Knit and Crochet Bible Study

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

September 26, 2019
by BearyAnn
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Start Your Own Knit Crochet Bible Study

As fall begins, so do local bible study gatherings.

Have you considered a Knit and Crochet Bible Study at your local church?

There are 2 options in my studies: Group and Personal

The group study purchase offers you a PDF download with permission to print all the copies you need for your group, as well as picture files you can you to add to the front of notebook and spine.

The personal studies are available in Kindle and print format.

Spend time focusing on God’s Word as you stitch your favorite project.  Or create a “Colors of Salvation” lapghan/afghan from the pattern included with each.

Find a summary of these items on the website: http://www.knittingbiblestudyonline.com/purchase-knit-and-crochet-bible-studies/

I have created some tote bags on the Zazzle website which could be used as gifts for your participants. Consider a tote bag filled with a a printed copy of the personal book or a notebook of the group study, a skein of yarn and a crochet hook or set of knitting needles. Prepare to teach the craft along with God’s Word in a relaxing, informal environment. (for best use of your funds, watch for site sale events)

August 22, 2019
by BearyAnn
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Decluttering

God will supply all your needs according… Phil 4:9

I stepped into my craft room, looked at the mess, threw in the items I had in my hand, then turned around and walked out of the room, closing the door behind me.  I could not look at that room any longer.

I don’t like clutter.  I find I cannot focus when the area around me is cluttered. Yet, I nest anywhere I am, and the clutter abounds.

Yarn and other crafts are the worst!  I find a beautiful color of yarn, I don’t have anything planned for it, but I bet I can find something.  OR  I think about one of the thousands of patterns I have and would love to make, buy the supplies, and then don’t proceed.  OR  As in the case of the craft room, I have no place else to put it so I throw it in there to get it out of the way.

Unfortunately, the craft room is not the only place I clutter. 

My mind is cluttered.  I have dozens of projects going at once. I am the ultimate multi-tasker. What this means is I do a lot and have a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects/projects) with very few FOs (finished objects/projects). 

My spiritual life gets cluttered. I have several devotionals open, but I don’t concentrate on one, I don’t finish any.

Even my recreational world is cluttered. My calendar is filled with ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ to the point I don’t do anything.

God will provide all my needs (Phil 4:9). Are all of these items needs? I could fool myself into believing this is overflowing abundance from God, but if I am honest, it’s just overflowing. It is not providing any value to myself or to God’s kingdom. (1 Cor 10:31)

Clutter abounds. If I just ignore it, my fairy godmother will bring in some elves one night while I sleep and they will call in the forest animals so that when I wake in the morning everything will be in its place.

Yeah, right.  

It was time for action. My daughter came to help. In our discussion, it was made clear that I had not touched most of the items in years (my yarn was in another area).  While I worked on the yarn and unfinished projects, she started pulling out things I had no idea I had. She pulled out and filled 10 trash bags, sealed them with the instruction I could not look in any, and prepared to take them to a local thrift shop. She could do what I could not because she did not have the emotional attachment. I did not, and still do not, miss anything that was taken away.  However, if I had seen the items, even if I hadn’t looked at them in years, I would have reacted emotionally and pulled them back. WHY?!?!?  Because I can’t let go.

When I can’t let go, it leads to a lot of the clutter in my life.

It’s not just the physical things that clutter my life, not letting go emotionally adds to the clutter as well.

Scripture tells us to declutter our lives. In Luke 12, there is a parable of the rich fool. I am far from rich, yet I do what this man did. I gather much and store it, then make room to store more even though I have not used what I already have. I keep adding more and more to my stash. This stash is not rewarding to me and does nothing to serve God.  “But wait, I will make hats or bears or whatever and donate them!”  Really?  You have been saying that for years. You have all this material. Where is the finished product? Where is the beginning of the product?  I can’t answer that because I am lost in the confusion and chaos of all the other clutter. And no work is being completed. 

Daniel made it a point to go to his room and pray on his knees three times a day (Dan 6:10). Three times a day! My calendar is so full, how will I find time to do that even once. And then, heading to my room, I am interrupted by a text message, by that load of laundry, by the latest crochet project laying by my chair. You get the idea.

God doesn’t want me to live a cluttered life.

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. – Psalm 119:37

God told his disciples to head out, taking nothing for the journey (Luke 9:3). I can’t even leave a room without a handful of ‘stuff’.

I did take the bags straight to a thrift store donation site. I don’t miss any of it. 

That accomplished 2 things (1) it made room for better use of that area and (2) released me emotionally.

Freeing myself of the clutter offers options:
More opportunity to focus on what is in front of me (Gal 6:5)
Give attention to prayer and ministry of the word (Acts 6:4)
Time and energy to write another Knit and Crochet Bible Study post (Col 3:17)

Once I worked on the physical clutter, I started in on the other areas of clutter I created. I keep a calendar in front of me, marking off time away from the computer. I have put up all devotionals except one. I am striving to read and pray through it daily.

Now that I have cleared away much of the yarn and supplies I stored and never used, I have purchased just what I need to work on one project. This is a drastic change in the way I handled my knit/crochet projects in the past. It feels a bit strange. Yet it feels very freeing.

How do you handle clutter in your life?

April 15, 2019
by BearyAnn
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In the Blink of an Eye

But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

(from “Stitched in Christ” by TerryAnn Porter available on Amazon)

I was working on a doll that I was crocheting for my grandchild which was done in a way that had the clothes worked into the pattern. This means there will be color changes along the way.

I was half way through the project, mindlessly making the stitches, when I looked back at the doll and realized something was wrong. This outfit didn’t look well at all crocheted into the doll body. It was then I realized that although I made the color change for the waistband, I missed the color change back on row 17 for the bodice. Can you say FROG!  (you know, rip-it  rip-it  rip-it).

On another project I noticed the scarf I was working on had become quite askew. No more did I have the straight even edge that looked so smooth the first 6 inches of the project.  Now, nearly 24 inches later I picked up a wrong needle from the basket it was laying in. I had knitted the last 18 inches on one needle of appropriate size and one 2 sizes smaller.

These events are very similar to the day I woke up with a smile on my face, plans for the weekend all set, only to receive a phone call that my dear friend has passed away a few hours prior. “In the blink of eye, disaster!” (Psalm 73:19)

Jesus was escorted into Jerusalem on what we now call “Palm Sunday”. (see the story in John 12)  When people heard he was coming to the Feast; they gathered palm branches and shouted as he approached, “Hosanna” “Blessed is the King of Israel”. (see John 12)

A few days later these same people stood in a crowd in front of Pilate and cried out “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (see John 19)

So quickly things change. Every day offers new challenges and new rewards. That dark day was brightened when the women went to the tomb and found it empty. (see John 20) A sad day quickly became bright as Jesus appeared to many who loved him.

Your life, like the wrongly knit scarf, can change with or without notice. Every day offers new opportunities. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” is our promise in Psalm 30:5.

God is a steady fortress,(Psalms 91:2)  unchanging (Hebrews 6:7),  ever present (Proverbs 15:3). When things turn suddenly to dark, hold tight to the hand of God. Walk with Him daily, and He will be at your side. Stay with Him when the stitches of your life are straight and smooth; and He will be there when you miss that color change or drop a stitch in your life. “Hold tight to God, your God, just as you have done up to now.” (Joshua 23:8)

November 13, 2018
by BearyAnn
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Gift Idea

I am putting together a couple of gift bags I am donating to a local single mom’s ministry.

A friend saw them and thought it was a great gift idea for a friend of hers. This made me want to share the idea with you.

First, a disclaimer, there are links in the posts to which I am affiliated and may receive a small royalty.

Now, on to the project.

I have prepared one with a knit focus, and one focusing on crochet.

Each started with a Knit and Crochet Bible Study tote I purchased from Zazzle.  I watch for sales and discounts, then order several for my use.

To each, I added the two Knit and Crochet Bible Study Devotional/Journals I have posted to Amazon.  As a side note, if you purchase the paperback, you are eligible for a Kindle version at no cost – give the paperback, keep the digital version.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby where I purchased a pattern booklet for each, and one skein of yarn and the proper sized needle/hook to complete one project in the book.

Who will you encourage with a similar gift idea?

 

June 12, 2018
by BearyAnn
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God is My Partner

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters   – Col 3:23

This verse has always reminded me to look at everything I do as if I were am employee of God, working for Him.

It didn’t matter what I was doing, typing a report for my boss, washing the dishes, or even folding the laundry.  My goal was to do my best for God.

Recently I found another story and verse that had me look at these daily chores slightly different.

In Matthew 3, Jesus is approaching John the Baptist and asking to be baptized. John says it should be the other around.  Notice Jesus’ response in verse 15. “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”

Did you see it?  “for we”, WE “must carry out all that God requires.”

We aren’t just working FOR God….we are working WITH God.

You are not alone (Matt 28:20) “I am with you always”.

I love Isaiah 41:10 “I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will hold you with with my righteous right hand.”

We are not given an assignment and sent on our way.  We are in this with Jesus, doing God’s will – together.

March 21, 2018
by BearyAnn
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Stitched in Christ

After much procrastination, prayer, hard work, editing, and more prayer, a second ‘Knit and Crochet Bible Study Devotional/Journal’ is now available in Kindle and paperback formats on Amazon.

 

Books

 

I have no big testimony. I live a simple life. I often wonder how God can use someone who enjoys yarn crafts and loves teddy bears. Then I found the verse in Matthew 18 about seeking Him ‘like a little child’. To me this means look for His love, mercies, and grace in the simple things.

 

This is not intended as a deep study of Scripture. It is designed to encourage you to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10); to seek Him in the small things, even in the gift of knitting and crochet He has instilled in you. It is designed to encourage you to seek a deeper relationship to become ‘Stitched In Christ’.

 

 

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery.  Col 2:2 MSG

March 19, 2018
by BearyAnn
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My Life In Stitches

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.  Colossians 2:2

What stitch pattern would represent your life?  For me, I think it is the ripple.

With the ripple stitch there are highs and lows. It seems I am always climbing high or rolling down.

Things seem to be going smoothly, all is going as planned, when suddenly – life happens.

Perhaps a phone call with bad news, maybe a friend said something hurtful. Down I plunge. And while there I see everything in the negative.

Then a gracious smile, a pleasant conversation, and I am rising again.

It continues like that.

But then I look back at the pattern after a few rows are completed. It looks lovely.  A color change here and there and suddenly what seemed confusing and disjointed becomes a warm blanket.

While facing the ups and downs I feel alone, there is no rhyme or reason. Then I look back. Look how far I have come.  Even if I have to frog a bit, there is still a patch that shows me I have made progress. It is here I stand, knowing I may roll down the hill, but realizing I always climb back up.

What stitch pattern would describe your life?

January 18, 2018
by BearyAnn
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Calming

A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body. – Prov 14:30

 

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I learned to knit and crochet as a child. I made lots of afghans. As a young mother I expanded my skills to include dolls and other fun items for my children. My children grew up, other skills and opportunities entered my life, and over time I set down the yarn and moved on to other hobbies.

I later developed chronic back pain that left me bed-ridden quite often. In an effort to change my focus from the pain, I picked up a skein a yarn and started to knit and crochet again. This is actually where the Knit and Crochet Bible Study started to stitch together.

There are many articles available in print and online about the health benefits of knitting and crochet. Some of these benefits include:

  • reducing anxiety
  • relieving depression
  • increasing self-esteem
  • working through grief and pain
  • alleviating stress


One big benefit is reflected in Knit Crochet Bible Studies and other Groups: it creates community.

When feeling pain, depression, anxiety, etcetera, many will isolate themselves. This unknowingly adds to the symptoms furthering the condition.  (this I can affirm from experience)

Speaking with others, sharing life and it’s many stressors, helps create a sense of community, of belonging. We are reminded others experience these same things, though in different manners. Scripture encourages us not be isolated.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, but encourage one another – Hebrews 10:25

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them – Matthew 18:20

Bear one another’s burdens – Galatians 6:2


You are not alone. Find someone you can share with, pick up your yarn and stitch your way into His Word, into each other’s lives, into better health and focus.

October 3, 2017
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset–Kingdom Woman

I recently started trying to do some light workouts. To encourage me I turn on my audiobooks. During last month I  struggled through these workouts to the sound of Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, reading “Kingdom Woman”.

I enjoyed this book very much. Each chapter was a story and application to any woman’s life. This part is read by Tony Evans. This is followed by a personal story by his daughter. She becomes very open and real during “Chrystal’s Chronicles”.

It is difficult being a woman, and in today’s world the demands on her are enormous. Does God care she is exhausted from getting the kids up, fed and off to school or daycare, then off to work where she is completing her job responsibilities as well as planning kids transportation to evening activities, dinner arrangements, and then when home also help with homework and cleaning up the kitchen? Yes, he does.

If you are a woman, no matter what stage of life, I recommend this uplifting and encouraging book. Read or listen, you will be blessed.

“You are much more valuable than you may even realize. You are a child of the King; you are uniquely called and positioned to live devoted to God as one of His primary agents for advancing His purposes on earth. That is a high calling, and He will enable you to live it well. Never forget your value. Never settle for less than who you truly are.” —Kingdom Woman