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God’s Creation

This entire Doodles to Live By has been an inspiration and eye opening devotional, totally loved.  “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” 1 Galatians 1:10 ESV

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On Day 13 the image was of eye glasses, something I’m very familiar with since I have been wearing them since 3rd or 4th grade. Its not easy growing up wearing glasses.  The names you are called by people  and some family “four eyes”, “spec”, “coke bottle” (since my glasses were and still are thick”, and etc.  Its hard being a kid with glasses, so in my 20s I decided to ry contracts and I wore them 20 years.  It was difficult at first but after years I got use to them it was my way of feeling comfortable or was it a way for me to please other people and not be made fun of.

Well in the last three years of living in Atlanta I started wearing only glasses.  One reason after looking at a computer all day my eyes were blood shot red and secondly I just got tired of trying to fit into someone else’s image of what I should look like.  I was not the kid in high school who people teased I was a grown educated woman who wanted to be able to see and rub my eyes if needed.

Growing up I felt so out of place, I felt like I was cursed and would never fit in.  The issue in today’s society we are shown pictures of these individuals on television and magazines who look flawless and that is what society feel they should look like, well God created me in his image and he makes no mistakes.  I am happy in my own skin color, hair type, body size, and my quirky thick glasses.

Stop trying to please others and fit into a place that is not you, be you and work what the good Lord gave you.  You are beautiful, talented, smart, and loved by the best father anyone could have – GOD.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

 

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Malachi – Minor Prophet

The book was written to correct the lax religious and social behavior of the Israelites. The people of Israel questioned God’s love for them. Malachi questioned the people of respecting God the way God deserves to be respected.

IMG_6038.jpgIsrael has failed each time but on every time God has always called his people back. God speaks again over judgment for the sin of his people and their inability to believe and love him.

We all struggle to follow God; the challenge is to never give up even when things don’t go our way because God has yet to begun.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Zephaniah – Minor Prophets

The book of Zephaniah speaks of the Lord more than any other in the Old Testament. The book informs of judgments of all people for the sins they have conceived and then again the restoration of God’s people. The message was mainly for the people of Judah who had fallen deep into sin. The people of Judah had turned on God in worship and begin to built their own buildings of worship and didn’t care for the temple of God, they had completed turned and brought their own way of worship before their God.

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I look at the book as saying, don’t “play” church or in the literature form “mockery” of church. We wear a false face which mean looking the part without acting and presenting. Now nobody is perfect but the way you carry yourself is a reflection of the way you are trying to lead your life.  So don’t go to church being and saying one way then away from church you reflect another view. So its don’t  be a wolf in sheep clothing. I must be true in the way I carry myself personally and professional showing a love for all God’s children.

This tells me how God values your life and relationship with him. Its not a game for him, God wants you to be full of love for real not for show.  But if you fail in your journey now God is not a punisher but a restoration of hope and will lead you back.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Habakkuk-Minor Prophets

Habakkuk was a prophet during the time that Babylon was becoming a dominant world power. During this time God’s people saw the destruction of a world through their eyes, but despite this they remain in Judah. But Habakkuk with all his faith was wondering what the heck God was waiting on , why this was going on?

Question was: If God was given the land to his people or was he? And If he was given them the land would he take it back?

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Habakkuk questions God’s inactivity and asked, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!”

So Habakkuk prayed for mercy (Habakkuk 3:1-19), and then praised for the mighty God, and a pledge for the future.

Through this prayer Habakkuk put his frustration not into anger but praise to God; different than some prophets like Jonah who ran from the Lord.

So the teaching of the book reminds us that thou God may be silent and you feel he is not reacting to the situation and there is much frustration but know God has a plan for all things and will always work out the issue. Habakkuk encourages us that we may want or need something to happen immediately, we must be encourage believers and wait on the Lord.

God’s time is always the right time.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation of the reading of Judges.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word

Judges: Song of Deborah

Before I introduce Deborah & Jael, a little background on the book of Judges which occurred after the death of Joshua. The book tells the stories of the Judges, the inspired leaders who were sent to rescue Israel from its shortcomings. These leaders did amazing things, and two individuals in Judges stood out for me – Deborah and Jael.

img_4858Deborah was a prophetess sent to judge and rule for the people of Israel, she was the only female to have such an honor. Deborah was instructed to get Barak to summon 10k men and attack Jabin’s army. Barak was fearful to complete the task alone, so he asked Deborah if she would go with him, saying to her if she didn’t go with him he would not go.

So together they gathered the troops and attack Sisera and his army. Barak’s troop won. Following the battle God subdued Jabin, King of Canaan until they destroyed him before the Israelites. So after the victory the song of Deborah and Barak was written to rejoice in God’s victory over the Canaanites. The lyrics speak of the actions of both Deborah and Barak and included Jael.

img_4851Now Jael was the wife of a man named Heber, who was a Kenite. Jael is a heroic for the killing of Sisera, leader of King Jabin’s Canaanite army. Jabin was trying to conquer Israel (whose leadership was under Deborah), when Sisera and his army came against Israel.

During the battle Sisera left his decimated army to fight alone and fled on foot arriving at Heber’s property and sought refuge. That is when Jael welcomed him “Come, my lord come right in. Don’t be afraid.” Jael brought Sisera into her tent, placed a blanket on him, and gave him some milk. Jael was kind to him and after providing a meal to Sisera he wen to sleep and Jael took a tent peg and a mallet and placed on Sisera temple and hit the peg with the mallet, so hard through his temple that it went through the other side of his head, thus Sisera died. The honor of killing a captain of Jabin’s army went to a woman.

The victory song of Deborah and Barak, was written to rejoice in God’s victory over the Canaanites. The lyrics encourage the actions of Deborah and Barak, saying, “Wake up, wake up Deborah-Wake up, wake up, break out in song- Arise Barak-Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.” (Judges 5:12) Jael’s role is also heralded: “Most blessed of women be Jael-the wife of Heber the Kenite, – most blessed of tent-dwelling women.”

The book of Judges main message is God will not allow sin to go unpunished. What Israel needed to know they were God’s people- He was their King and they had forsaken the covenant established at Mount Sinai. God had to disciple his people for disobeying his laws and following other gods, so the judges were brought in.

Have you forgotten the works God has done in your life? I know I did during my time of being homeless. I was more mad of the situation God had me in than being thankful God he had me. But despite my way of acting; God gave me a judge and corrected my path and now I sang a song of praise through Bible Journaling.  I am still a WIP (Work in Progress) but I’m better than I use to be.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation of the reading of Judges.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Hosea- Minor Prophet

Hosea name mean salvation, basic background Hosea married Gomer a woman described as “a wife of harlotry”. She bored two sons and a daughter. Hosea prophet message to the people was close in the relation to his own personal life. There was a three step phase in his message as well as his marriage: Repentance, Redemption, and Restoration. These phases reflect that like us even individuals in the Bible live out a life abstract to ours in modern day.

Mainly in the book of Hosea individuals were turning away from the Lord and worshipping other Gods. Thou the Israelites were not living the way they should God told them he would restore their relationship with him. God loves his people no matter what things we do wrong he will not turn from us thou we turn from him.

img_4410So in today’s life, we go through the same situation with family and friends. When our own children no longer listen to us and begin listening to others. We pray for redemption and forgiveness for we know they will turn back to home and ask for our love. So remember thou we turn from God he is waiting on us to return and forgive our sins and restore our life.

Micah – Minor Prophets

Micah prophesied the fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire. Israel was showing the effects of unfaithful leadership, ascending to the heights of its destiny. In the book, Micah prophecy of Jesus’s birth is one of the most insight into the New Testament but the book focuses on two predictions- Judgment on Israel & Judah and the Restoration of God’s people. God reflects to his people how much he cared for them.

“Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us”, Micah 3:11

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It is clear that if we desire eternal life, we are required to put God first in our lives. This life is an opportunity to put our personal relationship with God first. Micah’s plea for God’s people to repent puts us all into reflection of has any of us thought of cutting others down, our mind has a way of wondering but we must seek repentance even for our thoughts and walk in humble with our Lord and Savior..