I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Created For Dreams

Knitting has been on my to-do list for years. Having learned to crochet at a very young age, I really struggled with handling two knitting needles versus one crochet hook. Finally, last November, I grabbed needles and a ball of yarn, watched online knitting tutorials, pulled out stitches, and tried again until I completed a basic garter stitch scarf. 

Multi-published and award-winning author Debbie Macomber presented the keynote addresses at the 2009 ACFW writers conference in Denver, CO. Many of Debbie’s books have permanent places on my keeper shelf, but I appreciate another talent Debbie shares with her readers on her site and in her novels—her passion for knitting.

In her non-fiction book, Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern For Your Life, Debbie writes about knitting for dreams. She compares the various colors and textures in her yarn room (yes, an entire room devoted to yarn) to dreams. She says, “You never know what wonderful creations a knit pattern or a dream can become.”

Before our parents even considered our existence, God had a plan in mind for each of us. He designed us with a purpose. Within each one of us, he created a dream.

The Ponderers came together through two shared dreams—God and writing. Our different colors and textures have been knitted together to create a fragrant garment of faith, love, and encouragement from a pattern God put in place during the My Book Therapy retreats

Any dream requires a plan, a pattern, trial and error, and continuous education. God has already gone ahead and put the pattern in place for each one of us. He wants us to be in the center of His will and desires a lasting relationship with us. When we use our God-gifted imaginations for His glory, His dream knits with ours to create a beautiful masterpiece.

Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. 
Psalm 139:4 NIV

Lisa Jordan
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36 comments:

  1. And now there are three--Ponderers' posts, that is! I am pondering how many other writers are also knitters.
    I cannot count myself among such talented ones.
    Sigh.

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  2. I've been knitting since I was 16...won't tell you how many years ago that was...and there's just something about the needles and yarn coming togther that calms the mind and frees it. I've pondered more than one scene as my needles flew over the yarn. Great post!

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  3. Wonderful post, Lisa! Thanks for the perfect reminder.

    Um, pretty sure my middle school home ec class thwarted any knitting pursuits I might've well, pursued. We had to sew laundry bags for the final project. I sewed mine closed. No joke. A male foreign exchange student from Argentina helped me un-sew and then re-sew it. Man, that guy was a wiz with the sewing machine.

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  4. Awesome post LJ!

    I admit, I can knit. Although I am a one pattern lady. I can knit a purse. The beauty of it is then you felt it, so all mistakes promptly vanish. The best part, you have a purse.
    Oh, purses, how I love you!

    P.S. Ponderers, its fun to see you somewhere else!

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  5. I tried knitting once but it had so many holes and dropped stitches, it looked like one giant mutant disaster. (My grandmother did teach me to crochet though.)

    I think you're well on your way to following in Debbie's footsteps, Lisa!

    I love your comment that God created a dream in each of us. It makes me happy to think that these constant stirrings in my heart to write came from God's divine touch on my life.

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  6. Beth, there have been quite a few knitters at the ACFW conference. Camy Tang ponders her plots while knitting. Last year, she and a couple others knitted with Debbie. So cool. :)

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  7. Thanks, Pat. :) For me, knitting is relaxing and helps me to think about scenes because it's less pressure than staring at that computer screen.

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  8. Melissa, those home ec classes are stressful!! I made a pillow one year, and a skirt the next. I have the pillow in my cedar chest, but outgrew the skirt years ago. You don't need sewing skills for knitting.

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  9. Amy, I haven't tried felting yet, but I do have a couple of purses patterns and a lovely antique rose yarn to knit one. You and I talked about knitting in Feb. Did you send me that pattern? I'll have to try it.

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  10. Anything with needle and thread or any variation thereof--count me out. You want to see stress? Well, that'll do it. And the needle might end up embedded in the wall. lol.
    Good post, Lisa.

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  11. Teri, if I can knit, anyone can. I'm so far out of Debbie's league. She is so much more talented than I am...in many ways.

    I agree with you about the stirrings in your heart. Imagine how happy God is when we obey Him and write the words He has given us.

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  12. Thanks, Jenness. Even if knitting isn't your thing, you have talents in other areas. I would probably be the world's worst dog sitter.

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  13. Your blog is awesome! I pondered knitting years ago but fell into crocheting instead--haven't done it since I moved to Fl --too hot to have it on my lap!

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  14. Hooray! Another Terri here! (I could only afford one "i".) I do understand about the heat and having yarn on the lap since I'm from Texas. But I love to see the wonderful creations folks like Lisa make.

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  15. Glad you like the blog, Terri. Yours isn't so bad, either. :) I haven't knitted anything large enough yet to have it make me too hot while it's on my lap. I'm knitting a feathers and fan scarf now for a gift. The yarn is a lightweight bamboo spa yarn--so soft and cozy. Hope the recipient likes it.

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  16. Teri, do you mean one "r"?? For some reason, your comment made me giggle.

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  17. Great post, Lisa!

    Um...Teri (Dawn Smith), don't ya mean you could only afford one "r?"

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  18. Okay, I claim dyslexia. Or dementia. Or something.

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  19. Thanks, Roxanne. :)

    Teri, we all have those moments. Glad to see you gave up the other R to buy the I. :D

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  20. Lisa,
    I loved your post! I started knitting when I was in fourth grade. Let's not think about how many years ago that was! But it is very relaxing, very rhythmic therapy. Great Job!!!

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  21. One of the things I enjoy is watching you ponder as you knit at coffee girl events. It's like I can see the characters and plot lines develop as the needles click away.

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  22. Lisa,

    I so enjoyed your post! It immediately brought back memories of my grandma teaching me to knit. A few years ago, I picked up the needles again to play "Mama Mouse" in a church play and began a green scarf. Sadly, it sits undone waiting to be completed. Perhaps, I will have to ponder how to fit knitting back into my busy life..... Thanks again!

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  23. Welcome, Suzeq18 and Jeanne T. (Is this "my" Jeanne T?)
    ;o)
    Lots of knitters out there, I see!
    Well, I'm the craft-challenged Ponderer. I will stick to crossing my t's and dotting my i's.

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  24. Jennie, sounds like the next time the Ponderers get together, we'll have to break out the knitting needles. :)

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  25. Susan, the voices in my head are conversing as I knit, but you knew that...right?? :D

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  26. Jeanne, what a lovely way to start knitting again. As with writing, I sneak in stolen moments to knit. I carry a project in my purse, too. :)

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  27. Oh I SO want every prize listed. Is that greedy of me? I have to tell you that I only crochet. I learned in fourth grade and have made miles of scares and a few crooked blankets. I always add my special ingredient, love, so the recipients are always appreciative. My Dd wants me to teach her how to knit and I would love learn myself.

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  28. T. Anne, I think that's honest! I do too, but I'm told I'm disqualified! LJ, I will send you that pattern, but it might not be until after I graduate, hee hee! So fun to see so much conversation here. Someday we should all post a pic of a creation we've made, knitting, altered book, slurry of words, whatever. Wouldn't it be fun to see what other hidden talents people have?

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  29. I'm not sure what I'd post under "other talents", Amy. I did join in a massive effort to set a world record of the most people sliding down a hill on a piece of cardboard on July 4th. (Only in Texas!) Would that count?

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  30. Great post, LIsa! I ponder how I'm going to research my next novel while here in Carmel when all I want to do is walk around the beautiful neighborhoods and shop. BTW, I knitted a scarf a few years back. Then I bought a Knifty Knitter! Makes knitting easy! Even my ten-year-old can do it! :)

    Blessings,
    Sherry

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  31. Dear Lisa...I love your blog. I love the scarf you knitted for me, yet I love crocheting and knitting is not something I have a desire for now, but isn't it amazing how God opens windows of desire at different times of our lives? I know there are several things in my life now...kids both at home and at work, pastoring, and scouting that were earlier in my life even on the radar. Now I love them all. So I will not say I shall never knit, because I very well may love to knit, one day. So I will just keep it as a thought to ponder! :) Hope I win something out of that basket...sound really great! Jo

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  32. Welcome, Sherry and Jo! I've been to Carmel, so I know how beautiful it is--and what a distraction that would be! And Jo, I love your thoughts on God opening windows of desire.
    You never know, you may win the whole basket--because that's how this contest is going: it's all or nothing with The Ponderers!

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  33. I'm so excited to see my "normal" (non-writer) friends posting comments. Susan is one of my Coffee Girls and Jo is my pastor's wife and good friend who is part of the prayer shawl ministry.

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  34. T. Anne (do you go by T. Anne, or just Anne?), you should check out the knitting videos at www.knittinghelp.com. I paused and restarted many times until I got the hang of it. Such fun. And I totally understand crooked, but made with love!

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  35. Sherry, happy anniversary! I hope you're having a great, pain-free time in Carmel. I haven't used the knifty knitter, but I have a friend who has one and loves it.

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  36. Lisa, awesome post! I am not, nor have I ever been, a knitter. And not because my grandmother did not try to teach me. Mercy, that woman was patient!! Given my inability to sit still, I stand in awe of all of you who knit!

    And don't shortchange yourself, LJ, you are fantastically talented. Don't make the mistake of thinking "more-widely published" somehow equals "more talented."

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