Bible Study

And On the Seventh Day

A few days ago I had a thought when I read the verse, “…Everyone is to stay home and rest on the Sabbath. And so they rested on the Sabbath.” *

I’m not a “letter of the law” kind of person but because I know that God’s days are not like my days* and I’m pretty sure not the Jewish calendar or even some other current religions, my mind began asking, “What day is the Sabbath then?”

I’m not a scholar and this is not about the actual question really. What I asked was personal and, in my Spirit, there was a whisper, “When God asks us to rest on the “sabbath” he doesn’t always mean Sunday. Your Father wants you to know that all thing have a season* and that we should be aware and take the rest.” 

Once I began to apply this to my own life I learned a few things, sometimes with guilt but usually more with mirth. No, daily contacts should NOT be worn every day, Dee. Yes, you should rest on Sunday if that’s your only day but Wednesday will do if that’s all you have. And you should definitely, regularly, rest from Facebook, phone games or whatever else keeps you from doing other things regularly (like reading your bible, calling your mom or even taking a nap if your body is screaming for one).

Even fields need a rest from being productive and the earth takes a break from growing in the winter. When God created His world it was a surrender of His time, love and creativity. Even so, (and maybe because of that) He did what needed to be done and then sat back resting so that He could give us His all again another day.

So, here’s the takeaway I’m sharing with you. Take a break from being a daily married couple and go on that date with hubby once a week! Stop being a mom every day and go out for coffee with that friend once a month. In fact, stop cleaning up after everyone and sit on the floor with your children and their puzzles regularly. Obey the Sabbath by small investments in “your world” also, giving rest in the areas necessary to give your all another day.

*Scriptures used or referred to: II Peter 3:8, Genesis 2:2, Exodus 16:30, Exodus 20:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1

Bible Study

Do You Need Patient Endurance?

Verse: Hebrews 10:36

“Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (NLT‬‬)

Love God: We rarely consider being patient with God but maybe we should. After all, He’s in charge. I’ve seen a 5-year-old wait for her mom to finish a conversation on the phone and I know the value of (and the struggle for) patient endurance!

Love Others: Do we extend that patience to others? We can only be blessed with what we also give.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your promises to me and help me to stay patient and learn from the trials I have been blessed with. As a child waits for a parent, so I wait for you to guide me. Please grant me patient endurance in the wait.

Bible Study · Photography · Simplify 2018

The Thing About Simplicity

I love quotes. They simply sum up life in a few sentences.  They also remind us of how cognizant we should be but are not.

Simplicity is a goal that either takes great concentration and effort or becomes a necessity. Mine has become the latter. Right after my last post about my goals for 2018 my husband went in for hernia surgery and due to some complications we spent the entire month of January in the hospital. It was not a great way to begin the year, let alone my goals.

I quickly became aware that I was not going to get my closets cleaned out, the garage put in order or even clean out my desk. I was not going to plan meals, send out birthday cards on time or make my grandchildren anything by hand this year. All I was going to accomplish, at that point, was making sure I had an extra change of underwear with me at the hospital.

But God is good. He understands my desire for simplicity, even if it did become a necessity more than a desire. He helped me to see that when life boils down to just surviving and helping someone recover you find the time to do the things that really matter and you just ignore the rest.  No, I don’t want to say ignore; that’s not really what you do. It’s more like you sigh heavily, feel the pang of guilt, but allow yourself to move on because you have no choice.

I want to write but I feel overwhelmed. Still, I want to share my heart in words. I can’t tell you why. I only know it is an inherent gene that God planted long ago. I simply want to write. So today, I’m going to write…simply.  Jesus taught us that all of the laws and the prophets hang on just two simple commandments; love God and love others. Jesus was the master of simplicity. I can only hope to be as good at that as He is.

Verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Love God: Do you love God as much as he loves you? Could you give up everything important to you, for him?

Love People: If God loves “the world” that much he probably loves the guy in the next room with the obnoxious voice, your ex-spouse, and that annoying girl you still hate from high school. Should you consider how you feel about the people God loves?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your gift of everlasting life despite the way I treat others sometimes. Please help me to see the way you see so that I can love the way you love.