Monday, August 25, 2014

Genesis Bible Study



Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 33
By Carri Pratt

“But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck
and kissed him, and they wept.” Genesis 33:4



It would have been easy for Esau to have held a grudge against Jacob. After all, Jacob had tricked Esau out of his birthright and his blessing. The most natural response would probably have been resentment, anger and frustration.

The Bible provides the best response, let Jesus deal with it:
Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.” Psalm 7:8

The best way to handle a wrong done to us is to give it to Jesus rather than allowing the poison of resentment and anger to fester within. It is like a prison that keeps us from being truly free and enjoying life.

Esau chose the right path. He mourned his loss then went on with his life; and God blessed him, But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.” Genesis 33:9

Challenge: Give your burdens to Jesus. Walk out of your prison of regret and resentment and feel the amazing feeling of being free.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Trusting Him


Trusting Him

Overreacting, stressing, panicking, and flipping out never helps anything. Ever.

While keeping a calm head, you decide how things will affect you. Respond with patience and love rather than reacting which usually includes fear, anger, and raised voices. This way you put your faith in God while keeping in good standing with those around you.

Keep calm and trust.

(Recommended Reading: UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst)

“You keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Retro Wednesday


Retro Wednesday 2011


 


The thoughts of picking up car loads of tired, hungry, and sticky children after a summer of relaxation and poolside lemonade is a bit overwhelming.  But taking a few minutes to prepare a back to school car box in advance will reap great rewards.

 

Suggested items:

Tissues

Wet Wipes

Pens/Pencils

Notepads

Snacks

Water Bottles

Grocery Store Bags

Book/Devotional for mom

Change of clothes and shoes for each child.

 

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Your Eyes Can Fool You


Your Eyes Can Fool You

Just as a person wears rose colored glasses, you can wear lenses of disappointment. Too many of us walk around wearing lenses of disappointment like a comfy pair of glasses that we don’t take off or even know we wear! These dark colored glasses distort your view with doubt and disappointment, even in wonderful situations.

If this is you (you will know if it is), surrender the “lenses” of lies to God. Get ready to see the beautiful life all around you and even what you already hold in the palm of your hand.

“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make the darkness light before them, and the crooked places straight.” Isaiah 42:16

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Purposeful Pinterest

Purposeful Pinterest

As summer break ends and as the school year nears, I start getting control of our house.

 Simplicity and Order are my main goals. I’ve already cleaned out most cabinets and drawers and grouped like items together, so that “everything has a place and everything will be in its place.” While getting rid of all unused items, you will feel so light and free!  

Just say “No” and get the kids involved. Everyone LOVES peace! Eliminating your home of mess and disorder equals eliminating stress and chaos in our home and family.

Picture this: No running around looking for lost items that make you late for school. No yelling, arguing, and stress, only…
Peace and Calm

First, here is a great countertop system for loose papers and a master calendar. Click the link below the picture for a full description.

Second, having a plan for hot, delish meals—what a great way to give love to your dear, hardworking man and exhausted kiddos. Below you’ll find a link for great ideas that you can either implement exactly or tweak to meet your criteria.

Whatever you do and however you do it, let’s make this a GREAT school year and to help the loves we've been trusted with a pure heart.










Monday, August 11, 2014

Genesis Bible Study




Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 31
By Carri Pratt

“So he fled with all he had, and crossing the river, 
he headed for the hill country of Gilead.” Genesis 31:21



Jacob had worked hard for his father-in-law, Laban, for twenty years. During that time God blessed Jacob many times.  When Laban would try to cheat him by proclaiming that Jacob would only receive spotted or stripped animals, God would make sure those were the types of animals that were born.  Although Laban tried to swindle Jacob, God was in control.


Year after year Jacob witnessed amazing blessing from God, however, when it came time to follow God’s command to return to his own country, Jacob became fearful and fled rather than standing up to Laban with God’s help. God even reassured him, “I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3

Fear is a powerful influence in our lives. God knows what fearful creatures we are and has told us many times not to fear “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.” Isaiah 41:10

When we feel God leading us toward a decision or a life change, we should remember God’s advice and embrace His promises, “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.” Psalm 37:28

Challenge: The next time fear begins to creep in, remember God’s promises and “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

A Few Verses to battle Fear:

Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD. . .” Exodus 14:13
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

“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.” Isaiah 41:10

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

“But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:36

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32