Blessing God ~ Worn Out

Weary and Worn Out“Worn Out”

Are you worn out? Do you need a vacation even though the Fall just began? I am. Why? I couldn’t tell you. I just know that the excitement of early September brought soon after a lull by the middle of the month. I read the below verses in my Daily Bible Reading on September 16th and had to laugh at how relevant the words are that were written over 2000 years ago by Agur son of Jakeh. Sometimes I feel too stupid to be a mom or a wife or a photographer or anything for that matter. But here I am. God made me who I am and He made me for a purpose. We are so vastly different from God that it is important to remember that we don’t have all the information yet. We are limited in our perspective and our ideas because we are finite beings created by an infinite God. His energy and wisdom are our life line in every situation, especially the hard times. Give everything to Him and he will make straight your paths!

The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
– Proverbs 30:1-3

Blessing God ~ Crystal Clarity

I am one of those people who really cannot wait to see Heaven. I think about it all the time. It is said that people who are heavenly minded are of no earthly good, however the more heavenly minded a person is, the more good on Earth they are able to do. The Bible tells us that those who read Revelation out loud will be blessed. Stop reading this right now and go read, out loud the book of Revelation. Do it as often as you can. You will get excited to do more for the Kingdom of God than you ever thought possible. I pray that the fire of Jesus gets ignited in you today!

Clarity Crystal“Crystal Clarity”

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
Revelation 22:1

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Crystal Clarity

Blessing God ~ The Good Soil

In Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, he warns us not to assume we are the good soil. What does that mean exactly? It is pretty clear in Mark Chapter 4 of the Bible. For a long time I assumed that I was the good soil. I did everything a Christian was supposed to. I went to church more often than the average person, I gave money to the church, I read my bible occasionally, and considered myself a true prayer warrior. At least I had that down. Prayer. But that is not what God calls us to do. Prayer alone will not get you to Heaven. What are the things you should do? It’s pretty simple. Check out this sermon by Pastor Mike Fabarez. It may make you stop and think. Then head over to my Fruit Audit and audit yourself. God bless and I pray that you are the good soil!

Good Seeds

“The Good Seeds”

Mark 4:2-20  And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:  “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that

“they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

Mark 4:2-20

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Two by TwoThe Good Soil

Blessing God ~ Two by Two

Two by Two“Two by Two”

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two,
– Mark 6:7

When we think of evangelism we often think of the guy standing on a box shouting like a crazy man to get people to listen to what God has to say. Did you know that is not the way Jesus intended people to preach his word? He gave us many examples of how we, as his disciples are to witness to others. We are to shine our light into the darkness, to witness by example, and when we go out he encourages us to not be alone but to go out together so we can support each other. Two by two is his call. Is there a friend that can pray with you and support you and possibly go out together to witness to friends in your community? You will be surprised at how God blesses you when you follow his insights, commands, and directives and not your own.

~ Jen

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Two by Two

Blessing God ~ Patience

I love the newness of a sunflower. They struggle so hard to grow strong and tall. They patiently wait to bloom until they are strong enough to hold the weight of their glory. They never give up. Are you patient enough to wait for Heaven? It is coming soon so grow strong.
A New Creation“Patience”

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

– Galatians 6:9

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The Sad Crown

Blessing God ~ The Sad Crown

We all would love to walk around our homes with a tiara or a crown on. Come on. Admit it. My kid always says “You’re not the boss of me!” and I have to laugh a little at the absurdity of that. I am the boss of him, but ultimately God is the Boss of him… AND the Boss of me! I have to wake up every morning to beg God to dethrone me. If left up to my own way, I would gladly have the world revolve around me. We all would. All we know is what we know, nothing more, nothing less. Imagine when Jesus comes home to take his rightful place, there will be no more democracy. No more opinion about what you think should be and not be. No more debates about what side you are going to vote for. Do you know what a true monarchy is? Realistically and honestly you have to admit that you don’t. It is totally foreign to you. Well, guess what? God is in charge even now so stop trying to pretend you have any say in it. Have you read Job lately? It will rock you to the core. What sad little crowns we think we wear. Job is my hero!

The Sad Crown“The Sad Crown”

“He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head.”

– Job 9:19

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Dread

Blessing God ~ Dread

My 5 year old son is obsessed with Batman and Spider-man. For me, as I’m sure is the case for you, spiders = dread! I cannot tell you how many spiders I have capture and released. However the more menacing they are, the more a mind I have to smash them dead. How odd that they are so small yet we big, scary humans are so fearful of them. Spiders are very symbolic in the occult as are many other dreadful beings such as snakes, scorpions, wolves, bats and various other dread-inducing animals. In the movie Batman, Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Why bats, sir?” his response, “Bats frighten me. It is time my enemies share in my dread.” Fear is a source of power. I wonder why we look to other symbols for power when our one true God is all we need. What is most dreadful in reading the below verses is the very last ones. How dreadful to be given up on by God! Ouch!

Creeping Spider“Dread”

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

– Romans 1:18-25

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Busy Bee

Blessing God ~ Busy Bee

Sometimes I go about my day busy at all the tasks at hand, wondering how I will ever get through them all. If you take a look at the bee in the below photo he is busy at his task. It seems as though he is looking down and never gets a chance to look up from his work. Sound familiar? Martha had the same issue and Jesus was actually in her house! Wow! Talk about life perspective. I want to be Mary and choose the good portion, and look to Jesus. Pastor Todd Smith of Crossroads Community Church preached a great sermon where he asked everyone to have a garage sale on all their life’s stuff and get back to simplicity. He detailed how hard it is to make things simple and how easy it is to complicate things. I encourage you to listen to his sermon called “Follow Me: The Commission” if you get a chance.

Honeycomb Bee“The Busy Bee”

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ”
– Luke 10:38-42

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Blessing God ~ Wonderfully Made

You moms out there know the weight of this verse. Anyone who has gone through a full pregnancy understands the miracle of life. How awe-inspiring is our God!

Wonderfully Made“Wonderfully Made”

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

– Psalm 139:13-16, ESV

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Blessing God ~ Hiding Place

When dark times are upon us and there is too great a sadness to even wake up in the morning, we find ourselves curled up and trying desperately to block out anything in this world that could molest us further. The outward reflection of our inward turmoil is simply to curl up in the fetal position and shut it all out. God wants you to curl up in Him. He desires that He become your hiding place. That you let go of yourself and allow God to preserve you. If you let Him, he will surround you with more than abundant protection and deliverance. Open up and flourish!

Hiding Place Fern“Hiding Place”

You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
– Psalm 32:7

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