Friday, May 29, 2015

What Does God Do?: notes to myself (part 2)

What does God do?: 
notes to myself

He brings times of drought.
Haggai 1:9-11
9 "You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?" declares the LORD of hosts, "Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. 10 "Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 "I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands."
He brings blasting wind, mildew, and hail.
Haggai 2:17
17 'I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,' declares the LORD.
He brings judgment.
Isaiah 26:9
9 At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
He brings death, life, wounds, and healing.
Deuteronomy 32:39
39 'See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

He forms light, creates darkness, causes well-being, and creates calamity.
Isaiah 45:6-7
6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, 7 The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Walking with God: notes to myself

Walking with God:
notes to myself.

Enoch did it.
Genesis 5:22-24
22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Noah did it.
Genesis 6:9
9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

Abram did it.
Genesis 17:11
11 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
God told the Israelites to do it to.
Deuteronomy 30:16
16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.

So, what does He require?
Micah 6:88 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
How do we do that?
1John 1:5-7
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
And what if we don't?
1John 2:4-6, 11
4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. ... 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
But please do.
Ephesians 4:1-3, 17-19
1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ... 17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

Because time is short.
Ephesians 5:1-2, 15-17
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. ... 15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
And the enemy lurks.
Philippians 3:17-19
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mothers Need Jesus (every second of every day)

#1 During a normal homeschool day I'm sure that I personally learn more than all the kids combined.
#2 Sometimes, though, no one really learns anything...we just trudge through a slop of bad attitudes.
#3 The only way to change this is to get to the heart of the Mother...

Mothers Need Jesus

We're on the countdown to summer.  The countdown to any break from school is always exciting, but it's usually the most tiresome, nerve-wrecking, patience-testing, final-10k-of-a-marathon-painful time!

This is where the bad attitudes come in and the learning goes out. 

The chain of events:
  1. Mom and kids get excited about summer break.
  2. Mom and kids get in a hurry to get school work done.
  3. Mom and kids get frustrated because it seems like the work is never-ending.
  4. Kids complain, Mom fusses.
  5. Repeat #4 again and again with mounting tension and frustration. 
  6. Mom breaks, kids give up.
  7. Mom feels like a failure, kids think Mom is kind of a freak.
  8. Throw in the normal life stresses - schedules, finances, etc. - and you've got yourself a real mess!
Thankfully, the Lord doesn't let it stop there. 

He sees us in our need.

He feeds us in our times of want.

He KNOWS we're failures...that's why He sent JESUS! (Duh.  How could Mom forget this?!)

And it comes in the most subtle, unexpected way...the breath of air I've been gasping for...

From The Jesus Storybook Bible account of Jesus choosing the twelve disciples that I was reading to my class at homeschool co-op this morning:
"Because the people God uses don't have to know a lot of things, or have a lot of things - they just have to need him a lot."
Yep, that's me. 
Thank you Jesus.
He can still use me!
23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24