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EL ROI – THE ONE WHO SEES You

28 Mar

WHAT ARE HIS NAMES?  WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

El Roi – The Ones Who Sees You and Me

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I am studying the book “I Know His Name” by Wendy Blight.  El Roi is the second wonderful name of God that we were privileged to study.

El Roi was first mentioned by Hagar in the book of Genesis when God spoke to her.  Hagar, was a slave to Sarai who could not have a child.  Even though God had promised Abram future generations both Abram nor Sarai trusted.

Sarai told Abram to have them a child with Hagar; however, after becoming pregnant, Sarai became jealous of Hagar and treated her harshly which caused Hagar to run away.   She was alone and desperate and an angel of God appeared to her. At the end of their conversation she gave God the name El Roi.

Proverbs 15:3 (NIV) “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”

Have you ever been desperate and alone?  I think we all have at some time, and if we have not we probably will be, but we have hope because our God sees us.  He knows how we feel.

My life is an open book.  He knows everything that is going on with me.  He is longing for me to sit at His feet and talk about it.  He sees me when I’m victorious.  He sees me when I am struggling or discouraged and desperate. He sees me when I sin because I do in some way probably every single day.  I am so glad He sees all of me all of the time.  I am so thankful for His grace and mercy and love no matter what I’ve done.

Psalm 139:2 tells us He knows when we sit down and lie down.

Job 34:21 says that His eyes are on the ways of man; he sees our every step.

 God’s eyes are truly everywhere watching each of us and all that is going on in the World. We are ALWAYS on His mind. He is there every moment through our bad and our good times. Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him.  He even knows the hairs on our head.   

We need to take our eyes off ourselves and look to El-Roi.

Elohim was the first name we studied. You can read my blog about Him here.  I wrote about Elohim also during a study with Tony Evans.  You can read that one here.

I also wrote another short blog on El Roi sometime ago here.

This post was featured at  Monday Mish Mash on 4/4/16 and  The Life of This Mother on 4/9/16.

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ELOHIM – YOU AND I ARE HIS BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS

21 Mar

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WHAT ARE HIS NAMES?  WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

I know many of His names, but I do not really know them, and what they mean.   I want to know more than just the titles, and I hope to share that with you during my journey the next few weeks in studying “I Know His Name” by Wendy Blight.

I began this intense study on the names of God two weeks ago.  I am learning so much from the book and Wendy.  The more I study, the more I love Him.  How great is He – the one who created you and me.

God has many different names in the Bible.  As we read the Bible we learn that Biblical names carried much meaning.  If you think about it ours do to?  I remember trying to pick names for our children based on what they meant and how important a family member was to us.  As I think of that and how I have always complained about my middle name, it makes me a little ashamed because I was named after my mother.  My name is important. My name is special.  My name is unique.  Our son was named after my husband and his father.  Our daughter was named because of the meaning and we found out later her middle name was also her great grandmothers.

His name is plural.  Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) says, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ……  it says, Us and our.  Wendy mentioned this was surely the first mention of the trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  What a revelation to me to know that Jesus was right there with God and the Holy Ghost making me in the Father’s likeness.  El means mighty or strong.   He is our mighty God in three persons.

Elohim.  I have heard that name many times.  How about you?  I have bought books and well, life happened, and they sit on the shelf with only a few pages read.

Elohim, pronounced as El-o-heem as Wendy Blight taught us is the God who created us.

We started with Genesis 1:1, and I can tell you that verse has never been more powerful. IN THE BEGINNING GOD.   Elohim spoke the word into existence.  Elohim created the heavens and earth and everything in it.  He created you and me.  I have always known He created us for His glory, but just reading Isaiah 43:7 gave me a whole new perspective.

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:7 (NASB)

We are not accidents.  Have you ever heard anyone say a baby was an accident or unplanned?  I have.  I think my Mom even said that about my sisters and I.  I was born exactly nine months to day after Mom and Dad married.  Eeeek.  My second sister was born twenty-two months later and hey the baby was born ten years later.  Perhaps we were not planned so soon by Mom and Dad, but we were planned long ago by Elohim.

Oh how He loves you and me.  How powerful that He formed you and me.  How personal it was as he took that dust and created and breathed life into Adam – a breath that we were reminded that was past down to us.

He created me, He formed me.   He loves me.  I am unique.  You are unique.  Do you hear that?  You are unique and He loves you?

Wendy reminded us “we should never again look at ourselves (or others) as being without value or worth.”  Does that just hurt you to think about how you may have in the past looked at yourself without worth or others that you come in contact with daily?  It certainly does me.

Here is how He made you and me:

  • We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Psalm 139:13-16 He has created us wonderfully the way we are for a reason.  We are unique.  We do not have to compare ourselves with others.  He created us fearfully which means to have respect for Him.
  • We are created for His glory.  We are highly renowned by Him.  Isaiah 43:7
  • We are God’s workmanship.   For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10
  • We are made in His image.  We are a depiction of Him.  We bear His image, and yet we compare and sometimes want to look different, be different, and act different.  Genesis 1:26
“We bear the image of God.  Cling to this truth and treasure it always in your heart.  We share, though imperfectly and finitely in God’s nature.  He imparted His identity, emotions, personality, creativity, wisdom, love, holiness, and justice into each one of us.” Wendy Blight

You and I are Elohim’s beautiful creations.

Wanna read more about Elohim.  I wrote sometime back during a study with Tony Evans on the Names of God.  Read that one here.

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Five-Minute Friday – My Surprise

18 Mar

It’s Five-Minute Friday and I am joining Kate Matoung and my #FMF friends and the word is surprise.  I was surprisee because I missed the prompt last night.

In June 2014, my husband took me on a surprise ride as a birthday trip.  He told me to gather up my camera, and let’s go for a ride.   That was something out of the norm, but I did what I was told.

These pictures share some of what I was blessed to see, and it made one of my most memorable birthdays because I had lost my Mom in February 2013.  It was the day before my birthday in June of 2014, and my hubby saw these flowers while on his way somewhere else.  Mom loved sunflowers.  We took them to her often, and we would stop often times on the way to see her and pick wild ones.

Here are some of the pictures I took that beautiful day:

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If you would like to see my other pictures and a really good lesson on sunflowers which I researched and learned after that trip please enjoy this post entitled “Lessons On Sunflowers”.

The year Mom died we had a voluntary sunflower just pop up in a flower bed in our yard.  Coincidence.  I don’t think so.  After twenty plus years at this house we never had a sunflower just pop up.  I think that was a God surprise just for me that summer.

 

 

 

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An Adventure in Life of Learning and Approving of Yourself

17 Mar

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What kind of adventure story am I writing?  Am I writing one of being the light to some people who have never seen the light?  Am I writing one showing love to people who have never seen love?  Or perhaps some days, and in earlier times, I was writing one of nobody loves me, I am too fat, I can’t write (yes that’s one lie I’ve been telling myself lately), I don’t like this job, I want a larger house, I’m not a good mother, etc.. Are we writing a story  of judging ourselves and finding fault for past mistakes or evening what is happening right now?

Do you hate making mistakes?  I do, and I can beat myself up over the dumbest little things.

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It is time to let go of our perfectionism.  It is time to let go of the inner critic.  It is time to make peace with who you are today, not yesterday.  It’s time to start liking you. It is time to let go of other people’s approval.  If we are pleasing our Heavenly Father the rest will fall into place.

I don’t have to be the smartest, the prettiest, the funniest, the most religious, the best Mom, the best wife, the best writer.  I just need to be me – the woman God created me to be.  I need to be a woman that God can use right now just as I am.

 

 

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Joining Suzanne Eller today on #LiveFreeThursday

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SHARE YE BLOGGERS

11 Mar

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We, as bloggers are called to share no matter what our platform is.  For me, it is sharing about faith, inspiration and family, and sometimes a recipe or organization post.

Have you thought about why you blog?  What was your original intent?  For me my original intent was to share about Him, and leave a legacy for future generations.  It is sort of like journaling for me and capturing my thoughts about the days and what I am learning in my Bible studies.  I have to admit sometime I get caught up in numbers/statistics and that is so wrong.  I need to be getting caught up in Him and what He puts on my heart to write about.

He is my audience, an audience of one whether anyone else reads my blog or not.  I have to continue to ask myself,  am I sharing for the glory of God and making Him known, or am I sharing to encourage and to influence others?

I am a servant and writer.   I am set apart.  I am a digital evangelist.  For those that stop by my blog this might be the only Jesus or church they see.  I pray that He uses my words to bless others each time they drop in to see what I have to say.

So how about you?  I would love to hear your thoughts on how you share.

Linking up with Kate Matoung and the #FiveMinuteFriday girls today to write for five minutes on the word share.

This post was featured on Sweet Sauce Blog on 3-21-16.

 

 

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