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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exodus Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

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

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

2 plan

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

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

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This Week

Social Media

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

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

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Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Resources

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BAD bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

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

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Exodus Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week

Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Resources

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BAD bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

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

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

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Introducing the Book of Exodus

Now that we have completed the book of Genesis, it’s time to jump into Exodus. I am in the final stages of preparing this study and it’s going to be amazing! We will begin on April 1!

TheGenFem community is available for those who wish to participate in a private online community. You are welcome to go through the study with the blog, but if you are wanting to participate in fellowship, join us in the private group. There, I will do daily check ins you all are welcome to participate in and weekly fellowship sessions with live videos. I would recommend this because community is one of the most important parts of our journey.

Access to the site is FREE to those who purchase the workbook. You only need to complete the registration form.

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 April 1, we will begin the book of Exodus. It’s a fantastic book to work through because there is so much going on! Have you ever heard of Moses? We are about to get to know quite a bit about him, his family, and his story. You can purchase the workbook here.


Workbook

Download the study. 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 Exodus
– 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

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, you can join our private group. There, we will share our thoughts as we read, verses that stood out to us, and answer any questions we may have. Access to the group is FREE to those who purchase the workbook and register.

On Sunday, April 1 at 8:00pm CST, I will go live in our private website answer any preliminary questions you may have and chat about what we will be doing throughout the 8 weeks of this study.

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Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day and #TheGenFem 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 others is one of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible

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Genesis Resources {Week 10}

Welcome

Welcome to the last week in Genesis. My APPLY this week is about looking on the bright side even in difficult situations as we see Joseph do. I’m a little sad it has come to end. As I’ve mentioned once or twice, it’s my favorite book. But, there is so much more to read! After you complete this week’s reading, check back next week for a preview of the book of Exodus! Yup, we are heading straight into the next book of scripture, and like Genesis, it’s a doozy. Enjoy your final week in the first book of the bible and let’s keep plugging away together through scripture, one chapter at a time.

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, March 12 Chapter 46
Tuesday, March 13 Chapter 47
Wednesday, March 14 Chapter 48
Thursday, March 15 Chapter 49
Friday, March 16 Chapter 50

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 #TheGenFem 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.

Apply

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

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

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

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

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


Resources

 

pray

color chart

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

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

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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. 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.

Contains affiliate links.