Being Woven

31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 24

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Upon graduating from college, I could see that I had gone to school and taken all of the courses I HAD to in order to graduate, but had not taken ONE class just for fun! So in the 1970s, I attended an adult education class in weaving.  I learned the basics and then kept taking courses, kept experimenting, kept trying to make art out of something which I knew was really just a hobby.  But I was enjoying it all so much.

I learned to spin various wools, including sheep, of course, goat, camel, alpaca, llama, cotton, and probably a few others.  I learned to use the drop spindle, the Navajo spindle and a spinning wheel.  I learned to dye to yarns.  I even had a sheep-shearing experience.  I wanted to learn the whole process.

I wove on what we call off-loom although the hoop or the frame is the loom, but it was making an individual loom.  Later on, I actually made a loom similar to a Navajo loom where I made this first large one (below).  It is actually four and a half feet by five and a half feet, all handspun yarns.  I made one larger than this and it was a commissioned piece.  Cool!

I often do not have a plan when I start.  I just go with the flow and have fun!

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I made up my own design using a crochet hook and needles for this light colored one with thin yarns.

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The colored one is geometric using cotton yarns.

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Blues and grays make up this very geometric and symmetrical circle of wool yarns.

PicMonkey Collage 2 A woven wool wheel with a center was not easy, keeping the center wheel in its balanced place, but I did it and have had this one many years.

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This one below is woven of handspun wool in the grays and tonal pinks, and store-bought yarns in the black, pink, and purple.  It was fun to make geometry take on new avenues as I went.

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And these two on this collage are unique.  I was daydreaming one day and wanted to try a very thin and strong thread and wrap the warp completely around the frame.  I began weaving the design on the front and realized that I could make it three-dimensional by weaving on both the front and back warps.  The darker one is of a snowy day in the forest and the lighter is a seascape.

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God gave me creativity and this is one avenue that I found for His beauty and fun to flow from me.  I have done this since the mid 1970s, although am not doing it now for physical reasons, but still love the art.  I appreciate others for the doing.

I have some yarns that one day I may make into a basket.  I have done that before as well as quilting, crocheting and knitting.  God will keep His creation creating, I am sure.

Father, my Creator, thank You for gifting me with talents that flow and are fun.  Thank You for allowing me to create pieces that have been enjoyed by others and even bought by some.  Thank You for all of the teachers You have given me along the way.  I am so grateful and delighted to have done this.  I may not have known to give You the glory then, but I do now.  Oh, how I do!  In the Name of Jesus.  Amen. 

 

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31 Day of God-Woven Moments – October 23

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“‘Warp and Woof’ is the vertical-horizontal weaving of threads that create fabric.  The intersection and unification of everything is the tapestry of life under the Lordship of Jesus. Wholeness begins with Him.”   Dr. Mark Eckel

To be unified under Jesus, to find the intersection where Jesus is, brings me to a calm place, a gentle knowing, a sweet moment in time.  I feel peaceful knowing that I am His and He is my LORD.  The wholeness is knowing that God made me complete from the very start.  It is this world, this humanness that rips away the wholeness.  But as my LORD, He holds me near and continues to weave my life into that beautiful tapestry that He intended from the start.  It is up to me to allow Him to be in control and it is up to me to be obedient.  Jesus has never left me.  He died for me and wants me for His own.  Thank You, LORD.

LORD, I pray for Your hand in mine.  I feel Your Presence in my life and know that I must let go of any yarn in order for You to weave my life.  I want You to be the Only Weaver of me and to complete me as You intend.  I want to hear Your Words, Your guidance.  I want to see Your Light and know Your wisdom.  I want to be the Linda You desire of me.  I give You me.  I will try to leave me in Your wonderful hands and try not to take me back.  I love You, Jesus.  Amen. 

 


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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 22

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I write because I follow God and this is what He is having me do these days.  I share my life here on this new kind of paper.  As God weaves my life, He has given me beautiful God-Woven Moments, experiences that He wants me to share with you.  I cared for my Mama for fifteen years and I am blessed to be able to write about giving care.  Please join me today…

I am over at Soli Deo Gloria Connections today with the third in my Caregiving series:

Connections: Preserving Dignity

Dignity: the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed

Weaving dignity into a tightly woven piece of art called caregiving is of vast importance. Care recipients depend upon caregivers for the physical aspect of their care, but we far too often forget that emotional and psychological wellbeing is vital to one’s wholeness. Many things can sever an adult’s self-respect and dignity. It can happen slowly over time or quickly through a stroke, heart attack or accident. Loss of abilities, such as driving, walking, talking, doing basic care for themselves, or losing the ability to make decisions often means loss of independence. That loss is usually what eats away at one’s dignity. Independence is an asset that lends value to life.

Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4

As a caregiver, what can you do?… [read the rest @ SDG Connections]

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 21

 

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As I write this month about God-woven moments in and through my tapestry of life, I want to spend this day weaving my 2014 word, “Honor” into this piece of art.  I chose to ponder “honor” this year for I want to remember that God is the Head and I am part of the body, His church.

And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  Colossians 2:19

I am nourished by God with His Living Waters and Bread of Life.  Jesus is my Redeemer.  God knit me together and knows me.  I grow as I spend time in His Word, feeding upon His daily food for my soul.  I dwell in the stillness of His love and grow to be more and more like Christ.  Christ is my focus.  I am honored to know that I am His, part of His church, His Bride.  I honor Him and desire to honor Him in all I do in this world.  I honor Him in all that I am before man.

May I be an image of Christ before all those who do not know Him, a guide for those who do but are wavering right now.  May my voice be honoring in all that I say, LORD.  I desire much.  Through You, and only You, can I be strengthened to do any of this.  You are my Strength.  I am blessed to honor You in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.  

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 20

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And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.  Exodus 28:6

The artistically woven waistband that is on the ephod must be of one piece, according to the same workmanship of gold, of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and of finely spun linen.  Exodus 28:8

And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the LORD commanded Moses.  Exodus 39:5

 

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to twist, be twisted

to twist together several threads

to twist a thread from right to left or backhanded

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God gave Moses explicit instructions for His sanctuary in Exodus 26, 27, and 28, to include the curtains, the walls, the garments for the priests.  The above Scriptures are just a tiny segment of the garment instructions for Aaron and the other priests.  Exodus 39 and other chapters in the latter part of Exodus continue to reiterate God’s instructions as Bezaleel and Aholiab worked on the tabernacle for God.  

Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:…  Exodus 31:1-2

And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.  And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.  Exodus 38:22-23

God used His best and gave instructions as to the way He wanted things done.  His best obeyed and were willing to do things just the way God wanted them done.  We each are God’s best for we are His creations.  We all need to be obedient to His call upon our lives.   

Father God, You guide us and tell us the ways You want us to go.  I know we follow our own desires and sometimes do things against Your will.  I am sorry, Father, when I am disobedient.  I want to walk in Your will and be guided by You.  I want to be twisted as fine linen into the threads You will weave as my life.  I want to know that You are in control and that I am not.  As You weave, I am the warp and You take this finely God-spun weft to weave my life.  The shuttle goes back and forth through the warp by Your hands.  Oh, God, You are my LORD and You are truly my whole desire.  You are my All and my Every.  I love You and want You to be my sole Spinner and Weaver.  I do not want to try to weave my own life, nor spin the yarns that make up my life.  May I walk in obedience to You.  Praying in the Name of Jesus.  Amen. 

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 19

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Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
– Chief Seattle

Father, may I look to You for all I am and all I do.  I want to be selfless and not selfish.  I want to be compassionate, not unsympathetic.  I desire to be helpful and not unobliging.  I want to care about the needs of others so that I will be Your hands here on this earth in providing for some of those needs.  Father, I want to be all that You want me to be here.  May I remember that the body is connected to the Head and that I represent the church here on earth.  I am Yours, Father…Yours.  In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 18 – Long

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I am joining Five Minute Friday today as part of my #write31days .  The word for this week is long.

“Those who’d like to participate in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here (via the InLinkz button at the bottom of the post).

“This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

“Just write”

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How long, O LORD?  How long?

I asked that question over and over again while Mama was in the assisted living and the nursing home.  But I have not asked that question of God since Mama died.  She is no longer suffering and her mind is clear.  So that particular use of “long” does not need to be used for now.  

“Long”…yes, this month of writing daily is beginning to feel long, as I have never done this before.  But I am really liking it for my subject is interesting to me as a weaver of yarn, and a weaver of words.  

Recently, I was in San Diego, CA with both of my sisters and that week seemed just “long” enough.  I thoroughly loved being with family and knowing the love we once shared as a family when our parents were alive.  I could have enjoyed the time just a bit longer, I am sure, but it was  good enough.  Plus being in San Diego brought back sweet memories of life there as I was born there as a Navy child and then returned there to grow through high school and college.  Those days were long ago but still very close to my heart.  

“Long” has many meanings for me today as I weave words for this Five Minute Friday.  

I long to be near my God and obey Him in all ways that He should ask of me.  I long to be still and know that He is God.  I long for God.  I long for His love.  I am to be still, sitting in my tent until He moves the cloud.  During that time, I am under Him in all ways.  When the cloud moves, I long to follow Him to where He wants me to set up tent.  I am His and long to be forever.  

And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.  Numbers 9:19

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 17

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What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.  Pericles

Father, may I walk this walk each and every day, remembering that my value lies in what You would have me do and be as I encounter others in this world.  Your Truth is woven into my life and I want to weave it into those I meet.  I want to be the Christ to those who may not know Him and for those who do I want to be the Christ Whom they need and want to know better.  By some small action or word that I might do or say, I hope that I am walking in obedience to You.  A gravestone may mark a spot where my ashes remain after this life, but it will be in the lives I touch for You where I want to make a difference.  You are my God.  I am Your child.  In the Name of Jesus, Your Son, I pray.  Amen.  

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31 Days of God-Woven-Moments – October 16

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Hezekiah became sick and was near death.  Isaiah told the king to set his house in order.  Hezekiah wept and prayed to God.  God heard his prayers and saw his tears and added fifteen years to his life.   ….

9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, after he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

10  I said, In the middle of my days

I must depart;

I am consigned to the gates of Sheol

for the rest of my years.

11  I said, I shall not see the Lord,

the Lord in the land of the living;

I shall look on man no more

among the inhabitants of the world.

12  My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me

like a shepherd’s tent;

like a weaver I have rolled up my life;

he cuts me off from the loom;

from day to night you bring me to an end;

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Hezekiah envisioned the ending of his life using metaphors to draw word-pictures.  The dwelling is often seen as our bodies, the place where life exists…blood and oxygen keeping us alive.  The shepherd’s tent is picked up with every move as he shepherds his sheep to better grazing.  The life is just taken, picked up.  A weaver cuts his woven work from the loom when it is finished.  Hezekiah saw his life finished, his life’s work done, completed.

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16  O Lord, by these things men live,

and in all these is the life of my spirit.

Oh restore me to health and make me live!

17  Behold, it was for my welfare

that I had great bitterness;

but in love you have delivered my life

from the pit of destruction,

for you have cast all my sins

behind your back.

18  For Sheol does not thank you;

death does not praise you;

those who go down to the pit do not hope

for your faithfulness.

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Hezekiah is filled with gratitude for the LORD’s graciousness.  So, too, should we as our lives can be cut off in a heartbeat.

Father, I give thanks for each moment, for each breath.  You do a work in and through me for which I am grateful.  I am nothing without You.  You continue to weave me, making me whole.  As I learn to be useful for Your Kingdom as You so desire of me, I pray that when the time comes that this weaving be removed from the loom, that I shall be ready to go Home.  You are my God.  I want to remain faithful to You until the end of this earthly life, until this tent is plucked up.  I love You, Father.  I thank You for this life.  In Your Son’s Name, I pray.  Amen.  

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31 Day of God-Woven Moments – October 15

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They hatch adders’ eggs;
they weave the spider’s web;
he who eats their eggs dies,
and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched. 

Their webs will not serve as clothing;
men will not cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deeds of violence are in their hands.  Isaiah 59:5-6

How easily our walk can turn to the ways of the world.  We live in this fallen world and the pressures of all that is around us pulls us hither and yon.  The consequences are tough when we turn from God and walk the ways of this world.  The spider catches the fly.

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt (1799-1888)

“Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the spider to the fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed.”

Said the cunning spider to the fly, “Dear friend, what shall I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome; will you please to take a slice?”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “kind sir, that cannot be;
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.”

“Sweet creature!” said the spider, “You’re witty and you’re wise!
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”
“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you’re pleased to say,
And bidding you good-morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon be back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing
“Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing:
Your robes are green and purple; there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead.”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily flattering words, came slowly flitting by.
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue;
Thinking only of her crested head — poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlor; but she ne’er came out again!

And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

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How easily we each can be persuaded to come into this world’s parlor.  Let us look to Jesus, fixing our eyes upon Him.  Stay near to God for He is near to you.

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.  Colossians 2:18-19

Father, I pray that Your lesson here is to look only to You for all and everything.  May I focus my gaze upon the One Who saved me from all that is of this earth.  May I remember the sacrifice You made for me, for many such as me.  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  (1 John 2:16)  Hold me fast to Your ways and guide my walk for I want to walk in obedience to You and only You.  I pray that I stand firm upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ in all I am and all I do.  In the Holy Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

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“Adder:”  venomous snakes of the Viperdae family

Photo of spider and web: public domain image

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