Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Genesis and Jacob's Ladder

Thank you God for another glorious day!  That deserves an exclamation mark.  It is mid morning and my house is still a mess, but at least we are showered and dressed with half of us out for the day.  I snuck some time this morning to spend with God and His word, and find myself having to be torn away.  There is so much I learn every time I read.

Today I got into the story of Jacob's Ladder.  I have heard the phrase before, but didn't connect it with the story.

Genesis 28:11-13
"When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set.  Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.  he had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  There above it stood the Lord, and he said: "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.  I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying."

How amazing is that visual?  A mental image of God's heavenly connection with our earthly lives.  I am sure that there is not just one stairway to heaven as God's connection can be found by everyone no matter where they are.  It is hard not to be in awe of the image of a heavenly highway, invisible to earthly eyes, in which God and His heavenly hosts are in a constant companionship with us.  Even Jacob is amazed.  This is shown in verses 16 & 17.

"When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it."  He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."

After Christ came and was crucified it had been declared that God was not housed in a temple or building, but rather in the hearts of each of his believers. The stairway to heaven is in each of our hearts and lives.

Later on we see that the place where this dream was incurred becomes known as Bethel, and Jacob makes one of the first connections with God and his promise to His people.   That promise is extended to everyone who believe and accepts Christ as their Savior.

Genesis 28:20-22
"Then Jacob made a vow, saying "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Psalms and the voice of the Lord

A rainy and cold January day. Trying to homeschool and wash dishes. Dealing with endless childhood energy. Eventually the afternoon brings production, a moment of calm. Relishing moments of tea and scripture in between child arguments and math questions. Breathe...

Psalms 29:3-5, 10-11

"The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as king forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday!

7 days in a week and oh what it can bring.

Last weekend I got to volunteer at a local gymnastics meet. It was fun to meet the coaches and work in the hospitality area.That was also the same day my husband shot himself inthe foot with a nail gun, and went to the doctor for the first time in almost a decade . He ended up breaking his toe bone, but it is healing nicely and he is back to work.

The Seahawks lost the playoff game :(

The kids and I wrestled to get their homework done, but it finally was completed and turned in.

My daughter telling us how she dissected owl ding at school, but spent a whole afternoon trying to convince me it was not poop.  She and her dad finally going on a daddy daughter date.

My oldest son helping me with his logic to work through lighting problems in the kitchen. Him realizing I am only reading the headings of really long books instead of the page.

My second boy and his insistence with everything from video games to his decision to open and shut the van door for the fourth time even when we are late. Then two seconds later hewarms your heart with his care and concern .

My little guy venturing around and trying to get up the stairs without me looking. Him throwing anything and everything into the lizard tank and laughing about it. His little baby hugs wrapped around my neck.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Proverbs and Words

Life is good, kids are back to schedule after a break of in service days and holidays. The baby spends his days running around testing the limits, Ian finnagles his ways onto screen time, Logan builds Legos at his creation desk and Caylee reads and plays with her dolls.

Over the weekend my husband experienced a broken toe by roofing nail gun. It was a bad combination of a brand new gun with a light trigger and a sore arm from some earlier weight lifting. Needless to say after an emergency visit when the duct tape bandage didn't hold up, he is on the mend. Today he gets to see a specialist.

Though things are good, this week I have found myself challenged by purpose and contentment. Needing to spend more time with God instead of taking control of my own morning is the best solution. today I found some good verses in Proverbs.

Proverbs 14:1-3
"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them."

Proverbs 14:10
"Each heart knows it's own bitterness and no one else can share it's joy."

Friday, January 15, 2016

Proverbs and Wealth

Here are some good verses out of Proverbs that I read today.

12:16
"Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult."

13:7
"One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth."

13:11
"Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little will make it grow."


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Cold and Bright

My New Yewar was spent with a lot of time in God's word and reflection, a little bit of exercise and time with my parents. I did squeeze in some cleaning and a crock pot dinner of sauerkraut soup that the kids totally despised.

My poor husband was working in the freezing cold wind. I could barely stand to be outside for two minutes pumping gas. When I was outside taking the garbage out the window caught our patio table umbrella that we never took down and tipped over our glass top table shattering pieces all over the pavement. Oiy!

"Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and
Yields better returns than gold."
-Proverbs 3:13-14

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  
What a privilege and a blessing.
May it be filled with love and happiness.
Hope and wonder.
Kindness and mercy.
Time with God.

"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take 
or sit in the company of mockers, 
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-
whatever they do prospers."
-Psalms 1:1-3