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Brief Moment #62

I finished the book of Genesis today.  The one book of the Bible that I always get stuck and quit reading. I finally finished and never got bored!  It was actually a great read.  The stories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph were truly amazing.  It was interesting to learn and see how God worked to prove to each of them that he was the one true God.  Each of these guys proved that they had an incredible Faith and commitment to God.  Noah worked for 125 years building the Ark. That is commitment.

Noah and his family committed themselves to building the ark for 125 years.  People would come by and laugh at him and his family.  He was ridiculed for being crazy.  Every waking hour of every day, for 125 years, Noah built the ark.  God granted Noah and his family life through faith.  They believed what the Lord said was true.  They also feared the Lord and knew that he could do what he said to Noah.  Those living in the area had no Faith.

Faith and Commitment.

I think sometimes we need to step back and question our own Faith and Commitment.  Have we committed ourselves enough to allow God the freedom to work in us?  Do we actually believe that God will use us for his will?  Immediate results may not come, but if we stay strong in Faith, Committed to the overall plan, then great things will be born.  Through Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph-these great things took more than a lifetime.  Enough came true during their days to keep them faithful and committed to the overall plan.  Each of them planted their own seeds and each of their seeds became fruitful and multiplied in the ways that God desired.  I think we need to keep planting these seeds and see where they grow…

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Brief Moment #60

Genesis.  I have decided that I am going to try to read the Bible in it’s entirety.  I am not sure of the form or method that I will use, but I will be working towards that goal.  This goal is on my Life List.  I have tried to do this numerous times in the past.  I have a read a few complete Books of the Bible, but never attempted to do the whole thing.  I have tried to read Genesis at least three times straight through, and have never finished it once.  That is where I am starting.  The Book of Genesis.  I have currently read 35 chapters of the 50 chapter book, but already I am learning and advancing what I already know about the book.

When I got to the part about Abraham offering Isaac, his one and only son, as a sacrifice to God–it made me tremble.  I just had a daughter.  I was trying to put myself in that spot, trying to picture my reactions.  Would I have turned away from God?  Luckily, God spared Isaac.  Abraham had proved that he feared God enough to sacrifice his first and only son.  He raised his hand with the knife, and God stopped him because of his Faith.  How strong is our Faith that God is in control?  Would we be willing to suffer for our Faith?

Brief Moment #59

For the first time in my life I am finally starting to understand myself and my faith.  I am noticing that many of my prayers are getting answered, I am understanding the Bible, and I am feeling renewed and energized–like I have made some huge discovery.  I have always heard people talk about faith, the Bible, God, listening to God’s words–yet, I had no clue what this all meant.  I now know that those who talk, were not bluffing.  It is a joy to be in God’s grace and guided by God’s will.  He can and will provide, he can and will protect, and he can and will open up unlimited possibilities if we are willing to follow through.  I am coming at all of this new stuff, this new found faith (that I thought I had before), with an open mind and heart.  God is leading me to people that share my spirit and allowing me to open up and reveal myself and who I am.  I am blessed to have a supportive family.  They all seem to like our church and all of us are starting to get to know a few people.  This past year has been a wonderful, wonderful time in my life!

Brief Moment #58

I mentioned last week that I was starting a Facebook Prayer List.  Basically, I am calling out to my friends to see if they need any prayers.  If they mention they do, I take time to pray for them.  I thought I might get ridiculed for doing this.  Some of my friends don’t see things the way that I do.  Last week my Facebook request brought in 7 requests for prayer.  I think that is pretty good and more than I was expecting.  I am hoping to see these numbers pick up in the coming weeks.  Maybe..just maybe…this will get some of them thinking about what I am doing and bring the question of God up in their lives.

By the way, if you have read this and need a special prayer, be sure to leave a comment and I will pray for you too.

Brief Moment #55

“The Gospel doesn’t first make bad people good; it makes dead people live.”

This quote was a twitter post on the LiveForgiven blog.  Awesome quote and 100% correct.  I thought I should share.

Brief Moment #53

God’s opportunities.  I recently prayed for the Lord to bless my family with opportunities.  We had a water leak in our basement for the last month.  I was afraid to tell our landlord about the situation because we were a little behind on rent.  The water had been leaking for so long that there had gotten to be a few inches of water on our basement floor.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I decided to go downstairs and see what I could figure out about the leak and the mess that the leak caused.  The leak was coming from a back room copper pipe that had split cracked.  I was going through my head on hat could be done to fix the problem.  It was dark.  I decided to get a light and look at it better.  I took the light, looked at the crack, and was thinking, when I just happened to glance around the pipe and notice a shut-off valve on the exact same piece of pipe in question.  I turned it.  I discovered that the only place this water lead was to the outside faucet on the house.  Haha.  I turned it off and the problem was fixed.  Thank-you, Jesus!  No money lost.

The second problem was the water on the floor.  Both drains in the basement were ABOVE the water level.  How would I get all of this water out?  I friend from work suggested renting a shop vac.  That sounded like a good idea.  I came home and told Cassie that I was going to call the tool rental place in town and get a shop vac.  It shouldn’t be more than a few dollars.  She asked me “What for?”.  I told her that she deserved to have a dry basement for doing the laundry in.  She told me that the water had DISAPPEARED!  This water had been on the basement floor for well over a month.  The water level was below the drains so it would just sit and get a little deeper.  God truly blessed my family.  I will never know how this water left my basement, but it is completely dry and yet again, I didn’t have to spend a dime.

I am talking a little about money.  We have been struggling a bit of late.  Not really sinking, but staying steady without much to spare.  We are a couple of weeks behind on rent.  After the basement issue yesterday, my work called and asked if I could come in early.  I didn’t really feel like working and taking time away from my family.  I declined.   An hour later, I had a thought that I had just asked God for opportunities, and then when one was presented, I shunned away.  I was being selfish.  I called my work and got the extra hours.  This put me very close to 40 for the week.  We also got our new schedules for next week.  Before I had the chance to see mine, our General Manager told me that he was sorry about the schedule.  I asked him ‘What for?’  He told me that he had to schedule me EVERY DAY next week to make up for a few vacations that were going on.  I said ‘Why do you appologize?  I need the money and will gladly work the hours!”  Next week I am working 7 days, still have my Sunday schedule for church in tact, and am being blessed with extra hours to help me take care of my family.  Many people are having a hard time finding work.  In the last few weeks, my schedule has gotten better.  Once again, Thank-you Jesus!

It gets better:

After all of this, another manager said that she needed to talk to me.  She said that her and my GM had a discussion about me and that they both agreed that I was the person with the best attitude and work ethics that they had.  She told me to keep working hard, that people are noticing things, and that I might have a great future within the company in short time.  I am not sure what that means, but I am hoping that it will be a blessing in my life.

Yesterday was such a cool day for me!  I could actually see my prayers in action and working.  I decided to take every opportunity that was given my way and see what would happen.  Each of them was a blessing and an answer to my prayers.  I think many times God is wanting the best for us, but we are to selfish to take the opportunities presented.  I am learning to open my eyes and jump, trusting God’s intention for my life.  If we don’t follow through, how do we know what the true blessing will be??  Being a Christian takes some work, but it is suppose too.  Heaven isn’t free, and not everyone will achieve the reward.  It takes patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of trust to walk with God.  I am hoping that I am on the tight track and am finally realizing God’s Will in my life.

Brief Moment #52

I am reaching out to my friends, coworkers, etc. by starting a Prayer List on Facebook. Once a week I will be praying for those that respond. This is just something small that I can do for all of the people that I have come to know who may have a need or special request. Prayer has become a large part of my life and now I am opening myself up to help pray for some of the others and try to show them that prayers can and do come true.

Brief Moment #43

Two new blogs have been added to the Brief Moments of Happiness blogroll.  Cooking in Tongues is a nice little blog dealing with another one of my favorite hobbies, COOKING, and actually visits a few different countries along the way.  The recipe that caught my eye was the Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato.  I may have to break down and buy the first eggplant of my life, but I have ate it on occasion and can be quite yummy if made right!

The second blog is The Fellowship Room.  It looks to be a place of religious fellowship and the sharing of ideas relating to Christianity.  I really haven’t had the time to dig in and see what this one is all about, but it is written by the readers of the blog and does have some very interesting information and points that are currently being discussed.  Go check both of these blogs out and expand your horizons a bit!