Sep 18

BECOMING EVE: Part 8

 

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Why in the world would anyone want to be like Eve—that woman who caused the downfall of mankind into sin?

This year I have been sharing the lessons from the character and circumstances of Eve. We modern gals are not so different after all.  Here are two thoughts to ponder.

I Seek Knowledge

Very clearly Eve knew that eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was bad. But she also knew that gaining knowledge (the NIV version calls it “wisdom”) was a good thing.

Yes, she was disobedient to God. Yes, she wanted to be like God. But is it not human nature to want to learn and to want to become more Christ-like? That’s not to excuse what Eve did.  “Thanks” to her disobedience, humanity now has the stain of that first, original sin on our souls.

But one of the lessons we can learn from Eve is that God made us desire and seek knowledge. We recognize the value of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The key is to acquire them in a godly manner.

  • What type of knowledge or what area of life, skill or understanding has God instilled in your heart?

  • How have you gone about seeking that knowledge?

 

I Seek to Know God

Better than trying to be like God (as in, trying to be judge, trying to be above everyone else), is simply trying to live according to what Jesus taught.

And when it comes to our relationship with God, He wants us to seek to know Him intimately and personally. It is the process of seeking to know God that Eve missed when she took the action she thought would help her seek knowledge.

  • In what way do you seek to know God more deeply each day?

  • How has that affected your relationship with Him and with other people?

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These two lessons are part of the 28-day meditative Bible study about the character and circumstances of Eve—the first woman God created. It is part of the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series. If you would like to look at Eve in more depth, I hope you will check out the study I am Eve, available at Amazon.com.

 

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Sep 11

PREPARING TO LAUNCH: Counting Blessings; Stealing Sunlight

Hey kids—and the grownups who love them! Check this out:

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Counting Blessings is a picture book written for kids ages 2-5. It teaches numbers 1-10, introduces kids to the concept of a blessing and helps them look at things in the world as gifts from God. This rhyming book was a ton of fun to write and illustrate. I hope you and a child you love will love it too.

 

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Stealing Sunlight is a middle grade novel written for big kids (ages 9-12). It is a realistic fantasy adventure filled with humor and a theme of finding courage amid fear. Specifically…

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There is something strange about St. Opal Lightfoot’s Academic Residence—silver walls, static electricity and the fact that none of the kids have any memory of their families. The school’s strangeness is the least of Bernie Banks’ worries though. He’s failing almost every class and is in danger of being kicked out of school—the only home he has ever known.

When Bernie and his solar project teammates discover an underground world, they learn that both the world above and the world below the surface are in danger from what archaeologist Peter Potstop is doing to the Great Pyramid.

Can Bernie and his friends get to Egypt in time to stop both worlds from exploding? Do they even know how?

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These two kids’ books will officially launch along with I am Rahabthe sixth book in the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series on Saturday.

I and 19 other local authors will participate in Idaho Author Day Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Caldwell Public Library.

You can find more of my books there, along with many books written by some other great Idahoan authors.

Please join us for the fun!

 

 

 

 

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Sep 04

GOOD SEED; GOOD SOIL

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I love living in a farming community. Each spring we watch the farmers plant crops. We watch expectantly as tiny green shoots bud and grow in rows, reaching for the sun. We guess what each crop might be, sometimes “Googling” visual characteristics of plants in hopes of discovering what they may grow up to be.

Living in a farming community has also brought new meaning to Jesus’ parable of the sower and how it relates to me as a Christian, wanting to introduce His message to others.

 

“A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown . Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:3-9 NIV)

 

In Matthew 13 (and Mark 4 and Luke 8) some seed (the message of the kingdom) falls on the hard ground of the path where it is trampled. Some seed falls on the rocky soil where people believe but then fall away. Some seed falls on thorny ground where worries of life destroy the person’s faith. Other seed falls on good soil where the person believes and lives a life that produces a healthy crop.

The good seed is always good. The good seed never changes; it is never different.

What is different is each person’s willingness to listen, understand and believe the truth of the kingdom that Jesus offers. People are the soil.

As Christians, we often talk about going out into the world to sow the good seed. We claim it is our job to just keep sowing and leave the results to Jesus.

That is true.

But living in a farming community has shown me that the farmer also has to prepare the soil.

Our responsibility is not just to sow seed. It is also to help prepare the soil. Maybe Jane rakes the top layer of hard packed dirt with an act of kindness. Edward picks up a rock to help clear the soil with a word of encouragement. Susan pulls out a thorny weed by listening to someone with compassion. Umberto, Sarah and others rake, pick, pull and till the soil until that formerly trodden, rocky, weedy ground has become good soil ready to receive the good seed.

Salvation for other people is never up to us humans. Salvation is always and ever only offered by Jesus. But as workers in the harvest, we not only can sow the message of the kingdom of God; we can also help prepare the soil for people to receive the message. We do that by what we say and do; how we live our lives, often without every speaking a word of the Gospel.

For introverts or folks who feel incapable of adequately sharing Jesus’ message verbally, knowing they can participate in the harvest by helping prepare the soil should be a huge encouragement. It is for me.

A healthy crop requires good seed. It also requires good soil. Then it must be watered and provided light. Jesus—the living water—also shines even in the darkness.

I love living in a farming community.

 

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