Throwback Thursday: Amen!

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Thought I would do a throwback Thursday.  I wrote this post over a year ago on my old blog and I thought I would revive it.   It might be an elementary concept of faith, but how many people really believe what they are saying when they say it.

{Written August 13, 2012}

I went to church yesterday morning.  That not might seem like a very big deal but, it’s been a few years since I have gone.  Not because I hate going, just because I haven’t been putting God & Jesus first and finding the time to go.  My life is pretty busy and I can get a little sidetracked if I let myself.

I would have never thought about a service like this one. The pastor started talking about the fact that he was finishing up a series on the Lord’s Prayer.  Ok, I thought…I can always use some understanding on why we say what we say when we pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Well, since this was the last service in the series it was all about the finish.  The “Amen.”

I was taken aback for a second.  Why do we need a service strictly about “Amen?”  Then, when he started talking about it, first during the children’s part of service, something clicked.  He asked the children “what does Amen mean?”  Ok, having said this word all my life, I had to stop and think.  What DOES Amen mean?  One of the little kids answered, “it means Thank you.”  He replied with ” that’s part of it.”

So at this point I was seriously thinking about the meaning of Amen.  What did it mean?  How many of us really, truly, know what Amen means.  Isn’t it just the way to finish up when we are talking to God?  Isn’t it just a standard finish that we have been taught to say?

When he said what it meant it was like a light bulb went off.  Ok, so right about now you are probably thinking….”How could she NOT know what Amen means?”  Well, I have never thought about the meaning until he started talking about it and until I heard it.  Our pastor said that Amen means “It shall be done.”  Everything made sense at that point.  The importance of Amen finally clicked.

When we are saying Amen we are saying that we put our faith in God to answer our prayers.  To me, this is probably the most important part of a prayer.  We can pray all we want but, do we really have faith that God will answer them?

It was a very simple meaning but, VERY important at the same time. 

So, do you say Amen and just say it to be saying it or do you truly believe in the meaning and that God will answer your prayers?  I know that I have been thinking about that since yesterday and I have to say that at first I was just saying it to be saying it.  It’s part of a prayer, right?  Now, I say it because I TRULY have faith that when I pray, God will hear me and answer my prayer.  Maybe not in the time frame I want, but IT SHALL BE DONE!

I Lead Bible Studies

Yes, you read the title right.  I lead a bible study group through the organization Good Morning Girls  (which I think I have mentioned) and I want to extend an invitation, to you, to join me.  I would love to have you.

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We are currently finishing up our study through the book of Luke, but in a couple of weeks we will be starting our Thanksgiving study.   Care to join us?  Everything is free for the studies.  The reading plan, study guide, and even the videos that are posted weekly.  All you need is a Facebook group or, if you want, you can study and post your thoughts about the study in the comment sections of my blog posts.

Please, think about joining us during this time.  I know it can be a busy time of year, but this is the time we need to make God a priority.  We NEED to spend time in His word during this season, otherwise we can become overwhelmed very quickly.

So please think about joining me during this time and taking the time to show God gratitude.

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30
God Bless,
Bethany

 

What’s Your Excuse – I have none!

There has been an image floating around on Facebook and now in a lot of media outlets.  It was a picture from Maria Kang of her and her three boys with the line of “What’s Your Excuse” at the top (image below).  Now, there are some that say she is a bully or fat-shaming, while others find  this image highly motivational.  Let me take a minute and share with you my stance on this image.

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Image causing all the issues

I can understand how others would find this image damaging to the way that women might look at themselves since the line of “What’s your excuse” might be perceived as Maria being critical of other women and expecting them to be like her and if they aren’t then they less of a women because of this.  I get it.  I completely understand how someone might feel that way.

But, while some find this image degrading, I have found that the line causing all the controversy has actually made me stop and take a look at my life in a different perspective and things that I want to accomplish, along with my relationship with God.

Instead of seeing this image as negative, I find that her question actually challenges me.  I have been working out and losing weight (65lbs so far) and there are times when it’s hard and I want to give up. BUT—I don’t simply because I can not find a reason that is good enough to make me stop.  Sure, I have trouble finding the time to workout, but I find it.  Yes, there are times when I want that piece of cake (and I do give in occasionally), but I find the will power to make the healthy decision.   I like wine….ok enough said there because when I want a glass of wine I have one…which is only occasionally.  Hey, I don’t want to be a fitness competitor…I just want to be healthy and in shape.

The bigger issue is this image didn’t just resonate with me on a health and fitness level.  It hit home in more ways than I could have imagined.  There are things that I want to accomplish in my life.  I love photography and I want to get back to taking pictures.  I want to expand that business and have wonderful ideas in mind. So….what’s my excuse for not making those things a reality?

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The biggest way this image effected me was with my walk with God.  I want to spend time with Him everyday and have a wonderful, amazing, loving personal relationship with Him…so what’s stopping me?  I can’t use the excuse of “Oh, I just don’t have the time” since I am a bible study group leader for GMG.  So, again I had to stop and ask myself…what’s your excuse?  Guess what……I couldn’t find a valid excuse for not spending time with my creator.  There is NO excuse that would ever be good enough for Him.  NONE!!!!

If you look at the question that Maria poses for you and feel that it has no relevance to your life, that’s fine….You have every right to have your own opinion, but…for me…I feel this was God’s way of saying:

“Hey, You! Yes you!  Wake up and spend some time with me.  Oh, and while you are at it…take a look at your life and throw away any excuse you might ever come up with, because they will never be good enough for not living the life I have meant for you.”

Because no excuse will ever be good enough for you to NOT live the life you are meant to have.

God Bless and have a wonderful Friday

Bethany

 

*Please remember that this is my personal opinion and that you might disagree.  That’s completely fine, but if you feel the need to comment (which I would love), make sure you are respectful. *

First Post of New Blog & WLW Week 1 Reflection

Hello and welcome to my new blog.  I started blogging a little more than a year ago and what was supposed to be a blog about how I am living a faith-filled life turned into a book blog.  So if you like books please check out my other blog MyGlorious Musings.  

IMG_0380[1]Now for the juicy part of my first blog post.  I wanted to start with a reflection on how I have been spending the week following the Women Living Well fall challenge.  If you don’t know about Women Living Well you need to go check Courtney out.  I have been following her blog for a while and I am even a bible study group leader with her other organization Good Morning Girls.  She is truly an inspiration.

With the fall challenge Courtney wants you to work on Making Your Home A Haven.  It’s 5 weeks, 5 challenges and 5 prizes.  Yes, you read that right…she is giving prizes away.  One of which is a mini iPad.  That alone makes you want to do the challenges doesn’t it?

The challenge for week one is to place a candle in a part of your house that you are most in.  When the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for your family.  It can be any prayer you feel like praying at the moment.  My prayers consisted of topics like: praying that I can show my children how much God loves them, praying for my husbands happiness, and praying that I can be the wife and mother that God wants me to be.

I love having this challenge because it helps me to focus my heart on God and my family through all the hectic times during the day.  My candle spends it time sitting on my desk since that is where I spend most of my free time.  Assuming my kids let me have free time…if your a SAHM you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.  🙂

Have a wonderful night everyone and welcome to my new blog.  Make sure you subscribe so that you won’t miss a single thing.  Also, if you want to try the challenges please click the link above and then come back here to leave me a comment.  I would love to know how you are doing on your challenge.

Gods Blessing to you,

Bethany