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

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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.

 

This Week’s GMG Reading Plan {10.19.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

Are you new here and wondering if you can join us in the middle of Genesis?

The answer is yes – come on in! We’d love to have you join us!

The printable reading plan for the month is —->> here!

And if you are looking for the printable workbooks or past Genesis posts – you will find them here on the —->> GMG Resources Page.

Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 4

Most of you already know but for those who are new, here’s what’s Coming Next…

In the month of November, we will be moving to a reading plan that is 5 days a week.

This is what November’s Reading Plan looks like:

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And December’s Reading Plan:

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We will break on December 19th for Christmas and start back on January 5th, 2015.  During this time we will open the forum for new Good Morning Girls groups to form. So if you do not have a group and were wanting one – hang tight – it’s coming.

Until then, every morning out on Facebook we are gathering and sharing our insights from our daily reading – the fellowship has been AWESOME!  If you are looking for that daily interaction with your scripture reading – join us ——>> here.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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When Christianity and Culture Collide {Genesis 19}

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In our culture, the only wrong – is saying something is wrong.  Tolerance is held as the world’s moral standard.

But so far in Genesis, we have seen that God was not tolerant with Adam and Eve’s sin.

God was not tolerant of Cain’s murder of Abel.

God was not tolerant of the wickedness during Noah’s day.

God was not tolerant of the pride of those building the tower of Babel.

And in this week’s reading, God was not tolerant of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In God’s great mercy, He sent 2 angels to rescue Lot and his family before the destruction of the city – but look at how Lot hesitated:

Genesis 19:15-17

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

Why did Lot hesitate?

Was it his material possessions he couldn’t leave behind? Or his friends, perhaps his son-in-laws who refused to leave or the fun?

They were told “Don’t look back and don’t stop!”  but Lot’s wife was too immersed into the culture of the city of Sodom to obey…and she faced judgement for looking back.

God did not tolerate the sin and wickedness of the men of Sodom or even Lot’s wife —-looking back!

God rained down fire on Sodom and Gomorrah in judgement.

Genesis 19:24-26 says:

24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

In America, Christianity and culture are colliding and some Christians are giving in to the pressures.  As they immerse themselves into the culture in the hopes of leading some to the Lord, they themselves are being led astray. God calls us to not love the world or anything in it – and yet we hesitate.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
~1 John 2:15

This November, I am a part of an on-line Church Leadershp Summit discussing how to respond to the change of culture in America.  The title of this on-line conference is Culture Crash.

I wasn’t planning to share this video today – it was recorded and sent in and will be played during their conference – but I have a really bad cold this week and hardly any voice left.

So while I drink this:

honey and tea

Grab yourself a glass of something hot or cold too – and listen to my video I recorded last week –  on how I believe Christians should handle the collision of culture and Christianity in America.  I think it is relevant to this week’s reading in Genesis.

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**Chime In**

Do you feel there has been a shift in our culture in America?

How should believers deal with these changes?

What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 19 discussion questionWalk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

 

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Nothing Is Too Hard for the Lord {Genesis 18}

Nothing is too hard for the Lord

Good Morning Girls!

Can you imagine if God came to your front door?  What would you do?

Today we are reading in Genesis 18 and that is exactly what happened to Abraham and Sarah.

Genesis 18

The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.  3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”

First, we see that three men arrived and one of them is the Lord Jesus. Bah! Exciting!!!  Abraham runs into the tent to Sarah and demands that she quickly make some bread.

Look at Sarah – such a willing wife.  She does exactly as her husband requests, while he runs off to get some meat prepared as well.

7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.  “There, in the tent,” he said.  10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”  Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.

So after Sarah helps prepare and serve the meal, she listens in.  If God were in my dining room eating with my husband, I would listen in too!

So, the guys are eating and then she over hears her name and the words “next year, Sarah your wife will have a son” and…

she laughs.

11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.

Caught laughing!

Sarah was caught doubting God and when He asked why she laughed…she lied!

Scripture tells us that everywhere Sarah went she was instantly favored because of her good looks. Two Kings pursued her hand in marriage immediately after seeing her. She must have been stunningly attractive.

Sarah had beauty, the attention of others and Abraham’s wealth but what she really wanted was a child.

The first thing we learn in scripture about Sarah is that she was barren (Gen.11) and in her desperation she persuaded Abraham to have a baby with her maidservant Hagar.  Scripture literally says – Sarah “gave” Hagar to Abraham (Gen.16:3) – UGH!

But as soon as Hagar was pregnant, Sarah despised her and mistreated her and sent her away (Gen.16).

You see, Sarah carried this burden of a promise that a nation would come through Abraham but Sarah could not see with her own eyes, how God would provide these descendants – so she took matters into her own hands.

Her lack of faith – made a mess.

Which is why it’s so amazing to find these words said about Sarah in Hebrews 11:11 :

 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”

We see in the book of Hebrews, Sarah is commended for her faith…but what about that laughter we read about in Genesis?

Did Sarah have a change of heart?  Indeed she did!

Praise the Lord, after being caught in her doubt, lie, and mess, the words of the Lord rang true in her life.

“Is anything to hard for the Lord?”

Oh how I love the grace of God that overlooks her mistakes.  He is a God of second chances. A God who is patient with our failings, ever strengthening us and making us more like Him.

Nothing is too hard for the Lord.  And Genesis 21:1,2 tells us that the Lord was gracious to Sarah and did for Sarah what He promised. She became pregnant and bore a son named Issac.

God stepped into Sarah’s situation.  He waited. He waited until Sarah was past the childbearing years – past the age when it would be humanly possible for her to have a child – and then he stepped in and got all the glory!

Is there something in your life that is hard?  You can’t imagine how God can change it?

Life is hard.  Finances, relationships, health issues and loss are hard.

But God…nothing is too hard for Him!

Let’s learn from Sarah’s faith and remember, God always keeps his promises. Let’s wait on God to work out his plans in our lives. Let’s not take matters into our own hands.  Though with our human eyes, some things may seem impossible, let us remember, NOTHING is too hard for the Lord.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

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Genesis 18 discussion question