Friday, January 2, 2015

Soul Dare: Day 2



It's day two of my Soul Dare and while I slept in a bit, I was excited to get up and get into God's word. I do see that I am going to have to start setting the alarm for earlier because the kids interrupted me enough that I lost my focus several times.

Also, I made my first error (knowing that there will be more since...well, newsflash..I'm human) by not realizing I needed to also read Genesis 2 yesterday. That made for three chapters today and while the reading didn't bother me, I am jealous of the space I have in each page in my new planner and sure enough, I had to cram it all in.

But that's a good problem to have, I suppose.

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Bible Time


Once again, God's word came alive to me today as I read through my Daily Walk readings: Genesis 3 and 4 (with chapter 2 thrown in), Psalm 2 and Matthew 2.

Again, there is no hard and fast way to read and take notes. I have gotten in the habit of reading and noting anything that sticks out at me or any insights that God seems to whisper into my heart.

Here is what I noted down today:

Genesis 2:5-6: No rain? No problem. Even before there was such thing as rain falling from the sky, God caused springs to well up from the ground to water the plants (remember the seeds from yesterday?). When I read this, I felt like God was reminding me that he doesn't need anything I consider to be normal or natural. When He wants to do something, He can just command something entirely different to happen. For such a literal person, this blows my mind a bit. But it's also reassuring that He is not trapped by natural occurrences or what I think is natural.


Genesis 3:3-4: When Eve told the serpent that they could not eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would die, I thought she was exaggerating or worse, maybe God was exaggerating. After all, Eve and Adam ate the fruit and lived. But what I haven't realized until now is that Eve brought about her own demise. There was literally no such thing as death until she introduced it. Although it didn't happen for many hundred years, she and Adam eventually did age and die. I also have to wonder if Cain would have murdered Abel without the scourge of death and sin being introduced to their lives.


Genesis 3:6: Eve's motivation to eat the fruit? She wanted the wisdom it would give her. Basically, she wanted to be in the know and in control like God. She wanted to be like Him and not under his thumb. I wish I didn't understand this as much as I do.


Genesis 3:21: It says that God made Adam and Eve clothing. What would it have been like for Him to have to create something to cover his masterpiece and their shame? It wasn't how it was supposed to be. I'm sure it broke his fatherly heart.


Genesis 4:6, 13: Cain messed up. But God was kind to him and explained how Cain could make it right. Instead of submitting and trying again, Cain got crazy jealous and killed his brother. When God banished him, his pleas to not be separated from God's presence struck me. He wasn't thinking of this separation when he committed murder, but there are always consequences we can't see when we rebel against God.


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I thought that Psalm 2 might be something totally different, but again, God brought things together for me. The psalm talks about people rebelling against him (Psalm 2:3), which is right in line with what Eve, Adam and Cain did. By now, it's become a sin condition of the human heart. This psalm lists what will happen when we don't submit to Him, but what happens when we do:
"...But what joy for all who take refuge in Him!"
Sign me up for joy please and I'll pass on being smashed like a clay pot (vs. 9).

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Jesus Calling reminds me of this joy that comes from submitting to His gentle call to spend time with Him:

"The sacrifice of time pleases Me and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time together. Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done."

And Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest focuses in on God's sovereignty and even thought he invites me to participate in life with Him, He is still ultimately in control.

"Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is...you have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God."

Again...wanting God to tell me what He is going to do reveals my desire for control. I just want to know. Simply put...I want to be like God as much as Eve. And as much as I struggle for it, it simply will never happen.

What He wants to give me is a revelation of Himself. And that only happens when I'm in His presence -- a privilege that Cain lost, but what Jesus Christ died for to restore back to mankind.

And the knowledge of this from today's devotional time is all kinds of amazing in my little human heart and brain.

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Planning Time

Although it could really go up top with Quiet Time, I took out my Gratitude Journal and logged three gratitudes for today following Ann Voskamp's January Joy Dare.



Then, I took 10 minutes and wrote out what I'd like to accomplish today using Voskamp's daily planner. Today was my first day filling it out and I was amazed how it has already ordered my day. I'll put the clipboard in the kitchen and look at it throughout the day (at least that's the plan).



Finally, I looked over dear Ann's Sanity Manifesto and read through her challenge since I don't have each of the words/phrases memorized yet. But I hope to incorporate them throughout the day as well. 

All in all, I have to say that Day Two has been just as amazing as Day One!

Also, I'll be taking the weekend off from blogging (or will I....hmmmm), so if you are just joining us, you have plenty of time to buy your planner, pretty it up (or not) and print off anything you need for success.

What insights did God give to you today? Also, please join me over on my Mosaic Momma Facebook page and share there or here what God is speaking to your heart!


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