(not from today, but his favorite thing to do now)
(also from last time we went, digging dino bones up)
So I have heard/ read this many of times but one thing that stuck out to me this time was the "tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads". I mean what actually does that mean? I almost said "ahh, forget it move along" but then I thought about Beth Moore and how her Hebrew translations are always so great. But to much avail, I was unable to find anything much online.....I haven't ever tried to do something like this before. However, I did find that the Jews of that time took those words literally and actually tied small scrolls of the verses to their hands and foreheads. Jesus later rebuked this practice. The verses, according to commentaries, are symbolic for the importance to follow God's commandments and allow that obedience to be visible to others. Have them upon your hearts and impress them on your children. Keep them at the forefront of your mind.
The next thing that stood out was :
In the future when your son asks you, "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?" tell him:...........The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive.....And if we are careful to obey that will be our righteousness. Deuteronomy 6:20-25
Man, that was really what I needed to hear. We are in the future and asking this exact question all the time! I am always praying and studying on being a good example for Garyn. To hear those direct words from God through Moses, only helps me to know the direction and words to teach him about God. God is teaching me, His child. It will be our righteousness....basically our reputation, our justification, our faith and obedience that pleases God. I also like to think God is telling me I am doing His work through raising Garyn...sometimes I feel void in the serving department because I don't do many missions, I don't teach a bible study, I don't go out and spread the word enough. You know, not feeling like I am helping to spread the glory of God. But this is something He is calling me to do!
So Garyn is up from his nap now and I really need to play and do laundry (yes, probably at the same time) Tyler is still not home.....long story. But here are some pics of Garyn disobeying today:
I had a plant to die and the pot is still in the hallway with dirt in it. Which equals....
My family is so sweet and dear to me. I don't let them know it enough. I don't get to spend near as much time as I would like with them. And I am hoping this blog can let them know how much they mean to me, if its interesting enough for them to read!(this is only 1 side of the fam)
At the center of all these is God, Jesus, religion, faith, salvation, trust, and devotion. The last few months, these words have been resonating in me. I have been a Christian for 9 years now but until recently have fallen short of that title. I have always been a "good" girl; I want to be His girl! God has been transforming me to be a better everything! The horizons ahead are going to be great if I will only finally follow His lead, rather than my own.
Less important firsts
I am currently doing a first by opening my thoughts to all....scary!
This is my first weekend without Tyler while having a toddler to keep happy 24/7
First time in a looong time to have bangs
Easter celebration first this year where I spent more time thinking about Jesus' death and resurrection, does anyone know when eggs became the center of attention??
(Easter morning, with my neice and nephew)
About to have my first 4 days away from Garyn when I leave for New York!
(Garyn and I this past Halloween)
So I hope all of you got something out of this and can think of your own firsts.....
I look forward to sharing more!