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July 26, 2009

I Finished!

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I recently finished a women’s bible study at my church, Northern Hills, called Stepping Up by Beth Moore.  This was especially exciting for me because out of the several studies I’ve done either in a small or large group setting I’ve never finished every page.  There were always a few (or more) blank pages of homework.  I made a commitment to get up every morning at 6:00am to meet with God at the beginning of my day instead of when I got around to it.  Anyone who has ever spent more than 10 minutes with me knows that I am NOT a get up in the wee early morning type of gal.  I have to be honest and say that it didn’t happen every morning, especially when we were back in Neb visiting family.  However, I got up many more days than not.

Briefly, this was a study of the Psalms of Ascent, Psalms 120-134.  These Psalms were sung on the pilgrimage to the Three Great Feasts.   Each Psalm that they sang were also sang and connected to the 15 steps of the temple.  After each Psalm of Ascent, Ms. Moore, had us write a one sentence summary of what touched us most from each Psalm on a stair graphic in the back of the book.  I’ve felt led to share them.

Psalm 120:  I want to feel at home.

Psalm 121:  My God protects me.

Psalm 122:  I am glad to enter my church!

Psalm 123:  I lift my eyes to you, Lord.   I give you my attention and wait expectantly.

Psalm 124:  God has always/ will always be for me.

Psalm 125:  My trust in God is like Mount Everest.

Psalm 126:  I will sow in tears BUT will reap with shouts of JOY!

Psalm 127:  “Nisi Dominus Frusta.”

Psalm 128:  I will revere the Lord and walk in His ways.

Psalm 129:  When feeling attacked-they won’t get the best of me.

Psalm 130:  There is faithful love in our Lord!

Psalm 131:  (I desire to sit with the Lord) Calm like a weaned baby, like a little child with his mom.

Psalm 132:  I want to be in God’s presence-all the time! 

The second part of Psalm 132:  His holy people will shout for joy!

Psalm 133:  Harmony and unity are blessings. 

Psalm 134 was different.  She asked us to write a blessing for over a group of people.

Sisters, I’m praying that you allow God to fully transform your hearts and  your lives-no longer live for this world, but live for the next, taking as many as you can with us.  Accept God’s abundant grace and experience life to the fullest for Him.  When times of trial come, sow in tears, allow God to mold, and keep the promise that we will reap with shouts of joy!  In Christ’s name, Amen.

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Chris the hubby,family,life,random — Kaela Green @ 9:13 am
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Happy New Year to you!  I hope that your 2009 is great! 

I’m so excited about everything that’s going to happen this year.  Ryan will be going off to Kindergarten.   AJ will hopefully be potty trained.  🙂  Carson will be walking and talking.  We will be going on our first official family vacation.  I will hopefully be doing more photography.  And Chris is looking forward to what’s in store for him at Northern Hills.  What an amazing year it’s going to be!  And what a great start to all of it when gas is $1.34/gal!  Did you ever think we’d see it that low again?   I sure didn’t!!!

Many of us make resolutions at this time of year.  Lose weight or take better care of our bodies, call home more often, be better parents, take up a new hobby…  I’ve never been much of a resolution making type of gal because when I fail (usually within the first week) I feel nothing but guilty.  I do, however, reflect over the last year and think and pray about the changes I can make to be more like the woman that God is designing me to be.  I think this year I’ll be focusing on using my time better.  With 3 boys, working online, and teaching Jazzercise, I think that’ll be key to keeping me on the sane side of life. 

I think another “biggy” when it comes to resolutions is spending money more wisely.  Which leads me to coupons…I’ve been a HUGE advocate of coupons for about two years now.  I started playing the Grocery Game in the summer of ’06 (I think).  When I was keeping track, I think that first year I saved over $1000 using coupons.  And recently I found another website that helps assist in keeping the grocery bills lower:  Coupon Mom.  We typically don’t spend over $200 in groceries per month and coupons play a huge part in that.  I also shop the quick sale items for meat, milk, and bread.  The deep-freeze is my best friend when it comes to stretching that dollar.  So just to give you an example of what our shopping bill looks like I’ll tell you what I saved and spent today.  This was only average when compared to how I usually do…

Today at King Soopers I spent $35.11 and this is what it bought me:

2 boxes of Betty Crocker potatoes

2 boxes of Life cereal

Jiffy corn muffins

A loaf of whole wheat bread-quick sale rack for $1.50

18 count lg eggs

1 package of turkey brats-quick sale for $1.29

1 package of turkey drumsticks-quick sale for $2.13

1 package of 16 chicken drumsticks-quick sale for $3.91

Dishwasher detergent

2 coffemate creamers

Laundry detergent

Bananas

1 pineapple

1 package of Jumbo hotdogs-terrible for us, I know, but the kids love ’em!

24 count Aleve

Skippy natural PB

2 boxes of mac ‘n cheese

6 individual servings of applesauce-quick sale for $.14/each

I brought my own bags and saved$.25.  I also saved $10.80 with my King Soopers card and I saved $8.80 using coupons.  So I saved a total of $19.60.  Usually I save closer to 50-75% of what I spend.  Today it was only 37%, but still not bad!

The biggest thing with coupons (imhp) is that you can’t be brand specific and just because you have a coupon for something does NOT mean you have to use it.  When I first started, I pretty much bought everything that was 75% off or more.  That included all the c-rap that is good to eat, but maybe not the healthiest of options.  I still tend to buy those things every now and again when they are $.50 or less, but I’m much picker than I have been in my earlier days as a couponer.  Happy shopping!

Coupons and Salvation  a devotional by Chris Green  bathtime5
     Recently my wife has gotten into the rather surprisingly in-depth world of couponing.  She plans, organizes, and watches weekly for “the list”.  It’s really something to see.  The art of clipping, comparing, counting, cutting cost, and combining them in a cute little coupon cache is comparable to a crazy artist with his canvas!  She redeems these coupons for items at a reduced cost, sometimes even for free!  Great for the budget!
     As she dives into this endeavor, it made me think of the word redeem.  It made me think about how God has chosen to redeem us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  The Oxford Dictionary defines the word redeem like this:  Redeem: -to buy back;  -to recover by effort and/ or payment;  -make a single payment to discharge;  -to save from;  -purchase the freedom of;  -to save or rescue.  Look at the last two definitions in particular.  The words freedom, save, and rescue ring loud.  We need rescuing from our sin.  Like those coupons, we need to be redeemed.  The apostle Paul makes this very clear in his letter to the Roman church that this is just what Jesus has done for us.  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all  have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24 emphasis mine). 
     The cost to redeem our lives was high.  So high, in fact, that the only worthy payment was God sacrificing Himself as Jesus Christ, taking our sin and dying in our place, for us, so that we might be bought back.  And in so doing, receiving freedom and forgiveness from the sin that rules our lives.  Ephesians 1:7-8 says, “In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”  Christ has redeemed us!  You didn’t have a choice when you came into this world.  You were born a sinner.  But God’s greatness prevails over the dead-end that sin brings us to if we give our lives to Him.  “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”  (1 Peter 1:18-19). 
     If you’ve never given your life to Jesus … stopped living for yourself and started living for Him … turned from your way to His way … been redeemed by His blood, then I invite you to do that today.  Right now.  You just need to talk with the Savior.  Maybe you say something like this:  God, I know I messed up.  I confess my sin to you and I’m sorry that I’ve sinned against you.  I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me, and that he was resurrected to sit at your right hand.  I turn from my sin to you, Lord.  Amen.
     So, as you look at the ads in the paper or stroll down the grocery aisle and see those coupons, think about redemption.  When you redeem that coupon, remember that Jesus redeemed you from an eternity of separation from Him and don’t wait another day to share this news of salvation with others.   Amen.
 
Chris Green

November 29, 2008

Fire-A Devotional from my Hubby

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This is the latest from my husband, Chris.  To be honest this one stung a bit.  I’ll be the first to admit that I can get caught up in playing Christian.  I want to be transparent-to my friends, family, my kids, strangers.  I want them to see a forgiven sinner.  But…when I first read this-I felt my human, fleshy side burn with pride.  I felt that Chris should’ve written it a bit more on the sugar-coated side.  And I told him so, too.  Of course his response was that he just writes what the Spirit leads…my husband.  ☺  What a blessing.  I’m grateful that God has partnered me with such a Godly man, who is obedient in all areas of his life.  One who doesn’t “sugar-coat”, but tells it like it is.  Enjoy!  I hope God uses these words to press in a bit and change you!   

 

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Fire

 

   Have you caught it?  Have you caught the fire that is not merely fire?  Not merely fire, but a raging inferno in your heart that’s unquenchable, undeniable, uncontrollable for Jesus.  This Jesus who loves you beyond comprehension.  This Jesus who was beaten, slashed, stabbed, spit on, mocked, whipped, punched, torn up, and crucified; why?  Ultimately it was payment for your debt.  For your separation…for your SIN.

     If you are not a follower of the Jesus of the bible, I invite you to take a journey down the path of your life.  God demands perfection.  Have you ever lied?  Stolen?  Committed adultery? Hated someone?  Used God’s name as a cuss word?  Disobeyed your parents?  Looked with lust?  Longed for stuff that wasn’t yours?  I could name a hundred more.  Have you ever done any of these even once?  God knows.  And He demands justice.  But all the good deedsin the world aren’t enough to satisfy the chasm you’ve created between yourself and God with even one time missing the mark of perfection.  In fact, the bible says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6).  But God in His infinite mercy and uncomprehendable grace stepped in and paid your fine with a gift.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  Did you catch that?  Did you see the gift that God gave you?  The gift that you can’t give yourself?  It was Jesus.  God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for your crimes.  I invite you to repent, turn from your ways and yourself, and trust in the Savior Jesus with all your heart.

     If you are a soundly saved, born again, addicted follower of Jesus Christ, then I’m begging you to stop playing games with Him.  Stop playing Christian.  Stop your hypocritical, surface level, God-in-a-box, I’m in control, envy filled, wretched ways.  Catch the fire of God!  The unknowingly big, holy and awesome God.  Let it burn through what you see.  Let it burn through what you say and do and think!  Let it burn through what you are!  “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Catch the fire that’s found in suffering.  Catch the fire found in contending for the faith.  Catch the fire found in servanthood; in surrender; in humility.  Some say all we need is Jesus.  I say all we have is Jesus!  Let the Spirit reign in your heart and burn and consume all of you.  There is nothing else!  There is only one Savior.  Only one Christ.  Only one Lord.  He is Jesus.

Amen.

 

Chris

 

 

January 8, 2008

My First Entry (wow it’s a doozy)

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 Hello and welcome to my new blog!!!

So I’m new to this whole blogging thing.  I want to get better and learn how to do the cool photo albums and songs and videos.  But for now, it’s just me.  And today for my first blog entry…I’m having a Jerry McGuire kind of day.  You know, the beginning of the movie when he says something about having bad pizza, then can’t sleep.  He creates this thing he calls, “A Mission Statement” and then his whole life is rocked.  I feel like my world was rocked today.

 We had this incredible day (well so far-I’ve learned that classifying good and bad days with toddlers should probably be broken into smaller sections, like hours) yes, it has been an incredible day (so far :).  We prayed, cooked breakfast together, had what I call “school”, read books, played outside, I could go on and on.  It was a great morning. 

I’m folding some laundry and decide to listen to one of my favorite talk shows:  FamilyLife Today.  I’m scrolling through the many shows I’ve missed over the last few months and one particular show catches my eye…How to Deal With Doubt.  Anyone who has talked to me in the past few weeks knows that we could be possibly moving back to Colorado, a path that makes me both excited and fearful.  So I chose this show.  Much to my surprise it’s different than I had expected…So here it goes…

 This show originally aired on 3/9/07 spoke about the salvation of our children.  And how we know if our children truly are saved.  What a topic!  It got me thinking about the salvation of anyone and how do we really know if we are going to heaven?  Are you really a Christian?

Often times we hear people call themselves “Christian” but what we see them do looks differently than what a “Christian” is.  There is a distinct difference between making a decision to follow Christ and a commitment to follow and obey Christ.  If someone only decides to trust God and ask him into their heart, but not be convicted of their sin and need for Christ-they are not truly saved.  If someone only decides to trust God, but does not grow in their own understanding of Christ, nor have fruit in their lives to show that they are Christians-they are not truly saved.  This is what many churches call a “false convert.”  This person in not truly saved and their salvation is still undetermined. 

I know all about this because this was me in 1998.  I had prayed for Jesus to come into my heart.  I had confessed that I was a sinner and that I couldn’t save myself or doing anything for or by myself.  But after that night in the basement of my sorority, there was no change-at best minimal change in the way I lived my life.  There was no fruit.  No growth.  I was not saved.  I was not going to heaven.   Back to FamilyLife Today…this is the part of the program that prompted me to write my own reflections: 

False assurance could be one of the devil’s greatest trump cards to play in a person’s life.

Wow!  So what do we do?  How can I know-for certain-where I’m going after I die?  Dr. John McArthur would ask three questions of one who would question the assurance of their salvation:

Do I love God?…Yes

Do I hate sin?…Yes

Are you willing to do whatever God asks?…Ye…wait…whatever He asks?

That’s where I’ll stop.  Where are you in your decision-no-your commitment?  We’re all committed to something, work, kids, money…

 Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  I hope I had you at “Hello”.  🙂

And since I’m in the middle of watching Back to the Future…

“Hello?  Hello?  Anybody home (in your heart that is)?  Think, McFly, think.”

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