Friday, February 25, 2011

on the road again

a place i miss


On the road again!!!!!

I leave here tomorrow. I take Ebenezer on another flight. This time is the first time for connecting flights. The adventures never cease :-)

I have been meditating on a few things in the last few weeks.

First: How do we honor parents that are not perfect? Knowing well that I myself am not perfect and have not been a perfect parent (even though I have a wonderful relationship with my children). How do we??? I have some ideas on that. I will share in the near future.

Second: The book on Rest. I will be making some comments on my findings of that.

Third: Prayer? Where does it come into our lives - how do we pray and why?

Fourth: Where is the JOY that God IS?

Fifth: Trusting and Obeying in the darkness of the unknown.

Things I am pondering. I look forward to sharing what God is revealing to me in these days.

May God take this day and use it for His Glory.

ok... now... pack - pack - pack
Can't wait to be in one location for a while and get settled in. hummmm don't know if my oldest and his sweet bride feel the same - giggle

Here we go!!!

Your mutating missionary
and ebenezer

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Fire and Dynamite" | Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors | OFFICIAL MUSIC VI...

Where have you come from and where are you going? - "Have I also seen Him who sees me?"

I don't do this often, but today I thought it would be a good idea. I am copying my journal of notes from my ponder journal. This journal is written in as I take notes while reading the word of God. In this journal I jot down certain things that hit me for the first time in a new way, things that feed me in a special way, things that prompt more questioning and study, things that make me mad, things that make me happy, and things that feed my soul or cause me to fall on my face in wonder, awe, confession, etc. This is a relationship journal with my God.

I am thankful for writing in a journal like this. I don't use any concordance, I try to come to the word with my own peanut brain - asking for Him to reveal to me what He wants to reveal to me. And then I enter into His word. I take each chapter, read it and summarize it, or write down what hits me, or ask questions, or, or, or... Here are my responses to the first 16 chapters of Genesis. I got stopped at chapter 16... you will see why.

"And God saw that it was good"

1) God creates so many good things. He meant us to enter into this goodness. He created all for His enjoyment but also for ours. "Be fruitful and multiply" ... in other words: ENJOY!
His final creation in these days: and God said "Let US make man in OUR own image." --- What JOY He gets from US.

2) God provided the garden for substance, provision and satisfaction in labor that was toil free.

3) Woman believed the lie. We have been believing lies ever since. We have the consequence of believing the lies as Eve did. The trinity had to remove man from the garden for man's protection. Death is a gift from God - otherwise we would be stuck in this fallen world forever.

4) Keeper of sheep/tiller of ground????? Is the keeper of the sheep similar to the Mary complex and the tiller of ground to the Martha complex??????? Hummm I wonder...

5) Birth of Seth - Birth of Enoch. And Enoch walked with God. Enoch didn't die---> he was not.
(I want to walk with God.)
--> Methuselah (oldest) --> Lamech --> Noah "This one will comfort us concerning our work, and the toil of our hands because of the ground which the Lord has cursed." ----> at 500 years old Noah had Shem, Ham, Japheph.

6) Sons of God - ? Daughters of men - ? ?????
The Lord was grieved and decided to destroy evil man -
* But Noah pleased God - he walked with God ---> God talked to Noah
(I want to please God by walking with Him - I want God to talk to me.)

Ark

God says He will bring the flood ---> Noah OBEYED!
(I want to obey.)

7) God prepares Noah !!!!!!!!!

seven each male and female of CLEAN animals
two each of every UNCLEAN animal ----> 7 clean and 2 unclean
- they came in 2x2
It rained 40 days and 40 nights
*** THE LORD SHUT THEM IN!
** and all flesh died that moved upon the earth.

8) *then God remembered Noah and every living thing...
7th month the Ark rested --> Noah built an alter to God.... took of every clean animal and every clean bird
(He didn't offer one animal but all) "and God smelled a soothing aroma" -- He said in his heart
"I will never again curse the ground for man's sake. ... never again destroy every living thing."

9) God made a covenant with Noah and his family - 1st covenant - Rainbow is sign of this covenant
???? Why was Noah so angry with Canaan for seeing him naked? Was it because he told his brothers? Was it because he shouldn't have been in the tent?

10) Sons of Noah were divided to the lands. And Canaan's children were scattered throughout the land

11) The whole earth had one language and one speech. God confused the language and scattered them from one end of earth to next... i know there is debate on this: was it because they were so united and God knew that they could do too much in unity without Him and He is a jealous God? was it because they were trying to do the work to reach God and God wants us to understand we cannot reach God - HE reaches down to us? What was the real reason that the Babel Tower was destroyed????? Don't know - just know that this creates so many differences in people... not being able to understand each other because of different languages - but... God if this had not occurred????

Shem's descendants had Abram.
--- Shem's line repeated in chapter 11 ---> (point well taken)

12) Abram told to leave the country of his father - God said!
"Get out of your country, from your kindred and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great... and you shall be a blessing... I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed"

Abram asks Sarai to lie and say she is his sister in order to protect him from Pharaoh. God sends plagues on Pharaoh.

13) Abram and Lot separated
Lot chose the most profitable land.
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan
"Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are - northward, southward, eastward, and westward, for all the land that you see I give to your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you."

14) Lot is taken captive
Abram goes after him.
Abram meets with Melchezedek, king of Salem - priest of God most High - gave Abram a blessing and offered him gifts - but Abram refused the King of Sodom because he didn't want the king of Sodom to take credit for making Abram rich.......

15) God's covenant with Abram
"Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield your exceedingly great reward."

God promised Abram as many descendants from his loins as there were stars in the sky.

"And 'Abram' believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness"
God sacrificed the animals and WALKED through them - God made the covenant STICK!

16) Sarai gives Hagar to be known by Abram
Hagar runs..., angel of Lord found her and spoke to her:

"WHERE HAVE YOU COME FROM AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING?"

and Hagar says: "Have I also seen Him who sees me?"



I am pondering... I encourage you to start a 'Ponder Journal' - sometimes I need to just enter into His word and let Him speak to me through it - no teacher, no concordance, no computer... just Him, me, a pen and paper.
Mutating missionary
and Ebenezer