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.
"For we know all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose."
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!
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.
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:)
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.
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:
It will definitely encourage love!
We'll get there.
We don't start there.
We start by giving thanks and reading a little at a time.