Genesis Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back! Last week we went through the “money” chapters of Genesis and set a foundation for this study, this series, and for our lives. One of the big things I’d like for you to take away from this week is baptism. Last week ended with an introduction to Noah. This week we will see the Great Flood, which is a biblical example of the Sacrament of Baptism. Being a convert, I received baptism as an adult, only three years ago. In the APPLICATION section of this post, you’ll see a little bit about what my experience was like on the day of my baptism. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, download it 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, January 15 Chapter 6
Tuesday, January 16 Chapter 7
Wednesday, January 17 Chapter 8
Thursday, January 18 Chapter 9
Friday, January 19 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

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

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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 of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

This week when we see the Great Flood it can be seen as a precursor for the Sacrament of Baptism. This is the first sacrament we receive and it welcomes us into the Church. We become adopted sons and daughters of God when we receive baptism and we build a home for the Holy Spirit in our hearts. I remember my baptism since it only happened three years ago. It was hands down, the best day of my life. I can recall standing in front of the baptistry while Father read the baptismal promises and I had to respond with “I do” after every one. At my home parish, the baptistry was at the back of the Church, near the front door. The pressure was on in that moment. I remember thinking that this was a pivotal moment in my life. I could turn to my right and get baptized, I would become a Catholic, something that I will be for the rest of my life and into eternity. Or, I could bail out and continue to live my life how I wanted to without worrying about all the pressure of being a child of God. Father read each promise so methodically, and watched me intently as I responded:
Do you reject Satan? I do.
And all his works? I do.
And all his empty promises? I do.
Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?  I do.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I can still run away,  but I didn’t instead I said, I do.
God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
And myself along with the entire congregation said, Amen.

On that day, I changed my life. I offered my life to God and committed myself to walking with him each and every day. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, and I’m still a sinner. But my God is big, and loving, and merciful, and he has been holding me up every step on my journey for the past 25 years. On November 23, 2014, I decided to recognize him holding me up every step on my journey for the rest of my life. That is what baptism is.


Resources

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Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
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Last Week

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

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Bedtime Routine

One of my goals for January is to get on an eventing routine. Being on a routine to wind down at the end of the day can aid in falling asleep quicker and having deeper sleep throughout the night. So I thought I’d share with you my evening routine attempt for this month.

  1. Tidy Room: It’s hard for me to go to sleep with a messy room. Plus one of my habit tracker items this month is cleaning my room. I also light a candle at this point.
  2. Technology: It’s common knowledge that screens are the worst thing for sleep. But being a Catholic millennial, it’s hard to let them go. But it must be done. So I set my alarm, turn my phone to sleep mode, and plug in my twelve devices on the other side of the room.
  3. Bathroom Time: I wish I could be disciplined enough to take a nightly bath, my aunt does that. But instead, I brush my teeth, wash my face, and take a shower. I wash my hair twice per week. If I do, I will also blow dry my hair. I also put on one of my favorite products right now, Pacifica’s Wakeup Beautiful night cream.
  4. Coconut Oil: I like to put coconut oil on my feet and cover them with socks. My feet are so soft when I do this. I also put it on my hair ends and finger nails. Coconut oil is basically the best thing for a beauty routine.
  5. Prayer Journal: It’s super important to reflect on the day. I write down what I’m grateful to God for and where I struggled. I find both are necessary I really like to write this in my bible binder.
  6. Planner: I inevitably come up with a million things that I’ll need to remember the next day. So I have my bullet journal and blog binder with my desk ready for notes.
  7. Reading and Tea: I make myself a cup of chamomile tea with a squeeze of lemon, and sometimes a bit of honey or agave. I curl up in my chair next to my candle, with my tea, and a spiritual book. I don’t read novels before bed because they tend to keep me awake, even after putting the book down. If I read a spiritual book, it gives me something to contemplate while I’m trying to fall asleep. Right now I’m reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
  8. Yoga: When I have a lot of time I like to do yin style yoga. In this style, I get into a position and stay there for a long time. In class, it’s between three and five minutes. Doing it at home, I stay in the position for as long as I can. If I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll do a quicker bedtime routine. Before I forget, I do this by candlelight only. It helps me relax and get into sleep mode.
  9. Finishing Touches: The last things I do are pretty simple and quick. I’ll turn on my fan because sleeping in a cool room helps one get to sleep. It also has a nice hum which helps down out some of the noise in the house. I’m a really light sleeper, so I need this. I also turn on my essential oils diffuser. I’ve been loving lavender and orange lately, but I change it up every so often. The last thing I do is blow out my candle. Then it’s time to crawl into bed.

My goal is to be in bed by ten, sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn’t. What is your bedtime routine? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

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Thank you, and have a SPARKLY day!

Genesis Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Yay! Welcome to week one of Genesis, I’m so excited we are doing this. I hope you are, too because I am most certainly tickled pink. The book of Genesis is the first book in scripture and is my favorite. I have spent more time in Genesis than any other book, I’ve read through it several times and in many different translations. This week we will read through the first five chapters. Father Sports call them the “money” chapters. The first three chapters are like the preface for salvation history. So read through them with a scrupulous eye and write down your questions.

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

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Monday, January 8 Chapter 1
Tuesday, January 9 Chapter 2
Wednesday, January 10 Chapter 3
Thursday, January 11 Chapter 4
Friday, January 12 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

Social Media

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

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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

Although my intention is to share with you my application for the week in this section, I’ve decided not to do that…even though it’s week one. Sorry, for the change of plans. But I wanted to share with you all something, I think, more important views on this week’s readings. Instead, I’d like to share with you a special song from one of my favorite saints, Francis of Assisi. He wrote this, Canticle of Creation, which has often been on my heart as I’ve read through the book of Genesis. Francis is one of my favorite saints because he was so connected to God and his creation. He had a true appreciation for the natural world, which you will see. As you go through this week, even though it’s winter, try to find a similar appreciation for our Lord’s majesty found in nature.

Canticle of Creation

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, God, to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light; he is strong and shines magnificently. O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you give us light in the darkness: he is bright, and lively, and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colors.
Be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness in peace and patience–you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Death, whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord, and I give thanks to you, and will serve you in all humility. 


Resources

pray

color chart

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 Genesis.

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 Tuesday. If not, see you next week!

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Introducing the Book of Genesis

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I have always loved spending time in the Scriptures. I think it is the privilege and duty for the faithful to read God’s word regularly. While on earth we are called to unite ourselves to our Lord and live as closely 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.

I have created a program I call Bible-A-Day, and I’d like to start with the book of Genesis, as you can tell. Genesis is my favorite book of the bible, I have spent more time in the book of Genesis than any other book of scripture. I love it because it’s the first book, most misunderstood book, and one of the most important. I think if someone comes to a good understanding of Genesis, the rest of salvation history is more easily understandable.

 

 

Download the study for free below. Read through the beginning of the ebook and check out the preview videos.

You’ll find at the beginning of the ebook:
– Introduction to the book of Genesis
– 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

As I said earlier, one of the most important ways to grow in your faith is to spend time with others in the faith community. Thankfully, the internet is a great place to connect with people from around the world and celebrate all the blessings God has placed upon us. For that reason, I want to share with you the social media schedule for each week during the study, so you can log in to give and receive encouragement.

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Video preview of the week
Downloadable memory verse PDF
Weekly prayer

Tuesdays-Facebook Party

Games to play
Giveaways to get
Questions to answer

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

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Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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.

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible

I’ll see you all Sunday!

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Leviticus Bible-A-Day Study

Welcome to the Genesis Feminist Bible-a-Day study of the book of Leviticus! I’m so excited to be going on this journey with you. There is a saying, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” I think a chapter of scripture a day can keep the devil away, which is why I’ve written this series. Over the next 6 weeks we will read all 27 chapters of the book of Leviticus. I know that sounds a bit daunting, but it’s an action packed book, and I’m here to support you!

I suppose I should introduce myself now. I’m Lexie, a blogger and lover of Sacred Scripture. At the age of 19, my spiritual journey started with just me and the pink bible my grandparents gave me for graduation. And here I am with a blog and a community of people to journey through my beloved bible with me. My goal is to teach AND learn, so for the next 6 weeks, and this entire series, I ask that you communicate with me your thoughts, concerns, joys, and fears.

TheGenFem community is one of love, so crack open your bible, grab a cup of tea, and log into social media so we can dive through scripture together! Be sure to subscribe to The Genesis Feminist blog and YouTube channel. You can log on at any point and ask questions or make your concerns known.

My greatest prayer for this study is for all of us to feel supported, encouraged, and strengthened by the Lord and one another. I pray for you daily, that Christ use this study as an instrument to draw his children closer to his most Sacred Heart. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

 

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Most Charitable Generation

Charity is so important and millennials are one of the most charitable generations. As a demographic, we do a great job of stepping outside of ourselves to help others in need. We start charities that help the homeless of our cities, we are the first to show up and protest injustices against refugees, and we are happy to raise money for environmental and animal conservation. We are a generation that does not shy away from doing hard work for those who need it.

I think this, more than our technologic savvy, is what makes our generation so amazing. We seek peace, not war, we embrace freedoms, and try to leave the world aa little better than the way we found it by opening gout hearts and our arms to the less fortunate.

Our Lord is very consistent and very insistent on the need to take care of those who are most vulnerable in our society: the orphans, widows, and foreigner. In the time of Moses, these people needed protecting; when Jesus walked the earth these people needed protecting; and still today, these people need protecting, Catholic millennials are poised to rise to the occasion to help young people affected by gang violence, support the single mother who has a husband in jail for having an ounce of marijuana on him, or to be a voice to the voiceless in other countries torn apart by war. Caring for those who can’t care for themeless is what we do as Catholics. According to St. Lawrence, the poor are our wealth as a Church. As millennials, our joy is found in this service. We love to use our time, talent, and treasure to help all people live happier, fuller, more inclusive lives.

I don’t need to write too many tips on today’s topic because this is just who we are, as a generation. It is written in our DNA to extend our arms to the needy. They only thing I will say is that Pope Francis said not to just give to the poor, but to encounter them. Whenever I give money, I like to look a person in the eye and remember their eye color. If I walk away from that person without remembering their eyes, I din’t encounter them, I didn’t recognize their unique human dignity. But to look someone in the eyes is to say they are your equal, equally loved by God, equally worthy of love, and an equal citizen in this country. We all need to feel equal so try to encounter people when you are serving them.

  1. How do you care for others in your community?
  2. How can you do more to use your time, talent, and treasure in the service of your neighbor?

Challenge: Look someone in the eye today.

Blog Binder

This beautiful and easy to use blog binder is the all you need to begin building the perfect moneymaking blog. There are four sections:

Overview
Here you will find your yearly goals, income, and subscriber goals. There is also a page for site branding and improvemntes you are looking to make. A page for Login Information for your various accounts is also found in this seciton.

Monthly
This section has one blank month along with all 12 months for 2018 to help you track your posts and special events or anything else you need to plan. There is a recommended monthly checklist, a goals sheet, income, expenses, and budget worksheets. The final page in this section is a weekly checklist.

Daily
Included in this section is a daily checklist to help you stay on track each day to make sure you are doing all you can to grow your blog and your income. There is also a post planner to help you brainstorm, plan, write, and promote your posts.

Information
The final section has worksheets to help you track your affiliate marketing programs, sponsors, and has over 50 blog prompts to get you started.

This blog binder was created to help you identify, work toward, and achieve your blogging goals.

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Bible Binder

This bible binder is created to help you grow and document your faith progress. We are all called to spend time in the scriptures to learn more about our Lord, to pray unceasingly to recieve the strength we need to take on daily battles, and to always work to soften our hearts to the promptings of the Spirit. This binder will help with all of that. There are several pages included in this binder, split into three sections:

Scripture
The first thing  you’ll find in this binder is a Bible Reading Chart which has all of the books of the bible and their chapters. As you read a chapter, color in its corresponding box to track your progress through scripture. The Commentary worksheet has two pages and helps you to write your own commentary with a key verse, key lesson, and more. The final page in the Scripture section is 30 verses to memorize. Of course, memorizing any and all the scriptures is a great task to strive for, however, these are just 30 you may want to consider.

Prayer
There are two pages in the Prayer section of the binder, one for requests and the other is prompts for your prayer journaling. The Requests page includes prayers for yourself, your family, government leaders, teachers and spiritual guides, the poor and sick, and more.

Growth
The final section of the binder is the Growth section and includes a worksheet of books you may want to read to help you grow closer to God and a Sermon Notes page to help you stay on task during Sunday Service.

I designed this binder for the purpose of helping me and you grow closer to Jesus through the three most important things in my opinion. I believe the spiritual journey requires regular time in the scriptures, praying daily, and receiving the encouragement from learning about the journeys of others through reading and hearing thier testimonies.

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Modern Crafty Queen

Before we get started today, I should probably define distaff and spindle. Both are tools used for working wool and flax.

Whenever I read this verse, I see the Proverbs 31 woman is crafty. I love crafty women, my grandmother is crafty and my childhood babysitter was crafty. They always made us things and let us help them with projects. Being crafty is important for a few reasons:

  1. You can make great, cheap, gifts for people which is important because we are always trying to save money. Plus gifts made of love are more cherished.
  2. Idle hands do the devil’s work. So rather than being mischievous, we can teach younger generations different crafty skills.
  3. Selling projects at craft fairs, online, or anywhere else, can be a good way to make a little extra cash. Remember, the Proverbs 31 woman is always hustling.

I think crafty arts are bring lost today to digital media, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although I would recommend all young people learn handicraft skills like woodworking, sewing, and knitting, I think it is just as important for this generation, and future generations, to learn about coding, blogging, and e-commerce. As millennials, we are more technologically advanced than previous generations and we have found ways to monetize and build businesses around technology. We should embrace that and use laptops and wifi the same way the Proverbs 31 woman uses her distaff and spindle.

  1. What handicrafts have you always wanted to learn?
  2. What technical skills do you know and how can you use them to build income?
  3. What are some practical ways you can spend less time being idle, and more time working?

Exodus Bible-A-Day Study

Welcome to the Genesis Feminist Bible-a-Day study of the book of Exodus! I’m so excited to be going on this journey with you. There is a saying, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” I think a chapter of scripture a day can keep the devil away, which is why I’ve written this series. Over the next 8 weeks we will read all 40 chapters of the book of Exodus. I know that sounds a bit daunting, but it’s an action packed book, and I’m here to support you!

I suppose I should introduce myself now. I’m Lexie, a blogger and lover of Sacred Scripture. At the age of 19, my spiritual journey started with just me and the pink bible my grandparents gave me for graduation. And here I am with a blog and a community of people to journey through my beloved bible with me. My goal is to teach AND learn, so for the next 8 weeks, and this entire series, I ask that you communicate with me your thoughts, concerns, joys, and fears.

TheGenFem community is one of love, so crack open your bible, grab a cup of tea, and log into social media so we can dive through scripture together! Be sure to subscribe to The Genesis Feminist blog and YouTube channel. You can log on at any point and ask questions or make your concerns known.

My greatest prayer for this study is for all of us to feel supported, encouraged, and strengthened by the Lord and one another. I pray for you daily, that Christ use this study as an instrument to draw his children closer to his most Sacred Heart. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

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