Guest Post by Janna Gallagher: In the Beginning

Janna is Nick's eldest sister and is truly an amazing sister-in-law. She home-schools my nieces and nephew and also balances staying active with Crossfit and supporting her husband, James, who serves in the California State Assembly.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5 ESV)

The beginning. There was no form, there was darkness, but the Spirit of God was there. God spoke and with his voice He created light where there was only darkness. He created an order, he created what he deemed “good.”

Every morning, when I rise, before my feet hit the floor, I am reminded to thank Jesus for the day. I don’t always know what kind of day is before me, what will be expected, how I will feel, what I will need to teach my children, but I know that every breath I am given is only given to me from the Lord. And out of my recognition of my need for Him, the understanding of His grace to which I do not deserve, can I even begin to give grace to those around me.

This is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. I’m a bit of a type A personality and this gives order to what I believe about God, my theology. In the beginning, there wasn’t Janna. There wasn’t all the things Janna wanted, nor all the things that have been wrong in Janna’s eyes. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Let this be the place of rest, our peace for the day before us.