5/13/20 – Mindful Knitting for Christians is different than the mindful knitting that’s out there. Christian Mindful Knitting is about meditating on His word and putting our trust and faith in God for both our comfort and our strength. There is a difference between Christian and Eastern Meditation and we should not commit spiritual adultery by combining them. I think it is important to talk about it this week.
I’ve been so stressed out lately because of the horrible news that is on the TV all the time. I don’t know why or how it came to be that I am so sensitive to everything around me. I can’t even knit with my red ChiaoGoo knitting needles because the red colored cord stresses me out. I eat oatmeal with cinnamon because it is comforting. I drink Ginger tea because it is soothing. I sit here knitting with my bamboo knitting needles thinking about things, taking breaks to do chores and talking to my family here and there. This time in isolation is finally hitting me. It’s been months since I’ve had candy or cake or anything I miss. I think I would feel terribly guilty if I did have a piece. I can’t enjoy my favorite stores and cafes. I have to be mentally and physically strong as a mother here, too. So I don’t complain or mention it. I’m taking it slowly like everyone else, one day at a time, one stitch at a time.
I will post some information and tips this week so we can do this as Christians women in a stressful time. We’ll learn and discover together. I will keep adding to this post so it will be a work in progress article until it is completed this month. If you would like to comment or add to the discussion, please post in the comments area or subscribe to me on Twitter or this blog.
5/14/20 – So what is Christian Mindful Knitting? It’s a therapeutic form of knitting or crocheting that is relaxing. Because it is Christian, it does not involve Eastern religious practices of emptying the mind and reaching a state of Nirvana or having a similar type of conscience zenith of mental enlightenment. It is not the New Age Christian form of Buddhism or Hinduism that has an “encounter with God” moment because you are chanting and emptying the mind. Instead think of it as a Christian form of meditating on God’s word and a time of prayer. Work on something simple and easy so that you can think and pray and remind yourself of memorized scripture. It is calming down our stress and anxiety to instead turning it to faith and trust in a Holy God. As we knit and crochet, we put focus on God or what God promises so that we can have purpose, mental strength and missionary focus. It is uncluttering the mind and heart of busyness needless worry to know that God is in charge and gives us the strength and the power and a calm courage. We can trust God through whatever happens.
If you enjoy knitting socks or shawls or blankets and have memorized the stitch so that you don’t have to challenge yourself with something difficult and new, then it is easier to keep your hands going while you pray and think and reflect. Christian meditation focuses on God and that is exactly what is needed sometimes in our life of ups and downs. Even when things are going well, we can use that time for gratitude. Things are never going to be completely easy but God will help us every time.
One thing I have learned this year is that sometimes we are not the only ones going through a tough time and we need to be strong for others. As a mother, my main ministry is to my kids and at the very least, I can pray for them. I may not be a perfect mother but at least I can pray when I see them needing prayer. Being online means that we can pray for people that we may never meet. Jesus once was asked, who is our neighbor? Jesus told us a parable that helped us understand it can be anyone we come across in our lives. Some of those people may not be our real next door neighbors but people we come in to contact even if virtually so we should love people and pray for them. There is never a shortage of things to pray about or to give those cares to God in trust that He will help us even if the timing or the way He handles it is not something we had in mind.
5/17/20 – Well my stress hasn’t gone away. I am still working on Mindful Christian Knitting. I am calling it Relax Knitting now because I am still trying to unwind and try different things to add to this point and to perfect going forward.
I tried to put relaxing music. I tried instrumental, smooth jazz, meditation type of music and I tried classical and they did not help. It was a good try and test but it did not relax me and it was distracting. Videos are not working, either and I don’t feel like watching movies. Every since my divorce, it has been difficult to watch movies with couples or families or seeing people who are doing better or worse than me. It is something I don’t want to see. I like when the birds sing, though.
I noticed that my stitches are loose and that is frustrating. I don’t want to use my metal needles. Unfortunately, I am extremely sensitive to everything and my stomach hurts. I ordered some bamboo sock needles that were a very good price. They will come in next week perhaps. I am looking forward to trying them.
But small things are also helping. So there is hope. I was looking for some knitting needles to start a new sock. My needles must be wood or bamboo or vintage plastic. I switched to DPNs and I am working one at a time which I am afraid I may not want to work on the 2nd sock but it’s about the process not the end product to feel relaxed. I am using the same cuff down basic pattern which is very easy.
One thing I tried today which was very helpful was listening to a sermon. I was able to keep my eyes focused on the slow stitches and listen to something spiritual. The pastor I listen to has no ads in his videos and they are about an hour long. That was a good part of my day. My oldest son came to visit today and gave me 2 hugs. Wow, I really needed that. It was a good day. We need that touch. I think that may be part of what is making this lock down very difficult for single people. We were not made to be alone.
5/26/20 – OK well it has been more than a week and I feel better. It helps not to watch the news. I just want to leave some thoughts before I conclude this post. You can listen to music or whatever you want. For me it was distracting. You can meditate on God and His word and pray however you want. I am only telling you what helped me when I was so sensitive to everything at that point of time and everything was making the situation difficult. It is like having chicken noodle soup when you are sick or plain crackers when you have to eat something but you don’t want to eat. You can only take what you can handle. Sometimes the solution is different than normal but the results are good after a week. I actually can use metal knitting needles again. Things will get better even if it baby steps. Keep praying, keep trusting God, keep focus on the things you want to do and keep smiling. Big hugs to my sisters all over the world.