Matthew 20

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’  Matthew 20:13-15

When Rich and I were in college one summer, Rich asked me if I wanted to go to mall with him and get something to eat. Knowing that there were very few people on campus during the summer and  that I didn’t have a car, I didn’t think much of the invitation.

Rich was known for his generosity and giving, helpful nature, so I assumed that since he was already going to the mall he just wanted to check and see if I wanted to tag along. As we drove to the store, we had a nice conversation about our families. Then we walked around the mall for a little bit continuing our conversation, after a little while he asked if I would like to stop at the food court. Since it was past dinner time and I hadn’t eaten, I thought that would be a great idea. We both ordered some pizza and when I went to pay for mine, Rich generously said not to worry about it he would take care of the bill. I know what you are all thinking, but since I was such a naive individual, I never really thought anything about this. I have seen Rich many times throughout the year offering to pay for people, we were all college students and never had much money, yet Rich generously paid for people all the time because that was just the kind of guy he was.

As we were driving back to the college, Rich said to me “I really enjoyed our date tonight and I love getting to know more about you and your family. If you don’t mind I would like to take you out again sometime so we can keep getting to know one another better.”

My response…….“You mean I was on my first date? And I missed it!”

I was 19 years old, I never had been on a date and as much as I longed to be in a relationship with someone it never seemed to happen. Now here I was having my first date and I wasn’t even aware that I was on a date.

I laugh at this story with my family as we reminisce about the past. However something I have noticed over the 24 years we have been married, is that my husband is a tremendously generous person. 99% of the time I love this about him, however I am ashamed to say that every once in while I have this twinge of uneasiness about his generosity. Because sometimes I worry that his generosity may hurt us financially.

But then I read verses like the one above. I am reminded that when I entered this relationship with Rich I was fully aware of who he was and what a generous, giving, sacrificing individual he was. He cared about people. He had a heart that wanted to reach out to others and do whatever he could for them. He had a love for helping those that were down and out. He had a gift from God that can not be explained but can be seen if you know my husband you could just see, how his light shines for Jesus everyday as he reaches out to others.

In the parable in Matthew 20 we see people being willing to work for a denarius. They fully knew what they were getting into when they agreed to work for the wage that they agreed upon. Yet they became very upset when others came and worked later in the day and received  the same amount.

I hope I am not like that, and most of the time I can honestly say I am not like that, but occasionally I have found myself feeling frustrated with something I love very much about my husband. His generosity. How about you? Do you look at your husband, friend, parent, child and see amazing qualities about them and then later judge them for those same qualities?

When we enter into an agreement with our boss, husband, family member, or friend do we later turn and feel frustrated when that person is doing exactly what they said they would do? Expecting them to be different in some way, to do more, or expect more from them?

I am thankful for my husband and his generosity. His willing to give to others and help those who need help, his passion for caring and understand people and his zeal for reaching out to those that are hurting is a true gift from God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Major Minute Matthew 18

May you sense Jesus presence with you tonight! May we stay away from the things that cause us to sin. May we run as fast as we can from the things that cause us to feel tempted. May we stand strong in Jesus with His love with us. May we determine that we are not going to stand in judgment of others but do the best we can to live a pure life. May the promise of Jesus returning force you to look up and be aware of all that you are doing so that you will live a life that is acceptable to Him. You are prized, privileged, and precious to God so let’s live our life accordingly. Have a blessed night tonight.

Matthew 16

 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:17

From time to time I reflect on what exactly God is revealing to me. Have you ever done that?

Jesus blessed Simon because he had an understanding of who Jesus was. He understood that Jesus was the Son of God. Others were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah. Yet Simon knew that Jesus was really God come to earth for a purpose.

Why did Simon have this understanding while all the other people of the day seemed to be questioning and looking for the answers?

The answer is simple God revealed it to Simon Peter. In order for God to reveal this to him though Simon had to be open to hearing God’s voice. Simon needed to be in a close relationship with God in order to understand what God wanted to reveal to him.

BE STILL AND LISTEN TO GOD

I encourage you to take time today to be still and listen to God….Take time to reflect on what exactly God may be revealing to you.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
Prayer Prompt: ♥ Ask God to help you hear His voice as He speaks to you today.

 

 

 

 

Major Minute Matthew 13

Prayer for Witnessing

Lord, we want to witness for you. We mess up though and sometimes we feel like we have to have all the answers in order to be able to speak out for you. Help us to remember to just be real, and to be ourselves, that the best way to reach others is to just stay on their level. Help us to realize that we don’t have to be perfect to teach people about you. You alone are perfect and you alone are worthy for us to follow. It is by your example that we can see the best example of how to reach the lost. You have the greatest desire for all of us. We don’t want to settle for being blind and not hearing when we have the opportunity to see and understand. Grant us fullness of peace in our endeavors to reach out to the lost. Forgive us if we have ever taken lightly our mission to reach others for you. The world needs you so please help us do our best to reach out to the world in a way that they can relate to and understand. Amen.

Matthew 8 Major Minute

Facts Forever

James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)

Matthew 21:22, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”  (ESV)

Action in Response:

Think of a time when you faced a trial with a positive attitude and a time when you faced a trial with a negative one. How does your attitude affect the outcome of the situation?

Major Minute Matthew 4

Jesus being tempted was not just by chance. God brought Jesus to the wilderness to be prepared for his upcoming ministry and to be an example for us who are tempted everyday.

Very few times in scripture do we see Jesus being tempted, but when he was we can see and awesome example of how we can overcome

The fact that Jesus spent time meditating on God’s word and praying and fasting show us the importance of being close to our Maker so that Satan can’t come in and steal the truth from us. We need to be on guard and ready to fight against Satan’s schemes.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

It further says in verse 13, “Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

1 Peter 5:8 -Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

April School Plans for Amber

April 1: Language Arts-Voice Tone and Mood what are these and why do they matter

Pre-Algebra:Identify Composite Numbers

Bible:

  1. Read 1 Timothy 5
  2. Explain what this chapter teaches about.

French: day 130

Zoology:Animal senses

Early American History

April 4: Language Arts Analyzing texts for Voice, Tone and Mood

Pre-Algebra:Prime Factorization, Divisibility, Least Common Multiple, and Greatest Common Factor

Bible:

  1. Read 1 Timothy 6.
  2. What does this chapter teach about slavery? (answer: Slaves are to be respectful and believing owners should love and care for their slaves.)
  3. The first sentence of verse 10 is a very famous saying. What kind of evil can you think of that would have its root in money?

French: day 131

Zoology-Mammals essay

Early American History-Historic sites on the trail

April 5: French day 132Early

Zoology-Mammal essay

Early American History read in book

Language arts House on Mango Street Introductory lesson, read chapter 1 do pre-reading questions

Pre-Algebra GCF and LCM word problems, decimals in expanded form, compare decimal value

Bible

  1. Read 1 Timothy 5
  2. Explain what this chapter teaches about

April 6- French day 133

Zoology Mammal essay

Early American History  write essay about Oregon Trail

Language Arts House on Mango Street lesson 1

Pre-Algebra regroup decimals, decimals on the number line tenths and decimals on the number line hundreths

Bible-

  1. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-13.
  2. Verses 4 through 6 are talking about Christians. What do you think they are saying?
  3. Verse 4 is what Jim Elliot wrote to Elizabeth in her yearbook (before they were married). He stayed away from girls to serve the Lord, but He eventually brought them together.
  4. I want you to remember verse 13. God is God and always will be. His character never changes. He will always be faithful.
  5. Song…Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Make sure you have permission. This is on youtube.

April 7- French day 134

zoology Mammal essay

Early American History- The March of civilization (Manifest Destiny)

Language Arts-House on Mango Street Lesson 2

Pre-Algebra negative decimals on the number line

Bible

  1. Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26.
  2. What type of person should you avoid?  (answer: someone who always wants to argue, even if they say they are a believer, and those who talk about things that displease God–you don’t want to be part of their conversation)
  3. How can you be someone who pleases God?  (answer: Keep a pure heart by turning away from evil.

April 8 – French 135

zoology – mammal essay

Early American History-

  • “The march of emigration is to the West, and naught will arrest its advance but the mighty ocean” (routes to California)

 

Language Arts: The House on Mango Street Lesson 3

Pre-algebra Compare decimals tenths and hundredths, compare decimals through thousandths, and order decimals

Bible:

  1. Read 2 Timothy 3.
  2. The first verses describe people who are not desiring to live like Jesus, but it says that they have a “form of godliness.” These are people who might go to church (or even be leaders) but their lives are full of sin, greed, lust, and more. How should you treat such people?  (answer: Have nothing to do with them.)
  3. One of the descriptions is that they are disobedient to their parents. If there are kids who you know are disobeying their parents and encouraging you to join them, stay away. The Bible is giving you wisdom to avoid the pit they are headed toward.
  4. Paul mentions some of the troubles that he had faced, but he says the Lord did what?  (answer: rescued him out of all of his troubles)
  5. What does he say will happen to you if you live a godly life?  (answer: There will be times when you will be persecuted.)
  6. What is the Bible useful for?  (hint: verses 16 and 17)  (answer: teaching us, correcting us, showing us what is right, preparing us to do good works.)

April 11- French 136

 Zoology-cows

Early American History-

  • .Down torrent and through the valley, ever rushes on the muddy sediment from the thousand busy rockers” (mining)

Language Arts The House on Mango Street Lesson 4

Pre-Algebra-adding decimals tenths, adding decimals hundreths, adding decimals thousandths, subtracting decimals tenths.

Bible:

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4.
  2. There are many preachers in churches, on TV, writing books who aren’t preaching what the Bible says. Why do people listen to them? Why are they popular?  (hint : verse 3)  (answer: They are saying what people want to hear. The messages make them feel good, not convicted.)
  3. What is Paul talking about in verses 6-8?  (answer: He is going to die soon.)

 

April 12 French 137

Zoology-cows essay

Early American History

  • “If enny one wished to send out goods think I could sell them as well as enny man in California” (Gold Rush towns0

Language Arts The house on Mango street lesson 5

Pre-Algebra- Subtracting Decimals hundredths, Subtracting Decimals thousandths, adding and subtracting decimal word problems, multiplying decimals

Bible

 

  • Read 2 Timothy 4.
  • There are many preachers in churches, on TV, writing books who aren’t preaching what the Bible says. Why do people listen to them? Why are they popular?  (hint : verse 3)  (answer: They are saying what people want to hear. The messages make them feel good, not convicted.)
  • What is Paul talking about in verses 6-8?  (answer: He is going to die soon.)

April 13 Pre-Algebra-multiplying decimals, dividing whole numbers to get a decimal, and dividing decimals

Bible

  • Read Titus.
  • Who is writing this letter? To whom is he writing?  (answer: Paul is writing to Titus)
  • Find the island of Crete. Where is it? What country is it part of?  (answer: It is a Greek island, south of the mainland.)
  • Would you make a good leader? Are you “one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined?

French day 138

Zoology-cow essay

Early American History

  • : “All we want is an equal chance, an open field, and a fair fight” (racial diversity)

Language Arts The House on Mango Street Lesson 6

April 14dividing decimals, dividing decimals:hundredths, dividing decimals:thousandths, converting fractions to decimals

 

  1. Read Titus 3.
  2. What is verse 10 talking about?  (answer: Stay away from people who try and break up Christians into factions, groups that don’t get along. The Church is not supposed to be segregated into groups. We are supposed to be the One body of Christ.)
  3. Why did God save us?  (answer: not because of our good works but because of His mercy)

French 139

zoology cow essay

Early American History: “An apron full of gold” (families)

Language Arts The House on Mango Street Lesson 7

April 15 Language Arts House on Mango Street Lesson 8

Pre-Algebra:rewrite decimals as fractions

Bible:

  1. Read the whole book of Philemon.
  2. Who is Onesimus and what does Paul want Philemon to do?  (answer: Onesimus is Philemon’s slave and Paul wants him to be freed.)

French lesson 140

Zoology- cow essay

Early American History

  • “A Peck of Gold” (the Gold Rush in literature)

April 18: Language Arts House on Mango Street Lesson 9

Pre-Algebra- rewriting decimals as fractions challenge, converting decimals to percents, and finding percents

Bible:

  1. Read Hebrews 1.
  2. Who is this chapter talking about?  (answer: Jesus)
  3. What type of being are angels?  (answer: spirits, verse 14, They are not heavenly winged beings. Those are the cherubim and seraphim.)

 French Lesson 141

Zoology cow essay

Early American History

 A convention shall meet and frame a state constitution” (California constitution and statehood)

 

 

 

Can I be saved from God’s Wrath and How can I be Justified By His Blood

 

There is an incredible chance for each of us to be saved from God’s wrath!

Let’s soak that statement up a bit. We each have an opportunity to be free from God’s wrath so why in the world would we not jump on that opportunity? For if there is forgiveness for us than that is greater than any other possible outcome.

If there if forgiveness for us than that defines our faith and who we are. Let’s take hold of that forgiveness and live with it.

Let’s read last week’s Bible passage 1 more time.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:1-11

How great is this Forgiveness?

This is hard for me to wrap my mind around. Why in the world would someone want to die for me…. A sinner, a person who fails and is messing up all the time. Why would a perfect God send his perfect son to come and die for a corrupt individual? Why would He be willing to sacrifice His everything for my nothing? Why would He be willing to befriend His enemy?

This kind of forgiveness doesn’t come from a human though, we are not that big and not that capable of giving the forgiveness that God offers. You see the source of this forgiveness comes from God the Father, the Creator of all that is.  It is because of our faith in Christ that we are able to tap into that Forgiveness! He died for all but not all will accept His actions. Not all will accept His mercy. Not all will accept His grace. Not all will accept a chance to be forgiven.

Astonishing right?

How do we take hold of that Forgiveness?

I am so glad you asked that question. If you continue reading through Romans you will see how we all have sinned and we all have fallen short of God’s glory. We also see in Chapter 6 that when we are baptized in Christ Jesus we can die of our old self and raise up again as a new creature.
We too, have the ability to live a new life. If we can be united with Christ in His death than of course we can be united with Christ in His resurrection. Our old self is crucified, we no longer have to live a life a sin. We can choose to live a new life in Christ, accepting His forgiveness and making a choice daily to follow Him.

Read Romans 6:1-14

In these verses we can clearly see that the choice is ours. We can choose to let wickedness reign in our hearts or we can choose to let Christ reign in our hearts accepting the gift of grace and love that He wants to give us.

I have personalized this week’s verses I hope that you will do the same.

Since Laura has now been justified by His blood, how much more shall Laura be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when Laura was God’s enemy, Laura was reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall Laura be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but Laura also can rejoice in God through her Lord Jesus Christ, through whom she has now received reconciliation. Romans 5:9-11

I am going to accept forgiveness.

My battle within myself to not forgive myself for the past will end.

My battle within myself to not accept that I am love by God will end.

My battle within myself to not accept God’s Grace will end.

My battle has been won! I am reconciled through Christ!

I will rejoice in Him and live each day for God my Lord Jesus Christ!

I am not unforgivable. I don’t have to constantly run myself down because of my past failures. I am going to pick up the truth and accept Jesus forgiveness.

He died for me! He forgave me! He loves me! And He did it all for you as well!

I heard this on the Christian radio last week. I had to write it down because I didn’t want to forget it.

God’s love is as wide as the Galaxy and as deep as the Ocean.

I can’t even begin to fathom how wide and deep God’s love for me is, but I can start by accepting his forgiveness.

God has given me Victory and I cherish spending time in His word daily and Praying to Him daily because it is than that I see how Victorious I really am.

Hiding from God is not an option. It may seem that God asks at times for me to open up my vulnerable places to let Him in. I find that when I stop trying to cover my heart and instead open it up to Him that I am than flooded with His love and grace. I need Jesus. I need to feel His warm embrace. I need to feel accepted, love and forgiven and it starts with me being willing to be surrendered to Him.

Accepting God’s forgiveness is ours for the taking. Let Christ whisper to you today. Let Him hold your heart, and Yes forgiveness is yours for the taking.

Please spend some time with God this week and continue to read Romans chapter 5, Romans chapter 6 and Romans Chapter 7.

Answer these questions in your journal this week.

Have you accepted God’s forgiveness in every area of your life?

Who is this forgiveness meant for?

What does it mean to be dead to sin and Alive to Christ. What does that look like?

How complex do I make righteousness?

What is one practical way to be obedient to God this week?

When I personalize Romans 5:1-11 what leaps from the page and why.

Take a moment and write out a prayer. Here is mine.

Lord, I think I tend to be hard on myself and don’t allow room for your forgiveness in my life. You are the source of forgiveness and may my life be grounded in that truth.All that you ask of me is to be surrendered and obedient to you. Let me hear your whispers of truth in my life. Shake my faith Father and let me see what your forgiveness is truly about, let me live truly in your forgiveness and love everyday.

Open my Heart to Your Love God

 

His banner over me is love…

Wow! I loved last week’s lesson on mapping out the scripture. I am so thankful that Jana shared on Suzanna Eller’s blog how to do this. I want to keep using this technique so that I can fully appreciate and understand what the scripture is saying to me.

 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:6-8

Continue mapping out the verses- this week’s verses are Romans 5:6-8.

When I was little I remember telling my mom I was going to memorize all the verses in the Bible and I wanted her to tell me which words in the Bible were the verses. I laugh at this thought. I had such a pure desire to study God’s word from such an early age even before I even knew what a verse was I had in my mind that I would memorize every single verse.

Such high ambitions for a little 7 year old!

My love for seeking out God’s words are still strong today. I am so excited about taking time to study with God and learning from Him. I am also very excited about how this weeks verses show God’s amazing love.

He was willing to die for us not just when we were good and following His ways. He was willing to die for us when we were sinners and not following Him. He loves us that much!

I believe that God wants us to get into His word to truly speak to us and help us recognize just how deep and strong His love for us is.

That’s exciting to me! Is it to you?

Share your story of wanting to learn more about God’s love, When did you start feeling drawn to God and His word?

 

 

 

Be Content Now

Day 4

When Now When Series

Be Content Now

The Problem: Not feeling satisfied with your season in life.

The Solution: God creates seasons in my life for me as I grow into His image.

You would think that as a Christian I would be content with the season of life that God has allowed me to be in. Although it is an honor to be a wife and a mother at times I haven’t always been content. Often times I have found myself comparing myself to other people that I admire and instead of feeling grateful and satisfied for what I have I would be longing to be in a position similar to theirs.

Comparing is a sure way to find yourself not content!

When I was in high school I wanted to date and never did. Then in my freshman year of college I still wanted to be able to go on a date. I began to feel like their was some flaw in me. If guys didn’t want to date me what was wrong. All my friends were dating. Am I a reject? I compared myself to everyone around me. I wasn’t content.

After being married I tried for two years to have a baby. All my friends were having children. Why couldn’t I? Am I not meant to be a mother?

Goodness it always seems as if the grass is greener on the other side. When I am around people that have similar desires as I do and they seem to be reaching the goals I want then I find myself malcontent and not appreciating the season of life that God has me in right now.

In my love to be the person God created me to be I lost sight of one thing. I lost sight on how to be content with the situation I was in.

Today my contentment level is much better than it use to be however at times I see myself comparing saying things like:

Her prayers are much better than mine.

She has so much talent. I wish I could be more like her.

Although I have everything I ever dreamed of I still find myself comparing my life to others and wishing I could be more like them.

So I tend to go into a downward spiral…..wishing that I could be better, finding that I am now putting myself down and finding fault in the littlest things. I am no longer content with who I am. I want more. I want to be better. I want to have it all. Be it all and do it all.

It is only when I am willing to give up my comparisons that I find I can be content with the situation that I am in.

Each season that I have been in good things take place. It may not have always been easy but there was positive things about those times of my life. If I spend all my time comparing  myself to others than I am loosing the precious time of the season that  I am in now. I am not enjoying the blessing of now.

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation.

For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

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Transforming step: Do you have a person or a group of people that you are comparing yourself to? Make a list of their strengths and gifts and than make a list of your own strengths and gifts. What season are you wishing to be a part of? What season are you in right now? What is good about the season you are in? Write this all down and praise God for the blessings He has given you.