Exodus Resources {Week 8}

Welcome

Welcome to our final week in the book of Exodus. Remember when we started, Moses killed that Egyptian? We have seen so much over these last 8 weeks. The Israelites have been through a lot and the Lord has been steadfast through it all. In our final week, the Israelites are finally following God’s instructions and are completing a holy space for him to dwell in their midst along their journey. Before I move on with this preview, I want to let you know that the book of Leviticus is coming up next. Subscribe, if you haven’t already, so you are up to date on the latest studies. My APPLY for this week is going to be about doing the work God has asked you do.

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.

8 plan

Monday, May 21 Chapter 36
Tuesday, May 22 Chapter 37
Wednesday, May 23 Chapter 38
Thursday, May 24 Chapter 39
Friday, May 25 Chapter 40

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 27 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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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Pretty much no one in my life understands this whole online bible study thing. There are some people that nod in confused acceptance of the whole thing, but no one quite gets it. I honestly feel this is the direction God has asked me to go in. I truly believe this is the place he has brought me and the mission he has asked me to fulfill. Lord knows he’s given me a lot of words, but also a little social anxiety, so internet community is brilliant!

Anyway, this week we see the Israelites step up their game. They donate a ton of resources to the building of the tabernacle and they all get to work on it together as a community. It’s amazing the work that can be accomplished with cooperation. Not just building a beautiful tabernacle, massive temple, or amazing church, but also putting a man on the moon.

One of the great beauties of our faith is the encouragement of community participation. There is a temptation for all of us, especially my generation, to be a little disconnected from our brothers and sisters. I’m pretty sure they have done studies about the social ineptitude of millennials. But it is in striving toward communal goals that we are able to do amazing things.

We see this week the Israelites are called to build a holy place to honor God. I believe I am called to write online bible studies to honor God. That’s why I’d like to share the opportunity for others to lead online small groups of our next study if they feel called. If this is something you would like to prayerfully consider, let me know. I’d be happy to share some information on this free opportunity.


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Last Week

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Exodus Resources {Week 7}

Welcome

Welcome to week 7 in the book of Exodus. Can you believe we’ve made it this far? I hope you are able to continue to persevere in these last two weeks. There is still so much for us to learn from Moses and Aaron. In my APPLY for this week, we’re going to be discussing Aaron and the choice he made. He is a leader of the people, set apart by God to lead the people on the right path. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do and it causes some problems. Find out more 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.

7 plan

Monday, May 14 Chapter 31
Tuesday, May 15 Chapter 32
Wednesday, May 16 Chapter 33
Thursday, May 17 Chapter 34
Friday, May 18 Chapter 35

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 20 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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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

A couple weeks ago I shared some thoughts on the Protestant Reformation. A quick history lesson: members and clergy of the Church was not making the best choices. That’s an understatement. One of the biggest things they were doing was selling indulgences. An indulgence is a special blessing that can cut your purgatory time or that of a loved one. They aren’t for sale, they are prayers and penances you do for the redemption of others, not commodities. Members of the clergy were doing this and the Pope at the time turned a blind eye. This, along with several other things caused Martin Luther to get fed up and nail his 95 theses to the front gate of his monastery.

In our lifetime, priests have sexually violated the rights of children under their care. They abused their power and influence to bring harm to the most vulnerable and most precious members of our community. Sometimes, those in authority knew these atrocities were taking place, yet did not report these pedophiles to legal authorities, instead moving them from parish to parish, allowing them to abuse even more children.

The consequence of both these instances is a disillusionment with the Church and her teachings. Because of voluntary ignorance, spiritual and sexual abuse, members of the Body of Christ have left the fold permanently. Souls have been lost because people do not rejected the practices of church leadership, while not actually rejecting Church teaching.

I’ve heard it said that if one leaves the Church because the people in the Church are sinners, then their faith isn’t in God, but in people. And people will always be a massive disappointment as we will see in our readings this week. It is vital to our spiritual salvation to never put our faith in priests, nuns, or bishops. They’re people too, and sometimes they make horrifying mistakes. But we do have to stand up and speak truth to power when power is abused and misguided.

The final point I want to make is this. I’m a convert, I came to the Church from a family that was pretty firmly apposed to Catholicism and after the public news of priestly sexual abuse of children. I choose to be part of the Catholic church because her doctrine is sound. No where in any official Vatican document have I found it written that sexually abusing children or the selling of indulgences are morally or spiritually acceptable practices. I have never seen anything doctrinally wrong in the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am Catholic because Christ started the Catholic Church, not the Lutheran Church. I love all of the priest I have ever known, but my faith isn’t in them, it’s in Christ.


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Last Week

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Exodus Resources {Week 6}

Welcome

Welcome to the sixth week in the book of Exodus! I hope this week finds you well and sparkly. Our theme this week is that God designs worship. I mentioned it last week, but we are going to see plenty more this week. I think this is really important to understand, worship isn’t about us, our enjoyment, our pleasure, or anything. Worship is about giving to God what belongs to him. That’s what my APPLY is about this week, God designing worship and how it isn’t our responsibility to reinvent the wheel.

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.

6 plan

Monday, May 7 Chapter 26
Tuesday, May 8 Chapter 27
Wednesday, May 9 Chapter 28
Thursday, May 10 Chapter 29
Friday, May 11 Chapter 30

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, May 12 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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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

I feel a little passionate about this week’s theme because of an interaction I had with a friend a couple years ago. I’m Catholic, they’re Protestant. He’s a strong, bible believing Protestant, which means we had a fantastic well thought dialogue. I don’t remember exactly how this particular interaction started but he gave me a litany that has stuck with me. He said, “My relationship with God is mine. I decide when to read scripture, I decide how I pray, and I decide how to worship.” My reaction was, “God decides worship.” I said it a little nonchalant, and it stopped him in his tracks. I don’t think that was the end of his list, but that was something we needed to discuss.

Yes, each of us is in our own unique relationship with God. That doesn’t diminish the significance of our communal relationship with God, but we are individuals and make the individual decision to devote our lives to Christ. Yes, each of us decides when they want to spend time in the Word. For me, I like to read in the mornings because it sets a tone and grounds me for the rest of my day. Yes, you can decide how to pray. I like contemplative prayer. But meditative prayer is great, the Rosary, the Our Father, anything really. Prayer is just a conversation with God, so however you communicate with him is great. But no, you don’t get to decide worship. I don’t get to decide worship, my friend doesn’t get to decide worship. Why is that?

Because worship has bupkis to do with us and everything to do with God. Our fallen human nature gives us the instinct to say “me, me, me,” but the reality is that worship is all “God, God, God,” in an even more acute way than in other aspects of our lives. God tells us what to do, how he wants to be worshipped and honored, it is our responsibility to obey those instructions. When I was going through RCIA, this is how it was explained to us:

You know how when your dad’s birthday comes along and he tells you he wants a clean house, quiet children, and a home cooked meal as a gift; but you show up with a new belt and some paper mache. He’s thankful, but the house is still a mess, the kids are still screaming, and your still ordering pizza for dinner. That’s what it’s like when we try to decide how we want to worship God, rather than allowing him to instruct us on how he wants to be worshipped.

One of the things you’ll see in this week’s readings is a lot of animal sacrifices, A LOT. That is something we will continue to see throughout the Old Testament. Christ came to be the final sacrifice. Because of Jesus on the cross, we no longer need to slaughter a yearling lamb morning and night. However, we are called to celebrate that sacrifice of Jesus when we are in the tent of meeting our the church. That’s why, at every Mass we celebrate the Eucharist. The Mass is all about the Eucharist which makes present the sacrifice of our Lord. You will see in the book of Acts, the disciples would get together and break bread on every Sunday, the way we come together every Sunday to break the bread of the everlasting covenant.

God designed worship to be the Mass.


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Last Week

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Do you Believe God wants to Make you Happy?

I truly believe this blog is God’s will for my life. I believe he wants me to focus all of my attention and energy to building the blog, creating e-courses, and doing other things surrounding this blog. Awhile back I heard the voice of the Lord on my heart ask me to leave my job and focus on this full time. I was apprehensive, but eventually did what the Lord was asking me to do. But it took me a long time to tell my parents what I’d done.

I knew and still know that they wouldn’t understand. It is highly illogical to quit one’s job and start blogging without not already making an income from it. I know that! And I said that to the Lord. In prayer, I had been asking that he monetize the blog because I wanted to focus on it but I knew I couldn’t leave until I was making money from it, that’s what rational people do. Well, that’s not what God was asking me to do. He wanted me to quit first, then tell my parents. As expected, they didn’t take the news well.

Here’s the thing…I’m pretty immature. I may be 25 years old, but if I’m honest, I have the behavior of a 16 year old. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons for why. I’m a millennial and statistically we have had a hard time growing up and flying away from the nest. I have helicopter parents who thought it was perfectly logical to keep us under their noses our entire lives until the age of 17 when they expected us to suddenly start acting like the other kids. It could also just be that I’m lazy, unfocused, and irresponsible.

That is my background, but if I’m being honest with you, I truly in my heart believe this is what God wants me to be doing. I’m not making any money from it, and I don’t really see where he is going to bring me financial security from it. I hate ads and have no intention on running ads on my blog or YouTube channel. I also don’t have a ton of followers of this blog, YouTube channel, or any other social media outlets. I don’t know what he is going to do. But I do know two other things.

I know that the Lord loves me abundantly. He loves me so much he would go to the cross for me. And I know he seeks to bless me. That is out theme this week, God seeks to bless us through all of life’s complicated circumstances. I had to find courage to tell my parents I quit my job today. I’m probably going to have to find humility to find a new place to live because my mom is ready to kick me out of the house. No matter what happens, no matter where I go, I must take to heart the words I have on my purity ring from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not for woe.

Each of us is made to live a life of abidance and beauty. One of the things Father Sports asked me in our first meeting was, “Do you believe God wants to make you happy?” If I’m honest, the answer is no, I don’t believe that. I didn’t believe it then and I struggle to believe it now. But my faith is bigger than my doubt; God is bigger than my fears. No matter what happens, I will lean on him, his will, his wisdom, and always do my best to walk where he asks me to walk. That is my goal and purpose and it is what I will do.

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Exodus Resources {Week 5}

Welcome

Welcome back to Exodus! This week starts a lot of instructions for the Israelites. We’ll talk more next week about how God really is the designer of worship. It isn’t about us, it’s about giving glory to him in the way he instructs. This week we will start to see that. Below you will see my APPLY for the week. I was really inspired by the instructions on how to build the tabernacle found toward the end of the 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.

5 plan

Monday, April 30 Chapter 21
Tuesday, May 1 Chapter 22
Wednesday, May 2 Chapter 23
Thursday, May 3 Chapter 24
Friday, May 4 Chapter 25

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, May 5 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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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Last year we recognized 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. It’s a truly fascinating time period in history, objectively speaking. I love reading about medieval times, mostly the madness of Henry VIII. Right now I’m binge watching The Tudors on Netflix. It is a historical drama, so they take real themes and put them into a cinematic framework. One of the fantastic things they have done a brilliant job of bringing to the screen are the events surrounding the Protestant Reformation in England and the establishment of the Church of England. One of the common objections of the time, that is still present today, is the opulence of the Church.

Yes, we like nice things. So many churches, especially those built before the Second Vatican Council, are filled with elaborate art, ornate stained glass, marble altars, and golden tabernacles. To some, this is really off-putting. It may make us seem shallow, selfish, and disengaged from the needs of others as Jesus wants. There are three things I’d like to say to those who see it that way.

  1. The Catholic Church’s greatest wealth is our poor, sick, hungry, and needy. Tradition holds that when St. Lawrence was commanded by the emperor to bring him the wealth of the Church, St. Lawrence brought to him the poor, sick, hungry, and needy. He proclaimed that the wealth of the Church is in her people and the people she ministers to. There is no group of people in the history of the planet earth that have fed, clothed, housed, and educated more people than the Catholic Church.
  2. We give of our time, talent, AND treasure for the glory of God. It’s not like all of the opulence was commandeered by force or coercion. It is the privilege of the faithful to give according to their hearts (25:1) for the glory of God and beautification of his house. And this beauty isn’t just for us. Anyone can go see the Sistine Chapel, not just Catholics. The Church doesn’t hoard the great history, art, and music that she has contributed to culture throughout the past 2,000 years.
  3. The final thing I want to say goes to what we will begin to see this week. God instructs Moses and the Israelites to have all that gold, fine linen, and purple to be in his holy place. If God has instructed the Israelites to make the place he comes down from heaven to reside with his people, then why should we do anything different? It’s not like God said stay far away from all things gold, it’s too ornate for people to see when they are worshipping.

When we enter into a church, we should feel like we are entering heaven. Heaven is beautiful, ornate, grand, opulent, and full of sunshine and sparkle. Our churches should be too. It is in our churches, like in the tabernacle, that our Lord comes to encounter us. The riches of the Church are in her people and the people she serves, but we can glorify God by honoring his instruction and building our churches to reflect his heavenly abode.


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Tools

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Last Week

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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.

4 plan

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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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

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.

3 plan

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.


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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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