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God is King!

November 04, 2020 Shannon Earley / Evan Earley Season 1 Episode 18
Nesting With The Earley Birds
God is King!
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Nesting With The Earley Birds
God is King!
Nov 04, 2020 Season 1 Episode 18
Shannon Earley / Evan Earley

Y'all - this election has got me feeling some feelings.  And the craziest part is that with America split 50/50 - you won't even know which side I'm feelin' for ;-)  BUT LISTEN!  On the reals....it makes me sad that so many of my fellow Americans (and even people all over the world) are so divided over this presidential election - and I wanted to share some love and encouragement for all of you out there- a reminder that this is not our final and ultimate king. Our president is not the creator of the universe or the ruler of all men - the president is a short-termed sinful-human that will make decisions that will anger many and help few.  It's just kinda the way it always works.
And guess what else?  This is nothing new to God  - He tells us that there is nothing new under the son.
The best part of this episode is that my husband, naked 2 year old, and black cat, Persephone allllll make an appearance at some point or another.
In the Kingdom of Heaven - we are all brothers and sisters - love you guys for coming back and listening!

By the way!  If you are interested in donating to my podcast, PLEASE DO SO at PATREON
Please share!
Thanks so much, friends!

Music Credit: Happy Ukulele - Scott Holmes

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nestingwiththeearleybirds)

Show Notes Transcript

Y'all - this election has got me feeling some feelings.  And the craziest part is that with America split 50/50 - you won't even know which side I'm feelin' for ;-)  BUT LISTEN!  On the reals....it makes me sad that so many of my fellow Americans (and even people all over the world) are so divided over this presidential election - and I wanted to share some love and encouragement for all of you out there- a reminder that this is not our final and ultimate king. Our president is not the creator of the universe or the ruler of all men - the president is a short-termed sinful-human that will make decisions that will anger many and help few.  It's just kinda the way it always works.
And guess what else?  This is nothing new to God  - He tells us that there is nothing new under the son.
The best part of this episode is that my husband, naked 2 year old, and black cat, Persephone allllll make an appearance at some point or another.
In the Kingdom of Heaven - we are all brothers and sisters - love you guys for coming back and listening!

By the way!  If you are interested in donating to my podcast, PLEASE DO SO at PATREON
Please share!
Thanks so much, friends!

Music Credit: Happy Ukulele - Scott Holmes

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nestingwiththeearleybirds)

Unknown:

Hello, friend, this is Shannon Earley, the hostess of the Nesting With The Earlye Birds Podcast. And I am so glad that you have come back or found us for the first time. You guys, this podcast is for all women out there, specifically those that are going through anything in motherhood, and they just need some dang encouragement they need to remember they're not alone. There's other women that are like that all of us are just trying to do what we can with what we've been given to the best of our ability that all of us are trying to love our children. Well, while we're trying to love our husbands, well, maybe we don't have husbands, but we're trying to work really well at our job. We're trying to keep our houses clean, our pets bed, we have a lot going on. And all of this can make us feel so overwhelmed, so lonely, and so frustrated. And if there is anything that I can do guys to help you remember that those things are all, no normal feelings, but at the same time, that there are other women out there that understand exactly what you're going through. If there's anything I can do to help you feel a little bit better about what you're going through throughout the day, then I am so thankful that you're giving me this opportunity. Coming to my podcast, you know you're using your kind, you're using the payment of your ears. And I just wanted to thank you for that. And if there's any way that you think anybody else might benefit, remember to share it with those people too. It's really encouraging to see these numbers grow. And you are a really big part of it. So again, if this is your first, second or 18th time, thank you so much for coming back to Nesting With The Earley Birds. Alright guys, hey, what up? Welcome to Episode 18. Dude, diezyocho, this is amazing. I felt like I just had to get on here. I could not wait to podcast today. I feel like there's this strange addiction where I go to bed at night. And then I'm still thinking about it. And then in the morning, I'm thinking about what different audio Am I supposed to be editing right now? And who else am I supposed to be interviewing. And at the same time, I'm trying to do mom life and homeschooling and keeping my house clean. And I'm doing this whole minimalism jam. I mean, I'm trying nobody that ever walked through my door, whatever think that, but I'm trying. My point is there's so much going on. But still, I'm just so obsessed with podcasting. I love it. So here I am. It's Episode 18. And I'm sitting at a desk that my grandfather actually built for my mom when she was 16 years old. And as a kid, I was obsessed with this desk. It's the kind that the wooden part opens up and inside. There's little compartments for letters and things like that. And so I'm actually going to do another podcast about how we refinished it and I'm going to talk about my grandpa, but it's finished. So tonight I'm sitting not inside of my closet. I'm not locking children out of my bedroom and barricading the door with some shoes. I'm actually sitting in the spare bedroom that we use for my husband's office now that he's working from home. And I have my own setup. And it's wonderful. And my husband's downstairs making french toast for the kids. And I'm just really thankful that I get to do this. It's a dark night, I'm tired. And I thought, well, you know, it would excite me, podcasting or a cup of coffee, but it's too late for coffee. So boom, boom. And I'm so thankful my husband's cool with it. But you guys, right now, you're not really So okay, backstory, there's two different types of podcasts. There's basically one that deals with current events. And then there's some that are called evergreens, which means you could listen to them anytime in the year, any day, and it's going to, you know, be beneficial to you or make sense. I'm kind of going to do a combo. So right now we have the election going on. And last night was election night, and I

stayed up till about 2:

30am just thinking maybe people were going to call it somewhere. But it's it's not the deal. This is the United States. And we have started, I guess this year because of the pandemic. It's the first ever time we've had these meal and ballots and all of these just I don't know, rules that are different. And so it's an exciting election for sure. And it's really interesting to see how America is basically split 5050 and I know that both sides are really, really hurt because they're thinking how could the other side not agree with the things that I agree with? And I felt like a podcast for encouraging all of you guys out there is exactly what is needed right now. Just a healthy dose of love and just understanding that there might be hurt from whatever side you're going through. Now, I will say that a lot of my encouragement comes from my husband, of course are my children, my friends when they say sweet things to me. But let's be real, y'all the encouragement that we should be looking for is in the VIP Lee. Yes, that's the book for me. I stand upon the Word of God who could be your older Bible. And I finally went back to it today. I know some of you listeners might be really good at going to the Bible on a daily basis and really getting into the word when you're struggling or feeling stressed. But that's not me, guys. I'm gonna be honest with you. I do read the Bible, but not the way I did in the beginning. Back in the day, when I became a new Christian, it's just not my thing. And it's wrong. And I know it. And I know that scripture is encouraging and it fills our souls and I get it. But that's not the thing I do all the time. I first look to many other things. And I finally was like, man, I got to see like, what does God have to say about all of this, and I was reminded of a couple things, but firstly, us, we Americans feel so strongly about this, the person that is going to lead our country, and it's only for maximum eight years, it's a really short period of time. And people every time are like, this is catastrophic. This is gonna churn driver theory, this is the worst human in the world or whatever they're, you know, super emotional, angry thing is. And it's like a God literally hits says that he's never there's nothing new under the sun that he hasn't seen, he seen at all. There have been countless empires that have risen and fallen under his eye. And everything that we're going through is such a short blip in time. And short, the day to day of it can seem like a really long thing, but kind of like motherhood, the years are gonna go by way faster than we planned. And secondly, I was reminded that, you know, we're looking for a king, basically, when we have to remember that God is our leader, and he is our king, and he desires what is best for us. And also, he is the one that is eternal. His term is not changing. He doesn't have for 812, even a million years. He is eternal. And it's one of those words that can be thrown around. And I think it's because it's so you can't understand it. It's not fathomable, like, eternal, none of us possibly has an idea, you can talk about all their great needs to hit the moon 7000 times plus whatever is 7000s, not even the right number, whatever. I'm just trying to say that there's just no equation that we could look at and say this is eternal. There's no concept that we have as mortals that could possibly understand it, but God does and he is immortal. And he does understand it. And I just wanted to share with you a little bit of research that I did today. Okay, guys, so this is actually really cute and really exciting. I had said that my husband was making french toast for all the kids downstairs and that they were like, you know, letting me podcast right? So actually, my husband ends up giving my son Luke a bath and then Luca coaxes my husband in like a little baby siren. And then my husband decides to take a bath with him. Luca then escapes, runs into this room, but naked, and then Evans chasing them around the house, just to get him dressed, because it's chilly, y'all. But then my husband comes in and he listens to what I've been working on so far tonight. And then he starts talking about all these, you know, exciting husband things and I said, babe, why don't you come on the podcast with her? And he agreed. So everybody say good evening to Sweet Baby, Evan Earley.

Evan Earley:

Hey, good evening.

Shannon Earley:

Yes. So I had actually been, I was telling him how tonight I wanted to remind my podcast listeners that the king that we need to look for is not our president. What are your What are your thoughts on that?

Evan Earley:

Okay, so I listened to sort of the end of her podcast and it brought to mind to me It brought to mind Augustine. And basically, I think about this a lot of times when it's like, oh, the world is so crazy. Well, Augustine, in the fifth century, was a Roman citizen, during the sack of Rome by the Visigoths. And basically at the time, everybody in the Western world was freaking out because Roman fallen, and this is in the fifth century AD, right? Yes.

Shannon Earley:

So you're telling me in the year basically, like what 400 Yeah, people were freaking out about new leadership. Hmm. Continue.

Evan Earley:

Yeah. So I mean, I've been And politics are doing crazy at the time and people are trying to figure out what to do. And so Augustine wrote a book called City of God. And the main thesis of this book was that that we were all citizens of the New Jerusalem and heaven. And that we shouldn't worry so much about our citizenship here on Earth. That because we are as Christians, we need to believe in our heavenly city. Hey, yo, huh? And so I don't know that just your your podcast there made me think about that. How this isn't something new or different. This has happened. Political turmoils happen so many times. I mean, even in America, there's been crazier times than this. Like it does seem very stressful on it is stressful right now, obviously. But I mean, if you look at the the 60s with the political assassinations,

Shannon Earley:

dude, the Civil War people were killing eachother left and ,

Evan Earley:

go back to the Civil War. In 1812, Washington DC was, was sacked. And

Shannon Earley:

yeah, dude, even our city, Richmond was burned. I mean, this, all this stuff is crazy.

Evan Earley:

And then before that the Revolutionary War where people are willing to give up their lives for for their freedom. So they're certainly stressful things going on. And

Unknown:

yeah, so we're not saying like, people shouldn't be stressed. We understand it's a normal.

Evan Earley:

Yeah, it's a normal reaction. Yeah. To the current events right now, you know, especially growing up in the 90s. Like, there was there just wasn't a lot of political turmoil at the time. And so I think it's easy for everyone to forget that this is more than norm than the exception. And that we're still incredibly fortunate, and blessed to be Americans, regardless of who's president.

Shannon Earley:

How would you think, I guess I'm going into interviewer mode? How do you feel like somebody's reaction would change, knowing the difference between looking at our kingdom as right now under, you know, whatever president we have, versus looking at our kingdom as a citizen of heaven? what's the what's one, like, big difference?

Evan Earley:

Well, I hope, first of all, it will be easier for people to find peace with what's going on. And that doesn't mean you shouldn't fight for your beliefs. And number two, I think one of the biggest issues right now is that people on different sides of the political spectrum, have trouble even talking to each other about it. It's just, it's so fraught with just such loaded feelings. Yeah. And, you know, these days, it's not like, Oh, I disagree with this person. It's like, oh, that person's evil, because they have a different political idea than right. And well, and I can say this, I generally vote third party.

Shannon Earley:

Yes, he votes. I'm, he's written in people will say more than more than voted for a circle. And

Evan Earley:

so, I mean, maybe I, I'd like to think that I have a clearer picture of this, because I don't, you know, I don't consider myself Republican or Democrat. But, um, I think that, from this outside view, I can just see, you know, just the hatred people have for each other over these issues. And, and again, I don't think it's wrong to be passionate. I think sometimes we need more passion and less just like the easy fall back on Oh, that person's evil. Mm hmm. You know, we need to win with ideas, not just base rhetoric. And we need to have more conversations, I think, and that's tough, because I know I'm, I'm the kind of person that doesn't like to get into conversations that, you know, are awkward or could hurt somebody's feelings, right? This or that, right, that can cause like an issue with somebody.

Shannon Earley:

Yeah, Evan is great at being the third party guy. And growing up, I'm an Italian and my family is like the fiery just feistiest yelling each other all the time cussing and everything and then Evan would look at us. Like, you know what, whoa, you guys are very passionate and emotional about everything. And that's not your jam. Right? You're a lot more level headed, I should say.

Unknown:

Yeah, yeah. \

Shannon Earley:

You don't lead with you. Your emotions, right.

Evan Earley:

To be fair, I think sometimes I could be a little bit more passionate about and well,

Shannon Earley:

I could be more level headed.

Evan Earley:

Yeah, well, I guess that's why we're married.

Shannon Earley:

Yeah, that's right. And actually, while Evan was talking, Luca somehow escaped the confines of his diaper yet again. And he's now sitting on my lap.

Evan Earley:

Yeah, literally put a diaper on him like, right before he came in.

Shannon Earley:

Yeah. And I haven't even said I don't think I'm not gonna be able to podcast with you, babe. Lucas on the prowl. He comes in and for those that have been listening since Episode One, when my cat kept rubbing her butthole against my phone. He came in with the cat, so they're both buttholes on my lap. But um, I think another it's a double interview. Yeah, that's Luca how you feel? Yeah, actually. Hey, Luca, can I ask you a question? Hey, Luca, Does God love you?

Baby Luca:

Oh,

Unknown:

yeah. Mom and Dad loves you. Does. God did God make you?

Baby Luca:

Lord make me Boy,

Unknown:

he did make you boy. What else did God make?

Baby Luca:

Uh girls

Shannon Earley:

He made girls. Yeah.

Unknown:

What else?

Baby Luca:

Yeah, babies.

Unknown:

Yeah. God made babies. Yeah. Does God love everybody?

Baby Luca:

Yes.

Shannon Earley:

Yeah. What do you think? Um, what do you think is gonna be in heaven? is heaven gonna be awesome?

Baby Luca:

dad's gonna be in heaven. Yeah.

Evan Earley:

And yeah, very good. Luca trumper. Biden? No.

Shannon Earley:

He just looked at my husband and smiled. Like,

Unknown:

um, so anyways, Oh, goodness. And, you know, for us, also, I think being politically involved is really important as a Christian or as somebody that's really passionate. And you know, right now, our mission field is our home like it is just filled with little tiny minds that we're trying to help learn how to love other people. And, you know, the kingdom that we're going to inherit one day that we've been told, we're going to be hearing, and we have been told we will inherit is going to be so much better than you can imagine. The Bible even says, if you can imagine it, it's better than that. Like, just put it that way. And I'm so excited about that day, but it doesn't mean I don't get caught up in the stresses of what's going on in my life. I mean, it's, you know, I'm a Christian, but that's definitely something I feel with all the time. But granted, if we could get it right, there'd be no need for God. So whatever. But I did want to just share with you guys a little bit. So Evan was talking about the City of God book, which is an I called this podcast episode, God is king. And I keep thinking about Kanye West's album, Jesus's King. We listened to that album, probably every Sunday, while we're like cooking our breakfast before church or something like our whole family loves that song. Oh, it's also how I was introduced to chance the rapper. He's amazing, right of? Yes. He's amazing. I'm interested to see what they have to say about everything. You know, I loved your commercials. Kanye, your total the sun ultra light beam? Yeah, it isn't on Geez. I'm a terrible, human. Yeah, emin and Kanye go way back. Ah, um, so actually, I wanted to read to you guys from Psalm 115, one through eight. And it says, Oh, and by the way, I just wanted to do a little thing here that humans generally like to believe that we can take care of ourselves. There's a huge, huge pride issue. I mean, we have it as moms, I don't need help from a fellow mom, and I don't need somebody to tell me how to do this thing. And I'm just going to pull myself up by my bootstraps, or as men, you know, I don't need help. Taking care of my family, I'm going to do it myself. I don't need to ask for any assistance or directions. You know, we all have these ways of believing that our way is the best. And, you know, there's a lack of humility. There's a lack of concern for even other people. But anywho we also like to believe that As humans, we can lead our own ways and lead our own countries within our own powers. And it's just not true. But I wanted to read this to you guys. It is from Psalm with 115, one through eight. And actually, the psalmist when he is writing this, he's talking about how We consider think we might not consider things as our idols, but the things that we consider that our idols, our safety nets, maybe the people that are in charge of our country, maybe the different church that we attend the different roles that we keep for ourselves, we basically hold them as idols. So okay. Not to us, oh, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. Why should the nation say where is their God? How God is in the heavens, he does all that he pleases. Their idol are silver and gold, the work of human hands, they have mouths, but do not speak, eyes, but do not see they have ears but do not hear noses, but do not smell. They have hands but do not feel feet, but do not walk. And they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them. So do all who trust in them. And that was Psalm 115, one through eight guys, where is our leader? Where is our president? Where is our king, he's in heaven, guys. He has always been there before time, he created time. So just remember that when you're feeling maybe a little low or stressed about the selection. And remember also that now that you know where our king is, okay, there may be a political leader that's been elected that you didn't want. Well, God still calls you to love your brother. And he still calls you to love your neighbor. And he still calls you to obey Him. So you can't just throw that out the window and say, Well, I would, I would be more loving if this person blank, I would serve more if this person wasn't in charge, right? Can you give other examples of the ways that we need, we're still called to be Christians, no matter who's in charge. Like I was talking about how we need to show kindness to each other, regardless of background, regardless of, you know, race, religion, creed. There's so many things we can disagree about. But we need to all find some common humanity. We need to all pull down our, our walls, and just open up to each other. And I, I know, it's easy to say and a lot harder to do. And so I I'm gonna challenge myself to do that as well. But I think if we really want to help our country, that's, that's a great thing to start with. Absolutely, absolutely. Also, I was actually reading an article for Chris, from Christianity Today from the election in 2016. As a matter of fact, and it was talking about how both of the political party candidates were some of the most hated candidates of all time, and that people then were saying it was the end of the country. Right. And so also, that wasn't the first time that that's ever been said at all. And I just wanted to read a little bit of what he had said, and his work on the kingdom of God. Scott McKnight actually explored different ways where Christians will lose their patience. And what they'll do is they'll fuse the kingdom of God, to the present world. And they try to they basically get upset and disenchanted with the different political leaders or whatever. And they start losing patience in the Lord's work, that he's not establishing his kingdom today. But really, that can be a gift, because it will help us to look for a future kingdom. So can you think of something that's going on today in our political climate or in America, that maybe people are disenchanted with and we that actually can give us hope for our eternal kingdom and glory? I think people are very disenchanted with politics politicians and bipartisanship just the fact that like us the divide so huge that they're not getting anything done for example, like the they're trying to come out with another Corona stimulus bill. Both sides want it but they can't agree on the details and so it just hasn't gotten done right. Well and also aren't like digging and debating all the friggin are they called earmarks or whatever. What is it called? adding extra laws to the bills, you ding dongs, just do one bill at a time your butts, right? Yeah, sorry, I hate y'all. I am not made for politics. Like I said, I'm emotional. I am all the like playing games with each other just tap. And how they act like they're interested in us. They're not they're completely interested in their own reputation. And that's how the two political figures or whatever for each party get elected, because they're not staying strong to what their true belief is. They're staying strong ish. Right, Wally? I think one of the major problems with politics right now is that these politicians are very good at getting elected. They're not very good at serving the public. Right. And a big part of that, is that they they push the divide. Yes, yes. And it just makes it worse to where we we keep swinging back and forth, and back and forth. Never moving forward. Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. And, dude, the fact that some of the nominees will say that they're Christian, or whatever, and I'm not like, you can't judge someone's heart, you know what I mean? But when they use it as a way to get the Christian vote, that is super frustrating, like, nobody wants to feel us. It's not like we're like, great. Like, we're like, Domine Oh, good. And they stood there for Christians. That's what I believe, right? That's super frustrating. Oh, I mean, it's very difficult for Christians, because there's definitely certain political issues that I think are very informed by Christianity. But you also as Christians don't want to feel like you're getting used for your vote, like they're tossing you this bone that they don't have any conviction for, just to get your vote. And yeah, I mean, it's a big issue. Mm hmm. Definitely. And guys, I will say one, one contrast, I would say about looking at our president as our leader, and the difference in the way God is our leader. Okay, so first of all people have heard about, probably, I don't know, Christians, a lot of them have heard that the word father was actually the word ABA. Have you ever heard that? Okay. Well, here's the problem. Some people don't look at the word father as the way that it was actually intended. This is going to blow your mind. Are you ready for this? The word ABA is the word father. But it's not translated into daddy. Like some people like to put I just actually was reading this recently. And let me say like, if you have any relationship with the Lord at all, that's wonderful. So I'm not digging atcha. However, it was simply the Aramaic word for father. Now listen to this, when they use that word, it was meant as in the father of the household in the patriarchy of he was the leader of that home. But he was also in charge of caring for them, providing for them their food, their shelter, but also their safety. Also, their emotional, like their loving connection in that way. But it was on so listen to this the word father from Abba, Father from Aramaic. Actually, it wasn't until the 20th century, that scholarly conjecture birthed the sermons that mean Abba as daddy. Isn't that bananas. It's just very interesting to me, because also the word father is a little bit more, I guess, stately. I don't call my dad father. But he is my father. Um, yeah, but I mean, I feel like that's interesting, too. So that's one difference is that our God in heaven? Our king in heaven, is also our father. And I can guarantee that any politician that's an office does not care for you in a fatherly way. Like, at all would you say? No, I'm I I can't think of a politician that i like that i think that is my bed. Yeah. I think they number one care for themselves. I think just the way the system's built, you would have to they spend most of their time raising money. It's just a systemic problem that doesn't attract in maybe there are some good guys out there, I don't know or gals but it doesn't seem to me like a system that attracts people with altruist altruistic feelings. So with my son constantly coming in and my desire to get this podcast out, I do just want to end with a couple verses to remind you guys that the Lord is King. Revelation for two says, At once I was in this Spirit and behold, a throne stood in heaven with one seated on the throne. Isaiah, Isaiah six one. In the year that King Messiah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple, Revelation 321, the one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my father, on his throne, revelation for nine through 10. And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor, and thanks to him who was seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the 24 elders fall down before Him who was seated on the throne and worship Him, who lives forever and ever, they cast their crowns before the throne. Second Chronicles 1818. And mkhaya said, therefore here the word of the Lord, I saw the Lord sitting on his throne and all the hosts of heaven, standing on his right hand and on his left, Psalm 11, for the Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven, his eyes, see his eyelids test the children of man, Hebrews eight one. Now the point in what we are saying is this, we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the majesty of heaven. You guys, I just want to conclude with Hebrews 1214. Strive for peace with everyone. And for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. God's got you guys. There's no worries, no need to be afraid. He's got you in the palm of his hand, he loves you, and he's never gonna let you go. And it doesn't matter who the President is. And when I'm 80, maybe you guys can replay this podcast for me when I'm stressing, and I'm worried about the future of what our presidential election will hold. But remember, God totally loves you all the time. Hey, guys, thanks for listening to Episode 18 of nesting with the early birds. Not to be a creeper. But I do have a way now that if anybody is interested in supporting me, and all with all of the different things that comes with podcasting, like all the joy that I superduper get, there's things like microphones, computers, external storage drives that don't corrupt data when you have an interview with. But also things like having a website, putting stuff online, making sure your name gets out there. If any of you are interested in supporting me at all, I now have a Patreon account. It's pa t ar e o n. It's an account for people to donate to artists. 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