Gladness

The free dictionary defines gladness as a condition of supreme well-being. We all have moments of supreme well-being – sitting at Sunday dinner surrounded by family laughing and talking while enjoying a good meal or standing in a sun-drenched field admiring the vivid colors of flowers and the smell of concord grapes or warm handsContinue reading “Gladness”

Exult

When I think of the feeling of exultation, I think of young children playing or choirs of angels singing. This feeling fills us completely leaving no room for stray thoughts or nagging anxiety. To exult, we need to be free of the burdens of everyday life even if it’s just for a moment. Christmas isContinue reading “Exult”

Expectation

Normally, I have high expectations for my yarn. I buy yarn for projects rather than just. because it’s beautiful. I have the end result in mind. The yarn pictured above was bought for the 2021 Stephen West shawl Mystery Knit Along (Mkal). A Mkal is when a bunch of knitters sign up to get aContinue reading “Expectation”

Compassion

When others express compassion, it gives us hope. Compassion means more than just having feelings of sympathy, it means there is a desire from the compassionate person to help. When we receive the help we have hope for something better. At church, we host five teenagers every summer to work in the gardens. They areContinue reading “Compassion”

Repent

Some biblical translations of the Bible translate the Greek word “metanoia” into repent. Metanoia means a transformative change in one’s life, a turning back to God. When I think about repenting, I think about starting over, turning back, and resuming my spiritual practice. Of course, I think about the sins I committed and the regretContinue reading “Repent”

Splendor

In the past, splendor made me think of the gilded age, the ostentatious houses erected by the Vanderbilts and Astors. I remember touring the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina in December. There were decorated Christmas trees in every room on the tour. Imagine a 250 room house gilded with gold leaf and other trimmings. SplendorContinue reading “Splendor”

Messenger

There is a lot of noise in the world. Information is available from all kinds of sources and devices. I hear my grandchildren screaming at Alexa to play them a specific song, to find out the outside temperature, or to get an answer to a math problem. Videos are pervasive – You Tube, tiktoc, Netflix,Continue reading “Messenger”

Everlasting

When I hear the word everlasting, I think about all the things I’m surrounded by that are temporal. As I look around, I realize that all my treasures will someday be gone. So what lasts? I have been taught and I believe that only one thing lasts – Love. After all, most of us haveContinue reading “Everlasting”

Praise

Praise is the motivator to keep us going when we are learning a new skill. It has to be authentic and specific. New knitters drop stitches, create uneven tension and a variety of mistakes as they try to manipulate the needles and yarn. This can result in frustration especially if they have picked a projectContinue reading “Praise”

Path

For a long time, I followed knitting patterns exactly as they were written. If I discovered that I had one less stitch or one additional stitch, I went into a panic and ripped out until I found my mistake. Knitting patterns caused me to be a perfectionist. Eventually, I learned that one stitch here orContinue reading “Path”