Living Outside the Stacks

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The Bible in 365 Days: Day 4 {In the Church}

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 4:9

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

Observation

God didn’t ask the question of Cain because He didn’t know what Cain had done, He asked to give Cain the opportunity to confess and ask for forgiveness. Rather than accept responsibility for his sins, Cain became sarcastic.

Even after his attitude, God still gave Cain another opportunity to confess in verse 10. Instead, Cain becomes even more insolent.

Application

No matter how hard we try, we can’t hide our sin from God. He sees and He knows everything, and even with that knowledge, He still gives us every opportunity for confession and repentance.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I know that I have done so much wrong ~ things that I thought were hidden in the corners of my heart, but You know my shame. I know that I’ve broken your heart and for that I am sorry. Thank you, Lord, for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your love. Amen.

Daenel T

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The Bible in 365 Days: Day 3 {In the Church}

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 3:21

And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Observation

The making of the clothing from animal skins was the first sacrifice, a foreshadowing of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. As a result of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience, the just punishment should’ve been death but God showed mercy instead.

Application

God’s love and mercy is present even when we are willfully disobedient. This is not because we’re deserving of any special favors but because God loves us so much that He’s willing to give us a second {or third or fourth or fifth} chance.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the life that you’ve given me. Thank you for the things that I take for granted. Thank you for the extension of your love, grace, and mercy that cover me each day. Thank you for the sacrifice of your innocent son for my sins. Lord, I ask that you guide my footsteps and guard my heart. Help me to be the woman that you have called me to be. Amen.

Daenel T

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Fist Bump Friday: Family Visit and New Baby Smell {In the Cafe}

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

This week, I’m happy that my family and I made it to 2014! I’m happy that the hubs took me to Tennessee to see my twin sister and her family. I even got to hold my grand niece!!!! Yum, new baby smell!

I’m linking up with:

What made you happy this week?
Daenel T

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