Crochet Devo #3 Best Laid Plans

crochet devoBest laid plans of mice and men…

Saturday was my day to get my hair done. Lol, no not a particular earth shattering experience and not very uncommon to most women, but it leads me into my devo, so just go with me for a second.

I have Sisterlocs, not an advertisement or endorsement, but you have to understand what they are to appreciate my story. Basically they are tiny dreadlocks that when I get them re-done, it takes anywhere from four to six hours sitting in a chair! Yes, that’s right. So with so much time on my hands I knew I was going to be able to knock out some of my new Michigan Throw.

I had to be at my hairdresser’s (for lack of a better word) house at 7 am on a Saturday morning. EEK! But I was looking forward to starting my blanket. I even stopped at 2 Wal-marts to try to find the right shade of yellow for the “M.” I drove all the way there and THEN realized that I had left the other yarn at home and worse yet, I’d even left my crochet hook home as well. I was fit to be tied, as my grandmother used to say.

With a long six and a half-hour day looming before me I had no idea what I was going to do to fill the time. Well, I had already drawn out the sketch so I actually got to write out the pattern. (I’ll talk more about this is a “How I do it” another time.

In Psalm 27, David asks God to teach him the ways of the Lord. In verse 14 it states: “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” I don’t know about you, but so many times I have plans. I have ideas of how things should go and I get so upset when they don’t go the way I had expected.
But today I remembered that I need to do as God, through David, instructed and to remember to wait on the Lord. Good will always comes from relying not on my plans or ideas, but on God’s.

So when we can’t get the amount of crocheting (or anything) done we wanted or the stitch pattern isn’t coming out right, be of good courage and God will strength our hearts.

Has crocheting ever helped you to learn a lesson?


Devo #2 Proverbs 31:13

She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. Proverbs 31:13

I love reading about the virtuous woman found in Proverbs 31. I spent a great deal of time studying her but it wasn’t until recently that this verse jumped out at me. The first time I studied these passages, I thought she was an impossible model for the modern woman to ever achieve. I have notes written in my bible that claim, in my young Christian mind, that there was no way I could live up to this standard. It was unrealistic. After all, I was a young mother (under 30 at the time and had only been a Christian for 3 years) with 3 small children, a husband, a busy demanding career.

For me, the best part of aging is perspective and understanding changes. I realized that the virtuous woman wasn’t born that she; she grew and developed with study, prayer and guidance of her Heavenly Father.

Now what, pray tell does any of this have to do with crocheting, to me everything. In Proverbs 3:6 we learn that we should “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” The path He put me on is to seek wool and flax and to work willingly with my hands.

I love crocheting. And anything and everything I should do should be to His glory. Crocheting started out as a hobby to help me relax, but now I see it was the start of a journey and even though I do not know where that journey will lead me, God will be directing my path.

One thing for me is this blog. I want to not only share my skill with others, I want to teach and show how people might be able to use this skill to help others.

What path have you been led to? How can you acknowledge Him in a hobby or skill that you have? If you like to read, have you considered reading to the sick or shut-in? If you knit, have you made some hats or scarves for the homeless?


Monday Motivation

Mark 1:35
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

I once had to put together one of my son’s lego sets he got for Christmas. I think it must have been one of the most frustrating mornings of my life. I had a very excited little boy waiting- not so patiently- to play with his Star Wars Naboo Fighter and one very complicated set of instructions. After much stress and strain, the child got his toy. We won’t mention how he took it apart in less than ten minutes, but at least he was happy.

I am so very glad that God doesn’t make us work as hard as the Leggo Company made me work that morning! I never quite understand it when people will say that life doesn’t come with a set of instructions. I know it does. Just like the manufactures of my son’s toy sent a list of directions and illustrations on how to construct their toy; our creator- our manufacturer- gave us a set of instructions to follow full of illustrations.

“He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.” Genesis 5:2.

So what does any of this have to do with crochet or with my crochet business? Everything! I tend to be scattered. Call it ADHD or flighty or wishy-washy, but I have trouble remaining focused. I tend to jump from one thing to the next never landing long enough to be successful at anything.

This morning I almost had an anxiety attack because my three day old blog/website wasn’t full of enough information! Really, come on now. I needed to cut myself some slack. But more importantly I needed to FOCUS.

Jesus presented, as always I totally should not be surprised, a wonder illustration to me this morning as to how I should be handling my business. After healing the sick and working all night, Jesus got up early and went off by himself for a quiet moment. And that’s what I needed this morning. I needed to FOCUS.

F- Find out what is most important for me to accomplish
O- Only chose one action to put my energy to
C-Complete that one specific task to the best of my ability
U- Use my talent to do a great job
S- Sit and meditate on what needs to happen next

If I want to ever be as successful as God would have me to be, I must acknowledge Him in everything I do and that includes following the directions and illustrations He has left me in His word.

For Day 7 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge wants me to know what I will do next. Create marketing documents and business cards.

What do you need to FOCUS on today? I pray that you will take some quite time if and when you need it today to just be quiet.

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