Sunday, December 9, 2018

God's Right Hand Man

My boys love to watch Bibleman.  I had never heard of this animated series until Noah's K4 teacher gifted him a DVD for Christmas last year.  My little superheros love watching Bibleman and his friends fight evil with God's Word.  I think the truths are sinking in because the other day Cooper (3) was playing and randomly came up to me in the kitchen and said "mom, I need you to sell me your birthright".  He must have remembered it from hearing the story of Jacob and Esau! haha

One day, I overheard the show quoting Isaiah 41:10...

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

The words "my righteous right hand" kept ringing over and over in my head.  I thought to myself Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father.  I couldn't let that thought go so I decided to dive a little deeper and here is what I found...


Jesus was...

John 1:1-5, 9-14
The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

~ Jesus was with God in the beginning.

~ Jesus came down and made his dwelling among us.

Isaiah 48:13a
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,
    and my right hand spread out the heavens;

~ Jesus spread out the heavens.


Jesus is...

Exodus 15:6
Your right hand, Lord,
    was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
    shattered the enemy.

~ Jesus is powerful and victorious!

Psalm 17:7
Show me the wonders of your great love,
    you who save by your right hand
    those who take refuge in you from their foes.

~ Jesus saves!

Psalm 18:35
You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.

~ Jesus sustains!

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

~ Jesus fills us with eternal pleasures!

Psalm 63:8
My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

~ Jesus upholds those who cling to Him!

Psalm 110:1 & Acts 2:34
For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Jesus):
    “Sit at my right hand...

Romans 8:34
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

~ Jesus is seated at God's right hand.


In closing, this is my prayer from Ephesians 1:17-23 for anyone who reads this post.


I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Jesus was, is, and will forever be
God's right hand man!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Hiding Place

Can I just tell you a little about this book and how I stumbled across it?


This year in BSF we studied the book of Romans which is a letter from Paul to the Romans about righteousness (and for me love).  He explains the depth of our human unrighteousness and the astounding love God has for ALL people.  Out of this great love, God graciously gifts righteousness through Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Through His righteousness alone is the only way.  We cannot do anything to earn righteousness (or right-standing with God) on our own.  The righteousness He bestows upon us is simply a gift given for truly believing in who Jesus is and what He did on the cross.  It is given to anyone who calls on His name.

John 3:16                Romans 10:9

One of the homework questions took me back to my favorite quote...

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

Now, I've never known who said it, who wrote it, or where it even came from.  I can't even tell you when I first found the quote or where I was in my life at the time but I knew it impacted me somewhere deep within and wanted to remember it.  Nor did I ever research the answer to those questions until recently.   All these years later, answering a question on my BSF homework, led me to find out.

It was written by Corrie ten Boom in her book, The Hiding Place.
(thank you, Google! 😉)

Well, now I had to buy this book and find time to read it.

Not only was I captivated by Corrie's story of how God was in every detail, how Jesus impacted her family and those she met, and how the Holy Spirit led her family every step of the way but I also highlighted several more quotes to hold on to.  I've listed them below so I can refer back to them easily.  Maybe they hold significance for you, too.  I'd love to hear from you if they do.

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"That was Father's secret:  not that he overlooked the differences in people; that he didn't know they were there."

"Childhood scenes rushed back at me out of the night, strangely close and urgent.  Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.  I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do."

"Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed.  'Corrie,' he began gently, 'when you and I go to Amsterdam - when do I give you your ticket?'  I sniffed a few times, considering this.  'Why, just before we get on the train.'  'Exactly.  And our wise Father in heaven knows when we're going to need things, too.  Don't run out ahead of Him, Corrie.  When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need - just in time."

"...yearning to say something, to heal something.  Wanting to love her better."

"Happiness isn't something that depends on our surroundings, Corrie.  It's something we make inside ourselves."

"Dear Jesus, I thank You that we must come with empty hands.  I thank You that You have done all - all - on the cross, and that all we need in life or death is to be sure of this."

"Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God's power alone be free to work."

"The Bible lay at home on its shelf, but much of it was stored in his heart."

"And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His.  When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself."

I mean WOW...I have nothing left to say.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Insights from a Kid's Meal

Chick-fil-A, you have done it again.  Wow'd me with the surprise in my 2 year old's kid's meal.  Today's 4-count nugget meal with fries and a white milk included Curious George Discovers the Stars.  A perfect pre-nap read which would end up impacting me way more than I had imagined.

*excuse me while I sneak back into my son's room to get the book so I can share some things with you!*


*whew, he stayed asleep!*

So, the book starts off with George in the country stargazing and trying to figure out how many stars were in the sky.  Obviously, he realizes this is a big undertaking and won't be able to finish counting all the stars before his nights in the country come to an end.  He decides he will have to continue his efforts when he returns to the city.  However, when he tries to look for the stars at night in the city from the rooftop, he couldn't see any stars at all.  The man says to him, "It's tough to count stars in the big, bright city...It's like trying to count stars during the daytime.  They're up there, but we can't see them."  George is distraught until the power in the city goes out.  George looks up and because the city was dark with all the electrical lights were out, he could see the sky full of stars again!

He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name. Psalm 147:4

Here is where it me...this was an awesome reminder that when God's gifts get brighter than He is in our life, we loose sight of His true, natural light around us.  It's a caution to me not to put more emphasis on the gift than Gift-Giver.

When we have the things of this world in their right place in our hearts and minds, we can see how bright He can be in our life.  Maybe some of the things around us on which we have turned up the brightness need to be dimmed in order to see Him more clearly.

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

What in your life is shining brighter than He is causing you to miss Him in the midst of His gifts?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Muffins

I found this recipe in a magazine around Halloween and was reminded of the bright green color as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I made them back in October but didn't get a chance to post them so here they make their debut!


Not only do they match the color of the holiday, but I consider them healthy using a banana for some sweetness and half whole wheat instead of all white flour.  Can you guess where the green color comes from?

Nope, it's not food coloring or anything artificial...

It's SPINACH!

Don't tell your kids and they'll never know! ;)


Here is how to make them:

St. Patrick's Day Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup milk
6 oz (6 cups packed) fresh baby spinach
1 large banana
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees and coat 16 muffin cups with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  In a blender, puree the oil, milk, and spinach until smooth, then blend in banana and vanilla.  Fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.  Fill each prepared muffin cup 2/3 full.  Bake muffins until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 15-18 minutes.

May the Lord bless you
and keep you;
May He make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
May the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shrinking a Dasani Water Bottle

What happened to July and August?  Better look at the pics on my phone to remind myself of that whirlwind.   Whew!

Let's try and get back to this blogging thing...

Today, I'm sharing an environmentally friendly tip with you that my sister shared with me a while back.  Although we have a water purifying drinking system (which I use most of the time), my family still seems to go through A LOT of Dasani.  It's my husband's preferred water of choice and the rest of us grab a bottle here and there.  Needless to say, the recycling bin fills up way too fast with these bottles.  This tip will save lots of room in your recycling bin and create less work for you when taking those recyclables out to the curb.

Take this roughly 8 inch tall bottle of Dasani Water,


and magically transform it into this 3 1/2 inch crushed plastic bottle!


To do it, you simply remove the cap from the empty bottle of water.  Press down and replace the cap.

Maybe some of you already do this and that's awesome, but this was new to me and I'm so glad my sister showed it to me.  Now, I just have to get in the habit of actually doing it and getting my family to do it along with me!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Going Deeper

A few weeks ago, I wrote about going deeper.  It wasn't until I watched Dr. Timothy Keller's sermon "Lord of the Wine" that my thoughts became even more clear.  For my own thought process, and yours if you're interested in reading further, I wanted to share with you what I learned.  The message is based on John 2:1-11 where Jesus performed His first miraculous sign of turning water into wine at a wedding celebration.  Through this miracle, Jesus reveals many things including that he has a powerful sensation to offer believers.

As Christians, we are invited to experience God through a new sensory ability.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit can illuminate the words on the page and reading the Bible can push you past just knowing to tasting and seeing the goodness and holiness of God.  In his message, Tim references Johnathon Edwards in "A Divine and Supernatural Light" when he says...

There is a difference between believing that God is holy and gracious,
and having a new sense on the heart of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace.
Like there is a difference between having a rational belief that honey is sweet,
and having the actual experience of its sweetness.


 When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior and receive the Holy Spirit into our lives, we move into that sweetness.  Tim goes on to say that it's one thing to know and believe God is gracious, but the first step in tasting it is you start to hunger for it, long for it, thirst for it.  Second, you begin to delight in it.  It's not just there for you to believe in, but it begins to ravish you, to delight you, and soothe you.  It begins to satisfy and overwhelm you.

"My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."
Psalm 63:5

In the words of Beth Moore, you haven't tasted it until you can say,
"because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you."
Psalm 63:3

Life can be hard, but with the Holy Spirit, we have power over our joy.  Jesus sat there in the midst of joy at the wedding celebration sipping the coming sorrow he would face on the cross, so that you and I can sit in the midst of this sorrowful world sipping the coming joy.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

Challenge yourself to go a little deeper next time you open God's Word tasting its sweetness and seeing His goodness.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

When I was craving Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, I asked my grandma to see if she had a good recipe.  Her recipe cabinet looks like this!


So, I just knew she would have something for me in that stash!  Ask and you shall receive!  She sent me this really cool "basic batter" page from a 1991 edition of Ladies Home Journal.  It has 16 variations of muffins on one page!  There are bran and corn ones, even oatmeal and plain types.  I already had a Lemon Poppyseed Muffin mix in my cabinet but I will definitely try the homemade version from this sheet next time!

Here are the Oatmeal Blueberry ones and how to make them:


Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/3 cup flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1/3 cup all-purpose white.)
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, tossed with 1 Tablespoon flour
For topping:
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease twelve 2 1/2 inch muffin pan cups.

In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients:  melted butter, milk, egg, and oats.  Let stand 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients:  flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until combined.  Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over muffins.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pans on wire rack for 5 minutes.  Remove from pans and serve warm.  Or cool completely, wrap well and freeze up to 1 month.  To reheat, loosely wrap each muffin in a paper towel and microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Enjoy!
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