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Showing posts from February, 2013

Carpet, Coffee and Loving the City

"There is nothing like the local church when it's working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of  community. It builds bridges to seekers and offers truth to the confused. It provides resources for those in need and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness... The potential of  the local church is almost more than I can grasp. No other organization on earth is like the church. Nothing even comes close." ---Bill Hybels

Before you read on, go and listen to this. Preferably the entire thing (it's worth your time, I promise), but if you don't have 40 minutes right now, then at least listen to the first 3 minutes. …

Looking Back, Moving Forward

11am. Normally, my brain is just now starting to function and I'm still working through my morning routine. But today had an early start - and thus far, it's been more than worth it. I had a deeply uplifting meeting with Taryn at Mama Carmen's, for one thing (which is definitely worth getting up early for :)

I also reread my notebook. Everywhere I go, my notebook goes, too. This one started on August 13th of last year and I filled in the last page yesterday. It's always interesting to see what I've been through and how I've grown and changed over the course of each one. Something in this one struck me - on the first day, from notes taken at a UBC college leadership retreat: "Turn habits into opportunities. If you frequent a place and others consistently frequent the same place, reach out to them. Don't form a holy huddle - in order to reach lost people, you have to know lost people." Then, from a few days ago: "Be intentional. Live your life&…

Knit, Love

The usual assortment of unrelatedness, with perhaps a little more knitting than usual. :)

This is a Firefly Scarf (I don't have a photo of the finished piece yet, but it is finished and only took two days to make) and it marks a colossal milestone on my knitting path: using the exact yarn and needles called for, I followed the pattern in its entirety without deviation, including blocking as instructed. That is a first for me - I'm a chronic pattern-modifier.

To make up for my abnormal compliance, I'm in the midst of designing a sweater (also something I've never done. I haven't actually made very many sweaters and have been vocally anti-sweater for most of my knitting career...) This is "Date Night" and I hope to have the pattern published by/before Valentine's Day. All that remains is a sleeve and the front band.

Cynthia's current work-in-progress was so pretty that I couldn't resist snapping a shot this afternoon. Her little project bag (mad…