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I recently posted about the first meeting of a Knitting Bible Study I hosted. I received some emails asking for details of the study. Here is my copy of the first semester. In this semester you will teach Cast On (I taught long tail for this lesson), Knit, Purl, Decrease, and Increase (yarn over and front to back).
I am currently doing the class twice a month but the class is discussing meeting weekly. The weekly meetings would be good for knitting together, especially when learning the craft. Perhaps on the alternate weeks the same lesson would be discussed again, this time in more detail as there would be have been a week to think on the scripture that was taught the previous week.
The document is in DOC format. (Word 2003) This is still a work in progress. I will post the next section when I get it organized. Our new semester will start in January so I am trying to get it finalized now. Please be sure to let me know how you were able to use this study.
Bearnabas Bear and his friends are joining Katie Steward as she participates in this years’ First Down for Down Syndrome, that teams up with the Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Line to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and to help create a more positive image of those with Down Syndrome.
One of the comments made at our recent knitting class was “this is supposed to be relaxing??”. I just received a newsletter from “Creative Knitting Magazine” with some information that sounded interesting. A study by the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute showed that when knitting (or crocheting) a person’s heart rate and blood pressure can drop. They found that the repetitive action is calming and encourages a relaxed state of mind as well as boosts ego. This then can easily incorporate with prayer and meditation. For myself, I use this time for force myself to be still. I can sit quietly and talk with God while stitching.
Like learning anything else, the first few times you try casting on, knitting, or any new style you will have to rip out and start over. That’s OK. Keep trying and don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help. But most importantly, relax and enjoy.
Be still before the Lord…… Psalm 37:7 Be still and know that I am God…. Psalm 45:10
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
Have you read the story of the creation of the earth and of man? Read Genesis 1 and Genesis 2:7. God SPOKE the world into existence. He SPOKE and created the heavens, the earth, the skies, the water but he CREATED man. He reached down and formed man and blew the breath of life into his nostrils.
I have knitting needles and yarn to make a scarf. I cannot speak to these things and say â€œbecome a scarfâ€ and find a scarf created before my eyes. I must use my hands and work the thread to make the project. God â€œspokeâ€ the heavens and earth into existence but man he formed with His hands and he breathed His breath into man. He personally created man.
Now read Psalm 139:13-18. People “have” babies but God “knits” them together. A pregnant mom does not concentrate today on making a kidney, tomorrow on the liver, next week on the stomach. The baby grows while God does the knitting.
The next time your mind wanders while you continue that repetitive garter or stockinette stitch think about how you were specially knit together and you are a precious gift. God doesn’t make junk.
“I was not born to be a movie star, I was born to be a servant of God.” Eduardo Verastegui
I just returned from a preview of an upcoming movie, Bella, starring Eduardo Verastegui. As a principal partner in the production company, Metanoia Films, he is committed to making movies that matter and have the potential to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
Bella is the story of a man with a past, a woman who sees no future, and the family that surrounds them. This inspiring story is thought provoking, timely and sure to tug at your heart strings.
This preview was sponsored in part by Mike and Shara Sweeney. Mike is known as a player for the Kansas City Royals baseball team but his first passion is for the Lord. He greeted the audience of nearly 700 people and shared his desire for the future of this movie. Eduardo spoke to the group after the viewing and explained how his prayer is that movies that are relevant and meaningful become more prominent out of Hollywood. “Art can influence a society”. He strives to bring about movies that you could watch with your family and not have to cover their eyes.
You can view the trailer on U-Tube. Winner at the Toronto Film Festival, this film could be Oscar material.
I enjoyed the movie and was touched by the story line and encourage you to see this film.
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming my Father who sent me.” Mark 9:37
I just got back from leading the first session of a Knitting Bible Study. The first question everyone asks is â€œhow do you combine knitting and bible study?â€ . We started tonight with a study of the creation. When God made the earth, the sky, the animals, and the plants he spoke them into existence. â€œGod said , â€˜let there be lightâ€¦..â€. But when he made man, he personally formed man and breathed life into his nostrils. WOW!!! Mankind was planned and created and touched personally by God. Mankind was not a mistake, it was intentional.
Just like God created man we will begin creating a scarf. Okay, maybe not exactly, but it still is important to understand that just as I am creating this scarf, God created me. When my mother was pregnant with me she didnâ€™t decide each day that she needed to make the liver then the spine, then the stomach. She â€œhadâ€ me but God â€œknit me together in my motherâ€™s wombâ€.
It was exciting to see the women struggle to learn the method and talk to each other as they ripped out their first attempts.
To make the seamanâ€™s scarf: Using size 6 needles, cast on 32 stitches Knit across. Repeat til piece measures 14 inches. Knit 4 Purl 4 across. Repeat for 19 inches. Knit across for 14 inches. Bind off.