Monday, 31 October 2011

Know your stuff!

I've always enjoyed doing needlework of some kind.  I'm not creative by any means but can follow a basic knitting pattern and have done many a cross stitch and candlewicking.  Its something that has helped me unwind, from when my girls were babies and even now on an evening as everyone settles down and spends family time together.

One of the results of these 'hobbies' is that I have lots of left over wool and a good friend of mine (yes, you Stefanie) got me involved in knitting for a project called Bless a Baby.  Well, the resulting blanket (to my  mind) was awful.  So the wheels started turning.  "What could I do differently that I'd feel more satisfied handing in?"  I was taught many years ago how to crochet blocks and as I still had wool left over I thought this would be ideal!

Well, as you can see, its far from ideal!  The wools are all different consistencies and makes, and my memory of what I was taught proved to be...shall we say... not quite on target!  Something was wrong!  I had the right idea - but the wrong tools.


So, I went to my local wool shop, looked for a simple step by step guide to crocheting, bought a bunch of wool of the same type, got the right hook (needle), googled some simple patterns - and - below is the beginning of a baby blanket I feel confident I can offer knowing I did my best.


While going though this whole process it occurred to me that we as Christians are sometimes like this.  We half-heartedly tackle God's word, glean bits of scripture from the pulpit and books and pass on this incomplete understanding to someone maybe seeking advice and answers.

We need to be more thorough, more at the ready, and know our tools.  So that when a question is asked of us - we relay the truth, in context, and with the right Godly perspective.  I know we are all growing and learning and none of us 'knows it all' nor will we ever.  But we need to be thorough in our understanding.  We need to seek out the context and Christ of a scripture so we correctly represent Christ.

Also, importantly, the more you know and understand, the less likely it is that you will be misguided.  If you KNOW the truth, a lie cannot affect you.

Go to the word, go to those who know the word, ask questions, learn and seek understanding so you can deliver your best for Christ!


Prov 2 v 2:  So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;


Prov 2 v 11-12:  Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Jen at Beholding Glory for:

and
Joan at The beauty in His grip for:


13 comments:

  1. Being prepared with knowing the truth about the word of God to help others is always a good thing.

    I like your knitted blankets as well. For someone who says she's not very creative, I think you are doing a wonderful job. :)

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  2. Wow, your blanket is looking awesome. I am really excited about attending my first crochet class tomorrow. I love how you weave the blankets into something that God is speaking to you about. I guess knitting and watching tv means I am missing out on hearing from the LORD?

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  3. Hi Tracy,

    Your blankets are lovely! I love how you shared one of your talents and then you turned it into a devotion to knowing God's Word. :)

    You are so right; we need to devote ourselves to knowing God's Word in our hearts so that we are able to give an answer and are willing to share it with others. :)

    Blessings on this last day of October!

    Denise

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  4. What a great analogy, Tracy. And, your blanket is beautiful. Love the colors!

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  5. Tracy,

    I love your blanket, the colors are beautiful.

    Committing ourselves to knowing the Word helps us lead others and give them answers, it also protects us from being lead astray.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  6. this is great "We half-heartedly tackle God's word, glean bits of scripture from the pulpit and books and pass on this incomplete understanding to someone maybe seeking advice and answers." So true. That is inspiring you figured out out to crochet!

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  7. So many treasures in God's word if we would but take the time to dig deep to discover them and then apply them to our life. Your post reminded of this verse found in 1 Peter 3:15:
    Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (NIV)

    Great post to start our week!
    By the way....BOTH blankets are beautiful~

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  8. Ok, I think both blankets look really good. :) Thanks for this encouragement today, Tracy!

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  9. I love the analogy here Tracy. This is great encouragement for us. I would so love to learn how to crochet and that is my goal for this winter. :)

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  10. The Truth is our best defense against the enemies schemes!
    I wish I could do needlework of some kind...seems like such a useful thing to know how to do!

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  11. "We half-heartedly tackle God's word, glean bits of scripture from the pulpit and books and pass on this incomplete understanding to someone maybe seeking advice and answers." So true Tracy... we need to test everything against God's word and know that it is true. Thank you, wonderful encouragement!

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  12. Hi Ladies - thank you all for your generous comments on my crocheting. :) Shows how good my camera is that the first one still seems ok. In reality, its bumpy and skew. But a blanket nevertheless. God bless precious ladies and have an awesome week further.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  13. I've been reading a lot of posts lately about gaining wisdom in the Lord! You are so right by writing to check things to scripture. His word is truth and we when we follow what it says, we can't go wrong! Thanks for linking up this Monday!

    Blessings, Joan

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