rich + rooted Sample Page

I have been asked by many to provide a sample page from my books.  I am always hesitant to do this, since it is impossible to capture the depth and wholeness of the book in a teensy sneak peek.  But for those of you curious as to how the lessons are formatted, here is small snippet for your review.  There are three lessons each week, along with a day focused on praying, almsgiving, feasting, and worshiping.  And there are prompts for each of those days of the week as well.  I hope that helps you visualize the concept of the journey.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to connect with me.  Thank you.

Excerpt from rich + rooted PASSOVER:

S T U D Y I N G   L O Y A L T Y

S Y M B O L

Rooster or Feather

H I S T O R Y

Jesus is Denied

V E R S E S

Matthew 26:34-35

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.

R E F L E C T I O N

Jesus told Peter that he would deny Jesus at the Last Supper. Peter insisted he would never deny Jesus. Before Jesus was arrested, He went to pray in the garden. There, Jesus urged Peter to stay awake and spend time in prayer, because although his spirit was willing, his flesh was weak. But Peter was exhausted, and fell asleep. As Jesus predicted, when the time had come, Peter’s fear and weakness overcame him, and he denied Jesus three times. Peter learned a very important lesson from this and went on to teach us all, exhorting us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be on the alert, because your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Jesus loved Peter, even though He knew His love would be rejected as Peter denied Him. Jesus is loyal. He loves His friends, even in their dysfunction and doubt. He is a faithful friend.

C O P Y W O R K

Your love is loyal,

More faithful than

the rising sun,

This grace for me,

I can’t outrun.

A C T I V I T Y

  1. Go on a nature walk
  2. Collect found feathers
  3. Clean the feathers
  4. Place them in a jar.
  5. Discuss, Do you think after Peter’s denial, when he saw feathers, or heard a rooster crow, he remembered his actions? When he remembered, do you think he felt guilty or do you think he felt free? Romans 8:1 tells us “There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Guilt is a consequence of unconfessed sin. God can use it to warn us that we have a sin problem. But, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Jesus reassures us, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36. When we see these feathers, let us think of how when we confess our sin to God, we can live in freedom, experiencing and enjoying the loyal love of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gathered Thoughts

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As my boys and I partake in the offerings of nature, we cannot help but gather treasures we stumble upon.  The outdoors, it is a beautiful classroom in which to cultivate the skill of careful observation and the habit of attention.  It is easy and common to go about one’s day with such a focus, that the beauty around is missed.  A walk in nature provides many and varied opportunities to not only delight in the beauty of creation, but to organically “teach” these beneficial concepts.  Though such treasures are gathered, not all are kept.  Some are beautiful.  Meaningful even.  While others are riddled with pesky insects still crawling within.  Sometimes, we are able to see that we should not take these treasures.  But there have been times where those lil bugs are hiding, and we don’t know until we have gotten our gathered goods home, they have sat a few days within our nature collection, and then slowly they make their way out- showing us our treasure was not so much a treasure!

Now let us consider our hearts and the inter webs.  As we partake, clicking from site to site, we too cannot help but to gather “treasures” we stumble upon.  The online world surely has our observation and attention these days.  So to, it is easy and common to focus on what we are seeing, floating around social media.  It is easy and common to desire that which we see, while missing the beauty that has been afforded to us.  Time online can surely be an encouragement.  Treasures of truth and wisdom can be gathered. But sometimes, we can stumble upon thoughts riddled with pesky insects crawling within.  We can take those thoughts into our hearts, and we may not realize that which we have taken, is not a treasure after all, but in fact, it was riddled with pesky bugs.

Let us learn from our littles.  From our walks in nature.  From our “treasures” gathered.  That we might learn to discern that which we take.  That we can easily identify when what was taken, was not actually a “treasure” after all.  Let us read through filtered lenses, not easily and quickly taking others’ words and opinions into our hearts, but with careful observation and attention, deeply considering and weighing them.  Let us be gatherers of beautiful and meaningful.

-Jennifer