I'm participating in a blog linkup with Emily P. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky--What We Learned in 2014.
1) I learned about African refugees from Congo and elsewhere, right here in Illinois, who fled persecution for being Christians.
Among others, I got acquainted with two sisters who came here with their aunt--their parents were murdered.
2) Don't leave hand-knits within reach of a puppy.
(Really I knew that, but it only takes a lapse of a few minutes...)
3) That Jeremiah 17:9 does NOT apply to the Christian regenerated under the New Covenant.
It gets quoted a lot: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" That's the King James and I still have it memorized. But that's an Old Testament verse about the carnal heart! I learned this from John Eldredge's book Waking the Dead.
4) To accept my childlessness.
Thanks to the Beth Moore study Breaking Free.
5) That I have insulin resistance and the ketogenic diet is the one for me.
... in other words: "Butter makes your pants fall off!!"
6) I really really need to journal.
7) Also, I'm supposed to be blogging.
8) However: Writing is not an end in itself.
9) I learned disturbing things about the founder of the cult I grew up in.
More about that some other time... maybe.
10) Why my husband felt sick more often than not for almost a year.
He had a hidden pocket of infection. When it was finally drained, he felt better immediately. In a friend's words: "No wonder he felt bad--he was full of toxic goo!"
11) That I can buy yarn faster than I can knit it up.
12) It's all very well donating to a cause; the challenge is trying to help a real, live, flawed and neurotic human being whose problems have no easy solution.
There's someone who just exhausts me. Mostly I just drive her to church, because she doesn't have a car, but just listening to her talk wears me out. I'm not sure if I just need to let her chatter just roll off my back, or what. Do I just need to learn patience?
13) Even mild sleep apnea takes a lot out of you.
I wrote a whole blog post about it.
14) The power of the Holy Spirit in my life means I don't have to succumb to my fears and weaknesses.
15) I may have made an agreement many years ago to the effect that I should never reveal my heart.
16) Listening to an audio Bible while knitting rocks!
17) I learned about hybrid cameras, and got one.
Many settings available--aperture, shutter speed, plus digital effects--but the size of a point-and-shoot. Perfect for me!
18) Lots more about introversion.
I read Introverts in the Church by Adam McHugh, and Quiet by Susan Cain.
19) That I'm a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower.
My aunt did the legwork to prove it to the satisfaction of the Mayflower Society, which she has now joined. I could join too by just appending proof of my descent from her parents.
20) How to survive a polar vortex.
Wear all the wool!