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Just a thought…

Hallmark Man and I were recently watching an updated version of “The Ten Commandments.”  It wasn’t Charlton Heston and it wasn’t totally Biblically accurate which, by the way, drives me nuts.  I used to get angry about it but now I am just having fun picking out the parts that are wrong and am thankful that from Bible studies, I am blessed to know these things.  Like, for instance, when the children of Israel were crossing the Red Sea, Scripture teaches us that they crossed on dry land.  In this version, they were sloshing through puddles and mud and waterfalls.  Plus, Moses would have been 80, not 40-something.  His Egyptian “mother” didn’t look much older than he did.  Of course, Hollyweird has to add their own dramatic flair to these movies.  Charlton Heston’s character was having an unrequited love with Nephretiri (however you spell it).

OK.

Enough of my soap box.

As I sat down at the dinner table pondering the events of Exodus, a thought came into my head.  I often wondered why the children of Israel had to suffer the same plagues as the Egyptians, up until a certain point then God spared them from the rest of the plagues.  I used to think it was cruel since they were His children.  Hang with me here…this is serious food for thought.

He had to “break” their allegiance, so to speak, with Egypt.

Think about it. They had been slaves for 400 years. The generation that lived there knew no other way of life. It was home, albeit not pleasant.

God did that to me when we were fixing to lose our home to a short sale.  At that point in our lives, we weren’t sure if it was going to be a foreclosure or short sale but God in His mercy granted us the sale.  But the year before that, the house that I loved began to crumble before my eyes.  The grass was eaten by weird caterpillars.  My favorite Bradford Pear tree was snapped in half by a strong wind.  I ruined the pampas grass by setting the dead part on fire and it got out of control (a story for another day). Ants and bees were taking over the yard.  My flower bushes were dying.

By the time we moved, I was done and over that place.

I think that’s what God was doing to the Israelites.  They had nothing to keep them there.  No love lost by the time they left.  Of course, once they had been in the wilderness for a while eating the same thing day in and day out, they began to complain and want to go back.  God, in His sovereignty, knew what was best.  It’s all for a greater purpose, as is the trials in our lives as well.  Our God is awesome!

Anyway, hope I gave you something to think about.  Just a thought…

 

 

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Wishing

Remember as kids how we’d wish it were Saturday?  or Wish it was 3 o’clock so we could go home from school?

You’d think as adults we would grow out of that but I find myself even doing that during the work week. I wish it was lunch time or Is it 5 o’clock yet?  My favorite, especially when the alarm goes off: Is it Saturday yet??????? And realizing it is not, I hit the snooze button 2-3 more times.

I know we shouldn’t do that. Every day is a gift from God. Every heartbeat, every breath in our lungs is a gift from Him.  There is a reason we are here and alive in this day at this time.  We have a purpose.  Until we fulfill that purpose, our journey will continue.

But why can’t my life be exciting like some of the stories in the Bible?  This should put it into perspective.  It’s all in God’s timing.  His timing is perfect.  Take Moses, for instance.  40 years raised as an Egyptian Price…watching the Hebrews endure slavery while he lived a life of luxury.  40 more years as a shepherd in the desert being humbled before God called him to lead the children of Israel out of slavery.  That’s 80 years of living life.  The daily doldrums. The monotony of feeding sheep, going to sleep, waking up, aches, pains….all of it just as we do our daily routines.

Moses had a huge calling on his life at the age of 80.  We have to remember our lives serve a greater purpose than our own selfish desires. Let God lead through the day and you never know whose life you may touch by being kinder.  If you get stuck in traffic, just chill out and think that maybe there is a greater purpose. God alone knows what that is.  Just be open to His guidance and remember, this life is a one time shot. We don’t get a second chance to relive it beyond the grave.  It seems like an eternity sometimes but in the grand scheme of things, it is just a vapor.  Our true life is in eternity either with God or apart from Him. 

Do you know Jesus?  Not know OF Him but KNOW Him personally as Lord and Savior.  If you have asked Him to come into your heart and be your Savior, you’ll spend eternity in Heaven with Him.  If not, you will live eternally apart from God. Where will you be?

Don’t wish your life away (and I’m talking to myself here, too).  Take every moment and enjoy it to the fullest.

Waiting…

I love the way the Lord speaks to me through nature.  He doesn’t audibly speak, but His message is loud and clear.  He loves me and He loves YOU.  I can have a bad day or feel down and I can go outside and He has created something beautiful and I see it for the first time and it just makes me smile every time. 

I’ll never forget the time I was mowing and I was down in a pit mentally and emotionally and could not see daylight.  I got near the fenceline and there was this neon tropical orange flower blooming.  I didn’t plant it. Somehow a seed made its way over there and grew.  I knew it was not wild purslane because that had little tiny pink flowers and they were everywhere in my yard.  This was portulaca and it was gorgeous.  My heart soared and I smiled.  Simple things like that give me joy because my Heavenly Father created them and He does an awesome job!

Look around you. The beauty of the sky. The graceful flutter of a butterfly.  All creation sings His glory.  Have you ever studied the details of a spider?  or the beautiful detail of a cat’s markings?  My Father has an awesome imagination!

My kids call me a “tree hugger” because I enjoy nature so much. What they don’t see or understand is that nature puts me in awe of the Creator Himself. I can’t wait to meet Him!

I spend countless hours in the yard, watching nature and talking to the Father.   It’s something that I do to remind myself that He is still in control and life goes on no matter what is happening in our lives.  When you are waiting on an answer from Him, what do you do?

I don’t know where He’s leading me but I do know that each day is a fresh start.  Spend time in the Word and in prayer to align your heart with His and you are off to a great start.  You will need every bit of help you can get from Him as the day progresses.  Sometimes things get tough and He can guide you through it.  We are only promised today. That is all we can count on.  Today is a gift. 

There is a popular song that asks us, “if today were your last day…”  how would you use it?  Would you spend time with family and friends?  Are you making regrets?  My dad used to tell me never do anything you’ll regret.  Live wisely. 

How can you make the most of your time while you are waiting on the Lord? 

Start each day with Him. Ask His direction in each aspect of your day. Are you doing something He would be pleased with?  How are your responses to others?  Are they short and snappy or thoughtful and considerate?

One thing that always amazes me is how Jesus treated others when He was on this earth.  Even knowing how brutally He would be tortured and then die for us, He still cared for others.  On the cross,  He made sure that His mother was taken care of when He told John, “Behold your mother.”  The thief on the cross next to Him believed and Jesus told him, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”  

I don’t know about you, but if I have something coming up that I know is going to be painful and I’m dreading it, I am not very pleasant to be around.  I am too consumed with worry and dread. 

Waiting, worrying and wondering can cause us to be  so preoccupied that we miss the small things and the daily gifts that God sends our way to remind us that He is sovereign and in control and nothing happens without His knowledge or consent. 

Take your life one day at the time and while you’re waiting on the Lord, do what you know you should do.  Do your best and leave the results up to God.  When the time is right, you’ll have your answer but only when the time is right.  It’s not our timing but God’s providence.  His timing is always perfect.  When He’s completed a good work in you, you will be able to look back and see His hand on your life.  He may have been protecting you from something or preparing something for you.  You may need extra training before you are ready for what He has for you. 

Think about Moses and David.  Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness being “untrained” as an Egyptian Prince before he was ready to be used of God.  David spent 14 years running from King Saul before he was ready to be king.  During those times, he was heavy hearted.  Read some of his Psalms and you’ll see where he poured his heart out to God.  The Bible doesn’t share what was going through every patriarch’s mind but we did get to see the heart of David, whom was said of God, “He is a man after My own heart.”  David was honest with God.  He didn’t try to be brave when he was hurting.  God knows how we really feel and He wants a relationship with us.  How can you have a relationship when you are not completely honest? 

The time that David spent running from Saul, prepared him for warfare.  He became an expert warrior, which helped him when he finally became Israel’s king. 

What does God have planned for you or me? Only He knows.  We just have to take it one day at the time.  When you are down, look to what the Creator created.

Every morning and evening, the Canadian Geese fly past my house coming and going to their daily activities.  I love to watch them fly in the “V” formation and they chatter as they go past.  They reside at the pond near the back of our neighborhood.  In the morning, they fly out to look for food and then come back at dusk.  It just fascinates me how God created such amazing birds.  It doesn’t take much to excite me when it comes to our Heavenly Father.  He is my hope and joy in this dismal world. 

Stay focused on Him and be blessed in the Lord!

 

Be blessed in the Lord!

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