Ask and You Shall Receive

So, patience isn’t really my virtue. I mean, I can be patient around children, old people, and four legged furry friends, but I’m not always patient with God. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people that hears, “Ask and you shall receive” as “I’ll drop it from the sky right now.” Unfortunately, that’s not how this whole faith thing works. Apparently you have to ask with a sincere heart, pure intentions, and there’s a caveat, it has to be the will of God. Which is a bit of a bummer because I can’t leave my work right now and I would love a donut.

In prayer, our Lord has never promised me donuts, though I have also never asked. What has he promised? He has promised me that I will never go hungry. He has been faithful to that promise. Awhile back I quit my job and focus on blogging full time. Well, this whole blogging thing hasn’t taken off yet and it has me very concerned. I’ve had to make some adjustments to my lifestyle, but I haven’t gone hungry. I truly believe this is what God wants me to be working on, but I haven’t seen the success I thought I would have. Which is probably the point.

Jacob had no idea he was going to have 12 sons, two wives, and two baby mamas when he left his father’s house. But Jacob was faithful to God and consistent in his work. That is how we can make space for God’s blessings. Jacob remembered the promises of God and when he reached the opportunity to go home, he had to take a moment and reflect on our Lord’s tremendous faithfulness to his promises.

I’m working to be like Jacob. I want to remain faithful to God, remember his promises, and to be consistent in the mission our Lord has assigned to me. I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes right now, it’s from St. Augustine. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” So here I am, praying and working.

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Exodus Resources {Week 4}

Welcome

Welcome to the fourth week in our Exodus study. Last week was pretty intense, we saw the Israelites leave Egypt and cross the Red Sea. We know they are heading out about a three day’s journey through the wilderness so they can worship God. This week they are going to arrive at Mount Sinai, where Moses is going to meet with God face to face and begin receiving a lot of instructions for the Israelites. You may recognize some of these instructions, have you ever heard of the 10 Commandments? We will see these at the end of the week, but before the Israelites can arrive at the mountain, they’re going to experience a few more trials. That’s what my APPLY is about this week.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, April 23 Chapter 16
Tuesday, April 24 Chapter 17
Wednesday, April 25 Chapter 18
Thursday, April 26 Chapter 19
Friday, April 27 Chapter 20

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 28 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem for Bible-A-Day or #BADExodus so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Application

Trust is, by far, the hardest thing for me in my relationships with everyone, including God. I’m pretty sure it’s my mother’s fault, because what issues aren’t actually the fault of our parents? My whole life she’s always told me no one can be trusted. You can’t trust cops, firemen, doctors, teachers, pastors, or anyone. Everyone is either a rapist or a serial killer.

She doesn’t trust anyone, not even my dad. I’m pretty sure I’ve written a blog post about it before. She has a husband she’s been married to for over 30 years she doesn’t trust completely, a mother, and an older sister still living. My brother an I asked her one day if there was anyone in the world she trusted completely, she said no. Oh she also has two adult children. This stunned my brother and I. Going through life without anyone you trust is no way to live. I say this about her, but I feel it too.

I’m not as bad as she is. I trust my brother with almost everything. The few things I keep from him are for his own good, not my paranoia. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some amazing people in the church and have grown very fond of Father Smiles and Father Sports. I trust all of them. I’ve opened my heart and shared my secrets…just not my deepest, darkest secrets.

But there is one person we have to learn to trust, even with our deepest, darkest secrets. Or should I say three persons, theology joke. We are called to trust God with everything, our past, present, and future, our hopes, our dreams, our fears, our burdens, our sins, and our victories. Yet how many of us hold these things in? We only present to God the things we want him to see. Maybe we are confessing our sins but is it with false humility or true contrition. Maybe we aren’t sharing our struggle with him and think we can dod things on our own without His help. You know what happens when we do that? “God [will] come only to test you and put the fear of him upon you so you do not sin.” God wants us to trust him and he will chip away at our proud, paranoid edges until he sculpts us into the men and women he has designed us to be.

St. Louis De Montfort (I think) said it’s easier to be melted down and poured into a mold than it is to be chipped at piece by piece. Who has trusted God the most, who has been steadfast and unwavering in faith? It’s not me, not my mom, not Moses nor the Israelites, not the saints, not even my grandma. But Mary, the Blessed Mother, is the mold for us. She trusted God’s plan no matter where it would lead. It is Mary who has perfect just in God and his diving plan. Mary is a good mold for us to pour ourselves into to become more like her Son. There’s just one challenge, we have to melt ourselves down first.


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Last Week

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Do I Smoke Weed?

Reuben is such a boss right now! We all know how tough it is to stand up to a bully, or to do what’s right in a room full of people doing what’s wrong. Reuben is such an inspiration to us in this moment. Not only was he standing up for what is right, he was standing against his siblings. It makes me think of a quote from Dumbledore, “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” Dumbledore is right and Reuben is an example of it being done right!

The second night I went away to college I went with my (random sophomore) roommate’s  friend’s dorm. Basically as soon as we sat down they pulled a baggy of weed out. I don’t smoke, never have, probably never will. I don’t judge people that do, it’s just a life choice for myself. However, marijuana is illegal in our state and against the rule of our school, so I’m a little uncomfortable being in a dorm room with a baggy of weed on the table.

I don’t think I handled this situation quite right, but I excused myself from the situation. I checked my phone, and announced to the room that I was going to go hang out with one of my friends. I had no desire to be in that environment, even if they were cool college sophomores and I was a nerdy freshman on my second day. No amount of popularity is worth getting kicked out of school or arrested. Or in Reuben’s case, eternal damnation for murdering your brother.

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Exodus Resources {Week 3}

Welcome

Welcome to week three in the book of Exodus! Last week we saw the first nine plagues, they were pretty intense. We saw the magnificent power of God, how strong and loving he is toward his people. This week we are going to see the last plague and, SPOILER ALERT, there escape from Egypt. God is going to lead them through a lot of challenging situations, that’s what my APPLY is this week. You can check it out below.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, April 16 Chapter 11
Tuesday, April 17 Chapter 12
Wednesday, April 18 Chapter 13
Thursday, April 19 Chapter 14
Friday, April 20 Chapter 15

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

 

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 21 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem for Bible-A-Day or #BADExodus so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Application

 

As I have said before, I’m a convert. I joined the Church at the age of 22. My father went to Catholic school but hadn’t participated since before I was born. My mom was raised evangelical. I remember going to Vacation Bible School as a kid, but I never had a faith foundation. After leaving college I spent a lot of time searching for where I found God most completely. I always found myself in a Catholic church.

I tried Baptist, Lutheran, Assembly of God, big churches, small churches, white churches, black churches, nothing felt quite like the Catholic Church. After a couple years of church hopping, I settled pretty comfortably in my local Catholic church. When I eventually started looking into how to join the Church, I became apprehensive. Although I had been going almost every Sunday, I just wasn’t sure if that was the direction God was calling me.

My parents weren’t against my attendance at the Catholic Church, but they did question it. My grandma and aunt were concerned for my immortal should because Catholics worship Mary and the saints, right? My agnostic brother was really confused. Most of my journey, until that point, had been done through reading things online, evangelical things. They weren’t particularly fond of the Catholic Church either, so I was just confused. On the one hand, I was most comfortable in the Catholic Mass; on the other hand, Catholics are all going to hell, or so it seemed.

I remember having this internal conflict and eventually had a Jesus Take the Wheel moment. I realized what church I belonged to had nothing to do with me, my feelings, or my opines. It had everything to do with where God wanted me to be. If God led me to the Catholic Church, I’d be Catholic; if he wanted me to be Presbyterian, I’d be Presbyterian; if God said, all I needed was a personal relationship with him and didn’t need to go to church, I’d do that. How ever God wanted me to worship him, that’s what I would do, no matter where it was, how it was or when it was.

This post is stating to get a bit long, but there is still so much more to share. Long story short, God called me to worship him in the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church. The first Church, the only church started by Christ himself in 33 A.D. There are so many reasons to be Catholic, but for me it all boils down to one thing: God led me to the Catholic Church. I allowed God the space in my life to direct my path, and he led me home, where I can find him most fully while here on earth.


Resources

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Last Week

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The Key to Staying Motivated

This post is part of the GenFit program, an online fitness course designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. After reading this, if you are inspired to take charge of your life, to become fitter, leaner, and stronger, send me a message and I’ll tell you more about the program. GenFit is a place where I share even more ideas to help you achieve your health and fitness goals; and comes with a small community of people to help encourage and support you on your journey. Are you ready to be the best version of yourself? 

One of the most common fitness questions is, how do you stay motivated? It’s hard to wake up every morning and go to the gym, it’s hard to stay committed to your diet at parties, it’s hard to be fit! I completely understand these struggles.

Motivation is your why, and it is so important to know what your why is. It’ll help you when I share the key to staying motivated. Your motivation comes from a desire to change your life and achieve your health goals. So what is your initial motivation for health and fitness? What are your goals? Why do you want to be the best version of yourself? For me, it’s about living healthy and setting an example for he people around me.

Everyone in my family has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar. All of these can be improved through regular exercise and a balanced diet. The attitude of the people around me is, I have blank condition so the doctor put on blank medication, and that’s it. I believe food, exercise, and sunshine are the best medicines so those are the ones I take. I am in control of myself, my body, and my life. I am not a slave to doctors, drugs, or preventable premature death. I choose to live healthy to avoid the consequences of living the standard American life of obesity and disease. I am motivated by the alarming statistics about the mortality of the people in this country, even young people. That’s my why.

But I have also discovered the secret to staying motivated no matter what the circumstances. And this secret could be the key to achieving your health and fitness goals. Are you ready for the serious knowledge I’m about to drop? It could change your whole life, so if you’re not ready, I understand. They key to staying motivated, to achieving all of your goals is…discipline.

Ha, I’m sure you want to choke me right now, but it’s true. In order to achieve anything it’s about discipline and self control. Here’s the reality, you are never motivated to do something all the time. You’re probably not always motivated to clean your house or go to work or even hang out with old friends. Your motivation isn’t the problem, your need for motivation is the problem.

You can combat this with disciple. If you have scheduled your gym time every morning at 6:00, it becomes part of your routine, and you know you need to wake up to get yourself to the gym. It isn’t about what you want to do, it’s about doing what you need to do. There have been several times I have woken early when I intend to sleep in. I could lay in bed until my alarm goes off because I’m unmotivated. But because I am the master of myself, I get up and get a workout in.

The final piece to this trifecta of success is encouragement. Here’s the thing, we all sometimes need a little push in the right direction. Have you ever heard a perfect quote right when you needed it? That’s the encouragement I’m talking about. It may be a quote, a picture, or just the politeness of stranger that can change your outlook.

I typically allow myself a couple days of rest when my cycle begins. But just this month, on my first day I was watching Whitney Simmons videos, and felt so encouraged to get up and go to the gym. Even thought I already planned for pain, bloating, and misery, a Fit Tip with Whit, got me off the couch and on the treadmill.

It’s very important that you find your initial motivation so you know why you are working hard to develop healthy habits and self control. Next, establish the discipline necessary to persevere through the lack of motivation that you will inevitably face. This is something everyone in our world needs more of in several aspects of our lives, not just diet and fitness. Finally, get some encouragement. It can be from YouTube, Pinterest, your accountability partner, or a quick google search of the mortality rate of people in the developed world. The point is, find your purpose and get to work.

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Loving Thy Neighbor Through Hospitality

I come from a very inhospitable family. It’s actually pretty funny, when people ring the doorbell, we don’t answer the door unless they call first. There have been a few instances when my aunt or grandma stop by because they’re in our neck of the woods but don’t call first. They will ring the doorbell two or three times, to no avail. Then return to their cars to call us and say it’s them at the door. More than one I’ve had people I work with tell me they are going to come to my house for various reasons. One time in particular, my former boss said, “Your mom loves me, she’ll answer the door.” To which I said, “I dare you to come to my house without calling first.” No one would have answered the door, no matter what the weather, or the situation. We usually don’t even look through the peephole to see who it is. It could be my best friend after just being stabbed with blood dripping down their face, we would never know.

On the one hand this is a little amusing, but hospitality is a virtue! I think we aren’t hospitable because my father is antisocial only child and my mother is a Law and Order Lifetime Movie Network paranoid middle child. My brother and I were just raised in the madness.

When I grow up (I’m 25) I’d like to be more friendly and welcoming. I love to cook and bake and be domestic. I’m hoping to one day have a nice home my family and friends (only) will feel comfortable just stopping by for a cup of tea. There was one day when we were feeling particularly friendly when my aunt came by and I felt so good after.

She was on our side of town (I call it a town, but it’s a large city) running errands and thought she’d pop by to say hi. I had just finished making a lovely dinner and told her she should come in and have a bite with us. We don’t typically eat in the dining room on weekdays, but since we had company we set the table and had a lovely time sitting and talking. I packed her a little doggy bag to take to my uncle and it was a special evening that I keep with me.

Living a virtuous life can do wonders for the soul and the mind. One of the most fascinating things I found when I decided to focus my life on Christ was I felt more joyful. It feels good to serve your neighbor, to be welcoming and hospitable. And that feeling comes with all of the virtues.

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Exodus Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back to Exodus! Those of you who have done any kind of Vacation Bible School or Sunday school, are probably familiar with the 10 plagues of Egypt. Guess what we’re going to be reading about this week? The 10 plagues! Boy oh boy are they yucky! In my APPLY for this week I’m going to share with  you another personal story about something. This one is kinda sad so if you aren’t in that kind of mood today, I understand, maybe don’t read that section. Just a fair warning there…proceed with caution.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, April 9 Chapter 6
Tuesday, April 10 Chapter 7
Wednesday, April 11 Chapter 8
Thursday, April 12 Chapter 9
Friday, April 13 Chapter 10

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 14 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem for Bible-A-Day or #BADExodus so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Application

I’m about to share with you guys the day my grandfather died. So again, if you are not in the mood to read about something sad, come back later when you’re in a better mood, and let me know how I can pray for you. You’ve been warned.

About three and a half years ago now we lost our family’s patriarch. My grandfather was a man’s man. He installed toilets when we weren’t home, built a patio in our front yard, and made sure my mother never killed my uncle. He was our everything. 15 years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. The news rocked all of us, but he was such a trooper. He fought the disease every day for as long as he could. I am so grateful for him and his example in that.

Although he lived a beautiful life, he also had a beautiful death. That day will be with me forever. I remember we got a call about midmorning from my aunt who told us the hospice nurse said today was the day. He had been laid up in my aunts living room in a hospital bed receiving 24 hour service for awhile. We were all as ready as we could be. He had suffered the last 2 years with several strokes which left him unable to walk or speak. It was time.

My mom, dad, and myself immediately went to my aunts house to be with him and with one another. My brother was away at college and we would not have had time to get him and bring him home. My aunt, my uncle, my dad, my mom, my grandma, myself, and the nice nurse were all there to love on him in his final hours. I sometimes laugh that he died the way he lived: all his ladies around him being annoying. He was never alone, one of the women in the family was literally holding his hand the whole day.

After a couple hours, the nurse let us know he was moments away from the end. We all crowded around him and laid hands in him. At this point, my grandma began to wail, I’d never heard her like that before and I haven’t ever since. She wailed and she screamed and she said, “Please don’t leave me, Sam. Please, God don’t let him leave me yet.” All I could do was hold my grandmother. My Papa’s breath slowed but didn’t stop…Until Grandma said, “It’s okay, Sam. I’m ready when you’re ready. We’re all going to be okay, you can go.” At that exact moment, my grandfather exhaled for the last time.

To this day I cannot wrap my mind around that moment. He was fighting for her, he had nothing, but he was fighting to keep living for her. He waited, God waited, until she was ready.

Our Lord is patient. He was patient with my grandmother that day. He was patient with Pharaoh as he flip flopped when deciding to let the Israelites go, he is patient with me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. He doesn’t force our hands, he knows what’s best, he knows what’s right, but he let’s us tell him when we are ready. As you will see this week Pharaoh wasn’t ready to let the Israelites go, who wants to give up free labor? But God is patient with his powerful acts. He performed mighty acts to show his power to Pharaoh and the Egyptians; he performed mighty acts when he allowed my grandfather to continue breathing until my grandmother was ready. He literally has all the time in the world, he can and will wait for every one of us to open our hearts to his plan.


Resources

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Last Week

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Embracing Resistance

This post is part of the GenFit program, an online fitness course designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. After reading this, if you are inspired to take charge of your life, to become fitter, leaner, and stronger, send me a message and I’ll tell you more about the program. GenFit is a place where I share even more ideas to help you achieve your health and fitness goals; and comes with a small community of people to help encourage and support you on your journey. Are you ready to be the best version of yourself? 

Hopefully by now, ladies aren’t still afraid of weight lifting. All of the Instagram models and fitness YouTubers will tell you the value of lifting weight. For so long women left the lifting to the men while focusing on crude. I’m not going to downplay cardio the way some fit girls will since I’m running a half marathon soon. But I will tell you, pretty much everything is improved by adding some resistance training to your routine.

Resistance training can come in a lot of forms. The one I recommend starting with is bodyweight exercises. I think they’re good because,

  1. they can be done at home: Sometimes going to the gym when you’re new to fitness can be super intimidating. That’s why I recommend doing things at home first, you’ll get used to being in your own body and making it move certain ways.
  2. they can be done anytime: If you’re working out at the gym only, you amy be super busy and have to skip a day or two. This can totally throw off your schedule. Once you’ve messed up, it’s often hard to get back on track. But if all you’re doing is bodyweight exercises you can do them on commercial breaks or while you’re waiting for water to boil.
  3. they allow you to focus on form: Bad form can lead to serious injury. A lot of people are tempted to lift heavy even when it’s too much. This causes compromised form and injuries. for those who dial it back a little, can focus on having correct form and firing the correct muscles. Form is one of the most important things in your training.
  4. they’re cheap: Lifting your body is significantly cheaper than a gym membership and it’s cheaper than buying weights at the sporting goods store. I was tempted to say you’re cheap, but I thought that might offend some people.
  5. they tighten you up: I remember the first day I stepped out of the shower and saw cellulite on my thighs. I was horrified! I’m in my mid twenties and childless, why did I have cellulite? It isn’t just fat, it’s the hard to reach fat hanging out below your skin; it’s much harder to just burn off with some running. It requires a toning and expansion of the muscles below. Doing bodyweight exercises creates lean muscle which helps move that ugly cellulite out of your beautiful body.

Since we’re on the topic of tightening up I also want to mention that muscle mass burns more calories than fat. Here’s the deal, more resistance training = more muscle; more muscle = more calorie burn (even at rest); more more calorie burn = more calorie consumption. The reason gym rats are always eating is partially because they are in the gym six hours a day, but also because all that muscle is burning fuel faster. So if you’re like me, and want to eat, embrace the resistance.

I wrote a lot in this post about bodyweight training because i think it’s the best place to start. But resistance training can also include a lot of toys:

That last one is a little funning but it goes to the final point I want to make. Fitness happens everywhere, not just the gym, not just the kitchen. Do a couple overhead presses before you load the washing machine. Do a few squats before you open a case of water. Do some curls before putting your almond milk back in the fridge. Resistance training can happen everywhere.

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In Light of Eternity, does it Really Matter?

As I mentioned at the beginning of this study, our God is big, REALLY big. The confines of space and time have no power over him. He sees everything like a painting, while we only see our little speckle. This is important to note because sometimes we get in our heads and think things are revolving around our current moment.

A couple weeks ago my brother said he remembers thinking when he was in high school, like that was all there was. And when he was in college thinking the same thing. And now that he is home he thinks the same thing. It’s funny how once you’ve spent a little time removed form a situation, how small those major issues seem. I think something similar can be said for Joseph this week. Remember his brothers were mean to him, he was sold into slavery, and he went to jail. The scriptures don’t describe Joseph’s feelings on all of this, but he couldn’t have felt like life was a basked of puppies and roses. But when he took time to step back and look at all the steps that he took to get him to the point that he was able to save his family and the people of Egypt from starvation, one can see how God sees.

One of the Sisters that works in my home parish used to say to me, “In light of eternity, does this really matter.” I still hear her little voice in my head whenever I’m getting worked up about something. It happens, we all do it, we start to take our lives or our situations a little to seriously. Sometimes things are serious, but we still have to take a moment to step back and reflect on how God is using it.

Last year my grandmother had ovarian cancer, I would consider that a truly serious situation. We all rallied around her to support and take care of her. One of the greatest things that came out of it was that one of my younger cousins began spending more time with her. Growing up, it was always my brother and I that went to see my grandparents each week. But I guess my cousin had a wake up call realizing his last grandparent was seriously sick. So he would help drive her to appointments, take food to her, and hang out at her apartment. It both warms my heart, and makes me a little concerned that he’s trying to be her favorite (which will never happen, I shall never be dethroned as favorite, haha).

The point I’m trying to make is that the Lord can turn bad and scary situations like slavery, imprisonment, and cancer, to bring about wonderful change in a family and in the world. We can’t get stuck in focusing on all the things that are going wrong. Instead, try to reflect on how God is using it to glorify his kingdom.

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Exodus Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Yay! Welcome to week one of Exodus, I’m so excited we are doing this. I hope you are, too because I am most certainly tickled pink. Exodus is a beloved book of mine and it’s one you may be familiar with it. It is in Exodus that we meet Moses, we have the whole “let my people go” thing go down, and the 10 commandments. We are in for a treat over the next 8 weeks!

This post is all about the first week of Exodus. Here you will find our reading plan, memory verse, and a reflection of mine from the week. Watch the video so you have a preview of what will be going on in the first five chapters, then read my APPLY. It focuses on God’s faithfulness to his people, because my goodness is he faithful!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, April 2 Chapter 1
Tuesday, April 3 Chapter 2
Wednesday, April 4 Chapter 3
Thursday, April 5 Chapter 4
Friday, April 6 Chapter 5

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

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On Saturday, April 7 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Application

I’m always in conflict with myself about how much I want to share online. Part of me wants to share everything, I think this is a great place to document my highs and lows which can help encourage people, or maybe one day my descendants will read it and know that I was quite the character. On the other hand, I don’t want to be judged because I had a weak moment. I say all of that because of the story I’m about to share. I love the Lord, I know he exists, I know he loves me. But…I had a rough night once.

Several months ago I was at a low point in life, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I was praying and asking God for direction, but I really didn’t see the path. On a particularly difficult night I laid in my bed crying for hours and a thought came to mind. It was the worst thought I’ve ever had. Is God even real, is he even there, or am I wasting my life believing in something that is all in my head. 

Three years ago I was baptized. That’s all it took, three years and the wonder and awe of my baptism was completely forgotten. All the time I had spent time reading the scriptures, reading spiritual books, reading about scientists, anthropologists, and historians who supported and reinforced the tenants of Christianity, and I broke.

Let me add a little context, this is the other thing I’m not proud of. It has to do with a boy…because what doesn’t. Listen, I don’t have it all together! Last year I was hangin’ out with a fella and unfortunately things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. But, God’s timing is not my timing and his way is not my way. I went to meet with Father Sports because I was just in a bit of a tizzy about the whole thing. He said to me, “Do you believe God wants to make you happy.” That kinda shook my world, because the answer was no. We live our lives doing the best we can while God throws wrenches at us that we have to dodge until we get to heaven when it’s all sunshine and rainbow. Right? WRONG!

God wants you to be happy here and now. Yes life is hard, and it is never completely satisfying because we aren’t walking face to face with him; but that doesn’t mean he wants us to be miserable. And sometimes it isn’t just about resolving to be content in your current situation. Sometimes he wants you to tell him clearly and frankly what you want, then work your butt off to get it, like what St. Augustine said (from the video).

So after leaving Father Sport’s office I went to chapel and I opened my heart to God…by that I mean I unloaded on him. And I felt him speak into my heart that he had a plan for this guy’s life and for my life and that the story he has written for us isn’t over.

Here’s the thing, God’s timing isn’t my timing. So when some time went by and Jesus didn’t drop him on my doorstep with a bow, I started to question everything. I was praying, I was working, I was doing all the things I thought I was supposed to do, but I was impatient. I wasn’t giving my best effort to the moment God had me in. So I fell into despair, I cried, and I asked myself if any of it was real: God, heaven, the resurrection, all of it.

That morning I woke up to a text from the fella without the bow.

The point is, God hears you. He heard the Israelites as they struggled in Egypt. He knows you are going through a difficult time and it isn’t for nothing (double negative=it has a purpose). He has a plan, he is faithful to his people. He is faithful to you, he is faithful to the Israelites, he’s faithful to me. We should let Israelites serve as an example to us in our moments of struggle. Don’t despair, he’s there and he loves you immensely. Every prayer you pray with an open heart and pure intentions is answered in the right way. This takes clarity of communication and patience on our end. But like we will see with the Israelites as we move throughout the series, God’s plans are so much bigger and more beautiful than we could ever imagine.


Resources

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Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed the preview I posted last week, you can check it out here. It is a good introduction to the study to help get you started by putting you in the right mindset for the book of Exodus.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m enthusiastic about this study and I’m pleased to be doing it on the blog with this community. I am here for you if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I pray your first week goes well, and I to see you on Facebook on Saturday!

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