Monthly Archives: December 2006

Book review Friday: Daniel 1-3

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We had a lot of fun reading Daniel this week. I read it 6 days and read it to the kids 4 days, but they learned so much. Tonight as I read it (very animatedly) they were really into it. I had them filling in whole phrases. I was shocked at the detail they remembered. It’s a great encouragement to me to have my kids really getting to know scripture themselves. One of my sons was so into the ‘burning fiery furnace’ part he would be wide eyed & clutching his blankets waiting to hear what would happen, even after the first 3 nights hearing the same story. Daniel, along with his buds (Rack, Shack, & Benny as they’re called in Veggie Tales) are my new favorite Bible characters. One thing that is constantly going through my head is the faith that these people had without the knowledge in the Bible we are blessed with . They didn’t have 66 books to refer to when they didn’t know what to do. They just had to trust their Creator to do the right thing. It also grabbed my attention that a bright, intelligent guy like king Nebuchadnezzar could go from trusting in soothsayers and the like, to saying "Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings…" because he witnessed God’s power in the life of Daniel, and then back to ‘let’s build an idol and make everyone worship it’. But I’ll stick with the positives. God is powerful and works in amazing ways. I’m glad I know Him. I’m so glad for examples like Daniel and his companions to look to and gain courage from for my small trials.

Now for next weeks review we’ll move onto chapters 4-6 in Daniel. If you want to be added to the links as a Book Review lady let me know. And if you are doing your own thing and want to be taken off the links just let me know as well. :)

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Book Review Friday: Veggies for the soul

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I read Philippians almost everyday this week. I was a little under the weather and had a Kleenex box and a blanket close at hand and was rather tired. I was asleep before I even realized I hadn’t done any reading on Tuesday. But it was still lots of scripture in my brain on every other day.
One thing I am learning to do is to read with ‘mom ears’ to what I am reading in the Bible. Elizabeth George is the one with the idea and it’s brought new meaning to many passages for me. As I read I just apply it to all the wife and mom situations I am faced with daily. So when I read 1:9-11 about loving in all knowledge and discernment, approving things that are excellent, and being without offense I think of my family. I need to be able to love them and discern things all day long about what is in their hearts (as well as my own) and approve the good things. I need to teach my children to be without offense to the things of Christ by being a good example of it myself.

Chapter 2:3-4 is always very convicting because I am a very VERY selfish person. I don’t like to have my feathers ruffled by my man or the little chillins all day long.
It says “in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” But if you read these verses mom style I get this meaning ” Don’t spend your day looking to get what you want out of it (like a nap and magazine browsing), but always think of serving your husband and kids first. Make sure they feel safe and secure and taken care of before you sit down to enjoy me-time. I want a nap but the youngest child wants to have 3 books read to him. (It’s a very sacrificial thing on my part to say no to the lay down so I can spend an extra 15 minutes trying to stay awake for a story I’ve read so many times before. What can I say, I love sleep).

I love 3:3 about having “no confidence in the flesh.” Because I can get so wrapped up in the daily duties that when I get on a role I think I can handle just about anything and then forget to be asking for grace constantly. I need God to infuse me with His strength because no matter what I do it won’t amount to much. I need Him to give me the strength and then it will last.

Of course 3:13 is a famous one but here’s the mom twist to it. I know beyond the shadow of doubt that I have not arrived to be the woman God wants me to be, but I won’t dwell on all my past failures. I’m pressing on and reaching for that goal of the Proverbs 31 lady.

4:5 is a great reminder to be gentle with our families. That’s also something that does not come naturally to me. I’m a ‘get over it’ kind of person. Not proud of it though. This is just another verse to help me get over being a ‘get over it’ kind of person. :)

4:11-13 is an encouragement as well. We can have our bad days and sometimes they can seem almost unbearable but it is possible to be content no matter what. Thank God for His help to do so.
All in all it was a very good week. We’ve all read Philippians many times before. Maybe not all in one sitting but we’ve read and heard much of it many times over. It’s always fresh and new and so much to apply. I titled this ‘Veggies for the soul’ because it struck me that sometimes reading much of the New Testament is like eating your veggies. I think I’m growing up a bit since I’m liking my veggies more all the time! :)

Our Book for the coming week will be Daniel chapters 1-3. We’ll do Daniel in a two part series. How’s that? The next week will be chapters 4-6.
Hope the rest of you have time to do a review before the weekend is out. I enjoy reading them.
Happy reading!

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Book Review Friday book is chosen!

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I have decided to switch back to the NT for this week. We’ll read through Philippians together for Book Review Friday. Next week after reading it everyday, or as many times as you would like, we can all check out each other’s reviews. Enjoy digging a little deeper in the Word! :)
If you aren’t on the links and would like to be just let me know.

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Book Review Friday: Habakkuk

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I did get asked once this week in the most pitiable way, “Why did you choose Habakkuk?!?”. I thought that myself the first time I started reading it. Marty was working and I was alone in bed with it all dark and late and quiet. Then I start reading about “I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitter and hasty nation…to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful… and more fierce than evening wolves…”, I wanted to close the Bible and close my eyes and pray for morning. I was thinking, I don’t need a horror flick, just read Habakkuk!

Seriously though, I was reminded how serious it is not to honor God in our day to day lives. The way God is telling Habakkuk He is going to deal with sin in the nation of Judah is scary, and I think we are in a scary situation now-a-days as well. Nothing has changed. We live in a scary society and God will not let us carry on in la-la land forever. Just as it says in 3:16 “When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops.” we need to be ready for that day.
I’m so glad I’m saved from the wrath of God to come. The last verses in Habakkuk are what let me get to sleep, even when I was all by myself at night reading. What encouraging verses. They quickly became my new favorite verses of all time. I will be memorizing them for sure!

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feel like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

God is not subject to circumstances. No matter what may happen to me, or how he may have to deal with my sin or our nation as a whole, there will be victory at the end. Something found rather encouraging to this young mom in my everyday circumstances. But I will be doing my best to avoid needing to be dealt with as much as possible until He comes to take me home. I hate pain. Habakkuk is a great reminder.

I will point out that even after reading it for the week I still don’t understand quite a bit of Habakkuk. Learning as I go here. Little by little. :)

I will be announcing the next book for ‘Book Review Friday’ tomorrow so keep posted and don’t forget to let me know if you want me to add you to my links of all those participating. :)

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Book Review Friday: Finished the double-dog-dare!

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What can I say? Things have changed. It’s a hard thing to explain though. We’ve been reading James for a whole month and I’ve learned a lot. Not so much learning new things though. When you grow up in a Christian home you know a lot of things. It’s more like all the things you know start to penetrate you. You start to live what you read. Doing a weekly review makes you actually meditate on what you are reading, almost a lost are these days.

One day last week I found myself asking why I was feeling so good, home was more relaxed and kids were…. just better. I just seemed to have a better handle on life. But as soon as that question “why?” entered my brain I knew the answer. God’s changing me. We all know if moms happy, everyone is happy. :) And this change can be fully credited to God by the way since I bought but did not consume the Evening Primrose. :)

I blew it this morning and showed some signs of anger. No doubt, I was angry. I think hubby was the only that had to witness it. Not pretty. So, I’ll just keep plugging away doing my best to remember “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Being able to use verses that we’ve read together as a family in our daily life is a great lesson for the kids too. A number of verses have been talked over and ‘figured out’ by little minds in the past few weeks.
I am going to sum up what I’ve learned in James into 4:7,8. Very common verses but never over-used.

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

I am more capable to conquer temptation the more scripture I read. It draws me closer to the Lord, and the closer I get the better it is.
It all reminds me of that song, “the longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows.” I wonder why we haven’t sung that one in church in a while. I just happen to know the song leader for next week pretty good, I think I’ll make a request. :)

I am going to change courses here and move to the old testament. If you are up for it, join me. This one is only 2 1/2 pages long. Read Habakkuk every day for a week and next Friday we’ll have a few more reviews to read… hopefully.

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