Deuteronomy 6:4-9

In our class today, we read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. We then used the Discovery Bible Study method for this passage. We created a chart with 3 sections on a piece of paper: “Scripture”, “My words”, and “I will”. In the Scripture section we wrote out the passage we were studying as it is written. In the my words section we summarized or paraphrased what the Bible passage was talking about in our own words. Then in the I will section we wrote one or two practical ways that we will apply this passage to our life right now. I have never heard of this process for looking at scripture, but I really love it. I am going to start using this process whenever I read passages from the Bible from now on because I think it helps me remember and apply the passage better. The third “I will” column especially challenges me to obey God’s word by figuring out what I can add, remove, or change in my life right now.

Here is the passage we read today:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

This passage reminds me that God should always be at the forefront of my life, and that I should love God with everything I am. God’s word should be engrained on my heart. My day should revolve around Him from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed and everything in between. For my I will statements, I wrote that I will share this scripture with someone today, and that I will pray/meditate on God’s word/worship 3 times a day so that my focus continues to be brought back to God throughout my day.

Much love, B

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Snow Day

Today was our first snow day here in Richmond. Richmond pretty much closes down with an inch of snow, but I’ll take it! That meant that our office was closed today! I got to sleep in which was amazing. Then I pretty much just tried to catch up on my readings for our classes. I have been reading all day, switching between the Qur’an and the Idiot’s Guide to Islam. I read all about what the Qur’an says about Heaven and Hell, which was very descriptive. Islam really paints a detailed picture of what happens on Judgment Day and what Heaven and Hell will be like. Not your average snowy day reading, but at least it was interesting!

Much love, B

Starting the Qur’an

I just started reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Islam and the Qur’an as a part of the required reading for my training program. Islam is the second largest religion in the world so it makes sense that we would study it in depth. A lot of unreached people that we will come in contact with will be Muslim. I am actually really excited to learn about Islam. I find other cultures and religions fascinating. I just love learning about what people believe and why. I also think this will help me be able to connect with Muslim people better and help me be more effective in sharing the Gospel.

So far in the reading I have a ton of questions, and I am looking forward to being able to discuss them. There are quite a few similarities to concepts in Christianity which is interesting, but there are also many differences. I think there are a lot of misunderstandings involving Islam because people don’t take the time to actually learn more about it. So I am excited to see what the Qur’an really does say and how that impacts the way that Muslim people live.

Here we go!

Much love, B

Christmas is Over :(

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of every year. It always flies by so quickly, and I am always left feeling pretty sad that it’s over already. I’m the person that has the Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving and is begging to keep it up until like February haha. Yes I know that might seem crazy, but I just love it so much!! I love the whole season around Christmas, but I also specifically love Christmas day because with my family it’s always a really chill day. We wake up whenever we want to. There is no rush…although typically we start between 8 and 9. We open our stockings (which is still my favorite thing to do) and then we eat breakfast…but like a proper breakfast…eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, fruit, etc.

After that we open our Christmas presents, but again there is no rush. We take our time. When we finish opening presents, my mom typically starts making a proper dinner for lunch, which this year included filet mignon and crab cakes. Then we do a variety of things for the afternoon. We take a walk, play board games, watch movies, etc. We have no agenda and nowhere that we need to be. It is never crazy or chaotic. We just spend quality time together. I think that’s why I love it so much. It’s a relaxed day with the people that I love most.

And so I’m very sad that it’s all over and done with just like that. But I can’t wait for next year!!!!!!!! 😉

Much love, B

Star Wars

The new Star Wars movie comes out tonight, and I am going to see it! My boyfriend wanted me to watch all of the movies leading up to this one. Keep in mind, the new one is the 8th movie so that’s a lot of movies. I have seen all of the movies before, but it has been a long time so he wanted me to refresh my memory before the new one came out. He really loves Star Wars…so we watched movies 4-7. And actually watching the movies reminded me of why I used to love Star Wars so much.

As a kid I used to have a purple lightsaber, and my brother had a blue one. We used to pretend that we were Jedis and would fight one another all the time. I have a lot of fond memories of those times. Watching the movies made me once again wish that being a Jedi was a thing. If it was something real, I would definitely sign up for it! Unfortunately it is not, so I will just have to watch other people on a screen live out my secret (or not so secret) dream. But I am super excited to see the new movie now!

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

May the force be with you,

B

Art

This is a picture of a print that I bought a few years ago by Iris Scott. I typically am not really a fan of art, but when I came across her artwork I instantly loved it. She uses really vibrant colors in most of her paintings, and I love color. I started to read about her and came across the fact that all of her work is done through finger painting. She uses surgical gloves and oil paint to create her work. I could not believe that all of her artwork was created by finger painting. I thought she was a pretty unique artist, and so I wanted to be able to buy one of her pieces. However, all of her original pieces have been sold already and are too expensive for me. The original painting of the print that I got sold for $6,500. Luckily though she believes in making art affordable for other people, and so she makes her prints easily accessible. So I bought this one, and I love it so much!

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What I love about this painting is that it paints such a magical picture of fall. I can picture myself as the girl in the painting. I can feel the breeze in the air, I can see the leaves swirling around me, and I see the bright colors surrounding me. I can even smell the fall smells. I love that this painting can allow me to do all of that.

So for this, I can appreciate art.

Much love, B

Christmas Town

Well, I have been sick the past few days. I didn’t particularly want to do anything yesterday because I wasn’t feeling great, but it was one of the interns’ birthdays and we already made plans to go to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town. So I sucked it up and went anyways! We all had a great time. We first stopped in Williamsburg to grab some ice cream for Lindsay’s birthday. I got 2 giant scoops of ice cream, and I thought I was going to explode after eating the whole thing. Then we were off to Busch Gardens!

Almost all of the girls love roller coasters just like me, which was amazing. There were only 2 roller coasters open, but we rode those ones about three times each! We also went on other rides for fun and of course saw all of the beautiful lights that were displayed. To end our night we grabbed dinner at Chick-fil-a where we sang happy birthday to Lindsay with the cow.

I still feel terrible today, but at least I got to enjoy last night!

Much love, B

Behold

Behold by Hillsong has become one of my favorite songs recently. I love worshipping with this song, and I think the words have a powerful message. I think the song tells a clear story so I will leave the lyrics here for you to think about.

Behold the Father’s heart
The mystery He lavishes on us
As deep cries out to deep
Oh, how desperately He wants us
The things of earth stand next to Him
Like a candle to the sun
Unfailing Father
What compares to His great love
Behold His holy Son
The Lion and the Lamb given to us
The Word became a man
That my soul should know its Savior
Forsaken for the sake of all mankind
Salvation is in His blood
Jesus Messiah The righteous died for love
It wasn’t over For He is the risen one
Then sings my soul
Then sings my soul
How great Your love is
How great Your love is
Behold I have a friend
The Spirit breathing holy fire within
My ever present help
Speaking truth when I can’t find it
Light up this broken heart and light my way
‘Til my time on earth is done
Oh, Holy Spirit Breathe in me like Kingdom come

Oh, Holy Spirit Let Your work in me be done

I am struck by how great God’s love is for us. He loves us so deeply, and our response to Him should be to praise His name with all that we are.
Much love, B