Sweet Home Alabama



The best Mother’s Day gift I’ve received was our recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Some of you may think that sounds crazy or selfish, but look, moms get tired. And sometimes, moms want to spend some time away with dad.

When my husband asked if we could get away for that particular week, the only answer was a definite yes.

We desperately needed some time away from the hustle and bustle of being a moving and grooving kind of family.

Psalm 95:5-6 The sea that he made belongs to him, along with the dry land that his hands formed. Come! Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel in the presence of the Lord, who made us.

There is no doubt that standing by the ocean will put you in awe of our Lord and savior, and our Creator. The masterpiece that is this Earth is so wondrous that it can steal your breath away. Visiting the ocean is a recharge for me.

I’m excited this is our first travel review. When we arrived at our condo I was pleasantly surprised and excited. Our check in and directions were easy to follow. I appreciate the security of the facility.

It is a perfect size for a week’s stay. It’s not too overwhelmingly large and not too tiny. We had fresh linens and a bottle of red wine waiting for us. The condo smelled amazing and there was light music to fill the empty space when we stepped in.

It was clean and comfortable. But most importantly, the view is spectacular from this particular unit. Every window has an ocean view.

You cannot ask for a better spot in Gulf Shores to watch the sun sink down into the horizon. Every single evening was a cotton candy sky that faded into a burnt array of color. The temperature was perfect in the evening to sit and listen to the families still playing in the pool.

We were able to visit Alligator Alley which is a short drive north and I was so blown away by their commitment to conservation and to their guest experience. This wasn’t a novelty stop and that is always important to me when we visit places on vacation that support wildlife conservation.

Our mornings were spent on the deck watching our fellow beach goers as they lugged their gear down for a day at the shoreline. The newly installed deck makes it an easy and safe trek across the dunes, which are restricted entry as to not disturb the summer turtles. It is perfect for that first cup of coffee. There is a Keurig and a regular pot. We shopped for all of our breakfast essentials and beverages at a local Wal-Mart. But there are also 2 tiny beach convenience stores not too far too. We had no problem finding the little things we needed like pickles or extra sunscreen because they are a short drive either way.

We drove to the end of the peninsula to visit Fort Morgan and it did not disappoint. If you are a history buff I highly recommend this experience. It was incredible to see the rich history connected to our nation preserved so beautifully at the Fort.

There is so much to do at The Wharf and they have awesome shopping!

Top 10 Things To Do:

10. Visit the USS Alabama We stopped on our way to our condo. The admission fee was reasonable. Wear comfy shoes because there are climbing nooks and crannies and your feet will thank you. Also, sunscreen those babies!

9. Eat at Picnic Beach– they offer fresh ingredients and a great selection of games for families. This was my favorite meal while on vacation. They have turf flooring so you can rest your toes too.

8. Ride the Big Wheel at The Wharf– $5! You can’t beat that price! The ride was lengthy and the view was incredible. *price at the time of our visit, this may change with the season*

7. Go to The Hangout-tons of souvenir shops and places to eat. You might even catch a great music festival! You can walk the beach here and you can shop. It was quiet when we went because they were preparing for the huge music festival! There is pizza, ice cream, drinks, and much more all within walking distance.

6. Have air brushed personalized hats or tee-shirts made at a local Christian business called Fric & Frac. Our kids loved the unique souvenir that is so different from the normal stuff you find on vacay. There are so many designs and things to choose from, and it’s ready…super fast! We orderd 5 hats and 1 tee shirt and it was done within an hour. These are high quality air brushed products. We walked away with a volleyball, Pokemon, Zelda, and 2 Star Wars caps that our kids loved! If you are looking to buy one high quality souvenir, this is it for the $$.

5. Visit Fort Morgan. Bring your own snacks and water and plan on spending at least 2 hours there. There is SO much to see from the Fort itself to watching the endangered nesting Osprey on the tower. As well as water fowl and little sunbathing lizards. Wear secure shoes. I would not suggest flip flops of slide on sandals. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

4. Ride the ferry to Dauphin Island.

3. Enjoy night swim’s in the condo pools. Or enjoy a dip in the hot tub. The hot tub doesn’t allow for children under the age of 14. That is nice if you are visiting without your kiddos.

2. Visit Alligator Alley. You should plan to spend about 2 or 3 hours here. You wouldn’t want to miss a show or the boardwalk into their amazing swamp. You can purchase buckets of nutritional pellets for the gators to munch on and we truly enjoyed the hands on experience. The educators are kind and patient and amazing with children. If you have small children be sure to pack a stroller in case their little legs get tired of walking. They have really cool souvenirs in their gift shop too.

  1. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES. We are beach bums at heart. My husband and I have traveled all over the world. We’ve been to some of the most amazing beaches you can make it to. We truly enjoyed our experience at the condo and our gracious host has become someone we will now turn to for our future trips down to the Gulf. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy the marine life, and make memories that last. Vacations are essential for the health of a family and we will be returning with children, *cough*, teenagers in tow. While walking the beach we encountered sting rays, dolphins, crabs and many types of sea bird. Drop me a message on Facebook or Instagram and let me know how you enjoyed your stay. Things to pack for the beach: cooler, sand toys, be sure and purchase an umbrella at a local store to save yourself money, bottled water, floaties, flashlights for crabbing at night, and sunscreen! If you can find a cheap sand cart and have the room-pack it! Don’t forget to take your flip flops down with you because the boardwalk can be hot on tiny toes.

Contact me today to have your Airbnb featured on our site. We love to feature family friendly and Christian establishments. Now more than ever families rely on web searches to prepare for their vacations. Oftentimes they will bypass reviews because reviews can be skewed.

Live, love.

Tiffany



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The Sharp Edges of The Heart

Cooper The Creek Dog

“Under His wings you will find refuge.”

— Psalm 9:1

I think the important thing about pain, is that I’m not really sure how long it takes to stop hurting. Maybe I am just not good at healing. I bandage. But I have always been able to move on and forward through pain, And equally good at letting people know that there is no magic amount of time for it to go away. You just have to be careful who you cut with your sharpened edges.

Sunday I took some models down to the creek to practice some photography shots. I was prepared for the day. I had my notes, my wardrobe, and my lenses, everything I thought I needed.

I apparently packed my giant over-sized stupid unhealed heart as well.

I’ve had to re-home dogs because of life circumstances. I’ve had pets come and go. I know that in reality most of us have. It is such a big part of life. The kids and I have always taken in animals that needed homes as well. Maybe even when we shouldn’t have. But there again, lies the heart.

While setting up this pose, a fella and his son stopped by in their SUV and attempted to talk me into taking a stray dog who had been dumped at an abandoned property. They had been feeding and caring for her for two days.

How could I leave her there? The girls begged me to take her. The girls begged me to go back.

But I didn’t.

I left her there because the pain of losing Cole was so devastating that it has taken weeks for me to get through my day without shedding a tear. A hard, hot, heartfelt tear for a rescue dog.

Cole changed my life. He changed my life forever. My husband still walks by his box of ashes every single day and says, “Good boy, Coley”. I’m typing through hot tears now. Can you picture a grown man doing that?

After a few hours, I felt bad. When our 19 year old got home, I sent him back down to the creek. The least I could do is take her in and find her owners. I mean, surely someone didn’t just dump her out there. He came back empty handed.

An hour later he went back, but this time, she hopped right in the car with him. Maybe she figured this was her last chance. My husband had told the girls we couldn’t keep her. Yet hours later, there he sat with a 50 lb. dog in his lap, in our kitchen floor, picking ticks off of her. By Monday, she had a vet appointment and a rabies shot. And I spent 35 minutes bawling my eyes out in the shower asking God, why? Why now? Because my heart is just so exhausted and broken. It’s too soon and I am not ready. But He knows why and He knows His timing.

Now she has a collar. And now she has a name.

So?

We have a dog named Cooper.

No one claimed her. She doesn’t have a microchip. And my children all believe she was sent by God to deliver us from the excruciating pain of losing Cole. My daughter said, “Mom, it’s like when something gets taken away, God replaces it with something better.” she caught the wince that shuddered through me, but I understand what she means. How can I argue with her opinion of our all-mighty, all-knowing, all-loving Father?

Maybe, Miss Cooper will help us heal. At the very least, help the children heal. So, here she is. She seems to constantly stare into my face begging for my love, and I am working on giving it to her.

Live, love.

3 Days Time

I ran across the image above and it resonated with me so much this Good Friday morning.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Everyone knows this verse.

It wasn’t until this week that I realized just how much I’ve transformed since giving my life to Christ. Then, yesterday, the significance of the week and the timing of this realization? Nothing short of God speaking to my soul. It is the Holy Ghost pushing me through these last few weeks and giving me the strength to realize my full potential and my full strength in Christ Jesus.

I am not a perfect Christian. But none of us are. We strive for excellence, but should not strive for perfection. That is a rouse that has been clothed in “success”, especially online, for a long time. It happens in church. It happens in school. And it happens in general life. Look to Him and He will save you from your own perfection. Because it was only He, who was truly all that was good and perfect and just.

What I thought of Calvary before I was saved, even after I suppose, is that He died so that I may live.

Breathe.

My organs are working.

I eat food and drink water.

It wasn’t until this week, when I let go of some “stuff” holding me back that I realized what He died for us FOR. And why!

He loved us so much that He wanted us:

TO LIVE.

Not just to breathe, eat food and be merry. But to LIVE, guilt-free in Him. He died so you can let go of anger, hurt, regret, pain, sorrow, and frustration. He died so that you may live forever with your loved ones in the afterlife Kingdom. He died so we can love our families and our own communities and truly SEE what is in front of us. But not just that, we are destined, those who are saved, to truly LIVE for the blessings of the Kingdom and to be the Chosen children of our creator. His desire is that we don’t just throw money at the world’s problems, but that we look into our own communities and get our hands dirty with the love of our fellow man, woman and child. That when we see hurt and despair we preach the gospel and allow generations of families to change and break their strongholds. He wants us to truly live in Him. What is the most sacred gift you can give someone? The gift of life. And when He comes to you, there is no looking away. You can deny Him, but He is still there, waiting patiently for you.

So many people put their faith in vapid spirituality, only to put their heads on their pillow at night and still long for the comfort that you can only find in Scripture. When you realize the power that is in the living Word of God, you will understand creation. You will understand yourself and your children. You can visibly see the battle between good and evil. Tear your veil! Rip it away! Seek God’s grace today! You simply have to ask. It is yours.

You will truly understand why Jesus died for you, so that you may truly LIVE.

Pick up the Bible today. Download the Bible app. But whatever you do, do not let another day go without tending to your salvation.

Live, love.

Tiffany

The Way God Saves

Buddy is the church cat. For those of you who aren’t from a rural area, church cats are fairly common. Almost all of the tiny churches have them. Buddy is cross-eyed. But Buddy was my gentle reminder that the Lord is kind, and good, and generous. Because he put so much sweet personality into Buddy, that his cross-eyes only add to his Southern charm. What cat has patience for a “wallering” baby? Buddy does. He wears his kitty heart on his sleeve.

My husband and I drove to Bowman Old Time Pentecostal Church in Blue Eye, Missouri on a gray spring Saturday. I didn’t start appreciating living in the state of Missouri until a few years ago. When God pressed me to stop wishing I was somewhere else and start appreciating where I was. It was life changing and soul shifting. But most of all, it was humbling.

Melody

Melody was chosen by Him. She was chosen to lead tent revivals and church services and take care of the rural families in need. She was chosen to feed the poor. She was chosen to reach down and help fellow mothers up out of the pits of hell they live in. Poverty isn’t just a city problem or an international issue. We have children in our own counties starving and going without the most basic needs that you and I take for granted every single day.

Matthew 14:13-21 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

1When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

1As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

1Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

This is her story.


“The original church was built in the 30’s or so…they started having church in the school in 1907”

Where do you get your ideas?
Everything we do in ministry has been lead by the Lord.

What is your life like?
Busy! My husband & I started pastoring Bowman Old Time Pentecostal Church in July 2018. We had no intentions on having a food pantry, however in Aug{ust} the Lord started sending us food. God is so amazing like that! The pantry is a lot of work. We usually go pick up food for that once a week. Our church is older & is in need of repairs so we do work on the building in free time. I also home-school our 15 year old & 10 year old. And in Feb{ruary} 2018 God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl!

What is the first thing that made you cry?
I get emotional quit a bit. This isn’t just ministry, we get to be a part of peoples lives. God has opened doors and our church has a community free food pantry, its been a blessing for many. My most emotional memory so far has been of a young boy, probably around 10 years old, he came to pantry with his mom. At the time we had toilet paper to give away in the pantry. The sight of this little boy running around and so excited about getting toilet paper brought me to tears. This is in our communities, families going without basic necessities. I know without a doubt our mission is right in our own community.

What was the best money you ever spent?
Giving a man outside the Ozark Walmart, playing the violin, my last $10 & telling him Jesus loves him. I knew in my heart the Holy Ghost was leading me and the peace I felt was amazing!

When did you become a Christian?
2012: My husband describes it as a Cornelius experience, meaning everybody in our house gave their hearts to Jesus!

What is your favorite childhood church memory?
I didn’t grow up in church. We only went to church on holidays. So when I gave my heart to Jesus I meant it. And as I grew in my walk with Him I believed everything He wrote to me in the bible. I guess you might say I hadn’t been “churched” so when I read that Jesus could heal my body, I believed it! I have been physically healed 3 times! Wow, if we would tell the world of everything Jesus can do for them there wouldn’t be enough room in all the churches!

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager, what would you do?
I have thought about this a lot. And it might of made my life easier, but I have worked through these things. God has forgiven me of the mistakes and healed my heart. I’m not proud of who I was but make no mistake I’m proud & love my Jesus!

How do you handle the pressure from non-Christian media?
It’s real easy to get sucked into battles and arguments with non-believers. However we learned in ministry its better to pray and let the Lord fight battles.

A baby named Galilee.

What’s your family life like?
My husband & I have been married for 16 years in April! I have a beautiful Godly 24 year old daughter who is the mommy to my 2 precious grand babies and gained a son when she married a God fearing young man. My 15 year old son is a talented banjo player and was asked to join a gospel band last month. I have a 10 year old daughter that is beautiful, kind, and looking forward to riding rides at Silver Dollar City. And our new addition was a surprise from God. I was 43 and pregnant with her…. I tell everybody , God has a plan , He just lets us be a part of it!



Tell us one thing you want people to know about you. Jesus! There is a song out by Casting Crowns “Only Jesus” (my husband had it as his ring tone so i know it well) It says I don’t care if they remember me, only Jesus….That’s what it’s all about. Only Jesus can heal you physically and emotionally. Only Jesus can cure the addictions, only Jesus ..He is what we need!
#livelove

I’m always humbled and filled with Thanksgiving when the Lord puts new families in front of our own. These families often teach me a lesson that the Lord was waiting for me to learn in order to progress His Kingdom. Sometimes they are swift and hard, and sometimes they are gentle and slow. Our seasons will change but your love for God’s people should grow.

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The Disappointment We Feel

Proverbs 23:17-18 “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

I’ve needed God more in the last few days than I have in a long time. It’s always amazing to me how the loss of something can evoke such a passionate and yet depressing response to life as we know it in general.

I’ve always handled death fairly well. And I’ve had instances in my life where I had to re-home a beloved pet. Certain people in my life have never understood why or how I could love animals so much, but I just always have. I’ve felt every loss but also felt each loss differently. I’ve made decisions that were hard and decisions that sucked. Life tends to teach us lessons in each circumstance we encounter. What are you rambling about Tiffany?

A lot actually. It’s here, where I guess it is all interconnected.

God gives us gifts on earth to heal us. They are sometimes in the form of animals. I lost my dog this week. He wasn’t just any dog, he was the dog who picked me. He chose me. We were both the student and the teacher together. We originally went to just “look” for a puppy that was suitable for my daughter, my husband and I, alone through a shelter full of pit bulls. In the corner kennel, was a small, long-legged black and white “mix” of a puppy. There was something different about him. He was calm in the mix of erratic and loud pit bulls.

We left the shelter touched by his demeanor. And later that day, my daughter was taken to meet him, my husband and I both secretly hoped she picked him. You see, she had saved her money for a puppy. She also fell in love with our long-legged guy. We kept his shelter name, Cole.

What we didn’t know is that Cole chose everyone in our family in a different manner. He built specific and unique relationships with each member of our household. Even our hateful & tiny chihuahua. Cole worked tediously and tirelessly to win over every heart in our home.

Cole was my redemption. Every mistake I ever made loving humans and animals was redeemed through him. He was even a “hand-holder”. Sometimes he would sit with me and simply want to just hold hands. His giant paw would curl around my hand and he would give me his quiet and content filled “love stare”.

Cole felt everything. He felt everyone. He was a true gift to our family from God. Because Cole showed us who God is. I know it seems silly, or some say, “Oh it’s just a dog.” Maybe some are just dogs or just animals. But there are some…some of them are special. They are sent with a purpose. They ask for nothing and they give us everything. Cole was everything love is supposed to be. They sew us back together, forgive us our sins, and love us unconditionally, they are God’s spirit.

Cole had been abandoned under a deteriorating building and put in a kennel. Cole was the last of his litter to be “chosen”, and I have no doubt that is because he was waiting on his family. We were his family in every single sense of the word. He taught us each a different lesson.

I wouldn’t be a very good Christian if I didn’t divulge my walk with God honestly.

While I may be mad at my heavenly Father and I may not understand, I will forever be grateful that he sent Cole to be with our family. And when He called Cole home, I have no doubt that Cole turned one last time to see his mamma lying in the road simply wanting to “hold his hand” one last time.

Testimony Tuesday with Be Blessed’s Cami Jenkins

I love an awesome testimony. As women of God it is so important for us to be able to see another’s walk with God in order to help us develop our
own walk with Him. One of the biggest struggles a new Christian woman can have is knowing who to walk alongside. I can tell you that my own
potential to become closer to Him can be foggy with my own human sin encounters and one of the biggest things I have learned to do is to walk with the wise women in my immediate circle.

1 Peter 3:15 says:
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

When I reached out to Cami, I was so excited when she agreed to do this


project with me. Her influence is strong and her faith is beautiful. I hope you enjoy getting to know her like I have.

It’s always so neat to meet Christians in the marketplace and learn their story. How did you become a Christian? “I was raised in a Christian home so I’ve always known about Jesus. I remember following him from a VERY young age. “

When were you baptized and what was that experience like for you? “I was in 5th grade and I knew if you followed Jesus then God tells you to be baptized. Our little church didn’t have a baptismal but finally put one in and I remember having to wait on them to do a baptism service. I was overly anxious to do what God wanted me to do. It was such a relief to me when I finally could do it!”

Tell us about your family. “I grew up in a home with three girls. My parents are about to celebrate 50 years of marriage later this year 🙂 I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this summer. We have 3 sons, which is a crazy house but SO MUCH FUN.”

What has life as a Christian been like for you? “Generally uneventful in good ways. My testimony is somewhat different from many people I know. I can tell you from experience that following Jesus keeps you out of trouble and really does lead to peace. But it wasn’t until my 30’s that I really grabbed onto my faith with both hands and started really asking God to lead me for His purposes instead of my own. And He’s been crazy faithful in answering those prayers.”

Have you ever been on a mission? If so, where? What was it like? “I went on a few mission trips in high school to places like Colorado, to work with kids. And then early in my married life my husband and I went to
Mexico on a mission. We held church services and provided limited health care. The main thing is that in those types of mission where you see
how much poverty there is in other parts of the world, you personally learn a lesson of gratitude. I hope we brought hope to the people but I ultimately was the most ministered to.”

How do you see Him in your daily life? “I work for a secular company
that somehow has me giving biblical messages to the general public. I don’t for one second take that for granted or think that I had anything to do with making that happen so I am in an interesting place of being forced
to rely on God to sustain me, my messages and my job. I ask for guidance and wisdom constantly throughout the day.”

What is your prayer life like? “Constant. Without communion with God I know I will fall flat on my face in my “ministry.”

 How do you start your day? “Most days I try to read at least one verse to set the tone of my thoughts before I get out of bed. Then I have a marathon of getting 3 kids ready and to school before my focus comes back to my own day. Then as I get ready, I turn on the Daily Audio Bible App that reads through selections of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs to get through the Bible in a year. It completely sets my thoughts for my work day.”

What is your favorite thing about your business? “That it marries my passions of tv/film/speaking with Jesus. It’s a dream.”

If you could travel to any place in the world where would that be? “I’ve been able to go to a lot of places and my favorite views are in Santorini Greece so that’s back at the top of my list of where I want to go. On that same trip I got to go to Mars Hill which just felt like I was standing on Holy ground listening to the sermon from the Bible that was preached there!”

Do you find it difficult to follow through sometimes when the Lord prompts you in public? “I used to. But He has risen up a “Holy Boldness” in me and as my job is now to talk about God in public it’s pretty freeing. People already know where I stand so that part of the fear is *mostly* not an issue.”


What is the best piece of advice you can give to a new Christian woman or girl? “To pray for wisdom and boldness, and to have them together. And keep eternity in your heart at all times so you don’t get caught up in the things that don’t matter in the end.”

What is your favorite story in the Bible? “Queen Esther. She was brave and stepped into her purpose.”

Where can people find you? “If you want to see any of my tv segments, you can google Ozarks First Cami Jenkins. Or go to Ozarks First and choose “Ozarks Fox AM” from the menu and then I am found on both the link “Be Blessed” and the link “Cami Jenkins.” And for inquiries to have me speak at an event or church, you can email me.

What is something you want others to know? “God puts dreams in our hearts but sometimes waits until we lay down our plan for those dreams. When we sacrifice our own agenda for those dreams then He can actually use them for his glory and it is SO fulfilling!!!”


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Live, love. Tiffany

The Bible 11:11 NLT

Happy Wednesday! I had every intention of dropping this on Testimony Tuesday but as we all know, sometimes, well…kids.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and your NLT version of the Bible or download the YouVersion Bible app today and snuggle up to get into God’s word. I found this particular study enlightening and helpful in introducing some new characters to study and also entertaining even by today’s modern example. Some chapter do not have an 11:11 but you can enjoy the ones that do.

Genesis 11:11 After the birth of Arphaxas, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters. How amazing it is that our ancestors lived 500 years!

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Leviticus 11:11 They will always be detestable to you. You must never eat their meat or even touch their dead bodies. –Here God is telling Moses and Aaron what marine animals are to be avoided because they are unclean. The entire passage regarding animals is very interesting.

Numbers 11:11 And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?” So, this entire chapter I found incredibly interesting. If you are new to the Bible, the people are complaining to Moses about struggle. How many times has your own family or friends used you to complain to? Did the burden make you agitated? This puts Moses in a very human light because he is aggravated at God and speaks about it out loud to Him.

The Lord has been pressing on me to get this 11:11 piece done. Today, I feel the weight Moses felt regarding whining and poverty and destitution in our world. Working in the prevention side of the market and dealing with political and social restraint has truly taken a toll on my ability to hear God clearly. Read the entire chapter and see how God and Moses argue. You can almost feel Moses exasperation and you can most definitely feel the Lord’s frustration.

I can chalk this up to having a toddler on the side of the pool. His father is telling him to “jump!” But he doesn’t trust the outcome because of fear. How many times do we feel this? It boils over into our own family dynamics and social and work situations.

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Deuteronomy 11:11 Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valley with plenty of rain-12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!

As Moses is preaching the commandments in Deuteronomy, I feel the sense of urgency Moses has to his people. In verse 11:16 Moses says, “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other Gods.” Don’t you feel that difficult pull in today’s Western society to fall prey to our lifestyles and the wicked ways of the world. How can we teach our children, and remind the, like Moses tells us to do, to hold fast to the Lord’s word and their purity? Deuteronomy tells us very plainly, that it is our responsibility to teach our future about the promises and miracles of God so that they may not forget.

Joshua 11:11 The Israelites completely destroyed every living thing in the city, leaving no survivors. Not a single person was spared. And then Joshua burned the city down.

WHOA. That is a heavy verse. Let’s dive a little deeper into this verse. Joshua was Moses assistant, for lack of better terminology. After Moses dies in the Bible, God speaks to Joshua and tells him it is now up to him to lead the Israelites into the promised land. In Joshua there is a lot, A LOT, of battles and Joshua has the Lord’s blessing. If you are a dude, grab the NLT version. I like to picture the Bible as a movie inside of my head. This is one of your action scene chapters. There is fire and horses and chariots! Joshua was a great military leader for the Promised people and the Promised land.

Judges 11:11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him their ruler and commander of the army. At Mizpah, in the presence of the Lord, Jephthah repeated what he had said to the elders.

In the Bible, Jephthah has to stand up to the Ammonite king who accuses the Israelites of stealing land from him at the Arnon River.

1 Samuel 11:11 But before dawn the next morning, Saul arrived, having divided his army into three detachments. He launched a surprise attack against the Ammonites and slaughtered them the whole morning. The remnant of their army was so badly scattered that no two of them were left together.

Saul was a King and eventually fell on his own sword to avoid being captured by the Philistines. Google defines Philistine as-a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.

2 Samuel 11:11 Uriah replied, “The ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in the tents, and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to win and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear I would never do such a thing.

Soooooo, Uriah is Bathsheba’s husband. This was kind of a sultry story to get into. Because it is the beginning of David’s fall to rock bottom. David tried to send Uriah home to get some rest because Uriah serves in the palace. Uriah refuses. David then arranges for Uriah to be murdered on the battlefront. David then sends for Uriah’s wife and takes her as his own wife. He literally kills his pregnant mistress’ husband and then takes her as his own wife. Needless to say, God is pretty angry!

1 Kings 11:11 So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.

God is speaking to Solomon here. He is angry because Solomon has built pagan altars for his foreign wives to worship and burn incense on. Solomon is David’s son.

2 Kings 11:11 The palace guards stationed themselves around the king, with their weapons ready. They formed a line from the south side of the Temple around to the north side and all around the altar.

Here, Joash is crowned king.

1 Chronicles 11:11 Here is record of David’s mightiest warriors: The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader o the Three-mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 300 enemy warriors in a single battle.

2 Chronicles 11:11 Rehoboam strengthened their defenses and stationed commanders in them, and he stored supplies of food, olive oil, and wine.

Rehoboam is in Judah.

Nehemiah 11:11 and Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the supervisor of the Temple of God.

The people are occupying Jerusalem in this chapter, Genealogy is important in the Bible and can help us really understand how and why certain things occur.

Job 11:11 For He knows those who are false, and He takes note of all their sins.

Wow. This one was a little deeper than I had expected it to be. How many times in our lives have we felt we were not being genuine, or someone was not being genuine with us? Even in our own churches this can be a frustrating experience. But at the end of the day, we serve a God who knows all. Even our darkest hearts and thoughts. Our sinful and wicked ways are scarily, human. Therefore, repenting every time we are pressed to is so important.

Proverbs 11:11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

This is our thrift store for our non-profit. We painted our own blue cross on the window after a left wing extremist group threatened our tiny town with a lawsuit. The verse is Mathew 10:33

I immediately pictured this in front of a small town-America courthouse. I also thought of our own small town’s argument with a left-wing extremist group who wanted us to remove our blue cross at the city park for the Christmas light display. How powerful is that picture painted in Proverbs? And OH! How true it rings today!

Isaiah 11:11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to bring back the remnant of his people-those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt, Ethiopia, and Elam; in Babyloania, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands.

This is talking about David’s genealogy line and their importance to humanity.

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I am going to bring calamity upon them, and they will not escape. Thought they beg for mercy, I will not listen to their cries.

At this point in time, God has discovered that the people of Jerusalem and Judah have returned to their ancestral ways of worshipping false idols, he names Baal here too. The Lord asks Jeremiah to stop praying and weeping for these people. Isn’t it interesting and applicable to some of the wicked ways of our western society today? I myself am guilty of praying and weeping for unspeakable evil and for a nation that is turning its back on God. Maybe so much so that I am so focused on this that I am missing all my blessings and possibly some of prayer time focusing on things I cannot change. They are truly in God’s hands.

Ezekiel 11:11 “No, this city will not be an iron pot for you, and you will not be like meat safe inside it. I will judge you even to the border of Israel 12 and you will know that I am the Lord. For you have refused to obey my decrees and regulations; instead, you have copied the standards of the nations around you.”

I don’t have to dive into the history of this chapter for you. I think just reading it drives the point home. When you start to experience the Bible living word and you SEE the implications it has on our modern society now, it may just scare you a little bit. But here’s what I can tell you, that fear is healthy when you turn to salvation. It’s the sort of internal gift the Holy Spirit gives you when your veil has been torn. How often do we copy the standards of our OWN nation of people?

Daniel 11:11 “Then, in a rage, the kind of the south will rally against the vast forces assembled by the king of the north and will defeat them.

Daniel was a Jewish exile.

Isaiah was right. Jeremiah was right.Habakkuk was right. The Babylonians had attacked Jerusalem and carried off many Jewish captives. One of them was a young man named Daniel.

Daniel quickly distinguishes himself from the men of Babylon. He is loyal to his God. He is wise beyond his years. He can even interpret visions and dreams—accurately. Daniel’s gifts are from the God of Israel, and the young man becomes a living testimony to his God in a strange land.

Daniel also has vivid, symbolic visions about the future of Israel, world kingdoms, and the kingdom of God—exposing us to some of God’s long-term plan for the world. You can find more Here.

Hosea 11:11 Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt. Trembling like doves they will return from Assyria. And I will bring them home again,” says the Lord.

God is speaking of his great love for Israel.

Zechariah 11:11 That was the end of my covenant with them. The suffering flock was watching me, and they knew that the Lord was speaking through my actions.

Matthew 11:11 “I will tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!” This was an amazing account to read. You can truly feel Jesus’ love for John the Baptist, and since I read that first and then went back and studied the surrounding scriptures, I realized that I must have been meant to see it was. That Jesus truly believed there was none greater than his beloved John the Baptist.

Mark 11:11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Upon studying this, I felt pressed to tell you that in this chapter I giggled.

Mark 11:12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.

Here’s what I am going to tell you. Jesus has left us little clues that He was in fact, HUMAN. Here, you can just feel His “hangry”.

Luke 11:11 “You fathers-if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?”
The resounding effects of this verse have been heard throughout Christian history. God isn’t going to give us a snake.

John 11:11 Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

I often think about this story when someone near to us passes away. How many times have we seen life after death here on earth and yet we dismiss it as science? Just because it hasn’t been our loved ones who were resurrected here on the earth doesn’t mean this doesn’t happen now. The true meaning of resurrection lies in Heaven and our own salvation. When our focus switches from trying to disprove the Bible and simply believing the Bible as we have other subjects, its light shines bright and true.

Acts 11:11 “Just then three men who had been sent from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were staying. 12 The Holy Spirit told me to go with them and not to worry that they were Gentiles. These six brothers accompanied me, and we soon entered the home of a man who had sent for us. 13 He told us how an angel had appeared to him in his home and told him, “Send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. 14 He will tell you how you will be saved and everyone in your household can be saved.

15 As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell on us at the beginning. 16 Then I thought of the Lord’s words when he said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 17 And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?”

Romans 11:11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves.

You can kind of picture a “mic drop” here.

This one is for you Christian feminists out there. You’re welcome.

1 Corinthians 11:11 But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. 12 For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from the woman, and everything comes from God.

2 Corinthians 11:11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.

I LOVE Paul. I mean, if I could pick a fella out of the Bible, back in the day, it would be Paul. He was a rebel who fell at the feet of Jesus Christ. He repented all his sin and then followed Jesus until his death. He was loyal and loved the Gospel. If you have extra time, study the letters to the church in Corinth. Paul’s words were so encouraging to them in a time when he was struggling with his own physical pain and torture, yet here he was, worshipping God.

Hebrews 11:11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.

I love how the New Testament always circles back to the word and stories of the Old Testament. These stories were passed down generation to generation of believers. Gods promise is exactly like that.

Here we are at the end of the story. I hope you have enjoyed this project so far. It was a doosey to write up, but I found myself so intrigued with the verses and, diving in deeper to uncover the meaning or storyline behind them. As a new Christian I enjoy helping others who have came to Christ unpack some of the things we can internally struggle against someone who was born and raised in God’s words.

Revelation 11:11 But after three and a half days God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them. 12 Then a loud voice from heaven called to the two prophets, “Come up here!” And they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.

Live, love.

Tiffany