I follow someone on twitter named Hooking Stitches. She is a very encouraging woman who makes and offers prayer shawls and chemo caps to those in need.
As the new year approached she has come up with an excellent idea to tear down her strongholds and change daily habits away from her sinful nature and toward the Lord. Using different colors to represent strongholds broken she is making a “victory blanket” and we can follow her progress as she demonstrates Romans 12:2 in action. “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” We cannot makes these changes alone in our lives, we must “let God” do the work and be willing to follow Him.
She is opening her heart and her life while telling her story in this blanket, just like we are telling the salvation story with the Salvation Afghan knit-along/crochet-along.
It is exciting to see the many ways people use their talents to share their love of Christ. Melody is an example of the Proverbs 31 woman and mentor to all around her.
Proverbs 31:13 “She shops for the best yarns and enjoys (crochet). MSG
Proverbs 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.NIV
Proverbs 31:24 She (crochets) garments and sells them. NIV
Proverbs 31:26 She speaks with wisdom NIV
What are some things you’d like to change or improve in your life this year?
Perhaps the idea of reading the bible in a year is too large a project, so how about starting with simply reading a chapter a day to get started? Proverbs has 31 chapters, January has 31 days. That’s a starting point.
Maybe you’d like to improve your crochet or knitting skills. Why not try the Salvation Afghan. The stitch patterns were selected to stretch my own comfort zones and go beyond the standard stockinette and double crochet rows.
Don’t become so focused on the big picture that you forget the small details. Before you run, you must learn to walk, before you knit yourself a sweater, you have to learn how to knit.
I am encouraged by Melody and look forward to seeing her continue to grow as a woman after God’s own heart.
What will you do to “let God” transform you this year? What will you put into your “victory blanket”?