Monday, March 30, 2015

Busy Hands: Hair Bows for the Awana Store


In January I was given some Frozen ribbon and asked to make some hair bows for the Awana store at our church. I was pretty excited to have a way to participate in Awana even while homebound! There was enough ribbon to make five hair bows, and I made each one slightly different from the others.



This one was Adelaide's favorite, but she didn't buy a hair bow at the Awana store. She bought bubbles instead. I was shocked to hear that bubbles won out over Elsa and Anna!



This bow is my favorite. If I was 5 years old, I would totally wear an Anna bow.

What have you been doing lately to keep your hands busy? I'd love to hear about your projects!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Break

Today I am joining the blogging community at Kate Motaung's blog for Five Minute Friday. We write for just five minutes on the same writing prompt. This week the word is "break."


"Live for the line, not the dot. Live on earth is a dot. it begins. It ends. It's brief. Life in Heaven is an unending line extending from that dot. We all live in the dot. If we're wise, we'll live for the line." - Randy Alcorn
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 
Matthew 6:19-21

Eternity stretches out before us. Right now eternity seems so far away, but it is closer than you think. The reality is that our lives are brief. They are but a moment, a vapor, and then they are gone (James 4:14). Are you laying up treasure on earth that will soon be destroyed? Or are you laying up treasure in Heaven where it will never be destroyed and where thieves will never break in and steal? Are you living for today? Or are you living for eternity?

Randy Alcorn says, “Live for the line, not the dot.” Our lives are brief, but eternity is forever. You can live today in such a way that you will store up treasures in Heaven. Are you using your time, money, gifts, and abilities to store up treasure in Heaven? Are you making an investment in eternity? Or are you only investing in yourself for today?

Dear friend, I encourage you to look to the future. As you make decisions today, consider eternity. Invest your time, money, and gifts wisely so that you can store up treasure in Heaven. When you store up treasure in Heaven, no one can break in and steal it from you. Earthly treasures fade, rust, and are eventually destroyed. Heavenly treasures will never be taken away.

Live for the line, not for the dot. Set your mind on heavenly things, and seek to please the Lord. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).


Monday, March 23, 2015

Free Ebook: Hope for the Hard Days

Hope for the Hard Days - a free gift for you!

Hope for the Hard Days: A 30 Day Devotional for the Tired and Weary


It is here! I am so excited to share Hope for the Hard Days with all of you. God has given me much encouragement and comfort through His Word, and I want to pass on that encouragement and comfort to you. I pray that you will not despair when the hard days come, but that you will cling to the hope found in Christ.

I live with a chronic illness, and there are days when I am spiritually weary from the fight and need to be reminded of the hope I have in the Lord. Some of the devotions in this book were written on the days when I struggled to cling to hope. I wrote the words that I needed to hear on those hard days. Perhaps they are the words you need to hear too. 


What others are saying about Hope for the Hard Days:


“Rachel's devotional is full of hope gleaned from God's Word - hope that we can have only through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Writing from the perspective of someone who knows what it is like to live with a debilitating chronic illness, Rachel's joy shines through. Her perspective will encourage you no matter what you're presently facing in your life. I recommend Hope for the Hard Days to anyone experiencing tough times.” 
       Linda Massey WeddleSenior Writer/Corporate blogger – Awana, blog.awana.org

"There are days when hope is hard to find.  Yet when we seek Him and Truth, we discover that HE is the Hope that anchors our soul. Hope for the Hard Days is written by one who knows affliction.  Rachel Lundy has given us rich and yet tender words for our fragile, weary seasons, timely words for any struggler.  She writes with beautiful honesty, raw reality yet brimming with hope for those who may have little.”
       Kathy Ferguson LittonNational Consultant for Ministry to Pastor's Wives, flourish.me

“Rachel Lundy’s example of faithfulness in difficult circumstances was a blessing to me before I became ill, but since becoming partially homebound myself during treatment for cancer, her grace and beauty have inspired me to embrace my own situation as a part of God’s divine design. She has taught me to look for God’s hand in all of life, and through this series of devotions, she will encourage, inspire, and lead others to look to the Lord and His strength.”
       Beth Holmesministry wife, mom, blogger at bethholmes.wordpress.com

“Rachel's heart for those walking through difficult times is evident in the pages of her new devotional Hope for the Hard Days. As a woman who is no stranger to pain and weariness, Rachel desires to share the hope she has found in a relationship with God that helps sustain her. Recognizing that life can't and won't be ‘perfect,’ Rachel pairs her own experiences and hardships with the scriptures that have encouraged her, to offer a way of living that we all can benefit from. No matter where your journey finds you today, Hope for the Hard Days is the perfect devotional to begin your day with."
       Kristin Smithwife, mother and writer at The Riches of His Love and God-sized Dreams


Hope for the Hard Days

View the free ebook here: Hope for the Hard Days.


The ebook can be read online if you wish. You are also welcome to download and print it at home.

I hope and pray that this ebook will be a blessing to you. May you always abound in hope and cling to the Lord Jesus Christ!













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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Little Update


Hello my Cranberry Tea Time friends. I have been pretty quiet in this space lately. Some of you have asked how I am doing, so I thought I’d give a little update on things here.

I have been so incredibly tired lately, and the last couple of months have been especially difficult. I have been struggling with intense fatigue, a kind of fatigue that is so bad it feels like it can’t even be real. I live in this body, and I know it is real, but it is hard to believe even for me. Days have been hard and discouraging, and there were days that I struggled to cling to hope. In fact, at least twice I pulled out Hope for the Hard Days because I needed to read it!

We are tweaking some of my treatments, and the past few days have been a little better. I was even able to sit up for a little while today to make a fascinator for Adelaide! I am hopeful that I will be able to do more in the coming weeks, which will help me to gain some strength back.

For the past month I have been working on editing Hope for the Hard Days and getting ready for its release. I have created a few graphic images with quotes from the ebook. I have been sharing some of them on Facebook and Instagram. You can find all of them on this Pinterest board, and you are welcome to print them at home or share them on social media if you’d like.

This weekend I will be making the final edits to Hope for the Hard Days. I can’t wait to share it with you on Monday! See you then!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Busy Hands: Fingerless Gloves


I never thought I would be a fingerless gloves person, but last year I changed my mind. Fingerless gloves have really helped to keep my hands warm while using a computer in the winter. I made my first pair of fingerless gloves last year. They have served me well, but sometimes they aren't quite warm enough. This pair is thicker and warmer, which is helpful on the days when my hands are extra chilly.



I used yarn the same yarn that I used for the infinity scarves earlier this winter. You might remember that Adelaide asked me to crochet a matching item for her anytime I crochet something for myself. I offered to make her a pair of fingerless gloves, but she thinks they are too weird and turned down my offer!



This pattern comes from the Crochet One-Skein Wonders book. I like the thick ribbed look of this pattern.These gloves are toasty warm, and the yarn I used is soft and silky, making these perfect to wear while resting on a cold winter day in Minnesota.

What sort of projects are you working on currently?
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