Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Eating Properly

     I remember when I first purposed to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  Oh, how many times had I started, and stopped?  It was always easy for me to read from Genesis to Exodus, but once I came across Leviticus...Let us just say, I decided I would try the New Testament.
     When I started in Matthew, just reading the genealogy was a struggle.  Sometimes, I would make it as far as the sermon on the mount.  Nevertheless, I did not quite read the Bible, in its entirety, for some time.
      So, when I finally did read it through all the way, I was so excited!  Wow!  So much was there, that I had been missing!  Yet, I was learning it now, and it was like a treasure hunt.
     There were those things that I read, that I pretty much had to force myself to read, in order to truly read the Bible, in its entirety.  I knew that there was a reason for everything written in it; even if I did not know the reasons, yet.
      And...I am still learning.  Granted, there are things I understand now, that I did not understand years ago.  I am so thankful, too!  It is so easy to become dependent upon a church, a pastor, a teacher, or someone else, for your thoughts on Biblical matters; never having a mind of your own.  I have been blessed, with said persons, as I seek to understand the Bible.  However, they do not constitute my thoughts.
     Nowadays, I find that it takes even more effort on my part, to "get" something from the Bible.  It used to be that every page was exhilarating:  because it was all new!  I am still encouraged and reminded of things I need to know, though it is not new to me.  Yet, now I go on to the meat, and wean off of the milk.

Glass Milk Bottle Stock Photo

     Of course, I cannot just swallow meat, like I could with milk.  I have to chew.  That chewing takes time.
     Oh, and, I have to cut it up, too.  I cannot just take a piece of steak, and chew the whole thing!  (Well, I could try, if I wanted to be barbaric...)  I must use the proper utensils, and get it in bite-size portions.
     Meat is much more effort on my part, than just drinking milk.  But, oh, so much tastier!  I am not going to experience things the same way, as when I was just starting in the Bible.

Juicy Bbq Grilled Rib Eye ,ribeye Steak And Vegetables Stock Photo

     Yet, I have been so frustrated, that things are not as they first were.  I feel as though something is wrong with me.  Maybe there is.  Maybe I am approaching the Bible in a way, that is not conducive to meat-chewing.
     I guess if I keep approaching it as a baby to a bottle, I should expect the same results.  Yet, if I tried to approach it as one with knife and fork in-hand, maybe I will get somewhere!  What a novel idea, Renee! :)
     Just discussing this matter has helped me see what I was not seeing.  I am no longer a baby...I am in my adolescent years; at the very least, old enough to eat some meat.  Milk is not going to sustain me as it once did, though I still need it for strong bones. ;)  I need some meat in my diet, to give me good muscles.  Therefore, I need to go about things differently.
     Why did I not see it this way?  Why did I stay so frustrated?  I feel like one of those children who is way too big for the baby swing, but still tries to fit inside it, because they remember how much fun it was when they were younger.  Do they not know how much more fun the larger, "grown up" swing will be?  Sure, it may be a bit intimidating.  Yet, it is fun, and you still get to swing!
     God is so patient with me.  All this time, I am asking for His help, and it is right in front of my face...I was just approaching things all wrong!  I do not have to approach my Bible reading, as I once did as a young believer.  It is okay for me to change it up, to suit my learning abilities.  Oh, I am so glad for it, too!  You may think it silly, but for me, this is a light bulb moment!
    If any of you out there, who have been struggling as I have, with feeding from God's word, I pray this "revelation" gives you hope.  Have you been approaching it, without adjusting it to your growth spurts?  Maybe it is time to do it differently?  Maybe we can share together the various ways God shows us how we can chew the meat.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "The Spirit World-- Part One," By Pastor Charles Lawson

     How much do you know about the unseen world around us?  We are told that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers.  We see all throughout the Bible, wherein angels visit folks:  Samson's mother was first visited by one, then his father with his mother; Mary was visited by Gabriel, an angel; Peter was delivered from prison by one; Lot was delivered by two; Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant, so that he could see the innumerable army of angels, fighting on their behalf.
     What about today?  Well, as I mentioned earlier, our warfare is with spiritual principalities and powers, not that of men.  Here is a series, that helps us focus in on that truth, that is not much talked about today:

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 November Day Book

Outside My Window:

...Is a gloriously sunny, autumn day.

I Am Thinking:

...About all the Lord has done for us, this past year.

I Am Thankful For:

...The Lord not giving up on us; the Lord being in our lives; and, all the Lord has given us.

I Am Learning:

...About being an introvert.  It has been quite fascinating!  Here is just one of many articles I have read, learning about being one.  I found most of their descriptions, I fit (except the fact that I am not married to an extrovert) :) :  

From The Kitchen:

...Me thinks I will be concocting a curry stew, tonight.

I Am Wearing:

...Warmer clothing, since we dipped into the mid-thirties and forties, out yonder.

I Am Creating:

...More pages for my Homemaker's Binder.

I Am Going:

...To keep my heart focused on the Lord.

I Am Reading:

"Living Virtuously," by Erin Harrison.

I Am Hoping:

...As always, in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ:  not me, myself, or I.

I Am Hearing:

...My phone "ting," every time I get a text from my "li'l sis."

I Am Noticing:

...How hard Satan works, to try and divide and conquer.

I Am Wondering:

...If and when, the Lord may allow us to be parents.

I Am Realizing:

...As always, how desperately I need Jesus!

Pondering These Words:

...Charity...Family...Fruits of the Spirit...Works of the flesh...

Around The House:

...Are rooms filled with the charity of others:  conduits of God's temporal blessings in our lives.

One Of My Favorite Things:

...Is not really a "thing," but rather, deep, strong relationships:  centered, based, and thriving in the Lord.  I love those folks who will dive into the awe of the Lord, and His word, with me; those who look after my heart, and allow me the same blessing for them; and, together, worship and love our Lord.

A Few Plans For The Week:

...Prepare for our church group's Thanksgiving "eatin'-meetin'..."
...Try to get in a visit, with a gal from said-group, who was just released from the hospital...
...Try to finish up a project, that Dear and I started a while back...
...Work on some care packages...

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