Women Skilled at Weaving

I took my coat to “Leanne’s Sewing Shoppe.” (I forgot that Dotty retired.) The material I bought was too thin. She said it would peel in a year. They recommended a suede, that they had on hand.

When I got home, I asked God if I was just being cheap. Should I wear it frayed until I find a replacement?

Exodus 35:25, “All the women skilled at weaving brought their weavings of blue and purple and scarlet fabrics and fine linens.” The Message

These 3 ladies are skilled seamstresses. They know quality material. I can trust them. When they finish, my coat will be ready for another 6 years! (Yes, I took a “before” picture. No, I will not get a discount for mentioning them.)

Do you second-guess yourself?

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Change the Sacred Garments

I am in my house 92% of the time because it is allergen free. You would think I would lay around in my pajamas and slippers all day. After all, I’m not going anywhere and no one is coming over.

I bet you have an image of me in a pony tail and pajama pants. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I get dressed, with my shoes on, every day before 7:00 a.m. Shocking, since no one will see me!

We like to look our best, but sometimes God requires more.

Ezekiel 42:14, “After the priests have entered the Sanctuary, they must not return to the outside courtyard and mingle among the people until they change the sacred garments in which they ministered and put on their regular clothes.” The Message

No one ever saw them in their consecrated garments. They dressed up for God. I wonder how our wardrobes would change if we truly realized we are dressing for God.

Would they be:

  • Less frumpy?
  • More modest?
  • Not as tight?
  • Cleaner and neater?
  • More attractive?

We need to remember God is our mirror and our appearance should reflect Him.

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HOW NAKED WAS KING DAVID?

My friend asked what I was going to wear to the Valentine Banquet. A mutual friend is wearing a formal gown and she wanted to know if I were wearing a dress.

I told her I only own one dress and I wore it to the awards banquet two weeks ago. I do, however, have four skirts.

Today, I learned that the “ephod,” or linen cloth, that King David wore was actually a skirt.

2 Samuel 6:14, “He was dancing for the Lord with all his might, but he wore only a linen cloth.”

“The Hebrew word is “ephod,” which can mean either a piece of clothing like a skirt that went from the waist to the knee or a garment like a vest or a jacket only the priests wore.” CEV Bible Notes

King David was not a priest, and he could not wear the vest or jacket. He was wearing a modest skirt and took his royal robes and shirt off.

He was dancing, exuberantly, in an arid, semi-desert climate. He humbled himself by taking off the robe that marked him as king.

Michal’s pride in being a king’s daughter, and as David’s first wife, being the queen, dishonored God and God did not allow her to conceive.

“I’ll Dance like David Danced” – Salvador

October 8, 2013

The thing that impressed me the most about today’s verse were the two terms listed after “beautiful and attractive.”

Genesis 24:16, “And the girl was very beautiful and attractive, chaste and modest…”

When we see beautiful women in magazines today they look neither chaste nor modest! You do not need to dress in a revealing way to be beautiful. In fact, it distracts from the beauty in your face.

“Beautiful” by MercyMe

July 14, 2013

As I dressed for church, I was grateful that I didn’t live in the 1800’s, like in the book I am reading.

“Already Emilie was dreading donning petticoats and chemise, white hose, and a long dress.” The Message on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson

If Emilie’s mother could see me she would say I was half-naked because my bare legs are exposed from a few inches below my knee. I found the same misunderstanding in today’s verse.

Isaiah 20:2, “At that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, Go, loose the sackcloth from off your loins and take your shoes off your feet. And he had done so, walking around stripped [to his loincloth] and barefoot.”

“Sackcloth –  the loose outer garment of coarse dark hair-cloth worn by mourners and by prophets, fastened at the waist by a girdle. Naked – rather, uncovered; he merely put off the outer sackcloth, retaining still the tunic…” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

January 16, 2013

Do you read your Bible in your pajamas or do you dress first? My routine was to dress, eat, clean up the kitchen, toss in a load of laundry and then read my Bible.

My legalism took over and I went back to reading first in my pajamas yesterday. When my husband came home at noon…I was still in my pajamas!

In my defense, he had the afternoon off and I needed to get some writing done while the house was quiet. I spent almost two hours catching up my journal – I was on a roll, in the “zone” so to speak. That was after devotions and studying for last night’s home group.

Then I worked on the 2016 Relevant Bible Reading Guide because it is a leap year and I have to recalculate for the extra day. I wrote a week’s worth of Frugalfish.org blogs and finished up before he finished lunch.

I thought it was really a productive morning and I sat down to read my Bible again in my pajamas. Then I read today’s verse.

Luke 12:34, “Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning.”

“Loins girded – to fasten up the long outer garment, always done before travel and work. (2 Kings 4:29; Acts 12:8). The meaning is, Be in readiness.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

Excuse me; I need to go get dressed.

 

November 11, 2012 – Relevant

Only God could design a Bible Reading Guide that had you read the first chapter of Numbers on Veteran’s Day. The men were numbered who were qualified to be soldiers.

Numbers 1:3, “From twenty years old and upward, all in Israel who are able to go forth to war you and Aaron shall number, company by company.”

Amplified Bible Notes: “This book accounts for the thirty-eight years of wilderness wanderings…Divine provision for Israel is apparent throughout the book of Numbers. The food supply in manna, water, and quails for a population of over 600,000 men, plus women and children, throughout nearly four decades of wilderness travel extends beyond the natural resources available to Moses.”

“What an astonishing increase from seventy-five persons who went down to Egypt about 215 years before, and who were subjected to the greatest privations and hardships! And yet this enumeration was restricted to men from 20 years old and upwards. Including women, children, and old men, together with the Levites, the whole population of Israel, on the ordinary principles of computation, amounted to about 2,4000,000.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol.  I

God took 70 people and multiplied them to 2,400,000 in spite of the privations, hardships of slavery and the killing of newborn boys.

Then he led them, fed them, kept their clothes from wearing out, and protected them, for 40 years in a desert!

He will take care of you.

 

November 8, 2012 – Relevant

I was planning my garden for next year. I have tomatoes planted with marigolds in front of them. The marigolds attract the bugs that would normally harm the tomatoes. I thought about that when I read today’s verse.

Leviticus 19:19, “You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your domestic animals breed with a different kind [of animal]: you shall not sow your field with mixed seed, neither wear a garment of linen mixed with wool.”

“If…the grains and grasses, should be sown in the same field, and flower at the same time, so that the pollen of that two flowers mix, a spurious seed will be the consequence, called…chess, and is always…inferior…in size , flavor and nutritious principles. ‘linen and wool’ – did not prohibit the Israelites wearing many different kinds of clothes…wool when combined with linen, increases its power of passing off the electricity from the body; in hot climates; it brings on malignant fevers, and exhausts the strength, and when passing off from the body, it meets with heated air, inflames and excoriates (strip off or removes the skin from) like a blister.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

God gave these instructions so we could:

  1.  Grow food superior in size, flavor and nutrition.
  2. Protect us from malignant fevers.
  3. Maintain our strength.
  4. Keep our skin!

Babysteps – Day 399

James 5:2, 3, “Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are completely rusted through…”

We all desire to have riches; but they can be taken away in an instant.

I remember seeing on TV a beautiful home after the flood in Nashville. They had lovely furniture and it was all swollen, muddy and ruined from the flood. Their clothes were starting to mold.

We have seen our money be eaten away in the stock market over the last couple of years. The only place we can put our trust is in God. He can bless us during floods, famines, droughts and wars. He takes care of his own.

What verse impressed you?

January 16, 2012 – Relevant

Luke 12:15, “And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.”

Wow!

That phrase “over and above his needs”, jumped out and slapped me in the face!

How much am I buying that is over and above my needs?

I’m pretty good about buying things for the house only when something breaks; but what about the grocery store…and Wal-Mart!

I need to look at my list for Wal-Mart again.

What verse impressed you?