Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Will you ever look at clouds the same?

 

My son drew a picture in his spelling book... I noticed how the cloud looked like a heart with an extra 'bump' at the top.

Immediately, I knew.

When I look at the clouds, I can see our awesome Heavenly Father saying not just, "I love you," but instead, "I L O O O O O V E you!"

Or, "I love love love you!"

Each bump at the top of the cloud is another LOVE. How fitting for Valentine's Day coming up.

My sock knitting is going along nicely - I have finished one and I'm about half-way through the next. I can't wait to wear them. If you've ever wanted to try sock knitting, and you can knit at a beginner level, then please do give it a try!

We had a Ladies Night at our church last week and everyone was given a small bouquet to take home. Each piece had a meaning. There were two unusual flowers that caught my eye - one had rounded little ball-shaped petals. I watched over the next few days as each one opened up like a mini flower of its own. Each petal had it's own center in it. So pretty!


My Christmas cactus is flowering again, what a treat! There are several more flowers coming, too. The pic below is a cutting I took off either a philodendron lemon lime or a monstera adansonaii.


I dropped it in a glass of water and have watched it slowly grow, without any leaves. Now it has it's own leaf coming out! You can see I placed a few small stones in it to keep the leaf-end up. I'll keep you updated on how this one turns out.

I hope you have a lovely week!

Happy Valentine's Day! Know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and so loved by the King.

Holly

xx


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Monday, February 1, 2021

Trying a new thing

I tried a new thing this week, sock knitting! I have a friend who knits all. the. things. and does the most beautiful job of it. I am so blessed to own a pair of her beautiful hand-knitted socks!


For a while now, I've had the idea to try knitting socks. So, now is a good a time as any, especially since I had the yarn, but only needed to get some sock-needles.

I also finished a big beautiful crochet shawl this week, the same color as my first sock - actually, the shawl was finished before I started the sock - the yarn was made for sock knitting anyway, the right mix of wool and nylon, with a teeny bit of acrylic, so it's a great place for a beginner to start, well I hope it is! Haha.


I love green. I always have. From when I was a teenager, lime green was on everything, I painted things lime green. I have grown very fond of many other colors since then, though. When the yarn runs out on this first sock, as it will very soon, I plan on getting another ball of yarn in a very bright yellow. One sock will be half green, half yellow. The other sock will be all yellow. They'll be extra fun socks. I can't wait to show them off.


This year has been a hard one for so many people. A couple of wonderful humans I know of have gone to be with the Lord. This is great news - the best place to be, right? But, there is just a gap here that means they will be, and are, so greatly missed.


Change the subject, before my eyes begin to leak! I am still steadily doing The Bible Recap. I missed a couple of days over the weekend, but I'm catching up.


Have you ever read any part of the bible with a journal beside you to write notes and thoughts as you read? This has been an absolute game-changer for my bible reading. The words are sticking better, I'm noticing the little things that can easily get missed. For example, the baby (yet to be named Moses) was placed in the reeds - he didn't simply drift down the river randomly. He was placed in a certain place, where the Pharaoh's daughter would find him.


And, the moment she found him and realized he was a Hebrew child (the Egyptians were all told to throw all Hebrew boys into the Nile river), his big sister was there - before the Pharaoh's daughter had a moment to consider drowning the baby, his sister suggested to the woman that she go find a nursing Hebrew lady to feed him and take care of him. She was fast!

Then, an even bigger blessing happened. Pharaoh's daughter paid the lady - who who Moses' actual mother - wages for keeping the child!

God has a plan.

My favorite verse in this part was Exodus 2:25 God saw the Israelites; and God knew. CSB

It was time.


God bless you! Talk to you next week!

Holly

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Practice makes bookmarks

I just realized I had left last week's post titled as 'NEXT POST.' That was an oops, haha! I changed it to 'Beauty for Ashes' to align with the artwork I shared. I'll try to pay more attention from here on.

Have you ever used a dip pen? You know the kind that you dip in ink and write all fancy? I wanted to practice with my dip pens... and you know what happened?

I got bookmarks! Sure, 'practice makes perfect' or 'practice makes better', but in this case, practice makes bookmarks.


I added crochet string and cut round corners on some of them. It was a fun creative outlet.

Did you notice that I've been posting consistently for four weeks? Thanks for following along!

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God bless you! I hope you have a lovely week.

Holly

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Beauty for Ashes


He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, and praise for despair.

Some things are just too big for us to understand, and that's ok.


I don't have a lot of words this week, I am rushed - I left this to the last minute. I'm re-learning about posting regularly. So, for week three (?) I think I'll take it in my stride.

Bible in a year, chronologically... we finished Job, and now we're back into Genesis after the flood. I didn't want to leave the book of Job, to be honest. It was powerful and beautiful and I enjoyed seeing a few times where Jesus was there - where Job cries out for a mediator between him and God, for example. I love reading about God's power, how he tells the rain where to fall. He placed the stars, he knows them all by name.

Now we're going through the part where Abram and Sarai make some bizarre choices, how Lot is rescued and the priest, Melchizedek, is a foreshadowing of Jesus. I mean it when I say that I love reading the Old Testament! So many interesting things happen, and I love to find things that point to Jesus. He's there, he was there right from the beginning, and he's all the way through.


I have been painting fridge magnets, the ones in the picture above. There are three more to put some encouraging words on, but I haven't yet decided what, yet.

I did some mending... see the before and after. Some mending doesn't look very pretty when it's done. This one needed to be inconspicuous, so a top-thread of matching color and my machine set to free-hand, I fixed this one up.



I hope and pray for a great week ahead for you, your family, your friends. Remember to pray, read your bible, get planted in the Word and experience the Peace that surpasses all understanding.


If you have any suggestions of bible verses that you'd like to see me letter, send me a message and I'll have go!

Take good care of yourself this week and get plenty of sunshine.

God bless,
Holly


Monday, January 11, 2021


I've started The Bible Recap, where you read through the bible in a year. Honestly, the thought of it was a little daunting to begin with, but it's designed around reading through chronologically, and so far it's not too much of a chunk to read each day. Very doable.

I have found that I need to be intentional with my bible-time though. I'm so enjoying going through it with a friend or two - you know, accountability and all that. I appreciate them more than they know. 

One of my goals this year is to practice brush-lettering more. Yes, I do need practice! There is also a big difference in the way some types of brushes 'work'. You gotta find the one that's just right! 

I *used* to blog all about the crafty makes that I had been up to "since the last post" (see www.hollymayb.com) , so I shall try to be more intentional to take photos to share here. I still make a lot of different things every week and I love to show them off. Today, though, you get the verse above. I painted the words on Saturday night, the acrylic painting in the background was done in 2018! I have a few of them to paint on - if you have a favorite verse, mention it in the comments and I might just use it on the next one.

I hope you've had a good week, keeping busy or resting or praying or healing or serving or sharing - all the things. I pray that this next week will be one full of hope and joy for you and your family.

See you next week,
Holly

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