Love the Lord

Yeah, that’s nice, but how? I don’t know about you, but this whole love thing is really difficult. We are living in a time when many of us really don’t know what love is. How can we possibly know how to love God with our whole heart, our whole being, and our whole strength when our divorce rate is so high, our children are being raised in single parent households, and there is perpetual strife in family life. The closest thing many of us knows to love is our pets. Is that what God means, should I love him like I love Puddles? 

I think it’s important to note that the deepest forms of love are simply the intimate exchange of persons. When it comes to us learning how to love God with our whole heart, whole being, and whole strength, it starts by coming to an understanding and acceptance of the fact that God loves us with his whole heart, his whole being, and his whole strength. Take a second on that and remember that God is infinite, unlike us. His whole heart, whole being, and whole strength is so much more expansive than we could ever understand. 

The more we recognize God’s unending love through the sacraments, through the scriptures, and just through his magnificent creation, we can learn to love him more fully. Be like a child that learns from mimicking. But don’t copy the fallen man, copy God’s example of true, deep, life altering love. 

This post is an excerpt from my devotional, Reflections Through the Bible: Deuteronomy. It is available for purchase here.

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Deuteronomy Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back to Deuteronomy, I hope your first week went well. As you may have noticed, Deuteronomy is about a lot of review of the first few books of the bible. We need to be reminded of all the things God has done for us in the past to help us move forward in trust and expectant hope.

This post is all about the second week of Deuteronomy. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about loving the Lord. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, you can download one here, or get it from Amazon 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, September 17 Chapter 6
Tuesday, September 18 Chapter 7
Wednesday, September 19 Chapter 8
Thursday, September 20 Chapter 9
Friday, September 21 Chapter 10

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This Week

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I’ve written a devotional for the book of Deuteronomy. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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Last Week

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A Nation Set Apart

 

This passage makes me think about the immense power of the United States. Countries and peoples around the world know us and know what a powerful nation we are. When we go to battle, we do so with great force and determination. Our men and women in uniform are second to none, the best this world has to offer. I am grateful for the warriors who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we have in this country. But with great power comes great responsibility.  

I don’t want to just be known as the country with the best military, I want to be known as the country with the best education, the highest quality of life, the most respectful country in the world, the most environmentally friendly country. I want to be part of the best of the best, because those are the ideals our people go to battle for.

We each have a responsibility first to God, but also to our country. We must each do our part to make today a little better than yesterday, and tomorrow a little bit better than today. We have a duty to share the Lord’s blessings with others and to stand up in the face of dictatorships and autocracies. 

The people of the world shouldn’t just fear us because we have enough nuclear power to annihilate all living things on the planet. They should dread our presence in their countries because we will show their people kindness, respect, and love. We will nurture children, lift the poor out of poverty, and always strive for peace. 

I want to be part of a country that lives up to its ideals and doesn’t just talk about them. 

This post is an excerpt from my devotional, Reflections Through the Bible: Deuteronomy. It is available for purchase here.

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Deuteronomy Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Welcome to the book of Deuteronomy! It’s our final book in the Pentateuch and I feel both excited and a little sad about it. But here we go, week 1!

This post is all about the first week of Deuteronomy. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about being a people set apart by God. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

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

week 1 reading

Monday, September 10 Chapter 1
Tuesday, September 11 Chapter 2
Wednesday, September 12 Chapter 3
Thursday, September 13 Chapter 4
Friday, September 14 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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I’ve written a devotional for the book of Deuteronomy. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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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 Deuteronomy.

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!

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Introducing the Book of Deuteronomy

I can believe how far we have come since the beginning of the year. We are already on Deuteronomy, the last book in the Pentateuch.  On the one hand I’m surprised by how far we’ve come, on the other, I’m kinda ready to be done with the books of law. We will begin the book of Deuteronomy on September 9!

I have always loved spending time in the Scriptures. I think it is the privilege and duty of the faithful to read God’s word regularly. While on earth we are called to unite ourselves to our Lord and live as closely as possible to the love of the Holy Trinity. We do this through Scripture reading, daily prayer, and connecting with our brothers and sisters in faith.

“Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” St. Jerome.

Because of my passion for scripture and brining it to others, I have written this Bible-A-Day series. On September 9, we will begin the book of Deuteronomy. The book of Deuteronomy concludes the books of Law and in it we will see the final blessings of God before the Israelites take possession of the Promised Land. There will be a review of all the great things the Lord has done since Exodus, and a warning to what will happen if the Israelites don’t live up to the covenant of the Lord. You can download the workbook here, or purchase on Amazon here. The inside is the same on both, but I wanted to give people options.


Resources

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Deuteronomy. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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Workbook

Download or purchase the workbook. Read through the beginning of the book and check out the preview videos.

You’ll find at the beginning of the ebook:
– Introduction to the book of Deuteronomy
– Explanation of the bible study method we will use, called P.R.A.Y.
– A coloring chart for bible marking
– A page for each chapter of scripture for journaling
– A preview for each week with a memory verse and challenge


Community

We will be doing this bible study here on the blog each week. Each Sunday, I will be posting all of the resources you will need for the week ahead. On Wednesdays, I will share my weekly APPLY.

 

 

 

 

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God’s Blessings

Unreal! This week’s memory verse is unbelievable; the Israelites have been messing up and dying left and right, but now they go to battle, and not one of them dies. It just goes to show the tremendous power of God. I’m just in awe of it all. This whole book really makes me stop and think about who God is. I think in the other books we’ve done in this series, I’ve had a much more introspective and comparative look at myself and the people. Not that I’m not still doing that here in Numbers, because I’m definitely like the Israelites when they mess up, but I really see the forgiveness of God in this book.

God’s timing is so perfect, and we see this week how his timing works. In chapter 14 the Israelites tried to fight a battle and they lost miserably. They didn’t wait for God’s timing, they wanted to take what they wanted without first consulting God or following his holy will. This week we will see what happens when the Israelites do choose to wait. They go to battle at the time when he determines and they take holy objects with them to war. This gives them strength as they go forward, knowing that they are following the Lord’s plan and are receiving the gifts he has been offering to their forefathers since Genesis.

In our own lives, it’s important to count our blessings. I don’t know about you but sometimes when I’m in a dark place spiritually, I look around and it’s just darkness everywhere. I can become so stressed and lost if I don’t take some time to count my blessings. I keep a page in my journal dedicated to reminding myself of the blessings of God. When I start to feel like a sour grape, I go back to it and review the things he’s done for me. A little reminder of the fact that I am a child of God like the Israelites, is all I need to adjust my attitude and take on the day.

This post is from the Book of Numbers bible study. Please join us as we go through God’s word together where we will learn so much about ourselves and our Lord. You can find out more information about the Bible-A-Day series here.

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them infinitely. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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Numbers Resources {Week 7}

Welcome

Welcome to our final full week in the book of Numbers, I really hope this study has been fruitful and inspiring for you. I know I have learned so much about myself and our Lord as I’ve gone through it. Before we get into this week’s preview, I want to let you know what’s coming up for our Bible-A-Day series.

Monday, September 3 Read Numbers 36
Tuesday, September 4 Conclusion video for Numbers
Wednesday, September 5 Preview for Deuteronomy
Sunday, September 9 Week 1 Preview for Deuteronomy

This post is all about the seventh week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about counting our blessings and being grateful to God for all that he does for us. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

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, August 27 Chapter 31
Tuesday, August 28 Chapter 32
Wednesday, August 29 Chapter 33
Thursday, August 30 Chapter 34
Friday, August 31 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

 

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Sunday: Today I’ve shared the resources for the week.
Wednesday: I’ll share my APPLY for the week here on the blog.

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 #BADNumbers 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.


Resources

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

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The Consequence of Bad Priests

I’m really struggling to write this post because I learned about a bad priest in my diocese today. A friend of mine, who has always been disillusioned with religion had a poor experience when he was going to baptize his child. The priest told him that he needed to be tithing to the church for several months before he would baptize the baby. This is NOT Church teaching, tithes are to be done according to one’s heart, and priests cannot deny sacraments for arbitrary reasons. I was sure to confirm with my friend that it was about tithe, not about going to Mass. When one baptizes a child, they commit to raising that child Catholic. To be Catholic is to attend Mass all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. That’s not what the priest was saying, it was about the money, not the frequency at which someone frequented the Lord’s house.

Another friend of mine was married at that church last year, he also had a difficult experience. I asked him how the Pre Cana and natural family planning classes were, he had no idea what I was talk about. I asked if his wife received Reconciliation before their wedding, he didn’t have answer and wondered why that would be relevant. Him and his fiance were living together before they got married, I asked if they priest talked to them at all about refraining from sex until after the wedding. He asked me why it would be any of the priests business.

This priest has chosen not to follow the God’s prescriptions concerning sacraments as stated by the Church. I cannot tell you how furious I am. The reason I am so angry is that bad shepherds lead to lost sheep. Neither of my friends are church goers, and my one friend is not raising his son in the faith. Why? Because a servant of God did not accurately share the teachings of the Church. He denied a sacrament to a child because his father wasn’t paying tithes! He allowed a couple in a state of mortal sin to receive a sacrament! How backwards is that? I can’t blame my friends, because they don’t know any better, but it is the responsibility of the faithful, who know the truth, to stand up and be hold other members in the community responsible.

So I wrote the priest an email asking to set up a meeting. I hope he is receptive to what I have to say. I will, of course, be respectful and also prepared. We, as members of the Body of Christ, cannot allow bad shepherds to lose sheep for any reason. It is because of bad priests and the laity’s silence that many of our brothers and sisters choose not participate in the sacraments, and don’t even know what they are missing out on. This was the case during the Protestant Schism, it was the case when it was discovered priests were violating the fundamental human rights of children in the church, and it may even be happening now. We must protect the souls of our brothers and sisters, by respectfully holding Church leadership accountable.

I will meet with priest. If he chooses not to meet with me, I will go to the bishop. If he chooses not to meet with me I will meet with the cardinal. If he chooses not to listen to me, I will write a letter to Rome. I will not tolerate anymore of my brothers and sisters being lost.

This post is from the Book of Numbers bible study. Please join us as we go through God’s word together where we will learn so much about ourselves and our Lord. You can find out more information about the Bible-A-Day series here.

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them infinitely. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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Numbers Resources {Week 6}

Welcome

Welcome to week six in our Numbers study. I hope you have been enjoying God’s Word so far, I know I have been. Throughout this study, and even since Leviticus, we have seen the importance of holy orders. This week we are going to learn a little bit more about the process of being selected by God to become a leader of the people.

This post is all about the sixth week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about the importance of good, strong, holy priests, and the consequences of when they don’t rise to their calling. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

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, August 20 Chapter 26
Tuesday, August 21 Chapter 27
Wednesday, August 22 Chapter 28
Thursday, August 23 Chapter 29
Friday, August 24 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

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Sunday: Today I’ve shared the resources for the week.
Wednesday: I’ll share my APPLY for the week here on the blog.

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 #BADNumbers 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.


Resources

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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Last Week

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But Who Do You Say God Is?

Our Lord is so big and he has so many attributes. One of the greatest things about our journey, we have the opportunity to discover more about God every single day. His love is so endless and we will never be able to describe the fullness and depth of him while we are on Earth. I have been asked several times what the day of my baptism was like. It wasn’t just baptism, though. As a convert, I received all three sacraments of initiation all in the same day: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. It was the most amazing day of my life and I’m not entirely sure how to describe it. It was like having Gandalf the Gray hand delivering my Hogwarts letter and having The Doctor take me to school where Sherlock taught Defence Against the Dark Arts. It was basically skipping through a field of tulips with a puppy on a spring afternoon followed by ice cream that never melts. Full of sparkle and sunshine!

The point is, God is so big and beautiful that the day I received my sacraments I was so overwhelmed at the notion that I was chosen by God from the beginning to be his daughter. He loves me so immensely he went to Calvary’s hill for us to be together forever. The two places we come to get to know the person of God is in the sacraments and in the scriptures. At my baptism I felt God’s love and mercy, but he’s so much more. More than words could ever adequately explain. He’s gentle, protective, he’s knows how to challenge me enough that I grow, but never pushes me to break. His grace and his presence are constant, even when I’m unaware.

One of the most important things we can do is know we are loved, loved infinitely and completely. He is kind, generous, forgiving, creative, expressive, and so much more. We are called to dive deep into our relationship with him. This week, I hope you come to know the Lord and to make not of some of his many attributes.

This post is from the Book of Numbers bible study. Please join us as we go through God’s word together where we will learn so much about ourselves and our Lord. You can find out more information about the Bible-A-Day series here.

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them infinitely. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

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