Discover the loving character of God in the most surprising places of the Bible: the Old Testament book of Genesis. Stick with me and learn how in this ancient book there is so much evidence of the fact that we are beautiful, we are loved, and we were made with a purpose.
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022 Gilded Cage: Genesis 19 and the Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah
You rarely see people contort themselves pretzel-like as they do when they try to make scripture–and God–more palatable to modern-day sensitivities. And this is the case with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. So let’s talk about that time when God rained fire down and wiped out these cities from the face of the earth.
021 Dust and Ashes: Genesis 18 and When Divinity and Humanity Meet
So many times, we fall back on the belief that we are only human made of dust and ashes and what CAN we do, what positive change, what impact can mere mortals do in the face of overwhelming odds? In this passage, wouldn’t it have been the human thing to do to leave it “in God’s hands” because “God’s ways are far higher and whatever will be will be?” We can’t miss the persistence in Abraham’s intercession, and I believe God was pleased–not affronted–when Abraham approached him and interceded.
020 Mirror Mirror Redoux: Genesis 17 and The Search for Identity
In this episode we talk about identity crisis and how in Genesis 17 Abram became Abraham and Sarai, Sarah. What’s the deal with the name changes? What does that mean for us? This week we also feature Sweet Almond carrier oil.
019 Seeing God: Genesis 16 and God’s Answer to Problematic Attitudes Within Christianity
There once was an elderly couple who decided to explore surrogacy with a dash of sexual exploitation to see if that was the answer to their problems. The story found in Genesis 16 is quite problematic, especially when seen through the modern lens.
But we also learn a bit about God in how he dealt with the lowest of the low: a runaway, foreign, female slave, who had been abused by those that should have cared for her. How God deals with Hagar is how he deals with us too.
The essential oil of the week is Peppermint.
018 Love On Fire: Genesis 16 and Laying it Down on an Unholy Altar
This week we talk about Sarai, Abram’s wife and how she dealt with her own black moment. Turns out, the road to hell IS paved with good intentions. But before you bash this pair of old coots who tried to help God and made a mess of things, I want you to stop and THINK. I want you stop, and listen to this episode. It is important.
Essential oil of the week: Sandalwood
017 Story Beats: Genesis 15 and Abram’s Black Moment
Finishing out Genesis 15 where God makes an oath that he will give Abram the promised land to his descendants. How does that help us see a clearer picture of the loving character of God? Stick around and find out. The flower of the week is Manuka.
016 Stasis: Genesis 15 and God’s Shield and Reward
If you feel a bit burnt out this is actually an episode for you. There is a message that God gave Abram at this point of his life that you also need to hear. The flower of the week is the lemongrass.
015 Brother’s Keeper: Genesis 14 and a Christian’s Thoughts on Black Lives Matter
Should Christians support the Black Lives Matter movement? I had thought it was a no-brainer. What could be more obvious for us as Christians to do but to support something that affirms the dignity and worth and value of humans? Surely churches would jump to make a statement of some kind in support of the cause. Apparently I was wrong. Many churches were reticent, and after reading more I learned why: because there is much more behind the BLM movement than I was aware of.
014 Forward: Genesis 13 and 19 and The Pitfalls of Nostalgia
This week we are talking about one thing that keeps a lot of us back: A longing for the good ol’ days to return in any capacity. To do so we delve into Genesis 13 and 19, which deal with Abrams nephew Lot who was in search of his own place in the world and at a critical point made a choice. Tragically, he chose wrongly. Learn what his mistake was and how to avoid it. This week’s essential oil is Cinnamon!
013 Fear: Genesis 12 and 20 and Dealing With Heaven’s Screaming Silence
This week we are talking about those times when you are in trouble and God seems to be silent. We delve into Genesis 12 and 20, similar narratives of times when Abram took matters into his own hands. The flower of the week is Bergamot.
012 Sojourner: Genesis 12 and The Search for a Homeland
This week we are talking about putting faith into action and following the call of God to go wherever He leads you. We delve into Genesis 12 when God calls Abraham to leave his land and his family to go to a new place that God would give him. The flower of the week is Frankincense, an aromatic resin rich in history
011 Faith: Genesis 11 and Building Blocks to a Solid Relationship
This week we are talking about Faith. To do so we get into Genesis 11: the Tower of Babel and what it represented. Learn why in a strictly engineering standpoint, the project was doomed to fail, much like our Christian walk is bound to fail if we rely on religion to accomplish what only faith can do. The flower and essential oil of the week is the Geranium.
010 Trust: Genesis 8 and getting through the crisis with grace
This week your host gets really enthusiastic about olive oil. Is she obsessed? Probably, but you will too when you learn about it. We’re back to Genesis 8 where we learn about how you can get through this and any other crisis with grace. All it takes is an unshakeable trust in an unseen hand that leads you. Easy peasy, right? (I’ll explain. I promise!)
Essential Oils Talk 01: Q and A with Liz – Safety
We’re switching it up a bit this week and interrupting our study of Genesis to talk about Essential Oils: how they must be used safely, what oils you need to start your essential oil journey, and much more!
009 Hoarding: Genesis 8 and how to prepare for an uncertain future
Ladies and Gentlemen we are in the midst of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Your host finds it all a bit overwhelming and a tiny bit scary, but rest assured, she presents to you a positive perspective on this… because even THIS insanity will end. This week we are on Genesis 8: Noah’s time in the ark. The “flower” of the week is the Orange fruit essential oil.
008 Dreams: Genesis 6-7 and the search for purpose
This week we’re on Genesis 6-7 and dealing with the topic of working toward a dream. Truths about your role in God’s big plan, and how to go about finding what you were meant to do in life. This week’s essential oil is Cedarwood Atlas.
007 Goodness: Genesis 6 and the search for Gods love in hell
Genesis 6: The wickedness of the world before the great flood and God deciding to wipe it all out. Can we find grace and love and beauty in this passage? I say yes. Today’s “flower” is Absinthe Wormwood.
006 The Favorite: Genesis 5 and the search for intimacy
Welcome to Feels and Flowers, episode 6. This week we continue our journey through the book of Genesis. Chapter 5 is just a long genealogy, but within the list of Adam’s descendants is a short mention of a man who walked with God. Enoch. This week’s flower is Lavender. Learn all about its history and uses.
005 Sacrifice: Genesis 4 and God’s wish for reconciliation
This week’s podcast is based on Genesis 4—Cain and Abel. This is my take on it and what it tells us about God’s heart. The flower of the week is actually a fruit pit: Apricot Kernel Oil!
004 Journey: Genesis 3 and the way back home
This week’s podcast is based on Genesis 3—the fall. This is part 2 of my take on it and what it tells us about the character of God, and how. The flower of the week is the bearberry, also known as pingüica.
003 Masterpiece: Genesis 3 and the dream God won’t give up on
This week’s podcast is based on Genesis 3. We are talking about disgruntled artists and how the story of the Fall tells us a lot about God and his Character. The flower of the week is the Helichrysum.
002 Blessed: Genesis 2 and the search for love
This week’s podcast is based on Genesis 2. Learn which are the traits of people who are happy and successful in their relationships. Also, homework. You want to find true love? You have to do the work. The flower of the week is the Jasmine
001 Mirror, Mirror: Genesis 1 and the search for beauty and worth
Welcome to Feels and Flowers, a Christian podcast that celebrates the beautiful gospel truths that you are beautiful, you are loved, and you were made with a purpose. This week’s podcast is based on Genesis 1. The creation.