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I Felt Like an Idiot…

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I sure felt stupid.  Not only had I just looked stupid, I had drawn it out at first trying to avoid it, which actually made me look MORE stupid.  I felt like it biggest idiot in the room, the stupid beginner, the unrealistic fake.

I left replaying the incident over and over, and thinking, “Well, that was a FAIL!!”  I knew what Dad would say, “Failure is not Final!  I am glad you failed.”  But somehow it didn’t work.  I couldn’t stop going back and watching myself. Continue reading I Felt Like an Idiot…

One of My Heroes

Many years ago God had a very different relationship to humanity– there were different systems. He was distant. But soon God changed that. Making Himself not about rules, but about a relationship.

Recently I have been spending a lot of time on the book of Nehemiah, and he has become one of my personal heroes and stands out to me for this very reason.

Nehemiah was the cup bearer to the King Artaxerxes of Persia, as an exile from Jerusalem. When he heard that Jerusalem was in ruins and the people were struggling, he was moved to ask leave of the king and restore Jerusalem’s wall and people.  He returned and faced lots of opposition.  But he prevailed.

The reason that Nehemiah intrigues me so much is this.  He understood the idea of a personal God even before God had changed the system.  He was still living in laws, but he knew that God was more than a temple-worship-routine.  Here are a few of ways that I have seen it:

  1. “Our God”         Nehemiah refers to God with very intimate speech.  I am used to hearing “the Lord” or Jewish names for Him.  And I believe they have power, but I was startled when I saw Nehemiah referring to God as “Our God.”  It has a very different feel from some of His other names.  Nehemiah knew that his God was personal, He was “Our God.”
  2. Trusted God        When there were threats, or opposition, of which there was much, he turned as a first reaction to God.  His prayers are so raw and genuine, Nehemiah isn’t making loud long prayers to impress or follow a religious tradition.  He honestly asks his friend, God, for help.
  3. Relied on God      Many times his enemies tried to trick him into either dishonoring God, or into falling for their plot.  He was so grounded in God that he knew what they wanted was wrong, even when it came from a “prophet.”  He was able to hold up under so much because he relied on his God.

Nehemiah was really ahead of the times with his relationship with God and that is something that I want to follow as well.  God wants us, not our religion and patterns.  Just like a friend wants you and not a false front.

So, how is your relationship with God?

Anna

The Truth, Preserved

3 “Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.” (Galatians 2)

I read this verse Yesterday, and it jumped out at me.  Continue reading The Truth, Preserved

Flying the Coop

I said I would have more poultry stories; here we go!

While there are always hens that fly over the fence, some of them are only first timers and after I put them back, they tend to stay happy on their side.  But, there are a few exceptions to this general rule.  One of the biggest violators is Cream Puff, she has no problem flying over the fences.  A few years back I was fighting escape-ee chickens and accidentally stumbled upon the “Box.”  Continue reading Flying the Coop

Airplanes, Hot Walks, and Blessings

This week’s blog was written by a guest author, my brother James.  I hope it blesses you just as much as it blessed me.

When an airplane flies overhead, there is often a young child who looks up in wonder and is amazed that something of that size and weight can fly. However, when that child grows up and learns about planes, how they fly, and sees them more and more often, there is less wonder and amazement when there is a roar above them in the sky. Continue reading Airplanes, Hot Walks, and Blessings

The “Play-Back Trick”

I really enjoy hosting people and making sure that that are comfortable.  One trick I have recently found is the play-back trick ( yes, I did just make up that name.)

the Play-Back Trick is when you go to someone’s house, see them, or interact with them take mental notes about what they do, and do it back.  If you were to go to their house watch and see how they make (or try to make) you comfortable, Continue reading The “Play-Back Trick”

Thank You = Happier You

At this time of year we are reminded to be thankful.  Some people make lists on Thanksgiving, some write on cut out leaves, and some go around the table.  I love to see how God’s commandments impact our lives, and God told us to be thankful.  So here are some proven benefits from obeying God by being thankful, all of which tie back to making you happier overall. Continue reading Thank You = Happier You