Genesis 3 – Who Told You That?


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We are only three weeks in on our journey through Genesis. Here we are in Chapter 3 and already we begin to see perfection in the rearview mirror because sin has entered the story of man. So often, when studying this chapter, we focus on the blame game. Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent, but something new stood out to me this time.

And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (v. 10-11).

No, not the naked part, but God’s question, “Who told you that you were naked?” No one spoke aloud to Adam and Eve and informed them that they were naked, but when they disobeyed God and sin entered into their hearts they knew. The serpent (Satan) had overtaken them.

It’s easy to read and wonder why they fell for such trick and to blame them for all the “yuck” we have to deal with because of that one decision. It made me consider all the times I fall for Satan’s lies and tricks in my own life.

When I feel useless, like a failure, ill-equipped, fighting the truth of forgiveness and love God has showered upon me, I have to stop and listen. We all do. We need to stop and listen to the one true voice. The voice of God.

“Allison, who told you that you aren’t loved? Who told you that you aren’t worthy or forgiven? Who told you that you your past is too broken to use for My glory?” These lies from Satan are just as much a trick to seduce me to uselessness as the first one he used with Adam and Eve in the garden.

Loser, worthless, sinner, fearful, deceiver, selfish, alienated, hated, forgotten, unforgiven, liar, cheater . . .  What lies are you believing? Who told you that?

I can tell you who didn’t . . . God didn’t. Satan is the liar. Be bold! Believe God over the lies. God loves! God forgives. God is gracious and merciful! God believes in you and has a great plan for you. God is bigger than all you have done and every obstacle you face. God loves, adores and has covered our sins with the blood of Christ.

My prayer is that we will all open the eyes of our hearts and boldly embrace God’s great truth! We are the chosen children of God.


Genesis 2 – A Glimpse of Heaven


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I know this is only the second week of this year’s scripture challenge and journey through Genesis, but I have to say, I’m having a difficult time “listening” to the scriptures. Is anyone else feeling that way?  I know it will get easier and I will come to enjoy it, but as a ferocious reader, written words make me happy. I’m not going to stop listening and I hope you won’t either. Like many things in life, it’s easier to take the path of least resistance and most familiar, but more treasures, knowledge, and lessons come from the road less traveled.

Chapter 2 of Genesis covers many topics and is full of “creation” details. Starting from the top: the creation of man, the introduction of his job/work, rules for the garden, his need for a helper or companion, the making of a woman from Adam’s rib and then the beginning of what it will be like in marriage.  There are many topics I could shine a light on, but I think our time is better spent if we take several steps back from chapter 2 and widen our lens to see the overarching theme.

As we peer into Genesis chapter 2, we get a short glimpse of the perfection of the Garden of Eden before the serpent and sin are introduced.  For now, let’s soak in the glory of these beginning days. There was a harmony between man and God. They thrived on peace, continuity, and fellowship working together with God’s direction. Oh, how I would love to have been there to hear the conversations as man and God marveled and named His many creations. Man trusted God, His authority, love, and direction. Man didn’t question God but worshiped and glorified Him.

How perfectly flawless and unblemished the life of man and woman were in the beginning.  We only get a short glimpse of it before the roots of sin will begin to scatter this perfect picture next week in chapter 3.  This tiny slice of harmony gives us the most glorious vision of what our eternal lives will be like one day in Heaven. I pray it fills you with a hope of the beauty, peace, and harmony of what our eternal home will offer us.





Genesis 1 – Let There Be Light


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As I listened to Genesis 1 this week, something occurred to me. Maybe it’s because I was actually listening to someone speak the verses, but in the third verse of Genesis, we hear the first recorded words that God spoke.

Then God said, “Let there be light,” Genesis 1:3. 

I don’t know about you, but sitting and pondering the first recorded words that God spoke is remarkable to me. We have an entire book of the words God and His son Jesus spoke. Maybe having access to it my entire life has taken away the magnitude of that fact – until now.

He spoke light into existence first. In Christianity, we often talk about light versus dark. It represents good and evil, God and Satan, pure and vile. References to light may start in the third verse of Genesis, but in the NIV translation, there are over 230 references to light throughout the Bible.

Even when God was harnessing the moon, stars, sun, land, and water from its existence to turn it into His creation, both the light and the dark existed. However, it was God who brought the Light into the darkness. God brought light into darkness because God is LIGHT!

Scripture tells us this truth over and over. He is True Light (John 1:9), My Light (Psalm 27:1), Light to the Nations (Isaiah 42:6), Light of the World (John 12:46), Light of Revelation (Luke 2:32) and Light of Israel (Isaiah 10:17).

He passes His light to us when we allow Him into our lives, believe in Him, lean on Him, run to Him and seek His wisdom. He loving, gracious and compassionate light can shine through us. Just typing those words brings tears to my eyes. I’m so unworthy to carry His light without the sacrifice of Jesus. It’s why I’m so thankful to Him. It’s a blessing and a great responsibility to the light in this dark world. It can feel as if the bad is overtaking it all, but it only takes a little bit of light to outshine the darkness.

Try this. Take your favorite candle into a room.  Leave the light on and light your candle. The candle may smell amazing, but its light may not seem that bright. However, if you turn the light out and leave the candle lit you will see that one flame can brighten the entire room.

Even though it may seem overwhelming, pointless and futile to be the light in the dark world. The light of Christ is bright enough to shine through the darkness. It just takes a little of His amazing light to restore hearts and rebel the darkness.

This week, may we go out into the world and shine the Light of Christ in every corner of our lives.




Genesis Study Introduction


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Well, I can’t believe it, but here we are in 2018! In case you missed my last post in 2017, where I introduced this year’s Bible challenge, let me recap.

Sometimes when we are learning, even when we have been learning for a while, there is no better place to start than back at the beginning. So, for 2018 I’ll be exploring the book of Genesis. There are 50 chapters in Genesis, so I’ll tackle one chapter per week in 2018 and that still leaves me 2 additional weeks for the introduction and closing thoughts.

As a child, reading wasn’t my favorite. However, as an adult, I’ve been known to devour a book in a day. I enjoy reading, but this year I won’t be studying Genesis by reading it. I’m following the suggestion of a dear friend who said I should listen to Genesis. She hasn’t read the Bible all the way through, but she has listened to it in its entirety several times.

I’m excited to hone my listening skills. My thoughts can easily distract me, so having words to read and keep me focused is a good thing. I think listening will be challenging for me these first few weeks, but learning a new skill usually is. I’m excited to see how listening with my ears and heart, without a pen in hand to underline and take notes along the way, will add new depth to my Bible study.

It’s easy to listen, you can simply go to and click the speaker button like the one at the top of this blog. It will read any scripture you choose.

I have never done an intense study of Genesis, so I’m looking forward to the challenges, new discoveries and wisdom God has in store. Will you consider this listening challenge of Genesis with me?

Week 52 – The End is Just the Beginning


Mark 16

Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16

Wow! I can’t think of a better verse to end this 2017 scripture challenge! Look at what it says in The Message translation.

Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned. Mark 16:15-16 (MSG)

What a bold and clear directive! That’s our Jesus! It’s an incredible reminder for us all as we close out one year and start another. This scripture challenge has certainly equipped me for more “going out and telling the good news” to one and all. It’s been a year of discovery, growth and faith development through the scriptures. Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. God gave me an idea for the 2018 Bible Challenge months ago. I’m excited to share it with you.

Drum roll, please . . .

Sometimes when we are learning, even if we’ve been learning for a while, there is no better place to start than back at the beginning. So, for 2018 I’ll be exploring the book of Genesis. There are 50 chapters in Genesis, so I’ll tackle one chapter per week in 2018 and that still leaves me 2 additional weeks for the introduction and closing thoughts. I’m so excited. I have never done an intense study of Genesis, so I’m looking forward to the challenges, new discoveries and wisdom God has in store. I hope you will join me.

I pray the hope and joy that Christmas highlights within us will remain with you throughout the new year and that you seek Him more and more through His written word and prayer.



Week 51 – What’s Your Legacy?


Exodus 34

Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh—Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation. Exodus 34:6-7

In all honesty, these verses have always scared me a little. So, I welcomed the time to sit, reflect and dig into them this week.  So, what do these verses really mean?

We read all through scripture that God will not just close His eyes to our sin and forget it. Sin must be punished. Yikes, right?! So how does God show His mercy and punish us for our sins? In the Old Testament, they had to sacrifice animals daily. But, in the New Testament, we receive His Son! The perfect sacrifice that would put a cover, with His own blood, over our sins so they could be forgiven. Wow! When you put it that context, it hits home in a new way.

So, why are our wrongdoings passed on to generations? God doesn’t do it, we do. I recently had a conversation with a couple struggling in their marriage because of the past hurts and pain the husband was still carrying from his childhood. His father and His father’s father has treated their wives with dishonor and disrespect and this husband realized he was doing the same.  Thankfully, he began to see the destruction and pain it was causing not only in his marriage but his children and wanted to change. He realized he was continuing a legacy that wasn’t one he was proud of. Already, the sin of dishonor has been passed down for three generations (and who knows how long it started before that). If we don’t stand up, look to God for direction and courage, and make the choice to change, the unhealthy legacies will continue on for generations.

I pray this generation will stand up and take a close look in the mirror at the lies, legacies, and lethargic patterns we have fallen into because it was “all we knew”. We can no longer accept the lies and status quo for our marriages, families, and communities. We have access to the truth, power, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit through the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let’s not waste it! Let’s make some changes! Let’s stop the destructive legacies and start some new ones that are loving, healing, restorative and life-giving. The Christmas season is a wonderful reminder of the hope and joy we have in Jesus Christ.  So, who is with me?

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Week 50 – Don’t Forgive & Forget


Luke 6

“But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. Luke 6:27-29

My husband and I recently completed a wonderful class called Re[Engage. We had the pleasure of leading an incredible table of couples through a study that encouraged us all to reconnect, reignite and resurrect our marriages. One of my favorite chapters was on forgiveness. It reminded us of what forgiveness is and what it is not!

Understanding that we should always forgive others because God has given us is one thing. It’s the actual forgiving part that is the tough part. Here are a few incredible truths about forgiveness that they shared.

  1. While reconciliation takes two people, forgiveness only takes one. We have complete control over whether we forgive someone or not and there is no action needed on their part for us to do so.  And forgiveness doesn’t guarantee reconciliation.
  2. Forgiveness is for us! We are the one released from the negative impacts of holding on to resentment, anger, and betrayal. When we forgive we get to experience freedom.
  3. Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. If we wait until we “feel” like forgiving our offender, we will never forgive them.
  4. Forgiving does not mean forgetting! Why would we want to forget the lessons we learned during difficult times. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to relearn those. Forgive, but don’t forget. In fact, we need to remember God has called us to forgive.
  5. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are condoning what your offender has done.

They share some incredible articles on forgiveness on their website if you are interested.  This is one muscle that needs constant reinforcement and strengthening in the world we live in. However, when we understand God’s great love for us and His continued forgiveness for our daily transgressions, it is easier to extend that same forgiveness and mercy to others.

Jesus’s parable about the man in debt (us) to the king (Him) in Matthew 18:21-35 is a very powerful story and so convicting. In the Message translation, it is actually titled, “A Story About Forgiveness.” It shines a light on our tendency to be hypocritical when it comes to forgiveness. We always want others to forgive us when we have wronged them, but we are often slow to forgive.  As a new year approaches, my prayer is that each of us will look closely at our hearts and ask God to reveal any unforgiveness that lies within it. May He give us the strength, courage, and wisdom to release it and turn it over to Him so we can experience freedom.

Blog Art is provided by my friend and sister in Christ Polly Jo Green.  She is an artist based in Cary, North Carolina. Visit her website at art ranges from doodle creations to mixed media pieces. In addition to commissioned original art, her art is available on notecards.