Sabbath was equal rest.

Sabbath was equal rest.

We often think that Christianity ushered in a new era of equality for races, genders and cultural roles with Paul’s declaration that in Christ, there is no Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female (Gal. 3:28). But God emphasized equality of persons thousands of years earlier when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11 NIV

Setting aside the seventh day each week was how God desired to be worshiped. God wanted people to connect with Him in rest. The Sabbath commandment leveled the social constructs that humans feel compelled to enforce around the worship of God. On the six days of work, society was split along gender, race, age lines and roles; but on Sabbath, all human distinctions ceased.

Children rested along with parents. Slaves had recess from all their duties. The immigrant must stop their work as well. Women and girls relaxed. Servants had the day off. Ox, horses and donkeys were set to graze.  It had to be rest for all. Sabbath was not for Jewish men only.

The holy day was a day of equality. Week after week, God emphasized His impartiality to gender, race, age, and even species! In this idle space of Sabbath, the One Creator God was worshiped in unity. In Christ and in Sabbath rest, we are all one.

2017 Goals Week 11

2017 Goals Week 11

Week 11 of 52

9)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

March is the month for prayer. In Mark 13:18, Jesus commands those who are listening to his signs that the end of the age is near to “Pray that it might not be in winter.” I find inspiration in his words.  Jesus taught that God knew the exact time of “the end” already (Matthew 24:36), yet he compels his listeners to pray for a specific time anyway. The verb Mark chooses to use when he writes Jesus’ words into Greek is a verb of uncertainty, of probability. “It might not happen” means that there is potential for the time to change. Our prayer influences the time that God has set.

Jesus was certain that our little old requests might persuade the mind of God. Isn’t that rather stimulating?

 

8)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Working…

7)   Connect with one person a week.

My course load is taking a lot of my spare time, so that’s my excuse for not working on the study this week.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

Accomplished! This is getting easier and easier. My favorite walk is to climb the hill behind our house. It gets my heart pumping and I can do it while reading, so double-tasking wins!

2)   Fix my teeth. 

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing new.

January: Hike to Twin Falls.

2017 Goals Week 10

2017 Goals Week 10

Week 10 of 52

9)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

“If it is coincidence, I sure have a lot more coincidences when I pray than when I don’t.” Unknown man quoted by Don Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p.96.

Bible reading, meditation and prayer are the “holy trinity” of a Christian’s life. They mark a person who believes there is more to life than 80 years on earth. I disciplined myself to pray this week as I disciplined myself to daily walk. I don’t get “feels” off prayer, usually. Prayer is simply a way I prove I believe to myself. I found it a relief to chat with God about daily annoyances and worries. And, there were little answers/”coincidences” as well.

8)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

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My second class this semester starts this week. It is Church History to the Modern Age – squeal!

7)   Connect with one person a week.

6)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I worked on Week 4.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

The donkey is in progress, and I started on a Faun.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

Accomplished!

2)   Fix my teeth. 

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing new.

January: Hike to Twin Falls.

2017 Goals Week 9

2017 Goals Week 9

Week 9 of 52

9)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

“I haven’t the foggiest idea what prayer does. I do know that I can’t get through my day without praying.” Frank Schaeffer p 33

This month is prayer. I recently read Why I am an Atheist who Believes in God by Frank Schaeffer. I highly recommend this book for someone who has grown up a Christian, but now struggles with apathy or doubt. Schaeffer prays every morning as he walks down his steps. Each step is for a different  person he loves. “The Lucy step” is for his granddaughter, and she asks him daily about his prayers for her as he came downstairs. He also prays for God to take care of his dead friends and parents. He doesn’t have an explanation, but in doing so, he feels a connection to those who have passed on through God’s care.  He wrote the quote at the head of the paragraph, which struck a cord with me. I don’t know what prayer does either, but sadly, I can get through my day without it. This month, I am intentionally praying every day with a journal, and my with my steps.

8)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Working…

7)   Connect with one person a week.

6)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I haven’t worked on this in four weeks! Gah!

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

Hagar is coming along. Her hair and lips need work. Does she look pregnant? (She is supposed to.)

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

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3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I missed Wednesday and Thursday, but I was active both days.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing new.

January: Hike to Twin Falls.

2017 Goals Week 8

2017 Goals Week 8

Week 8 of 52

9)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

This month’s spiritual discipline is Bible intake in the form of meditation on the Word.  I have been translating and exegeting the book of Galatians for my class this semester. This week, my meditation has been on Galatians 2-3. Specifically, on the purpose of morality for justification.

8)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Working…

7)   Connect with one person a week.

6)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I haven’t worked on this in three weeks.

 

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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Little sheepies. 8 of 25 done!

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I walked every single day.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing new.

January: Hike to Twin Falls.

2017 Goals Week 5

2017 Goals Week 5

Follow my progress this year toward meeting 10 goals!

Week 5 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

If you want to get warm, you have to linger by the fire. The failure to linger is the reason why many fail to remember or find their hearts warmed by the fire of God’s Word. ~Don Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p 49

The spiritual discipline for February is also Bible intake; but where January was reading and hearing God’s Word daily, February is memorizing, meditating, and applying Scripture. I will continue reading a chapter a day, and I will add a meditation technique Whitney recommends. For instance, rewriting a portion of the text in my own words or think about an illustration for the text. What picture would describe it? I am in Ecclesiastes, so it makes for great meditation. I also spent time in Ps 119.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Yep. Working away. If you’re curious – which I suspect most of you aren’t- here’s the way Greek sounds by an amateur. I have to read 3 verses aloud each week as part of the grade.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I met with a church minister this week to discuss a possible teaching gig. I felt connected, but the meeting wasn’t really about that.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

Painful.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

Nothing. I knew this would be the hardest one.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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I am working on a pregnant Hagar and a sheep,but they aren’t completed yet.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

 

Sigh. It started snowing again, so its hard to get motivated when everything is freezing or drippy. We have a few furniture re-doing projects started, but its too cold to sand and definitely too cold to spray paint.

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I did, except for Thursday. Thursdays fill up quick.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

Waiting for a call from the ortho.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Not this week.