45 days...
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45 audio devotionals...

to prove that the Bible is NOT boring and the Believers today can actually learn a  lot from the Old Testament.

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DAY 1 - Creation

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Do you really believe that?

If not, today is the day you ask God to grow your faith in this area because the Bible is either true or it’s not. And if it’s not, then there is no point in believing the rest.

Check out Answers in Genesis to learn TONS about Creation and all the evidence that supports it!

DAY 2 - The Fall

You likely know this story already. God tells Adam that he is allowed to eat the fruit off any tree in the garden EXCEPT the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Adam tells Eve. And they live happily ever after in total, perfect obedience.
Oh wait – that’s not how it goes, is it? Enter the serpent, stage left.

What can you possibly take away from this MAJOR FAIL? In this episode, I am sharing 2 Truths that you are going to want to hear about.

DAY 3 - Noah's Ark

 I mean…who wouldn’t stare? God tells Noah that He is going to flood the entire earth and kill everything on land and in the air and Noah believes Him and builds a ginormous boat that is no where near water. Weird, right?

The reality of this biblical count is NOTHING like the murals we see painted on nursery walls. What kind of physical and emotional exhaustion did Noah experience while obeying God?

𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗯𝗲𝘆 𝗛𝗶𝗺, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝗺.

DAY 4 - Abraham is called

 Abraham, the man through which God blesses the nations.Abraham, the man who pimped out his wife…twice.Abraham, the man who had a baby with his wife’s servant.

But before you get too judgy about our boy Abraham, ask yourself this…
How many times have you taken matters into your own hands and acted without faith?

Abraham, the man who God counted as righteous, not because of his actions, but because of his belief.

DAY 5 - Sarah and Hagar

Just another classic love story…
Boy meets girl.
Boy and girl get married.
Girl tells boy to have a baby with another girl.
Boy agrees.
Girl gets SUPER MAD about it!

Well, classic if you were watching a reality show on TV, right? Believe it or not, this is the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Maybe, just maybe is a better to wait on God to fulfill His promises to us.

Listen to Hagar’s story HERE.

DAY 6 - Sodom and Gamorrah

Destruction for a wicked city…
Rescue for Lot and his family…
Judgement for Lot’s wife…
Good news and a warning for Believers today…

Believers are not just from destruction here on earth, but from the eternal fires of hell. But understand that your heart matters. Without it, your obedience doesn’t.

Listen to Ep 6 – What is a Real Relationship with Jesus HERE.

DAY 7 - An Arranged Marriage

How could an old-fashioned tradition of arranged marriage possibly apply to your life as a modern, busy woman?

Believe it or not, there are 3 huge ways this biblical account applies to you today…

1) Work heartily for the Lord
2) Pray before you take action and expect God to grant you success when you are following His plan
3) Look for small ways to serve those around you so that God can use you to answer their prayers

DAY 8 - Jacob, the Deceiver

God is in control of everything and yet you still have free will to make your own choices.

So how do you reconcile that?! Can you be held responsible for unGodly choices if He is working out His plan?

That’s exactly what we are talking about in today’s devotional on Jacob and Esau.

God’s sovereignty and your free will are 2 sides of the same coin. Both exist at the same time and though you can see them at work together, you will never truly understand how they work together.

DAY 9 - Jacob is tricked

Jacob agrees to serve his uncle for 7 years in return for Rachel’s hand in marriage only to be tricked into marrying her sister, Leah.

Do you know what the Bible says Jacob actually said to Laban?! “Why then have you deceived me?” BAHAHAHAHA!!! I’m sorry, is it wrong to laugh? It probably is but seriously Jacob – YOU of ALL people are upset about being deceived?!!

Don’t be surprised when God puts obstacles in your path that prevent you from enjoying things that draw you away from Him or puts you in situations that expose your sin so that you have to deal with it. This is how God sanctifies you and makes you more like Jesus.

DAY 10 - Joseph's bad day

I love this bible account and hate it!

It’s hard to trust God when things keep getting worse.
When prayers seem to go unanswered.
When living with integrity feels like a punishment.

Joseph’s life as a whole is an example to us of trusting God through the trials we experience when it looks like things just keep getting worse.

DAY 11 - A Dramatic Family Reunion

Joseph could not have survived all that he went through without relying daily on God’s strength to get in him through it all.

But what will he do now that his brothers are at his mercy? 
Does he still need to rely on God to take care of him? Will he still act with integrity or will he take his revenge?

This Bible account rivals the plot of any great drama! Grab your popcorn and a drink and find out what happens AND how you can apply Joseph’s story to your life today.

DAY 12 - Moses is Called

Moses is roughly 80 years old when God appears to him in the burning bush and tells him that he will be the one that God uses to liberate the Israelites from slavery.

What an opportunity, right? Well, Moses doesn’t seem to think so. But Moses’s opinion of himself is not a concern of God’s and neither is yours.

God’s plans for your life will never be accomplished because of what you think you can do based on who you think you are. His plans for you are achieved because of what He knows He can do based on who He knows He is.

DAY 13 - The 10 Plagues of Egypt

God uses the 10 plagues, not just so that God can show Pharoh whose boss, but He will use them to remind the Israelites who He is and what He can do.

And this wasn’t His “back-up plan” when Pharoh didn’t agree to let the Israelites go right out of the gate. God actually hardened Pharoh’s Himself!

God intends for His power to be on display, not just for His enemies, but for His own people to see.

DAY 14 - The 10 Commandments

The 10 Commandments were part of the “Old Covenant” so do they actually apply to Believers today?

The thing about God’s Word is that we don’t get to pick and choose what we want to obey and what we don’t. It’s not a buffet!

This is why it is important that we take the time to study:

  • what the laws given by God were,
  • what they meant,
  • how they applied to the Israelites in biblical times
  • and how they apply to Christians today.

DAY 15 - Cow Worship

Have you ever dealt with a child that told you a blatant lie?

“I’m not the one that left the wet towel in heap in the bathroom.”
“My teacher never told me about the test or the homework so it’s not my fault I’m is failing the class.”
“My friends wanted to worship a god so they gave me their gold jewelry. I threw it into the fire and a gold cow just jumped up out of the flames!” (Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that one…)

As ridiculous as it might seem to us, the fact is that what the Israelites did was REALLY sinful and God takes sin REALLY seriously!

DAY 16 - Weird Food Laws and more

If you have ever read through the entire Bible, or attempted to but didn’t quite make it, you may have found your eyes glossed over and your mind wandered as you read through the book of Leviticus.

The entire book lays out the instructions from God regarding both the ritual and ethical commands He gives the Jews to follow and it can be a little hard to get through.

But as Believers today, we don’t follow the sacrificial system or dietary laws so why bother studying this book of the Bible at all?

Because it gives us a deeper understanding of God’s entire plan and helps us put together the pieces of the puzzle that show us the incredible picture of our salvation through Christ.

DAY 17 - 40 Years in the Wilderness

The people have arrived on the edge of the Promised Land and God tells Moses to send spies into the land to check it out.

Why? Well, remember, it’s been a hot minute since Jacob moved his entire family from Canaan to Egypt. And while he and his family may have been living in peace with the people half a century ago, things have changed just a wee bit. 

Not only do 10 of the 12 spies report back that it is too risky to try and take over the land, the people even talk about returning to Egypt to be slaves again.

Guess how well THAT went over with God?

DAY 18 - Moses loses his cool

40 years of wandering.
40 years of complaining.

And this time, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Moses loses his cool and God doesn’t take it lightly at all!

DAY 19 - Balaam can only bless

As the Israelites slowly make their way closer and closer to the border of the Promised Land, king after king tries to defeat them.

But God is with the people and they are unstoppable!

So King Balak tries something different. He calls on Balaam, a pagan seer to curse the people in hope that it will give him the “spiritual edge” he needs.

And it doesn’t quite work out the way he is hoping it would!

DAY 20 - Joshua takes the lead

The time has arrived for Isreal to finally cross the Jordan River into the Promised land BUT remember that God told Moses and Aaron that they wouldn’t be allowed to enter. 

So means Israel needs a new leader.

Unlike his predecessor, Joshua does not shrink away from this honor. This could be a sign of total trust in the Lord or a sign that he is foolishly optimistic – leading this nation was not an easy job! 

DAY 21 - Rahab, the Prostitute

“And they said to Joshua, “ Truly, the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”

Wow – that’s a pretty bold statement and not one that should have been made lightly considering that last time the spies claimed the cities were fortified and the land had giants

So what was it that gave them such assurance of success this time around? Her name was Rahab and she was a prostitute in the city of Jericho.

In this episode we will be reminded that God uses whomever He chooses despite their many imperfections, their past mistakes, and their current fears

DAY 22 - Deborah and Jael

Now here are 2 women you don’t want to mess with!!

Whether you are a working woman who has to stop what she is doing to make sure someone does their job, like Deborah was OR a SAHM mom who is taking care of her home and family day in and day out, like Jael, you are in a position to do important things that have a major impact on the kingdom of God because you are exactly where God wants you to be. He can and will use you to fulfill His plans. Your job is simply to be a woman of faith.

(There are arguments made about the Bible that accuse it of silencing women, suggesting that they are less than men and that it promotes their mistreatment and even abuse. Judges chapter 4, my friend, tuck that one in your back pocket the next time someone tries to pull that with you, okay?)

DAY 21 - Rahab, the Prostitute

“And they said to Joshua, “ Truly, the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”

Wow – that’s a pretty bold statement and not one that should have been made lightly considering that last time the spies claimed the cities were fortified and the land had giants

So what was it that gave them such assurance of success this time around? Her name was Rahab and she was a prostitute in the city of Jericho.

In this episode we will be reminded that God uses whomever He chooses despite their many imperfections, their past mistakes, and their current fears

DAY 21 - Rahab, the Prostitute

Now here are 2 women you don’t want to mess with!!

Whether you are a working woman who has to stop what she is doing to make sure someone does their job, like Deborah was OR a SAHM mom who is taking care of her home and family day in and day out, like Jael…

YOU are in a position to do important things that have a major impact on the kingdom of God because you are exactly where God wants you to be. He can and will use you to fulfill His plans. Your job is simply to be a woman of faith.

(There are arguments made about the Bible that accuse it of silencing women, suggesting that they are less than men and that it promotes their mistreatment and even abuse. Judges chapter 4, my friend, tuck that one in your back pocket the next time someone tries to pull that with you, okay?)

DAY 23 - Gideon

Much of the account of Gideon in Judges shows him to be a man who lacked faith. But did God use him despite his lack of faith? Yes!

His grace covers Gideon’s foolishness. And while we should be thankful that God graces covers us in moments when we lack faith, let’s not use Gideon’s example as an excuse.

It is okay to be afraid of what our future holds, particularly when God is leading us to do something dangerous. Fear is not sinful, but denying God’s sovereign power and testing Him IS.

DAY 24 - Samson

Meet Samson.

  • Israel’s 12th and final judge.
  • He was involuntarily devoted to be a Nazirite from birth.
  • Developed unparalleled strength along with a bad temper as he grew.
  • Violated the commands of the Lord throughout his life.
  • Became tragically entangled with the culture he was meant to destroy and lived a life of continued unfaithfulness. 

Samson is what we call a “hot mess” and yet…God used him.

DAY 25 - Ruth

God sees Ruth’s heart is to do what is honorable and He directs her steps to protect her. In 2:3 it says, “So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.”

For anyone who may have missed the theme of every single devotional episode up to this point, let me put this simply – NOTHING JUST HAPPENS. PERIOD.

Ruth’s life is a picture of the redemption the Believers experience through Christ and that matters to you today. 

DAY 26 - Samuel is called by the Lord

Have you ever been upset and someone, particularly a man, tries to comfort you and it just is no help at all? 

Today, our devotional starts out with this very scenario. The book 1 Samuel opens up with a recipe for disaster in human terms, but God is always at work.

In today’s episode, we learn 2 very important Truths about living out our faith as Christian women from the adults in Samuel’s life.

First, pray unashamedly with the expectation that God will answer. Second, be more concerned about your children’s souls than their comfort.

DAY 27 - Israel demands a king

Samuel becomes Israel’s prophet and he appointed his own son’s as judges over Israel. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to fare any better with his sons than Eli did. The people go to him and demand that he appoint them a king to lead them. And, at first, we can’t really blame them. I mean, the system that is in place hasn’t been working out all that well for them.

BUT…their hearts are exposed when, after Samuel warns them of what a king will do to them, they continue to push for a king so that they could be like the nations around them.

Before you judge their rejection of the Lord, examine your own life and take an honest assessment of whether or not YOU are living more like culture than for Christ.

DAY 28 - Rejected by God

So what kind of king did Israel get?

He was taller and more handsome than any other man in Israel. Sounds like he has the stature of a king for sure, but what of his heart?

Today’s passage is a reminder that we ought to be careful to claim that what we are doing is in the name of the Lord when it is actually for our own comfort and benefit. 

God knows your heart and your outward obedience is worthless without genuine inward devotion.

DAY 29 - David vs Goliath

Meet David.

The most well-known man in the Bible short of Jesus, David is the youngest of the 8 sons of Jesse. He is small in stature and has spent his life thus far as a shepherd boy.

And when he hears the Philistine giant insulting the God of the Israelites, he tells King Saul that he will fight him.

David’s source of confidence is not in his own abilities. He has full confidence that he will defeat Goliath because God is with him.

DAY 30 - David & Bathseba

While Day 29’s devotional was all about David as a man of integrity and honor, today’s episode shows a very different side of him.

For starters, he wasn’t where he belonged which made him an easy target for temptation.

Then he used his authority to cause Bathsheba to commit adultry.

Finally, he “sin-stacked” and killed her husband in hope that it would cover up what he had done.

As a Christian woman, you might not think there is much about David’s actions that apply to you today, but I challenge to listen to this episode and ask God to reveal anything that needs to be dealt with in your heart.

DAY 31 - Solomon, the wise king

If God offered to give you ANYthing you wanted, what would ask for?

Would it be for wisdom on how to rule His people justly? Let’s be honest, probably not.

Not that you would seek riches and fame, but would more likely ask for health, safety, and salvation for your family. And while these things are good to ask God for, they are not as good as asking for wisdom.

Why not? What exactly is wisdom and why should we want it?

Listen to today’s episode to find out!

DAY 32&33 - The kingdom is cursed and divided

The God-given wisdom that I spoke about in Day 31’s devotional had brought peace and prosperity to the kingdom, something that never happened during the reign of King David.

And yet even the wisest king still makes bad choices!

Solomon ended up with 700 foreign wives and 300 concubines and, to keep them happy, built alters so they can worship their gods. What is even worse is that he joins in!!

And God is not happy about it!

DAY 36 - Queen Esther

So what’s the difference between influencing someone and manipulating them?

I mean, both Hamon and Esther wanted to produce the desired outcome that would benefit them. Both go to the king and intend on convincing him to do what they think is best.

So what makes what Hamon did “wrong” and what Esther did “right?”

Motivation.

DAY 37 - Job's Suffering

The book of Job makes Christians uncomfortable because it begs the question, “Is God good and just in His rule of the world?”

Friend, loving God only when you are getting what you want from Him will end in disaster.

The reality is you will suffer in this life.

You will suffer because of sin.
You will suffer because of natural circumstances.
And you will suffer because God is testing and strengthening your faith.

DAY 34 - Elijah calls in the fire power

There are so many amazing takeaways from this passage of scripture where Elijah is used by God to demonstrate is incredible power!

1) God provides for your needs even when it doesn’t seem remotely possible that He will be able to. He gives you just enough.

2) A divided heart is just as bad as one in full rebellion. You cannot worship God AND ___________ (fill in the blank).

3) Fear is Satan’s most powerful weapon against you because it blinds you from what God has already done and what He promises He will do.

DAY 35 - Nehemiah

There have been many times I have read the words on the page and wondered what they had to do with me.

What does the life of Nehemiah, an exiled Jew who becomes the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, who takes on the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem after they have been destroyed, have to do with you while you are running errands, driving kids to and from after school activities and making sure the household budget is balanced?

Well, let’s find out, shall we? I learned to answer 3 very simple, very direct questions after reading a verse or passage in the Bible. What? So what? And now what? 

In this episode, we practice answering these questions together.

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