Line

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“There is a connection that you only have with your father that carries the line of your heritage that cannot be erased and it is the half of every human that makes you a whole person.”  ~ Jon Barnes

People

People who know my dad will say that I look, act, walk, sound, work, think, and respond like my father.  Then the people who know my mom will say that I look, act, walk, sound, work, think, and respond like my mother.  And then there are those who know both of my parents will point out the mixtures of qualities, genes, and family similarities that exist as well. What a Blessing to be alive.

Mixtures

The mixtures are quite interesting to see in children and grandchildren and I have a specific trait that I passed to my children and grandchildren.  There is a line that goes up my right arm, across my chest and down my left arm and it is a trait the I received from my mom.  My sister has the same line as well.   All of my kids and most of my grandkids have this phenomenal skin toned line as well.

Ears

My Great Grandfather, Grandfather, Mother, daughter, and I have flat pointed ears.  None of my grandchildren have this trait.  Maybe it will show up in another generation.  Lots of hair grown from out of my ears and I have not seen this on any of my children yet.  On my chin, I had two pieces of red hair in my beard, but my son has all red hair and freckles.  These connections are important to notice and share with your family, mom, and dad because you look and act like both of them.
Today’s Question
What will your family look like without God’s thumbprint?
Enjoy The Reading
 

2 Chronicles 3

Solomon Builds the Temple

So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah[a] the Jebusite, the site that David had selected. The construction began in midspring,[b] during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.
These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).[c] It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.[d] The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet[e] wide, running across the entire width of the Temple, and 30 feet[f] high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.
He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains. He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim. He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls.
He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tons[g] of fine gold. The gold nails that were used weighed 20 ounces[h] each. He also overlaid the walls of the upper rooms with gold.
10 He made two figures shaped like cherubim, overlaid them with gold, and placed them in the Most Holy Place. 11 The total wingspan of the two cherubim standing side by side was 30 feet. One wing of the first figure was 7 1⁄2 feet[i] long, and it touched the Temple wall. The other wing, also 7 1⁄2 feet long, touched one of the wings of the second figure. 12 In the same way, the second figure had one wing 7 1⁄2 feet long that touched the opposite wall. The other wing, also 7 1⁄2 feet long, touched the wing of the first figure. 13 So the wingspan of the two cherubim side by side was 30 feet. They stood on their feet and faced out toward the main room of the Temple.
14 Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.
15 For the front of the Temple, he made two pillars that were 27 feet[j] tall, each topped by a capital extending upward another 7 1⁄2 feet. 16 He made a network of interwoven chains[k]and used them to decorate the tops of the pillars. He also made 100 decorative pomegranates and attached them to the chains. 17 Then he set up the two pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one to the south of the entrance and the other to the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz
Love,
Jonathan

Grandparents

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Off the backs of your grandparents, you can see the good work and mistakes made, as you listen and learn from their lifestyles, stories, history, and work ethics.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Relatives

Family and relatives are a reflection of who you are, what to become, and what to improve upon.  These examples will help you navigate which future goals and activities to focus on in developing character, work ethic, morals, values, and dreams.  Your spiritual economic value is proportionate to your personal drive, heart, and love for God, not money.  Your family is a relative model of this fact. Reject the negative lifestyles.

Values

What you learn to value will predict the outcome of your fate.  While studying your own family, you begin to mold and shape the parameters of your character, ethics, and destiny with God.  These choices will make or break your future, based on obedience to God, learned from your parents and grandparents.  Your value in life is proportionate to the value you place in God’s love and lessons learned from your family’s mistakes.

Honesty

God loves an honest person, cheerful giver, and a kind obedient soul who does good work.  People around the world respect the smile of a person with a pure heart.  When you honestly look yourself in the mirror, God will help you answer the tough questions about yourself and what you need to improve upon.  Use your grandparents, parents, family, or friends as an example of what not to do, based on God’s Commandments.
Today’s Question
If your grandparents are liars, will you follow them into the pit of hell or learn from their mistakes?
Enjoy The Reading
 

1 Chronicles 28 

David’s Instructions to Solomon

28 David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains,[a] the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom. David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel. And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom. He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
“So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
11 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement. 12 David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind[b]for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord. 13 The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.
14 David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service. 15 He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used. 16 He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.
17 David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish. 18 He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim[c] whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. 19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.[d]
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly. 21 The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command.”
Love,
Jonathan