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.

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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!

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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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Sunday: Today I’ve shared the resources for the week.
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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!

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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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Wednesday: I’ll share my APPLY for the week here on the blog.

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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.

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Numbers Resources {Week 5}

Welcome

Welcome to the fifth week in the book of Numbers. I hope you enjoyed last week and learned a little bit about giving someone a pass every once in awhile. Remember our Lord merciful, so we should be also. This week we are going to see a little more about the nature of God. He isn’t just merciful, he’s also loving, and a great provider. He is always faithful to his promises.

This post is all about the fifth week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about the nature of God and how knowing who God is, helps us to better understand ourselves. 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 13 Chapter 21
Tuesday, August 14 Chapter 22
Wednesday, August 15 Chapter 23
Thursday, August 16 Chapter 24
Friday, August 17 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

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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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Learning to Forgive Myself

In my experience, forgiving myself for past mistakes is far my challenging than forgiving others for the poor choices they have made. I strive each day to be better than the day before but I often fall short of that goal. There are so many things we struggle with that seem like the silent battles we face throughout the day. But even the wounds that can’t be seen, can still cause us pain and suffering. We should put all of our challenges at the foot of the cross, especially these hidden ones.

Learning to forgive ourselves is an important practice. We have to understand that, although we are children of God, we are still fallen creatures and will fall into the temptations of sin. You are not perfect. As long as you are here on Earth, you will never be perfect. It’s a fact of life we need to face, but it isn’t one that defines our existence. God is the one that defines our existence. The scriptures tell us that he will remove all sins, including the little secret one’s we hold on to. Psalms says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us” (103:12).

Accept this form of love from our Lord. I know it’s difficult, but allow his great mercy to wash over your heart and all the things you hold in it. He waits on the cross to forgive you, to love you immensely, and to take away all pain. He seeks to build you up, not to tear you down. So many of the things we hold on to, hold us down. They weigh on us and keep us from becoming the men and women God calls us to become. Remember, you are set apart for the glory of God, to be his child and to shine his love into the hearts of all people. This is an important job that requires our full attention, we can’t harbor self-hatred in our hearts. There is simply no room for it.

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.

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Numbers Resources {Week 4}

Welcome

Welcome back to Numbers, I hope your third week in this study went well. Last week we saw some Israelite spies go to reconnoiter the land. They saw that it was going to be a tremendous challenge to get through, but by God’s grace, they will take possession of the land. As they work their way toward the Promised Land, they’ll have to pass through several areas, one of them is Edom. This week we will see the response of the Edomite king when Israel requests passage.

This post is all about the fourth week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about giving someone a pass when they do wrong. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

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Monday, August 6 Chapter 16
Tuesday, August 7 Chapter 17
Wednesday, August 8 Chapter 18
Thursday, August 9 Chapter 19
Friday, August 10 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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Sunday: Today I’ve shared the resources for the week.
Wednesday: I’ll share my APPLY for the week here on the blog.

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Listen to God

Moses is very fortunate to be the intimate friend of the Almighty and to have the opportunity to hear God so clearly. Unfortunately, because of the Fall, the rest of us are not so fortunate. We have to find other ways to hear God and know we are walking down the right path. As I said in this week’s video, there are a lot of ways to listen to God, and he will communicate to each of us in the way we are most receptive to it.

I hear God most in nature. I’m a very indoorsy kind of person, so I wonder what that says about the state of my spiritual journey. But in my experience, I have found that when I shut the world out and take a nice walk in nature, I feel so connected to the Lord. The wind in the trees, the birds, the sound of water, all these things put me into an attitude of gratitude for the great Creator. It also humbles me to see how tiny I am. In the grand scheme of time and space, I’m entirely insignificant if I don’t have Christ at the center of my heart. I’m reminded of the great blessing it is to be a person made in the image of God. And although these animals are special and beautiful, they aren’t human, they can’t bring glory to God the way can, they can’t unite themselves to the risen Lord like I can. I have a responsibility to serve God. Getting outside is one of the best ways Jesus gets ahold of me.

When praying there are few things to keep in mind. I don’t know about you but my prayers can sometimes be all petition, now glorification or thanksgiving. That’s one of the reasons I like to pray outdoors. Helps me get into the right frame of mind for prayer. I want to share with you a few things to keep in mind when you are trying to listen to God in prayer.

  1. Be humble: You don’t actually know what you need, you know what you want, but not what you need. God knows what you need, and only he has the power to give it to you. When you go to prayer, try to always have a heart open to his holy will.
  2. Be thankful: You are a special, beautiful, unique creature of God. He loves you so infinitely that he died a painful and shameful death, just so he could spend an eternity with you. Be thankful for his sacrifice, and all the things he does for you every single day.
  3. Be clear: I think this is one we don’t talk about enough. When you pray, know exactly what it is your praying for and why. Being specific in prayer is more beneficial to you than to God, but it helps you see things with clarity, instead of the abstract. For example, pray for $1,000 so you can pay your rent, don’t just pray for more money. I found when I do this, when I receive the blessing I ask for, I feel a strong sense of accountability to use it correctly.
  4. Be silent: There was one day I was deep in prayer and I felt the Lord say to me I talk too much. It’s true, I do. Everyone who knows me I talk to much, but I also have a mind that runs a mile a minute. The Lord needed to remind me to be still and know that I’m stressin’ for nothin’.
  5. Be receptive: This is easily the hardest one to follow. Getting into the practice of being receptive to the Lord’s will can be a challenge, but it is one that is very important. We should always be striving to unite our will to his. He knows what’s best and will bring it to fruition, but he may ask us for some things. We must work to be accepting and receptive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the will of the Father.

Prayer is just one of several ways you can listen to the voice of God. Most of us don’t have the prophetic gift of Moses, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to discern his voice and follow his plan in our lives. This post is just about prayer, if you would like me to write about the other ways God may communicate with the faithful, let me know. I’d be happy to do so!

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.

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Numbers Resources {Week 3}

Welcome

Welcome back to Numbers, I hope you enjoyed your second week. Last week we saw that the Lord comes to the Israelites in a cloud and in fire. They pick up at the direction of the Lord, and the put down camp at the direction of the Lord. This week we are going to see the importance of trusting and following the Lord.

This post is all about the third week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about listening to God so that we may do his will. 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, July 30 Chapter 11
Tuesday, July 31 Chapter 12
Wednesday, August 1 Chapter 13
Thursday, August 2 Chapter 14
Friday, August 3 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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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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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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