I had promised to write a song, on request, so I did!
(Music start, after silence) (no problem, there is; ‘cool edit’) (Softly) Let me first ask you a question (This 5x, difference in accords, with 2 voices Male/Female)(An other gent voice – Leader of the band) Let me ask you first a question (For 1 min same music, than it’s different)(blank, music is there, no voice)
What do you see when it’s dark, It’s Dark, Cold, Raining, You are sad Dreaming, hoping, for a better future But now, know how, I feel lonely In the dark, don’t know if it was real, or not Standing on a bridge Looking down, see the water, clime to the railing, Standing there, ready to jump… From my right-side a soft tender voice whispered: (Music change) He brother, come to me, Don’t go there, it’s cold and wet If you jump everything will be gone, others will cry For what?, For what? (Music change) Wake up my brother, it’s time to help me Wake up, it’s time to wake up (music change) For breakfast, I prayed; Thank you Jesus, without you I was gone Please help me, thanks (Music goes slow and soft, on the end🙂 Amen
Song, written by Abeltje Quintijn, No Ⓒ‘2014, request, same lyrics, other music… (don’t forget to put it on YouTube, thanks)
Now a Dutch song (from a long time ago, I wrote it when I was 7 years young) Als ik alleen ben, bent U dan bij me Jesus u weet van Verdriet en pijn Help me te leven, zoals het ‘t bedoelde Mag ik Uw eigen vrientje zijn
** Sue Lau is a food writer, food blogger, cooking enthusiast, cookbook collector, writer, and independent bookseller. She lives with her husband and two cats near Dayton, Ohio. Originally from St. Louis Missouri, her love of food has followed her through the Southern USA and eventually to Ohio. She enjoys cooking and creating all types of cuisine and sharing that knowledge with others. It is her favorite pastime. A Palatable Pastime palatable-pastime.com Recipe Retrospective reciperetrospective.blogspot.com **
This Chinese fried rice has the flavor those other recipes are missing. Tastes like takeout. I want to dedicate this dish to Bergy, whose recipe “AM & B’s Indonesian Mehoon” has inspired this dish. Make sure you season your rice with salt before it cooks. Add some butter to the cooking water, as well. Other seasonings should be added before you cook, as well, so it has time to get inside the rice. If you like sesame flavor, add 1 tsp. of it after you add the green onions, but do not use it as a cooking oil because it easily burns.
Ingredients (Servings 4)
3⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
2 1⁄2 tablespoons oil
1 egg, lightly beaten (or more eggs if you like)
3 drops soy sauce
3 drops sesame oil
8 ounces cooked lean boneless pork or 8 ounces chicken, chopped
1⁄2 cup finely chopped carrot (very small)
1⁄2 cup frozen peas, thawed
4 cups cold cooked rice, grains separated (preferably medium grain)
4 green onions, chopped
2 cups bean sprouts
2 tablespoons light soy sauce (add more if you like)
Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok; add chopped onions and stir-fry until onions turn a nice brown color, about 8-10 minutes; remove from wok.
Allow wok to cool slightly.
Mix egg with 3 drops of soy and 3 drops of sesame oil; set aside.
Add 1/2 tbsp oil to wok, swirling to coat surfaces; add egg mixture; working quickly, swirl egg until egg sets against wok; when egg puffs, flip egg and cook other side briefly; remove from wok, and chop into small pieces.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok; add selected meat to wok, along with carrots, peas, and cooked onion; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add rice, green onions, and bean sprouts, tossing to mix well; stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp of light soy sauce and chopped egg to rice mixture and fold in; stir-fry for 1 minute more; serve.
Set out additional soy sauce on the table, if desired.
Relate: Fine linen, goat hair, ram skin, goat skin, frame, support, gilding. This is the order of what God speaks about to Moses regarding how to build the tabernacle. It is pretty much the opposite order I would notice it. First thing I would see would be the outer curtain and all the gold. Then I would notice its structure and finally, only after I have entered in, would I notice the thing that God began with.
We tend to work backwards, starting with the outside and working our way in. First change your appearance, then lets deal with your behavior. Now that we’ve got those squared away lets start working on cleaning out that mind. OK, now that you look good, act good, and think right, now we’ll start digging into the heart. God, in building the Tabernacle started with the inside then worked out. God, when building us does the very same thing.
React: It is easy to change my appearance. I already did it at least once today. Showered, shaved, changed and I’m a new man. Give me 20 minutes on Halloween and I can be anything you want. It takes a bit more work to try and change my behavior. I really have to work at it, but it can be done. With effort and self discipline, over time I can start acting like a fine upstanding citizen. (Question though, what’s the fun in that?) Almost impossible is trying to get me to change my mind. Over long periods of time it does happen. Through a single argument, debate, or piece of information… not a chance. The thing that is impossible, though, is changing my heart. Only God can do that. It is a good thing that is exactly what He does and that is how He works.
God, I give You my heart. Do with it as You will. Change and mold me as You know best. I want to be a tabernacle for Your dwelling. So often I look at myself and at others from the wrong direction. Help me to see how You see and respond the way You responded. Don’t let me get caught up with behavior and appearance issues, let me guard and shelter my heart and the hearts of those You have placed in my life.
During my recent foray into wardrobe minimalism and a general engagement on the philosophy of what to wear and where to find it, I’ve been thinking a lot about buying well-made clothes. And well made in two senses: made with a high degree quality and made in an ethical and socially responsible way. I’d love to jump off the fast fashion train entirely, but let me tell you, it is hard to find affordable, ethically made garments. If you get tired of searching, you could be like my friend Maggie, who just makes her own clothes.
Yes! She makes her own clothes. Even though I was homeschooled, I cannot even imagine attempting the same. But I find her endeavor so inspiring, and I wanted to sit down with her and talk about her lifestyle of dressing herself in handmade garments.
Interview with Maggie Stein, Who Makes Her Own Clothes
When did you start making your own clothes? (And how long have you been doing it now?)
Growing up, my mom made a portion of my clothes. I had a number of jumpers with very full, satisfying-to-twirl-in skirts during the early grade-school years, and flowy butterfly-princess costumes. I was very opinionated about clothes and the feelings I wanted them to evoke. When she could create something to fit my vision, she would. Otherwise, I’d wear boring department store clothes.
In my sophomore year of high school, she agreed to make my homecoming dress. We worked together during every step of the process. I was uncomfortable with my changing body, so I asked her to make alterations to the pattern that were either beyond her skill level (what we thought at the time) or completely impossible (what I now believe), and she made a gorgeous dress that couldn’t meet my expectations. We both cried over it and I wore a cardigan over my dress the entire night.
After that is when I started making my own clothes.
What was one of the first pieces you made? Do you still wear it?
The first few pieces I made, as a teenager in the late 90s, were HIDEOUS! They were my own lazy/unique interpretation of the strappy, backless tops that club kids and hippies wore.
I probably wasn’t brave enough to wear them out of the house, so my parents never told me I couldn’t. They were quickly discarded.
What inspired you to attempt to make your own clothes?
I was about to say “teenage shenanigans aside…” but I think that was a great example of why I sew. Sometimes I have an idea in my head of something I’d like to wear, and I’m unable to find it in stores, or unable to find it in my proportions, or unwilling to pay the asking price if I do find it.
Another example: I was given my own sewing machine in college and spent years making nothing but flannel and fleece pajama pants, mainly because I’d never been able to find loungewear pants that were long enough.
How has making your own clothes changed the way you dress yourself? Your sense of style?
I no longer have to figure out how to fit my body into the clothes I find or the current trends but instead can accept my body as it is and create a wardrobe that fits my particular shape and style preferences.
I guess the real question I want to answer is, “How has this changed my relationship with my body?” I no longer feel like there’s something wrong with my size. I’m taller and curvier than standard RTW sizes, which means clothes in stores are often too tight across the bust and hips, too loose on the shoulders and waist, too wide and too short on the arms, waistbands are too high, hems are WAY too short… I used to approach these thinking, “If only my hips were narrower and my shoulders wider! There is something wrong with me!” But, in reality, I have an awesome body! I am TALLER and CURVIER than the standard woman! I am TOTALLY WINNING! The problem is not my body, but those clothes, because they weren’t made to fit my body.
The way I dress myself and my sense of style were influenced by my mom’s strong eye for color and knowledge of what flatters (I still have her copy of Color Me Beautiful) and years of watching What Not to Wear every Friday night. (Maybe I shouldn’t admit that. I would watch it with my best friend! We would always have beer and popcorn, so it was almost like a party!) Making my own clothes has allowed me to take what I’ve learned and apply it without being restricted by what’s available in stores.
How has this changed the way that you shop? Do you look at clothes in stores differently? Do you have higher (or lower?) standards for store-bought clothes now?
Well, for starters, I rarely expect to find what I want in a store. So I’m often shopping for inspiration, or I study the way something is made. I’ll ask, “Can I make this? If I made this, what would I change?”
I’ll buy something if it’s well made in a fabric that I might not be able to purchase or wouldn’t want to sew with (silky, sheer, difficult to source). I’ll also buy something if it’s super-trendy or inexpensive. In both of those cases, I have to ask whether it’s really something I need.
Given the cost of supplies, and the time investment, it’s not always less expensive to make my own clothes. It might be more ethical — at least I know who made my garment, but I don’t necessarily know who grew the fiber or where the cloth was made.
About what proportion of your regular wardrobe is handmade by you?
Hmmm… good question. I mean, I have a lot of T-shirts and sweaters and pants that aren’t made by me. But a majority of dresses and skirts I wear at this point are handmade.
What’s one of your favorite garments to make?
There are so many! I have one pattern that I’ve made perhaps a dozen different dresses from — the pattern itself came from a dissected Target dress that fit me perfectly. Each version is different — the original was sleeveless with an A-line skirt, then I made one with a fuller skirt, then I figured out how to add sleeves, and it became my staple day dress. I have it in a lightweight cotton for summer and long-sleeved in flannel for winter. I attempted to make it out of a suiting-weight wool, with lining, but that version is currently in Time Out. (I made some mistakes. I’m making it up as I go along, and some of the choices aren’t very flattering, so I need to unpick a lot of work and start again.)
I finally overcame my fear of knits and have enjoyed the freedom of sewing with fabric that stretches! My three most recent favorites are all knits: a ¾-sleeve ballet-neck skater dress, a scoop neck loosely fitted T-shirt, and a wrap cardigan that I drafted myself using pieces of the T-shirt pattern.
Is there any type of garment that you would never attempt to make yourself? If so, why?
Until recently, I would have said jeans and bras. But a few indie patternmakers have started tackling those. Not only are their instructions clear and detailed, but they often post sew-alongs on their blogs, sharing pictures of each step and discussing the more complicated techniques. (Also, I can wait until other people/bloggers have made the patterns and learn from their lessons.) In my room right now are supplies and patterns for both jeans and bras, waiting for me to be ready.
What are some of your favorite fabrics to work with? Least favorite fabrics?
Lately, I’m moving away from very simple, sturdy, inexpensive woven fabrics (think bedsheets) to higher quality fabrics with more interesting draping qualities. Fabrics that require more attention/preparation when sewing are often more beautiful to wear, so I’m slowly learning how to handle them well. I’ve also started using heavy-weight knits, which are so cozy and delightful!
If someone wanted to make his or her own clothes, what advice would you give them? Where does a person start with such a venture?
I’m tempted to say, “Start with something simple!” Easy wins will give you confidence to move forward. But really, I think it’s just as fun to start with something you’re REALLY motivated to make for yourself over and over again. There are things that fall into both categories, but no matter where you start, you’re going to have a lot to learn, so my advice would be to have patience, to expect mistakes, to learn from them, and to keep going!
Okay, one piece of solid advice: Start with an indie pattern. They tend to have instructions catered to a beginner versus established patterns that assume you know the lingo.
What are you wearing right now?
My winter wardrobe: a cozy handmade dress, black tights, and sturdy black ankle boots.
For more of Maggie’s musings and examples of her impressive handmade clothes, check out her great blog: Maggie Makes It Better. Thanks so much, Maggie! A delight to feature you and your work.
Don’t look so excited. This post isn’t about pesky salesmen, your mother-in-law, or your twenty-five year old son who will not move out of the house.
It is about foreign missionaries, and I stand confident that my title is correct. Yes, yes, I know! Someone’s already shouting the obvious argument against my title. ‘God calls and sends His missionaries, not people.’
Well, I feel better now… how about you? It’s not our fault that a massive number of missionaries can’t acquire funding and get into lands filled with people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s God’s fault, right? If He called them… why hasn’t He sent them?
Have we misunderstood their call? Or, maybe when God calls an individual out of His Church to enter the foreign mission field, He is calling the Church as well. If the Church is the body of Christ, and every member plays a role in ensuring the body is healthy (Romans 12:4-5), then maybe Jesus is calling His body to stretch, rather than perform an amputation. Maybe God has already provided the resources for every one of these missionaries to be where they have been called to go, but it’s unavailable to them because it’s sitting in our wallets and bank accounts.
I know; this really sounds out of character for me. I truly don’t like sounding mean-spirited, but I fear we are one day going to get a rude awakening when we stand before our Lord and give an account of how urgent the furthering of the gospel was to us. I have no doubt that our God is sovereign, and men do not thwart His plans, but I also have no doubt that God wants to reach these people with His glorious gospel. His Great Commission is still in the Bible, and He has given the responsibility of its commands to His Church.
So what do we do? Some say, “The problem is too big! We can’t possibly support these thousands of missionaries on top of what we’re already doing… can we?” Now who is it that doubts God’s ability to call and send?
Maybe they’re right though. Maybe we can’t do everything. But we can do something. We can all pray. We can pray for these families and we can pray for wisdom. We can pray for the wisdom that comes only from God; a wisdom that shows areas of our lives that might allow for the opportunity to support these families. Maybe we can eat soup one night a week. Maybe our entertainment spending can be adjusted. Maybe we can just be creative; we find ways to make things happen when we want them to.
Hopefully, I haven’t lost all of my readers at this point. But even if I have, I know these were words that needed to be heard. I needed to hear them. And I think others do too.
As believers in America, we seem to have forgotten this world is not our home. We are sojourners looking for a city not made with men’s hands. We are called to spend and be spent for the Kingdom of God. We are called to reach every corner of the world with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ.
I’m very aware that through our churches, each of us supports the mission field. We give to special offerings and even have funds for specific missionaries. But I think believers can do more. Here’s a great thought! How about adopting a missionary? Why not find one of these under-funded missionaries and commit to helping them with twenty or fifty or one hundred dollars a month so that they can get into these lands where God has called them?
My pastor has touched my heart with his outlook on the people of God. He makes clear his goal is never to cause guilt. Guilt is gone as fast as it comes. His desire is for the people of God to once again fall in love with Jesus. If that happens, he says, everything else will take care of itself. If we’ll just fall in love with Jesus, I have a feeling missionaries will be boarding airplanes really soon, and God will be glorified in places we’ve never even heard of, places where they’ve never heard of Him.
Spend some time researching this great need. I believe you’ll come to the same conclusion I have; we need to get involved… soon.
What do you do when you’re tired of waiting What do you do when everything is going nowhere fast How do you cope with never being able to make it past “dating” How do you deal with always expecting to come in last
What do you do when “lets see where it goes” isn’t good enough How do you get past the “lets just be friends” part When is there ever not “a lot going on” When will we stop letting our fear of commitment speak for our heart
Why can’t the right time be when we first meet Why does going with the flow have to be “moving too fast” Why can’t we just be honest about what want and how we feel Why do we always ruin living in the moment by inviting the past
~Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you…”
~John 6:37~ “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
~Romans 8: 38-39~ “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~1 John 1:9~ “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
~2 Corinthians 5:21~ “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
~Romans 8:28~ “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
~1 Peter 5:7~ “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Isn’t it good to be a child of The Most High! The blessings we have in the body of Christ are far too magnanimous to describe. And, for our faith in Jesus as Lord, and obedience to the gospel of Love, God has given us eternal grace for our sins; It is simply a “love gift” from the Father. How can one measure the value of such an endowment? It is priceless! Praise be to the Father of Light who loves us more than we know…more than we deserve…more than we can say.
Thank you, O Father, for your goodness each and every day!
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of God.
This second day of the New Year, I find myself amazed by faith and hope. I’ve encountered these virtues in people whom many view as having little reason for either. A friend who continues cancer treatment celebrated Christmas with joy and welcomes 2015 with the certainty that blessings lie ahead. A friend whose mother’s terminal illness will end soon places this dear parent in God’s hands. In the mean time, she remains present and accepts that this is enough. Young parents whose first pregnancies ended with pre-birth detours to heaven await another child. In spite of the pain of these losses, they open their hearts to their daughter who will make her appearance in a few weeks.
These are three of the numerous stories of faith and hope which unfold around you and me today. So many suffer the worst this life has to offer. Yet, in spite of each ones personal variety of devastation, they endure and emerge with grace. God’s salvation does extend to all the ends of the earth. It is up to us to open our eyes to see it, our arms to embrace it and our hearts to share it.
Loving God, wherever I find myself today, help me to move beyond my own trials with faith and hope in better things to come.