Monday, July 17, 2017

Decorated Bandaids

Elinore had a spill in the parking lot on the way into the dentist office today.  Poor girl, skinned knees again.

She's afraid of bandaids.  So we got into the office after a few hugs and me carrying her the rest of the way.  Ruth was suddenly handed over to big brother Caden since I had been carrying a shoeless Ruth.

We got some wet paper towels and cleaner her up. Ruth panicked with brothers while we were in the bathroom.  We made it through the teeth cleaning with only a little crying through it after the ordeal.

When we got home I finally talked her into a bandaid, but then she was upset because we only had plain ones.  So I colored her hearts and butterflies! But I could only use one bandaid no more for the others.

I get it kid. I don't like bandaids either, and I probably wouldn't have used one on myself.

Cavity Free

There may be a lot of things that slip through the cracks in my busy crazy house of 7, but today the teeth weren't one of them.  I took all four kiddos to the dentist at 9 am this morning and they were ALL CAVITY FREE!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

One of those doors is you

My kids have introduced me to some families through school that I wouldn't normally have gotten to know, and for that I am thankful. 

However, there are some situations where I feel inadequate to help fill the gap.  I'd been struggling with that for awhile, but last night on the drive home, after one of these evenings, I had a realization.

I will never be adequate.  I am not meant to be adequate to fill the gap.  That is Jesus work.  And suddenly, I feel a little lighter. 

This morning on the drive to work I heard the song "With Every Act of Love" by Jason Gray again.  I've heard it several times, and have always enjoyed it, but this morning it connected directly to this thing happening right now in my life.

"God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you
I said, God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you

Oh, we bring the kingdom come
Oh, with every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom"


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Vashti


As I started reading the book of Esther, I wasn't drawn to the story of Esther, but the story of Vashti.  There was a big part of me that wanted to shout go VASHTI for not being displayed for her looks and standing up for herself! 

As I thought more about this, is that what God choose for her?  Clearly there was his hand in this for Esther to come in to the King's presence to save her people, but maybe that isn't the only reason, maybe it was for Vashti too, so take a stand and value her self (and model for other women) how to be cared for as a person created by God. 

Esther

I finished up Esther last week.  I really struggled to keep up with regular Bible study with the move, so this book took awhile, even though it's a small book.

  • King Xerxes held a banquets, then he requested Queen Vashti to show her beauty to the people and important men, who happened to be drunk - She refused!
  • She is then removed as Queen & no longer welcome in the King's presence as the King and his wise advisors decided
  • They were afraid women everywhere would see this & disrespect their husbands, so a decree went out to everyone for her punishment
  • King decides to bring in beautiful women to replace Vashti and put them through 12 months of beauty treatments before they go before the King for him to select a Queen
  • Hadassah or Esther is gone to the King - she is a Jew, cousin of Mordecai who raised her
  • Everyone liked Esther and she became Queen, but she never told them where she came from or who her people were
  • Mordecai walks by the women's quarters daily to check on Esther
  • Mordecai discovers 2 officers planned to kill the kind & Mordecai tells Esther, who tells the King - Investigated and found true, so officers were hanged
  • Haman rises to power under the King and is angry Mordecai won't bow down to him because he is Jewish
  • Haman lays out a plan, approved and sent out to destroy all Jews on 1 set day
  • Mordecai hears of order and is in deep grief and rough cloth
  • Esther hears of this and sends a eunich of the King as a messenger, Hathach, to find out why, them she learns of the whole plan
  • Mordecai, through the eunich, told Esther to go to the King and please for her people, Esther reminded Mordecai that it could mean death for her if the King doesn't invite her in, but she chooses to go
  • They fast in preparation for going to the King
  • Esther goes to the King and is welcomed, she invites him and Haman to a banquet; they go
  • At the banquet, Esther invites the King and Hama to a banquet the next night
  • Haman feels pleased he's so special and arrogant, but is angered by Mordecai still
  • Advised by friends and his wife, Haman orders a platform built to hang Haman and will ask King for such orders
  • During the night the king couldn't sleep and read records that reminded him Mordecai warned of the plot against him
  • King wanted to honor him, so he found Haman and asked how reward should happen for someone
  • Haman said a robe and horse of the king and parade them through town
  • King sends Haman to do that for Mordecai
  • Haman goes home embarrassed and tells wife and friends, but he is pulled away to Esther's banquet
  • At the banquet, Esther answers the King when he asks what she wants - her life spared and the lives of her people
  • King Xerxes demands to know who has made such a order, she said Haman
  • The King walked to the garden in anger and returned to find Haman falling on the couch where Queen Esther was lying, and further angered the King
  • Servants came, covered Haman, and took him away while a eunich said to hang him on the platform near his Haman's house that he had built for Mordecai
  • Queen Esther was giving everything Haman had left and Mordecai came to see the king once he learned his relation to Esther
  • The King gave Mordecai the signet ring and they wrote a new notice to all the lands of Jewish people that they could gather and fight back against their enemies on that day
  • The Jews defeated their enemies, everyone was afraid of them and Mordecai and killed many including Hama's 10 sons - the King allowed them to continue to defeat their enemies
  • Hama's 10 sons were hanged on a platform
  • The Feast of Purim is established - it was to be celebrated annually because it was a time of joy from when their sadness turned to great joy - food to each other and presents to the poor

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slices

Tonight in the car, Elinore asked me if bugs poop.  I said yes.  Then she asked me if bugs have slices on their butts like we do to go poop.

Always a hoot!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trees

Elinore just asked me if our living room ceiling fan worked the trees.  She asked because she said when she turned it off, the trees stopped blowing.

:)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Goose Watching

The kids, especially Ruth, are enjoying checking on the goose and her babies every morning!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Best Yes

A dear friend of mine had been recommending I read The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst for some time before I actually picked it up.  I was hesitant to read it for reasons I'm not sure I'm entirely sure of.  Perhaps because I thought it would tell me something I needed to hear?  I know I was cautious that I didn't want it to give me excuses for saying no to everything, which it didn't! 

Ultimately, I read the book quickly and took notes the whole way through the book in my journal.  I often read books, I occasionally write in my journal about this, but this book was different, I took notes like a school girls as I read it, I thought about it, expanded on it more in my notes, and wrote direct quotes from the book into my journal.  It was a book like I've not read before.  In some chapters it was great lessons I needed to hear; in other chapters is was confirmation that I'm already doing some things that are great.  I feel reminded that I have purpose in what I do without overworking myself. 

It was a great read, one I'm so glad I picked up.

Nehemiah 9

As I read the prayer they prayed in Nehemiah 9, I started to notice the name adjectives they used to describe our God and took not of them; many of them were repeated throughout the prayer as well.  I want to know my God well, and by paying attention to how he's described in his text is one way I learn about him. 

My God is:
  • forgiving
  • kind
  • merciful
  • a listener
  • care taker
  • warning giver
  • creator
  • patient
  • great
  • mighty
  • wonderful
  • fair
  • loyal

Nehemiah

I wrapped up my reading of Nehemiah last night. 

  • Nehemiah learns of the trouble in Jerusalem and lack of walled protection and cries and prays for his repentance to be heard
  • Nehemiah severs the king's wine
  • Nehemiah is sad in front of the king, Artaxerxes, who notices his sad heart and asks - He tells him his sadness over his city, Jerusalem and asks to go and rebuild
  • King grants permission and letters to pass through safely to Jerusalem
  • Some officers were upset by Nehemiah's arrival
  • Nehemiah inspected the walls at night and plans the rebuilding
  • Many people repaired sections of the wall
  • There were enemies of the wall building forcing builders to split their time between building and protecting, everyone carried weapons always and stay in the city to guard
  • People complained of lack of food and heavy taxes and interest hurting them
  • Nehemiah called important people and leaders to give the people back their extra charges and land
  • He also didn't take the allocation (what people had to give) for governor's food and shared what he had with other daily
  • Nehemiah's enemies tried to stop him and harm him; he refused to meet with them and asked for strength
  • Wall rebuilt in 52 days - new Levites, gatekeepers, singers, etc. are appointed
  • Ezra reads the book of teachings to the people and they understand and follow
  • Israel confesses their sin and their ancestors sin
  • They pray displaying their knowledge of the book of teachings and describe out God
  • They make an agreement to keep the book of teachings
  • People from the town of Judah threw lots for people to come live in Jerusalem
  • Priests and Levites are named
  • The wall is offered to God
  • They sent the foreigners way as God instructed in the book of teachings
  • Nehemiah had gone to see the king and was away; he returned and did not like what he found and purified again
  • He set reminders to keep the Sabbath holy and remember not to marry foreigners

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Ezra - More of my thoughts

I really struggled trying to understand Artaxerxes of Persia.  I was confused between chapter 6's mention of him and chapter 4's mention of him.  In one place he seems to be stopping the work of the building for fear of harm to the government, and in another section he's being credited with helping with the rebuilding.  I struggled with this for awhile and came back the next day with fresh eyes to see if I could understand better.  I now think that the chapter 6 reference refers to the Artaxerxes of the future chapters of Ezra where he continues with the rebuilding.  My Bible does note that is some extended period of time between chapters 6 and 7 and some Google searching led me to believe they might be two different Artaxerxes.  ( I dislike that I Googled, but it was an answer that could help me understand, maybe, and move on.)

I noticed a few times in readings lately that after big things change and occurrences happen, there is a celebration of the Passover.  It is a very meaningful celebration to partake in. 

Ezra 7:10 "Ezra worked hard to know and obey the Teachings of the Lord and to teach his rules and commands to the Israelites."  I found this verse to be wonderful.  It's a great reminder that we too need to be working hard to know the scriptures and know God.  It is not easy, and our relationship doesn't come with out work!

Ezra 9:6 "I prayed, "My God, I am too ashamed and embarrassed to life up my face to you, my God, because our sins are so many.  They are higher than our heads. Out guilt even reaches up to the sky."  I do sometimes feel the weight of my sin is heavy and I am terribly inadequate.  Initially I thought I get this, but then I continued reading to see that Ezra knew this, threw himself down at the temple in tears over the sin and felt it to an extreme level.  I am not like that.  Do I not fully know my sins still?  They are so many.

Ezra 9:15(b) "We admit that we are guilty and none of us should be allowed to stand before you."

I also thought it was worth of nothing that in the end of Ezra there is the discussion of the sin of marrying non-Jewish wives.  Their solution is for those men to divorce their wives.  It was a way of correcting sin.  I thought this was a very interesting point that I don't think I have read or thought about before.

Ezra

I finished reading Ezra in 4 days.  It was a really interesting book that I was drawn into.  It is one I took a lot of additional notes and thoughts and wrote them down for.  I will capture that separately.

Here are my notes from Ezra:
  • In Cyrus's first year as king of Persia he declares they may go back to Jerusalem and build the temple if they choose to
  • Cyrus sends the items with them that Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple
  • 42,360 people returned to their own towns and settled with their servants and singers, horses, mules, camels and donkeys
  • Items were given for the temple rebuilding
  • The alter was rebuilt and used for daily sacrifices and festivals as written in the teachings
  • Temple rebuilding began; the foundation is laid
  • Some rejoices, some, who saw the first temple, cried
  • Enemies of rebuilding - offered help, Judah refused
  • Trouble continued until the King of Persia was Darius
  • Artaxerxes stopped the building for fear of no tax money and harm to the government as written in enemies letter - records were looked up and showed a disobedient Judah
  • Prophets Haggai and Zechariah prophesized and Zerubbabel started working on the temple again
  • A governor sent a letter to Darius, king of Persia, briefly explaining the scenario
  • Darius finds record of building orders and secures that work is to be done and paid for by the area's taxes and King's treasury
  • Darius orders that changes to that order be punished with death and household ruin
  • Passover is celebrated
  • Ezra, from the line of Aaron, was a teacher who well knew the Teachings of Moses
  • Ezra came from Babylon to Jerusalem
  • More people returned to Jerusalem with Ezra
  • Ezra is 'successful' because the Lord our God is helping him
  • Artaxerxes letter to Ezra provides what is needed to please the God of Israel with the temple
  • Persia wants God of Israel well pleased
  • Those who returned with Ezra delivered gold, silver and objects for the temple to the priests and Levites
  • The captives that returned had sinned as he was told by leaders
  • Ezra prays - he acknowledges the great sin and guilt; he acknowledges the kindness and hope they are currently experience; he acknowledges we are not worthy!
  • Israel was not to marry those of the land that were evil, but they did anyway
  • Ezra's prayer was emotional, confessional and in front of the temple - other people joined him
  • Ezra didn't eat or drink in his sadness as he led others to obey following his prayer
  • Returned captives were to meet together or forfeit their property and community
  • Once gathered in the rain, Ezra told them to confess and separate themselves from those around them that were non-Jews and their non-Jewish wives
  • They proposed to meet with their leaders for decision in each town at a planned time because of the time and weather needed to do this - so they did
  • Men who married non-Jews agreed to divorce them - some had children with those women

Friday, May 05, 2017

2 Chronicles

I finally finished 2 Chronicles!  I read a Lent devotional every day and got me back in the habit of reading daily, and since Lent, I've kept up with finishing 2 Chronicles.  I typically read before bed, and I'm so happy to be doing this.  I would like to get to a place where I'm reading earlier in the day, but for now, this works.

  • God appeared to Solomon and told him to ask for something
  • Solomon asked for wisdom
  • God gave wisdom and wealth because Solomon knew he needed God's help to rule
  • "Not even the highest of heaves can hold him (God)." (2:6)
  • Solomon builds a temple
  • Much was covered in gold and carved and much detailed description in the 3rd chapter of the book
  • Solomon has the temple built and the Ark brought in - God's Glory fills the place :)
  • Solomon speaks to the people about god's work
  • Then Solomon prays of discipline from God of prayer and repentance of how Israel will behave in the future
  • Solomon asked in prayer for forgiveness and to hear their prayers
  • Temple is given to God; sacrifices are made (large amounts of sacrifices) - joy & celebration
  • "He is good; his love continues forever."
  • The Lord says Solomon and Israel must follow his laws; repentance = forgiveness; disobedience = discipline
  • Solomon also rebuilt towns
  • Brought a wife from Egypt - with her own palace since David's was holy
  • Queen of Sheba came with many people to see Solomon's wealth, success & wisdom - She didn't believe what she'd heard
  • Sheeba  Queen gave many fancy gifts
  • Solomon gave more gifts back to Queen of Sheeba and she returned home
  • Solomon was brought many gifts; Solomon had a LOT of gold
  • Solomon ruled 40 years and records were kept
  • Solomon died and Rehoboan became king (Solomon's son)
  • People asked Rehoboam to work them less hard than Solomon - Solomon's advisers (older leaders) advised him to oblige so they would serve him, but Rehoboam asked his friends (young men) and they said work them harder
  • Israel turned against Rehoboam
  • Rehoboam wanted to fight/war then, but God stopped it
  • Rehoboam strengthens Judah
  • Rehoboam has 18 wives, 6 slave women, 28 sons and 60 daughters - he spread his sons around and gave them wives
  • Rehoboam built a strong city and stopped following God
  • Shishak came to attack Jerusalem
  • Rehoboam & Judah were srorry & God did not destroy them; he did make them servants - there was some good in Judah
  • Israel & Judah fight under Abijah (Judah) and Jeroboam (Israel)
  • Israel was against God; Judah remained with God and defeated Israel
  • Asa was king of Judah - he destroyed the idols and there was peace
  • Asa had a big army that won in way v. the Cushites
  • Asa received a message that: God is with you when you are with him. If you look for him you will find him.
  • People recommitted to God and Asa was faithful
  • Israel attached Judah after 35 years with Asa as King
  • Asa went to Aram for help instead of God and peace ended
  • Asa became ill (foot disease) and asked doctors for help, but not God - then he died after 41 years as king
  • Jehoshaphat, Asa's son become king
  • Jehoshaphat is good, obedient and destroys idols
  • Jehoshaphat builds a strong army
  • King Ahab asks King Jehoshaphat to go to war with him, but Jehoshaphat says they must ask the Lord first
  • The prophets come and tell them to attack, but Michaiah warns them they are tricking him into death
  • Ahab disguises himself in battle but is hit with an arrow, he stays up in his chariot until sundown when he dies
  • Jehoshaphat selects judges
  • Lands came to fight Judah so Jehoshaphat asked the Lord - people came together & asked
  • Spirit entered Jahaziel and said it was not their battle, but God's - Jehoshaphat just had to stand strong with his men
  • The thanks God and praised him
  • Jehoram, eldest son of Jehoshaphat, becomes king
  • Jehoram kills his brothers and some leaders of Judah and followed Israel's way
  • Jehoram married Ahab's daughter
  • Group broke away from Jehoram
  • Jehoram led them away from the Lord
  • Prophet Elijah delivers Jehoram message: He is terrible & will become very sick
  • Land attack Jehoram and took his sons and wives, except his youngest
  • Jehoram was ill and in pain for 2 years until his death
  • No one was sad when Jehoram died and he wasn't buried with kings
  • Ahaziah, youngest son - because all others were killed - became king
  • He ruled 1 year, was sinful and his mother encouraged bad - then he was killed
  • When Ahaziah died, his mother, Athaliah, killed all of Judah's royal family
  • Ahaziah's sister, Jehosheba, took his son Joash and hid him for 6 years
  • Athaliah (the mother) ruled Judah
  • Jehoiada, priest, husband of Jehosheba decided to take action in year 7
  • Jehoiada gathered all the Levites to protect the temple and the king
  • Joash becomes king at 7 years old
  • Joash's grandmother, Athaliah, heard the news and was very unhappy - they took her out of the temple and killer her with the sword
  • Joash had peace in Jerusalem and was good while Jehoiada (priest & his uncle) was alive
  • Joash collected money and repaired the temple
  • Johoiada died and was curried with kings for the good he did for Judah
  • Joash became evil & Jehoiada's son, Zechariah, tells them, but they stone him to death
  • Aramen army attacks and take Judah & injures Joash
  • Joash's men kill him in his bed because he had killed Zechariah
  • Joash wasn't buried with kings
  • Amaziah is king and does good, but doesn't want to
  • Amaziah pay Israel to join them in war, but a man of God tells him not to because they've turned against God and God can give more
  • Amaziah does win the war without Israelites, but brings home Edom's idols and begins worshipping them
  • Because he turned against God, Israel defeated Judah
  • Uzziah becomes king and is good; he follows Zechariah's teachings
  • Uzziah becomes power because God helps him with many victories
  • Uzziah became prideful and was ruined; priests stopped him from unlawful acts in the temple and he got a skin disease and was ushered out
  • Uzziah is buried with the kings
  • Jotham is now king and he is good and victorious in battle with God's help
  • Ahaz is king of Judah - he is bad and defeated many times
  • Ahaz worshipped many idols and other gods
  • Hezekiah is king; he was good and quickly purified the temple
  • They celebrated with JOY! Praise! Worship!
  • Hezekiah sent letters to the outer villages to bring folks back to celebrating passive, some laughed, some came
  • Hezekiah command people to share their harvest to take care of the priests - they do!
  • Assyria attacks, Hezekiah is smarter with God's direction
  • Hezekiah dies; his son Mansseh is king
  • Manasseh was 12 when he became King and did wrong - alters and idols everywhere
  • Lord had Assyria attack and take him - then he humbled himself before God who heard him
  • God allowed him to return to Jerusalem and they worshipped the Lord
  • Amon is king after Manasseh dies and does very wrong - his officers kill him - the people then kill those people that killed him
  • Josiah is king; he was good and removed other idols and alters
  • The book of teachings from Moses is found and Josiah realizes how angry God is
  • Josiah tears his clothes and humbles himself and God let his lifetime be peaceful
  • Josiah celebrated Passover with the people like it hadn't been done in years (since Samuel)
  • Josiah went to battle against Egypt and was shot by archers - he was taken back to Jerusalem and died
  • They were very sad over his death and sad songs were written by Jeremiah
  • Jehoahaz becomes king for 3 months, then Egypt takes him away and makes brother Eliakim king, but names him Jehoiakim
  • Egypt makes Judah pay $
  • Jehoiakim was bad and Babylon attacked and took him away
  • Jehoiachin is king and is bad
  • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, made Jehoiachin's Uncle, Zedekiah, king
  • Zedekiah was bad and didn't listen to the prophet Jeremiah's message from the Lord
  • Lord sent prophets to warn them, but Judah didn't listen
  • Lord became angry and Babylon came and killed and destroyed Jerusalem
  • Babylon took those left alive as slaves
  • Judah was empty 70 years as that is the number of years since the Sabbath was kept
  • Persia then defeated Babylon
  • Cyrus, king of Persia, is appointed to build a temple in Jerusalem
A few others things I wrote about:
People in the Bible are always having to remember.  Reminder themselves and recommitting to God.  I too do this often.  I forget, I come back, sometimes daily or more.  There is reassurance that I am not new to this, but I MUST KEEP COMING BACK!

Toward the end of this chapter, it started to be other countries that were now determining kings for Judah and no longer themselves. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

You Belong

I just finished this book. It reminds me of Chicken Soup books that I read in high school and college.

It had passages that came in God's amazing timing just when I needed to hear that message.  It had passages that made me think and journal.  It had passages that stirred me to change and passages that felt like a hug.

<3

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

I read this book in about 3 weeks.  It was the first booked I checked out electronically from our local library and I'm so glad I did.  It's been in my Amazon wish list for sometime now, and when I finally decided to learn how to use my iPad and the library, it was the first one I went for.  I was hesitant; I'm not nearly as progressive as this author is and wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but ultimately, reading this book, has made me love my church more. 

I've struggled with our church over the years, but I've always stayed.  I've wanted to be a part of the community and solution to issues, not the problem.  And this changed my view of the church.  I know the church is a broken system, but it broadened my definition of the church and reminded me to focus on Jesus, not the church. 

I am thankful for my community, which is mostly centered in my church.  I'm thankful for it's openness and acceptance and love as well.  And I now want to b e more brave myself in opening up, being honest and sharing truth, about Jesus and about myself in my community.  I think God can step in when we're vulnerable to make wonderful things happen.

Friday, February 17, 2017

1 Chronicles

This was a very hard book from the beginning for me to get into.  The last half the book or more went much better and was easier to follow.  The beginning is much about the lineage of the families and difficult to read and follow.  I did start out trying to write out who came from who, from who, from who and on down, but it was too hard and confusing.  So I stopped and started taking summarizing notes.  That is what follows.

  • From Adam to Abraham
  • Abraham's family
  • Edomites from Seir
  • Kings of Edom (before kings of Israel)
  • Israel's family
  • Judah's family
  • Caleb's family
  • Jerahmeel's family
  • Caleb's family
  • David's family
  • Kings of Judah
  • David's descendants after Babylonian captivity
  • Other family groups
  • Simeon's children; they attacked people and took land
  • Reuben = Israel's first son, but it was taken from him for his sins
  • Gad's children
  • Reuben, Gad & Manasseh attacked Itagrites and God helped them because of their trust and prayer
  • Assyrian king took East Manasseh; they were sinful
  • Levi's children (Moses, Aaron, Miriam are descendants)
  • David hired musicians for the house of the Lord
  • Lots are thrown for land for Levites
  • Issachar's children - many fighting men
  • Benjamin's children
  • Naphtali's children
  • Manasseh's children
  • Ephraim's children
  • Asher's children
  • Saul's family history
  • people in Judah were captured and taken to Babylon
  • The first to return to their land were some Israelites, priests, Levites and temple servants
  • The people in Jerusalem are listed
  • There were gatekeepers for the temple on all sides - they were dependable
  • Family history of King Saul
  • King Saul was wounded in battle against the Philistines
  • Saul asked his officer to finish killing him, but he refused, so Saul threw himself on his own sword & died
  • Israelites ran away
  • Philistines came in to take over and took Saul's head & armor
  • People of Jabesh heard & bravely got Saul & his son's bodies to bury by a tree & they mourned
  • Saul wasn't faithful & didn't obey the Lord
  • David becomes King
  • David captured Jerusalem & calls it the city of David - he rebuilds it
  • David grown in strength & God was with him
  • David had mighty and powerful soldiers who were known for their strength & victory (3)
  • David was thirsty & his soldiers risked themselves for water, but he refused to drink it to honor them
  • David's 30 chief soldiers are listed
  • More and more warriors joined David in his strongholds against Saul - his army grew and grew
  • David goes after the Ark of God to bring it back to them where they are
  • The oxen carrying the Ark stumble & Uzzah touches the Ark to steady it & God was angry!
  • Uzzah died right there as punishment
  • David then fears the Ark and redirects it to Obed-Edom's house instead for 3 months
  • Obed-Edom & family are blessed
  • King of the city of Tyre sent supplies & people to build a palace
  • David, at God's guidance, continues to defeat the Philistines
  • David prepared a place for the Ark
  • David sent the Levites as God had directed, to carry the Ark (they didn't want to do it wrong again!)
  • The Ark was brought back with celebration and praise & many people
  • David's song of thanks
  • They left but held offerings, etc. as instructed in the teachings
  • David lives in a palace, the Ark is in a tent so David tells Nathan
  • Nathan hears from God that night, David will not build a house for Him - He reveals plans for his family's future to care for such things
  • David defeated many nations & gave back to the Lord - silver, gold, etc.
  • Ammonite king died & son took over - David sent officers to comfort them because the King had been loyal to David
  • The new Ammonite king felt threatened by it and captured them & cut their clothes 7 beards to shame them
  • David told them to stay in Jerico until their beards grew back
  • Ammonite knew they'd angered David and prepared for war
  • Joab went out with Israel's army to fight the Ammonites & their help the Arameans
  • The Ammonites & Arameans ran away defeated and gathered more people & were defeated again
  • The Arameans would no longer help the Ammonites
  • Spring = war time; David stays behind & Joab goes out and destroys the Ammonites
  • Philistine giants are killed
  • Satan makes David count the people of Israel, which God said was wrong
  • As punishment David must choose
    • 3 years of hunger
    • 3 months running from enemies
    • 3 days terrible disease - he choose this one
  • David chooses for it to not come from people
  • Angel comes to destroy Jerusalem
  • David goes to food to stop punishment for his people from sin - it is stopped with David paying for a threshing floor, building an alter and making sacrifices
  • David makes plans for the temple & collects people/craftsmen & supplies
  • God reminds him he is a man of war 7 can't build the temple, but Solomons will & he will have peace & rest
  • The Levites
  • The people of Gershon
  • The people of Kohath
  • The people of Merari
  • The Levites' work in the temple - described
  • There were groups of priests & they divided the work
  • Oldest & youngest child families were treated the same in Levite groups
  • Music groups
  • The gatekeepers
  • Summary of other leaders - they cared for the temple
  • Army divisions were each (each with their own leader) responsible for a month (12 months)
  • Each division had 24,000 men
  • Family leaders, then commanders of 100 men, then commanders of 1,000 men
  • Leaders of the tribes of Israel
  • Joab began counting people but God was angry because they were and they didn't finish counting
  • The King's directors
  • David gives his specific plans, guided by the Lord, to Solomon to build the temple - he provided resources too
  • The palace is not for people but for God
  • The people came forward and gave gifts to be used in temple construction
  • David's prayer about God (chapter 29:10-29)
  • Solomon becomes King
  • David dies - records of his works are kept

During the sections of family history, I took some general notes about observations I made during those sections.  Those follow below:
  • No daughters are mentioned
  • Only some mother's are listed
  • Noted when they died without children
  • Women identified with their father's (like surnames today?)
  • Occasionally families were named with their trade or location
  • It can be difficult for me to sit and read so much family history, but God loves & created each person named
  • Family histories were kept

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Forward Facing

Last night, as I reinstalled Ruth's car seat in our van, I decided to turn it forward facing.  She's heavy and old enough.  I had just been waiting for safety.  Keith had thought she was ready because her legr room was low, but she didn't mind.

This morning, she got into her car seat with a very hesitant look on her face.  I buckled her in and the "help me! help me!  help me" started.  That lasted nearly the whole way to the sitters.  Once she even said "pull over!" as she reached for me to pick her up.  She apparently isn't a fan.  She did okay while Caleb sat next to her to play, but when he got our for school it started all over again!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Be Nice

Elinore had a rough night. She continued to refuse to get into bed at bedtime and had a few time outs.  She was teary when I finally got her into bed.  We started to talk about what happened and what we could do different along with I'm sorry and I forgive yous.

That's when she told me she just wishes she could be me sometimes.  "Why?" I asked.  Because I want people to know I'm nice too.

And my mama heart melted in love for this child and hear heart. 

We talked about she is kind often, and we are all mean sometimes, myself included.  (Her brothers give me constant reminders of how mean I am there!  Us mean moms!  ;) )

I told her if she wants people to thinks she's nice to make choices that are nice and things will take care of themselves.

<3

Friday, January 13, 2017

This morning Elinore wanted to play witch.  She wasn't being very kind and she was furious she couldn't hold her broom and her stuff.  She is a witch and needed a broom to fly of course.

Then, she needed a pot to stir her potions and such.  We didn't have a big enough one so she told Grandma she needed to help make one.  Grandma wasn't so sure about that creation, but Elinore reassured her we had lots of wood in the basement to build it with.

No pot was built.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

You Are More Than You Know

I just finished this book. It was a good read, and I think for the right person incredibly helpful and insightful.

I personally don't feel like I live my life in fear or controlled by fear too often, occasionally yes, but not regularly.  (Maybe I'm in denial?!)  This books focused on overcoming fear with faith, which is an excellent message.

"At this juncture of my life I'm not convinced normal is an obtainable or even desirable goal, but embracing our God-given uniqueness is. In fact, it's an adventure that leads us to embracing that we are more than we know because the Lord is greater - far greater - than we can ever imagine." -Patsy Clairmont

Decorated Bandaids

Elinore had a spill in the parking lot on the way into the dentist office today.  Poor girl, skinned knees again. She's afraid of banda...