Long ago, when I was 10, my mom gave me some seed beads, wire and a tattered piece of newsprint with handwriting on it. These were the very instructions for copying my great grandmother's Victorian butterfly pin.
It was love at first sight! Soon I experimented with patterns and new colors. Eventually, a friend challenged me to design smaller butterflies for earrings and hair pieces. In seemingly no time, I created adorable little ones. I decided to publish the instructions so others could enjoy creating Awesome Beaded Butterflies too!

One of my first beaded butterfly projects!                monarch2.gif (6141 bytes)

Butterflies are particularly special to me. What wondrous creatures real butterflies are, how they were designed and created. Metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly reminds me of a process I went through in life.
As I grew from childhood to adolescence, I discovered new stresses in life. I also sensed a deadness within me. Spiritually, I felt about as pleasing to God as the inside of a pasty caterpillar pupa would be to me. I needed a change.
Mid-summer, 1971, at age 13, I was unusually motivated to read my Bible and learn how to get closer to God. I discovered how and why I should ask Jesus to forgive my sins and to be Lord and Master of my life. One very special day that August, I experienced His forgiveness and renewal in my life. Through his Holy Spirit, I knew I had become brand new spiritually from the inside out, just as a caterpillar transforms miraculously from a worm into a beautiful butterfly.
That's how the gift of salvation works. And it's free for anyone who wants it! Please consider studying THE Manual for mankind, God's written word, if you do not do so already. Whereas the Bible is the most read book in the world, it's probably the most misquoted too! How far man has drifted from the Truth.
With Jesus as my Lord, I have confidence and peace facing challenges that come my way that would be otherwise impossible. I hope that you may soon experience that same oneness with God if you have not already!

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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation - 2 Cor. 5:17 [He] will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
- Phil. 3:21