“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
My church encourages its members to form smaller than small groups. We call them “2’s and 3’s groups”. The idea is for two or three (of the same-sex) people to gather together on a regular basis to be accountability partners, to read and discuss God’s word together, and share in life experiences with one another. It is good for women to meet with other women to discuss womanly things. Likewise, it’s good for men to be manly with other men! (Laughing) It is even better for them to get together to meditate about God.
Tonight my “two” and I (is she the two to my one, or am I the two to her one?) will get together for our first official meeting/gathering/drink coffee and choose a reading plan session. Not sure what to call it.
My two and I are newer friends, only introduced to each other a month or more ago at church. We both got Kindle Fires for Christmas (SCORE!) and both got new study bibles for Christmas. Totally meant to be! She’s also an incredible woman with strong faith, who is NOT afraid to pray. Awesome.
We will only be able to meet every other week for now, but we will pick a reading plan to do together. My theme for 2012 is “Daily” (you can read more here) so I will be dedicating to the Lord the time he has so graciously given to me.
The bible I got for Christmas (technically it was an anniversary gift, which makes it the best ever!) is an NIV version “True Identity” women’s study bible. It has 30 day plans where it walks you through Christ’s life in 30 days worth of scriptures. There’s a reading plan that covers the women of the Bible in-depth, there is a topical guide that is not so average with topics such as, “Parents, Failure, Expectations, Grief, Horoscopes” and more. (You can click here to read why I will never again read my horoscope.)
Below are some pictures of the best bible I’ve ever owned, and one I hold close to my heart: Maybe it will be perfect for you, too.
I truly look forward to the year 2012 and know that this is the year I will become closer to God than I thought possible. I’m sure that is welcoming trials, but with God for me, I say, “Bring it on”.
I’ve blow-dried my hair many many mornings (most, in fact) and not had a single mishap. This morning was different. During my normal blow-drying routine, I burned off a chunk of my hair. It’s not huge, but I noticed it…
I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I think I got distracted looking at a stretch mark (even though I’ve recently lost ten pounds, woohoo!) and then I felt a singe, and smelled that infamous burned-to-a-crisp-hair smell. Pee-yew.
But I put my best face forward. Ignoring the chunks I pulled out of my head -did I mention I just got a hair trim last night, and my hair lady did a FAB job?- I slathered on some lip gloss, slipped on my clothes, and was out the door.
After the recent surprise tornado ripped through my neighborhood, burned hair doesn’t matter.
Thanks to friends who encourage and lift me up, I’ve realized that I am successful, capable, strong, and a few fly-away hairs won’t even be noticed. I can do anything I put my mind and heart to. I am good enough. I am pretty enough. I’m smart enough, creative enough, bold enough, thoughtful enough, fun enough.
I refuse to see myself as not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, because the truth is that my God makes me more than any of that. I was created in his image, and he is perfect and holy. To say that I’m too tall, too this, too that is to say that the image of God is not good enough.
I’m me, and that’s how I was meant to be.
Has anyone ever started a conversation with “We need to talk?” It’s almost certain you have. Who hasn’t? But this isn’t a bad conversation. It’s just a ground covering one. Here are some facts to know about CD, the author, and about CreationDivine.
CreationDivine will use mostly the NIV version of the Bible. If a version is not listed with a Bible verse, it is safe to assume it is NIV, however, CD believes that it’s not a bad idea to reference a specific verse in a multiple versions, to understand the meaning from a different perspective. Life is all about perspective.
CD believes in non-denominational Christianity, but is open minded to those from different religions and faiths, and welcomes those who are every where from left to right and South to North on the political spectrum, anyone from any background culturally, and those who have been to Hell and back (so to speak) in life…and everything in between. God loves us all!
CD believes in ONE God, and believes that salvation comes through Him alone*. Not through good works, or a high church attendance. One God means that God is, in all his complexities, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirt.
*There will be a follow-up post about this.