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Thursday Chatting

Hello, readers!

I thought I would do a little bit of an update post for y'all since it's been a while since I've done a chatting post. Actually, not much has happened in my life that's exciting enough to write an entire post about, so this is just another random thoughts- random events- random ideas post. I will start with the biggest change in my life, although it's a little sad.

So for those of you who knew about it, my shop had to close due to rising fees on Etsy and rising postage costs- things which I couldn't keep up with as a small shop. I was really, really down about it, honestly, and spent an entire day crying and wondering why I would have to close it when I enjoyed it so much. After all, crocheting, sewing and crafting are major parts of my life, my shop was a nice little irregular income, and I had seen God use my shop many times for things much greater than orders.
The funny thing was, the night before, I had written the blog post His Song Shall B…

Christian, Beware!

Ever heard the phrase Not everyone who smiles is your friend? It's a good truth when it comes to who you trust and who you need to be careful with, isn't it? Well, as Christians, we have to be careful as well, because not every thing or everyone that claims to be Christian is.  Sounds a bit funny, doesn't it? Let me explain.
Just because someone markets something or themselves as Christian, does not mean that it or they are Biblically correct. 
So many things which boast of being Christian or Biblical are not. These are dangerous things to toy with, because it can lead us away from God while believing we are following something which He is okay with. Examples? 
With such a boom in the 'Christian' movie industry lately, it's hard not to notice where movies begin to add doctrine that never was there, or take away precious truths from God's Word that are more beneficial to Christians than the movie could ever be. One of these movies is War Room. Now, first of …

My Top Ten(s)- Part Three, Hobbies and Such

Another post, another list! I had considered making this my last list but... well, I just have so much fun with them. I'll get back to more serious posts later.

Hobbies and crafts take up a big part of my life, as you probably know if you know me very well. I've dabbled in just about everything there is to try, with very few things left for me to try. I'm thinking about sculpting marble statues of yarn or donuts, but it's just so expensive...

Anyway, I know usually I do a list of my favorites and least favorites, but this time I'm just going for ones I know anything about. Let's get to it!

1. Crocheting
Ahhh, yes. The hobby of all hobbies. Okay, yes, I'm biased because I can't really knit and other than a few crafts my yarn would be useless without crochet, but anyway... I learned to crochet back about, oh, four years ago? It was slow going at first, but soon this hobby took off and I was making things from patterns from the 1800's and snatching up e…

His Song shall be With Me

I love the song Rejoice in the Lord by Ron Hamilton. This past week one particular line stood out from the rest. 
In darkness, He giveth a song.
And wouldn't you know it, I found a verse that is quite similar (no coincidence, I know )
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8
Sometimes in our lives, dark times come- times when it is hard to remember how to be joyful or how to even smile. Those are the times when we sometimes have a hard time remembering the song God gives us. Or if we do remember it, maybe it doesn't quite sound the same. 
It's very easy to let the difficult times hurt us, to discourage and depress us. We lose our smile, our joy, and our desire to be happy. Sometimes we even start to lose hope. 
Does that mean God has left us? No. The end of Hebrews 13:5 says so. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us, even when we are going through th…

My Top Ten(s)- Part Two, Books

Time again to delve into the world of what on earth can Melissa find to make into a list this week! I had a lot of fun with the top ten foods lists, so I thought I'd give it another go. This time, let's look at books. Again, I'll do favorites and least favorites. Obviously, the Bible tops any other books for favorite, but I'm talking about books besides the Bible. Also, I've read a lot of books, but these are the major books that most people will know and be able to find easily

Favorites:

1. Emma by Jane Austen
I didn't even know this was a book at first. One Sunday, years ago, I was scrolling channels and found the PBS Masterpiece Theater version of this book and fell in love. Found the book and knew I would never stop loving this book. I've seen multiple versions of the movie, but the 2009 will always be my favorite.

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Another classic, only this time, I read the book first and then saw the movie adaptation (well, one of them, anywa…

My Top Ten(s)

Maybe I'm the only one, but I love reading top ten lists. From books to movies, I like seeing what I have in common with them. Sometimes I only find one or two things, and sometimes I find myself nodding in agreement with every single thing.

So, naturally, I wanted to make some Top Ten lists for my readers. (I'm thinking ten lists? Eh?) Today's list is going to be, honestly, the first one that came to mind.

Food. Specifically, my favorite and least favorite foods. We'll start with the good stuff.

1. Donuts
You've seen me mention donuts several times in my blog, I'm sure. I'm 99% sure that donuts are one of man's greatest inventions in the food world. Favorite flavors? Raspberry or Lemon filled, or glazed with icing and sprinkles (No, I did not outgrow the childish love of sprinkles, and I'll thank you not to judge!). We get ours mostly from Krispy Kreme or a local bakery called Lickin' Good Donuts (Only draw back to this one, you've got to get…

Of Donuts and Music...

Anyone who knows me know I love three things: yarn, Vanilla Coke and donuts. 
I enjoy those three things quite a bit. One of the three is beneficial to me, since it's used to make things that are useful to others and myself- as long as I don't buy too much and overflow my room with it. (Obviously, I'm not talking about donuts or Vanilla Coke, am I?) The other two? Well, they're a constant temptation to me. Don't get me wrong, I could enjoy them and they wouldn't do much harm, as long as I enjoyed them in moderation. 
But temptation is strong. Really strong. I don't just mean foods or hobby supplies. Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes, all forms. While my love of sweet things is a constant temptation that can do me more harm than good in a physical way, there are temptations that affect me in my walk with the Lord that are strong to. Some are stronger than others. Some can get a hold of me faster than anything else. 
Music.
That's right. Music. One…