He Knows Your Name

Every time I’ve read through (slogged through) the book of Numbers in the Bible, I’ve wondered, why? Why is this huge list of who begat whom in here at all? Why is it that important? (It has to be, since it says in 2 Tim. 3:16-17, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” But why??) Who cares, at this point? They’ve all been dead thousands of years!

But my last trip through, on one of my sporadic attempts to read straight through the Bible, I realized something: He knew them. God, the Creator, knew each of the people listed – name, background, lineage. Thousands upon thousands of people and He KNEW them! And He knows me, too, just like that. And the best, most amazing part is, He knows ALL of me and yet, He still loves me. There’s a mind-bending thought to be going on with….. and if that’s not enough, try this: 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16


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God’s Refining Fire

I love this – it has been my personal experience that He will put us through trials that WE don’t think we can endure, but there we learn that, in Him, we CAN. Thank you, God, for every refining experience that You’ve allowed into my life; keep them coming, please, until You can see Your reflection in me.

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Real Worship

I’ve been in many situations where worship was the only possible remedy: surviving the death of our daughter, walking with friends through the loss of their daughter’s fiance, waiting for the results of a lumpectomy, sitting by the bed of my mom in the ICU…. worship has been the answer to so many questions, the cure for so much of what has ailed me.

In my life, worship manifests itself most often in music, and I like what Matt Redman, one of my favorite worship leaders, had to say about it: “Worship songs can’t just be rooted in culture – they won’t be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture.”

But if you want to fully understand worship, this sermon (heard at our church a few weeks ago) may be the best thing you’ve ever heard. In 44 years of being a Christian, I’ve sat through many sermons and worship services, and I’ve read many books on the topic,and no one has ever hit the nail on the head like Greg did with this.  Listen – you’ll be glad you did! (Full disclosure: the speaker is my nephew, the youngest son of my older brother, as well as our current worship leader. And it’s *still* the best thing I’ve ever heard on this!)



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I’m baaaack…..

I’ve been missing in action on here for…. quite a while. Since February 2013, actually. Life got crazy, as it does sometimes (Dad got cancer and eventually passed away, leaving us the gargantuan job of dealing with his effects and what remained of Mom’s; I’ve had some health issues; my sons both moved back home….) and something had to go. Beads of Wisdom turned out to be one of the things. Sorry.

But I’m back! My plan is to blog 2-3 days a week now, but I make no promises. At least one will be about one of my favorite websites or blogs, while the others will be more personal. I love to get feedback on my writing, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, send ‘em my way. (Be kind, I sometimes bruise easily…)

For today, I’d like to introduce my current favorite blog, The Non-Consumer Advocate. http://thenonconsumeradvocate.com/ As I posted in 2013, our house needs some major decluttering/downsizing. Still does, despite working on it off and on for the last three years. Katy’s blog and the accompanying Facebook group are encouraging me in my journey. I often feel like the guy below, from the Ed Sullivan show back in the 60’s, running back and forth keeping plates spinning on thin dowels, trying not to let any fall. But I also know that, if God is calling me to do it, He’ll take care of the plates. I just need to get them spinning. spinning-plates1

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A Fear of Buttons

I love buttons; they’re like tiny pieces of art, used in a prosaic way to hold our clothes together. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to pore over my mother’s and grandmother’s button boxes. Mother of pearl shirt buttons, dark blue plastic navy uniform buttons from my dad’s gear, colorful glass buttons from summer dresses long past….. I loved them all.

ImageAs an adult, I started my own button collection, eventually filling two tins and several mason jars, as I  inherited my grandmother’s and mom’s collections, too. Currently, I’m collecting ideas for more ways to use my treasures in jewelry for my Betty’s Bead Soup collection on Etsy. The earrings in the photo with this post were made from vintage buttons from Mom’s collection, and two cute bunny buttons I acquired who-knows-where.

Imagine my shock, then, to discover a website discussing people who are afraid of or disgusted by buttons. Yep, it’s called Koumpounophobia. Wow. The Internet is a never-ending source of amazement….

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Blog of the Week: Yarn Harlot

knitting loom

I love the stuff Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes about knitting. I don’t know why, exactly – I can only knit on a loom I bought at Hobby Lobby, since it doesn’t require two coordinated hands – but I love to hear about her choice of yarn, the patterns she picks out, the projects she’s working on. Knitting vicariously, I guess…. but too, she is FUNNY! I keep thinking, someday I’ll learn to knit, but until then, I’ll enjoy it through the eyes of Ms. Pearl-McPhee.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/ [most recent link is http://www.yarnharlot.ca/ as of 5/16]

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Operation “Move Daddy Down the Hall” a success!

DSC06887We moved my dad today, from a one bedroom apartment to an efficiency apartment (or as my British sis-in-law calls it, a “bedsitter”) right down the hall. After weeks of sorting, tossing, boxing, planning, and moving furniture on paper, my two brothers and our spouses descended on Dad today, armed with boxes, rolling carts, a dolly, and two pick-up trucks.

Three hours later, everything was moved and all that’s left is minor cosmetic organizing, disposal of a few more things (some books, files, magazines, and the like), and final labeling of shelves and storage boxes. It was a huge job, but we managed it in three hours, with no bloodshed or raised voices. I do believe in miracles, thanks for asking….

However, it did leave me with a case of the twitches, as I consider what it would be like if our children had to do the same for us. We have way more stuff than we need or use. I haven’t set any 2013 resolutions, but if I did, one would definitely be, “Go through  every room and remove stuff we don’t need/use/like and pass it on.” There’s always Goodwill, Global Connection [a local parachurch group that ministers to foreign nationals who attend college here in town], The Daughter Project [a local parachurch group that ministers to girls who have escaped sex trafficking], the public library…. I’m sure there are other places we can bless, too. Maybe my 2013 verse needs to be 1 Tim. 6:6 –

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

But – I think I’m too attached to my stuff. I know I am, really. And I’m definitely surrounded by too much. God is not a God of chaos, and He doesn’t want us to live in chaos, either. I need to figure out how to make our house and its contents reflect God’s order and creativity. Operation “Order in the Winslow Home” will commence in 3…2…1… GO!

Pray for me…..

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