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Tabitha's Heart & Hands Newsletter
Encouragement for Christian Women

May 2008"...that their hearts may be encouraged,
being knit together in love, ..."
- Colossians 2:2

Greetings



Hello Gentle Reader

Welcome to the second issue of the New Tabitha's Heart Newsletter. This issue is being sent a little earlier in the month than usual because I wanted to get to you before Mother's Day. I have a new knitting pattern to share with you that is perfect for gift knitting. I designed it as gifts for my own mother and mother-in-law. It would also make a wonderful bridal shower gift; after all, wedding season is just around the corner. You can find the link and details for the pattern in the "What's New" section on this email.

I hope you are enjoying the new format for the newsletter. Please feel free to email us with your thoughts and suggestions to make this newsletter something that is truly beneficial and encouraging to you.

One final note. I think I have the problem corrected that resulted in all the garbled text in the last issue. I never realized that quotation marks and apostrophes could be such a nuisance. If something goes wrong with this one, I will send a correction tomorrow.


Happy Mother's Day!
This Month's Scripture


Proverbs 31:10-31




The Woman Who Fears the LORD

10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.

11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.

12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.

13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.

14She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.

15She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.

16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

17She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.

18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.

19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.

20She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

22She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.

26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29"Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.


Featured Articles

BEFORE I WAS A MOM


Before I was a Mom;
I made and ate hot meals,
I had unstained clothing,
I brushed my hair every day,
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
I slept as late as I wanted and I slept all night long.

Before I was a Mom;
I cleaned my house each day,
I never tripped over toys or forgot lullabies,
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous,
I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, peed on, or
pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom;
I never thought about immunizations,
I never held a screaming child so the doctors could give shots,
I never looked into teary eyes and cried,
I never felt my heart break into pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt,
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

Before I was a Mom;
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down,
I never sat up late hours of the night watching a baby sleep,
I never got up in the middle of the night to make sure everything was okay,
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

Before I was a Mom;
I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts and my body,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside of my body,
I didn't know that having something so small could make me feel so
important,
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,
the wonderment, or the satisfaction of being a mom.

Before I was a Mom;
I never knew that something so small could effect my life so much,
I never knew that I could love someone so much,
I never knew I would love being a Mom,
I didn't know the bond between a Mother and her child,
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.

Anonymous



How Important Are Your Children?



While waiting for me in the truck last week, Alicia (my wife) overheard the conversation between four little girls and a little boy. They were all probably about six to eight years old. She heard these girls talking about who their boyfriends were, and then they started talking about who wanted to have sex with whom. Too often in our society we see children who curse, use drugs, and are sexually active. I am not yet a parent and I do not claim to be an expert on parenting. However, I do know that when there are six and seven year old children talking about whom they want to have sex with, then someone is not doing their job. Someone has not taken seriously the responsibility laid on them when they became a parent. Paul said, "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). All over this world children are born into families who will not teach them the ways of God. My hope and prayer is that this is not the case for the Lord's church. However, it is true that to often those members of the Lord's body who are parents do not take the time or effort to bring their children up "in the training and admonition of the Lord." It seems that many parents are more concerned about where their children will spend their college years than where their children will spend their eternity. When fathers go to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. then watch television till they go to bed, where do we expect the children to learn their values, morals, and religion? If we leave the teaching up to friends, school teachers, and television then there is no telling what kind of morals our children will have, but this is almost certain, it will not be good. It is time for parents everywhere to take the responsibility given to them, and start being a parent. Children are a far too precious commodity to allow them to be lost because we are not willing to step up to the challenge. Solomon said "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Parents need to be willing to do whatever it takes to see to it that they train their children in the way of the Lord. It will take time, money, and effort but when those children stand before God on the Day of Judgment as pure and holy, it will be well worth it. Most parents will say "I would give my life for my children," the question is, will you change your life for your children?

Garrett Bookout
via Daily Bread newsletter


Children


Maybe you've heard the story about the school teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his snow boots. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots just didn't want to go on. Finally, after much struggling, she got both boots on only to hear the little boy say, "They're on the wrong feet."


She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on but she managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots on the right feet.


He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than scream, "Why didn't you say so?" Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.


No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em." Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.


Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots." - (Biblical Parenting)


(Psalm 127:3,5) "Behold, children are a heritage from the LordHappy is the man who has his quiver full of them"

Steve Higginbotham

from MercEmail Devotional

What's New

Here are the changes made to Tabitha's Heart since the last newsletter:

  • New Articles - "Paul's Bundle of Sticks" (encouragement), "Design" (Christian evidences), "Playing God (encouragement)

  • New Bible Study Topic - Jonah is the Bible study topic of the month. There is a link to an excellent video study on the minor prophets.

  • New knitting patterns - A new pattern for a bath set - washcloth and hand towel called Emerald's Lace Bath Set. This will be a great gift for Mother's Day or a wedding. Here's a peek.

  • New recipes - Recipe contest currently underway. One of the prizes will be a hand knit dishcloth, so you could end up with your own copy of Emerald's Lace hand knit by the designer. Hurry and get those recipes sent. Details below and on the website.

  • PDF downloads available for knitting patterns - Slowly but surely, all the knitting patterns are being converted to PDF format so that they will be downloadable. Currently, there are 7 patterns available for download.

  • Updating on the Bible resources pages. There is a new featured tract available called "The Truth about the Errors in Evolution."

    The form for requesting resources has changed slightly to make it easier to print shipping labels.

  • Tabitha Knits blog - The links to all the new knitting patterns are grouped together on the sidebar of my knitting blog for easy access and have updated the download links for quicker access.

  • Tabitha's Heart blog - has a new address. You can now find it at blog.tabithasheart.com.
Coming Soon!
Here is what you can expect to see on the website in the upcoming months.
  • New Articles - the second article on origins is in progress. I hope to have it polished and posted this month.

  • A new Bible Quiz should be up by the end of the week.

  • More knitting patterns - currently working on three new designs. We will also be re-writing some of the older patterns and transferring them to PDF format so they can be made available for downloading.

  • More recipes - There are several to add now but see this month's contest for some great news!

  • More Updates on the Bible study pages - I have some terrific new resources that will be made available on the Bible study page soon including some free e-books. The format of this page will also be getting a makeover to make it more user friendly.

  • New teaching ideas and Bible games- I am teaching Bible class again and have come up with some new teaching techniques that will be added to the site in the upcoming weeks.
This Month's Contest

Recipe Contest
I have been wanting to put together an e-cookbook to make is easier for all of us to practice hospitality. This cookbook would feature recipes from the website. However, a cookbook is a large undertaking, and I realize that I will need your help.

Problem - the cookbook needs more recipes. Solution - a contest. Email us your favorite recipe for hospitality - your favorite dish to take to someone sick, a potluck dinner or a fellowship meal. Please include any story that goes along with it. Did you get this recipe from your great aunt Matilda? Is it Little Freddie's favorite meal? Serve it to the queen? We want to know.

Any recipe used in the cookbook will include your name and anecdote (using only first names for privacy, if you prefer). If more than one person submits the same recipe, we will use the first entry or the entry with the best anecdote. Everyone who sends in a recipe will receive a special contributor's version of e-cookbook containing bonus recipes. In addition, one contributor's name will be drawn at random to receive a prize package including a copy of the cookbook on CD, a collection of kitchen gadgets, a hand knit dishcloth of my latest design and whatever other goodies I can gather together. Entry deadline is May 31st. To enter, email your recipe and anecdote along with your name to tabitha@tabithasheart.com with the subject "Recipe Contest."

So let's get cooking!



A Little Levity

  • A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, And why is it necessary to be quiet in church? One bright little girl replied, Because people are sleeping.

  • A little boy got lost at the gym, and found himself in the womens locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, Whats the matter havent you ever seen a little boy before?

  • One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was acting up during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked up the little fellow and walk ed sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, Pray for me! Pray for me!





The Last Word

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Tabitha's Heart & Hands Newsletter
Encouragement for Christian Women

April 2008"...that their hearts may be encouraged,
being knit together in love, ..."
- Colossians 2:2

Greetings

Hello Gentle Reader

Spring is in the air here. The flowers are blooming, the grass is getting green, and spring cleaning is in full tilt - at home and on the website. As we strive to improve the Tabitha's Heart website, we are always making little tweaks here and there. One such tweak was the addition of a newsletter management service. If you received this newsletter, you are aware of the changeover because you will have been asked to resubscribe to our newsletter. The purpose of this step is to prevent automated spam requests. Thank you for taking the time to resubscribe to our mailing list. I think you will find that your effort will be greatly rewarded.

The addition of the newsletter service makes it much easier for us to manage our constantly growing mailing list, but it has benefits for you as well. It makes it quicker to put together a newsletter so you will receive them more regularly. You will obviously have noticed the change in the look of the newsletter. This new format makes it much easier and faster to read. The new service also allows me a little more flexibility with the overall look of the newsletter giving me many more options for adding graphics and other fun things.

Unfortunately, like most things in life there is an upside and a downside. The downside of this service is that it is an ad-driven service. Consequently, there will be a small ad placed at the top of and bottom of the newsletter. These ads are not placed by Tabitha's Heart and are in no way endorsed by us. We encourage you to ignore them.

I hope you like the changes in the newsletter. Please feel free to email us with your thoughts and suggestions to make this newsletter something that is truly beneficial and encouraging to you.

This Month's Scripture

Psalm 51


1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Featured Articles

The Asterisk *


It used to be a symbol used in more informal writing that qualified or further explained a word or statement in the main body of a piece of writing. Now, it would probably be hard to find too many Americans--especially those who follow sports even casually--who would not think of Barry Bonds when the word "asterisk" is used. Indicted last November for his testimony relative to steroid use, the home run king is still waiting to hear from a Major League while the baseball world ponders whether to accept his "tainted home run record." Cheating is not new or surprising, but neither should we seek to justify or rationalize it for any reason. It goes to show how even a brilliant, astounding career can be smudged by careless actions.

David was without question Israel's greatest king. He was a military marvel. He was the sweet psalmist of Israel. He was known to be a man after God's own heart. He was a pretty good statesman, too. He was at the helm during arguably the greatest period of Israelite history, with only his son's reign a serious contender for that honor. Yet, consider what is said in 1 Kings 15:4-5. "But for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem; because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite." Even in this statement, inspiration honors the reign of David. Except. How that must have dogged David's steps for as long as he lived and longed to live it down. David did what was right and was obedient. Except. Inspiration puts an asterisk there. It points out at least three powerful truths.

The first is the most obvious one. Influence is fragile! David's indiscretion with Bathsheba, remembered as "the case of Uriah the Hittite," tainted an otherwise glorious reign. As the song suggests, a moment's folly can desolate and mar. Too often, the untold good one does can be overshadowed or at least affected by poor influence! What a lesson.

Second, what a lesson about the forgiveness of God. Psalm 51 shows that David sought that forgiveness, but God so freely gave it. God does not run David into the ground or throw Him away because of His sin. He continued to love and to use David in a mighty way. It could be argued that David was never as strong or influential as he was before "the sin," but he still was a mighty force for good! Too often, we put ourselves in the place of God and hold someone's FORGIVEN past against them. We see the asterisk and cannot see the forgiveness God has granted to them in their penitent, reformed state. That is where Matthew 7:1-6 does have pertinent application. The perfect God points the way by forgiving and then embracing those who forsake their sin, like David did.

Finally, that asterisk is a reminder that there is a proving ground. All of us will have our own asterisks with which to contend (Rom. 3:10,23; 5:12). The choice is ours. Will we let the stigma, shame, and self-disappointment cause us to give up, or will we use that failure as a stepping stone to becoming a better, more godly person? David is remembered as one who did what was right and was obedient except for that sin. That did not mean David did not sin again (remember his numbering of Israel?). It does mean, however, that David did not let sin keep him down and out of God's service. Forgiven, he was determined to stay faithful to the end. What an example!

Yes, you have asterisks by your name. Do not be proud of them, but don't let them defeat you. Use them to understand God's forgiveness better and to motivate you on to better, more valiant service for Him. The blood of Christ can blot out the asterisks. Praise God for that!

-Neal Pollard
from Daily Bread newsletter







How Much Do You Own In That Direction?


George Washington Truett was a preacher in Dallas for 47 years. He once visited a wealthy West Texas rancher and had dinner in his huge ranch home. After dinner, the rancher took Dr. Truett up to a veranda on top of his house, and lit up a big cigar. The sun was setting, and if you've ever been to West Texas, you know you can see a long way out there. The man pointed to the south toward some oil rigs and said, "I own everything in that direction as far as you can see." He pointed east toward some cotton fields and said, "And I own everything in that direction, too." He pointed north toward a huge herd of cattle and bragged, "And, preacher, I own everything as far as you can see in that direction." He turned to the west, and said, "And I own everything you can see in that direction, except the sun, of course."

Dr. Truett turned to the man and pointed straight up the sky and said, "And how much do you own in that direction?"

It's a sobering question for all of us. We are surrounded constantly by the "things" of this world, and it is so easy to think that these "things" are the things that matter most -- a nice car, a nice home, nice clothes (and don't forget all the necessary electronic gadgets!). And so, if we're not careful, we may seek to accumulate more and more, without regard to our relationship with God. As the rich fool discovered in Luke 12, we will all one day be forced to recognize that the material things we have accumulated have no eternal value.

Jesus said, "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)

How much do you own in that direction?

Alan Smith
from Thought for the Day email







The Art Of Saying, Im Sorry




Apologizing doesnt come easy for some of us. We sometimes choke on the words, Im sorry. Well, in fact, sometimes we speak the words, but we do so with such animosity, the message is lost.

I can illustrate. Being a parent of four children, I have had to moderate a good number of apologies. On many occasions, I have told one of my children, Now you tell your brother/sister youre sorry. What then comes out of their mouth sounds more like a child who is demon possessed than a sincere apology. Teeth clenchedjaw setand the words, Im sorry are spoken in a forceful and almost growling tone. (If you have children, you know exactly what Im talking about).

But now, thats just kids stuff right? Adults dont behave like that, now do we? Well, maybe were not so obvious, but we still have ways of speaking those words with less than sincerity. For example, how many times have you heard people say things like...
  • If I have done anything to offend you, Im sorry.

  • Im sorry, but if you wouldnt have

  • If youll apologize to me, Ill apologize to you.

Isnt it time we quit pretending to be sorry? Let us discipline ourselves to be humble enough to graciously and freely say we are sorry when we have offended others. When confronted with his sin, King David didnt make any excuses, but simply admitted his wrong by saying, I have sinned against the Lord (2 Samuel 12:13).

Next time you need to say youre sorry. Humble yourself and do so, and say it like you mean it.

Steve Higginbotham
from MercEmail Devotional

What's New

There have been quite a few changes made to Tabitha's Heart since the last newsletter - especially since it has been several months since the last newsletter. If you visit the website you will find these are some of the recent changes:

  • New knitting patterns - The Hands of Service page has gotten a much needed make-over. I have added 5 new knitting patterns (four spa cloth/dish cloth patterns and one sock pattern).

  • New recipes - There have been several new recipes added to the site since the last newsletter. There is also something exciting on the horizon for the Hospitality page. Check out the current contest for details!

  • PDF downloads available for knitting patterns - Slowly but surely all the knitting patterns are being converted to PDF format so that they will be downloadable. Currently there are 6 patterns available for download.

  • Updating on the Bible resources pages. There is a new featured tract available. The form for requesting resources has changed slightly to make it easier to print shipping labels.

  • Tabitha Knits blog - The links to all the new knitting patterns are grouped together on the sidebar of my knitting blog for easy access. I have also added a new heel technique for knitting two socks at once on circular needles. I call the technique Simultaneous Circular Heels. See the the post A Different Take on Circular Heels for details

  • Tabitha's Heart blog - I have started a new series of posts called Origins. This series will deal with how life began - comparing evolution with the teachings of the Bible. The first in the series is titled Design.
Coming Soon!
Here is what you can expect to see on the website in the upcoming months.
  • More knitting patterns - currently working on two new designs. We will also be re-writing some of the older patterns and transferring them to PDF format so they can be made available for downloading.

  • More recipes - There are several to add now but see this month's contest for some great news!

  • Updates on the Bible study pages - I have some terrific new resources that will be made available on the Bible study page including some free e-books. The format of this page will also be getting a makeover to make it more user friendly.

  • New teaching ideas and Bible games- I am teaching Bible class again and have come up with some new teaching techniques that will be added to the site in the upcoming weeks.
This Month's Contest

Recipe Contest
I have been wanting to put together an e-cookbook to make is easier for all of us to practice hospitality. This cookbook would feature recipes from the website. However, a cookbook is a large undertaking, and I realize that I will need your help.

Problem - the cookbook needs more recipes. Solution - a contest. Email us your favorite recipe for hospitality - your favorite dish to take to someone sick, a potluck dinner or a fellowship meal. Please include any story that goes along with it. Did you get this recipe from your great aunt Matilda? Is it Little Freddie's favorite meal? Serve it to the queen? We want to know.

Any recipe used in the cookbook will include your name and anecdote (using only first names for privacy, if you prefer). If more than one person submits the same recipe, we will use the first entry or the entry with the best anecdote. Everyone who sends in a recipe will receive a special contributor's version of e-cookbook containing bonus recipes. In addition, one contributor's name will be drawn at random to receive a prize package including a copy of the cookbook on CD, a collection of kitchen gadgets, a hand knit dishcloth of my latest design and whatever other goodies I can gather together. Entry deadline is May 31st. To enter, email your recipe and anecdote along with your name to tabitha@tabithasheart.com with the subject "Recipe Contest."

So let's get cooking!



The Last Word

Your comments on the newsletter, the website and the blogs are always welcome. Please email them to tabitha@tabithasheart.com

Ads that appear at the top and bottom of this newsletter are not affiliated with, associated with or in any way endorsed or recommended by Tabitha's Heart.

  



Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, ....She was full of good works and acts of charity. ~Acts9:36



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