In the last few days, I have moved from the great city of Minneapolis back to my parents house in the “middle-of-nowhere” rural Iowa. It’s a nice change, fresh air instead of smelling McDonalds every time I step outside! I took some time last night to spend time in the word + drink tea. It’s usually “coffee and the word” (said slightly gangsta-ish from the voice of Ashley Olsen), though coffee is slowly being replaced by tea. I love coffee, but the antioxidant power of tea is appealing! Not to mention the awesome packaging ; )
Rachel Kirkpatrick and I started a chronological bible reading plan together. I’m really excited for this, because I feel that reading the bible chronologically will help me better understand the bible as a whole. While reading the first seven chapters of Genesis, I am overwhelmed by the message of God’s provision!
When Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Lord first punishes them by giving pain in childbirth and pain in working the land. Then He protects them by banning them from the Garden of Eden “lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” (Gen. 3:22) and clothes them! It reminds me just how reminiscent man is of little children. We have no idea the ramifications of what we do, and though we sin against God, He is faithful and takes care of us. He is a good father, teaching us from right and wrong but still provides for us and protects us. After the death of Abel by Cain, God gave Adam and Eve another son, Seth. Seth was “in the image” of his father, Adam. He was a blessing from God!
I’m truly enjoying going back through verses that I’ve read many times before, God is opening my eyes to things in scripture that I didn’t catch before!
I’m journaling much more than ever before – flying through pages in my journal! I’ve realized that for me, it’s really good to write out prayers as well as what is on my mind/what I’m learning. And, I’ve discovered my favorite kind of pen : ) Because everyone has a favorite kind of pen, right? These next few weeks will go so fast! Full of weddings and moving things around in my house in Ames! Then it’s work meetings and moving my sister into her new apartment, singing with my sister at our parent’s church, hanging out with Zach as much as possible, leader’s retreat, and….school starting! This summer is flying by, that’s for sure!