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Thursday, January 31, 2019


I designed and started work on this blanket 8 days ago. The brightly colored crochet bars remind me of stained glass. The finished squared swaddling blanket measures 37-1/2” x 37-1/2 inches.


Materials: Sport Yarn in these colors – 2 skeins Blue, 1 skein EA Yellow, Red, White, Black; crochet hook size F/5, tapestry needle

BLUE: With blue, make a chain of 170; turn and work 168 dc across. Ch 2, turn

Rows 2 – 3: Dc across; ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Work 1 row sc across; ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Work 6 blue sc – join black (do not cut blue yarn – you will begin to carry the blue up the sides as you work blanket) and work 1 sc, 1 long sc (work a long sc by working a sc into the corresponding sc of previous row), *2 sc, 1 long sc* across row – end with 1 long sc, 1 sc; attach a second ball of blue, working 6 blue sc to end; ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Work 6 sc with blue, then with black work regular sc’s across row, ending with the last 6 sc’s worked in blue; ch 2, turn.

YELLOW STRIPE: Row 7: Work 6 blue dc – join yellow (continue to carry the blue up the side) and dc cross row – ending with 6 blue dc; ch 2, turn.

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 2 – 3, keeping the 6 sts in EA side edge blue.

Row 10: Repeat row 4.

Rows 11 – 12: Repeat rows 5 & 6.

RED STRIPE: Row 13: Work 6 blue dc – join red (continue to carry the blue up the side) and dc cross row – ending with 6 blue dc; ch 2, turn.

Rows 14 – 15: Repeat rows 2 – 3, keeping the 6 sts in EA side edge blue.

Row 16: Repeat row 4.

Rows 17 – 18: Repeat rows 5 & 6.

WHITE STRIPE: Row 19: Work 6 blue dc – join white (continue to carry the blue up the side) and dc cross row – ending with 6 blue dc; ch 2, turn.

Rows 20 – 21: Repeat rows 2 – 3, keeping the 6 sts in EA side edge blue.

Row 22: Repeat row 4.

Rows 23 – 24: Repeat rows 5 & 6.

BLUE STRIPE: Work 3 rows dc across row and 1 row sc; then repeat rows 5 & 6.

Repeat the pattern as established until there are 5 yellow through white striped strips total. End with a top edging of 4 blue dc rows and 1 blue sl st row. Weave loose ends in neatly on the backside of the blanket.


This chapter of Scripture is very special to me concerning 3 special occasions: my husband’s literal resurrection – entirely the loving compassion and grace of Almighty God, Who is the giver and restorer of life; in 1981, my husband was declared dead after a 25 minutes attempt of failed CPR by TWO different ambulance teams, as well as the homeowner where he died before the ambulances arrived. My husband immediately gave his life to Yeshua following the resurrection. What a happy day!

The other 2 occasions are our grandchildren: Alyna was a true blessing and a living witness of His faithfulness to hear and answer prayers, as my daughter was told at age 16 during a physical exam that she would never have children of her own. But I refused to believe that report, and as soon as we left the doctor’s office I told her as much; and later at home I started praying and getting busy on a baby layette for my future grandchildren ;-) By the time our granddaughter was born 4 years later, I had put together a 100 piece layette of hand knitted, hand crocheted, and a few (less than 10 things) store bought things that caught my eye! In 2002, our daughter had ovarian surgery to remove grapefruit sized cysts that could morph into cancerous growths – 1 ovary was totally removed, and the other had cysts removed and left in to keep her from being thrown into early menopause, being told, that the ovary was worthless as far as pregnancy was concerned: it would, hopefully, stave off the early onset of menopause, but it would not produce viable eggs for pregnancies and would have to be closely monitored for the recurrence of cysts. We all mourned the loss of future children/grandchildren. Then in 2014 our family was shockingly blessed when our daughter got pregnant with and delivered a healthy son/grandson named Azariah! It was a risky pregnancy, but Elohei was faithful to my prayers that went up sooooooo long ago for grandchildren :-D

I am gratefully thankful that my husband, before he passed into glory in December 2018, was given a new lease on life in 2018 and was able to see, hold, and enjoy his grandchildren before he was called home to the Heavenly realm a few weeks ago – and I am as equally grateful and thankful that they got to see, cuddle into his arms, and enjoy him before he was called home. This is Elohim’s legacy to us.

Elohim is faithful to show favor to those who honor Him with their lives.


As to Abraham, our ancestor after the flesh, what shall we say that he found? For if Abraham was justified by his works, he had something to boast about, yet he could not do so before Elohei. What does Scripture say about him? It says, “Abraham believed Elohei and that was credited to him as justification” (Genesis 15:6).

In case a man works, his pay is not considered a gift but an obligation. But if a man has no good works to his credit but believes Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accepted for justification. David said as much when he described the happiness of the man who is justified by Elohei, apart from his works: “Blessed is the man whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man against whom Adonai will not record any sin” (Psalm 32:1 & 2).

Is this happiness, then, for the circumcised only – or for the uncircumcised as well? In the case of Abraham we have heard that it was his faith that brought his justification. When was he justified? Was it after he had been circumcised, or was it while he was still uncircumcised? It was not after he was circumcised, but before. He received circumcision as a sign, or token, of the justification he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, thus to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised but who nevertheless receive justification. And, likewise, he was made to be the father of those who are not only circumcised, but who are also Believers such as father Abraham was even before he was circumcised.

The promise made to Abraham and his descendants – that they should possess the Earth – was given, not because of their keeping The Law, but because of justification by Faith. For if those who live under The Law are to be heirs, then Faith has no value and the promise means nothing. For where there is law there is wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

It all depends, then, on faith in the promise made as a matter of grace and guaranteed to all of Abraham’s later generations, not only to those who hold to The Law, but also to those who have faith like Abraham’s. He is the father of us all. So it is written, too, “I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). This promise was made because he believed Elohei, Who can restore the dead to life and can call into being things that do not exist. So Abraham kept on hoping when hope had failed, for he believed that he was to become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, “So shall your seed be” (Genesis 15:5).

Even when he was about 100 years old, being as good as dead, and even though Sara was far too old to bear children, his faith did not weaken. He did not through unbelief question Elohei’s promise, but remained strong in The Faith, giving glory to Elohei. He was absolutely certain that Elohei was able to do what he had promised to do. Therefore, this faith was counted to him for justification.

But this “counted to him for justification”, was not written for his sake only. These words apply also to us. They will be applied to us if we believe in Him Who raised our Adonai Yeshua Ha’Mashiach from the dead. Ha’Mashiach died for our sins, and he was risen again for our justification.