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ISAIAH (March 10th)

The Book of Isaiah
We started reading the book of Isaiah this week. The book of Isaiah was written by the prophet Isaiah. According to Bible.org, "The book is a collection of oracles, prophecies, and reports; but the common theme is the message of salvation." And I don't think any chapter quite displays the message of salvation as Isaiah chapter 30.
The first part of the chapter discusses a rebel spirit. A spirit that the generation was plagued with. They piled sin upon sin. They refused to seek God's face concerning their plans. They lied. They wouldn't listen to God. 
Salvation
But God still had a plan of salvation for them. They weren't a hopeless case (I'm listening to Clint Brown's "If Not Grace" while I type this and how ironic that he just said, I'd be a hopeless case if not for grace...)
God knows it takes strength to turn our backs on sin. We were born in to it. It takes effort to be a morally sound person. It is our nature to be sin…

Guilty Pleasure (March 9th)

We are going to switch gears a little bit and talk about 
GUILTY PLEASURES.
Guilty pleasures are described as, "something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard."
One of my guilty pleasures is: CRIME TV SHOWS
I'm obsessed.
Gimme 'Forensic Files'.. gimme 'Cold Justice'... gimme 'Criminal Minds'..  gimme 'Women Behind Bars'... gimme 'Snapped'...
Obsessed.
Some days, I wish I would have became a detective or a homicide investigator. Seeing justice being done for the innocent lives taken.. it lights a fire in me. I also like to make a check list in my mind of things I should do if something were to ever happen to me. Like seeing victims scratch or bite their attacker... transfer of finger prints or blood or teeth marks or skin cells or clothing. How to be aware of my surroundings. How to feel safe in my own home. It teaches you so much about the wor…

Ecclesiastes Part 2 (March 8th)

I thought we would continue our discussion on Ecclesiastes today. 
In Ecclesiastes chapter 9, we read:
"Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one!"
Like I always say- as someone who struggles with anxiety- this really hit home for me.
I know I certainly struggle with making the best of each one.
I spend some days just scared of basically everything- and some days, I have no idea why. BUT, reading this verse sent conviction through out my entire body. What am I doing with my life? Letting fear rob me of actually making the most of my days? Absolutely. And this is something that I SHOULD NOT be doing. It breaks God's heart. He gave me each day as a gift- for me to live- not just survive.
Ecclesiastes chapter 9 also hit home for me when I read: "Sooner or later bad luck hits us all."
I know we all get down at times and think 'Why me?'…

Ecclesiastes (March 7th)

In trying to read through the entire Bible, I read through the book of Ecclesiastes the past couple of days. I was kind of shocked, if we are being honest, about how raw the author was. He consistently talked about how he hated life.. hated everything. There was no point to life. There was no point to learning- the smart and the ignorant all died. All were here one day and gone the next. It was almost tough to get through, but at the same time, comforting. How many of us, if we are being honest, feel like certain things in life are pointless at times. Some days you struggle with being a moral person.. a good person.. you think to yourself- everyone else seems to be doing alright and here I sit, struggling. Why am I not getting blessed? What's the point? Chapters 1-4 of Ecclesiastes is a lot of complaining about the vanity of life. About the terrible things that take place. About the apparent pointlessness of it all. 

Then chapter 5, the author switches gears a bit.

We start learning…

LESSONS (Part 2) - March 6th

On March 3rd, we talked about the book of Proverbs and how there are little nuggets (or lessons) within each chapter. Something we can all learn from... grow from...

In the Book of Proverbs, the author states, "These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David's son, Israel's king- written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going. A manual for living." (Proverbs 1:1-2)

Proverbs: a manual for living.

And in this manual for living are many lessons.
We previously discussed 20 lessons that we learned from the book of Proverbs and today I would like to continue those lessons.
Lesson #21- Don't hold grudges. (Overlook an offense and bond a friendship, fasten on to a slight- and goodbye friend! Proverbs 17:9)
Lesson #22- Be mindful of your words. (Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words. Proverbs 18:7)
Lesson #22 again- Be mindful of your words. (Words kill or words give life- they…

31 Things..

Well, folks. The day has arrived. Tomorrow I turn the big '3-1'.... and I figured since that day is steadily approaching us, I would sit here and reflect on some things I've learned in 31 years. I wouldn't say I'm wise by any stretch of the imagination. I try to learn as much as possible, although I know there's plenty of years to get even more lessons in the areas I fail. 
I might not know it all, but I've sure been through a lot in my 31 years.
Seen a lot.
Heard a lot.
Endured a lot.
Faced a lot.
In some ways, my 31 years has been a lot.
It has been a lot of heartache.
A lot of confusion.
A lot of frustration.
A lot of overwhelming feelings...
But it has also been a lot of blessings.
A lot of redemption.
A lot of mercy.
A lot of grace.
And a whole heck of a lot of fighting to be the person I was called to be.
I'm not sure if I'm the expert-on-life that everyone would want to hear from, but I thought I would list the cliched 31 things I've learned in my 31 yea…

Fear. (March 4th)

I read a Bible verse last night that stated-

"Fear-of-God is life itself, a full life, and serene- no nasty surprises." (Proverbs 19:23-The Message)

Other versions of the Bible state:

"The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil." (Amplified)

"Reverence for God gives life, happiness, and protection from harm." (The Living Bible)

"Showing respect to the Lord brings true life- if you do it, you can relax without fear of danger. (CEB)

"Obey the Lord and you will live a long life content and safe from harm." (GNT)

The fear of the Lord is a difficult concept to understand. Many hear 'fear' and think we must be afraid of God... but that isn't the case at all. He is the most loving person we will ever experience and being afraid of Him should never be our driving force.

Fear (i.e. being afraid of something, especially God) is unhealthy to our bodies and spirits. This kind of fear robs your sleep, robs…