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Giving Temptation Backchat

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Thinking about the Romans 6 reminder that I am no longer a slave to sin, and realizing that I act too often as if I am, I came up with the defiant “You ain’t the boss of me!” to use against it when it says, in one of its wheedling ways, that I must do this or that. I decided I needed to expand that a bit, and came up with this ditty. Maybe I’ll make up a tune to go with it, but for now, this’ll do.
Sin, you ain't the boss of me

Joy Doodles #22 and 23

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The first one was my entertainment on a recent cross-country flight. I knew the motion of the plane would prevent precision, so I planned on the wobbliness of the vertical lines giving it a bit more texture.
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Back on solid ground, I did the second one, which required a steadier hand. At one spot, I goofed and used the same color adjacent to itself. A little cutting-and-pasting plus a little Photoshopping hid it pretty well, I think.

Lizard Appliqué Crochet Pattern

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I was on the hunt for boy-friendly hat ideas last week, so I searched for a lizard appliqué and found this pattern. I decided it could use some improving, so I reworked the it to something that satisfied me better. I wrote it up so I could remember it, and now here it is for you to try!

lizard applique

YARN/HOOK

I made this sample using Caron Simply Soft (aran weight) with a size E hook. As you can see, he’s about 6 inches long. I’m sure he’d adapt well to other yarn weights and hook sizes.

SPECIAL STITCHES
dc2tog (double crochet two together) — yo, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 3 loops.

anchored dc — insert hook through 1 strand in post of prior stitch, pull up a loop. This loop serves as the normal yo in a dc, so proceed with a dc as usual [I don’t know if there’s an official name for this stitch, so I’m calling it an anchored dc. I’ll try to make it more clear in the pattern how to do it.]

LEG — I think it will be easier if I post the leg pattern separately, and then you can just insert it where needed. Don’t start with the leg, though. Just pop up here and follow these steps when you see LEG in the pattern.

  • ch 6
  • sl st in 4th ch from hook (1st toe)
  • ch 3
  • sl st in same st (2nd toe)
  • ch 3
  • sl st into same st and another strand opposite so you close up the gap. You’re just making one sl st, but it’ll go through two strands of yarn. (3rd toe)
  • sc in last 2 ch of the ch 6

PATTERN

  • chain 19 [BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN]
  • sc in 2nd chain from hook
  • hdc in next chain
  • dc in next 2 chains
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN. OK…here’s where we’re using that weird stitch. Basically, you want to attach it to the last dc you made so you won’t have a weird gap between the body and the leg.
  • (2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch) 3x
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • hdc in next ch
  • sc in next 2 ch
  • 2 dc in next ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • 4 sc in last ch

Woohoo! You’ve made half a lizard body and head! Now let’s make the other half working down the other side of the BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN.

  • hdc in back side of next ch in the BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • 2 dc in next ch
  • sc in next 2 ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in back side of next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • (dc2tog in next 2 ch, dc in next ch) 2x
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • dc in next ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • sc in next ch

OK, now we’ve got a whole lizard body. On to the tail!

  • ch 26 [TAIL FOUNDATION CHAIN]
  • sl st in 2nd ch from hook
  • (sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch) 2x
  • hdc in next 3 ch
  • dc in next 5 ch
  • (dc2 tog in next 2 ch, dc in next ch) 3x
  • dc2 tog in next ch
  • sl st to 1st sc of body
  • fasten off, leaving a long end for attaching appliqué

Congrats on your new lizard! Please let me know how the pattern worked for you. Was anything too confusing? Did you spot any errors? Did it come out juuuuust right? Your feedback would be appreciated!

TA-DA!

And here’s our little reptilian friend attached to a toddler-size* hat, ready to be bestowed on some small person at a future baby shower! The eyes are just a couple of stitches in a contrasting color yarn.

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*For the sake of prolonged wearability and a better shot at having it fit the recipient for at least one winter!

(Lizard Appliqué on Ravelry)

‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?’

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“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

No, I wasn’t.

Would I have been if I’d been alive in that time and place?

No, I don’t think I would.

Should I?

There’s an article with links to videos of the least of these His brethren being “crucified” for His sake in Iraq. Should I be willing to watch them as a way of “being there” with them? Am I being a coward not to watch them? My reticence isn’t about denial. I’ve already dreamed about a mass execution after seeing that photo of the truckload of men and boys being hauled away to their deaths, and I’ve wept over some of the still photos that I’ve dared to look at. There’s been plenty to fuel my prayers. And there’s not much else I can do but pray.

There is one more thing, actually: I can redouble my efforts to obey God. Individual sin has a corporate effect. Take Achan’s example. Innocent people died because of his sin. Individual obedience likewise has a corporate effect. It blesses, often in unknown ways. I need to fight harder for their sakes. THAT is where I can’t afford to flinch.

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“Were you there when the crucified my Lord?”

Yes, I was. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Am I there with my raped and butchered brethren in Iraq?

Yes, I am. “We are members of one body.” “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”

Two Years in Moscow

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I arrived at my new digs two years ago today, and I still couldn’t be more sure that it’s the right place for me to be. Did I ever tell you that God tricked me into this move? I’d never have done it. The only idea I had was to go someplace different for a year or two and then come back to Maryland. But then I was buying a house (because I didn’t want to throw away rent money for two years), and while I was still telling the “I’m just going temporarily to go back to school” story, it slowly dawned on me that such was not the case. Finally a friend said, “You’re not coming back, are you.” I grinned and shook my head sheepishly. I’m glad God’s smarter than I am…and clever enough to guide me where I need to be.

In addition to last year’s list, I am grateful for…

  • My Provision
    I’ve also been tricked into freelancing. It was not my idea of a nice, secure position, and I am definitely missing my disposable income, but I’m overjoyed to be able to do editing, designing, and a wee bit of writing on projects that I know are building the Kingdom. Here are a few I’ve been privileged to have a hand in: Introductory and Intermediate Logic, Against the Church, The Seven Laws of Teaching, Fit to Burst, Beowulf, and the Old Western Culture series. Amid the vicissitudes of the freelance life, I’m also grateful for a nice, consistent layer of steady work doing video review for Next Wave Security Solutions. And although it stresses and exhausts me every time, and I frequently swear I’ll never do it again, a little wedding cake income now and again is nice.
  • My Protection
    At a wedding the other day, the homily reminded me of how blessed I am to live in a community where biblical principles of marriage and parenting are clearly taught and abundantly modeled. Although I don’t get to experience the blessings of marriage directly, just knowing that godly husbands and fathers exist, and seeing the evidence of their faithfulness in the wives and children around me gives me a sense of security. It’s a persistent reassurance that, ah, yes, that Story I’ve been reading all my life really is true. This is gonna sound weird, but I feel like the Syrophoenician woman, who knew the children’s meal was not for her, but was content to gather the crumbs under the table. The crumbs at this feast make a better meal than the biggest helpings at the world’s table.

I’m so grateful that God brought me here!