Day 1944 – Setting Marriage Goals And Keeping Them

We’ve been attempting to do daily devotions together since September 26th. I’m happy to say we’ve only missed 6 days….but! We were attempting to do morning and evening devotions. We found after about a month, we just weren’t getting much out of one of the devotionals (a morning and evening one), so we stopped reading that. So in THAT case, we’ve done some form of devotions every day. So the secret to keeping this?

First, we made it a routine. Second, for the OCD Jennilyn, I printed off a checkoff list. Not in a legalistic way, but just to see how far we’ve come.

I’m so thankful that this is part of our day now. I can see major changes in each of us as we grow closer to each other through growing closer to God.

What do you and your spouse do for devotions?

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Day 1707 – A Lesson About Anger In Jonah

Jonah is the story about the guy who was supposed to go tell a whole city about God but he flaked out and tried to take a little cruise.
God sent a storm in response.
Jonah gets thrown overboard and eaten by a big fish/whale/whatever.
He finally gives in and cries out to God (which took three days by the way….talk about REALLY trying to run away from your calling).
He prays this “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me;…yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.” Jonah 2:1b, 2:6b.
He gets to the city and walks around shouting this “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah 3:4b
What happens? The WHOLE city repents. Even the king.
God has this response – “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” Jonah 3:10

We look at this story and say, wow! Look at that! This guy tries to run away from what God tells him to do…finally does it….it’s almost like a cake walk, really….and he responds like this….

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” Jonah 4:1

What? Seriously dude? God gives you this huge job, you try to run away, finally give in like a kid (I can totally picture him like, “FINE!” and doing a little toddler pout.), shout a short line and the city is saved.

I’d be jumping up and down and going nuts!

But would I? Or would I question every thing about what just happened too? Would I say, you know, I can’t believe it took them THAT long to repent. I should’ve been able to just send them a letter to fix this.

But God. Ah, what wonderful words. He didn’t leave Jonah in this state. He loved him enough to lovingly show him how ridiculous he was acting. He loved him enough to not leave him in his anger. “And the Lord said, ‘Do you do well to be angry?'” Jonah 4:4

Then God grows this plant for Jonah to chill out under while he stews in his anger. Then God sends a worm to eat it up and take away his shade.

Here’s what happens next:

“But God said to Jonah, ‘Do you do well to be angry for the plant?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.’ And the Lord said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?'” Jonah 4:9-11

That’s it, cliffhanger. But I imagine Jonah had another melt of heart like in chapter 2. What’s so awesome about God in this exchange is He doesn’t take the approach of “I’m a holy and just God, but also a loving God. They deserved punishing, but because of my mercy, I’m forgiving them.” Which was a very true approach. But God took it as a teachable moment, where He puts things into perspective. Aren’t you thankful God doesn’t leave us where we are?

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Day 856 – Coffee Disaster

So I had been working on print orders and editing all day and finally hit the “ahhhh, must get away from the computer!” moment. Sometimes this takes a few hours, sometimes it takes a few minutes. Anyways. I was about to sit down and do my devotions and I wanted a cup of coffee…this is always helpful when I’m reading.

I needed to grind some more beans, so I did….cleaned up the spilled grinds afterwards…..as I put the lid back on the tupperware container I use for storing coffee in the freezer, my hand slipped a little and I spilled a bit…thankfully, not a lot at all. I hit the button and sit down to start while it’s brewing. Then I hear the “I’m all done sound” (lol, I know my coffee pot really well at this point)…and I think, wait, that wasn’t long enough to brew….DOH! No water! So, I go to pour in the water and being the blonde that I am (Yea, I’ll admit it), I poured it right in…steam and coffee grinds EVERYWHERE! ::sigh:: So I cleaned up the counter….again. 😦

Day 811 – Productive Day

So, today has been a productive day. Did my devotions (finally in a rhythm I think!) Caught up on the blog (I think I’m doing a daily blog that I update once a week….heh heh). Got a short run in. Had lunch with old co-workers…which was a blast! Finished typing my notes from the conference…I ended up with 35 pages, typed. A few double spaced…but still…my mind is racing with ideas about my business! I did learn something about myself through all this typing….I’m a fast typer with REALLY bad accuracy! But, it’s done! Ah. Definitely learned a lot about business, myself and how I want to be seen.

It was a little chilly in the apartment, so I went searching for a long sleeve t-shirt. I found one of my FAVORITE shirts! It’s like the one I talked about on Day 676 but softer and no holes.

I’m not going to lie, this was a hard picture to take! I wanted to take the picture with the shirt on and with my rings….and Bret isn’t home to take it! So…my cheek was my stabilizer! 🙂