Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My First Yarn Along

For some months, however long I've been reading Gretchen's blog, I've been reading her link up to Yarn Along, a blog party where participants share the knitting or crocheting projects they're working on and the books that they are reading. Since I both love to craft and to read, I've kind of wanted to join. But I'm a haphazard crocheter (I've knit before, but not for a long time) and I typically do it in cold weather.

The cold weather has started to arrive. Yay!

So I was thinking, "I should start crocheting soon" for the last couple weeks. Then on Sunday, my friend Tabitha randomly gifted me with the yarn in the photo above.  So today when I saw Gretchen's latest yarn along post, I thought "I should take that yarn and crochet and join next week..."

Then I stopped myself and thought, "You know what? You've been telling yourself you'll do this for a while. Instead of waiting until you do, why don't you join yarn along this week and tell them you're going to take that lovely new yarn and make something to show them next week?"

So that's what I'm doing!  And now I'll be accountable to crochet this week.

Reading, however, is never a subject for which I've had to have someone hold me accountable. This week I read The Grace of God, which I wrote a book review on earlier, and right now I'm reading The Calvary Road by Ron Hession. I'm also in the middle of Knowing God by J.I. Packer, but I can't figure out what I did it with it.  I lose things a lot.

I picked up The Calvary Road like two years ago at a thrift store. It was moving locations, so it was trying to empty its inventory by putting books on sale for ten cents a piece. So I bought lots of books. I hadn't really been interested in this book, because I thought due to its name it was sort of a book that's for baby Christians about understanding Jesus, good but not that relevant for me. But it's not that at all.

I'm working through my Christian library reading all the books (I've already read most of them) because I'm collecting them to minister to the Christians of India when I marry my Indian boyfriend and move there.  So I figure if I'm using them to disciple responsibly, I wouldn't offer any books I've not read myself.

So that's why I started The Calvary Road. I've only just finished chapter three, and I already feel my day to day maturity growing. It is an excellent resource for helping us seek a closer relationship with God, especially the Holy Spirit, as well as each other.  I'll be happy to tell you about how it turns out, as well as show you whatever I'll come up with to do with this yarn next week...

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