him.

So anyway, bear with us as we feel our way around and hone our cyber-communication skills.

In Christ,