Out Of Place

I said it to myself and it has become evident. David is one of my faves along w my gangsta boo, (I wanna say spirit animal but ion believe in that but the sentiment kinda fits. 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️😂🤣) who I relate to immensely, Simon Barjona Peter.

The children of Israel were at war.

As king, David was supposed to be at war. He wasn’t. He was at the house. Well palace.

He was up on the roof just hanging out. I mean. Friend. You could have at least been praying. Nope.

Due to what was about to happen, I imagine he was possible preening like a peacock. Just looking around at all of what he was in charge of.

Definitely not acting like what his name means: a man after God’s own heart.

Like. My guy? He knew what he should have been doing. He knew what his position and relationship with God demanded. But buddy was definitely human and had a whole bunch of human moments.

He saw this fine woman bathing. He was like “I gotta have her!”

Pretty sure buddy asked no questions about who she was and if she was married. He was the king so she couldn’t refuse.

Sis gets PREGNANT. I’m sure this was him 🤯. Cuz buddy found out not only was she married, but she was married to a man who was off fighting in the war on his behalf.

Instead of admitting what happened and trying to fix it by inviting God into the disaster, he calls her husband home with the hope of them doing what married people do and passing the baby off as his.

Uriah, that’s the husband, is so honorable, follows protocol so well, he won’t even sleep inside the house. Buddy was focused and in war mode. He slept on the daggone porch.

David has got to be like this now. 🤯🤯🤯🤯 Nothing HE has done to fix something that should have never happened has worked.

Now he comes up with another plan. He sends Uriah back and gives instructions to have him positioned where he can be killed. Sir. What?!

I’m pretty sure this is the same man who, while he was running for his life after being anointed as king but before being seated on the throne, wrote a song (Psalm) that said no matter where he goes the Lord is there.

This is why I said we gotta build altars. The amnesia of it all.

Uriah dies and this clears the way for David to be with his wife Bathsheeba.

Again. At no point does the man chosen by God to be king, who came from being an overlooked by his family shepherd boy in a pasture, to a person who killed a lion, bear, and several giants in the name of the Lord with a leather slingshot and stones, to a victorious warrior fighting to stay alive, consult God or his prophet.

God gave him plenty of time and space to get it together. At each point, each decision, he just kept making bad ones.

So. God sends the prophet Nathan to David. He GATHERS him. He tells him about himself. He puts him in check. Then he tells him the baby is finna die.

David is properly displeased with himself. He also doesn’t like the fact that the child won’t live. He makes a good choice. Finally.

He puts on sackcloth and ashes and fasts. He tries to get God to change his mind.

The people thought my guy was crazy. It didn’t work. They were nervous to tell him about the baby. When David finally found out the baby died, he got up, washed himself, and went and ate.

Here’s the thing. My family (it’s just one person lol. That’s what he called me so we goin with it.) preached and taught a couple of things that are appropriate for this here blog.

In the message I heard first about Shalom (peace), he said that some of us didn’t intend to sin. But, because of life, we did.

Then, in a Bible class about discipleship, he said he got saved young and hasn’t done everything right. But his posture has always been holiness. So, when he made mistakes, there was his mistake not his pattern. He told us to posture ourselves to pursue holiness. When you are pursuing purity and holiness, the pursuit itself is holy. When we come short God gives us grace when we are reaching for the mark.

And then the Sunday before I wrote this, my pastor said he isn’t teaching perfection because that hasn’t worked. He is teaching pursuit. He told us to pursue holiness.

Ya girl can relate to her family.

I got saved super young. At one point I was so sure that I would remain chaste until marriage. I was told to be careful to say what I would and wouldn’t do. I was so sure. That warning was so appropriate.

I allowed loneliness, how I was treated, what other people had going on, and the unnatural and unnecessary pressure to be in a relationship to cause me to fall and sin more times than I care to count.

I was disappointed in myself. I sat myself down in church and stopped the lil stuff I was doing.

Then I graduated to full blown fornication-sexual relations outside of marriage. I didn’t plan on it, didn’t necessarily want to, but I went with it when it happened. Maybe the thought process was why not? I was already doing other stuff. This was attention that I wasn’t getting it from the people I should have received it from. I was ashamed and disappointed. But not enough to stop.

I ended up in what now is a shocking and dangerous situation. It was like I was out of body for the few months this went down. I wasn’t fearful enough when someone was chasing me through the streets in the rougher neighborhood I was in. I wasn’t selfish enough or disgusted enough or displeased enough or in possession of enough self esteem when I was told to wait for him for what had to have been at least an hour.

When one takes their eyes off of Jesus and what they should be doing, danger is waiting.

I managed to keep it together for 13 years. I mean, when someone comes across the pulpit and says your name and then says God says you’re dirty, filthy, stinking, and nasty (something like that) and don’t know what you’re up to? You kinda gotta get it together. Well. You don’t HAVE to. But I chose to. And I’m glad I did. Cuz the consequences of continuing in that sin? I know me and what could have happened. Nothing nice.

Listening to the wrong people and the pandemic was a recipe for disaster. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been but it was worse than it should have been. I’d love to say that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t. It will be now. Tuh. The flattery was what did it. Love bombing (saying a bunch of things and being super nice at first before being…not so great). For all three of these jokers.

I got caught up AGAIN a year and a half after the first pandemic problem. However, I cut it off far sooner. I’d love to say I was unscathed. I think the last time was the worst because of what happened and how utterly reckless I was with my safety. Thank God for His hedge of protection.

And I guess, just to make sure I meant what I said when I said I was ready for a husband who would find me working like Ruth and be running around the church or rolling on the floor, I met a person in the parking lot of an auto parts store. The flattery. Again. This time? I was unmoved and not really taken by it.

Despite sharing the same doctrinal (Biblical) beliefs about salvation, dude had some sus thoughts. Then his words and actions didn’t line up. More love bombing. He had to GO. And did. After like two or three convos and a disappearance and reappearance. When he came back after a week he said he missed me. Sir. Go away. Nah playa. Bye.

I appreciate all that God is and His forgiveness. The fact that there is no shame and condemnation (a lil Scripture hunt for ya). EVEN when I know better. Even when I put myself in places and situations, He still looked out for me.

That’s why, despite how I feel about it, I’m gone give Him my total and complete yes. I’m gone go where my flesh doesn’t really want to go. I’m gone do what my flesh doesn’t really want to do. I owe Him. He didn’t bring me through all of this just for me. It was so that others, via tests that turned into a testimony that is a testament to Him as I keep saying, would know and see that the same God that did it for the people in the Bible is still doing it for people today.

Go be great. Someone is counting on YOU!

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Working While Wounded

Imagine a soldier who was shot, impaled with an arrow, sliced with a spear.

They are likely losing blood.

They are likely staggering.

They are likely starting to become confused and disoriented.

They are relying on their training and their instinct.

Adrenaline has likely kicked in.

They are fighting to the death.

The Bible talks about weapons of warfare (go look the Scripture up. I’m on my computer for once so no emojis this time. :)).

The Bible talks about putting on the whole armor of God.

The breastplate of righteousness.

The helmet of salvation.

The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

The shield of faith.

Loins girt (waist wrapped perhaps) about with truth.

Feet shod (chiiii. covered I suppose. A translation other than King James will probably define these. I’m going with what I know.) with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

The Bible also talks about weapons forming but not prospering.

However, Jesus said offenses will come.

What. Do. You. Do when you are living right, working, serving, and the people you are called to, the people you are working with, the people leading you, life, wounds you?

I’ll tell you what I’ve done.

Sometimes I’ve tucked tail and bounced.

Sometimes I’ve continued to work.

You already know which choice was better.

You know the ultimate example of working while wounded?

My precious Savior Jesus.

Before He even got to the cross, He started working.

He was in the Garden of Gethsemane with some of his disciples.

Judas. A man He CHOSE. A man who knew Him. A man who walked with Him. A man who saw who He was. Sold him out. Literally. Took money to tell the authorities where He could be found.

My gangsta friend and one of my FAVES, Peter, took out his sword and cut the ear off of one of the men who came to arrest Jesus.

Pause. Notice I said Peter. Not Simon. This man had already been tasked with building the Kingdom of God. He was already warned that Jesus was going to the cross. Maybe he was feeling some type of way because Jesus told him that he was going to deny Him. I don’t know what was going on in my fave’s head.

Nevertheless, he has now created a situation for Jesus to work in while wounded. Jesus reattaches the man’s ear and then goes on to begin the journey to my salvation. Whew. That.

Eventually, Peter has followed to see what is going on and denies Jesus. The cock crows. JESUS TURNS AND LOOKS AT PETER?!

Mans can’t catch a break. First Judas and then Peter. Bruh. My fave. I couldn’t imagine the sorrow.

So now, Jesus has made His way onto the cross. He is in the middle of two other people. They start having a conversation. He forgives one of them. As He is hanging to lay down His life. Cuz He didn’t die.

His moms and the disciples come. He tells John that Mary is now his mother. He tells Mary that John is now her son.

The man is already working by staying on the cross when He has the power to come down. He does ONE other thing I want to highlight while suffering to save me. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

He prays for the people. He says father forgive them for they know not what they do.

My God.

The ultimate worker working while wounded.

He knew His job. He knew His role. He fought to the death.

He fought death.

My good Lord.

He died so that I wouldn’t have to die.

Sure, I have to die to my flesh.

But an eternal death?

That will NEVER be my testimony because my Jesus worked while wounded.

What I endure is light affliction (so most of what I have said including this is Bible. Happy hunting.).

I’m gone pick up my weapons and fight.

I’m gonna follow the One who showed me how.

I’m gonna endure hardness as a good soldier.

I am going to fight the good fight of faith.

When people fight, they have taken up arms for a cause they believe in.

I believe in the cause of Christ.

I will fight me and whoever to ensure that Jesus reaches the masses.

He deserves it.

They deserve to know Him.

Why?

When my pillow was drenched in tears, He fought for me.

When I wanted Him to snuff out this life He died for, He fought for me.

When I acted as though I was alone and had nobody to turn to, He fought for me.

When I turned to sin as though He wasn’t there with me, He fought for me.

When I was disobedient despite our relationship, He fought for me.

When I wanted to run away from who He called and purposed me to be, He fought for me.

When I got amnesia about all that we endured, He fought for me.

I owe Him EVERYTHING.

All of me.

To stand and fight every battle.

Despite every dart and wound that comes my way.

He fought for me so I could fight for Him.

He fought for me so I could fight for others attached to me.

I endured all of what I did because He was teaching my hands to war.

War in the words He gives me to say.

War by lifting my hands in praise and worship no matter how I feel.

War in the prayers I pray.

Lissen. I feel like I could stay here all day.

But I can’t.

Cuz attention spans are a thing.

GET UP AND FIGHT.

Let Him teach you how to war.

Don’t stay where you are.

Don’t just be wounded and die.

Go be great. Someone is counting on it.

Be Exalted

When we exalt God we place Him above everything.

Above our pain.

Above our hurt.

Above our circumstances.

Above our will.

Above our desires.

Above other people.

We put Him in His place of authority on His throne as the king and ruler of our lives.

When we bow in reverence and submission, spiritually to guide us naturally, we have to look up.

While looking up, we are unable to look at ourselves or anything or anyone around us.

As long as Peter looked at the King who stepped off the throne, he was able to participate in what to him was the miraculous ability to walk on water.

As soon as he took his eyes and focus off of the One who sits in power at the right hand of the Father, he began to sink.

But, Peter knew what to do. He called out to the Prince of peace for salvation. And Jesus saved him from sinking.

If we are looking up with our eyes focused on the King, we are looking to the same hill the Psalmist told us provides our help.

Calvary’s hill, where the King was crowned as the Savior of humanity, is where the Lord doesn’t slumber or sleep. He laid His life down.

The Lord of that hill, as the Psalmist continued, won’t our feet slip.

The Lord of that Hill won’t allow us to be harmed.

Like a good Ruler, the Lord of that hill watches over us as we look up and exalt Him.

I challenge us today, seat the King on His throne by exalting Him. While we watch Him He will watch us and take care of everything we need.

Go be great. (And search for these Scriptures) Someone is counting on you!

Outchea On Faith

What a difference a day makes. Ha. It’s been a coupla few. I talked to two of the four from Honestly. Half ain’t bad. And I decided to reach out to some more of my ppl. We had an amazing conversation about life. Since they love Jesus just as much as me, it definitely went there.

I said some dope things that we are gonna put on t-shirts. I gotta figure out how to copyright them first. Go figure. A juris doctor who needs a copyright class. In my defense, I took one but it was the history and not the actual filing. I digress. Once I get it together, ima plug em all the time. Lol.

I was talking to my auntie big sis (again, Honestly) about some current happenings in my life. I started with I’m just outchea. Then I said I was out here on faith. And it reminded me of Peter (Mark 6:45-53; Matthew 14:22–34; John 6:15–21) who walked on water.

So many people chastise Peter for losing faith and sinking. But, I’ll never forget one sermon that was different. The minister mentioned the fact that everybody dogs Peter. Then, they flipped it and pointed out what nobody, to my recollection, had over the pulpit before. Peter was the only one to get out of the boat.

I’m in a different season than I’ve been in before. I see my growth. And I sense that I have to be super careful with my words and actions. In a way that I have never been before.

Like Peter, I have recognized Jesus in this situation. Like Peter, I am looking to Jesus and walking on the unfamiliar. It is strange territory. I am going to be careful to not let what surrounds me to cause me to lose focus. I’m trying to talk to him and seek him along the way. But. I know that if I fail to do that, like Peter, I can call out to Jesus and he’ll save me.

So. I’M OUTCHEA ON FAITH!!!!! 😊

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. I broke each one down separately. However, I felt that it would be nice to have all of them in one place.

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.

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.

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.