Jason and I always have a rule. Drive sober! When we are both going to be dining out we have a very strict rule that one of us will always be sober no matter what, or we will stay put!
My co-worker and I successfully sojourned through Ephesians, James, 1 Peter and 2 Peter. I have so enjoyed our time gleaning such wisdom from these books, and application to our lives. Every word we read had such direct application for the season that we were in, it was almost unbelievable. God is very present right now.
We decided to take a break from the NT, and go old school. Old Testament that is. Where to go? We got a ticket to Ezra and have decided to settle in to a little history.
Ezra starts out right at a time where the Jews were finally able to return home, and to rebuild the temple.
Chapter 2 is jam packed with names and tribal numbers. I think its really easy to skim over this section, and not take anything from it. But I just think that God cares about each one of his people to list them in His book. God cares about each and every one of us.
Ezra caries on talking about rebuilding the temple. To be honest this part was like reading a hebrew textbook on how to rebuild a temple, and the faithfulness of the people who began to worship before the temple was even finished. Towards the very end of Chapter 7 to the end Ezra speaks directly to us.
In chapter 8 verse 15 Ezra says, “I assembled the exiles at the Ahava Canal, and we camped there for three days while I went over this lists of the people and the priests who had arrived. I found that not one Levite had volunteered to come along.” (NLT)- How easy is it for us to simply ignore a calling. God had called us all for a special purpose. Do I respond to the call, or do I feel content sitting on the sidelines?
God is working in my life renovating it and rebuilding me as a new creation. The re-build doesn’t just happen in one day, or even a month, but takes years of purposeful building.
In chapters 9 & 10 we see the sin that crept into Israel. Men and even priests were marrying pagan women, and they were asked to send their wives and children born of these relationships away. The reason for it was so that no pagan children would inherit the land of Israel. In today’s world we cant imagine such things especially in inter-marriages.
As someone who is married to a non-christian I am grateful for what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:13-14, 16, “If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” (ESV)
I love God patience. “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness built is patient toward you, not wishing that an should perish but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 (ESV). Perhaps these verses don’t go together at all, but this is what I thought of when I read them.
I’m curious for those of you who’ve read Ezra. In general, what do you think about this chapter?
Today my husband sent me a text message around 7:00 a.m. to let me know that he got a deer! Woot! Deciding that I would be eating venison for a while I better come up some recipes that I actually like. Now in the past I’ve had venison jerky which is very delish, but other than that I’ve only had ground venison which was cooked like hamburger and tasted like…. ______.
So my husband has it hanging over at our friends house right now for the Deer Cleaning birthday party for my daughter’s 6th birthday. A very Minnesota themed birthday if you ask me. She’s even requested Tuna Fish Hot Dish… but I digress.
So when my husband came home today with a prime cut of Venison Tenderloin I knew I must hit pintrest immediately and search for a delicious recipe! I had also recently come home from Aldi with a butternut squash.
So I found this marinade recipe via Pintrest – click here.
The recipe called for 4 cloves of garlic, but mine were really small so I added closer to 7. I also left out the dijon mustard because we didn’t have any and it was very terrific without.
I then put the tenderloin in a 9×13 glass pyrex and really drizzled and rubbed the marinate in, and then put it in my refrigerator from about noon until 4:30 p.m. I took the pyrex out around 4:30 p.m. and then let the meat come to room temperature for about 20 or so minutes.
I got out my favorite skillet and drizzled a little EVOO in the pan and heated that up over medium heat. I then put my tenderloin pieces on the skillet and cooked about 2-3 minutes on each side. Everything I’ve read said to make sure NOT to overcook. So I’d say instead of looking at the clock, take a peek at the actual meat. Cut open if you must. Let rest about 10 minutes before slicing up.
As far as the butternut squash goes. I cut up one squash (cleaned and seeded of course) and put in my steamer basket on the stove top until they were soft. Once they were done I drizzled a little EVOO, kosher salt, and rosemary. This was absolutely AH-Mazing!!!!
I then of course paired with a glass of shiraz which was the perfect accompaniment to this meal!
Bon Appetite ~ Time to eat!
Have you ever legitimately considered what it will be like to stand before the Great I Am?
There aren’t even words to type, yet formulate in my head.
All I can picture is this completely amazing throne with God on it, Jesus and the Holy spirit on either side.
The four creatures and 24 elders in a circle around him
and then all of the angels
and then all of us.
Singing – “Holy, Holy, Holy. Is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Have you ever been to a rock concert… standing room only, and you’re trying your darndest to see the singer up on stage… but all you can rely on is the side screens, if the venue even has that?
I don’t think that’s how its going to be in heaven.
I think we will all be as close to him as we want to be. All of us. There will be no straining of necks, or relying on side screens.
I’ve been thinking about the identity of God lately. What I do know of him, is that He is Love. He Is Patient as 2 Peter v. 9 teaches us.
Play some worship music today/tonight. Let the power of the Great I Am just permeate your soul.
He has mine tonight!