Woodworking For Therapy #19: Back In The Starting Blocks

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 06-12-2014 04:09 PM 1506 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: OVERCOMING ANXIETY BY WOODWORKING Part 19 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 20: I'm Back! »

I thought it was time for an update for my fellow LJs. I’m mostly recovered from my second chemo embolization May 22. It was faster than last time, however I’m now back on my oral chemo therapy. No rest for the wicked I guess. However, I am back to making saw dust! Praise the Lord!

I want to thank ALL of you for a gift you may not know you gave me. Several weeks ago I received a package in the mail with a beautiful box and the following note from an anonymous source.

Steve, Lumberjocks everywhere are pulling for you! Bests wishes for a complete recovery. This little box is full of good wishes and prayers for you!
Your Lumber Jock Friend

The box is actually MUCH more beautiful than the photo, I need to work on that. :)

I am certain this had a great deal to do with my fast recovery from the last surgery. I get personal messages and even phone calls regularly from my LJs friends. It is a great blessing!

I’ve been working on this Tea Box for my wife for the past week. She thinks it’s something for a friend of mine.
I still have to finish the dividers and felt bottom, then wax it.

The front and sides are Marblewood, the top is a piece of slightly spalted red oak and the cross is Granadillo. I really like the Marblewood. It has a beautiful yellowish pattern of grain.

Since this blog is about Woodworking For Therapy let me just add that I KNOW for a FACT that all the aspects of woodworking has helped me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I get up, when I don’t feel like getting up. I work when I don’t feel like working. The Bible calls it PRESSING ON.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

For those of you that are having your own struggles, I encourage you to PRESS ON! As always I pray for each of you!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 05:22 PM

I have read the above story and I wish you not only luck but more than that grace from your Savior. And I hope you can make more and more sawdust.


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#2 posted 06-12-2014 05:46 PM

Praise The Lord and pass the wood!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 07:13 PM

That box is obviously a “Miracle Box” since it already holds all those hopes, prayers and best wishes, yet it still has room for more, so here’s mine:

“May the Lord Bless you and may you grow stronger in Faith each and every day.”


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 10:37 PM

That’s what’s up steve. Head down feet choppin don’t stop driving forward. When you get tired just hollar and we’ll throw a block up to get you in the endzone!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 12:36 AM

What a thoughtful gift from a fellow LJ!

Glad you are back “at it” in the shop.

Your wife’s surprise is looking good. Carry on…...

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-13-2014 03:56 AM

Nice job on the box Steve. Glad to hear you are feeling better and are back to doing what you love. You’re right… when we have something to focus on, to look forward to, it makes life better.

John Quincy Adams said,

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

Keep up the good work!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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