Monday, April 21, 2014

Resurrection Day!

So last night my family and I were up late watching The Passion of the Christ. I honestly really liked the movie. I must say that it was WAY to graphic for what I usually like to watch, but without it the point would not have been reached. In other words, without the bloody gore I probably wouldn't feel the way that I do, the sorry feeling for Him, the wishing 'If only I wasn't a sinner.'

But I can't keep living in if's. I am a sinner. But I'm going to do my best in this life, I'm going to tell others of His great Unfailing Love, and I will preach His word for as long as He has me in this world. And most importantly, I will love Him always.
And I pray that you will do the same.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter + Week 17 :-)

My family and I recently started a new movie series, you may have heard of it before, Once Upon A Time. It's really good, yet very addicting. :-/ (Honestly, I try to avoid those kind of movies. It's all I ever think about during the day)

Anyways, in the movie Emma Swan is supposed to be the "savior." Her job is to make the happily-ever-after's come back. My sister and I really enjoy figuring out who and how she "saved" people. Cinderella is a good example of what I mean. If it weren't for Emma, Cinderella's boyfriend wouldn't have come back and her baby would have been taken. But because Emma was there she got to keep her baby and she doesn't have to raise the baby on her own.

While my sister and I enjoy finding the "clues" in the movie, we are oblivious to what God is doing- in our world- to save us. Constantly we are hearing about the miracles that happened to (example:) Rachel and James and how God restored there marriage. Or how Steve lost his job and was afraid to tell his wife and kids the news, yet new he had to. Then a job opportunity came up only a week later, Hallelujah! But we don't pay any attention to those things. Just the addicting things, such as TV.

Do you see what I'm getting at? So what I'm going to do is change our way of thinking. This world can be good, it just depends on which way you look at it. You can look at it as a world full of sin or you can look at it as a world full of Miracles. Look through God's eyes, not your own.
Jesus died to make that difference. He gave Himself up so that you may see through God's eyes. So that you may have hope. So that you may live with the love God is so willing to give. So that you may love others with God's love, which is Unfailing.
 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

And death, it couldn't keep Him. <3

What are you doing this Easter, and why do you celebrate it?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 15-16

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Luke 12:22-23

This verse, like most of them in the Bible, makes a great point. Why do we worry about these things? I'm constantly afraid we won't be able to provide these things for our family, when really we aren't the ones providing. God is.
 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Luke 12:24-25

God provides things for animals. You know that. But what about those going extinct? You know about the hundreds of dying animals too, but personally I think it's because of all the gas and garbage they mistake as food. Humans, though, make that mistake also. They eat junk food (or garbage) instead of real food... God's food. But I'm not going to go into a health lesson right now.
If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! Luke 12:26-28

I buy my clothes at Goodwill or Savers, in other words I buy used clothes. I find it a waste to buy new clothes, not only because the style these days are full of bologna (very inappropriate), but also they cost a lot. Though we don't go shopping more than twice a year, otherwise for fun. God provides these things for us, because if it were up to some of my family we wouldn't go shopping ever!

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Luke 12:29-31

I don't know about you, but I've never really looked at it that way before. Millions and millions of people eat everyday, and somehow we have enough. And if you look in my refrigerator right now, we have extra. It's amazing how much God truly provides for us. But why do we hoard this kind of thing rather than share it with those who have none, I don't know. Why not ask yourself that? I'm glad to share mine, are you?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Week 13-14 -Updated

My friend and I were talking the other day and the Book of Genesis popped up. I've been reading Genesis for the past weeks and I find it only appropriate to be talking about that this week.

When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he answered. (Genesis 27:1 NIV)

Isaac's wife, Rebekah, had twins, Esau and Jacob, not long after they married. Esau, the older of the twins, was about to get Isaac's blessing because he was old and going to die soon. But Rebecca didn't like Esau as much as she liked Jacob (people really shouldn't pick favorites) and she over heard there conversation...

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” (Genesis 27:2-10 NIV)

See what I mean? So Jacob goes to the flock and picks two of the yummiest looking goats he can find and he gives them to his mother to cook for his father...

So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. (Genesis 27:14-17 NIV)

Now strangly this plan of there's worked quite well, but as soon as Esau found out about this, he was furious!

After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” “I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.” Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!” (Genesis 27:30-34 NIV)

(I know he doesn't sound furious now, just wait and you'll understand) What a deceitful boy (and mother)!

Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 27:41 NIV)

See? Well, to sum everything up, Rebekah found out about Esau's sceem and sent her son, Jacob, to her brothers house and he stayed there and married both his daughters Leah and Rachel and both there maidservants. All together he had twelve boys and one girl (Poor girl).

The point of me preaching this is because I wanted you to think about it. What lesson did you see in all this?
This weeks challenge is to read Genesis 27. I know I read most of it to you already, but I did skipped some parts. :-)
Have a wonderful week!
God Bless, Amy