Day 8 – The start of week 2! 

 All is well today – went to work and then came home to a wonderful meal cooked by my oldest, Lindsay! YUM!

 As week 2 begins, I’ve been reading in Exodus about Moses bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.  Ever been there?  Once they were out of Egypt, Moses commands the people to remember what God had done for them.  They are to celebrate Passover every year, they are to tell their children what God had done, they were to remember and tell the story over and over.  Why?  So they would remember what God delivered them from and that God remembered His covenant with Abraham and kept all of His promises.

 When you are facing the next battle, it is good to remember how God delivered you from your past battles.  Remembering builds your faith level so that you can, again, believe that God can and will do what He has promised.  Not only should you remember, but give thanks for all He has done. 

 Knowing that God is a good God and remembering all of the good things He has done for you, prompts you to seek more of Him and causes you to hunger after Him as never before.  Seek God first and life will fall into place.  God knows what we have need of and is faithful to deliver! 

Spend the day remembering…  Remembering what God has done in the past, how He has delivered you, time and time again; How He has supplied your needs, how He has healed you, made straight the crooked paths, spoken a Word in due season…

 Remember the goodness of God and Praise Him for it! I don’t know a better way to start the week than by praising God!

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  Day 9 –  Okay, a little break from the serious, Bible discussion, relationship seeking journey. 

 Today, I went for a Mammogram!  Yes, that torturous xray that surely was designed by a man with a sunken chest!  The diagnostic test that all women dread but feel it necessary to endure!  I have put myself on the 2 year plan – meaning I only get one every 2 years because it takes me that long to forget how much it hurts!  I’m not sure if it hurts me so bad because I don’t have an abundance of Mammo or if it hurts everyone equally because they smash you like a pancake!  Either way, bad thoughts go through your head as you are enduring this procedure.  Like…the first man who says, “It can’t be that bad”, I have a suggestion as to what we can smash so that you get the idea of how uncomfortable it is!  Or picturing the inventor of this device in the contraption they compact cars in for the scrap heap!  Yes, I know…real Christian like of me, right?

 I’m not sure which part is more uncomfortable – the smashing of your body parts or the handling of your body parts by another woman!  Neither part makes me want to return next year!  But at least it is over for now!

 Technology is a great thing but sometimes you wonder…

 Now on to the spiritual lesson…sometimes we must endure a little pain and discomfort for our own good!  Sometimes there is a lesson to be learned or a character trait that needs to be removed, or growth that needs to take place!  So we must endure for a little while, knowing that joy comes in the morning (or in this case, in about 15 minutes when you put your clothes back on and leave the premises!)  If we hang on, this too shall pass and there is a testimony to be shared!  Sometimes the examination is worse than the findings!  In that, we should be thankful!

 This 21 Day Journey is an examination in itself!  I am allowing God to examine me for things that are not beneficial to my spiritual health.  If He discovers something, I then have the opportunity to allow the Great Physician to remove it!  Spiritual surgery is painful but necessary for growth!

 So the next time, you endure the dreaded Mammogram or other equally unpleasant procedure, remember, this too shall pass!  A few minutes of unpleasantness, for the long-term good of the participant! 

Examine me Lord and make known your findings!

 Now if you will excuse me, I need to reshape my sore, reddened Mammos……………………………………………………………………..OUCH!

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Day 10 –  John 3:30 , “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

 A simple but profound verse!  What truth!  At least in my life – I must remind myself daily that HE must increase and I must decrease! How do I allow that to happen?  By hiding His Word in my heart and allowing it to renew my mind, daily!  By, then, obeying that Word and walking in His knowledge and wisdom!  By being in constant fellowship with God.  By denying my flesh what it desires on a daily basis. By seeking Him first in all I do!

 As God increases, I have no choice but to decrease.  Wouldn’t it be nice, if you looked at the contents of your life and saw that it was so full of God that there wasn’t anymore room for you? That when others looked at you – all they saw was God!

 That’s my desire – less of me!  As awesome as I am…sometimes a little goes a long way!  The world couldn’t handle a lot of Laurie!  So God has been working on me (when I let Him) and trying to get the bad Laurie stuff out and replace it with good Laurie stuff!

 It would be nice if all the bad Laurie stuff that God is trying to remove also carried the fat Laurie and the good Laurie stuff brought with it toned muscles!  Now that  I could sit still for!  I know…I know!  I have to work on that myself, I was just saying… (besides this is my note, I can dream if I want!)

 So as you go through your 21 day journey – make it your goal for God to increase and you to decrease!

 PS – Don’t forget to read your Bible for 30 minutes today!

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 Day 11Exodus 29:20, “Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand, and on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around the altar.”

God gave Moses specific instructions on how to consecrate Aaron and his sons for their priestly duites.  Included in this ceremony was applying the blood to their right ear, right thumb and right big toe.  These actions signified, that the priest would hear, only, the Word of the Lord. That he would rightly perform his priestly duties, and he would walk in the path of righteousnes.

This is a fitting prayer for this 21 Day Journey – Father Yahveh, I ask you to anoint my ears to hear the Word of the Lord, anoint my hands to do the work of the ministry, and my feet, that I may be found walking with God!

This points to one who hears the Word of the Lord and then acts on it!  It’s not enough to just hear!  Obedience to His Word causes us to mature spiritually.  We can’t grow without obedience! The anointing of Holy Spirit is the catalyst for this obedient walk!

Continue on with your own personal journey!  We are not on this journey to bring God closer to us.  We are on this journey to bring us closer to God!

Blessings!

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Day 12 – Friday – TGIF

Went to Friday Nite Live tonight – awesome as usual!  Great Praise & Worship and a Word in due season!  Can’t beat that!

 I will make todays note short and sweet!  Mostly because, I don’t think this particular verse needs any discussion!  It means what it says!

              Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Examine yourself – do you honor this verse?  Or do you have things in your life that take precedence?  Sure, they’re important things but they should never be first!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Day 13 – Lucky 13!

Yesterday I quoted the first of the Ten Commandments.  Today I am going to talk about the first and second commandment. 

Exodus 20:3, 4  “You shall have no others gods before Me.”  You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them…”

 I know what you’re thinking – “I’ve never carved an idol to worship!”

Anything we spend the most time with, spend the most money on, or think about the most – is our idol.  It may come in the form of another person; it may be in the shape of a car, or a square box that hangs on your wall that plays 24 hour entertainment.  It may come in a bottle, or a cake plate.  It may be in the shape of your career or a football.  There are many forms this idol can take!

If you do a thorough self-exam, you will find what or who your god is.  A simple time assessment and an analysis of your bank account will most likely be all it takes.

So before you become offended and click off this page, just consider for a moment that it is true.  Maybe, just maybe, you haven’t spent enough time seeking God!  Maybe, just maybe, you’ve put Him on the back burner for a season!  Maybe, just maybe, you’ve been seeking other things to fill the void in your life!  If this describes you – welcome to the club!

You are not alone!  Many people find themselves in this same state.  We’ve allowed other things to fill our minds and time.  Probably important things, but nonetheless, things that shouldn’t be first in our life!  There is only ONE person who deserves that spot and that is Yahveh – Father God!  The one who said “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

What can you do about it?  First, recognize the sin for what it is.  Second, repent and turn away from this sin.  And third, make real changes to correct it.  But you must have a plan!

In this 21 Day journey, I made a plan as to how I would spend my time!  I wrote it down and hung it in front of my computer! So everyday, I read it and must make a conscious decision to follow it!

You may be thinking, God doesn’t care how I spend my time. Exodus 32 speaks to God’s reacton to knowing His people are worshipping something other than Him.  verse 9, 10 says, “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.”  God is very angry and disheartened that His people have made something else their god.  He intends to destroy them but Moses pleads with God on their behalf and reminds God of His covenant with the people.  Now God had every right to put them to death because they broke covenant with Him. The punishment for broken covenant is death.  But for His mercy, God did not destroy them.

The same goes for us!  But for His mercy!…God hasn’t destroyed us.  Even though we deserve it!  Even though, we’ve broken covenant! Even though, we’ve diminished relationship with Him to a couple of hours on a Sunday morning!

 Knowing God’s reaction to us disobeying His first two commandments should make us stop and repent!  God doesn’t need relationship with us – He wants it! On the other hand, we need relationship with God but some of us don’t want it!

Make a decision today to turn away from whatever you’ve placed first and put God back in His rightful place in your life! And then, make a plan on how to keep Him there.  Make real life-changes that will ensure proper priorities are set.  God’s Word says “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6:33)  You see, if you seek God first, you can still have all of those other things.  As long as He is first and not those things!

For your sake – heed the call!

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Day 14 – The Firstfruits on my week!

 As you know, I started reading the Bible from front to back at the beginning of this Journey.  In Exodus, God instituted the Law of Firstfruits.  The law states that you give God the first of all your increase.  But more than a financial law, it is a life principle that is to be followed in every area of your life.

We are to give God the first and best of our day, the first and best of our week, the first and best of our time, money, energy, attitudes, etc. Since learning of the law of firstfruits, I have been careful to obey this law where my finances are concerned.  But I have not always given God the best of my time, energy, or even the best of my attitude!  Sometimes, He got what was left over, if there was anything!  That’s what I am trying to correct throughout this 21 Days.  I am striving to put into place, habits of giving my first and my best to God!  He deserves the first of all we have!  It is only because of Him, that we have anything in the first place.  He gave us our talents, gifts, knowledge, and wisdom.  He gave us our home, cars, family, and “stuff”.  He has given us our children!  He deserves to be honored and reverenced – because He is the LORD, our GOD – He is Yahveh!

Many Christians choose January to go on a 21 Day fast – because it is the first month of the year – and they want to obey the law of firstfruits.  I, also, usually do a 21 Day fast in January for the same reason.  I want to give the first of my year to God so that I am then in the position to hear Him when He speaks!

My time spent during this 21 Days is aimed at just that – positioning myself to hear the Word of the Lord!  I want to be in such relationship that giving Him the first and best is a habit!  I want to be in such close relationship that I can hear His whisper.  I want to be in position to trust in Him – just because He said so!  Only time spent with Him, will achieve that!

So, as I determine in my heart to live a life of FirstFruits – I give Him the first and best of my time!  My best attitude!  My best energy!  I give Him the first of my increase!  And the first of my year!

Live a life of firstfruits – by honoring God first – you position yourself for a life of greater blessings!  He will honor your obedience!

Have a great week!

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