Saturday, August 6, 2016

True Freedom-Genesis 3-10

After reading these scriptures over and over again, the common theme that sticks out to me is the destructiveness of sin and the way God handles it.  These scriptures reminded me of the separation and how sin keeps me from doing the will of the Lord.  The enemy uses various techniques to pull us into sinful nature, but we have the ability to resist the sin.  There is hope!

These scriptures span Adam and Eve's temptation in the Garden of Eden.  It talks of the jealousy between two of their sons Cain and Abel.  Cain kills Abel, and following that God gives Adam and Eve another son, Seth.  Then the genealogy is covered form Adam to Noah.  Those in the line all lived a long life compared to today's standards.  Methuselah lived the longest, 969 years.  As mankind grew so did the wickedness in the world.  The Lord saw much wickedness in the world and decided to wipe out the evil.  He told Noah to get his family and animals and build an arc.  God flooded the world for 150 days and promised never to flood the world on that scale again.  Noah's son's, Shem, Ham, and Japheth had sons and they led to many nations.

This group of scriptures show the destructiveness of sin, but also of His loving grace that redeems us.  Thankfully, He sent his son in the New Testament to redeem us.  I'm thankful that we are not held captive by sin.  We have been redeemed.

Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isn't it great to know that we have been freed from sin?

Much love,

Krystal Gurnell

Saturday, July 30, 2016

How to Make Sense of Grief

A few weeks ago, I lost someone close to me, my mommy's older brother, my Uncle William.  The day I found out, I went to my dad's house crying and selfishly woke him letting him know that my uncle had passed and that I was overcome by grief.  We've lost too many in the Clark family.

My Uncle and my Mommy.  May they rest in peace.

My Uncle William was an amazing man.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, neighbor and just an overall great guy to all who came in contact with him.  He always checked on me and my cousins near or far.  Whenever I went over his house, he made me feel like I was at home and each time my Aunt Karen had a delicious meal on the stove with enough to share with whoever happened to be at their house.  I remember distinctly when my mother was ill she would always be on the phone with my Uncle William.  When I would call her, she would without fail say I just got off the phone with your Uncle William, you should call him sometime.  My dad jokingly said she should move up to NJ to talk in person since they spent most of their time each day talking with each other.  My Uncle William always called to check on my mother, and we really appreciated it.  He was there for her when we couldn't be all the time.  Everyone in my family has similar stories of how Uncle William looked out for them in their times of need.  

Since my mom passed away, three people that have meant a lot to me have died and each time it happens I feel the wound gets slightly ripped back open. 

So over the years, I've learned a few ways to deal with grief, and I thought I share with you all:    

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer 16 Book List

I took a few weeks off of work before starting law school to get my life 'together' before school starts.  We had a massive water leak in our house a while back and the work has yet to start.  We recently moved into an apartment until the work is complete and life is slowly starting to normalize again (if life being normal is a real thing).  We've had a really busy summer, so I'm taking this time to organize, relax, have fun, and take care of business.  During that period, I didn't read as much as I usually do.  I love reading and reading for 'fun' is recommended before starting school, so my list of books for this summer has been growing.  Since this list is getting longer and the time until school starts is getting shorter, I may listen to a few on the Audible app.  While Audible is very convenient, I prefer to read because if a book is really good on Audible I will listen to it non-stop (consuming all of my free time) or just give up on the book and watch the movie or TV series if it's out.  Neither happens when I read, so without further ado, here is my list of books for this summer:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Devotional 1 - Genesis 1-2

Good morning everyone! I made it a goal to post our first devotional today. I was procrastinating posting this because I really wanted to start where I last stopped reading the Bible, The book of Numbers, but then decided to recommit to starting from the beginning at Genesis.

Today I read Genesis 1-2 and this is what I received from it:
 1. God created the heavens and the earth. The heaven was created on the same day as the earth and years before Jesus came and saved us. Food for thought. I just think the timing of the creation of heaven is amazing and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Consistency Because We Love You & We Care

Hey everybody! We've been trying to figure out a way to make our blog more consistent. Then we finally realized (with Krystal preparing for law school, working a full time job, & dealing with the handful of marrying my wonderful brother; & me trying to train for the Olympics, pursue a masters degree, and work a full time job as well at the Pentagon) consistency will not happen anytime soon. However I also realized that one thing Krystal & I both do consistently on a daily/weekly basis is a devotional/journal. This is the direction we want to go in to give you all at least a sense of consistency. It won't be perfect but it will be a lot more spelled out timeline. Now our first option is to study the Bible from beginning to end. Genesis 1 or Genesis 1-5 the first day/week & move forward from there. This option is a pain in the butt because I have tried to study the Bible from beginning to end & I have been stuck on Numbers a whole year. It was a horror trying to get past 2 chapters per day. (Life and reading other books also kept me distracted from finishing it as well.) So doing this option will not only help you but it will help me find a way to get through the Bible in the next few years in a more meaningful & accountable way. The second option is to go through the whole Bible but out of order. For instance start off with Habakkuk instead of Genesis & once Habakkuk is completed moving on to Job or Psalms. Whatever book our spirit leads us to do next. My problem with this is Krystal & I may waste more time picking the next book than writing our devotional lol. With that being said, option one is what we decided to do. Join us in the struggle but huge reward of reading the Bible not completely in chronological order but in order of the books in the Bible. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I remember from my childhood very vividly my dad wearing a shirt with a crane on the back of it. Inside of the crane's mouth was a frog with its hands wrapped around the crane’s neck that refused to be swallowed.  That resonated with me throughout the years.  It was a testament to my parents' hard work and perseverance.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Unapologetically Me: 2016

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful brown-skinned girl who dreamed of being an explorer and donning rainbow colored hair.  That girl had dreams out of this world and knew she would achieve them.  She had all the love and validation she needed from God and her parents.  She had pretty amazing friends with hopes and dreams of their own.