This Week’s GMG Reading Plan {10.26.14}

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Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 5

 

For those who like to plan ahead…here’s next month’s printable book mark.

Please note that starting next week – there’s no weekend reading.   The reading plan will only cover Monday through Friday. Use your weekends to catch up if you are behind or to reflect and go deeper with the reading from that week.  ;)

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This is a free printable – click here to print it.

Did you miss Friday’s video?  Here it is again for those who missed it.

See you back here this Wednesday and Friday to discuss this week’s reading!!!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

When You Are Tired of Waiting On God {Genesis 27}

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Have you ever been at the end of your rope and just simply tired of waiting on God?

You pray and pray and you can’t possibly see how God can come through…

If you are in this place today, this video is for you:

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Isaiah 40:31 says:

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”

I pray that God would strengthen us as we wait.

That we would not grow weary.

That we would trust in God’s timing and not get ahead of God.

Because as we see in Genesis 27 – Rebekah’s unwillingness to wait – led her to sin and she hurt her family.

When we feel cornered, may we never think that sinning is the only way out.  May we learn from Sarah and Rebekah’s messes and become strong women of faith who are willing to trust and obey –day in and day out, year in and year out.  And if the thing we wait for never comes, may we take solace in knowing that because of the blood of the lamb – heaven awaits us and there will be no more pain and tears there.  All of our problems will fade away.  THIS is our great hope.

Let’s cling to this hope in the midst of our waiting.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Chime In**

Are you in a season of life where God has you waiting?

What verse or hope are you clinging to that is helping you through this difficult time?

 

Genesis 27 discussion question

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 4

 

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Easy Skillet Potatoes

EAsy Skillet Potatoes

Today Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back with a comfy side dish for us!  My favorite part – you don’t have to peel the potatoes! Easy peasy!

Janelle writes:

This is a very simple recipe you can make during the weeknights.

I use peanut oil to fry potatoes because it makes them crisp!   You can make this side dish for dinner or breakfast.

If you are making them for breakfast, let me suggest to fry bacon in a skillet, then fry your potatoes in the bacon renderings. Then, crumble the bacon on top.

(*This is a naturally gluten/dairy/egg free recipe.)

Just like apples, not all potatoes are created equally. I chose Yukon Gold potatoes for this recipes because they are great fried and you don’t have to peel them!

potatoe 1

Wash and slice (I use a slicer) 8 Yukon Gold potatoes and one Vidalia onion.No need to peel the potatoes!

Potatoe 2
In a large skillet, add peanut oil and heat on med-high on the stove. Add potatoes and onions. Season.

Potatoe 3

 

I use PLENTY of this! It has garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. If you don’t have this- no worries! Just add plenty of seasoned salt, pepper, and some garlic powder to your desired taste.

Potatoe 4
Let cook for 2 mins, then flip- continue to do this until potatoes are tender (about 30 mins) I wish you could smell the aroma from these potatoes through this photo right now, Ahhhh… You will NOT be able to resist sneaking a bite at this point- especially the crunchy ones! YUM!

Potatoe 5

I simply made Marvelous Meatloaf with gluten-free breadcrumbs. To make this meatloaf even better, get your ground chuck from the butcher. I can definately tell a difference.

Potatoe 6
In case you were wondering- I used a bag of frozen sweet peas, added water and let simmer per directions. Then, drained the water…I added 2 tbsp of Earth Balance (butter replacement), 1 tsp of sugar, and salt and pepper. Tasty!

Now…back to those potatoes…

Easy Skillet Potatoes

Serves:6
Prep time:10 mins
Cook time:30 mins
Total time:40 mins

Ingredients
8 Yukon Gold Pototes
1 Vidallia Onion
3 Tbsp Peanut Oil
Garlic Pepper or seasoned salt/pepper/garlic powder -and plenty of it to your liking.

Instructions
Wash and slice potatoes (no need to peel), slice onions.
Heat skillet on medium high heat and add peanut oil.
When oil is hot add potatoes and onions and season.
Let sit for 2 mins and flip.
Continue doing this until potatoes are tender.
Season again to your taste.

Notes
For a breakfast side dish, fry 8 slices of bacon in the skillet first (omit the peanut oil). Take out bacon and place on a paper towel covered plate to let cool and crisp. leave renderings (fat) in skillet and add potatoes/ onion and seasoning. Cook as directed above. Crumble bacon and add to potatoes.

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Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”.

You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog.

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Janelle just launched her brand new website >>>> OvercomerOutreach.com!  This website is to comfort and counsel those who are walking through hard times and deep waters in their lives.  (I’m contributing there too!)

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Did I Marry the Wrong Person? {Genesis 24-25}

Hopeless bride crying outside a church after being stood up on her wedding day

Do you ever have hard days in your marriage and wonder if you married the wrong person? Perhaps your spouse has failed to meet your expectations or completely changed into a person you do not recognize. Then what?

Today, we are covering the reading from  Genesis 24 & 25.  We see a beautiful love story as God orchestrates the finding of Rebekah to marry Isaac.

Abraham’s servant is sent to the city of Nahor. These are the words of the servant:

“Let the young woman to who I shall say ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camel’ – let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac.” Genesis 24:14

Before the servant had finished speaking – beautiful Rebekah appears and fulfills his words!

Boom – just like that we have a love connection!

And off to the father and brother of Rebekah the servant goes, asking for her hand in marriage.  The request is granted and not a day passes and Rebekah is whisked away to a new land.  Now watch this marriage as it takes place.

Genesis 24:64-67

64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Match made in heaven right?  Well, almost.

I mean it was clearly orchestrated sovereignly by God.  Rebekah had a beautiful trusting spirit that led her to leave her own family, at the drop of a hat, and marry Issac.  And all seems well until…the kids show up.

First, we see in Genesis 25, Rebekah is barren.  Once again, God’s chosen people are being forced to depend upon God for the opening of their womb.  After Isaac’s prayer, Rebekah conceives with twins. But her pregnancy doesn’t seem normal as the children are wrestling IN HER WOMB!  Bah!

Can you imagine?  And she inquires of the Lord why and He answers in Genesis 25:23:

And the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”

This was a prophecy of what was to come.  Esau and Jacob would be born and Jacob would steal Esau’s blessing.

And here’s the kicker, Isaac favored Esau over Jacob and Rebekah favored Jacob over Esau.  This laid the grown work for marital issues.

Rebekah orchestrated a plan to deceive her own husband and trick him into giving the birthright to her favorite son.

Deception. Manipulation.  Failed expectations.

In Genesis 27:33, we see how Isaac responds to Rebekah’s trickery:

 33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.”

Uh Oh – a match made in heaven?  I’m thinking that’s not how Isaac is feeling right about now.  But he did not marry the wrong person. We know clearly from how their marriage began, this was definitely the wife Isaac was to have.

Often times, marriage begins in wedded bliss but as the years pass on and conflict arises we can look at the person we married and think – what have I done?  I hear so many stories of women saying, he’s not who I thought I married or I married the wrong person – can I get out?

Marriage is hard.  As I read the true stories of Godly men and women in the Bible, I see that their marriages were a struggle too.  I see the pain and suffering that sin inside the marriage causes. I see flawed heroes in need of the same grace of Jesus as we need in our marriages today.

May we remember that no man – no matter how Godly he appears at the start – is perfect.  Stress and selfishness and sin can creep into all marriages. None of us are immune to the effects of sin.  Conflicts in marriage do not mean we married the wrong person.

Gary Chapman marriage quote

Let’s commit ourselves once again to the man we vowed before God and man, to love to the end.

Commit to work through the hard things and give grace for his short-comings.

Remember that our husbands are married to us – sinners. We fail them sometimes too and we need their grace in those moments.

Rebekah reaped some hard consequences for her poor choices and we’ll discuss those on Friday.

But until then ~

Chime In:

Do you relate to the changes that kids and stress bring into marriage? Have you struggled at times with the thought that maybe you married the wrong person? Do you see how the enemy would like to use these thoughts to break your faithfulness to your husband?

Rebekah was beautiful but she allowed her inner beauty to fade.  How are you working on your inner beauty for your husband?

 

Genesis 24 discussion question

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 4

**Disclaimer: If your husband is abusing you or has been unfaithful, please seek safety and counseling.

 

Making Your Home a Haven – Week 3 {Family Fun Night}

Candles on  vintage tray with nuts and pumpkin on wooden background

As a little girl, every night my family ate a home cooked dinner around the dinner table. We weren’t allowed to watch television and my mom always took the phone off the hook so there were no distractions.

But on a few special nights, my mom would put a table cloth on the family room floor and she served dinner there. The change of pace, the ability to watch television while we ate, and a family game afterwards — made for much excitement in the eyes of this little girl.

And so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in our house.  Our dinner hour is always spent around the dinner table with no television or distractions.  But on a few special nights, I like to put sheets, blankets and pillows on the family room floor and serve dinner there.  The kids love it!

We eat dinner, watch a show or movie and then after dinner, we play a game –or two!  Some of our favorites to play are Trouble, Spoons, Life, Apples to Apples, Monopoly and Clue.

Game night

We played a game of Clue after dinner this past Friday –I won! And there were no tears. Seriously, we’ve come a long way.  I know that playing games can sometimes cause family brawls. Right? Lol!  Competition does not always bring out the best in children…but it’s a great time of character training and loving memories.

Clue

 

Week 3′s Challenge:

Keep your candle burning, the music playing and plan a Family Fun Night.

Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.

Work on kindness and joy this week.

Kindness and joy are both fruit of the Spirit and character traits that should be evident in a Christian’s life.  Let’s role model it for our children as they learn to walk in the Spirit as well.

Joy comes through our salvation.  It is not dependent on our circumstances. Joy can be hard to display in our homes when there is tension, worry, stress and discontentment.  We must fight for joy.  We must choose joy. Choose to slow down. Choose to smile even on days when everything just seems upside down.  Pause. Pray for peace.  Pray that God gives you a gladness found only in him, despite our circumstances.

Kindness is being friendly, generous and considerate.  One way we can show kindness to our children is through listening…and listening and listening.  Here are some conversation starters we can use this week at the dinner table, to get our children to open up to us:

Conversation Starters for kids

Did you know that Romans 2:4 says” it’s the kindness of God that leads to repentance“?  Sometimes we think we need to be strict with our children to get them to obey, but I believe kindness, listening, smiling and playing with our children will soften their hearts towards the love of God and obedience.

**Chime In**

How is the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge going in your house?  Do you have your candle and music going?

What is your favorite thing to do for fun with your family?

What is your favorite board game to play with your family?

Share a special memory with your family, from your childhood.

Walk with the King,

Courtney