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Abundant Grace~Week two

(trying to keep up with schedules while nursing a back injury is not my stong suit.  Sorry, i need to post once a week for now. If any of you would like to post something from this study, let me know, or leave a comment with a link, or email me and we will work something out so you can do that. Please keep moving with this study…)

Are you amazed yet with the happenings in this family line?  At times they have me shaking my head, and at other times wondering what they were thinking…then realizing they are just people just like us…not perfect, paying for their bad choices, and still blessed beyond what they even know.

Jacob~ deciever…wrestles with God…receives  a new name that will soon be the name of a new nation..then he learns what deception is like at the hand of Laban..he ends up working 14 years for the hand of Rachel.

Judah~ caught with a prostitute bc he ripped her off in his family, by not giving her what was rightfully hers. Tamar, taught Judah a thing about deception..she was still wrong in how she did it, but deception seems to run deep in this family.  Then remember..Judah talked his brothers into selling Joseph but telling their Father he was killed…

Deception…it just seems to grow and grow…how often have we felt the hand of deception and how many  times have we dealt the hand of deception? No Matter… God took their bad and made it good..thats what HE does.  This does not mean that we should continue in that, or that we should condone a deceptive person.  The bottom line to me, GOD’s plan is full proof or fool proof! HE has a plan and it will work 100%, and nothing we do or anyone else does will change that plan.  Our choice is to walk in HIS blessing or walk in the curse.

Jacob..Judah..Tamar.. all in the family line of Jesus.  I love that GOD put this in the Bible easy for us to track. DO you see that our lives and family lines are not that different? Sinners, i need of redemption.  Thoughts???

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Booksneeze~Review~Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World, by Dr. David Jeremiah

Once again Dr. Jeremiah writes eloquently.  Easy to read, Easy to understand, and yet meaty enough to keep my attention. He addresses the world we live in, not excluding any of its chaotic state, or the destruction path we are on. Everything is factual as I checked them out myself.

Dr. David Jeremiah shows scripturally how this is prophesied in Revelation, and how we are to cling to the words of Christ for our comfort. Keeping our eyes on our LORD in order to rise up like on wings of eagles. His reminder through out the book of a cursed/broken world is timely. As believers we need to remember that first, and then the blessing we live under.

I loved this book, although the truth that is spelled our here is hard to swallow at times. Jesus did not promise us a life with out trials, or chaos. HE did promise us to never leave us, to guide us, to comfort us, and to give us peace.

This is a must read. Todays world, todays news can not just steal our confidence but will tear us down.  Thank you Dr. Jeremiah for the truth you have given to us in this book, no doubt a reminder from God.

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Abundant Grace Day 5~Deception

(fell behind last week, later today i will post for today, and back on track! noticed i have a few stalking w/o commenting, please comment, your thoughts are safe here, no condemnation)

Philippians 2:3

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Genesis 25:29-34 /Genesis 27:1-10

Jacob was named the “Deceiver”, remember grasping his brothers heel at birth.  This family had some issues!  Parents you favored one more then the other, a son who would sell his future for a bowl of food, the other who would gladly take it all, and a mother who keep the secret, and send her son away to protect him from the other.

WOW! Still God’s plan.  HE knew they would choose these things, and HIS greater glory would still shine through them.  I am always amazed when looking at this family line, and the fact that God had every bit of it written down for us to know and see, HIS mercy and grace, His plan that can not be stopped.  Faithfulness.

Which of these  family members gets your attention? Are you amazed at how God makes a plan that would not look anything like the plan we would make?  Thoughts?

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Abundant Grace ~Day 4 Twins

Isaac and Rebekah have twins after trying for 20 years! I am amazed with how God has a thing for making babies where the woman is barren.  He did it with Sarah, then again with Rebekah, fast forward to the new testament…again with Elizabeth (mother of John the baptist) and then the ultimate conception with Mary a virgin.  (just alittle of how my brain ran on.. 😆 )

Esau and Jacob. Two completely different types of men, one a hunter, and one a home body. Interesting in just that. The fact that Jacob was grasping his brothers heel at birth was no mistake in the story.  The struggle between them started before birth, and carried on much of their life.

We have parents here favoring one or the other. Please don’t forget that in all their bad choices, God hand picked them to be the family line of HIS son! yep, back to looking at the heart, and knowing the plans HE has.

GOD doesn’t play favorites, no one is more popular or more worthy, more beautiful, or more wealthy, or has a brighter future, none of this matters to HIM, He adores all HIS children, and sees them equally.  I love that! Pshhh! the world needs to get behind us!

Ephesians 6:9 MSG  Masters, it’s the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them (Ephesians 6:9MSG).

As I read through this study, so many things are stirred, and brought to mind…God’s plan always works, HE selects people who have made bad choices, HE shows how strong HIS hand is to make that plan happen, and the shadow of HIS redemption plan is all over the old testament. Amazing!

Who in this section interested you and why?


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Abundant Grace – Day 3 Marriage

(sorry for taking so long for this post, it has been incredibly hot here and i drive a school bus, needless to say, at the end of the day, exhaustion is all i have. catching up..now)

Ephesians 5:33 (NLT) So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

I am going to go somewhere with this and hopefully it will come across well. Mainly I am addressing those of my readers who are hurting, divorced, or living apart from their spouse.  In Ephesians 5:33, God puts the husband first..many other places as well does God call the man out in how to lead his family, to love his family, and to be responsible for his family. Its incredibly easy to  respect someone who loves you like himself.  Not that easy to do when that love is with held for selfish reasons.  God is not carelessly throwing something out here, HE is very detailed and there is a reason why it is first.  So for my sisters who are hurting and/or have started a new life, because the marriage fell apart.  God still knows the plans HE has for you.  Love you ladies so much, and praying you through this section of the study. God does not throw us away. NO on the contrary, HE picks us up, keeps us close, and binds up our wounds and nurses us back to health himself! I believe this!

I struggle with being respectful or being taken disrespectful, when tired or playing..yes i am working on this!  God did not design marriage to be something we change our mind about or throw it away to find something new. However, there is not much we can do if the other party will not remain faithful and married to us.

For the ones who are married, I believe we need to pray more for our husbands to protect them from the evil one, definitely wicked sabbatoge is all over this world aimed at them. Usually when we have problems here, I used to pray for God to change him…just do it! Now I pray for God to change me.  Its safer and better to pray. If its not right for me to change in that area, GOD has me covered, and his changing will start. But often times my heart needed to change, and whatever was going on, right or wrong, changes were needed in my heart.

Single Ladies…ahhh you thought I forgot about you! No Never!  So many single ladies just want to be married. Please look closer at the dating section of this day..very good ideas and thoughts.  But also remember, God may want you to be single, HE is your husband, HE is your provider. I absolutely loathe how the world makes you feel at times, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. God has not forgotten you, HE has kept the best for himself!

Lots of thoughts on this day…love to hear some of yours, how about it?


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