week two: study. messianic service. green tea.

What I learned about God: He is an indescribable author

As I have said before, I think of my life as a novel and each year as a different chapter. Viewing life this way makes God the divine author. I love my story and the twists and turns that have come along the way. What I am coming to realize, though, is that I am not the main character in my story. In fact, God is the main character, and it is actually his story; I am simply one character passing through that He has chosen, for whatever reason, to know him and steward his gospel. All that to say, I am continually awed at the creative mind of my Lord. Looking back over the past year and the past few years has caused me to realize this even more. God’s authorship of my life is rich.

What is far richer than his authorship in my life is his authorship of the Bible. Look at Matthew 27 with me:

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema Sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” vs. 46

This passage came up in discussion this week as we explored the deity of Christ. Some questioned Jesus’ deity claiming that this passage indicates ignorance in Jesus (for entirely different discussion). I was encouraged to read the passage in light of Psalm 22.

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? (1) All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; ‘He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!’ (8) my strength is dried up like a potsherd, an my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet– I count all my bones– they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!” (15-19)

Sound familiar? Reread Matthew 26-27. Talk about foreshadowing… I am awed by the Lord’s intricate authorship of His word.

What I learned about myself: I love exploring

I found two new places to hide out this week in the thriving metropolis of Branson, MO. The thought of having a new city to explore and new places to discover makes me really excited. Here’s what needs to be taken into consideration when looking for a quality spot:

wall color: rich but not obnoxious. decoration: what is hanging on the walls? too much? too little? does it make sense? pleasing to the eye?  height and color of tables: this is unbelievably important if you plan on getting anything done. type of music playing: this will tell you a lot about the place. I will go as far to say that this is a potential deal-breaker.  beverage options: this needs no explanation; the more the merrier. attitudes of servers: this also needs no explanation; be friendly.

What I learned miscellaneously: Green tea has caffeine & Messianic Jewish church is intriguing

Long story short: thought I had to take a test, studied like a mad woman all week, drank a lot of tea. I knew that black tea has caffeine, and so assumed that green tea didn’t have caffeine (maybe it’s because one’s dark and the other’s light?) either way, poor rationale.

I drank a lot of green tea before bed each night thinking that it would make me sleepy. Not only did it not make me sleepy, but I rolled around wide awake until 4:00 AM 3 nights in a row.

Not only does green tea have caffeine, but is also a metabolism booster and is recommended for weight loss. Good to know now.

Friday night I went to the Messianic temple in Branson. This was my first time to attend a Jewish service. It was a really good experience getting to see a very different way that people worship Jesus. There was this one little cutie 2-3 year old boy who was running around and crawling under the pews. He had a baby-size Yamacha on his head. adorable.

Picture of the week: the contents of my bag/purse pocket.

Yes, that is red nail polish. And yes, that is a pocket knife. And yes, they are both in the pocket of my bag. #Arkansasgirlspurse

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