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NAME OF GOD: El Sali

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the hyperlink abbreviation to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: God, my Rock

He’s a firm foundation!

VERSE: 2 Samuel 22:47

KJ21 “The Lord liveth! And blessed be my Rock! And exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation!

Okay worship. My rock. Possession. David wrote these words after God delivered him from his enemies and Saul per verse one.

ASV Jehovah liveth; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

AMP “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, And exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation.

AMPC The Lord lives; blessed be my Rock, and exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation.

BRG The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

CSB The Lord lives—blessed be my rock! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

CEB The Lord lives! Bless God, my rock! Let my God, the rock of my salvation, be lifted high!

Be lifted high. Also. He is high and lifted up...Isaiah 6:1 King James Version (KJV).

CJBAdonai is alive! Blessed is my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation,

CEV You are the living Lord! I will praise you! You are a mighty rock. I will honor you for keeping me safe.

Mighty rock. Keeping me safe.

DARBY Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God, the rock of my salvation,

DRA The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed: and the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted:

ERV The Lord lives! I praise my Rock! How great is my God, the Rock who saves me!

He is alive. Lives. Exists. Present.

EHV The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! May God, the Rock who saves me, be exalted!

Rock who saves me. Not a one time deal.

ESV “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

ESVUK “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

EXB “The Lord lives! May my Rock be ·praised [blessed]! Praise God, the Rock, ·who saves me […of my salvation]!

May the Rock be praised, blessed.

GNV Let the Lord live, and blessed be my strength: and God, even the force of my salvation be exalted.

My strength. The force of my salvation.

GW The Lord lives! Thanks be to my rock! May God, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.

Thanks! Gratitude. Be glorified.

GNT The Lord lives! Praise my defender! Proclaim the greatness of the strong God who saves me!

My defender. Proclaim. Speak up. Greatness. Strong God. Who saves me. Sheesh.

HCSB The Lord lives—may my rock be praised! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

ICB “The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised! Praise God, the Rock, who saves me!

ISV The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock, and may my God be exalted, the Rock who is my salvation!

JUB The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God who is the rock of my salvation.

KJV The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

AKJV The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

LEB Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! May God, the rock of my salvation, be exalted!

TLB The Lord lives. Blessed be my Rock. Praise to him— The Rock of my salvation.

MSG Live, God! Blessing to my Rock, my towering Salvation-God! This God set things right for me and shut up the people who talked back. He rescued me from enemy anger. You pulled me from the grip of upstarts, You saved me from the bullies. That’s why I’m thanking you, God, all over the world. That’s why I’m singing songs that rhyme your name. God’s king takes the trophy; God’s chosen is beloved. I mean David and all his children— always.

Um. Yes. Lol. Singing songs that rhyme your name.

MEV The Lord lives; blessed be my rock. May the God of the rock of my salvation be exalted,

NOG Yahweh lives! Thanks be to my rock! May Elohim, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.

NABRE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation.

NASB The Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock; And exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NASB1995 “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

NCV “The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised! Praise God, the Rock, who saves me!

NET The Lord is alive! My Protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!

My protector is praiseworthy. For who delivers me is exalted as king.

NIRV “The Lord lives! Give praise to my Rock! Give honor to my God, the Rock! He is my Savior!

Give honor.

NIV “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

NIVUK ‘The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Saviour!

NKJV “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!

Let God be exalted. Make the choice. Make the decision.

NLV “The Lord lives. Thanks be to my Rock. May God be honored, the Rock that saves me.

NLT “The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!

NRSV The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVA The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVACE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVCE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

OJB Hashem liveth; and baruch be my Tzur; and exalted be the Elohei Tzur of my Salvation.

RSV “The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

RSVCE “The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

TLV Adonai lives! And blessed be my Rock! Exalted be God—the Rock of my salvation!

It was at this moment that I finally caught the rock and salvation references. In Matthew 16, Jesus asked the disciples who men said he was. They said the people said all kind of stuff. Bold Simon said he was the son of God. Jesus said flesh and blood didn’t reveal it but his father in heaven. He changed his name to Peter, Petras, rock. Jesus told him upon that rock he would build his church. Then the Holy Ghost came after they obeyed Jesus and waited for the promised comforter mentioned in John (Acts 1; Acts 2). Peter spoke up and provided the people with what Jesus laid out as the plan of salvation (John 3:5; Acts 2). Aaaaaahhhhhh.

VOICE The Eternal One is alive! May my Rock be blessed; and the True God, the Rock of my deliverance be exalted,

Deliverance.

WEB Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

WYC The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed; and the strong God of mine health shall be enhanced. (The Lord liveth, and blessed is my God; yea, the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted.)

Okkkkkk

YLT Jehovah liveth, and blessed [is] my Rock, And exalted is my God — The Rock of my salvation.

Is. Not be. Tuh.

Structure of the Bible

When I was a teenager, my grandfather’s wife was our Bible Class for a while. She told us if we could do several things we would be gifted with a Thompson Chain Reference Bible. All I can remember is saying all of the books of the Bible forward and backward and the structure of the Books of the Bible. Here’s how the Bible is structured.

  • The Law
    • Genesis 
    • Exodus
    • Leviticus
    • Numbers
    • Deuteronomy
  • History
    • Joshua
    • Judges
    • Ruth
    • 1 Samuel
    • 2 Samuel
    • 1 Kings
    • 2 Kings
    • 1 Chronicles
    • 2 Chronicles
    • Ezra
    • Nehemiah
    • Esther
  • Poetry
    • Job
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs
    • Ecclesiastes
    • Song of Solomon
  • Major Prophets
    • Isaiah
    • Jeremiah
    • Lamentations
    • Ezekiel
    • Daniel
  • Minor Prophets
    • Hosea
    • Joel
    • Amos
    • Obadiah
    • Jonah
    • Micah
    • Nahum
    • Habakkuk
    • Zephaniah
    • Haggai
    • Zechariah
    • Malachi
  • Gospels
    • Matthew
    • Mark
    • Luke
    • John
  • History
    • Acts
  • Paul’s Letters
    • Romans
    • 1 Corinthians
    • 2 Corinthians
    • Galatians
    • Ephesians
    • Philippians
    • Colossians
    • 1 Thessalonians
    • 2 Thessalonians
    • 1 Timothy
    • 2 Timothy
    • Titus
    • Philemon
  • General Letters
    • Hebrews
    • James
    • 1 Peter
    • 2 Peter
    • 1 John
    • 2 John
    • 3 John
    • Jude
  • Prophecy
    • Revelation

NAME OF GOD: Jehovah

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the verse at the top to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: Lord, master and relational God

Verse: Genesis 2:4

KJ21
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

ASV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.

AMP
This is the history of [the origin of] the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day [that is, days of creation] that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

AMPC
This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

BRG
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CSB
These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CEB
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day the Lord God made earth and sky—

CJB
(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven,

I dig the use of another name of God that we will get to tomorrow.

CEV
That’s how God created the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,

DARBY
These are the histories of the heavens and the earth, when they were created, in the day that Jehovah Elohim made earth and heavens,

Okay with yesterday and today’s names!

DRA
These are the generations of the heaven and the earth, when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the heaven and the earth:

ERV
This is the story about the creation of the sky and the earth. This is what happened when the Lord God made the earth and the sky.

EHV
This is the account about the development of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens:

So academic “the account about the development”. I’m here for it.

ESV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Wow. Generations of the heavens and the earth. That denotes a lot of time to me when we consider what a generation is. But. This reminds me of 2 Peter 3:8 “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Time is different for God. Maybe that’s why what seems to take forever for us is really no time at all for Him.

ESVUK
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

EXB
·This is the story [L These are the generations; C introduces a new section of the book; see also 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9] of the creation of the ·sky [heavens] and the earth. When the ·Lord God [Yahweh Elohim; C Elohim is the common term for God; Lord (capital letters) represents the divine name YHWH, usually pronounced “Yahweh”; see Ex. 3:14–15] first made the earth and the ·sky [heavens],

Okay YHWH and Elohim.

GNV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were created, in the day, that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

GW
This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when the Lord God made earth and heaven.

GNT
And that is how the universe was created. When the Lord God made the universe,

HCSB
These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

ICB
This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the sky,

ISV
These are the records of the universe at its creation. On the day that the Lord God made the universe,

JUB
These are the origins of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens

KJV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

AKJV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

LEB
These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made earth and heaven—

TLB
Here is a summary of the events in the creation of the heavens and earth when the Lord God made them.

MSG
By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.

MEV
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NOG
This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when Yahweh Elohim made earth and heaven.

NABRE
This is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

NASB
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NASB1995
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NCV
This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God first made the earth and the sky,

NET
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created—when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.

NIRV
Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created. The Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIV
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIVUK
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NKJV
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NLV
This is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were made, in the day the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NLT
This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVA
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVACE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVCE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

OJB
These are the toldot of HaShomayim and of Ha’Aretz when they were created, in the Yom that Hashem Elohim made Eretz v’Shomayim,

RSV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

RSVCE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

TLV
These are the genealogical records of the heavens and the earth when they were created, at the time when Adonai Elohim made land and sky.

Wow. I know I’ve said that already. But still. “Genealogical records” is fancy. It’s as if the heavens and earth are actual people. I mean. They are living things so….I guess that makes perfect sense.

VOICE
This is the detailed story of the Eternal God’s singular work in creating all that exists. On the day the heavens and earth were created,

So poetic.

WEB
This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens.

WYC
These be the generations of heaven and of earth, in the day wherein the Lord God made heaven and earth, (These be the generations, or the creation, of the heavens and the earth, in the days when the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,)

YLT
These [are] births of the heavens and of the earth in their being prepared, in the day of Jehovah God’s making earth and heavens;

Again with living things-birth. Man. Sheesh. I’m sure I said that yesterday to. But as a words person these words hit me.

Sin.

I started this on 12-24-20. I didn’t take the time to look up the Scriptures or edit I until today.

People like to take prominent Christians or Christian organizations to task about their stances om abortion and the LGBTQIA community. If the response isn’t sufficient, the individual or organization is subsequently canceled.

This baffles me slightly. People want respect, acceptance and tolerance for who they are and what they believe but are unable to give the same for others who hold different beliefs.

Those who are against abortion and the LGBTQIA community aren’t much better. Just because those are seemingly visible sins, they have the capacity to, and potentially do, sin. They have tolerance for what they deem “little” sin or their own sin.

Just because something is mentioned in the Bible as an abomination, there is no big sin or little sin. All of it separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 4:18).

We don’t even have to “actually” sin to sin. The Bible says to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 KJV)

Jesus warned that there would be people who would do all this stuff in God’s name but he will say he didn’t know them at the day of judgment (Matthew 7:21-23).

There are things for me that are okay and not okay. Others view those things differently.

Here’s the thing that’s great. Our relationship with Jesus and salvation is an individual, personal thing.

We can share beliefs. We can disagree on beliefs. We should never condemn. We have no heaven or hell.

We can judge depending on the circumstance. If you profess Christianity, we can look at the Bible, Jesus, and his teaching. We can examine if your life lines up and if you are bearing fruit of relationship with him.

Now, I’m not saying go around with a clipboard and point out people’s faults. That’s too much judgment.

But, if I’m deciding if I’m going to take your advice, be a member of your church, be in any relationship of any kind, or we engage in conversation, I can try the spirit by the Spirit (1 John 4:1). I can assess what the fruit you’re bearing looks like (Matthew 7:16-20). That’s part of guarding your heart and using wisdom (Proverbs 4:23).

We are called to love. Jesus said so (Matthew 22:36-40). Our beliefs should never make peope feel unloved. Love came to earth and was crucified on a cross (John 3:16). Love took on sin so we could be sinless.

But, the sinlessness is a personal choice. Sinlessness is the decision we as individuals get to make based on the revelation we receive after reading the Bible and entering into relationship with God.

I’ve been too judgmental. I’m sure I will be again. Some of it is learned behavior. However, if I know to do good and don’t, it’s sin. I’m working on it. Amongst other things.

Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). That doesn’t mean we can just be out here wildin because we are loved. Love allows us to recognize and stop sinning. Love gave us salvation to remove the sin.

Love someone today-especially yourself.

Proverbs 3

*Summary of The Message (MSG) version*

1-2: Don’t forget what we’ve been taught and take the commands to heart because they will help you live a long, full, well lived life.

It is important to remember the words of the Proverbs, but also the “words” of our lives. If we don’t keep in mind what we have been through and what we have learned, we are liable to have to endure it again. Cycles. Frustration. Wilderness. But, if we keep our lessons, what God has done for us, ever before us, we can move on and experience other things because we aren’t needlessly going through the same thing time and time again.

3-4: Maintain love and loyalty, tying them around our neck, carving their initials on our heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God and the people’s eyes

So interesting to me that love is mentioned as something we should maintain, along with loyalty, and carving their initials on our heart. Why? Because love for others, and his love for us, was so important to Jesus. It is all through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The Psalmist says they hide the Word in their heart that they might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). God is love (1 John 4:7). The Word is God (John 1:1). So amazing how the Word confirms itself. It is important that we live well. Later, in 2 Corinthians 3:2, Paul tells us that we are epistles, letters, known and read of men.

5-12: Trust God from the bottom of our hearts, not trying to figure out things on our own. Listen for God’s voice in everything we do and wherever we go because He will keep us on track. Don’t assume we know everything. Run to god and from evil. Our bodies will glow healthily, bones will vibrate with life. Honor God with everything we own, giving him the first and best. We will have an abundance if we do. Don’t resent God’s discipline or take issue with His loving correction. He corrects us because he loves us.

The King James Version (KJV) says with all our heart. But seeing the bottom in the Message (MSG) version hit differently today. The bottom is the lowest part. It still means all. But seeing bottom means, to me today, with every single bit, with every last drop. With everything and all that you have. KJV says not to lean to our own understanding. The simplicity of the MSG version packs a different punch too. Leaning to our own understanding seems to speak to not doing what we know. Here, it is telling us not to be independent but depend on God. KJV says to acknowledge him in all our ways and He will direct our paths. This version is so much more thorough and intentional. Not just acknowledge Him, but also listen for His voice in EVERYTHING because he will keep us on track. This seems like it is saying be humble sit down. Hahaha. How great is it that if we run to God, we will have life and health? Giving God our first and best leading to abundance reminds me of Malachi 3 and the promise if we give tithes and offering.

13-18: Meeting wisdom is a blessing. Insight as our friend is worth more money in the bank, her friendship better than a big salary. Her value is more than what comes with wealth, nothing we desire compares to her. She gives long life on one hand and recognition on the other. She has a beautiful manner, with wonderful life that is complete, a tree of life if we embrace her. If we hold her tight we will be blessed.

I don’t know how much more even needs to be said. Wisdom and insight are so vital and important to us. We need to make sure we use wisdom and insight in all that we do.

19-20: God formed the earth with wisdom, raised heaven with insight. They knew when to signal rivers and springs to surface and dew to descend from night skies.

Same. Y’all. Same. But. How cool is God that He gives us what He used to create the world to enable us to live well and be in relationship with Him.

21-26: Guard clear thinking and common sense with our lives and don’t lose sight of them. They will keep our soul alive and well, us fit and attractive. We will have safe travel without tiring or tripping, napping without worry, sleeping well at night. We will not panic over alarms or surprises, predictions of doomsday because God will be with us keeping us safe and sound.

Being free from clutter and distraction in our mind, as well as having common sense, sets us up to live our best lives without stress and worry, without being tired and falling down. Duh. Lol.

27-29: Don’t abandon anyone who deserves help as we are God’s hand for them. Don’t put our neighbor off for later if we have the money. Don’t find ways to take advantage of a trusting, unsuspecting neighbor.

Hands and feet of Jesus. That’s what I thought. People say that’s what we should be as Christians. Facts. Jesus told us as much. Whatever we do unto those who need it we are doing unto him (Matthew 25:31-46).

30-32: Don’t have a chip on our shoulder looking to fight. Don’t shoulder our way through life being a bully because God can’t stand twisted souls. The straightforward get God’s respect.

I mean. What more is there to say? That’s not who God is. We are to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). A bully ain’t that.

33-35: The house of the wicked are cursed by God but the home of the righteous is blessed. Proud skeptics are given a cold shoulder but those down on their luck receive help. Honor is given to wise living. Booby prizes are given to stupid living.

Reaping and sowing. Reaping and sowing. Galatians 6:7.

Wind and Waves

Life isn’t all sunshine and roses despite the beautiful locale and awesome revelation.

I have two specific situations that I am not a fan of. I really wanna give the assignments back to God.

I told Him as much. My relationship with God is truly like some I have with his humans.

I tell him everything. Especially when what’s going on, and at times Him specifically, if I’m honest, is getting on my nerves.

People say He can’t heal what we don’t reveal. I give Him all of it. He already knows. But, He wants me to tell Him and give it to Him.

I’ve run away from one of the situations before. Honestly, if I try and it doesn’t get better, I chuck the deuces. I tried to run away from the other situation after basically being left holding the bag alone.

However, for reasons known and unknown, there’s more for me and those involved in these situations.

The disciples found themselves in at least two storms with Jesus.

He was asleep during one storm (Mark 4:38-40). Jesus questioned their fear because he was on the boat.

In the other storm, the disciples didn’t recognize him at first (Matthew 14:25-32). Then Peter, ever the brave, outspoken, slightly reckless disciple, was the only one willing to engage in the miracle and get out of the boat.

But, he got distracted by the storm. Jesus chastised his doubt. The wind and waves calmed as soon as they got on the boat.

The thing to note is that Jesus was there. He allowed them to experience the wind and waves. Then, he showed them that as long as he is present he has the power to help them through.

He quieted the wind and waves after he awoke from his sleep. He saved Peter after he called to Jesus while he was sinking.

My situations are slightly overwhelming to my feelings, emotions, and carefully cultivated peace.

I’m not a fan of the disruption, wind, and waves they are bringing currently and forecasted for the future. I know the forecast because I know what I have to do. Again, not a fan.

I’m in the boat with Paul-I’d love for Him to remove the thorn. But, now as then, His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). I would love for this cup to pass like Jesus requested before his death (Matthew 26:39). But, my refrain is the same. His will not mine. Ugh.

I know one thing for sure and two things for certain. He is with me. I will make it through. And He will get the glory.

After all, wind and waves are mechanisms to propel boats forward to their destinations. There is just some wind and some waves that are more preferable than others. I would definitely prefer some different ones.

Alas, all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). He has plans to prosper me (Jeremiah 29:11). I can do all things because he strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I won’t drown (Isaiah 43:2).

*edit* it is JUST like God ro allow a storm today…

Do We Really Believe?

I’m listening to somebody sing an awesome song. I’ve conversed with them and they dont seem to trust the God they are singing about.

Jesus commissioned the disciples to do what he was doing. They watched him,earned from him, and then he said go to the people do what you’ve seen me do. (Mark 9:1-6)

A couple of them came back unable to cast a demon out. Jesus did it. The disciples asked why they couldn’t. Jesus said it was because of their unbelief. (Matthew 17:14-20)

It’s a puzzling, interesting thing that we go to church and hear sermons, hear songs, read the Bible, do all of this God-centric or God-adjacent stuff yet…

We don’t see the promises of God manifested. We look at the problem and not the problem solver.

We look at the wind and the waves and sink instead of focusing on the Savior in the middle of a miracle. (Matthew 14:25-30)

We create this hero who we don’t allow to become our friend. We create this Santa Claus but don’t fellowship with him. We create this genie but don’t allow him to lead and guide us.

We ask, but not according to his will. (1 John 5:14) So, we end up with issues. We don’t do what the Bible says do in, the way it says to do it in order to receive because we aren’t fully believing it. Why? Because our concept of who he is and how we should relate to him is skewed.

We aren’t taught or ignore the character and mind of who God truly is. If we don’t know how can we believe? Our relationship is a two way street

But, if we are conditioned to always ask, have our hand out, expect him to just do whatever we ask, we are disappointed. That affects our belief.

What a world this would be if we allowed the Word and the giver of that word to come alive in our lives. What a world this would be if we invited him in and gave him control. What a world it would be if we simply, truly believed.

Time

There is this dope mom on Instagram (@mytransparentmoments) run by one of the dopest chicks (@shanickavailhouae) I’ve encountered on Al Gore’s innanet.

I’ve been peepin her game for at least six years. I know cuz it was before she got married in 2014. Ha!

The way she allowed God to use her in her singleness concerning her personal life and job as an assistant was cool. But THE WAY she has evolved it into THE transparent mom. Tuh. She is an inspiration to single and married folk, to parents and the childless.

Ima send her link to this. The church folk say give people their flowers while they are living. A.K.A. take the time to show them you appreciate them while they are around to hear it.

The way she parents, seeking God and valuing her children as the gift they are, is something to behold and should be THE standard.

She is hard on herself. With reason sometimes and without others. She is self aware and holds herself accountable. If more humans only took the time tondonthat…

She’s been talking about time and planning lately. It has blessed me. I got a whole vision situation taking place with my brother this week.

She recommended this sermon by Dr. Dharius Daniels. It’s called Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That as part of a series entitled Boss Moves.

Let me tell you. The lady never gets it wrong. He. Man. I won’t tell much. It’s only like 40 minutes. I’m linking it and her pages. Do yourself a favor.

Anyway. The point. He discusses the importance of managing our time.

It’s five something where I am. I have been taught, and heard others say, when you can’t sleep or you are awakened, that’s the time to pray. So I started and this hit me.

Dr. Daniels said praying is an investment with a great ROI (return on investment). I’m for real not giving too much more cuz watching or listening would be a great investment for you.

It is imperative, if you are a follower of Christ and a believer, that you take the time to cultivate a relationship. Relationships with people require intention and communication. Time.

Prayer is time with Christ that is intentional communication. Dr. Daniels talked about distraction when praying. Peter, James, and John were distracted by sleep when they should have been praying in the garden of Gethsemane before Jesuswas taken and eventually crucified (Mark 14:32-42).

Things come that distract us from intentionality in our relationships and our relationship with Christ.

But, there is good news. Peter is a superstar in the Christian faith. For those who believe in the Apostolic doctrine (Acts 2:38), he was given the authority to began building the kingdom per Jesus (Matthew 16:15-19). He got his prayer life and relationship together. He wrote two books of the Bible.

John got it together. He told us about Jesus through the lens of love in the book of John. He continued to talk about love and some other important things in the three additional books attributed to him. There’s some dispute about if the John who authored Revelation.

James got it together enough to be present in Acts 2. Jesus had a brother named James. There’s a dispute about who wrote James too.

Dr. Daniels was teaching us about the importance of prayer. I think it is safe to assume that he has a great prayer life. He’s pastoring and edifying, blessing the people with his sermons. I’d wager a yes to his improved prayer life.

The great thing about time is this: for a time, God gives us time to get it right. Where our treasure, including our time, is exposes where our hearts are (Matthew6:22). Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything.

The MOST important time is time with Jesus. That gives you the blueprint for what to do with the rest of your time.

I took the time to write this here lil post. I’m gone take the time to pray. And then I’m gonna hope I get the time to go back to sleep for a bit on this here vacation.

My Transparent (MOM)ents: https://www.instagram.com/mytransparentmoments/

Shanicka (Shuh-nee-kuh not Shan-nick-uh. It was a whole thing with Alexa. 😂🤣) Vail House: https://www.instagram.com/shanickavailhouse/

Dr. Dharius Daniels (Change Church) Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That: https://lifechange.org/sermons/aint-nobody-got-time-for-that/

Eh. I decided to watch the sun rise on on the beach in 45 degree weather.

Humbled

So I’ve been going through on this job of mine. I was super grateful to get it. It seemed like a blessing and a long shot considering the qualifications. I prayed and got it.

And then it became the worse job I have ever had. Horrible. But I sat at my desk yesterday and thought about what exactly it is that I do. At 27 years old I am writing guidance at a state agency that impacts the lives of thousands of people. I will soon be involved in drafting legislation that will impact the lives of thousands of people. Nobody can take that away.

I feel like Peter. I am walking in the miraculous. But the difficulty that exists around the miraculous has taken my focus off of the miracle worker and the miracle.

I’m not promising that I’ll always keep my focus right. The enemy isn’t playing games. But I have to try not to give him ammunition or feed into his devices. I won when Jesus died on calvary, descended to hell, rose, and ascended to heaven. The weapons may form but they won’t prosper. God is in control and my source. Not these people or this job.