Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thanks Living: Delays

Here are some of the events that happened the past few days. 

June 23
Thanks Living
Delays. 
Often delays can be very frustrating. Today, my day was full of delays. But looking back, I'm so VERY thankful for each one. 

I left for my chiropractic appointment, and got stuck behind a Landscape Truck until about 2 miles from my chiro. Slow going. 
I still arrived at my Chiropractor in time, just not early. 
After my appointment, my Dr wanted to show me something. Didn't take long, but it was a Delay. 

Then went to get my hair cut. After she was done cutting, she asked if I'd like that back cut a little different. Sure, why not. So, she spent the time to recut it. Another Delay. 

Then I headed to my next stop. But as I was nearing a Thrift Store, I found myself pulling in the parking lot. Not sure why I did, but since I did, I went in and looked around. I did find two pairs of dress pants. Total spent $6.42. As I was getting into the Chariot, a lady parked next to remarked about it. She too was driving an Escape. We laughed. Another Delay. 

Back on the road again. I noticed flashing lights on the side of the road up ahead. As I approached the intersection, I saw the semi on it's side. As I sat in traffic, I thanked God for the Delays. Then I saw the Troopers scramble, and short time later, sirens... there had been another accident in the same intersection. 
After a time, I was allowed to slowly go through the intersection and I was on my way. 

Delays. 

So very thankful for delays today. None were very long, or irritating. Just delays. Yet, each delay added a few more minutes which protected me from being in the intersection during the time the accidents took place. 

I hope I remember the next time I'm delayed that perhaps God is delaying me for a very, very good reason.

Picture of the car accident at the Intersection. 

June 24
Thanks Living 
No injuries. No damage done to the garage or Castle.
Today, I was backing out of the garage, and the lift gate hit the top of the garage. Note to self: Close the lift gate before leaving. 

So thankful that although the Chariot is bumperless, right now, it's still drivable. All the lights work, doors shut and lock. It's just missing the lift gate bumper. 
This was not on my agenda today. But thankful that God has taken care of the details so far. Called my Insurance Company, placed the claim, and called Sorensen Schade Chevrolet Body Shop (they already had the claim info). This afternoon, I'll take it to the body shop for them to assess the damage and start the process of fixing it. 
Thanks Living. Thankful that today's accident was minor. Thankful that all the things are falling into place for the Chariot to be repaired.
Chariot's missing lift gate bumper. 
June 25
Thanks Living 
I was talking with God about the Chariot mishap yesterday. Frustrating to know that a mistake will cost me money. But I had to look back at what happened the day before—the delays. 
I couldn't help but wonder if God used the Chariot lift gate incident to delay us for a "very, very good reason". I said that I hoped I'd remember when I'm delayed God has reasons. 

No matter the "whys" I'm very thankful that it was a minor incident. The Castle remains structurally sound, as there was no damage done to the garage door or entry way. The only damage was that one piece on the lift gate. 
Thanks Living
Remembering that no matter the "why", God in His goodness continues to take care of this princess, His Castle and Chariot. 
Remembering that no matter the "why", God has reasons for allowing things to happen. And I have to be content realizing I may never know the "why". 
Remembering that no matter the "why", God had His hand of protection on each of us and there were no injuries. 
Remembering that no matter the "why", God will take care of all the details in getting the lift gate fixed. 

Thanks Living
Remembering that God is God and He loves this princess!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chronological: The Who

Continuing to my Chronological Bible Study. I am stuck on Noah right now.... Genesis 6-8

"This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God." Genesis 6:9

Verse 8, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." 
Verse 9—tells us why: Noah walked with God. 
And the result: Verse 22, "Noah did according to all that God commanded him, so he did. Also, Genesis 7:5, "And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him."

Have you ever thought about what would have happened if Noah didn't obey ALL that God had commanded him? What if Noah decided that the dimensions of the ark just weren't right and recalculated them? What if Noah decided not use the pitch on the inside and outside of the ark? 

Yet, even if Noah didn't understand the NEED for all that God commanded, Noah knew WHO was giving the orders! 

That the key in the story of Noah. Not the ark, or all the animals, but the WHO—God Almighty. 
God created the World. (God said)
Man sinned. (he said)
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (He listened to God said)
God is Holy. God is merciful. God is patient. 

The WHO is the key—from the beginning throughout all eternity. 
If you don't have a respect for WHO God is, the result is the vile and sin that was rampant in Noah's day, and we see again in our generation. It's time for us to focus on The WHO—and remember that God is holy. God is just. God is merciful. God is patient—but for how long? 

Do my thoughts, actions, attitudes, words—reflect that I know WHO God is? Does the truth of WHO God is impact my entire life? Are the choices I make each and everyday honoring to God? 

"Did according to all the Lord commanded him." Can that be said of me?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Chronological: Questioning Truth—"He Said"

Questioning Truth— “He Said”

Genesis 3-5

What a contrast from Genesis 2 to Genesis 3. 

In Genesis 2 God Almighty is speaking with authority and power. Then in Genesis 3 creation speaks and immediately begins to question God and Truth. 

Genesis 3: 1 “And he said… Has God indeed said?” 
Genesis 3: 4 A blatant lie is stated. “You shall not surely die.” 

When you start to question what God says, don’t try to answer it on your own. Rather, go back to the source! Go back to Scripture. What did God REALLY say? 

We know the consequences of blatantly disregarding Truth and disobeying God’s word. Adam and Eve were ashamed before God, there was separation from God. Their relationship changed. 

Genesis 3:8-9 God still wanted a relationship with mankind, but now sin had to be dealt with—for God is holy. 

Adam and Eve and to live with the consequences of their disobedience to God. For questioning Truth started a pattern—that had deadly consequences. 

Cain the firstborn worked in the fields. Where as, his younger brother Abel was a shepherd. Both knew that they had to give an offering to the Lord, however, one did it truthfully, the other did not. Rather than seeking the truth of why the sacrifice was rejected by God, Cain chose to follow his own voice and killed his brother. 

Once again there are consequences to sin. Abel was dead. Cain was sent to wonder about and his livelihood would no longer support him. Genesis 4:13.

Look at the decedents of Cain. Genesis 4:16-24. The sin of Cain had long-term effects as his great, great, great, great, great grandson was prideful in his murdering and he knew what happened to Cain and it was of no consequence in Lamech mind. He said— Genesis 4:23, 24. 

In contrast, Genesis 4:36—“Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.”

Genesis 5 is the genealogy of Adam. Several times throughout the Bible, we read genealogies. Why is a list of names important? Because when God says something—it is trustworthy. The genealogies throughout Scripture show us the line in which the Lord Jesus Christ would be born. God in His mercy and grace, was planning a way of redemption. 

Genesis 5 begins with Adam and ends with Noah and his 3 sons. Look in the middle of this genealogy at Genesis 5:24. A testimony to one who listened to “God said” rather than “he said”. “Enoch walked with God” That was the relationship that Adam had in the garden before sin entered the picture. The relationship Enoch had with God was possible, because Enoch believed and listened to the truth of God’s Word. He obeyed God.
Enoch walked with God. What a great testimony in the midst of others who are choosing to follow the ‘he said’ rather than what God said. 

Read Genesis 3-5 and take note of who people were listing to—God or Satan. God said. He said. 

In your life, are you listening to “God said” or “he said”? In our world today, the ‘he said’ is louder as people have ignored God and His truth for generations. However, God’s Word can still be heard—if you choose to hear it and obey it. 

What legacy will you leave—one who listened to the “he said” like Cain and Lamech? Or a legacy of one who listened to “God said” like Enoch? 


God said. He said. You have a choice to make. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chronological: The Beginning "God Said"

Today, I started a new Bible study. I'm going to be studying the Bible chronologically, starting in Genesis. 


The Beginning "God Said"

Genesis 1-2

As I read these two chapters, two word stood out. "God said." In those two words, we learn a lot about God. 
First, when God speaks there is Reason. He speaks to accomplish something. 
When God speaks there is Result. His Words produce something. They have a desired effect. 
When God speaks there is Reaction. There is a response. 

Reason.
Genesis 1:1 
In the beginning, God created. 

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:5

God created—for Himself. He the Almighty created everything with beauty, interaction, perfection—and He deserves our praise and honor. 


Result.
And it was so. And it was good.
Genesis 1:3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 31.

There is a chronological sense to Creation. God created in an orderly fashion so that the needs of each next day's creation would have its needs met. There is order and planning. A specific reason for each specific act of Creation. It was not haphazard, with out any planning.

Reaction.
What God says—happens. His speech produces exactly what He wants. He speech is powerful, because He is God! He is the creator of all. He is the sustainer of all. God says it—it's reality! 


From Genesis 1-2, what do we learn about God? 
  • He is the Creator of all.
  • There is authority and power in His speech.
  • He is mighty.
  • He is worthy of praise.
  • He cares about mankind. 
  • He supplies all the needs of Creation. 
  • He is orderly and does nothing haphazardly. 
God said. 
How should those two words and the truth of Genesis 1-2 impact my life? 
1. I have confidence in knowing that God's word is powerful.
2. Knowing that God has authority, and His words have power— I should obey what He says.

What else has God Said, that deserves my attention? 
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 
God said. 
Two words with a mighty powerful result–that should impact my life as I realize the power and authority of God Almighty. 

Will I allow those two words to impact my thoughts, motives, actions, and words today? 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Thanks Living: At a Loss for Words

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Indescribable: to describe and commemorate which words fail
Gift: focusing on "the free nature of the gift"


At a loss for words. 

How does one give thanks for a gift that is beyond description? 
Do I even grasp or understand the value that gift? 

He then recites the advantages of giving. The first of these is that giving will fill the wants of the saints. That in itself is good, but the outcome is even better. Through such ministry gifts will cause glory to God.
And yet again, they will bring the intercession of those they have helped, a harvest of precious value. The final word concerning this whole subject is an expression of thanks to God for His unspeakable gift, for the apostle knows that the remembrance of it will do more than all his argument to stimulate the generosity of those who have received the inestimable blessing
G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible
“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift;” i. e., His own Son to come down, suffer and die to redeem us all from sin, death and Hell; in consideration of which momentous reality how glad should we be to cast in our little mite and bear some humble part in the glorious enterprise for which God gave His only Son to die. This is the climax of all incentives to Christian liberality. William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament