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 â€˜like a little childâ€™. To me this means look for His love, mercies, and grace in the simple things.
Several years ago I began suffering chronic back pain that would leave me in bed crying out for relief.Â Pain meds might take the edge off, but my mind still reeled in the pain.
One day I found an old knitting project I had abandoned years before. I picked it up and started again.Â Working on the project helped calm me and despite the pain factor I found I was able to focus a bit more. When I completed the project I felt a sense of accomplishment I hadnâ€™t felt in some time.Â I had been unable to do so many things I was becoming depressed and discouraged. Then there would be something else I couldnâ€™t do and more depression and discouragement would pile on my already frazzled self-esteem.
During this time I would reflect and pray. I pulled out a skein a yarn that was a complete tangled mess.
As I pulled, tugged, unwound and mumbled under my breath I started to think how my life felt like that at the time.Â I wrote a journal entry and found myself relating the tangled mess of yarn to God untangling my messy life. Anyway, I wrote a few word picture stories and asked a couple of friends to join me. They brought along a project to work on and we stitched together as I read the â€œlessonâ€ for the night. This led to our conversation and discussion.Â I then presented it to my church leaders who allowed me to begin our first Knit and Crochet Bible Study.
I have edited the first lessons as a group study and made them available for PDF purchase.Â This was followed by a second series, focusing onÂ the Proverbs 31 Woman: God’s Work In Progress. We are all being stithed together each day through our lives, trials, blessings and adventures. God continues to add rows, do a little increase here, a decrease there. He adds some edging for flair. Each day more stitches are added to the person He is developing.Â (Both books may be purchased, individually or together. (Â Click Here for details.)
Since then I have edited the books into a paperback and Kindle version – now available on Amazon as a devotional/journal. (Click here to go to my author page on Amazon)
This is not intended as a deep study of Scripture. It is designed to encourage you to â€œbe still, and know that I am Godâ€ (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 â€˜Stitched In Christâ€™.
I am excited to see what else God has in store.
May your hearts be encouraged, being knit together in love. Col 2:2
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