Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rule

In verse 26, God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over [the other creatures]". Is it possible that we've said too much about our being made in the image of God? Could this be like me saying, "I'll teach him everything I know" but then finishing the statement with "about cooking." If everyone quoted only my first little bit, it would sound as if someone was the recipient of every bit of knowledge I possess. Add that last bit and the scope is significantly narrowed.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spirit of God

My original thought was that I'd go through the bible beginning to end to see what the bible says about man/woman and his plans for us. But my study of Genesis 1:27 says God created man in his own image and all my reading seems to agree this means that God created man with a spirit like his own. After that, it appears to me that each author of each article I've read presents his own thoughts as facts so I'm on a search....

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Googling Created in the Image of God

I've been googling and reading and reading....there are quite a few people who have posted on the internet about what it means to be created in the image of God. It seems that several authors agree that God is spirit so being made in God's image refers to being made with a spirit like God. I'm still pondering it all and soaking it in. Words matter and I'm trying to focus on God's word--what he says about me and my purpose and how I can serve him.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Created in His Image

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

http://bible.us/Gen1.27.NIV

He planned for mankind right there at the beginning of creation. Male and female so that includes me.

Right from the very beginning of creation, God had a plan that involved me.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Still marinating or trying to

I'm still trying to absorb yesterday's verse. I'm still trying to figure out what it means when I have a headache and there are technical difficulties....he knew me. He knew I'd have headaches from seasonal allergies. He knew I wouldn't like talking to tech support. He also knew I'd love spending the day with my kid and how delightful it would be see him march our makeshift patio with sheer delight. He knows, he knew...Lord, help my unbelief.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Headache and an Honest Answer

It started with a pounding in my head. It had been a dull ache that progressed to a roar the day before and I fought my way through it waiting to take anything particularly powerful until bedtime. Then it was Sunday afternoon, it was raining and my buddy was fussing because he'd wanted to go swimming. I was trying to remain calm as my head pounded and I reminded him that hitting and kicking is not okay and I was truly sorry that it did not look like we would be able to swim. We were supposed to be heading to church in a couple of hours and all I wanted to do was take something strong and allow my head to swim in a bit of a daze for the rest of the evening while I tried to think of indoor activities for us to do. I just wanted to stay home. So I sent a message telling my sweet church members that we wouldn't make it. My head was killing me and I needed to take some medication.

And then, a reply came: "Will miss you too. Any ideas what causes these headaches?"

At first, I just said something about stress but I knew that the asker was genuinely concerned, genuinely asking and not being polite. And somehow, it all tumbled out:

I have a negative script that I've been running in my head since childhood and it colors how I deal with other stressors that come my way. This weekend it resulted in the perfect storm of emotional upset.

Later that evening, I was searching for a new bible study. And I was especially interested in a particular one about being the wife your husband wants. I was reading the reviews and seriously concerned that the study might make me feel like I wasn't enough because I'm not a wife by vocation. And then I remembered the end of the whopper of the argument I had with my husband. "You ARE the wife that I want. I'm the luckiest guy. " Hmmmm....shouldn't he be the judge of whether I am a good enough wife? You know, he says all the time that I'm a great wife and I always say I'm not. What? Why am I not soaking that in?

So I thought I would find another bible study, maybe one for moms, maybe one about not filling ourselves up with food instead of God, maybe......have you ever noticed how many bible studies are about changing ourselves? They are really like the self help section of a bookstore except that I am specifically asking God to change me and looking for someone to tell me what God has said about any particular struggle I'm having.

I am not generally one of those people that just studies the bible without someone else's guidance but I'm on a new quest--a quest to soak in just what God says about me, a quest to truly accept all this love that is lavished on me, a quest to push away the negative script that has run far too long in the background of my head.

How would my life change if every single moment of my life I knew in my head and my heart that God formed me in the womb and that he has plans for my good?


Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
 
God was calling Jeremiah to be a prophet. So does this verse apply to me? Did God know me before he formed me in the womb? We had a discussion in church the other night about how Satan often asks us to question if we really understood what God said or asks us, "Did God really say that?" That's kind of how I feel about this verse. I love this verse. I love the beauty of knowing that God knows us long before birth but I've recently wondered if it didn't just apply to Jeremiah because God and Jeremiah were having a private conversation. What right do I have to inject myself in there?
 
Really? Would God only take part in the formation of Adam, Eve, and Jeremiah and just leave the rest of us to coincidence/fate? I don't think so. I'm not a biblical scholar. I'm not even going to try to study the language on this one. I'm trying to marinate in this one, not memorize it; I've already done that. I want to marinate in it. I want to constantly dwell on it and let it overcome the negative swarm.
 
Lord, help my unbelief.