Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quick Quote

From Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, on verse 1 of Chapter 21, though not the full commentary.

"The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!"

"The Man of Sorrows is now anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows. Returned in triumph from the overthrow of all his foes, he offers his own rapturous Te Deum in the temple above, and joys in the power of the Lord. Herein let every subject of King Jesus imitate the King; let us lean upon Jehovah's strength, let us joy in it by unstaggering faith, let us exult in it in our thankful songs. Jesus not only has thus rejoiced but he shall do so as he sees the power of divine grace bringing out from their sinful hiding-places the purchase of his soul's travail; we also shall rejoice more and more as we learn by expeience more and more fully the strength of the arm of our covenant God. Our weakness unstrings our harps, but his strength tunes them anew."
That isn't just a lovely saying, but I've been finding it to be true. How often my "strings" are gone awry and utter a terrible noise! Only by God's grace do I ever "play in tune."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Music and Learning

This might not be the best playing of it I've ever heard, but it's still excellent, especially for the young age of the performer. The second part is especially impressive, though I actually prefer the first part. Makes me want to try it, while the second is beyond my ability.

Chopin Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Brillante I by George Li

Chopin Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Brillante II by George Li

Another sweet Mozart Sonata. The 3rd movement is especially cheerful.

Mozart Sonata in C major K330 M2 by George Li

Mozart Sonata in C major K330 M3 by George Li

Learning with Friends
We had some friends over this week to teach them to crochet. They are talented quilters and they caught on quite quickly to crocheting. First we went to Hobby Lobby with them, then had lunch, then did some crocheting. It was a fun afternoon. I hadn't done much crocheting before, either, but this time I enjoyed it more than usual and actually want to finish the blanket I started.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

For Your Inspiration

When possible, I'd like to share inspiring links and things, perhaps every Saturday at least for a time.

I've seen so many amazingly talented young people, and here is the first I'd like to share with you. George Li is a boy of 13 or 14 years. I love to listen to music like this. It's so joyful.

George Li plays a beautiful Haydn piece with violin and cello (M. 1)
Movement 2
Movement 3

This is my refurbished little dresser that we bought at a yard sale. It used to be a dingy yellowish color with a scratched, brown wooden top. One of the handles was broken. The added paint and new knobs really helped it out. (Don't have a before picture, though.) Buying old things and fixing them up is a good way to save money, if you know ahead of time what you need and know it's a feasible project.

Braid instructions
This didn't quite work on my longer hair, but it inspired me to try something with braids, anyway.