For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 3:11
I have no big testimony. I live a simple life. I often wonder how God can use someone who enjoys yarn crafts and loves teddy bears. Then I found the verse in Matthew 18 about seeking Him ‘like a little child’. To me this means look for His love, mercies, and grace in the simple things.
Several years ago I began suffering chronic back pain that would leave me in bed crying out for relief. Pain meds might take the edge off, but my mind still reeled in the pain.
One day I found an old knitting project I had abandoned years before. I picked it up and started again. Working on the project helped calm me and, despite the pain factor, I found I was able to focus a bit more. When I completed the project I felt a sense of accomplishment I hadn’t felt in some time. I had been unable to do so many things I was becoming depressed and discouraged. Then there would be something else I couldn’t do and more depression and discouragement would pile onto my already frazzled self-esteem.
During this time I would reflect and pray. One day I pulled out a skein of yarn that was a complete tangled mess. As I pulled, tugged, unwound and mumbled under my breath I started to think how my life felt like that skein at the time. I wrote a journal entry and found myself relating the tangled mess of yarn to God untangling my messy life. Anyway, I wrote a few word picture stories and created an informal type of bible study. I asked a couple of friends to join me. We each worked on a knit or crochet project as I read the “lesson” for the night guiding the conversation and discussion during our gathering. I formalized my writing and presented it to my church leaders. They liked the idea and we announced our first Knit and Crochet Bible Study meeting.
After edits from their comments I created and posted the ‘lessons’ in PDF format as a Group Bible Study. From there a second study was created which focuses on the Proverbs 31 Woman: God’s Work In Progress. We are all being knit together each day through our lives, trials, blessings and adventures. God continues to add rows, do a little increase here, a decrease there. He adds some crochet edging for flair. Each day more stitches are added to the person He is developing.
These group studies – available at have now been edited into a more personal study and are available in Kindle and Amazon paperback.
This is not intended as a deep study of Scripture. It is designed to encourage you to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10); to seek Him in the small things, even in the gift of knitting and crochet He has instilled in you. It is designed to encourage you to seek a deeper relationship to become ‘Stitched In Christ’.