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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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Submission

Submitting yourselves to God is easier said than done but this is what we must do to be receive all God has for us.

We ask God for things we desire but we are battling not only with ourselves but with others and we put them on a hIMG_1339igher post and think God will grant our desires – NO. You must SUBMIT yourselves totally.

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

James 4:6 NIV

When we ask God and we don’t receive it’s because we have the wrong motives and God knows that so we need to ask in a deeper passionate of submission. One way is resisting the devil, getting closer to God, washing your hands of the past, and purifying your heart. It must be a full submission of your heart, body, and soul.

Planning for Tomorrow, WHY? Saying what you are going to do, where you are going, how much money you are going to make. Boasting about tomorrow and you don’t even know what will happen in the next minute. I have learned on a personal note don’t PLAN. God laughs at your plans, “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Instead just say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15, NIV) –enjoy and live your life for we don’t know the seconds, minutes, or hour our breath shall be taken. So submit.

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. 

 

 

Esther- BRAVE

Esther, born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther. Esther was a Jews queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus was identified with Xerxes I.IMG_6893

In Persian the name of Esther mean, “STAR”, which refers to the planet Venus.

The story of Esther takes place in the Persian Empire when Ahasuerus (XerxesI) was the ruler. Esther was from the tribe of Benjamin, her families were among the Jews who chose not to return to the trek back to Judah.

The King is upset that his Queen, Vashti refused to come when called so he removed her. He met a beautiful Jewish girl name
Hadassah, she received praise from all who met her. So the King selected her to become his Queen and made her name Esther.

Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, convinced her not to reveal her Jewish identity, because Jews were still looked at as suspicious people. So she kept the secret to herself. At that time a plot was set to kill the King so Mordeca
i informed Esther so she could warn the King. The identities of the men were revealed and they were hanged.

Now enter Haman, who was second in command of the Persian Empire behind the King, was not only evil but also arrogant. Haman expected everyone to bow to him but Mordecai would not, this angered Haman.

He wanted the Jews dealt with and Mordecai warned Esther. Mordecai stated to Esther she must let the King know, but Esther feared for her own safety, but she wouldn’t allow risked her life for her people. At a banquet E
sther revealed the plot to kill her and the Jewish people and name Haman, the king was upset and full of anger, he had to walk out of the area to regain his poise. When he returned he requested Haman be hanged for his plot.

Esther story is incredible. Here is a woman who was willing to risk her own life to save her people knowing she would possibly be killed. She put others needs ahead of her own. She was truly BRAVE. The main aspect to remember was trying to protect your true identity from others only hurt. But accepting your TRUE self is not only BRAVE but that the TRUTH shall set you free and you are FREE indeed.

 

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. 

Joel- Minor Prophets Series

The book of Joel is the second prophet I want to discuss from the twelve Minor Prophets. There is little about Joel and to be honest its one of the hardest books in the Minor Prophets to understand for me. I had to read it over and over to get a concept to what was happening and how Joel was speaking to the people of Judah.

A little background, Israel had split into the Northern Kingdom being Israel and the Southern Kingdom being Judah. Many things occurred during this time and the Northern Kingdom was disobedient and seek not to repent and was later destroyed.

In the Southern Kingdom the people struggled with being true and faithful to God, so prophets were sent to tell the people they needed to repent and not turn their backs on God they needed to change.img_2948

Joel, son of Pethuel, was sent to warn and give hope to the people of Judah. There was a locust plague and severe drought that had affected Judah and the locust were eating the crops, which had a great effect on the farming in the area. The invasion of the locusts was described like an army, more so revealing God’s army. Everyone was called to repent and face judgment from God.

So after everyone had repented the locusts were banished and the Lord promise restoration of his land. The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts….” (Joel 2:25, NLT)

Many times in our life we forget who brought us and gave us – its  God.  So to remind us we need to change our ways and come back to him, God corrects us by sending us through changes. The changes don’t last long and once we change God restores what he took from us and make it better than what we had before.

So in the end when you lose what you had, its time to change your life and correct your ways. Without God you cannot achieve and being in his word is not a part-time job. Its 365 days.

Minor and Major Prophets

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-11-38-47-amAs I continue to read and learn more about the Bible I have a better understanding of the names of the books and why they are important to for us to know. Yes that is my love being able to embrace the “word” and learn more about the names of the books and their meaning.

I am still reading the Old Testament now in the book of Numbers, but I have taken a break and begin reading smaller books in the Bible and realizing they named for prophets – “minor or major”.

I have learned so much just in the small time of learning more of the Bible about the actual meaning and individuals that are mentioned. So in the next couple of weeks I will be blogging and journaling about these prophets what impact they had in the text of the Bible and how we can use it in today’s world.

Minor Prophets

Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Hephanih, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Major Prophets

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel

Background of the prophets:

Minor and major really is no big deal in the meaning of the prophets or that one is better than the other.

There are five books for the “major” prophets they have a combine chapters of 167 with Isaiah being the longest with 66 chapters.

There are 12 books for the “ minor” prophets they have a combine chapters of 67, with the shortest having only one chapter – Obadiah, this will be the book I will be blogging from next week.

In the mean time,  enjoy a blessed 3-day weekend and don’t forget to “absorb in the word” its not just on Sunday but 365 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to Study the Bible- Part 1

Hello everyone; I want to say thanks for following my blog and soon I will be sprucing things up and adding more features. I want to begin with one new feature, which is studying the Bible.

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As a young person growing up at home we all attend church with our family and participate in different areas such as choir, Sunday school, and other events. I would listen to my grandmother talk and listening to the pastor but I was not truly listening. I can say since my time living in Atlanta I have grown as a person (more coming on that)and in life but mostly growing in faith.  

I have begun studying the Bible (yes its never to late) and have found many different methods but for me I have found this website from Pinterest www.simplelifeabundantlife.com it helped me in many ways especially when I begin studying Genesis and the story of Joseph. I have now since using the methods below it has help me to more understand what I read, the moral, and the individuals.  I’m so thankful God allows for second chances.  Getting better with age.  Please read the steps below and see if it helps you to read, study, and understand the Bible better. 

5 Strategies for Studying the Bible

The Five P Bible Study Method: Position, Pore, Pull, Pose, & Plan

Step 1: Position yourself to hear from God. (Clear out distractions and ask God to help you stay focused.)

I can read the Bible with music but it must be soft music such as classical or gospel. Be focus to study and open your mind to hearing and understanding the word of God. 

Step 2: Pore over the passage. Paraphrase the major points. (Ask yourself questions such as who is this about? When did this take place? What happened? Where did this happen? Why did this happen?)

For me I had to read the passage at least twice to be able to paraphrase and get the point of what is being said.  I want to know the characters and storyline and what main issue is happening during the time period.  

Step 3: Pull out the spiritual principles. (What did you learn about God?)

I look at what I can learn about God’s working during that time period and how God is working in my life today. I feel the more I understand the words of the Bible the closer I am getting to God in which he is pleased. 

Step 4: Pose the question. (Create a question directed at yourself from the spiritual principle. Ex. If the spiritual principle is ‘God is faithful’, your question could be “What areas of my life do I need to trust in God’s faithfulness?”)

Question what is the situation and try to relate to what is happening to you or someone you know. I could relate the story of Joseph because of my situation when I first moved to Atlanta.

Step 5: Plan obedience and pin down a date. (How are you going to obey and when are you going to do it?)

When preparing to read and study the Bible you must be dedicated to what you plan to do. I have made it a plan to read during my lunch time at work and to read on one day a weekend taking out at least 30 to 45 minutes.  For me its starting out slow and building upward.  Its working and for the first time I am understanding what I’m reading and enjoying it. 

Next time: The SPECK Bible Study Method

Be Blessed & Be Awesome