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Archive for the month “May, 2012”

One Day at a Time – May 15

Genesis 21:1-7
“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Why did God wait until Abraham was a hundred years old before giving him a son? If Sarah was childless because she was unable to conceive, why not give her a child earlier in life when she had greater physical capacity to care for him?

God’s miracles are often timed specifically to validate a message that he has spoken or to build faith in his people. God went out of his way to demonstrate to Abraham and Sarah that indeed he was going to make Abraham into a great nation, and it would not be merely through good luck or natural circumstances. The building of this nation would be God’s doing. He made it exceedingly clear from beginning to end that this was his work, not Abraham’s or Sarah’s. And in the process, he established Abraham as Scripture’s great example of faith.

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One Day at a Time – May 14

Genesis 18:1-15
And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on— since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12  So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14  Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

Many say they cannot believe in God because they cannot believe in miracles. But overruling natural physical laws isn’t a problem for a God who put those laws in place to begin with. Part of the very definition of God’s deity is that his power transcends human power. Miracles are part of his nature. If we believe that there is a God who created the world, every other miracle—a healing, having a child in old age or even a resurrection—is easy to believe. Both Abraham and Sarah laughed in temporary disbelief, but they did eventually believe. And because of their faith, they received the fulfillment of God’s promise—and the last laugh.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Official Overview:

You have in your hands the pivotal fourth novel in the seven part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at the Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened in a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen year old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

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Like I’ve said before, READ THESE books if you haven’t before. I am a 31 year-old mom of two and I am loving them!

Trust

Genesis 9:8-17
“8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11  I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15  I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

“People who are true to their word can be trusted. If they aren’t true to their word, they can’t be trusted. It’s as simple as that. God promised that he would never destroy the earth with a flood again, and then he set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise. For thousands of years, God has been true to his word. We sometimes get discouraged during the tough times in life because we tend to focus on our particular circumstances rather than the promises of God. In such times, we need to remember the rainbow. Every time we see one, we are reminded that God is trustworthy. He is always true to what he has said.”

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Do you trust God’s promises?

Romans 15:7-9
“7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”

Hebrews 6:11-18
“11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”

Psalm 77:7-9
7 “Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”

Psalm 106:23-25
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
having no faith in his promise.
25 They murmured in their tents,
and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

Psalm 119:49-50
49 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.

Acts 2:38-40
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”

Romans 4:15-17
15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

James 1:11-13
11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

Many times it’s hard to trust in the things we cannot see, touch or hear audibly with our ears but reading His word daily reminds me of His promises to His children and gives me strength! I hope you read and are challenged to do the same.

Noah

So I wrote about this new daily email that I’m receiving a few days ago so I thought I’d keep you up to date on how it is blessing my daily life.

On May 11th the post was:
Genesis 6:22 “Noah did this, he did all that God commanded him.”
“Many people equate faith with wishful thinking, but it is much more concrete than that. Faith is believing what God has said, not merely hoping for something. It is rooted and grounded in God’s purposes and promises. God told Noah to build an ark and save his family and the animals from the coming deluge. Noah had never seen an ark, but he believed God and was obedient to what God said. He took God at his word and acted accordingly. That’s faith.”

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I have been amazed at the story of Noah and the Ark since I was blessed by the Genesis study in BSF almost 7 years ago. (Sidenote: I am so pumped to get to study it again this coming year in BSF). I have studied a lot of the historical documentation on the flood and anything else I could find on Noah and his family in the years since and I have to tell you, out of all of the men/women of God written about in the Bible, he is one of the most impressive to me. His never ending faith and confidence in what God told him to do was amazing. I’ve also added his wife (unnamed in the text) to my list of people I want to meet in heaven. She must have had patience and trust unlike none other in her husband and in God to support and partner with Noah in his life’s work.

One Day at a Time – May 13

Faith impacts our decisions and our actions. If we truly believe God is totally good and all-powerful, if we truly believe he always acts for his children’s benefit, we will do whatever he asks of us. It is when we doubt these truths that obedience becomes difficult. Abram (later and better known as Abraham) was a man who believed God (see Genesis 15:6; James 2:23), so he obeyed when God said, “Go from your country” (Genesis 12:1).

If we are struggling with obedience in an area of our lives, perhaps there is something in Scripture we do not truly believe. We can ask God to help us uncover any unbelief, choose to embrace his goodness and wholeheartedly do what he says.

New Reading List

17 Things I’m not allowed to do anymore

The Summer Playground

Batty

Rafi and Rosi

Little Bill – The Best Way to Play

Rah, Rah, radishes!

Daisy-Head Mayzie

Pinkalicious and the Princess of Pink Slumber Party

The Dirty Cowboy

Peanut and Pearl’s Picnic Adventure

A Fish out of Water

If You were a Penguin

Fox in Socks

Monster Manners

Fred and Ted Go Camping

Little Bill – The Meanest Thing to Say

The Garbage Barge!

Max’s Dragon

Gorgonzola

The Lorax

The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter

Ahoy there little polar bear

Hunches in Bunches

One Day at a Time – May 10

So I’ve been blessed as I signed up for a new email devotional “One Day at a Time”.

Here’s May 10th’s post:

Genesis 4:9

English Standard Version (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain asks. God’s answer throughout the rest of Scripture is an unequivocal yes. God intended for us to be social beings—to love, care for and protect each other. The mark of any society is how well it cares for those who cannot care for themselves. A selfish society cares well for those it values but does not care well for those it does not. A society that reflects God’s kingdom does well for the least of its members. God’s people are called to do good to all people, regardless of race, gender or social position. In many ways, we are our “brother’s keeper.”

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This really hit me as I have begun praying for our family’s next step in serving whether it be through foster care, child care in our home for those who need it, or through adoption. I definitely agree that we (believers and followers of Christ) are without a doubt ALL called to serve those who cannot care for themselves. I am so proud that my family has always done this in many ways. My sister, brother and mom have served disabled children and adults for over 12 years as volunteers, counselors, and full-time employees for Camp Barnabas. My brother worked with a camp for adults with Down Syndrome, Down Home Ranch. And many other organization and things I cannot think of at this time.

Amazing Idea for Maternity/ Newborn Photos

So our friends Kelli and Brandon (from Lubbock) had their 3rd little one a few weeks ago, Kambel. They have a daughter who is a month older than Addyson and a son a few months older than Owen so it’s amazing to see them welcome a 3rd. Kelli had some maternity pictures taken with the older two kiddos and her niece (is baby in some of pictures) and she had an amazing idea to do a side-by-side picture of her belly with little Kambel inside and a picture of her holding little Kambel at her belly (see photo below).

To check out Kambel’s newborn pictures, click here.

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