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I know that my devotionals don't often speak of specifics in our lives, but I want my readers to know that what I write comes most often from what the Lord is doing in our lives, or has done. I don't just repeat words by this preacher or that one. My devotionals are often written through a haze of tears, sometimes in grief, sometimes in peace at God's goodness for what He is doing for our good. At other times, after a flood of tears over my lack of faith in His great plan for us, especially after I've seen Heaven's gates open in another miraculous answer to prayer. What I write is what God shows me through those trials which He brings because of His great goodness as He works out His perfect plan. - Angela.


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Tools For Sale

First Part of a Series on

Victory in the Christian Home

Here is my favorite illustration on Discouragement.

TOOLS FOR SALE

It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements…..Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.

Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and priced very high.

“What is the name of this tool?” asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it.

“That is Discouragement”, replied the devil.

“Why have you priced it so high?”

“Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me.”

My friend, don’t let Satan discourage you in anyway. You are God’s child and have the victory already won. All you have to do is keep your faith on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The devil will not have a chance to discourage you, even with his best tools.

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Victory in the Christian Home

Who wants to be a loser? ……..

 

………….

What No takers Didn’t think so. We all want to win, to be victorious.

 

This idea has been weighing on my heart for the last week or so, and the last few days, I could sense the Lord leading me to do a series on it.

Victory in the Christian Home can seem such an illusive thing. One defeated day seems to flow into the next, and we begin to lose any hope of even a small victory. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I know, it’s a lot easier said than done, but God has promised us the victory, and since He does not lie, it is acheivable.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

I’m sure I’ll touch more on that point, but right now, I’m not 100% sure where the Lord is going to lead in these lessons, or how long the series will last. I will try to keep each post short to make it easier to absorb and apply. I am simply hoping they will be a blessing to others, and am looking forward to what I will glean also.

Grandpa’s Here!

My dh’s father, Harold, arrived Friday night. It was been a year and a half since we saw him last, and we all miss him.

The last time he was here, we drove up to Terrace, BC (17hour drive) to visit some dear friends up there, then down through Liliouet, BC to Vancouver to drop him off at his daughter’s place, so he could take the flight back to New Brunswick. Harold was just amazed at the landscape out here. I must admit, we’ve been in BC for 14 years and it is still pretty amazing.

The trip we are currently planning should be far more modest, only 6 hours, up to Trail, BC, to visit friends and view scenery. We haven’t been up that way since 2002, and Harold never, so it should be a pleasant trip. I’ll see about posting pics.

In the meantime, I have two wingback chairs that I need to do slipcovers for, so it’s going to be a VERY busy next few days as I try to get those done, or at least close to being done, before we go.

Pet Peaves

Pet Peaves… we all have them, and they can be VERY frustrating.

Over the years, I realized what really makes something a “Pet Peave” is MY attitude towards what that person is doing, or not doing. Usually, it is something that causes inconvenience to me. It’s not typically sin on the other person’s part, but my attitude can become sin, so I’ve tried to figure out how to deal with my attitude in this area.

In order to avoid sin on my part, this is my solution: I look at the “flip-side”.

Here’s an illustration I have heard, but has NO pertinence to me.

Example: “Doesn’t my husband know I can’t stand picking up his stinky socks!!!!”

Flip-side: “No, he probably doesn’t even think about it. He’s so burnt out from putting up with the world all day that when he makes it to the bed, he’s not thinking about his socks, stinky or otherwise. He’s so tired he may even barely manage to get them off.

Solution: “In honour, preferring one another….. ” Cut him some slack and just pick them up. Praise the Lord you have a husband, stinky socks and all.

I’m not saying you couldn’t nicely ask him to pick them up himself, but it really isn’t a big deal. It’s just an incovenience to you.

Changing our attitudes towards “Pet Peaves” is critical so as not to have them become sin to us. If they have become sin, then of course that should be privately confessed to the Lord, but why let it go that far.

I hope this will be a help in conquering those “Pet Peaves”.

Oh, I should also point out that I have NOT arrived! I can’t always see the flip-side, and I fall, but I’m trying.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-13

 

Holding My Peace

Let’s face it, one of the hardest things to do sometimes is to just “zip our lips.” How “satisfying it would be just to give so and so an “piece of our mind….”

In sermons, our Pastor says something to the effect of, “Don’t give away what you don’t have….” or “Keep what you have. There might not be much left.”

Holding my peace, as the Bible says, has been one of my greatest challenges, and I feel I have a long way to go, but the Lord has been so good to help me. The changes He has accomplished in me, and continues to work on, amaze me.

For some time now, I have been dealing with this area in a partular struggle in my life. The flesh wants to speak out, but the Spirit of God keeps saying no. This morning, I was reminded of the following verses:

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14

I also searched out a few more verses to help me out:

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalms 141:3

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalms 141:3

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14

I have lost count how many times I have quoted this last verse to myself to keep my mouth, mind and heart on track.

But like all struggles, I know God’s promises hold true:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

When I keep my focus on Whom it needs to be, maintain my prayer and Bible time, and continue to remind myself of God’s ways, life just goes on a whole lot easier, and I am able to “hold my peace.”

Update on Lowell’s Brace

This is a continuation of “A Tale of Seven Braces“.

We tried to fix up an older brace, but it just wouldn’t do the job, so he’s back to his boat anchor. Unfortunately, it is not holding his knee right, but hopefully he won’t have to use it for long.

The fellow we deal with for Lowell’s braces, Andrew at Okaped, thinks there’s a lifetime warranty on the frame, so at least we can get that fixed while waiting for a new one. We are waiting to hear back from Lowell’s work, but getting a new one shouldn’t be an issue, it’s just getting the right one.

Pastor thinks brace companies should pay Lowell to test their braces out. Hee hee. Not a bad idea. They can call it the “Lowell Test.”

A Tale of Seven Braces

At 6’4″, my dh Lowell, is a pretty big man, and despite having a broken/fused spine, and a paralyzed leg with a brace, he is still very strong. Too strong for his own good sometimes, or should I say, too strong for his leg braces’ good?

Lowell had a car accident in 1984, and after several operations, he was able to function as a “walking parapeligic. Despite being battered and bruised, his basic physiology did not change. He is an ox and grows muscle by just being alive. I’ve never seen anyone that could build muscle without really trying. I joke about him maintaining his finger muscles just by stretching his hand out a couple times, and I know he has more muscle in his pinky than I have in my whole hand. (Me being a petite – but currently overweight – 5’3” frame.)

So here we go with….

 

“A Tale of Seven Braces”

Long, long ago, in a land far far way….Oh sorry, wrong story…

Brace #1 – Full length, bolted to orthepedic shoes, 3/4″ aluminum, ie. Boat Anchor/Dinosaur. – Fate – snapped in half within 1 year.

Brace #2 – Full length, bolted to orthepedic shoes, 1″ stainless steel, ie. Boat Anchor/Dinosaur – Fate – twisted beyond use in less than one year.

Conclusion: Bolting the brace to the shoe is probably not a good idea.

Brace #3 – Mid thigh to mid calf CTI composite skiing brace. Worked great for about 10 years, but had to nix it because it stopped holding his knee out of hyper-extension when the hinge broke. Best brace he ever had.

Brace #4 – Tried CTI again, but they couldn’t get the size right.

Brace #5 – Mid thigh to mid calf G2 with clam shell on calf and back strap to prevent hyper extending. Works okay but is a boat anchor and really saps his energy. Have been using it for about 5-7 years or so, and the clam shell is causing his nerves to flip out.

Brace #6 – Mid thigh to mid calf CTI composite skiing brace with a different design on the knee hinge. Destroyed it in one day!

Okay, that brings us to this year.

Brace #7 – Mid thigh to mid calf composite DonJoy skiing brace with a different design on the knee hinge. Lasted about 2 months. He snapped one of the side uprights yesterday while doing yard work.

Possible current solution? – Back to clam shell brace while we play with CTI braces that worked, but didn’t hold the knee and see if they can be modified to do so.

So, are we learning anything from this? I’ve definitely concluded that oxes don’t liked to be restrained….

Updates:

Update on Lowell’s brace

A Tale of Seven Braces – Part III

A Tale of Seven Braces – Part IV

Playing Catch Up

It’s been a few weeks since I did an update, so I’ll try to catch y’all up.

Last Thursday was a very sad day as my Dad’s brother, Uncle Ron, died. Needless to say, there were many tears. My parents wanted to come visit us soon, but it was all on hold till we knew what was happening with him. His body was riddled with cancer, and we knew it was just a matter of time. Now, Mom and Dad will be coming in May. We are really looking forward to seeing them.

It’s been the typical flu/cold season, and it has been through all of us. I got hit the least though, so that was good as things just seem to get busier.

I would normally be doing this update on a Tuesday, while the girls have their piano lesson, but Cynthia wasn’t feeling the best the last few days. Her symptoms sounded very much like a gallbladder or gallstone attack, so I brought her in to the naturopath, Dr. Wagstaff. Sure enough, her stomach and gallblader are all inflammed, but caused by a virus. I think I will bring her in for an ultrasound to check for stones as this seems to have happened before. From there, Wagstaff will be able to decide how to best keep this from happening again or minimize it. I know just how Cynthia feels as I’ve dealt with this years ago, but have maintained a diet that just doesn’t make it act up. The Dr. gave her some stuff to settle it down, and she’s doing much better today!

The end of last week was fun. We looked after a friends’ German Shepherd, Kisha, and what a cutie! Her and Buster got along great and played almost constantly. We are now looking after a male Lapso Apso, Scruffy, for other friends. Not sure how long as they are trying to find a place, and it may be a few months. This is a male, though, and Buster and he don not want to play. When Scruffy is gone, we may just have to get Buster a permanent female companion.

Our 15 passenger diesel van (nicknamed T-Bus – Trenholm Bus, aka. T-Rex) is fixed and running beautifully! The best it has ever run! Apparently the fuel pump that was overhauled 5 yrs ago never was done properly. We didn’t realize it as Lowell installed it instead of a certified shop, and we didn’t know how a good one was supposed to run. We’ve been finding out that somethings just aren’t worth doing ourselves. Kevin and Jerry and crew at Okanagan Engine Rebuilders did the work this time, and they are awesome! We’ve been going to them for almost everthing for our vehicles since 2003 we wouldn’t go anywhere’s else. They rebuilt the engine, and farmed out the tranny, on the van. Excellent work all around. Thanks guys!

Interesting….I wouldn’t go to another upholstery shop either except Kevin’s brother, Mark’s shop – Kellerman’s Upholstery. They are a great family to deal with, oh and both brothers like to be bribed with baking! The girls made cookies for OKER and they barely lasted 10 minutes!

Lowell’s been like a yo-yo at work (KFC) these last few weeks, switching from evening to day shift back and forth as projects and courses have been adding an interesting element to the mix. On Wednesday, his crew will begin working on a major go-over (called a C-check) of a 757 for a US airline. It is amazing at the amount of aviation major players Flightcraft has been working for. Delta and Northwest, to name a few.

I finished another slipcover and will try to post the pics soon. I start two more today, besides the regular sewing: hemming pants, replacing zippers, etc.

Last Saturday was the start of spring cleaning. We had been using our inlaw suite as the “dumping ground” for storage, but since we’ve been having a family from out of town on the weekends, it is needed for its true use. The week before, all the “stuff” had been dumped in the garage, but now it was time to go through it. Well…… 2 1/2 bags of garbage, 2 bags of recycle, and 1 large bag for the Sally Ann later, and that is I hope the bulk of it. This weekend, we’ll be tackling putting away the winter clothes and taking out the spring/summer. I hope to get it all done this Saturday or the next.

It was exciting to see the Jones family is church last night. Bro. Jones pastor’s in Terrace, BC now (17 hours away!) so we don’t get to see them very often, and we miss them dearly.

So, that brings us to today, and here we are at piano lessons. Since Lowell is on evening shift, we’ll probably have a girls night tonight. Those are always fun. One time it was toe nail painting, another time just a movie. Not sure about tonight, but I know we’ve got a brand new hot air popcorn popper to try out!

 

The Saga of the Victorinox

Last year, I bought a Leatherman multi-tool for Lowell, as his Swiss Army Victorinox multi-tool was in dire need of repair or retirement. The knife was shot and a few of the other peices were badly worn down from much use. I think a piece actually snapped. It was very hard for him to “shelve” it, as it means a lot to him.

 I bought it for his birthday over 10 yrs ago, and it has alot of history. I can see it as one of those things the girls will “fight” over. rolling eyes laughing

 This is the knife that has split the burgers in half for our little children at the fast food place or park, and up until last year, lived on his belt; ever faithful and ready for the task at hand. I’m sure other men will be able to relate. He even jokes around about how many airplane panels the screwdriver had taken off wink. (Actually true – he is an aviation engineer). We found out that Swiss Army does repairs, so a few months ago, he sent it back to the company. We just got it back today, and praise the Lord, they didn’t just replace the parts, they gave him a brand new knife and case!!!! He was thrilled to say the least, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other memories will be entrenched in that knife. biggrin

Slipcover instructions

This is for the previous post on Angela’s Wingback Chair Slipcover.

Thanks for the comments! I’m pretty happy about the results fo this project. It is not a “beginner’s project” for sure, and there was many a time I wondered what I had got myself into, but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

Yes, it is a slipcover, and no it doesn’t really require a pattern. Each chair is different. A typical wingback chair requires 5 yards and an extra couple yards for the ottoman. I got 8 to be safe.

The two biggest keys to getting and keeping it in place are the zippers in the back, and the seat cushion.

The Beginning:

Cut peices that are slightly bigger than each section (lets say an extra 4″ wide and tall. The putting off and removal of the slipcover is made easier by two zippers running from the top down to the top of the skirt, and placed just inside the back corners.

Make sure you mark the matching points, especially on the bulb and the arm wrap, with the marker, as you will need to dissassemble and reassemble to put the piping it.

All of the following work will be done with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. As each section is sewn together (arm, etc) I do turn them right side out to check the fit, then flip them back wrong side out to continue working.Lay the peices on the chair with the wrong side facing out and tuck it into the various crevices. Pin the fabric to the chair to hold it in place make it easier.

Using a sewing dissapearing ink marker (or crayola washables), draw lines on the meeting fabrics where an appropriate stitchline should be. Wherever a crease is, it’s good if the fabric “tucks” in about a 1/2″ to an inch. This helps alleviate stress. From your drawn line, drawn another one a 1/2″ away. This will later become your cutline.

I don’t reccomend cutting the excess away yet as the actual fitting may need more tweeking than you anticipate.

The Wings:

For this chair, I did the wings first, and they were actually easy as the inner wing simply had to be pleated in four places to match up with the outer flat wing.

The Arms:

Each arm is done in 3 peices (the outer side, over the arm, and the small bulbous front. The peice the wraps over the arm pleats into the bulbous section.

Back Front and Deck:

Once I had those fitted and sewn as best as I could, I worked on the front of the back, the deck (seat area), and the bottom front. The are all flat peices and the easiest to deal with.

General Assembly:

Now to assemble the arms and back front, deck, and front edge. One of the biggest issues will be seam intersection. Often, you can just simply sew across a bunch of intersecting seams. You have to sew up to them, backstitch to secure, then restart you seam on the other side of the seams. This will keep all the seam allowances free and prevent puckering. If you end up with puckering near intersecting seams, just check for that.

A Glimpse of the Finished Product:

If you want to, now’s a good time to turn it all right side out and have a good look as it will look finished from the front. Check the fit and seam intersection for any issue and adjust the pattern. You WILL end up doing this a few times….LOL, but it is worth it!!!!

The Back:

Fitting the back is much easier if you lay the chair down on its front. I chose to put a zipper either side of the back, as I found it made it much easier to get on and off.

The Zipper:

A #4 coil zipper works well and isn’t too heavy or light. To insert the zipper, simply press over the 5/8″ seam allowance, and topstich in place. It will end at the bottom of the main body of the slipcover. You could also choose to do a lapped zipper to hide it better, but seams meeting at the zipper center might be less bulky. I may do a lapped seam on Lowell’s chair with the lap facing into the back, not the outside edges.

The Skirt:

With the almost finished skirt on the chair wrong side out, tucked in properly and the cusion in place, use a straight edge to draw a line parallel to the floor, a 1/2″ lower than where you want the skirt to sit. This is your line to place the piping and skirt. You could cut the section off below that line, but I find it helps the skir to hang right.

Skirt Piping:

Leaving about 1 1/2″ poking out, pin your piping in place matching your seam allowance with the drawnline you just cut. The seam allowance will be pointing down. The main piping runs from one back corner, around the side, across the front, and around the other side. The back skirt and piping is attached seperately from the rest of the skirt.

For the hems, I made 2 1/2″ hems on the bottom, and 1/2″ hems on the sides. The skirt will be in four sections that but against each other on each corner. To hide the legs, I added 8 to 10″ wide finished inset pieces (same hems as the rest of the skirt) under the main skirt and in each corner. That is viewed in the last picture.

I hope this challenges you to revive some of your old furniture that just needs a new cover!