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!
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.
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.
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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.
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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