Creative God - week 7 & 8

Exodus 40 - Numbers 5

Fun reading, isn't it? See why last year I quit posting about this time? :)

Ever wonder why God has some many rules? Or is it that we are just so sin full. It's the latter. All the info about sacrifices and how they should make them. Thank Jesus that He is the perfect sacrifice. Thank Him that we don't have to do any of that stuff.

In Him we are made holy.



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Creative God - week 6

Exodus 20-39

Have you ever sewn anything from a pattern? No? Have you ever followed a recipe? I think most people have done that. At some point in your life, you have followed directions. Now what happens when you don't follow directions? Well, it usually doesn't turn out the way we hoped.

I think it's pretty awesome that our God laid out all the instructions for the Israelites way back when. That He had a plan or pattern for everything. He knew how He wanted it to be, right down to the stitches on the priests robes. 

It's awesome that He took the time to dictate all of it. If He took that much time telling us how He wanted the temple, I wonder how much time He took to make us. How much thought He puts into each and everyone of us. 

A Creative God indeed!




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Creative God - week 5

Almost a week late - sorry!!

I love the story of Moses. I feel like a kid when I read it. I can remember teachers I had, and how they told the story. The first 5 books of the Bible though were really taught to me by my junior high Sunday school teacher, Larry. There were only three of us in the class most Sundays, me, Tina and Gabe. Sometimes Adam would come too.

I can vividly remember sitting at one end of the table, while Larry sat at the head of the table at the other end. I really loved that class. Loved the stories.

Side note: I just got to see Larry last summer at a graduation party. He didn't recognize me:) I think I might have still had my blonde hair at the time.


Anyway, back to Moses. I'm glad God used him, even though he was a murderer, a flight risk, a stutterer, a whiner. He also lost his temper, hit things when he was mad (water from the rock), threw things when he was mad (commandment tablets), passed the blame, and acted dumb. But God still used him. He delivered some very important rules to Moses, entrusted him with them.

I think it's important to remember Moses, especially when we are feeling inadequate because of our sins. I think a lot of times I think that God would never use someone like me because of what I've done. That line from Addison Road keeps coming to my mind: "I think I made You too small." He can do whatever He wants, with whomever He wants.

Romans8:28
"For we know all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose."



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Creative God - week 4

Job 19-40

Good Morning! Did you get through part of Job this week? I will still say that it's hard. I am a lot like Job's friends, I have to admit. But we never know what God knows. We are not fit to judge. 

I don't have a lot to say this morning about it, except this morning's reading, the last verses really stuck out to me: (This is Job's response after God finally responds to him.)


Job 40:3-5

Then Job replied to the Lord,

          "I am nothing -- how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say."



I think it's wise to just let God speak for Himself.




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Creative God - week 3

Genesis 45-50 & Job 1-18

Week 3 and in Job. Job is hard for me. Is it hard for you to read? Sometimes (depending on where I'm at in my life), I think his friends actually sound smart. Have you ever read it like that?

I hope that we learn that the things that we say do matter. We definitely don't want to be putting words into God's mouth. It's a whole lot about judging someone else's circumstances and outcomes. We automatically think that they've "done something wrong", that they've sinned. And we ourselves are just a little bit better. I know that I've been guilty of this.

I hope too that we could be as strong as Job. That we wouldn't want to "curse God and die" like Job's wife says to do. But that we would try to rectify our relationship with God. On Sunday, our pastor just talked about how even if you haven't prayed or talked with God for a while, it's like meeting up with an old friend. He's there to listen to our small talk and there for the big stuff.

This pin from pinterest really nailed it, I thought.




Those are my thoughts for this week. I hope you know that these posts are more for myself than for you. I don't want you to think that I'm preaching. What were your thoughts on the reading this week?




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Creative God - week 2

Only week two and I'm a day late! Sorry!

Yesterday, I went to a visitation for a man that I really only had spoken to a few times in my life. But those few times had a serious impact on me and I wanted his family to know. You see, about 4 years ago...just a few weeks from the exact date...my dad was in a serious accident. It was foggy that day and another semi pulled out in front of my dad's and he went straight into it.

It was a pretty exhausting day at the hospital. We were there most of the day since the accident happened that morning. While we were in the waiting area of the emergency room, one of the brothers that owned the other truck showed up. He just wanted to make sure Dad was ok and that we were ok. He stuck around for awhile just to be sure, gave us all hugs, and told us he was praying. 

Fast forward a couple of years and I was attending a mom's group in our small town. I actually got to know his daughter a little bit. We chatted about her dad. I even told her about his visit to the er that day. We didn't really get a chance to be great friends though, her family was relocated to another town. But you could tell that she was just as sweet as her dad.

And last night I stood in line for five hours at her dad's visitation. He was suddenly killed in a single car accident. He was 56. There were more people there than I think anyone expected. I am pretty sure his family realizes how truly loved he was. How he surely must have blessed his friends and community. What a witness he was.

I kept thinking about what I had read yesterday morning. How Joseph was sold into slavery and ended up in Egypt just to be able to save the lives of his family later on (Genesis 45). God provided even when Jacob thought his son was lost. He knew what needed to happen in order for them to survive. It's definitely not what Jacob had in mind and I'm sure that not what this family had in mind either. But there is a plan. God has a divine plan that we cannot understand.

== Did you guys have a good week reading? I hope so! Keep it up! ==






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Creative God - week 1

Here we go again! Let me start off by saying, I already had to read two days in one this week! But so is life. I'm sure there are going to be more weeks like the last. But I'm staying kept up this year. I still write in my thanks journal. That seems to help me more than anything right now. Hopefully, I can do the reading right along with it this whole year!

It's kind of funny how things work out though when you are reading the Bible everyday. I subscribe to Mark Driscoll's pod casts (look them up in itunes). He's the pastor out at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He and his wife just wrote a new book about marriage, which is pretty awesome too. But I usually listen to a podcast, which is about an hour long, while I do my paperwork. One of the latest ones was the story of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Life. He, of course, connected it to marriage and his book.

All of these Old Testament stories are some of favorites. I can see the flannel-graphs and those big 8x10 cards in my head that my teachers used when I was little, when I read these stories again. I love these stories, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau. It's funny how your perspective changes on these stories when you grow up and have kids of your own. I am always overly empathetic when I read stories. Always putting myself in their shoes. Wondering why Rebekah would favor one boy over the other. Finding it interesting that Isaac lied and said Rebekah was his sister, the same as his father Abraham lied about Sarah being his.  Noah is probably one of my favorite stories though. I wrote a blog about doing what God tells us to do last year. I would hope that I could do what He says, but I still fail at the small things sometimes.

Never "good enough", but Grace is enough.


Let me know what your favorite was this week! I hope you followed along too!






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Creative God Series

What do you think? You want to try this again with me? I failed miserably last year at reading everyday. But I've had some interest from some fellow bloggers in it lately and if you want to read along with me, I'll try it again!




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Here are the rules again for a recap:

Here's the deal:

  • In order to follow along, get a one-year chronological Bible. I don't really think that the translations matter that much. The one I have is the New Living Translation. It's super easy to read. 
  • Read it everyday, then we'll check in here on Mondays. I'm going to blog my favorite and/or inspiring verse and I want you to either write your own post (leave a comment with a link there) or leave your thoughts right in the comments.
  • Spread the word! Use the button at the bottom to let others know what we are doing. 

Notice, I changed the second point from a whole post about the reading to a verse. Part of the reason these posts didn't get done is because I was just too lazy to write the post. Just being honest here. And just like always, making excuses for not spending my alone time with God. 


 

 

So are you in?

Here's the button if you are! Copy the code.

 

 




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{I will add this post to the link at the top under my header.}


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Thankfulness Recap

I think it's really awesome when you start focusing on one thing in the Bible, for me it's thankfulness lately, and everywhere you look there is something about it.

You've all heard my spiel about giving thanks. How it all started with that book...One Thousand Gifts. I even gave a little devotional about it at MOPS two weeks ago. And we made Thanksgiving journals.
Oh yeah, and it was Thanksgiving!

By the way, did you have a good Thanksgiving? I did! We headed over to Matt's family on Thursday. Ate turkey, played scrabble. Then I stayed up all night with my sisters, sister-in-law, and niece and went Black Friday shopping. Oh my, I will never do that again. Well, I will stay up with my sisters but never deal with those crowds again. I think the best time to go would have been around 7am on Friday.

So is it technically black Thursday??

This is Lyn and I hanging out in her van while the rest of them shopped Toys R Us. Hey, we are crazy, but not quite as crazy as the ones in the store! Charity got kicked out of the line for cutting:)
(and that, my friends, is a whole other blog post, lol)

Laura getting her stash of Christmas goodies for her coworkers:)

Too happy for 3am

And as Michelle pointed out, yes, we are in the panties section. We are in line! It went all the way around the perimeter of the store. But we had a great time laughing and acting crazy in that line. We were quite the entertainment for the ladies behind us:)

Back to my original thought....Michelle was kind enough to send me this verse when I was getting ready for Christa and Matt's wedding (which, by the way, pics will be posted soon!) It is amazing how God used her to remind me in my nervousness of thankfulness.

Philippians 4:6-7
 (MSG)
 6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 




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Sharing the Beauty {Creative God Series}

Last one, people!

We've talked about all these great things...What a creative God we have, what a beautiful world we live in, and how to be joyful in our creativity. But really what good is it, if we don't share it!

I'm hoping that you realize that is what I'm doing here...with this little blog. That I want to share with you the beauty that God is creating in my life. That I might be reminded not to take it for granted, like I so often do. That it truly is the little things that matter.

Romans 12:1-2
 1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. 
Side Note: That's the Message Bible again, I guess I'm going to have to buy one. I've had that verse memorized in the King James version for a long time and it was like reading a new verse!

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.
Did you read that? Oh, how He works. Yesterday, I gave a little devotional at MOPS. I talked about the One Thousand Gifts book. How I so want a bigger, better house, but evidently God is teaching me patience. An outlet burnt up, the sink is leaking, I have no closets...and the list goes on and on. But if I can't be grateful for this little house, how am I going to be grateful for a big one? If I don't know what it is to do without, how will I ever appreciate it when I do get it? If I can't keep this one clean...let's just stop right there;)
I'm going to use my chores as an offering, use my talents as an offering. It says right up there in that verse that that is the best thing that we can do for Him. Quit worrying about our peers, and quickly respond to Him. 
I hope that this little series has been a blessing for you! I know that it has shown me a lot more that what I bargained for! 
He works like that a lot, doesn't He?
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Growing More Amazing Everyday {Creative God Series}

By choosing to do things that are pleasing to God, we can more fully and deeply grow in faith and creativity.

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hebrews10-25


I really like how this verse translates in the Message Bible. It fits perfectly in what I have been stressing all along....we can be creative/inventive! And lets do it to encourage love and to help out!

I really don't think I can add anything to that!
Maybe you should join this though:

happy day

It will definitely encourage love!










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{Creative God Series} Knowing God

God is continually drawing us to himself in everything we experience. 
~Gerard Hughes
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We are getting close to the end of this little series. Only two more after this!

This week's focuses on Knowing God. Really knowing God. And the only way to really know someone, anyone not just God, is by spending time with them. We spend time with God when we are in His word. 

I know, it's hard. It's hard to keep up. It's hard to get up to read it early. It's hard to keep from being distracted. I get it. Hebrews 5:11-14 talks about it.

I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you've picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby's milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God's ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.

 Well, just punch me in the gut. 

So the last week, I've been going to the gym with Michelle. I love it. It's fun. It's new. But I am so sore. I bought a heating pad...that's how sore I was. I was trying to "eat the solid food" when I was really just ready for the milk. 

So it's ok to not be the big body builder-read my Bible for an hour everyday saint. 
 We'll get there. 
We don't start there. 
We start by giving thanks and reading a little at a time. 
Baby steps.
 
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This is a peek into my gratitude journal. We'll be making them at MOPS this month:) 







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