HELLO DAUGHTERS OF EXODUS 34

Exodus 34:16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

Some back story: God is talking to Moses about going into new lands. You know taking over the promised land and being around people who did not believe in the Lord of Israel. This was a warning verse. A precaution if you will. A word of wisdom from the creator of wisdom. God knew why He said it. Regardless it seems like such a harsh word. To straight up call these daughters “PROSTITUTES”!

What exactly does the word “prostitute” even mean?

Google defines the verb of “prostitute” as:

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Using this definition I have a clearer  understanding of this verse. I think I understand what God is trying to say about these girls.

You know the way that we as believers use our God given gifts and talents to serve, bless and glorify Christ, the same way these unbelieving daughters used their gifts and talents to worship idols. They gave their time, resources and efforts to corrupted and unworthy lower case g, gods.

God warns Moses against his people coming  together with these daughters, who would influence as women do. Three main points scream out at me from this one verse.

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HELLO WIVES & DAUGHTERS OF EXODUS 32

The book of Exodus is quite adventure filled. Moses is kept hidden from Egyptian authorities during a Hebrew baby boy genocide. He then gets adopted by the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh. He runs away gets married and comes back to Egypt to partner up with his brother Aaron in the mass exodus of the Hebrew people out of slavery.

Intertwined between these main ideas are some pretty unbelievable details. Moses meets God in a burning bush, God brings a ton of pretty gross and even gruesome plagues to the people of Egypt, God even separates the Red Sea in order to clear dry land for His people to make their escape. Throughout his journey there have been several women in Exodus who should be mentioned.

Catch up on HELLO WOMEN OF EXODUS here.

I’m back! After a bit of a blogging break, I think Nano Poblano took the wind out of me and I hadn’t noticed until I wasn’t blogging daily.

You ever get tired of waiting on God?

(I know I do.)

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JANE the VIRGIN

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You know that moment when you realize you have a problem?

Yea, I think I hit that moment Sunday at 5am when I realized I had not slept a wink due to the fact that I was binge watching my new absolute favorite tv show. Yup, if you said… Jane the Virgin then you must be really observant! I mean, HI! It’s in the title.

You know that moment when you procrastinate something you gotta do by instead doing something you wanna do?

Yea, I think that’s me right now. Or like 5 minutes ago. When I realized that it was past 10pm on the very last day of Nano Poblano and I had yet to write my last blog post of the month.

So I actually hit pause on Jane the Virgin, my new obsession, in order to write this post.

I apologize for throwing it together so haphazardly, but you see I’ve been thinking about watching Jane the Virgin all day!

I mean, SERIOUSLY! I was at working thinking about where I would find episodes 1 and 2 from season two because they weren’t on On Demand.

I mean, REALLY! Xfinity!!!! What’s with no posting the first two episodes of the season!!!! Where do they do that at?!?!

Ok so now that you see that my obsession is real. I will leave you with a piece of unsolicited advice…. Go watch Jane the Virgin if you haven’t seen it.

It’s the perfect blend of murder mystery, romance, comedy, and Latin flare that us “Miami” (I’m from Broward) girls live for!!!

Love you guys to the moon and back!

Thank you for hanging out with me this month! We will be back to our regular programming as of this coming Friday!

Keep Shining, Nat

DOGGY BRUFFDAYS

2015-11-28-19.17.56.jpg.jpgToday was a special day because we celebrated a special Diva’s birthday, or should I say Bruffday!

It was our first ever Doggy Bruffday Party!!!

And it was grand! Super lovely. With a beautiful banner. A doggy Bruffday cake. Goody bags and loads of treats. Nacho had a great time celebrating his cousin’s bruffday!

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*We are in the home stretch! Just a few more days of NanoPoblano left!!! I hope my fellow Tiny Peppers have enjoyed this month as much as I have. And honestly, it’s flown by so fast I can’t believe it’s almost over.

Cheers to the Tiny Peppers!!!!

Keep Shining, Nat

STAFF THANKSGIVING POTLUCK

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Does your company do a Thanksgiving potluck?

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Today my place of employment was gracious enough to give us a 2 hour lunch break!!!!

Yup! 2 HOURS!!!

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We have an amazing Fun Committee who decorated one of our classrooms with the cutest Thanksgiving center pieces and hanging leaves. Gold table clothes and festive plates. Even a banner and glittery lights to add to the festivities.

There was so much food. All kinds.

Rice with beans, crockpot mac and cheese, baked mac and cheese, sweet ham, turkey, jerk turkey, gluten free corn bread and chili, Cesar salad, Asian crispy salad, chicken wings, sweet plantains, lobster bisque, potato salad, quiche, sweet potato casserole, a Jamaican fish dish, and more.

But wait! There’s dessert too!!!

Pies on pies on pies! Brownies, chocolate cake, pumpkin cheesecake bars, layered pumpkin pudding, did I mention pies?!

Let’s just say  that today’s lunch was a yummy delicious mess of goodness!

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Keep Shining, Nat

Tell me about your staff thanksgiving potluck in the comments below.

TURKEY DROP 2015

wpid-20151123_193728.jpgI am so grateful to be part of a church that is generous. Over the last couple of weeks my church has feed 10,000 people through our annual Feed the City initiative. And tonight student ministry joined in on the fun. All grades from 6th to 12th had the opportunity to bless 2 families with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s our very own version of Ding-Dong-Ditch!

Yup. We Shop. We Ding-Dong. We Ditch a Turkey on their front step!

Then we run and hide and watch as they open their door to this Thanksgiving surprise.

To be honest, I almost didn’t want to go tonight.

I was leaving work and kinda was just in the mood to head home and lounge… like if I hadn’t done enough lounging over the weekend… refer to yesterday’s post here.

I called my middle school director unintentionally trying to get out of it and she didn’t even let it come up in the conversation.

Yea… NO EXCUSES!!!

I was late but I made it in time to listen to the rules.

#1 Safety First!!!

And as all the grades split up into their groups I quickly realized that we had 3 students in attendance from our grade….. it’s like God keeps trying to tell me something through our ever decreasing numbers.

But thank goodness for Heather reminding me what it was all about. She talked me into doing both houses instead of just 1 and made me laugh in the process.

It ended up being an amazing, amazing experience! As I knew in my heart it would be.

We were able to bless a ton of families in need and share the love of Jesus while we were at it.

Shout Out to Winn Dixie for amazing discounts and additional discounts with the reward card!!

Keep Shining, Nat

How are you blessing a family in need this holiday season?