Knit and Crochet Bible Study

She shops around for the best yarns, and enjoys knitting (and crochet). Prov 31:13MSG

May 21, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Born With Teeth

If you read my last newsletter, you know I am in my mid-50s. Okay, I am now 56.   

So I remember well, as a teenager, a new soap opera that came on the scene. Ryan’s Hope featured a spirited young woman who was very strong, yet not vindictive like most strong women appeared in those shows ( at least the few I saw ).  She was played by a new up and coming actress, Kate Mulgrew.

I enjoyed watching that show, and was excited when she was named the Captain of Voyager.  I admired the character she portrayed.

So, I eagerly preordered the audible version of her book “Born With Teeth” when it became available.

I am now listening to Kate read the book, telling her life story.  It is very interesting.  With Kate being the narrator, it feels like we are sitting over coffee and she is telling me all about herself.

I am only to the part where she is working on Ryan’s Hope.  I must return to the story and the shawl I am knitting.

April 30, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Twelve Extraordinary Women

I am currently listening to AND reading in print, the book Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur.

This books takes a look at 12 women in the Bible. He goes deep into the culture and through Scripture tells a story of each women.  I am reading it with 2 other women and we are using the corresponding workbook to add to our reading.

I find the book very encouraging. He brings to light different angles of the stories we hear. Through Scripture he brings out how God used each woman to tell the gospel story. God’s mercy and grace abound!

For example, consider Rahab the prostitute. She hid the Israeli spies and lied to protect them. She later told the spies of her fear of what the Lord could do that motivated her faith.  She had grown up hearing stories of the God of Israel and the triumphs in battle.

John MacCarthur goes on to say “Hers was a healthy kind of fear. It had convinced her that YHWH was indeed the one true God.

As a child we feared our parents discipline when we knew we did wrong. That led us to doing the right thing.

“Fear of the Lord” can be frightening OR it can lead us to believing in the One True God. Is your ‘fear’ a healthy fear leading you into the arms of the Lord?

John MacArthur is very encouraging of women throughout this book. He shows a respect of I don’t often find in male translations.

If you are looking for a study of women in the Bible for yourself or as a group, I highly recommend this book

April 16, 2015
by BearyAnn
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God’s Pattern

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me – a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 1:13 (NLT)


 

My name is BearyAnn and I am pattern hoarder. There, I said it.

I have pattern books, flyers, pages and leaflets. My craft room has book shelves filled with them.  I have thousands of digital patterns saved. because ‘one day’ I will want to make it.

I love patterns!  They are inspiring, they get me into a creative frame of mind and they build up because I don’t follow through. If I never obtained another pattern and crafted only from what I have, I would not live long enough to complete a small fraction of them.

Having a pattern no more creates the item than paying for a gym membership gets me into shape without attending.  Or maybe like ‘sitting in a church doesn’t make me a Christian’.

No matter how you look at it, these patterns are of no value until I apply them to yarn and hook or needle.

Scripture tells us to ‘hold on to the pattern’ learned about our faith. But like my multitude of knit/crochet patterns, it must be applied.  That is what he means by ‘hold on to’; he is telling us to make this teaching a part of your life. The pattern offered up is shaped by ‘the faith and love that  you have in Christ Jesus.’

How does that pattern show up in your life? Are the stitches in order? How is the tension of your stitched pattern? Does it reflect the faith and love you have of Christ ? What will you do to complete and display that pattern?

March 27, 2015
by BearyAnn
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It Came Undone

A few years ago I made a spiderweb afghan for my grandson. He loved that aghan. He could use it as a cape or wrap up and hide in it.

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—Okay, before you ask, you want the pattern.  I got the pattern free. I checked the link and it is no longer valid.  It is written by ‘Gail of Sitch ‘n Frog”  I did find it on allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com .  I hope it is a legitimate share.—

Then one day he brought it back to me.  There is a whole section where the yarn broke!

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I was devastated!  I made my 1st afghan when I was 11 or 12. My grandmother taught me the granny square. I have never, in over 40 years of making afghans had this happen.

Life happens like that too.  I get things all lined up exactly as I want them, my TO DO lists all prioritized and I am ready for the day. Then suddenly, life comes undone. It could start with a phone call or email, pain could tell me my body is not going to participate that day, a pipe bursts, an unexpected bill arrives…… you get the idea.

Jesus was often interrupted. He walks through a town and crowds chase after Him.  He stops to rest and a group gathers. He tries to sleep and is awakened. He never let the interruption stop Him from doing what He had to do.

How do you respond when your life becomes undone like the afghan?

I recently read a book about a woman who looked at her life become UNDONE. It is written by Michelle Cushatt.  As she reflects on the various interruptions in her life where she unraveled and became undone, you will surely relate.

With fear and trepidation I worked at the undone area. I carefully picked up each broken thread and gathered it together, hoping I didn’t unravel it further. Gently I stitched through, around, under, and over the large area.  It appeared to hold, but left a scar on the pattern.

I sent the blanket home with my grandson asking him to tell me if it didn’t hold. I would try something different.

Just like everything else in my life, when a thread unravels the choices are to ignore it and set it aside, or fix it and move on.

The disciples thought everything Jesus would be undone at the crucifixion. But the empty tomb made a difference. The veil was ripped, but new life promised was a possibility.

God is never too busy to stitch your unraveled life if you bring it to him.  He is never surprised either. He is waiting for you to bring it to him. Will you hand it over?

March 13, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Precious Memories

Today I am listening to music.  I was busy pulling out piles I created in an effort to declutter and I came across a cassette album I cherish – Precious Moments by Steve and Annie Chapman.

I received this one day many years ago when in a very difficult time in my life.  I played this over and over. I cried every time.

In all my declutter piles today would you believe I have NO CASSETTE PLAYER!!  I can’t believe it either.

So…….. remembering how much I was blessed by the songs of Steve and Annie Chapman, I went to amazon and ordered the MP3 album.  It is now playing on a loop.  It touches my heart as much today as it did all those years ago.

If you would like to be blessed by it, here is a link to album. Keep the kleenex near by. You may have to wipe away a few tears to see your stitches :)

March 4, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Undone

Not all my books are audio. I have just completed a preview of a soon-to-be-released book from Michele Cushatt titled “UNDONE”. The book looks at her life and is subtitled “A story of making peace with an unexpected life”.

So many unexpected things happen in our lives. A phone call from a doctor, loss of a job, busted water pipes, a sick child.

In scripture we are promised “life abundant” not “a bed of roses” (however, even a rose garden is filled with thorns)

undoneMichele takes you through many of her unexpected happenings with family, work, cancer, and just life in general. 

I was able to relate to much of her story. Even if I did not experience an event exactly as she did, I could equate her emotions to happenings in my own life.

When I started reading, I picked up some post-it note tags and marked places I related to or wanted to share. The book is filled with neon pink stickers. Way to many to share; but enough to remind me I am not alone.

Anyone who has experienced life, will be able to relate to her story. She reacts to life’s events much as I would, much as I believe many of you would. Her journey to finding how to deal with these events with God’s peace in encouraging. Accepting His peace doesn’t usually come with a snap of the finger as we would hope; it comes in time, in learning to trust, in accepting, in being made undone.

I highly recommend this book. You can find details on her website: http://undonebook.com/

P.S.  I received a preview copy of this book for promotion and review purposes. No compensation was made and these words are my own opinion.

February 16, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Not A Fan

 

I first learned of Kyle Idleman when my small group did a study on his book ‘‘gods at war’.  I found it well written and inspiring.

Recently I downloaded and started listening to the audible dot com version of “Not A Fan”.  I was hooked listening to the introduction!!

As I continue to listen, he brings out the difference in being a FAN of Christ and being a FOLLOWER of Christ. One phrase in particular really stands out. He is reading from a follower who says “I was raised in church, but not in Christ”.

How many of us were ‘raised in church, but not in Christ’? One is the same as the other, isn’t it?  not-a-fan

He uses a term I hadn’t heard, but understood the meaning: DTR – defining the relationship.

Kyle uses Scripture to show us the difference between being a fan of Jesus and a true follower of Jesus and helps you to ‘define the relationship’ you have or desire to have with Jesus Christ.

I highly recommend this book, whether in print or audio. If you are ready to take a look at  your own life, or are considering what it means to follow Christ, this book will bring to light many things you may not have considered.

February 5, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Where Two or More Are Gathered

Wherever two or more are gathered….there will be conflict.

It is fun to gather with others, spend time with our yarn projects and share our lives. Even when these gatherings are in an effort to share in Bible Study or just meet in a God honoring fashion, conflicts and difficulties arise. 
caryn_holding_hands_with_friend_lg_clrI have received emails from people asking how to deal with various situations that have risen in their gatherings.  Unfortunately, where people gather, conflict will be present.  So how do you handle the conflicts?

I would like to share with you some ideas for learning to deal with others that I have used to help me. Please note, I have no affiliation with any of these.  At the time I posted each link they led to a valid, instructional item.  As you should with all links, use your judgment when clicking through.

This video series from FaithGateway are very informative and demonstrate various encounters, then discuss ways to deal with them.   CLICK HERE

Sometimes, we just say the wrong thing.  With women together there are often comments between married and single individuals. This article helps to understand not all comments meant to be encouraging are encouraging.  CLICK HERE

What conflicts occur with your groups?  How are they handled? Share your thoughts and comments below.

February 5, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – The Betrayal

Anxious to continue with the story of “The Brotherhood” I quickly loaded the audio story “The Betrayal” , part 2 of the story.

The story did conclude, exciting to the end. It reminded me of many of today’s police dramas with the twist of a man seeking to follow God.  I am pleased to know there are additional books in the series.

Jerry B. Jenkins brings life to characters who believe in the Word and face daily trials where they learn to rely on it. He doesn’t add the falseness often portrayed on television.

The narration and writing were very good.  I could visualize the scene and follow the action. Sometimes I found it hard to knit or crochet while listening, because I was so engrossed in the story.

As I looked into the next book, I found this is a trilogy, thus only 1 more book. The story could end at Betrayal, I am anxious to see what happens next. I was, however,  looking forward to long series…. oh well.

January 14, 2015
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – The Brotherhood

I have just completed and quickly moved on to Book 2 of this Precinct 11 series by Jerry B. Jenkins.  I want to know what happens next.

I have only read/heard books from Jerry Jenkins related to Christ’s return.  This is fiction novel, dealing with everyday life.

I enjoyed the writing and the narration.  I particularly enjoyed the pastor’s comments during a funeral after a tragedy.  I don’t want to leave any spoilers, but I found his words comforting.

I am now more than half way through the 2nd book, “The Betrayal”. 

The biggest problem? I am so intent on the book my stitches are on hold :)