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Genesis 17:15-19 “Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a  son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings  of peoples will come from her.”  Then Abraham fell  on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will  Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”  And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!”  But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”

Genesis 21:1-3 “ Then  the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised.   So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.

This yarn is was inspired by a dear friend of mine, whose youngest daughter is named Sara.  I asked her to guest blog for me why she chose these colors and what it means to her.

She wrote:

“Hi Lamar!

Well, as I’ve been thinking about Sara, and what we love about her and who she is and why she’s unique and important, this is what I’ve come up with.

Sara was the baby we fought hardest to have. I’d like to say we prayed and prayed that God would grant us a child, and that we did it with grace and faith, but after two losses (and one of them difficult and gruesome in ways I can’t easily speak) our faith was ragged. We knew God had another child for us, but we had grown weary in the journey. Most of our time spent praying was for Christ to grant us our courage and faith so that we could continue. It was tough.

Being pregnant with Sara was hard, too. I felt I had been carrying a baby for 18 months, off and on, and that she would never come. I did some hardcore nesting right around the time Twinkle should have been born, then I did a tailspin into depression before I realized what I was experiencing was that loss over again…and STILL pregnant.

God did give us our baby. And she is the delight of our lives. She is bright and funny. She is sympathetic (so early, only 13 months!) and gives hugs and kisses and love to all. She has a queenly, imperious way about her and has definite desires that she expresses aggressively, but with smiles. She has always loved music (none of my other children really noticed it till they were 9 months old) and we dance her to sleep at night now that she has eschewed the nighttime nursing session. I adore her. We all do.

We named her after Isaac’s mother, the woman who waited much longer than we for her one and only child.

Sara looks best in bright darks. So, deep reds, royal purple and royal blue, deep pinks, black is better on her . I think that suits her personality and purpose, too. Even though she is bitty, she is mighty.”

2 Corinthians 5:1-6, 8-10– For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven–God-made, not handmade -and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move–and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. That’s why we live with such good cheer…We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

In honor of my friend and partner,  Colleen Kueter of Spiffy Knits, who  traveled to be at home with the Lord in October of 2008.

Acts 16:14, 15- “One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. ‘If you agree that I am faithful to the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my home.’ And she urged us until we did.

Lydia

This business has been such a neat opportunity for me to create and for me to minister. And at times, I’ve been able to be ministered to through my work. A special customer of mine, Krissy, has been one of those encouragers. And when she requested a custom colorway, in honor of her daughter, I was happy to oblige.

So in honor of Krissy’s custom, I’ve also asked her to write a “guest blog” for this entry. She did a wonderful job. Thank you Krissy!!!

She says, “My grandfather was always very good to us. My parents divorced when I was two and he and my grandmother were always there for us. My dad was absent for many years of my life, so my grandpa stepped in. He was a very kind, gracious man. He was very well known in the community and no one ever had a bad word to say about him. He struggled with Parkinson’s disease for almost 20 years, and my mom cared for him for the last 9 years of his life, after my grandma passed away. We were very close – we’d eat with him a few nights a week, and my husband stopped by the house almost every day to tell him about his work. My husband had taken over a part of my grandpa’s business a few years back, so he would always listen intently to the updates. He was also incredibly interested in my work, frequently asking me what office I’d be working at the next day and if I’d heard any cute stories from the kids I see. Needless to say, even during his later years, my grandpa remained a caring, devoted man.

Unfortunately, in September 2006, he contracted a blood infection. A week after going into the hospital, he passed. Although I knew he wasn’t suffering anymore, I was so sad that he would not be able to meet his first great-grandchild, who, we were told, was going to be a girl. We wanted so badly to remember him somehow, as he was the best man my husband and I had ever known. His name was Ivor, so we knew that name just wouldn’t work for a little girl! He joked with us when we found out we were having a girl, saying we could name her “Ivorine” or “Ivy.” But, in the end, we knew what our daughter’s name needed to be – Lydia, after his mother. His mother, Lydia, was an amazing woman. She and my great-grandfather started a plumbing business in our town. She was seen as the brains behind the operation and while she was a great businesswoman, especially in her time, she was incredibly sweet and nice as well, or so I’ve heard. She only had one child, my grandfather, and she would have loved to have had more my mom tells me. Her first name was Lydia; last name was Lee – hence, our daughter’s name! When my grandfather was in the hospital, shortly before he became unresponsive to us, my husband and I decided to tell him we would be naming our daughter Lydia. We know he understood as he was looking at us and his heart rate went up! He was the only one who knew her name before she was born.

When we decided on the name Lydia, we went to the Bible as well. I wanted to know about Lydia in the Bible, although she is only mentioned twice, both in the book of Acts (Acts 16:13-15 and 40). Apparently, she was a dealer of purple cloth. It was assumed that she was a wealthy businesswoman, as purple cloth was expensive and valuable – it was seen as a sign of nobility or royalty. As soon as Paul shared the message of Jesus Christ and she heard it, she believed. She was baptized right away, along with members of her household. Her husband was not mentioned, so it was thought she was a widow. She believed wholeheartedly and she invited Paul and his companions to stay in her home. It has been said that as soon as Lydia believed in Him, she went to work for Him.

This colorway came about after I started looking for some yarn to match some of Lydia’s clothes in her closet. They were a few of my favorite pieces, and I just could not find the color combination of navy/pink/green. Lamar and I began to correspond and thought perhaps a “Lydia” colorway was in order. However, we agreed that in order to pay homage to Lydia from the Bible, there had to be some purple in the colorway as well.

My husband and I feel that God has truly blessed us and has allowed us to have such amazing people touch our lives. My grandfather, for constantly displaying the qualities of dedication, integrity, class, and unconditional love throughout a life of gains and losses. He remained steadfast and persevered in a way that continues to leave me in awe. My great-grandmother, for starting with her husband a business that would carry on throughout the generations and provide opportunities for us all to give back to the community. Our sweet daughter, Lydia, who has been the greatest gift either one of us has ever known. We pray that she incorporates into her life the qualities of her great-grandmother, as well as Lydia in the Bible, and thanks God each and every day for the blessings he has bestowed upon her. And of course, dear Lamar. Her work has inspired a creative resurgence for me that arrived at just the perfect time in my life. I so appreciate her talents, love for the Lord, and willingness to share her devotion and vision with others. THANK YOU, LAMAR!!”

Psalm 105:25-45 (verses 38, 39)- “Egypt was glad when they departed, For the dread of them had fallen upon them. He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to illumine by night.”

Songs of a Wandering People

This colorway is based on the Exodus of the Isrelites.  You can read about it here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exodus

This colorway is part of my “Songs of… ” series, where each one is named after a Psalm.

I really like the Old Testament.  I love reading the stories of how God provided for His people over and over.  How they messed up time and time again, yet He continued to forgive them and draw them close to Him.

Basic summary of the Exodus.  The people were now slaves in Egypt.  God called Moses to stand against Pharaoh.  It took 10 different plagues for the Pharaoh to let them go.  So God takes them out of Egypt and is leading them to His promised land.  But the people continue to sin.  Over and over they sin.  Therefore, God allows them to wander in the wilderness for years, so that the people of the sinful generation would not enter into the promised land.  Yet, throughout that experience, the Lord provided for them.  He provided their food each day with quail and manna.  He provided extra for the Sabbath.  And He gave them a pillar of clouds to protect them in the day from the desert sun and a pillar of fire at night, to guide them and protect them.  After many years of wandering in the desert and conquering people, they arrived and settled in the land the Lord had promised them.

There are days that spiritually, I feel like I’m in the desert.  Some of these days are a result of my sin.  Some are not.  Yet, I can rest assured that no matter what,  my Lord provides for all my needs.  Even in the desert.

This colorway reminds me of the fire in the night and the clouds in the sky in day, with the cactus in the desert. God eventually led His people to the promised land, and He will do the same for you.

Proverbs 3:11-18 “My child, when the LORD corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning. The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud. Happy is anyone who becomes wise—who comes to have understanding. There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it. Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honor. Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life.”

Wisdom 003

This colorway was inspired by a shirt I’ve owned since High School. And I STILL wear it. LOL This picture is taken my sophomore year (91-92) and is with my best friend, Cheryl. The hair styles are so funny!!! (You can click on it to see it bigger. )

Cheryl & I

I was out on a date with my husband, when this verse came on the radio. I instantly knew what colors I’d see it to be.  Green, like dark emeralds.  Maroon, like deep rubies.  Navy, like dark sapphires.  And white- like diamonds.  Precious jewels.  Valuable to most.  Yet, this scripture tells us that Wisdom is more valuable and nothing can compare with it.

I think it’s ironic that this set of verses starts off with admonition for taking the Lord’s correction seriously.  And then it talks about wisdom.  I think that the Lord is often trying to teach us and correct us lovingly, the way most parents do their own children.  Yet, I think, as stubborn adults, we often turn away from His correction.  Part of wisdom is knowing when to take correction.

This verse also says that Wisdom leads to happiness and long and pleasant life.   This philosophy is so different than what many people think of today.  They think fame, wealth, beauty will make them happy.  Yet look at Hollywood.  Those people are famous.  Yet they can’t even go to the bathroom without cameras following them.  They long to raise their families in peace, but are subjected by constant paparazzi.   They marry the ideal man/woman.  Yet, look at the divorce rate.  Look at how long the marriages last.  They have wealth, yet look at how many end up in alcohol/drug rehabs.  Do they seem really happy?  Truly peaceful on the inside?

True peace and contentment can only come from God. He offers us things not of the world.  Wisdom is one of the gifts he offers us.  And I think that one who is wise will understand that the pleasures of the world are temporary  and fleeting, and therefore would rather go after eternal things.  A wise friend in college said that she just committed to praying for wisdom.  And the Lord answered her, for she was wise beyond her years.  And she blessed my life in the process.  I think I need to start daily praying for wisdom, for I long to have the life God promises us we’ll have with it.


Genesis 1: 6-8 “Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 2!

So in Day 2- we’re talking about the Heavens (or atmosphere).  My husband *LOVES* talking about Creation Science.  One of his favorite books is called “Beyond  a Reasonable Doubt” by Frank Harber.

In Chapter 1 page 26, Harber says regarding the Earth’s atmosphere, “Forty miles above the earth is a thin layer of ozone.  If compressed, compressed it would be less than 1/4 inch thick. The atmosphere shields this planet from 8 deadly rays emitted from the sun and from 20 million meteors a day traveling at speeds up to 3o miles/second. ”    This is astounding.  There is this tiny layer of sky that protects us.  How did it get there?  How does it stay there?  Well, God put it there to do just that.

Now is my time to do a little refuting of the “Big Bang” theory.  On page 24, Harber states, “Explosions produce disorder, not order. How could such an explosion, which is driving the galaxies apart, ‘fail to drive to all atoms apart before they came together in galaxies?’  Furthermore, such an explosion can not explain why all the planets and moons do not rotate in the same direction. Six of the sixty moons, along with Venus, Uranus, and Pluto, rotate backwards… The universe does not resemble the chaotic remains of an explosion. Rather, the universe is a marvel of orderliness. ”

I just love knowing that a God who could think that big (like to  order of all of the universes that there exist), also cares for me!

Genesis 1: 1-3 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. “

Be Light

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 1!

This is the beginning of my series, and it starts with the beginning of the world. In our household, we firmly believe in a literal 7 days of creation and that God created THE world we live in today approximately 6 thousand years ago.

Most people believe that the world was created over millions of years of evolution. Many believe that science and religion don’t go hand in hand. However, what really differs is how we view the facts. The facts are the same. The only difference is what source we use to interpret the facts. As Christians, we use the Bible to explain everything, especially science. So the Biblical “theories” have not changed, nor have they EVER been disproved. However, the opposing side has had many changes to account for facts that do not fit into their “thories”.

Fact: The sun is the perfect distance from the Earth. (93 million miles) and the perfect temperature (11,500 deg. F) to sustain life on Earth. If 50 degrees more or less average per year reached our planet, life would cease to exist.

We view this as proof of a Creator God. He spoke and it was. And what He does is perfect, has always been perfect and will always continue to be perfect! What an amazing God who gave us the sun to warm our planet, to allow our plants to grow, to nourish our skin and our souls, without harming us. Think about the sun’s temperature. 50 degrees (so 11,550 vs. 11, 500) warmer and the temperature would be too hot to sustain life. 50 degrees (so 11, 450 vs. 11,500) colder and the temperature would be too cold to sustain life.

To me, it is much easier to believe that there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God who planned all this, rather than believe in some seriously amazing amounts of coincidences.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 19:21: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

“Providence” is a unique colorway designed to merge teals and tans. The result is a very striking gold, with hints of tans, chocolates, and navy blues along with rich hues of teal and gold.  Webster’s defines Providence as “God, esp. when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.”

The story of Ruth is one of my favorites in the Bible. I recently found a message by one of my favorite authors, John Piper, entitled ” Ruth: Sweet and Bitter Providence.” I loved what he had to say on the subject.

Not only does God reign in all the affairs of men, and not only is his providence sometimes hard, but in all his works his purposes are for the good and happiness of his people. Who would have imagined that in the worst of all times—the period of the judges—God was quietly moving in the tragedies of a single family to prepare the way for the greatest king of Israel? Finally, we learn that if you trust the sovereign goodness and mercy of God to pursue you all the days of your life, then you are free like Ruth. If God calls, you can leave family, you can leave your job, you can leave Minnesota, and you can make radical commitments and undertake new ventures. Or you can find the freedom and courage and strength to keep a commitment you already made. When you believe in the sovereignty of God and that he loves to work mightily for those who trust him, it gives a freedom and joy that can’t be shaken by hard times. The book of Ruth gives us a glimpse into the hidden work of God during the worst of times. And so like all the other Scriptures, as Paul says (Romans 15:4, 13), Ruth was written that we might abound in hope.

As I embark on my new adventure in being a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) and running a new business, I can rest in the fact that I am called to this ministry for this stage of life.  I can be sure that the Lord is directing my path, and that it is in His hands.  So “Providence” was named to show the trust I put in the Lord to orchestrate everything in my life.