It’s the last Sunday of the month, and today the preciousness of life is on my heart.
Recently, just two doors down, a neighbor feel into cardiac arrest and died on his front stoop. Rescuers worked for almost an hour to resuscitate him to no avail.
THE PRECIOUSNESS OF LIFE
It made me realize just how precious life is, how quickly it can be taken away, and how much you need to love your loved ones because you never know when it will be your turn to return home.
We all know there is a better place, but it’s so hard for us since all we know is this side of heaven on Earth. Furthermore, none of us want to leave our loved ones behind.
Life is so precious; we need to hold it tight.
All of my animals are aging. My Dane had to go to the vet a couple of weeks back (luckily, it wasn’t cancer).
We know death is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to handle.
So today, love on your loved ones. Tell them you love them. Give them hugs and kisses. Appreciate life while it’s here.
“A tree is climbed from its base.”
Genesis 12:1-2: “The Lord had said to Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you.”
It was through Abraham’s descendants that the Jewish nation would arise, one of those descendants would be the Savior. It was with Abraham that God established his covenant. Abraham was the rock on which the nation and the purpose of God was founded.
What I desire the most is to become like David, a woman after your own heart. I want to hear you say “Well done, my good and faithful servant” on judgment day. When I go home to you, your desire is to reward me as your child. Help me, Lord, to lead a life where I will not be ashamed.
Thank you for the conviction that I feel when I commit sin. Holy Spirit, thank you for keeping me on the right path, help me to be accountable for my life. I feel so much of what I do everyday is worthless and with wrong motives. I want to live a life obedient and pleasing to you.
At times I have not been on fire for you as I should. Please give me a renewed zeal and passion for you. I love you Lord, and want to show you not only in words but in my actions.
I believe that my life is not an accident. My whole life has been marked out for me—planned in your all-seeing eye. I reflect on my past and see how so often you have surprised me, sometimes disturbed me, and always supported me in ways I did not expect. Yet through it all I can see where you have led me, and that each surprise—even the ones I didn’t want—in the end result had meaning. You have always been involved in my life, even when I had no interest in you. When I think of all the different directions that my life could have taken, I see the evidence of your hand guiding me.
Lord, how thankful I am that you have made your truth simple enough to understand. Etch your truth into my mind and heart.
By: Lissette Trahan
Studying the Bible is not easy. It’s a difficult book, written in many different styles by many different authors with events that happened thousands of years ago, which is hard for us to understand. After all, sacrificing of animals and the 10 plagues God sent down on Egypt as punishment for the sins against God’s people are hard for us to understand. In this blog post, we’ll review the two main lessons the Bible is trying to tell you. Contact AtoZMomm to learn more.
TWO MAIN LESSONS THE BIBLE IS TEACHING ME
- The Old Testament. The Old Testament basically says that God’s people have rebelled against him (since Adam and Eve), and thus deserve God’s wrath, judgment, and punishment.
- The New Testament. The New Testament tells us that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to save us from His just punishment from the Old Testament and that we can live forever in heaven with God through accepting Jesus as our Savior.
These two lessons are the crux of the Bible. Are these lessons that simple? Yes and no. Fundamentally, yes. But there’s so much more than this surface level, such as walking in the ways of Jesus and understanding our past in order to improve our future. Contact me if you have questions!
Genesis 11:4: “Then they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
The tower of Babel story reveals the rebellion in the human heart. The goal of the people was not to glorify God but to make a name for themselves. God knew that this would only lead them away from God. As a result he confused their language. It forced the people to scatter all across the earth. It reshaped the development of future cultures.
I ask myself, “What do I really want out of life?” What is it that I am really seeking?” I have lived a life searching for happiness; it has always led to a dead end, in the long run it never satisfied. The pursuit of happiness is not the answer. Happiness comes and goes depending on how well things are going. When I surrendered my life to you, Lord, I found joy. That joy that comes from the inside, from the Holy Spirit. It does not depend on outside circumstances. My sin nature tries to go back to my old way of life, a life searching for a happiness that is superficial. I left a life full of dead end roads that never satisfied. When I start to drift from you, as I so often do, I pray that you shake me, convict me, that I become aware of the wrong turn that I am making.
Why am I so easily distracted with earthly things? Things that are temporal, that have no eternal value? I get so busy with the claims of the world that I become deaf to your calling. I get so preoccupied with life here that I forget what really matters. Lord, set me on the right path, I need your guidance.
I will never forget the day that you came into my life. The joy, the love that enveloped me. I wanted to run and shout to every one that you were real. That one moment defined the rest of my life.
As I age, I realize how transitory my stay on earth is. What a difference between the eternal reign in heaven that I will have with you and this short journey here on earth. Help me to live a life that pleases and glorifies you.
By Lissette Trahan
When you study the Bible, there are three questions you should ask yourself every time you read the Bible and/or study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm with questions
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN STUDYING THE BIBLE
- What is God showing me in this passage?
- What does this passage show me about myself?
- What is my response?
Ask yourself these three questions when you read the Bible in order to gain a deeper understanding and discover God’s timeless truths. Contact me with questions!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Genesis 6:17: “I am going to bring floodwaters on earth to destroy all life.”
God saw how great wickedness had become and decided to wipe humankind off the face of the earth. Noah was found righteous in that generation, so God saved him and his family. God instructed Noah to bring into the ark two of every animal, male and female. Noah obeyed everything that God commanded him to do.
You are always with me, no matter where I am or what I am doing. At this moment I stop to adore you, to praise you, and to thank you for my life. Even before I knew you, you loved me, you pursued me. You never gave up on me. I know you are aware of everything that happens to me, I call to you and you hear me.
When I believed and received by your grace my salvation, that was the beginning of my spiritual
journey. My soul awoke as from a deep slumber. I felt your love and I loved you in return. Now I cannot live without it.
Father, you sent your son Jesus to be a sacrifice for my sins. That was the only way that I could receive the Holy Spirit that abides in me today. That was the only way you could rescue me and allow me to spend eternity with you. You knew he would be tortured, crucified. Jesus could have said “enough” and stopped it, legions of angels would have come to his rescue. But then the devil would have won. I will never understand so great a love. You did this for me, a sinner. How can I not spend my life praising you, loving you, obeying you.
Lord, give me a vision of life that transcends the world as I know it. Help me with the situations I find myself in that calls for more sacrifice than I think I can give. I know if I obey you I can find my deepest purpose in life, the reason you created me.
Jesus, you are my mediator to God, you are my hope, you are the way to my Father.
By Lissette Trahan
In our last blog post, we discussed ways on how to go deeper for your Bible study. In today’s post, we’ll go over a few more tips. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!
TIPS ON HOW TO GO DEEPER IN YOUR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY
- Define words. It’s hard to understand what you’re reading if you don’t know what the words mean. A good practice is to have Google up and running while you’re reading the Bible and look up any words you may be unfamiliar with. Often, a good Bible Dictionary is handy to have as well as it will give you not only the Biblical meaning, but also cross-references as to where this word can be found elsewhere in the Bible.
- Use different translations. When studying the Bible, different translations can be extremely helpful, especially in extremely difficult parts of God’s word. There can be just slight differences, but those slight differences can be all you need for understanding. Just be careful you’re buying a different translation and not a paraphrase of the Bible.
- Invest in a good commentary. Bible commentaries can be extremely helpful when trying to go deeper in God’s word. You can learn a lot from others, and from others who have built upon others’ work as well. Just be sure to try and read it on your own first, but then definitely use resources that are available to help you.
- Don’t get frustrated. God’s word is hard because God Himself is hard to understand. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated with yourself when you just don’t get it. Stop. Pray. Breathe. Take a break. God’s not going anywhere. He’s waiting on you to find Him.
- Have patience. Studying the Bible is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. The more you read and study, the more God will show up and reveal Himself. Knowing God and Jesus is a lifelong process; give it time.
Studying the Bible is like studying anything you want to know more about — except, in this case, there’s nothing more important you can be doing with your time than studying God’s word. It will take time and patience. I hope you find these Bible study tips useful. Contact me to learn more!
Genesis 3:23: “So the Lord God banished him from The Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.”
The reason God banished Adam and Eve was they now had the knowledge of good and evil. He was preventing them from eating from the tree of life. If they ate of that, they would have lived forever. Man was created with the ability to choose. If the only experience Adam had was of good things, he had no knowledge of anything that could be called evil. Satan introduced Adam to evil and God would not allow him to eat of the tree of life and live forever. Because of Adam and Eve we now have to choose.
Lord, I want to belong to you totally. I surrender my life to you. I want to live my life pleasing you, obeying you. The only way that I can be content is by knowing you more. I need your presence throughout the day. I can do nothing without you. Holy Spirit, help me.
I know that God never leaves us unless we go away first. Even when I ignore you, you are there knocking and waiting. Sometimes I feel you hiding, I don’t feel your presence. My prayers seem to just bounce off the walls. At those times help me to have faith in you. Your Word says that God allows us to go through difficulties to teach us to rely on him more. At those times let me experience your compassion, draw me back to you, Lord.
No matter what I am going through I know that you love me and that all you do is for my good. I believe that with all my heart. Knowing that helps me face life. Knowing that helps me through difficulties. With you by my side nothing is unbearable.
Lord, as I go through life I want to learn to plant seeds that ultimately will help others find their way to you. What I plant, no matter how small, you can make it grow into something that is beautiful and fruitful.
Please keep me from falling, correct me and guide me. You know my weaknesses. I get caught up in the rush of this world. I want to learn to live constantly in your presence.
By Lissette Trahan