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Bible 365: Week 30

Pardon the late Bible 365 post this week.  If you haven’t heard, the YUMMommy family had a recent crisis.  We’re actually pulling off the most stressful move of our lives to date.  You can read all about it here.  Tomorrow is moving day and I couldn’t be more happy to be free of this place, our landlord and the loud neighbors who rent the other side of the duplex.  I’m going to miss our neighbors across the yard though. They are truly the sweetest elderly couple and welcomed us into the neighborhood with open arms from day one.  Anyways, I’m sharing seven things that I learned from Week 30 below.
1-“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)  I definitely learned about waiting on the on the Lord to move in our lives over the past few days.  Really over the past year.  And tomorrow we’re definitely mounting our eagles wings and flying out this situation.  God is an on time God for real because our new rental came through literally at almost the eleventh hour it seems.  Through it all I kept my hand in His hand because at the end of day He knows what’s best for us.
2-“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you,.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2)  His protection is always with us.  
3-“The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, ‘Why, it’s just a block of wood!  I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god?  Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?'” (Isaiah 44:19)  The Israelites still haven’t learned their lesson several generations later.  Here God points out foolish it is that they worship an idol/god made of the same thing they use to cook their food with. He’s trying to get them to see that these idols do nothing for them, but that it is Him who has been blessing them and delivering time and time again.
4-“I create the light and make the darkness.  I send good times and bad times.  I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.” (Isaiah 45:7) This scripture came to mind because I while back I overheard someone saying that God never sends bad times upon us.  Of course, I wanted to but in and say yes He does.  Sometimes, it’s to punish us when we act like the Israelites and stray from His will and other times it’s to help us grow stronger in our faith. 
5-“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)  Isaiah tries to tell the people of Jesus’ future coming and how he will suffer because our the world’s wickedness.  My Bible refers to Jesus as the “sin-bearing servant.”  And heaven knows Jesus had a lot of sin to bear from the Israelites and all the nations who were living outside of God’s will then and today.  I often wonder why they couldn’t get it right back them and why we can’t get it right today?  Why is it so hard to be good to each other and live in positivity?
6-“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.  But no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.  For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.” (Isaiah 57:1-2)  I’ve loss a lot of people who’ve meant a lot to me before what I considered was their time to depart this world. However, reading this scripture gives me peace finally.  I never looked at death as a type of protection but more of a curse or unfortunate part of life.  After it sounds like life in Heaven would be way better than living a life down here on Earth if you have to be surrounded but evilness 24/7.  I hope this verse gives others comfort.
7-“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  No!  They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush.  Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Isaiah 60:15)  People who do wrong always justify their actions by saying ‘Ain’t no shame in my game.’  In their minds if they don’t feel shameful then that makes their bad habits and wrongdoing ok somehow.  No, my friends.  If you don’t find shame in it, trust me God does!
Week 31 Readings
7/29:  Jeremiah 11-15
7/30:  Jeremiah 16-20
7/31:  Jeremiah 21-24
8/01:  Jeremiah 25-29
8/02:  Jeremiah 30-33
8/03:  Jeremiah 34-38
8/04:  Jeremiah 39-45
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Bible 365: Week 29

Happy Monday y’all!!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend.  Our weekend was low key but good nevertheless.  We’re enjoying the last few days of having the Mr to ourselves because he’s been cleared to return to work this week.  I’m going to miss having him here during the day and getting to just go out as a family and do stuff together.  Anyways, we started the book of Isaiah in Week 28.  And in Week 29, it seems like the children of Israel still haven’t gotten their acts together.
You maybe wondering why God didn’t just force them to do right since they were His chosen people?  I know I’ve asked myself that a few times.  Isaiah 7:9 says, “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.”  At the end of day, they had free will just like we do today.  They chose to stray from God at turn.  Even when things were going well and He was delivering their enemies into their hands, the Israelites turned their backs on Him.  They let their enemies talk them into worshiping their idols and cursing God.
A lot of us are like the Israelites.  We’re so quick to waver in our faith.  But then we wonder why we’re not getting blessed or our prayers aren’t being answered.  The truth of the matter is that when the tough gets going, sometimes we go too.  We’re quick to blame our problems on God instead of looking at our role in our dilemmas.  We have free will and often times we bring some our misfortune on ourselves by stepping outside of the commandments that God has appointed for us.
However, at the end of the day we have to remember that God is always with us.  Isaiah 8:10 says, “Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless.  Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed.  For God is with us.”  So, you see even in our time of need God is by our sides.  He protects us from those weapons and people meant to harm us or break us down.
And when it comes to leadership, we have to be careful who we follow and allow to preside over us.  “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.” (Isaiah 9:16)  The people of Samaria allowed themselves to be led astray by their leaders.  And for that they paid for their sins with their lives.  When you know better, you do better.  This is reminder that sometimes it’s not wise to follow the crowd.
Also, in Week 29, we read about Lucifer being cast out of heaven.  “…But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot.” (Isaiah 14:19).   Lucifer dared to think that he was God.  In Isaiah 27, we see that God plans to restore the Israelites once He destroys the majority who have erred from His ways. 
And if you think that faithfulness is not rewarded read about Hezekiah in Isaiah 38.  He’s on his death bed and the Lord has sent word to him through Isaiah letting him know that he is about to die so that he can make necessary preparations.  But Hezekiah humbly reminds that “I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” (Isaiah 38:3)  Therefore, God gives him gives him 15 more years to live.  So, you see when we walk the walk that God has called us to walk, we will be rewarded. 
If you were Hezekiah, what you have asked for?  More life, money for your children, world peace?
Week 30 Readings
7/22: Isaiah 40-48
7/23: Isaiah 49-52
7/24: Isaiah 53-55
7/25: Isaiah 56-59
7/26: Isaiah 60-66
7/27: Jeremiah 1-6
7/28: Jeremiah 7-10

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Bible 365: Week 28

I was super thrilled about week 28 because we got to read Song of Solomon!!  If you remember, I’ve mentioned more than once that Song of Solomon is my favorite book of the Bible.  It’s a beautiful love letter/poem/love song.  In fact, the Bible dubs it “the song of songs” (Song of Solomon 1:1).  We also finished the book of Proverbs, read Ecclesiastes and got started on the book of Isaiah.  So, here are the seven things I learned in week 28.
1-“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)  The 31st Proverb is about the qualities of virtuous wife.  And it just reminds of the type of qualities I should be putting into my children.  You see the 31st Proverb isn’t just for women but for men as well.  It’s a guide for our sons so that they will know what to look for in a wife and for our daughters so that they will know the traits that are needed to be a good wife and mother. 
I also look at it as a call to men to show respect to all women.  How can you expect to find a virtuous wife if you’re out here treating all or the majority of women like objects?  And women how can you expect to attract a virtuous husband if you don’t have any standards yourself?  This Proverb goes both ways for sure.
2-“What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered.” (Ecclesiastes 1:15)  I was watching Daddyless Daughters last night and this scripture goes along with what they were saying about how we often times get into relationships with men that are broken and not prepared to meet our needs as husbands and fathers.  So, they run away or we do things to cling to them.  We end up losing them anyway and breaking ourselves in the process.  You can’t change people.  That’s God’s job.  If something is crooked recognize that and keep it moving.
3-“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)  I always try to remember that everything that happens in my life has a purpose.  I may not know what that purpose is at first, but at the end of day it usually reveals itself.
4-“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) I know a lot of live by the saying “I can do bad all by myself,” but we have to keep in mind that it’s smarter to keep a friend that we can do good with.  Someone who will be our shoulder to cry on, a voice of reason or helping hand when we fall.
5-“Also do not take to heart everything people say,..” (Ecclesiastes 7:21) People talked about Jesus like a dog.  He didn’t let that deter him from his purpose. So, don’t let your nay sayers distract you from your purpose, your dreams, your goals, your family, your marriage, etc.  At the end of day God’s say is the only one that matters.
6-“A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money answers everything.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19)  Money makes the world go around.  Just make sure that you’re using your money for good.  All money isn’t good money and sometimes we’re quick to spend our money in the wrong places.  We turn our head to the fact that some companies do some not-so-good practices and still give them our dollars.  It’s easier to turn a blind eye than go out of your way to find another business to fill that need.
7-“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.  Many waters cannot quench love, not can the floods drown it.  If a man would give for love all wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7)  It always baffles me when people who get divorced say they’re divorcing because they fell out of love.  It makes me wonder if it was ever really love in the first place?  I’ll be the first one to admit that there have been past boyfriends that I thought I loved on the degree you’re suppose to love the person you want to marry.  And reflecting back on it now, I can see that I didn’t love them to that degree at all.
Lust and butterflies got me caught up.  Clouded my mind.  I definitely believe that there are degrees to love.  Before we say I do we need to make sure that our love for our future spouse is stronger death.  Ask yourself if you’re willing to give up your wealth for that other person?

Would have material things or could lose it all and still happy because you have your one true love?

Week 29 Readings
7/15: Isaiah 7-12
7/16: Isaiah 13-18
7/17: Isaiah 19-23
7/18: Isaiah 24-27
7/19: Isaiah 28-31
7/20: Isaiah 32-35
7/21: Isaiah 36-39