My Crazy Life As… A Yarn Addict

Confession: I am a granny on the inside. I have this slight obsession with crochet and it’s super ridiculous. I go to stores (my favorites being Hobby Lobby and Michaels) and go straight to the yarn section and could stay there for hours if I had the time. If I had the money, I would literally buy every single ball of yarn. I even told my sweet boyfriend that he never has to wonder about what to get for me… Because if he got me yarn, I would be just as happy with that as I would be anything else.

But I wasn’t always like this. It was definitely a slow mountain to climb to get to the place where my scarves weren’t 12 different widths and looked like it was rippled when I wanted it to be straight. Holes were found in random places and I just kinda guessed at which stitches to work in.. Needless to say, you’d think I’d read up and research how exactly this whole crochet-thing worked.

So I gave up for awhile. I did. I put my yarn in my chest at home and didn’t touch it from around April to Christmas time. I rediscovered all my yarn after Pinterest had beckoned me to learn correctly after seeing all the beautiful blankets and such you can make with just simple strands of yarn. So I researched. I practiced. I tore quite a few projects back down to the starting stitch trying to get it right. After Googling how-to’s for different stitches and techniques (you can Google anything these days…), I finally made a circle scarf. Nothing fancy- but it was straight…ish. Mostly straight. I ran into the living room to show my parents, yelling “LOOK AT IT! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!” After then it was all downhill.. I’ve learned so much more and my projects turn out much better the first time rather than 12 times of ripping stitches out.

I was in 1 John this morning (Random switch to the Bible, but it ties into EVERYTHING).  I was reading in chapter 5 in verse 3 which says, “For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.”

I have this wonderful Holman Christian study Bible that has super crazy good points that put things in such great ways. For verse 3: “Knowledge of God transforms the human will, making what was once a burden light and easy to carry (Mt. 11:30)”

That got me thinking… In everyday life, isn’t it easier to do something once you have the knowledge about it? It’s much easier to take a test when you know the material on it, making your grades less of a burden. It’s much easier to put something together when you have the instructions telling you how to put it together in the correct way (even though most of us don’t use instructions.. ever..). Finally, it’s a lot easier to crochet once you have the knowledge of stitches and understand the concepts of the whole art.

It’s crazy how God makes everything tie back into Him and His teachings. When we understand God and who He is, His commands, and know Him personally- the “commands” that He gives us are not a burden. Not only because we are filled with such a wonderful love for Him, making us have a desire to please Him by fulfilling His commands, but because we understand why those commands matter because we finally understand God’s thinking on it. This doesn’t come naturally, of course. This takes digging into God’s word, breaking it apart and really trying to understand God’s mind on the matter. He’s so faithful to show us so many things if we are just faithful to spend daily time in His word, being surrounded by His presence.

Once God transforms our minds, we are then able to think more like Him and less like the world. This is an every day work that makes His commands that once seemed impossible now possible with Him.

→Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

→ I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

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My Crazy Life As… An Extreme Food Craver

I’m a girl. I like food. I probably eat as much as a full grown man… That’s not a joke either… even if I weigh around half that…

But really.. most of the time, when you think “female”, the nouns “chocolate” and “cravings” follow closely behind.

Me, myself, and I mostly crave icecream… and peanut butter.. Dairy Queen is my weakness… [ when my mom was pregnant, let’s just say the workers at Dairy Queen probably knew their faces well..] I also enjoy a good burger and may be slightly in love with cookies..

All in all, the majority of people are usually “craving” something.. For some people, like myself, that craving is for food. For others, the craving may be for attention, money, addictions, or anything else imaginable.

Let’s face it.. Humans are cravers [that may or may not be a real word.. but I’m using it]

Can you imagine if we craved the right things? I mean, rarely do you hear anyone saying, “man… I’m really craving some celery and brussel sprouts..” NO. We crave greasy burgers and sugary icecream!

That’s how we are with most things of this world… We crave attention, but usually from all the wrong places. We crave food, but usually the unhealthy kind that’s not good for our bodies. We crave all these “things” from the world.

Have you ever noticed how we crave things where our thoughts dwell and what we focus on?

If you’re boy-crazy and that’s all you think about- like I was in middle school- then you’re going to crave that attention from guys and visa versa. If you think of food, you’re gonna want food.  ..Maybe that’s just me..

Have you ever noticed whenever you go through the grocery store, you literally crave everything you see? Why, you may ask, does this happen? Because we are entering into a place that contains all these crave-worthy items on an empty stomach. If you don’t focus on what you came to get, you’ll end up with all these random items that you usually never get all because in your extreme state of hunger, it has crazed you enough to pick up everything that is filled with fatty, sugary, goodness that won’t even really satisfy that hunger.

That’s how it is with our faith.. If we don’t fill up on what can truly satisfy us before we enter that grocery store ( aka the world ), we’ll end up losing our focus and start craving things that we never have before and even end up taking these things home with us.

What we need to be focusing on in our lives, we don’t. We get so focused on the things we crave from the world that we lose focus on our craving for Christ, the only thing that can truly satisfy that hunger.

In Psalm 20:4, David says, “May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose”.

Now that statement immediately think, “Oh yeah! God’s gonna make me rich, give me a tall, dark, and handsome prince and all the icecream I can eat!”

Later in Psalm 37:4-6, David touches back on this subject, but this time focuses on another aspect of this promise from God. -> Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

David is saying, “yes, God will give you what your heart desires, but only after ‘delighting’ yourself and ‘committing your way’ to Him FIRST.” When you delight yourself in the LORD, you start looking for what God wants in your life, not the cravings of this world. After delighting yourself, God changes your heart, changing your desires to match His and focusing you on things that matter.

->Colossians 3:2- Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

->Colossians 3:16-17 [Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly]

When “Delighting yourself in the LORD” happens, cravings will come.. but these are good cravings, cravings for God’s word, craving to hear from Him and seek His voice in every aspect of your life. Just like in my previous blog post, after exercising, you crave it because it feels good and you know it’s good for you too.

->Main point: Crave good and godly things

->Apply it: everytime you crave something, whether it be icecream, pickles, or a good burger – remember to crave the things of God.. to refocus your focus on what’s good for you, to delight yourself in Christ, and then He will give you the desires of your heart and fulfill your whole purpose, because when you delight in Him, what you want for your life will soon change to what HE wants.

Titus 2:11-12-> For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and wordly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.

1 Thessalonians 4:7-> For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

1 Corinthians 10:13-> No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.