Sorting KTIL scarves!

KTIL #2It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update about the Knit Together In Love project but I want you to know that I’ve been busy collecting, sorting and distributing!

We received mountains of boxes and packages in the mail containing scarves totaling well over the 1,000 mark!

With help from family and friends we opened and sorted all of the packages.  We divided them up into gender specific piles and then bagged or boxed them up to give to the missionaries.

sorting scarves 20132014 #2(My grandparents helping to count and record some of the boxes)

I’m still working on a total number because a few boxes came in after the in date but as you can see from the pictures there are tons of your gorgeous handcrafted art work!

I have already distributed many of the scarves and have a few more bags to go.  Some of the scarves have already gone over seas to China and Nepal and more will be leaving in the coming weeks!

sorting scarves 2013:2014(Me, my sister Amber and friend Michelle opening and sorting scarves)

I am asking the missionaries to provide pictures for us when they are able and I will plan to give you another up date in a week or so.

Thank you so much for your involvement int his years project!  You have been a huge blessing!

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Scarves Due Soon!

knit together in love scarf project poster sidebar buttonIf you need to be reminded of the address to send the Knit Together In Love scarves to email me at:

We need them all to be in by January 6th!

Love = Freedom

love = freedomI have been pondering lately the great importance of love in the life of a Christian.

I find that for myself I often identify resolve, abstinence and standards, the doing or not doing, as the true test of my faith or the perceived level of spirituality in others.  While I certainly think that a true or strong believer will have standards and safeguards the Bible does not seem to paint this as being the ultimate proof of spirituality.

We see many proofs and tests of authentic faith shown in Scripture but by far the most defining quality that sets us apart from the world is our love.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  -John 13

It is easy to assume that the keeping of the law makes us look most like Christ and while the law is not bad the fulfillment of the law is summed up in this:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  -Matthew 22

It is easy to assume that despising God haters and persecutors would identify us with Christ and yet…

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”  -Matthew 5

It is easy to assume that speaking Truth loudly declares Christ more but the Bible says even Truth must be spoken in love: 

“Rather, speaking the truth in love..”  -Ephesians 4

The book of 1 John gives us tests of true salvation and over and over it tells us that a believer’s life will be one marked by the love of God and the love of others.

The first quality in the list of the fruit of the Spirt in Galatians 5 is love.

Perhaps it’s time to stop enslaving ourselves to a list of rules and start living in the freedom of Christ’s love and the fruit of the Spirit.

I am not suggesting that we discontinue the other biblical commands but maybe we would do well to realize that the entirety of God’s commands, when condensed, come down to loving Him and loving others.

If true, Christ-like love is our focus and our motivation then the rest of our doing will flow out in the spirit and freedom in which it was intended.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  -1 Corinthians 13 {ESV}

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75 Gift Ideas for Guys, Girls and Grandparents

christmas giftChristmas is almost here!  Do you have all of your shopping done?  If you are still looking for some creative gifts for those hard to choose for people take a look at this list of 75 gift ideas for guys, girls and grandparents!

 For Guys:

  • Ear buds
  • Beanie/Knit Hat
  • Quality Flash Light
  • Tie/Bow tie
  • Pocket knife
  • Study Bible
  • Nice Pen set
  • Travel mug
  • Leather gloves
  • Wallet
  • A man bag (for carrying laptop, books or sports gear etc.)
  • Video games
  • ipod
  • Leather Belt
  • Phone case/cover
  • Watch
  • Classic Cowboy movies
  • Chess Set
  • Christian life books
  • Car accessories
  • Leather Bound Journal
  • Key Chain Flash Drive
  • Sweater or Hoodie
  • Tools
  • Wilderness Survival Kit

For Girls:

  • Spa Basket
  • Hair Accessories/Natural Hair Care products
  • Makeup Bag
  • Clutch bag
  • Accent Scarf
  • Statement Necklace
  • Perfume
  • Tea Cup and Herbal Tea
  • Study Bible
  • Classic Chick-Flick
  • Warm Cardigan
  • Pearl Earrings
  • Fine Chocolate
  • Leather Gloves
  • Manicure and/or Pedicure Gift Certificate
  •  Novelty Cookbook
  • Jewelry Box
  • Cute PJ and Slipper Set
  • Monogramed water Bottle
  • Knit Boot Socks or Leg Warmers
  • Essentials Purse Kit (with mirror, nail clippers, Gum & Tissues)
  • Mace or Stun gun
  • Jeweled Cell Phone Case
  • Magazine Subscription
  • Kitchen Aid Mixer

For Grandparents:

  • Baked Goods
  • Picture Collage
  • Coffee Mug Set
  • Personalized Picture Calendar
  • ipad or Kindle
  • A Legacy Book (note book with a list of questions about their childhood, life and God’s Leading)
  • Homemade Frozen Dinner
  •  Hand knit scarf
  • Digital Photo Frame
  • Skype Equipment (for grandparents who live far away)
  • Home DVD with a special Christmas message from the family
  • A Scrapbook from the year
  • Day Planner
  • Old Time Music popular when they were kids
  • Handmade Place Mats
  • Indoor/Outdoor thermometer
  • A Memory jar (a large mason jar filled with heart shaped papers with special memories of grandma and grandpa)
  • Maid Service gift card
  • Audio Books
  • Personalized Jewelry with grandchildren’s initials or birthstones
  • Classic board games or card games
  • Fishing gear
  • Customizable cookbook for preserving family recipes
  • Gift card for a lawn service
  • A Family Photo Session

Do you have a creative gift idea?  Share it will us in the comments!

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News Article About Knit Together In Love!

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I just had to give you a little update on the Knit Together In Love scarf project!  The other week I was interviewed by the local news paper, The News & Advance and they have printed an article on us!  This is as much about you and your efforts as it is about me.  I just facilitated the project, YOU made it happen!

I’m so excited that our goal of sharing the Gospel was clearly stated too!

Follow Knit Together In Love on Facebook!

Oh!  And so many people wanted to help that I’m reopening the entry form so if you know people who are interested in helping you can refer them here.

Read News Article 

75 Family Christmas Traditions

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Looking for some new Christmas activities or hoping to start a new tradition?  I am posting over at The Better Mom today with 75 creative traditions!  Come take a look and get some new ideas or add to the list if you think something was forgotten!


Cyber Monday Sale!

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Visit Faith of a Family here!

Launching Arrows of Faith into the Next Generation

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“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;

so are children of the youth.”  -Psalm 127

I’m excited to announce that my dad is launching a new business called Faith of a Family!

Faith of a Family is a Psalm 127:4 inspired business and is an offshoot of his blog  The purpose of this site is to be an avenue to share resources for families and to help them share their faith with others.

This beautiful display set and family heirloom includes:

  • Handcrafted, authentic arrows with customized name engraving for each of your children.
  • A custom made leather quiver uniquely designed to hold up to 14 Arrows of Faith.
  • Display your family in a beautiful custom designed photo frame found only at  Each frame is laser engraved with the Bible verse from Psalm 127:4 “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” (KJV) and stained in a rustic yet elegant barnwood color suitable for both brown or black decor.

This gorgeous piece will be a unique testament of your faith and desire to instill God’s Word into the lives of the children in your “quiver”.

This would a perfect Christmas gift for your parents, spouse and for a new or already established family.

I recommend to you the following posts from my dad’s blog on Psalm 127 and shaping arrows (children) of faith.

How Strong Are You Making Your Arrows?

Directing your Arrows

SHAPE of Arrowheads

Launching Faithful Arrows into the World

How many children should you have?

I’d encourage you to take a moment to visit the new Faith of a Family website, like the Facebook page and pin or share this new product!

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DIY Christmas Money Envelope System

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Christmas shopping season starts in just a few days!  I’ve always felt like it was a pain to try to keep track of how much money I’ve spent on each person on my list.  Then I found some great tutorials on Pinterest for making a DIY Christmas Money Envelope System and I decided this would be a perfect solution!

Here are three tutorials that I used for inspiration:

Bacon in My Pocket Blog  | Nickerson Nest  | Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs

I looked at their instructions and kind of combined the things that I liked.  I think you could get really creative with this!

The really cool thing was that it didn’t cost me hardly anything.  I got the blue card stock paper from Michael’s for $0.75, the rustic ribbon was $1 and I found the envelopes on clearance at Target for $0.35!  Even if you have to pay more for the envelopes this project should be well under $5.

How do you keep track of your Christmas spending?  Have you ever used the envelope system?

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Which Bible Version Should I Read?

what bible version should I readThe other day a reader asked me why there are so many Bible versions and what is different about each of them.  I thought this was a really good question, one that I only came to understand a couple of years ago, so I thought I’d share with you what I found out.

What is the Bible and Where Did it Come From?

God inspired human men to write the Bible.  The Bible is God’s actual word but it was written down by men He chose and it was written in their own language.  The Bible was originally written in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament).

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  -2 Timothy 3:16-17 {NASB}

Why So Many Different Versions?  

Any English versions of the Bible are translations of the original.  This is why there are so many versions.  The Greek language especially is very different from our English language.  One word in the Greek might need several words in English to convey the same meaning and at times there might be more than one English word(s) that could be used and it would still be a correct translation.

Another interesting thing is that the ancient Greek language does not change anymore however our English does.  Ancient Greek would be called a “dead language” but English is a “living language”

For example:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:…” -Genesis 1:28 KJV

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;…”  -Genesis 1:28 NASB

In the old English “replenish” meant to fill for the first time (the meaning intended in the original language) however now a days when we say “replenish” we mean to fill again.  Both the KJV and NASB have translated correctly but because our English language changes over time translators have tried to update the translations so the reader understands what the original intent of the verse was even if they are not well versed in Greek, Hebrew or Old English.

Knowing the original intent of a word or passage is extremely important because if we misunderstand we can easily form incorrect thoughts and doctrine.

Genesis 1:28 has been used as a “proof” that the Bible allows for evolution all because of a misunderstanding of the word “replenish”.  Some have taken that word to mean that God called man to refill the earth as in, it used to be filled before by the evolutionary process but must be filled again after creation.  This of course is not true and was not what the original intent of the verse was but you can see how it could be easy to get confused if you aren’t digging down deeply and understanding the true meaning.  Here is a fuller explanation of this.


What Are the Different Types of Bible Versions? 

There are a lot of Bible versions out there.  Some are better than others, some have different purposes and others are just bad.  Here are the 4 basic categories of Bible versions:

1.  Literal Translations- these translations are the most accurate because the translators translated word for word.  These Type of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)

2.  Broad Brush Translations- this type of version was translated thought for thought instead of word for word.  As a result the translation isn’t as accurate (and can sometimes be faulty) but it covers the general idea.  These type of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)

3.  Paraphrases- these aren’t really meant to be Bibles at all though some call them that.  Their intent isn’t to be precisely accurate but rather to tell a story, perhaps for children. These types of Bibles include (but are not limited to):

  • The Message
  • Word On the Street (I have not read this one)

4.  Heretical Literature- these types of works are not Bibles at all, in fact they are in direct opposition to the Bible.  The authors have added or written things that are not true and are dangerous to the reader.  These types of books should be avoided.  This type of literature includes (but is not limited to):


Which Bible Version Should I Read?

On some level the Bible version you read will be about preference and conscience.  I think all of the Bibles in the first three categories can serve a purpose but when digging down deep and setting your doctrine I think it’s best to read a literal translation that is very close to the original.  If we can’t read or understand Greek and Hebrew we want to get as close to it as we can so we can understand what God was really saying.

If you are a long time reader you may have guessed that my favorite version, right now, is the NASB but when studying I often compare several literal translations to get a fuller picture.  I talk about that a little bit in a previous post 4 Valuable {easy} Bible Study Tips.  You may also enjoy, “Why I Stopped Reading My Bible… out of a book”.

What about you?  When you are studying what is your favorite literal  version to use?  Have you found some of the other types of Bibles to be helpful in other settings?  Share your experiences with us!

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