Count it all Joy…

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In James 1, James gives us some pretty hard advice to take: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (v 2 and 3.) I mean how are we supposed to be able to find something good: Joy, when bad things happen, I ask you?

A few weeks ago, I went to the doctor about my wrists that have been bothering me (if you remember) something awful. Well, he informed me that I have arthritis in my BOTH of my wrist. Yeah, um how can I have a crochet craft business Old Author is my silent partner? Not seeing the joy, let me tell you!

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (v 4.) Patience, I guess is the key. I might not be able to speedily crochet baby blankets, but I still can make smaller items or take my time to complete larger more labor intensive work. I might even be able to focus on writing patterns.

Even if the night is bleak- pain if I crochet for to long- but Joy comes in the morning.

So what are you struggling with? How have you overcome some personal difficulty with you crafting?

M

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Time Flies…

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The old adage is: Time flies, when you’re having fun. But I think it’s flying no matter what. Where did March go? And oh my, we’re already a week into April! Much of March I spent organizing and decluttering my house (and my life.)

Proverbs 14:1 tells us: The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

And who among us doesn’t wish to be wise? So build up something today. Your crochet business, your inventory, your house, your relationship with God, or your children or you husband or a friend. Spend time working on what’s important to you.

So what will you build?

Motivational Monday #11

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Happy Monday!

I’m preparing to teach a young friend of mine how to crochet. She needs to learn different needle crafts for her to earn a badge for her American Heritage Girl troop. And I’m quite looking forward to it. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on decluttering/cleaning/decorating my house for Spring and not a lot of time with my crochet.

In Titus 2, women of a certain age (I don’t want to say older because I’m having some trouble with this past birthday, lol) are to instruct the younger women. We are to be good examples for them to look up to and want to be like. So in sharing my love for crochet, I hope to help my young friend one day be a good homemaker and crafter.

Have you ever taught someone to crochet? Any tips?

Motivational Monday

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Happy Monday!

When I was in elementary school, my favorite topic in gym class was gymnastics. And what I loved the most was the balance beam. Now I was by no means a Gabby Douglas, but I enjoyed it!

unfortunately, that is where my love of balance stopped. In my crafting, I tend to hyper focus on one craft and then get distracted by my next activity and never cycle back around to the that craft until a year or years later. With crochet it’s been different. I’ve been on my crochet obsession for quite some time now, almost 5 months.

But now, I’m getting distracted de-cluttering and spring cleaning are calling me. So what does any of this got to do with motivation? Tons.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote these words and I finally am getting how they apply to my life. If there is a time to be born and to die, a time to break down and a time to build up, then there is a time for me find balance for each of the activities I enjoy AND those activities that I have to do. Balance is the key.

So I am going to be working on a huge house wide purging and my crocheting. My goal is to place at least one thing I’ve crocheted in every room of my house.

So, how do you find your balance?

Motivational Monday #9

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Happy Monday to you!

I’m not sure how motivational I’ll be today. We had very sad news in my church family this week. One of the expectant mothers lost her baby just a week before she was due. As of yet, the doctors don’t know why. But really, will any of us ever be able to answer that question? In Romans 12: 15, it states: Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

And let me tell you I did some weeping. When I first began crocheting I found websites that requested garments crocheted for little angles: those babies who either never made it or who died soon after their arrivals. And to be quite honest I didn’t think I could ever do it. Knowingly crochet something for a lost little one, until last week.

Enterlac 2

I had begun a baby blanket for the craft fair. Well, I had not gotten very far, so it was about the right size. The whole while I finished the blanket and while making the hat, I weeped. But I finished it. Our preacher took it to the hospital with him as he went to comfort the grieving couple.

I don’t know if the blanket brought any comfort, I don’t expect much could at a time like that, but maybe in some small way it did. I couldn’t nor would I intrude, but I pray the the tiny gift helped. The little angle wound up being born on my birthday, Friday. So it made all the more special to me.

We have a gift. Being able to crochet for people we might not be able to hug or comfort, but we have something to offer them. Sometimes when we donate crocheted items to causes we never see how they are recieved or how they give comfort and warth to someone in need. And we don’t have too. Just know that we do.

How can you offer comfort to someone today?
M

Motivational Monday- Days 6-8

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Happy Monday!
I caught up on Molly’s 31 Days to Prepare for a Craft show. On her first weekend she spent time creating her inventory, she shared a tip about creating a sort of assembly line, and she learned how to say no when someone wanted to add to her already busy plate.

31 days to crafts show

Even though I working on my 31 days, it’s still Monday and it’s still Motivational Monday. Recently, I started working on an article about things I’ve learned from crochet. Slowly, I’ve been coming up with ideas for making my inventory. At one point, I had so many ideas I felt that I could never make everything I wanted to. Hand puppets, finger puppets, purses, bags, accessories, dolls, doll furniture!

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

I have to work. If I am going to be successful, I have to work! If I want to make my crochet hobby into my crochet business I have to be diligent.

Tonight, I have a one on one consultation with Sedruola Maruska from Yarn Obsession. We’re going to talk about how to make my goals happen.

So, what are you doing today, this week, this month to make your dreams come true?

I’m Building Me a Home

crochet devoProverbs 14:1 tells us that a wise woman builds her house, while a foolish woman tears it down. That is one of my favorite passages. I’m building a house. Well, I’m building a crochet business which is sort of like a house. I’ve been working my craft more as a hobby but I want to make the transition. And as always and in all things, God’s Word has great advice for me to follow.

Romans 12: 8, 11, 12. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;…not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

• My gift is crochet, so I must crochet.
• I need to work hard.
• I need to use my skill to serve the Lord.
• It might not always be easy, but I have hope that it will all turn out.
• Patience is something that will have to be worked on. Riding out the hard times, knowing that I’m going to come out stronger on the other end.
• Constantly keeping in touch with God to help guide and direct my path.

I found (well Sara posted it on her Facebook page) a blog about 31 Days to Prepare for My First Crafts Show. I read it yesterday and really enjoyed the idea and since being in a craft show is one of my goals I set for myself this year, it really hit home. See, God’s hand at work! I think I’m going to be doing a 31 day journey myself. Any takers?

So what about you, how are your house plans coming along? How is your crochet business taking off?

Just One Hat

crochet devoSometimes life throws you lemons and you just have to juggle them then make a refreshing drink! I’m sitting in McDonalds using their wifi because the cable guy can’t get to my house until after 10! Oh well, it could be worse 🙂

I once heard a story about a terrible storm. The storm had been so severe that it had washed up thousands of sea stars (star fish) up on the beach. A young girl began carrying one sea star after the other back to the ocean in hopes that it wouldn’t die. An old man came up to her and asked what she was doing. Upon hearing that what she was about, he laughed and said there was no way she was going to make any difference. There were too many sea stars on the beach. The young girl looked at the sea star in her hand and said, “It’s going to make a difference for this one.”
One step, one act, one hat. Each and every small step we take, one single act of kindness, each one little hat brings us closer to a goal.

I got a comment from ZaMarah. She had made a hat to donate to Knots of Love. When I emailed her about almost being in tears, I was totally fighting them back. I was amazed and humbled that she had taken time form her busy life: building her business, being a grandma, blogging, to make a hat.

The Bible talks about the importance of one: Luke 15:4, 5
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

Well, I am rejoicing all right. How can you be the one for someone today?

She’s Crafty – Motivational Monday

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Yes, I borrowed a line from the Beastie Boys. Back in the day, I loved that song. Isn’t it amazing how you can read something over and over again and notice something different each time? The Bible does that to me every time. Depending on what I need, different insights jump out at me.

Before I began crocheting in earnest and writing these crochet devotionals, I never knew how crafty the Virtuous woman from Proverbs 31 was!

V13 She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. (Wool making, crocheting, knitting)
V19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. (Weaving)
V22 She makes tapestry for herself; (Needlepoint, cross stitch)
V24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. (Sewing)

Incredible. She was a woman and many talents. Maybe the Virtuous Woman used her craftiness not only to “extend her hand to the poor,” but to keep her family “clothed with scarlet”, or maybe she also might have used her crafting to de-stress after a very active day. It’s possible; all of her crafts helped her to remain calm during her times of stress or prayer.

Scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, and crocheting are a few of the crafts I enjoy. I love to use my crafts for creating gifts for my friends and for those in need. Also, I love to see my family wearing or enjoying something I’ve made for them. Crafting has calmed and soothed me from hurts and stresses. I think most important of all, I love the way my crocheting has brought me closer to God.

What crafts do you indulge in and what role do you crafts play in your life?

It’s also Maybe Monday over on Designs By Hebrew Hands. I’ll be working on a Kufi and pushing through to finish my Michigan Blanket. What might be on your hooks this week?

Crochet Devo #4

crochet devoI wanted to make a pig. Don’t ask me why, it was probably because I had a lot of pink yarn left after making baby blankets. But for whatever the reason, I wanted to make a pig. She was going to be super cute and I had her all planned out in my mind right down to her name: Pinkie T Pig.

I started and got as far as her head when I realized it just wasn’t working. I got a major case of Give Up. Have you ever had one of those moments of self-doubt? What more could I possibly offer to the crochet world? There are tons of people who crochet better, write better, blog better than I do; so what in the world did I have to offer?

Finally I found a great article, How to Become an Expert by Abby Glassenberg on her blog and it totally changed my outlook. In the article, she talked about a time when she was having a difficult time trying to create one of her stuffed toys. She too wanted to give up, but she kept trying.

I needed to read what Abby had to say about not giving up even when design attempt after attempt doesn’t work. Life, or crochet design, isn’t supposed to be easy but if we want the crown, we have to keep fighting the good fight and not giving up.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul had many times in his life where things were not going his way: jail, shipwrecks but he kept going. He didn’t give up.

Last month, my grandmother passed away. She was 99 and 323 days old when she died. Mama raised my sister and I after our mother died. Mama was a very strong woman who sole purpose in life was to take care and love those around her. She willed herself to keep fighting and keep trying even after being given 3 months to live back in 1957 when the doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. Mama told the doctor that she had people to take care of and that wasn’t going to work for her.

One of her favorite poems was Keep Your Grit by L.E Thayer

Hang on! Cling on! No Matter what they say,
Push on! Sing on! Things will come your way;
Sitting down and whining never help a bit,
Best way to get there is by keeping up your grit.
Don’t give up hoping when the ship goes down,
Grab a spar of something— Just refuse to drown;
Don’t think you’re dying just because you’re hit,
Smile in the face of danger and hang on to your grit.
Folks die too easy— they sort of fade away,
Make a little error and give up in dismay;
Kind of man that’s needed is the man of ready wit
To laugh at pain and trouble and keep his grit.

Do you ever want to give up? Well, one of the things I learned from crochet and trying to learn how to design is that even though I will have moments of doubt, I can’t give up.

This week, I’m finishing my pig! 🙂 What are you thinking about crocheting this week? Check out my girl’s ZaMarah’s Maybe Monday blog post and post what you’re thinking about crocheting

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