For Bible Study Fellowship, we are focusing on the book of Genesis and new beginnings. It’s very apropos to my life right now as we are about to move states, and both my husband and I are embarking on side careers. It will be a new beginning in many ways for my family.
So what are your beginnings? And will you approach them faithfully like Noah who obeyed God implicitly? Do you have the patience to let Him show you the way in His timing?
It’s the last Sunday of the month, I’m drinking my coffee, and thinking about God and you all.
This year has been rough for many of us. It definitely has not been anything we imagined when we made our New Year’s Resolutions 6 months ago. Many of us are still facing restrictions in our lives we wish weren’t there. Many of us cannot travel to see new places, or even to see our friends and family. Many of us see life slipping by when we don’t have those days to waste.
My dear friend, Lissette Trahan, is about to release a book of prayers, and I wrote a forward for her just now. It got me thinking about how many of us, when we go to God in prayer, have nothing to say. We begin “Dear God” and then nothing. This has been me lately.
I’m here to tell you it’s okay if you have nothing to say. Truly, God knows your heart, mind, and thoughts and knows what troubles you, where you need Him to show up, and how much pain you are in. But, He likes to hear our voices anyways. It’s the effort that matter, not the results.
What matters is that you do show up — not what you say. Show up, and God will show up. And for many of us, that’s all we need right now.
Last Sunday of the month so it’s coffee and God time.
As I was running this morning, I kept thinking about our lives right now.
Everyone keeps saying how this will change our lives forever. I say only if you let it.
When the Spanish Influenza hit, everything went back to normal. So too after the Black Plague and every other disease humans have battled for millenia.
We humans have a very short memory. This, too, shall pass.
I don’t think this will ever happen again. That is why the stay-at-home order have been extended in some places. No one ever remembers (again, our memories are short) Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. No one thought we’d enter a recession to rival 2008. No one thought we could come close to a depression like The Great Depression. Therein lies the problem: no one thought; they only reacted.
All that aside, my point is this: you can’t stop people from living. Our lives on this side of eternity are but a blip in time. God snaps his fingers faster than we live. Our days are numbered, and no one knows when God calls us home except God.
You can’t stop people from living life to the fullest every day they are given because for all we know, it could be our last. And do you want your last day to be stuck in your home because a government, which is intangible, tells you to? Or do you want to live your live on your own terms, taking risks and chances, hugging people and loving people? Or do you want to stay 6 feet apart for the rest of your life?
Pretty sure I know God’s answer to that one.
The fact of the matter is this: God calls you when He wants you. Whether that’s from a virus, a traffic accident, or from old age, we don’t have any control over the matter. We need to let go of the need to try and control viruses and life. Give it to God. That is His job. Our job is merely to reflect His glory in living. Can we do that shut up in our homes, not at church, not in the community, not at our jobs, or not even walking our dogs?
Taking precautions are necessary, but not to the point where life stops. Humans were meant to live for however many days God grants us. And no one can say otherwise.
So I keep forgetting about the last Sunday of the month, and this month, Leap Year threw me off, so now it’s the first Sunday of the month coffee chat.
All day yesterday, all I heard was “You get an extra day.”
Leap year exists because the earth orbits the sun at 365.2421 days. Rather than program in a fourth of a day every year, we just add one year every four to even out the days and keep the seasons in the correct months and the days on schedule.
Many ancient cultures would just add whole months when the years and seasons got out of sync. The Romans first had a 10-month calendar with a winter period that would change every year. As things became unaligned, January and February months were added in, but the years were still off. It feel to the consuls (the rulers) of Rome to fix the situation, which of course they did to suit their own political agenda.
The Julian Calendar
By the time of Julius Caesar, something had to be done. He redid the entire Roman calendar, which is the one we follow to this day. When he was in Egypt, which, at that time, held the library of Alexander, a library that contained most of the world’s known knowledge at that time, Caesar saw how the Egyptians added ina an extra month every so often. Caesar, along with Sosigenes of Alexandria decided to make it easier with one day every four years. They picked February to add that day to since that was the month the Romans always tweaked to make up for “lost time.” In 46 BC, Caesar had to add in two extra months to balance out the calendar, so in 45 BC, the Julian Calendar was born with Leap Year or day added day every four years was born.
The Gregorian Calendar
However, since the earth’s rotation is .2421, this still makes the days skewed. So, by 1500 AD, enough time had passed that the calendar was off again. This was annoying to the Roman Catholic church since now Easter was off. Tradition holds that Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. By 1500 Easter was off by roughly ten days. Thus, Pope Gregory XIII modified the calendar once again, one which kept Leap Day but eliminated it on centurial years not divisible by 400 (1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 2000 was). Thus, it’s not quite every four years a Leap Year is added. This Gregorian Calendar is the last change to the Western calendar as we know it today.
Do note that the calendar will have to be modified again, but only once every 3,030 years, so we won’t be affected by this.
Fun Fact: Those born on Leap Day are rare. There are only about five million people alive today born on a Leap Day with the chances of being born on Feb 29th at 1 in 1,461. They are called Leaplings, and while it may not be fun to skip your birthday, it would be fun to be in an elite group.
Back to my point: it wasn’t really an extra day. It’s not like I’m going to live an extra day. It was more just a day to live.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays, had a Merry Christmas, and is looking forward to the new year. I know I’m excited about what God will do in my life in this new decade ahead. It’s hard to believe we’re approaching 2020 already!
I’m excited to see how God will use me. I’m excited to see what goals I accomplish. I’m just excited to grow closer to God with each day.
I’ve learned as I continue to age (as we all have) that you need to maximize the moments you have been given. Life is too precious to waste.
Thanksgiving is almost here. This is one of my favorite holidays because we get to be with family and thank God for another year of life. It is important to be thankful on this day even if your year has not been so smooth, or you’ve lost a loved one. Life is too precious to waste being bitter or depressed. Thanking God every day for the breath you breathe can be transforming in your life.
This week, remember all of the blessings you do have in your life. Thank Him for them. And just enjoy having precious time with your family.
Today’s theme is the seasons. I love fall, which I believe most of us do. The colors are beautiful, the cooler weather is welcomed by all, and the seasons signal the coming holidays, which most of us enjoy.
However, there are also seasons in life as well. For a lot of us, we go from childhood through young adulthood and into the marriage years. Then, we have kids, and the seasons of our lives change as they change. They grow up, and you go from caretaker to advice-giver almost before you know it. While some of us lament these changes, it is the cycle of life, just like the seasons, and it is what makes life interesting.
I encourage you today to appreciate where you are at in your cycle, whether you’re in college, having a baby, or kissing your grandkids. The past is gone, and all we have is our future. Embrace it, and make the most of it!
It’s so good to be back in BSF, back in God’s Word, and learning about the early church. So far, we’ve seen Pentacost, the advent of the Holy Spirit upon us and in us, and Peter stepping up his game. Coming up, Stephen and Saul/Paul.
The theme of this coffee chat is time. Time is limited for all of us, and as you get older, it only seems to go faster and more compact. What you do with your time is so important to God, whether you think of it as such or not. Ask yourself these questions:
How do you spend your free time?
Do you help others enough?
Do you spend your time watching TV instead of in God’s Word?
Do you spend enough time with your family?
Do you take the time to really listen to a friend in need?
Do you take the time to listen to God?
Are you having trouble finding time to complete BSF’s lessons? If so, what can you do about it?
I encourage you all to pray about how you use your time and how better you could be using your time. You only have so much time to complete God’s purpose for you here on earth. Don’t miss your chance.
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It’s the last Sunday of the month, and today the power of being is on my heart.
LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
Life is taken up with so much busyness that we can lose ourselves, lose our way, and lose our family. Today, I just want to encourage you to put away your screens for a while, and reconnect with the present moment. Spend some time just being, existing, walking in nature, smelling the flowers, watching the grass grow, listening to the birds sing, and being with family.
That’s what life is all about — not how many friends you have on social media.