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Psalm 96:10-13: “Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.”

Songs of Joyful Trees- Close

“Songs of Joyful Trees” is part of the “Songs of …” series, where every colorway is named from a verse found in Psalms.

Many of the Psalms have been turned into modern-day praise songs and choruses. This verse is actually found in two songs that I can think of. We love to sing praise choruses in our home. Mainly because my 3 year old daughter loves to sing. We decided early on that we wanted her singing music that would help her to grow as a person. It is so sweet to hear her in her room singing about the Lord.

She enjoys the music so much, as do we. It lifts my spirits to sing out to the Lord. We constantly have praise music on in our home, for our sake as much as the children’s’. The Lord is righteous and there will come a time when He will judge the whole earth. And at that time, the Bible says, the “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.” The earth will sing of His glory as it does now.

I just look around and see how each day, nature points to a Creator. Our Lord lovingly formed the earth and each and every creature on it. He is good and the trees know it and sing about it. Therefore, “Songs of Joyful Trees” was named in honor of the trees and their joy for God. Dyed in many shades of green and a bit of yellow, “Songs of Joyful Trees” is here to remind me that nature knows that God is coming to judge us. Do we understand that too?

Ruth 1:16,17-“But Ruth said [to Naomi], “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 1 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
Ruth 2:2- “And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
Ruth 3:9- “He [Boaz] said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings R5 over your servant, for you are a redeemer.”
Ruth 4:13,14 & 17 -” So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! … And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth

Ruth is one of my favorite Bible stories. I love the story of this young Moabitess woman. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, had come into the land of Moab when Judah was in a famine time. God had commanded the Israelites to stay, but this particular couple left from God’s protection. They traveled to a foreign land and lived there. Their sons married local women, also a no-no. When Naomi’s husband and both of her sons died, she turned bitter. One daughter in law decided to stay with her family. However, Ruth told Naomi that she would go with her back to her homeland. Though Ruth wasn’t born as an Israelite, she understood their God and longed to serve him. She showed true love by honoring her mother-in-law and vowing to stay with her. They traveled back to Bethlehem, alone and without a husband to provide for either of them.

They needed desperately to eat. Ruth volunteered to glean in the fields (basically pick up the left over grain the harvesters had dropped) and gather it for them to eat. Boaz, Naomi’s cousin, saw her and felt affection toward her. He purposefully had his people drop extra grain. He had heard of her kindness for her Naomi and wanted to repay her by sharing his crop with her. When Naomi realized that she had been in Boaz’s field, she knew that she would elicit his help. Naomi sent Ruth to ask Boaz to be her kinsmen-redeemer ( a tradition where when a young child-bearing woman was widowed, then a family member would marry her and produce offspring to carry on the deceased man’s name.) Boaz accepted her and redeemed her. Thus, Boaz and Ruth married and together they bore a son. His was name was Obed, and he was the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David. Hence, Ruth bore a son whose linage would eventually lead to Jesus Christ.

Naomi had been raised a Jew. She knew all the traditions and customs. Yet she and her husband disobeyed the Lord and left and then allowed their sons to marry outside of their religion. And when trouble came upon her, she was bitter. Yet Ruth had never heard of this God, and was able to redeem her family through her love, servant hood, and faithfulness to Noami and Noami’s God. It was because of her character that Boaz was willing to redeem her. How I respect Ruth and how true she was to God. And he blessed her by her linage, even though she wasn’t born a Jew.

The colors in “Ruth” are designed to represent parts of Ruth’s life. The red is her pure heart, that loved her God and her mother-in-law, Naomi. The pink stands for her gracious character. She was a beautiful woman who was graceful in spirit. And the brown and green are for the land that she worked in, where she met her husband Boaz. She was blessed in her life, and I pray that “Ruth” blesses you as well.

Psalm 92:1-5 “1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! “

Morning Glory

“Morning Glory” is such a special colorway to me. It was one of the original ones that led to my dyeing adventures. I wanted my oldest daughter to wear wool, but what we already had in the house was “too hurty”. A super kind mama sent us some undyed wool. Since at the time, I was just using food dyes, I let her help. She had a blast with the first one we did. So here’s she is in round 2.
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Now, this is no longer the method I use for my dyeing. She does not help. However, she is always remembered as I dye. We just gave her a paint brush and let her go to town. She had a blast and always refers to the shorties as the “yarn we made.”

This is the finished product.

Morning Glory (original)

Today’s version is a bit different than the original. I lightened up the purple, and it has more merigolds and oranges in it. The colors are much more rich and vibrant. And there is none of the yuck that happens when yellow and purple meet!

I came up with the name Morning Glory when looking for inspiration. Someone suggested that it was the colors of a morning glory flower. It also happens to be the birth flower for my birthday month. I got to thinking about the double meaning, how it also represents the amazing sunrises. Our God is not shy in displaying His glory! I just look around everywhere and see evidence of Him and the work of His hands. That’s why this was so special. It was the first colorway that I had dyed that was named in honor of the Lord.

I pondered on naming it for God. I had been struggling a bit with feeling close to the Lord for a little while. All of the sudden, I started thinking about Him constantly. I looked at the world with new eyes. A couple of weeks later, I was in church and was following along in the Bible, and “names” just popped out at me. Instantly, I knew what colors I’d translate them on to yarn. It’s as if God gave me a pair of color glasses and naming glasses and I could really see. The world transformed in front of me and so did my faith. I found myself longing to spend time in the Bible. I longed to see the ultimate artist at work. I found myself admiring the colors in nature. I found myself in awe of God in a whole new way!

What passion overtook my soul. I had a vision and a new meaning. I look forward to spending time with Him, learning from Him and growing in Him. I felt a very distinct call to a ministry. I felt as if I had to share the truths God was revealing to me in my dyeing and researching, therefore I created this blog to go along with my business. I love being able to share the things God is teaching me and creating beauty that is found in His word. Each and every colorway I create will have a verse and meaning found in the Bible. I actually think that I’ll have an endless supply of ideas. The Bible is a very big book and takes place over a very long period of time. I am so pleased that I can serve Him in something that I love. He is my “Morning Glory”!

Philippians 1:18 – 26: ” What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.”

Rejoice!

It was really only after the birth after my 2nd daughter, that I understand what postpartum depression was. It was a very awful stage of my life. Thankfully, it only lasted a short time.

I was very angry and cried all the time. I overreacted about everything. I couldn’t understand myself and why I seemed unable to control myself. I sought help, both from the Lord and from medically. After a couple of months, really I had returned to “normal.” What a relief! I learned to look start looking for the good in things. To look for all that could be good was such a change in perspective.

Shortly after this event, I started dyeing. I was so thankful for my life and so thankful for the ability to control myself. Thankful for laughter and thankful for life. Rejoice! Praise the Lord!

My dyeing is for the Lord. It is to glorify Him. I long to please Him and make Him known. It is my hope that in whatever I do, that “Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice!” I long to be able to say with confidence, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” I am growing closer to Him each and every day, and each day, my heartbeat changes as He draws me closer. So in Him I “Rejoice!” To signify the joy I now feel, I chose bright colors. The bright orange, yellow and turquoise reflect the change in status after my world brightened.

Job 22:21-30 “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty you will be built up ;if you remove injustice far from your tents, if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed, then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly. He delivers even the one who is not innocent (or in the KJV- ‘He shall deliver the island of the innocent’), who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Island of Innocence

“Island of Innocence” comes from the book of Job. Job is a story of a man who is faithful to God. He walks with the Lord daily. It’s such a neat book in the Bible, because it allows us to see what goes on “behind the scenes” with God. Basically, Satan is looking for someone to test and God suggests Job, because his faith is so strong. God allows Satan to take everything from Job except his wife and health. Still Job remains faithful to the Lord. Then God releases the protection of Job’s health to Satan, and Job is afflicted with painful sores all over his body. Yet again, Job clings to his God.

The verses I found “Island of Innocence” occur during a scene where Job is conversing with his 3 friends. He is wondering why all this has happened to him. His friend, Eliphaz, believes it is because of his sin and that he needs to repent. Yet, Job has already repented before the Lord.

The footnote in my Bible has a great point that I’d love to share. “Several times Job’s friends showed a partial knowledge of God’s truth and character, but they had trouble accurately applying this truth to life. Such was the case with Eliphaz, who gave a beautiful summary of repentance. He was correct in saying that we must ask for God’s forgiveness when we sin, but his statement did not apply to Job, who had already sought God’s forgiveness and had lived closely in touch with God all along. ”

God comes and answer Job. He didn’t really answer any of the questions that Job had, but instead pointed toward the natural order of the world and Job’s lack of knowledge. For if Job didn’t understand the workings of creation and life, then how could he understand the mind and character of God? God is almighty, powerful and righteous to judge. Job is only a man and can not certainly understand how God is orchestrating everything to work together for His sake.

It is the understanding of this concept that makes me thankful. Our Lord is holy and perfect. He can only tolerate perfection in His presence. Yet He is a merciful God, who sent forgiveness to us all through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus. And somehow, Job understood all this. That is why he clung to his faith, despite the turmoil in his life. And in the end, God blessed the latter part of Job’s life much more than the first.

I only pray that I’ll have a faith like Job’s. During the rocky times of the storm, I long to cling to the Lord like Job did. “Island of Innocence” is dyed as with shades of brick red, orange, yellow, brown and blues. I see it as the storms in Job’s life, the upheaval of his possessions, and the rock of faith that allowed him to get to the other side.

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