Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reflections of the Season

I hope that you are having a fabulous December! I have discovered that this month is passing me by even as I frantically try to reign it in....I fear that I've somehow gotten caught up in the busyness of the season. Also, this has been a very busy season at work so my focus has really been directed there.

Part of me gets dissapointed that I've not been better at guiding my thoughts and heart toward the reason for this season; Jesus, but it is not over yet, so I can reclaim it. Hallelujah for that! My Lord has been teaching me so much over the past few's all about freedom and taking courage. There are so many areas in my life that I am held captive by fear and I desire deeply to be freed of it.

This is my desire and as I find myself thinking ahead to the new goal.

So, what have I been doing for the last few weeks?...Well, let me just share with you!

I was so blessed to attend Women of Faith at the Arco Arena in Sacramento last weekend. It was the second time that I've been able to go this year (which I know is a blessing indeed!). Both times were very special. Definately stones of rememberance in my walk with the Lord.
Here are some pictures of WOF last weekend. It was so so great :)
Julie, Melissa, and I during the pre-conference.

Marilyn Meberg...this gal is truly a gem! We all wanted her to be our personal therapist!

Incredibly gifted and talented WOF worship team..

Patsy Clairmont...bless her heart, I did not think that she'd be at WOF due to her son's recent illness.
Beautiful reminder of the sacrifice of my Lord and the beauty of what it means for me.

I've also been a bit crafty!

I decided that I'd like to learn to knit and my sweet friend Robin taught me back in the spring. I took 6 months to complete this skinny scarf!
I guess I needed a lot of practice and really it was not my highest priority. Also, it was summer soon enough and I just could not think of wearing a scarf.


Now it is surely cold enough to wear one, so I've been a knitting nut! I made this scarf with the intention of gifting it to my sister in law, but loved it so much that i kept it for myself....selfish, I don't know....but I just decided that it was the first one that I made all by myself that I really liked! The skinny one was not my favorite :)

So, now I am working on a new one and have every intention to give it as a Christmas gift.

This is not the only craft that I've ventured into....I was browsing blogs one day and came across a post by Kelly at Kelly's Korner and loved, loved, loved the cute little ornaments that she made so I decided to make my own.....

My cute little creations....

So, what have you been doing this holiday season? Are you able to keep your focus? What special things are you doing to ensure that you keep your heart and mind on track?

I pray that the Lord bless you and keep you....I pray that he makes his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you...and give you His peace!
Have a wonderfully blessed time as you anticipate the remembrance of the birth of our Savior!


Melissa May said...

Hi Bethany! I just saw your comment on the LPM blog post about the Siesta event. I live in Fresno too and have been emailing Yvonne (since yesterday) about the trip - she told me she connected with someone from Merced, and based on your comment on the blog, I'm guessing it's you! Anyway, just wanted to say hi as I might be joining you two at some point (I'm going "alone" too.) : ) I can also relate to the busyness you talked about and wanting to keep focus... but that's a whole 'nother comment! : ) Looking forward to hopefully meeting you!

Yvonne said...

Hello! Thank you for sharing about your December and your crafts and such! The Lord is glorious, isn't He? Shall we behold His delightfulness together today?

katiegfromtennessee said...

You have had some fun times with the Women of Faith conference and those ornaments and knittin' those scarves Miss Bethany:):) I've been trying to get all my shopping for Christmas and wrapping done early so I can focus more on Baby Girl coming at the end of Jan:) I have only a mo and a half left. Thanks for your blessing prayer, right back at you Bethany!:)



katiegfromtennessee said...

Very Merry Christmas to you Miss Bethany!!:)