Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Updates and links...

Dear Thirsty Ground readers, I'm not at all sure what the future will hold for this Thirsty Ground blog. For now, it will stay here at this current location.

In the meantime, some other links might help you see what I'm up to at the moment:

www.lucy-mills.com (this is basically my wordpress blog under a new domain name and re-jigged to look like a website!)
www.facebook.com/lucymillswriter (my facebook page)
and you can follow me on twitter as @lucymills

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

blogging business

I am currently trying to track back and change all links to my main blog as it has moved to wordpress.com.  Hence, a post here as well.  I'm now at http://lucymillsonlife.wordpress.com.

There are two main reasons for this move - 1) Some people have enormous problems commenting on my Blogger blog and I want to be user friendly and 2) I intend eventually to self-host using wordpress.org and this seemed a step in the right direction (it's not something I can justify doing yet).

What does this mean for Thirsty Ground?  Not much at the moment; I'll be keeping this blog here (although I can't guarantee regular updates) and will review it if and when I have my own domain name.  I'm hoping to have a website where I can publicise my book (in the making) with my blog incorporated - which may mean I move this one too at that time.

If you find a link I need to change somewhere, please let me know!

Monday, 5 September 2011

a new name

Genesis 17

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”


I AM GOD ALMIGHTY. Here Yahweh speaks to Abram with an affirmation of his identity, his authority and a sense of command: walk before me and be blameless. 

The weighty announcement of Yahweh, God Almighty provokes a response from Abram that emphasises the authority of the speaker - Abram falls facedown.  

This is apparently 13 years after Ishmael's birth, when Abram is 99.  Yahweh, it appears, will not be rushed.

Yahweh speaks the words of his covenant, the Great Promise Maker renewing what has been said previously.  His covenant remains the same - Abram's descendants will be many.  There are extra details here - kings will come from you, a royal history to unfold.  It is a grand promise, and as a symbol of Abram's future God gives him a new name: Abraham.  The covenant is not just with Abraham, father of many, but with all his offspring in all generations.  The covenant is everlasting.

The promise of land is also reiterated - Abraham is currently a foreigner in Canaan but it shall belong to his family.  Yahweh will be their God.