Day One

Not a bad day. 

The boys had a friend over (and me too), and that always makes for a more cheery day!  They had an absolute blast driving the new John Deer Gator around…  Silly Boys.  🙂

I started my workout: Brazil Butt Lift.  I did not complete it, but I did start, and WOW.  I am out of shape, have no balance left, AND all the jerking around??  HA!  It’s going to take me and my 21 week pregnant “butt” a minute to catch up to all this!  It will be worth it, though.  🙂

I bought a few books to read on my Kindle.  Some free; some cheap; all good.  😉  I even sat down and read a few pages of “Killing Jesus” this evening.  Still loving it!  

I got the boys a couple books to read, as well.  Bedtime story time.  😉  I found the cutest little kids devotional!  I have only sampled it, so far, but believe I will be buying it!  

Now, my blog.  🙂  I have found that I cannot do it all in a day, but…

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: If we work to set aside time for the important things, we can accomplish many things.***

~COLOSSIANS 3:2 SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS THAT ARE ON EARTH.

~Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Here’s to strengthening our minds, bodies, and faith in the new year!

A Story

One evening a man was gathering things in, and out, of his car; getting ready for work the next day.  When the man was done, he closed his car doors and headed towards his house.  He got six steps from the car when he realized he had locked his keys in the car.  The man rushed back to his car, and sure enough, there were his keys.  They were sitting in the front passengers side of the car.  

He walked around to each door, and the trunk, to double check they were locked.  

Yes, they were locked.

The man began to panic.  Things were in the car that he needed for work the next day.  How would he get them out in time?  

“I’ll bust the window out”, the man says aloud.  

His wife had been standing there, by the car, thinking.  She was trying to figure out how to get them out.  “Calm down and let’s think about this before you go breaking windows”, she said.

“I’ll do what I have to to get my stuff out for work.  I need that stuff”, her husband replied.

“Call a locksmith.  It may be a bit more expensive, this time of the evening, but at least you’d have your keys AND all your windows”, she said next.

As her husband began to search for a locksmith to call, the wife began checking windows.   The car was a little older.  She herself had locked her keys in a car when she was younger.  Before she could say anything, the man asked her if they had a clothes hanger in the house.

“Now we’re thinking!”,  she thought.

She went and got the clothes hanger.  The man and his wife spoke about how to proceed next and the man went to work trying to pop the lock with the hanger.  

While they were out there, a neighbor stopped by.  The neighbor and wife chatted a bit.  

Then, that’s when it happened.

A car drove by.  It was a new neighbor.  He waved.  Everyone waved back.  

The new neighbor parked at his house and yelled down the group standing by the car, “did you lock your keys in the car?”

“Yes!”, said the wife.

Within a couple minutes the new neighbor was coming down the road with a kit designed, specifically, to get into cars.  What are the chances?!?!?

Within five minutes, after that, the door was open and the keys were out.  No broken anything.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: 

Philippians 4:6~ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything

Philippians 4:19~ And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus

Proverbs 3:5-6~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

MAtthew 7:7~ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ***

Can you think of anything learned from this story?

Tuesday’s Bible Talk (Preview)

I believe I will be volunteering for Camp Gotcha next week, so I may be a bit spotty, again.  The rest of this week, too, probably, since I will be off to West Virginia to sell our childhood home…

Being as it’s Tuesday, and I had Bible Study this morning, I wanted to go ahead with a Tuesday’s Bible Talk Preview.  Tuesday’s Bible Talk will be mostly me reiterating what I learned for the day.  I read, we have discussion, and I give back what I took from it here.  A remembering tool for me, and a chunk of our Bible Study for you!  

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You are, of course, free to an open discussion.  We can learn from each other!  

  • Sins are Sins are Sins are Sins

This was today’s main point for me.  It doesn’t matter how many we’ve committed, comparatively, or how bad ours are, comparatively, they are all SINS!!!  If I commit 200,000 sins in a lifetime and you commit 100,000 sins in a lifetime, we are still in the same boat.  We still need forgiveness.

I am no better than you, and you are no better than me.  We are all sinners.  That’s why Jesus came; to save us from our(sinful)selves.

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One who thinks his/her sins are not as bad, or as many, may seem arrogant in their thinking that they are in a better boat than others may be.  Arrogance, itself, is a sin.  It takes away from our credibility as Christians.  As I have mentioned before, we are to work towards perfection DAILY.  Christ is perfect, and we are to model ourselves after Him.  Arrogance is not a Christlike quality.  Not in the least. 

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  

A great analogy was used today.  I won’t go into great detail, but have you ever thought of us all as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class citizens?  First class are usually high up on the totem pole.  They may be the ones giving out the orders.  Second class are usually the in between guys.  They are the workers who get the orders from above and pass the “how to” to the third class.  Third class are the “grunt workers” if you may. The ones who make it happen.  

Next time we are down in the dirt and feel like we may never get out, we need to remember Matthew 19:30: But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Our work is to glorify God.  We were put here as servants.  When we are down and dirty, remember, that’s where God needs us (for now).

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: We must have the confidence to spread the Word, but we mustn’t show arrogance in our practice.  It’s all for the glory of God.***

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Completed

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Tonight, we finished our Sunday night Disciple I class. YAY US!!!  

I have mixed feelings about this.  I am DEFINITELY going to miss everyone.  I thought I would miss the Sunday night classes, but instead, I am feeling excited that in two short months we will be starting NEW classes.  I am completely pumped about this!!!

Disciple I has been a nine month journey that has helped me immensely on my walk with God. After reading a great majority of the Bible during this class,  I now have a better understanding of the “why’s” behind the “what’s”.  All of those little verses and Bible tid bits my Dad had been putting in my head my entire life now make loads more sense!

The fellowship that comes along with this type of class is incredible, as well.  Have you ever read something and thought, “What are they TALKING about??”  For example, when I read the verse:  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13), I thought, “Ok then…”   In class someone else had had the verse explained to them prior to the class and had a GREAT explanation.  The question was what’s with the salt??  The response was, “Salt makes you thirst for more”.  Very Simple.  Shouldn’t we all “thirst for more” when it Comes to getting into the Word??  

I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to take this class and can’t wait for the new journey Disciple IV will bring in the fall.

 

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  We should never feel like we are below OR above others.  We can learn, so much, from each other!  If we all had the same knowledge, what would we gain from being near one another??  We must listen to each other, and learn from each other. Always striving to make ourselves and each other better; grasping for the perfection we will never reach. ***

Many Many Lessons…

Philippians 4:13–  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

I will not bore you with the many tales of, what my husband and I called, today.  A day that was topped off with a broken car window noted at 10pm.  Vandalism or an insane wind storm?  Who knows.

I did learn MANY lessons, though, and I thought I should share.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: When your three year old says he sees something and can manage the trip there and back, he’s probably lying.  Not necessarily on purpose, but beware.***

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Stop buying all the crazy, high tech cleaning stuff. Get a broom. Get a mop.***

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: HMmm….  I can’t remember the rest!!!  I had, at least, three more earlier.  They seem to have slipped my mind…  It must mean it’s time to CHEER UP!!!***

😉  Good Night World!!!  

John 16:33– I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Day 13: Rules or No Rules

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Most Definitely RULES!  

We just need to be more careful about what our “rules” are.  We, also, need to be sure and not do things JUST because it’s on paper.  We must always follow “humanity” rules first.  

That probably doesn’t make much sense.  Here’s an example:  Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.  And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.  And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?  “How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”  Matthew 12:9-12

Makes more sense now, huh?  😉  

Even in my short life, I have noticed that the more we take God out of the decision making process and rule making, the more chaotic the world is becoming.  God’s rules are basic.  If put into practice and followed, it seems things might be a bit different.  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: ~Matthew 7:12- “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”~ ***

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