30 Days With the God Who Breathes (Day 2): Choose Life

Choose life that you and your offspring may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV

We try to make life very difficult and, often, we’re successful. We ponder our paths and ask ourselves deep philosophical questions.

What is the meaning of it all? What mark am I supposed to leave on the world? Why can I remember every lyric to every Garth Brooks song ever but can’t seem to recall why I walked upstairs?

After spending a decade or four wandering through the wilderness, God’s people were on the verge of the promised land. Moses gives the people a word on how to thrive in the land they are about to enter.

Choose life.

It’s as simple as that. Moses assures them that there wasn’t, in fact, anything complicated or difficult about it (Deuteronomy 30:11.)

You and I have the same two options as the children of Israel. We can choose to love, obey and cling to God and have life or we can pursue false gods and have death (Deuteronomy 30:16-18.) In every season and situation, the options are the same. Will we choose life or death?

Chasing false gods always leads to death because idols can never offer us God breath. That should be the determining factor in every decision we make. We don’t need to ask if something will bring us pleasure or pain? We don’t have to concern ourselves with whether a path will lead to happiness or hardship. It doesn’t matter if our choice will make us popular or make us a target.

The question is always the same. Is there God breath in this?

This is the only thing that will bring life to us and to our offspring.

Inhale (Meditation)Reveal any hidden idols in my life, Lord. Those things that promise blessings but become burdens. Those things that offer stale air instead of the refreshing breath of Your spirit.

Exhale (Application): Help me, Lord, to be intentional with my time, energy and resources. May I seek relationships and areas of service that bring life to those around me. Make me a source of God breath to others.

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Did you miss Day 1? No problem! It’s right here.

 

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30 Days With the God Who Breathes (Day 1): God Breath

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7 ESV

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I here? What is my purpose? Do I even have a purpose?” God has never wondered these things about you.

There was a moment after the skies were filled with stars and the waters were full of swimming things when all of creation paused. Dust filled the Creator’s hands as He fashioned His finest masterpiece. All of heaven watched in anticipation as every detail was put into place.

Perhaps, God momentarily stepped back to admire this final element of creation. What a moment it must have been when the Creator stared into the eyes of the man created in His own image. Much like He had hovered over the face of the waters only days before, God now hovered over the face of the fearfully and wonderfully made man. As a hush fell over the heavens, God drew near to man and breathed the very breath of God into him. There, at that moment, is when man truly lived.

You and I are walking around with God breath in our lungs. The Hebrew word is neshamah. It includes the breath that is essential for human life but, also, encompasses so much more. When God breathes He imparts inspiration, intellect, soul, and spirit. We were created to do more than exist. We were fashioned for far more than mere survival. We were divinely designed with a holy purpose.

We have God breath within us.

Inhale (Meditation): It’s almost more than our human minds can comprehend. But, just for a moment, let’s ponder the preciousness of a God who breathes into His people.

Exhale (Application): Let’s not waste a single God breath on gossip, anger, bitterness, or jealousy (Ephesians 4:29.) Instead, may we strive to make every breath count for the betterment of His kingdom.

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Let’s Catch Up!

It’s been way too long, friends, since I have visited this space. Let’s just say that there’s a whole lot of life being lived on this side of the screen.

However, for those who don’t follow my Bible journaling on my Insta page, I wanted to post some highlights from recent weeks.

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(I read this book every year during the week of Easter. I highly recommend it!)

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(As I sit here this morning, do I feel peace or panic? Do my efforts seem fruitful or in vain? Is the Lord’s presence evident in my life?

Often, I want to blame (or give credit for) the answers on my current circumstances, other people or my own effort.

What if it were all dependent upon my obedience to the Lord?)

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(God starts out by saying, “I have a command for you.” And, before anyone can even respond, He says, “it’s not too hard for you.”

{I would like to point out that He didn’t say that it wouldn’t be hard – but it wouldn’t be TOO hard.}

The command is to choose life.
To choose good.
To choose Him every time.

Also, how cute is this phone case from Prone to Wander LA?!)

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(It’s been said that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

God’s “past behavior” has always been faithfulness. He has kept every promise He ever made. Anyone can be a promise maker but our God is a promise keeper.

One really fun way to study scripture is to begin at the beginning and highlight every promise made by God. Then, as you make your way through, highlight or somehow mark the fulfillment of those promises. )

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(Our hope comes from what we KNOW and not what we feel.

Also, another super cute phone cover from Prone to Wander LA. I have signed my blogs and books with “You are loved” for years so I am in love with this one!)

He is risen, friends.

He is risen, indeed.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead… 2 Timothy 2:8

You are loved. ❤

Two Bible Study Tips for the New Year

Here are a few excerpts from our first two weeks with the F260 Bible reading plan. As I read each day, I am looking for two things:

An Inhale – a meditation

An Exhale – an application

Here are a few examples.

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Inhale: Grief changes people.

Exhale: Do I allow people who have suffered a great loss to find their new normal?

26220011_1573868926038645_7647826988527679204_nInhale: We must know Scripture well so that we do not speak things of God that are not true.

Exhale: Do I use God’s Word to shame or condemn someone instead of to bring light and freedom?

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Inhale: The GOspel is about going.

Exhale: Where (or to whom) is God calling me to go?

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I would love to hear from y’all and know what God is revealing to you!

Also, follow me on Instagram for my daily Bible journal posts!

You are loved. ❤

Blog the Bible 2018

If you have not yet chosen a Bible reading plan for 2018, I would love for you to join me! I’m using the F260 plan which you can download here. It’s a little bit lighter than some other plans with only 5 days a week in the schedule. Also, something that makes it different is that it includes a weekly memory verse which I love.

I will be posting my journal entries from my daily reading on my Instagram account. That will be the best place to connect with me daily regarding the Bible reading. However, I will post occasional updates here on the blog.

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I would love to hear what God reveals to you this year. So, feel free to leave a comment or email me with your thoughts as you make your way through God’s Word this year!

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You are loved. ❤

Stacy