#8 Weekly Reveal

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Thank You! Your feedback encourages me to continue posting “Getting to Know My Heart.”

Here’s #8 of my 52 weekly reveals:

Favorite comedians: Danny Bhoy and Sebastian

Laughing my way to tighter ab muscles,

Christina

FAMILIES ROOTING FOR EACH OTHER

They looked high and low for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status…(Neh. 7:64-65 MSG).

A friend has been researching her genealogy and connecting branches of her family tree.
She’s found some bare limbs and is determined to dig through her ancestral roots to uncover her family history.

In Nehemiah’s book, he assigned God-fearing men to research genealogical records of people who first returned from King Nebuchadnezzar’s exile. Nehemiah 7 includes a list of family names and numbers, ranking from servants to support staff to royalty. Every person counted in Nehemiah’s chronicle.

Similarly, in my friend’s ancestral quest, Nehemiah’s researchers discovered some family branches that hadn’t budded leaves.  These unaccounted names needed someone to uncover their roots before the people could be acknowledged as part of Nehemiah’s family tree.

Their governor labeled these unclaimed people unclean. They weren’t allowed to eat holy food or work in pastoral jobs until a priest determined their status. Every family has a story in their plot of land. As we walk toward eternal life, we seek unity within our root system.

According to God, He is the vine, and His people are the branches. We all matter to our Creator.

Jesus, thank You for planting Your seed in the tree of life. Help me uncover any dead branches that cuts off growth from Your bountiful harvest.

Planting wisdom seeds in fertile soil around lily pad land,

Christina

7 out of 52 reveals

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Another weekly fact in my year of “Get to Know the Author” mission of courage:

First job after babysitting: Pizza Hut, hired as a cook when I had just turned 15.

Rollin’ in the dough 😉

Christina

Revealing #6

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#6 in my weekly “Getting to Know the Author” in a year:

Favorite book genre:

Fiction: historical stories about Amish life

Nonfiction: biographies, especially authors and wise sages

Read on! Christina

I WAS CAUGHT TRESPASSING

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see” (Luke 10:23).

I went to a house showing with a friend who wanted my opinion about a property she considered buying. We drove through the property’s surrounding neighborhoods and I saw a No Trespassing sign on a tree across from her pending house deal.

I wondered about the sign’s homeowner. What led to posting a no trespassing sign? My friend and I toured her house showing and on our way home, I drove around the block toward the property with the trespassing post.

On the opposite side of said tree, I saw another yard sign. It read, “This site is for the future memorial garden park for _______________ (name withheld). A tribute was written about this person’s extensive community involvement and generosity. He was being honored through this garden park.

I humbly chuckled when I realized my first reaction was a knee-jerk assumption, more jerk than knee. In essence, I infringed on this family’s tender motive for posting a no trespassing sign.  

That day, my friend wanted a second opinion on a house showing. I left with God’s second opinion. Heavenly agents gave me a contingent offer after I initially closed my mind. Signed, sealed and delivered in the spirit.     

Jesus, open my heart and eyes to see what You see. Protect me from jumping to conclusions. Forgive me for trespassing against others.

Shutting a reframed door and opening my blinds,

Christina

Reveal #5

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An inside peak from the FROG Blog: #5 fact for a “Year of Getting to Know the Author”:

Musical Instruments I’ve learned to play:

Accordion

Piano

Recorder

In tune, Christina

Behind the scenes

Happy Views Day!

Today is #4 of my year’s worth of sharing a “not readily known about the author” fact:

Favorite veggies:

Celery topped with peanut butter

Chopped broccoli drizzled with olive oil

Green beans and fresh mushrooms sprinkled with dill

Red peppers dipped with spicy hummus

A walk through the garden of life,

Christina

JUDAS’S REDEMPTION?

“People insulted Christ, but he did not insult them in return. Christ suffered, but he did not threaten. He let God, the One who judges rightly, take care of him.Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of his wounds. You were like sheep that wandered away, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:23-25 NCV).

In the Bible, Judas isn’t portrayed a hero. He’s called to be one of Jesus’s twelve disciples but outside of that, he’s not associated as a man of integrity. Judas helped initiate Jesus’s crucifixion.

Peter denied Jesus three times. After resurrection, Jesus offered Peter three chances to say that he loved Him.  Jesus’s death isn’t the end of His story. Paul tortured Christians before he converted his hate to love.

What about Judas? Greed and power consumed him, leading him to betray Jesus. Unlike Paul’s conversion, Judas initially followed the Light before he turned to the dark side. After his horrific decision to expose Jesus to His accusers, Judas was consumed with regret and hung himself after the guards arrested Jesus.

I wonder what would have happened if Judas hadn’t died by suicide. What else, in addition to greed, led him to deny his Teacher, the Man who showed universal love?

Did Judas doubt Jesus’s authenticity? Did he get tired of waiting for the promised Savior? In an action-addicted world, maybe Judas got impatient in waiting for Jesus to show Himself as the Promised Savior.

God has answers to all questions. I need Him to teach me to love like Jesus, to peacefully wait for answers. He loves all of us to death.

Lord, thank You for taking the world’s sin. Guard me against everything that betrays Your truth or denies Your priceless gift.

Crossing my heartstrings around the lily pad of life,

Christina

#3 of 52 reveals

Happy Views Day!

To honor my one-year commitment to reveal one “Get to Know the Author’s Backstory,” here is #3.

Favorite color combination: Lime green and royal purple or mint green and lilac.

Christina

#2 of the 52 reveals

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Last Tuesday, I posted my first of a year’s worth of, “Things You May Not Know About Me.”

Today is #2 from “The Underside of a FROG’s Lily Pad.”

My 5-year-old answer to, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” A kindergarten teacher (that was before I started babysitting at 11 years old) 

Leap FROG-ging into today, Christina