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HUMBLED BY HIS GRACE

I know some of you out there can relate instantly by the title of this post – Humbled By His Grace. Some of you just haven’t gotten there yet and I suppose you will eventually. The sooner the better though. God is a wonderful and magnificent God. His Grace and Mercy is overwhelmingly humbling to me. The Big Picture God is a God of Wonder and Majesty and a lot of the time He is shrouded in Mystery. He allows us to see only a glimpse of Him in this life. However, He loves us so very much He wants to let us in on bits and pieces of the Big Picture from time to time. You say “Why not let us see it all now?” Well, for one thing, I don’t believe we could actually take the entire Big Picture at one time. If so we might get puffed up and too sure of ourselves with some things or… we might see things that were disturbing and frightening. I am not sure which would be worse. To be so proud that we quit relying on God for our every step, or being so afraid of what is about to happen that we are afraid to trust Him for the outcome.

I get an email every morning from Our Daily Bread, which is a daily devotional. I enjoy reading this because there are many, many times I read it and it hits me right where it needs to that particular day. Some time back, there was one entitled “Feeling Insignificant?” Here are the first two paragraphs of that particular daily devotional.UNIVERSE

“We are among seven billion people who coexist on a tiny planet that resides in a small section of a rather insignificant solar system. Our earth, in reality, is just one miniscule blue dot among millions of celestial bodies that God created. On the gigantic canvas that is our universe, our beautiful, majestic Earth appears as a tiny speck of dust.

That could make us feel extremely unimportant and inconsequential. However, God’s Word suggests that just the opposite is true. Our great God, who “measured the waters in the hollow of His hand” (Isa. 40:12), has singled out each person on this planet as supremely important, for we are made in His image.”

This particular daily devotional humbled me to a point when I read it, as it always does, when I think of how BIG God is and how minute we are (and yes, that word, minute, is spelled correctly but not meaning a measure of time but VERY, VERY small). On that same train of thought… I have been given a wonderful opportunity to view a particular part of my life with the rose colored glasses removed – if only for a brief moment in time. This doesn’t happen very often, if ever, in a person’s life and I am so humbled and brought to a feeling of awe and amazement in my God.

You see, I met someone that shared with me a dream they had. In that dream, they met a woman and was told by God that this woman would be “the one” and would do great things. Then this person saw me at a distance shortly after that dream (a few days) and “knew” that I was the woman in their dream. We had never met and didn’t know anyone that knew each other… you know… the Six Degrees of Separation thing. At least we haven’t found that out yet. Now you may be wondering about who this person is. Well, let me just say that this is a very special person and will be in my life for some time to come. I don’t know how long and I am not sure they even know. I do know one thing though… when this person was relaying all the particulars to this dream and happenings around this dream, I began to see puzzle pieces being placed together and “snapped” into place. The puzzle pieces from years ago! Not just recently, but at least 3 years ago or more.4916213896_d919133936_b

Now, I believe “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose”. Romans 8:28. I have believed it with every fiber of my being before and if it’s possible, I believe it even more this very moment. God allowed me to see a glimpse of where He has brought me from and the path He has set my foot to now. He has given me the assurance to know that I know that I know that I am in the exact place that I am supposed to be. That is very humbling to me. It shows me that our God is not a God of mystery in a bad sense of the word. He is a God that loves His children and simply cannot share every detail of our life to preserve us, not to confuse or hurt us. I am telling you… to know the information that I have learned is such a wonderful thing and yet I guard it with my very soul. Why? Because it is precious and wonderful to me. So, you may ask… “Why are you spreading it all over the world, then, on this post?” Well, there are many more details that I am not sharing because it is just not right. However, God laid it on my heart to share what I have shared so far because He wants all of His children to know He loves them and He has a plan for each and every one. He loves you, the person that is reading this post, right now. He loves you so much! He wants you to know, as I wrote in an earlier post – “Beauty for Ashes”.

“Holy is the Lord our God. Almighty, Omnipotent Majesty. The Most High God. This same God that fashioned the universe and called the world into being, knows you by name. He has ordained this time in your life. This very minute. This exact second. The Father is concerned with all that concerns you. He knows your heart. He knows your struggles. He has seen you in the times of incredible victory and He has been there in the times when you have been overwhelmingly defeated. Calling you by name… crying out to you to cast your cares upon Him. He calls out to you now with a still small voice. Come to me… all who are tired and weary with cares. Find rest in my arms. Come home.”humbled-751386[1].1

This particular paragraph speaks to my life so much. You see, He was there when I was overwhelmingly defeated when I was in an abusive marriage that I didn’t know how to get out of.  Also, He was there when I was literally “walking on the mountain tops” when I had the opportunity, years ago, to attend an event called “Christian Artists Seminar in the Rockies”. I can see, a little more now, how every step has led me to this point in my life. Do I see all that is before me? NO! Never! I do know that as long as I rely on my God He will direct my paths and it will be ALL FOR GOOD!

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I am not sure who this post will speak to. I do know this, this post is speaking to someone right now. It is speaking to your heart and it is speaking volumes to you. God is NOT through with you yet. It has been a long row to hoe but I tell you this… keep trusting that He has a plan. The perfect plan for your life. Trust His heart when you can’t see His hand and know that He loves you so very much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – You Are Amazing God – Chris Tomlin

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THE NEW HOUSE

Well, I made a discovery today that made me very sad and angry at the same time. As I stood at the kitchen window looking out at the little birdhouse that hangs in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window, I noticed it was sitting kind of funny. I thought I better go inspect the situation. As I approached the little house, I heard the Daddy Sparrow, up in the tree, above me just chirping and chirping. I immediately saw why too! The floor of the house was coming off and there were ants swarming everywhere. I immediately took that old house down and sprayed it completely to kill all the ants. I found a new house that I had on the front porch that I had made a few years back. When I picked it up I noticed that the tin roof had come unglued. I decided to drill holes and screw it to the house instead of gluing. The time sitting on the porch probably was enough in these hot summers here to melt the glue. I learned a lesson about what NOT to use in building my little bird houses.  Any new house will have it screwed in securely instead of glued on.

So, I worked as quickly as I could. I felt so bad for the Daddy Sparrow. No wonder his two potential Momma Sparrows that came to visit didn’t stay around with all those ants. Poor fella. I think, in his way, he was trying to tell me but I wasn’t listening. I was just standing in the kitchen saying prayers but they didn’t have feet to them. I realized I should have gone out and made sure the house was sound and ready for a family.IMG_1385

I made a trip to Lowe’s and got some ant bait and placed them in the crook of the tree hoping to rid the area of those despicable ants. Now, I just realized… hummm… will the squirrels try to eat that and get sick and die too? Oh, my… I will have to research that tomorrow. Anyway, as I worked feverishly getting the new house up, that little Daddy Sparrow was just a fussin’ up in the tree. I think he was telling me … “See, you should have listened!  You should have come to check on the house more often. Now will you?” Oh, well, I guess live and learn – no I know I do! Now I think, probably, all the Momma Sparrows are already taking care of their first brood and there won’t be a Momma Sparrow for my Daddy Sparrow. Also, there is another little gIMG_1393uy at the back birdhouse that is just chirping and chirping all day long. I guess he is without a Momma Sparrow as well. Oh my… I think “The Sparrow Project” has taken its toll here around the Adams’ abode. If you remember reading my last post “The Daddy Sparrow”, you will recall that there was a so-called “project” to rid the US (rid may be a harsher term than necessary) of the House Sparrow. They indicated in their article “Managing House Sparrows and European Starlings” that the House Sparrow, along with the European Starling, has been the reason for the decline in Song Birds and they cause the Song Birds grief at the feeders, etc. As I said in that post, I have been a “Bird Watcher” for more than 15 years and I have never witnessed that kind of aggressiveness from my House Sparrows. So, their “project” may be taking its toll on the number of female (Momma) Sparrows in my neighborhood. Usually there are plenty to go around. Anyway … Daddy Sparrow has a new house to build his nest in and he seems happy with it too. I got a couple of pictures of him today on the porch and he hopped inside the house. I guess he approves. Now “we will just have to wait and see”, as my grandmother used to say.Picture1

Now, I bet you are wondering … “How in the world is she going to compare this to her Christian walk with the Lord?” Well, I have asked God that same question all day, since I discovered the little house was in shambles with intruders to boot!

And so you will not be disappointed, I will share with you how God has spoken to my heart in more than one way. He has told me that listening to the Holy Spirit is very important. When you suspect something might be wrong … in any area … always check it out. If that is a birdhouse that looks wrong or, if you suspect something is wrong with your actions, words, attitude, or geographical location. Always check with God… the Holy Spirit… He will never lead you wrong. He will answer you. You can always count on His direction and guidance. Just like I should have listened to … “Something must be wrong with that house. You might want to check it out to make sure it’s ok.” Instead of just standing in the house peering out at the little Daddy Sparrow and praying for him to find a mate… or that God would provide a mate.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths

There were two Momma Sparrows that came and went… because of the ants… and the ants were there because I didn’t pay more attention. Now it seems there are no more Momma Sparrows for the poor little thing. I am sad that there may not be any baby Sparrows in the little birdhouse this year… but the year is not over yet. Maybe there will be a Momma Sparrow come along before long. However, the poor little Daddy Sparrow has not even begun to build a nest in this new house. Not one stitch of grass or straw of any kind. He just sits there on the porch or hops inside and peers out the little hole and chirps. He needs to get a nest started … just in case. Anyway…22JanP22JE800x500

You may be saying, “Why would God or the Holy Spirit take the time to care about a birdhouse with ants in it?” Well, I believe the Lord, God, The Holy Spirit, is concerned with all that concerns us. Every detail, down to the very smallest thing… that is, what we think is the smallest thing. If it concerns us, it concerns Him!

1 Peter 5:6-7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

So… listen to the Holy Spirit. He cares for us. He wants us to listen to His guidance. He wants us to understand that He is there to help us.

Also, this may not be this particular little Daddy Sparrow’s year to have a family. He seems a bit unknowing and apparently doesn’t know that he is to build part of the nest and the Momma Sparrow finishes it off. One of the little Momma Sparrows that I saw the other day (a third one) landed on the porch of the new house and he was there too. She jumped into the new house and so did he. She jumped out of the new house almost as quickly as she jumped in. He jumped out after her and then she took off. Well, he took off after her. I haven’t seen her since, either. I think this particular little Daddy Sparrow is just a young Sparrow and may not be a daddy this year. They live 3 years or so and maybe next year he will have it together more. I hope so for his sake. So, the take-away on this particular train of thought is this… We may not be mature enough yet, in our walk with the Lord, to take on that “task” or idea we have or had. We may believe it is from the Holy Spirit, and it may very well be, but it just may not be time yet. We can think it is supposed to happen now, just because we think we have received a message from God, when in fact it might just be that we have received the message or direction. That does not mean that it is to happen now. God may be growing us for it to happen later.timing For example… I read a story about a young lady that wanted a baby so badly. She and her husband prayed and prayed for a baby. She believed that she heard from God that she would have a baby in September. She spent a lot of time and energy, emotions and money on the test strips to see if she was pregnant, but to her dismay every time, she was not. They tried and tried and finally … they were led to believe they were to adopt. Come to find out there was a precious child in Africa that had been born at the time the vision was given to the young lady – in September, however, God’s timing was not the young lady’s timing. God meant it in a different way than her heart thought. Truly the child was hers in September, just not physically hers until a few Septembers later. So… your timing is probably not God’s timing. You may have to wait a year or two or more for God’s vision to come to fruition. Just wait upon the Lord, and He will renew your strength and help you understand.

Isaiah 40:31

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

I still pray for the little Daddy Sparrow but I also go out and check out the birdhouse to make sure the new house has NO ANTS in it! I also have come to realize that it just may not be his year for a family. That’s OK. God is in control of His creation, not me. THANK GOODNESS! He loves His creation very much! He also loves you very much! After all, He calls you His beloved!

The Song – Someone Who Cares – David Phelps

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THE DADDY SPARROW

If you know me at all, or have read some of my posts, you know I LOVE God’s creation … from the tiniest Lady Bug crawling on my blade of St. Augustine grass in the front yard to the Majestic Mount Rainer in Washington State and everything in between. Also, you don’t have to be around me very long to know I also love birds. I feed the wild birds in my yard and love to watch them flitting around and singing and just doing what birds do. I have around 21 different types of birds that visit my yard every year and this year I saw my first Eastern Blue Bird. It was beautiful.

One of the things I prIMG_1220ovide for my feathered friends, other than bird seed and suet, are a few bird houses scattered around for the little guys and gals to nest and raise their babies in. My favorite bird house is one that hangs in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window. It has housed numbers of clutches over the six years that we have lived here. Sometimes four a summer – starting around April until late Summer. It is an absolute joy for my folks and me to watch the progression of these babies. I get pictures of the eggs, then the tiny, little ugly things, then they grow so fast and before you know it the little ones are poking their head out for that morsel that the mommy or the daddy sparrow has brought. They are silent as can be until their mommy or daddy sparrow shows up on the porch of the house and then they become a noisy and boisterous bunch. DSCN0181They scramble over each other to get to the tasty bug first. It is the greatest thing to watch the drama in front of my kitchen window. Then, when it’s time to leave the nest it is even more fun! I have helped the little ones across the street into the row of shrubs that grow along my neighbor’s house – not picking them up but escorting them by shushing them with my arms and stopping traffic if I have to – until they are safe and sound with mommy and daddy sparrow that are waiting for them and chirping wildly until they are safe and sound. That hedgerow of bushes is the “safe” place for the little ones with their parents after they have fledged and leave the bird house. I guess all the babies from the surrounding nests go there because there is always a bunch of chirping and a flurry of activity going on in those bushes. I just love my little Sparrows and their chirp. No… they don’t have a beautiful song that lilts through the air like the House Wren or the beautiful, crisp song of the Northern Cardinal, but they chirp, chirp, chirp and I love them!

Some time back, I found a bird group on the internet entitled “The Sparrow Project”. I clicked join and I was in hopes that this “project” or group would help me learn more about my beloved House Sparrows. I just love those little guys. So, as I received the first email after joining this group I began to read the guidelines and what is expected of me as a member. It appalled me! The information was instructing me to take the eggs out of the nest when I find House Sparrow eggs. I read on… it said that they were trying to diminish the population of House Sparrows because they are having an adverse effect on the Song Bird population.sparrow I thought “how in the world would that be?” After replying to the email I was informed that there are reported cases of the House Sparrows actually being aggressive with the Song Birds in someone’s area and not allowing them to feed at the feeders. This is a link to the article about “Managing House Sparrows and European Starlings”.   Well, I have been a “bird-watcher” for at least 15 years and I can say, without a doubt, I have NEVER seen any House Sparrow attack or keep another species of bird from feeding at my feeders! All 21 varieties of birds get along just fine together. I offer several feeders for various sizes of birds from the big Grackle to the tiniest Tufted Titmouse. However, yesterday I did witness a Starling shoo away a Red Bellied Woodpecker from a suet cake. I was shocked. I was certain that the Red Bellied Woodpecker would be higher up on the food chain and therefore have seniority over the feeder with a Starling. Oh well… that was the first and only time I have ever seen anything like that. Actually the Starling didn’t shoo him away, the Woodpecker just backed off until the Starling left.

Well, this post isn’t really all about birds, or just about birds. I do have a comparison with the Daddy Sparrow  at the bird house that is hanging in a tree directly in front of my kitchen window … and the recent turn of events in my life though. Read on to find out how I bring it all together… well, actually, how God brings it all together with my fingers doing the work as to what He tells me to type.

You see, I need to tell you about the daddy Sparrow that sits on the porch of the bird house that is hanging in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window. The normal routine every spring is a daddy sparrow begins to build the nest. He brings in all sorts of materials to build this nest that will be home to him, his mommy sparrow and their babies (usually 1-3 babies in a clutch). So the daddy sparrow builds the nest almost entirely on his own. In the meantime, he sits and chirps on the porch of the bird house. IMG_1220He is chirping for a momma sparrow. He sits and chirps, and chirps, and chirps, and chirps. All day long – literally! All Day … until a momma sparrow finds him attractive and the nest meets her approval and then she decides this is the place to be. So they consummate the relationship and it all begins. The consummation is usually a quick 5-6 times on the porch and then she hops inside the house and begins to take up building the nest to suit her needs. You see, he begins the nest building but she puts the “momma sparrow” touch to it. Usually stuffing it with much more grass and straw and anything she can find to make it a nice soft nesting place for her babies to call “home”.

Now, this happens for every clutch that is laid and hatches. This same routine of consummating the relationship and then all else is downhill from there. I am not sure if it is the same momma and daddy sparrow throughout the summer, but they seem to know the lay of the land and just keep having babies all summer long. They are very prolific little ones.

This Spring has been a bit different, though. I had taken the house down over the winter and cleaned it out and put it back up just before Spring. Finally, in mid-April, a daddy sparrow begins to build and chirp, build and chirp, build and chirp. It is fascinating to watch him drag things into the little house. Then he hops out on the porch and chirps and chirps and chirps, in hopes that very special momma sparrow will come to be his momma sparrow. Day in and day out, he sits there and chirps and chirps. I actually know for a fact that he sat there for at least 3-4 days straight and chirped all day long! Very seldom leaving. This worried me … probably more than it should… you see, I pray for the little guy every day that God will bring him a momma sparrow. I know… some folks thinks it is a silly thing to do, but I do it anyway.

Then one day… I stepped to the front door. The inside door was open so I could see through the storm door. I looked over to the birdhouse and saw a momma sparrow on the porch with the daddy sparrow. I got as excited as the little daddy sparrow. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. He hopped and danced all over that front porch. She would bow and flutter her wings and then he hopped on her and then off and danced around some more. She would bow and flutter her wings again and then he would hop on her again. This went on for about a minute. He must have consummated at least 5-6 times. I have never witnessed a bird being so excited. After all, he had sat and chirped for 3 weeks solid. He was lonely and was so excited to finally have a momma sparrow to have a family with!

Then it happened! As quickly as the momma sparrow was there she was G-O-N-E! She flew off and left him sitting there on the front porch! He sat there and chirped and chirped in hopes that she would come back! DSCN0171Heck, she left without even checking out the nest he built. The poor little thing was confused. He looked around and back and forth and was chirping trying to find his newly found momma sparrow to no avail!   She left and he nor I have seen her since! He had chirped so hard and long for a momma, he found her and then in less than two minutes, she was there and then she vanished! I have never witnessed that either.

I have said ALL of that to say this… when I saw his distress and confusion in the whole ordeal, I instantly heard a message from God… ok, I know you are probably thinking I have lost my mind. No, I haven’t! I just know what I heard and then I knew what comparison there was to draw from this.  It was clear as can be.

Hold On … you may be surprised at my comparison…

I likened this to my job that I just lost. The job that I was so excited to have after such a long time. A job that I had prayed about and waited and waited and waited some more. I had a Training job finally and then … almost in the blink of an eye… it was gone! In 64 days I went from being elated to totally blindsided and in total confusion and dismay at being let go. The job was no-where to be found. It vanished almost as quickly as it appeared! I was in so much pain and misery and when I saw the confusion on the little daddy sparrow’s face (yes – there was confusion!) I related to that. confusionHe had waited for something for so long, it was finally here and then it was gone as fast as it had arrived! It made absolutely NO SENSE to him or me why that momma bird took off so quickly and never came back! It was something I had NEVER seen happen. It also made NO SENSE to me why the job I loved was no longer there. I have never had that happen in all my years of working. I was so confused and so distraught for days.

Then I heard that sweet, still, small voice that I love! It spoke reassurance and peace and hope into my soul. “You are much more important than this sparrow or a million sparrows. I have the perfect plan for you, Leah. Just hang on and trust Me.” Now, unlike me, that little daddy sparrow has no idea why momma sparrow left nor does he have that still, small voice whispering to his soul… “It will be alright.” At least I don’t know that he does. I do, however, know God’s Word says He has a plan for my life and it is the perfect plan. I am not sure about a “plan” for that little sparrow’s life. I don’t know, but I do now my God will never leave me nor forsake me. He may keep me waiting for a while, but He will never forsake. After all, He calls me His beloved! There is bound to be a reason all of that happened. It may have been for someone else and not for me. I don’t know but I do know this…

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

And I love God with all my heart, soul and mind… I also know this..

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Because I know this about my God, I know I will be OK… better than OK. I will be great because God has me on His mind. He loves me and I am His! I have a hope and I know He holds my future in His hand.  After all He calls me His beloved!

He loves you just as He loves me. If you know this God of mine, wonderful! If you do not know Him, click this link. This will take you to a website called Bible.org. This article will explain what it means to follow Christ Jesus.  It will explain some things that may have been questions in your mind before. Never forget that God loves you and you are always on His mind.  After all, He calls you His beloved too!

I am including a song that I have recently used, but because it is about the Sparrow… I want to include it again.

The Song – His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Sandi Patty

The Song – I Know The Plans (Audrey’s Song) Damaris

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HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU DESERVE

I know what you are thinking… “What is that kind of title doing on a devotional blog site?” Well, if you read on about “How To Get The Job You Deserve” you will find out.

If you have read my last couple of blog posts  … maybe just my last one… you will know that I am unemployed, yet again. I won’t go into that here, I just wanted to make a point so you would understand why I was reading an article on  Linkedin entitled “How To GLinked inet The Job You Deserve”. So, anyway, when I read the first sentence of this article I began to wonder what she actually meant. Here are the first two paragraphs of the article, then I will explain.

“When you hate your job but you can’t seem to escape it or you struggle on the job search trail for months, your life can start to feel very Biblical. You can start to think that the whole world is against you, and that you can’t catch a break. We have all felt that way at some point. 

“Why the heck can’t I get a good job?”  you wonder. You feel you could write a book about horrible job-search experiences or mistreatment at work, or both. It is very understandable that anybody in a miserable job or job-search situation would start to think it’s hopeless.”
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CEO and Founder, Human Workplace

Now, I don’t know about you, but when she used the term “Biblical” I began to wonder what she meant. The first part of that sentence talked about “…hating your job but can’t seem to escape it…” and then your “…strugglDepression.4183646_stde on a job search trail for months…” My question is … How is that Biblical? Maybe she is referring to feeling all alone in the desert but then, no, Moses was not alone in the desert for 40 years. God was with them the whole way. At least Moses knew this – unlike most of the Israelites most of the time – and that is another post.  Also, where in the Bible does it say that the whole world is against you.. oh, yeah, that’s right… if you are a Christian, sometimes it seems that way, I guess. I still don’t get the connection between being in a job you hate and/or on a very long job search and feeling “very Biblical.” Maybe you see it but I do not.

I do know this… that I have been on long job searches before and been in a job I didn’t like very much but I never once thought “I am feeling very Biblical today.” As a Christian, though, I have thought more than once “Why is God leaving me in this situation for this long?” Or, “Why did God allow that situation to happen?” I eventually came to realize that I may be in “that situation” for someone else and not for my benefit. I saw that played out at the call center more than once. If that is what God is doing then, I will trust His plan and if that is not what God is doing, then I will trust His plan. As you have read my posts before, I believe God’s Word is true! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11.il_570xN.459972302_9528

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God has a perfect plan for me and for you… actually anyone, that allows God to lead them. It doesn’t involve being frantic because you get laid off, yet again. Yes, I worry and yes, I wonder. But I do trust God that He will never leave me or forsake me. He promised that in His Word

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”1583bcbcec1b12f9ac3df37b0e7433b0

I hear some of you out there saying… “Yeah, but that was back then – way back in the Old Testament. That doesn’t apply to now.”

Well, Ok, what about this one… (but I do believe the entire Bible applies to now – no matter when “now” is!)

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[d]

Jesus, Himself, spoke these words to the disciples after He had risen from the grave. He is with us ALWAYS.

OK, on to the next part of the article that … let’s just say that I disagree with. The article went on to say how “you” can change things. If you are tired and fed up and you just want to give up, then you have reached the “right” point. She eludes to that if you reach this point you are right where you need to be to “change”. Just change your way of thinking or doing things and things probably will turn around for you (paraphrased, of course). She, I believe, is on the right track, but as Christians, we have to do more than that, I believe. Yes, I believe we have to come to a point of self-awareness in that we have to be aware of who we really are and what skills we really have or don’t have and accept the fact that some folks just don’t and will never “get you” and I think that you HAVE to believe in yourself, 200%! However, thgod_is_talking_to_you_are_you_listening_postcard-p239783566993367544qibm_400ere is much more to this picture, in my opinion. You first have to realize “Whose” you are! You have to trust God along with yourself. You have to trust that still small voice that you think is just your imagination. You may never have “heard” God speak to you but that doesn’t mean He hasn’t. You may have to tune your ears and heart differently. I did. It worked for me and I don’t think I am something extra special… well, my mom and dad do… but that is a different post… lol.

So, back to listening to God or listening for God. God will direct your path as He said He will. But you cannot go kicking and screaming along the path and expect God to continue. He is NOT going to MAKE you do anything! That is why most – if not all – of the Christian walk is just on Faith! You have to trust and have faith that He will lead you and lead you with your best interest in mind. Just like the scripture says… “… plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Now why would God lead you wrong. He WOULD NOT! He loves you so much! He wants you to trust Him and believe He has you on His mind always. So, no matter what article you read about how “you” can change things… if God changes things it will be for your best interest in mind. You may make a wrong decision if you make it on your own, but if you allow God to guide you, you can count on it! It will never be for your harm!Listen-to-God-in-the-silence

Now to give Ms. Liz Ryan the benefit of a doubt, she did end her article with a phrase that made the first sentence make more sense. She said this…

“Bradley walked through the desert and learned something important about himself.”

That explains the phrase about feeling Biblical, I suppose and I may or may not agree with how she wrote her article, but that is what is so wonderful about living here in the Wonderful USA! That is another post as well. However, her statement helped me get another post under my belt, and it feels good to write a post again. With everything that has been going on in my life lately, I have missed writing with all of my heart. God has given me snippets every now and then, but nothing solid like this one. So, …

I say all of this and want you to understand that, yes, I still wonder and have a little worry. I am human, after all. God knows that too. He still loves me and still waits for me to call out to Him. He even calls out to me sometimes and when He does, I, most of the time, listen intently to His guidance (I try anyway). I challenge you today to listen for that still, small voice as well and talk to God when you hear it.  Ask Him if it is His voice that you hear. He will reassure you if it is Him. He loves you so much and is waiting to hear you call out to Him. After all, He calls you His beloved.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

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WHOSE WILL?

Well, here I am again, using someone else’s daily devotional for mine. I do love to write my own and God provides things sometimes many times throughout the day, however, when I read a devotional and it rings so true to me and my experiences, I feel the peaceful presence of God urging me to share it with you.

I have, for so many years, done “My Will” and not asked God to use me as He would. Oh yea, I probably said it a few times in prayers throughout the years. Now is so different though. I have consciously made a choice to live each day for God. At least I try. I am human and do have times when I fall and have to ask forgiveness. You know what? God is so good! He restores that sweetness between Himself and me. You see, God never moved. He stays the same. I have to make a choice to repent, ask forgiveness and change my behavior. Yep, it’s a choice. We have to make that choice to live every day for Him. I know it is not easy sometimes. I have been through that tough time! I have much experience in that area. When I chose to change, it was amazing! Every day got better and better. I chose daily to turn aside from “my will” and chose to wait and walk in His will.Gods-Will

You see God is a Holy God. He cannot accept anything but holiness. We will never be pure and holy enough to come before such a God on our own. There’s hope though! God provided a way to still have that close relationship with Him through His Son Jesus. He sees us through Jesus sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. That is the only way we are justified! Justified – “Just as if I had never sinned”. That is what justified means in this context. Justified through Christ. When we choose to live for Christ, that brings us into that holy, sweet relationship with God the Father!  Whose will are you living by?  Yours or God’s?

OK, enough about that. This post is again from “Our Daily Bread” and it is an awesome reminder that God’s will is a much better place to be! Enjoy!

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“May all things happen according to your will,” is a greeting frequently exchanged during Chinese New Year. As wonderful as that may sound, events turn out best when God’s will plays out and not mine.GOD'S WILL 2

Given a choice, Joseph would not have wished to be a slave in Egypt (Gen. 39:1). But despite his captivity, he was “successful” because “the Lord was with [him]” (v.2). The Lord even blessed his master’s home “for Joseph’s sake” (v.5).

Joseph would never have chosen to go to prison in Egypt. But he did when falsely accused of sexual assault. However, for the second time we read: “the Lord was with Joseph” (v.21). There, he gained the trust of the warden (v.22) so that “whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper” (v.23). His downward spiral into prison turned out to be the start of his rise to the top position in Egypt. Few people would choose to be promoted the way God promoted Joseph. But Joseph’s God blesses, despite, and even through, adverse circumstances.

God had a purpose for bringing Joseph to Egypt, and He has a purpose for placing us where we are. Instead of wishing that all things happened according to our will, we could sabetty-will-of-gody, as our Savior did before going to the cross, “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).—C. P. Hia

Lord, it is far too easy to chase my own desires and passions. Forgive me for my selfish wants and pursuit of self-centered activities. Help me to place You first and to look for what You are doing and want to do in my life.

I really must end this post with my favorite verse:

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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MOST AMAZING

You know our God is the most amazing God! As I sit in my training class this week, this being only the 3rd day on my new job, I think of the things in my past that God has brought into my life and I just sit there amazed. You see, there are so many things in my past that have culminated into needed experience for this particular job that I have just gotten. I am probably the oldest one of the team but the folks are all so wonderful. I know … you say… “Leah, you have only been there 2 days… it will change.” Maybe you are right, however, I do know this… My God is a good God and whatever doors He opens for me will be a wonderful experience for me. Why? Because my God loves me and cares for me. He has loved me since before I was born and will continue to care for me for eternity … because I am a child of the King!13-1

You may not remember, but this is the job that after the interview – the next day – I told God this was one door I didn’t want Him to open for me, because of the rigors of travel and standing a lot during the training that was required for this particular job. In the past 5 years I venture to say that I have applied for at the very least 2000 jobs. I was laid off in 2009 and have never been able to get back to what I have done in my past, which is Training and Project Management. This is a job that I will be training and traveling! This is a job almost exactly like what I did 10 years ago for another similar company. I have experience dealing with almost the same situations that I did 10 years ago. How have I grown in 10 years? WoW! That is a loaded question. Let me try to explain a little on that.

10 years ago, I was married to an abusive person and was most miserable in my marriage. I was determined to “make” it work though. You see, this wasn’t my first marriage, or my second. I desperately wanted this one to work. My husband had just come out of rehab – after an extended bout with a medication he should not have been left on for so long. He began to feel more suicidal than usual… so he actually admitted himself, thankfully! He was somewhat stable and the job I got traveling and making better money than I had since my layoff January 2002 – after 9-11, really, really helped. I was gone every week but home on the weekends – which helped a bunch!bc871b7b8508f2f772d1372f6ad19dbf

All I am trying to say is that God prepares you for things. If you allow Him to direct your paths and trust that He has the best plan for you, He will always lead you down the MOST beneficial path for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 states that He has the perfect plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

We just have to allow Him to have control of our lives for the benefit. Sometimes, even when we are not aware and don’t take the initiative to turn over our lives to Him, He will still “Make all things work together for good, for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Back to what I was saying at the beginning… it is Most Amazing how God has taken the last several years… especially the last 10 … and given me the experiences and situations in my life that I can visually see come to fruition now. They are all coming together in a way that makes a beautiful picture.HPIM0621.JPG

Now I will say that I am a little worried about the rigors of this job, once I get up and going… but you know what… My God would not have brought me to it if He could not bring me through it. Now that may sound like a cute little cliché but it is so true! Why would God bring something into your life if He didn’t intend for you to be successful!? He wouldn’t! He loves you and always wants you to be successful.

Another thing He wants is for us to trust Him. I sat there yesterday and listened to this beautiful young woman tell about some of her training experiences. She talked about standing for hours and how taxing that could be. I began to worry. You see I have a bad back.. and neck.. but I was reminded by that wonderfully, peaceful, still, small voice… “Leah, I am your sustainer, your deliverer and your help in times of need.” Yes, I heard God speak those words to my heart. If He can hold the stars in place and tells the oceans to only go this far… He can help me!  So, I am going full steam ahead and trusting His Word to uphold me and sustain me because He opened this door for me and I will survive and not only survive but THRIVE!godsplan

You can too! If God has you in a spot that you are not sure of, talk to Him and tell Him about your concerns and worries. He wants to hear from you. He loves you so much! He is there waiting because He calls you His beloved! The promises I mentioned above are for you too! Call out to Him today!

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PRAYER – MOSES THE SHEPHERD AND GOD

Yesterday’s post ended with Moses fleeing from Pharaoh because he killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew slave. Here’s the scripture

Exodus 2:15

15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

It just so happens… (remember what I said about happenstance? I don’t believe in it)… Moses was sitting at a well that the seven daughters of the Priest of Midian came to. They came to water their flocks and lo and behold… Moses was at the same well. Remember how many men met their future spouses at a well in the previous posts? Seems like a good place to meet. Anyway, after Moses helped them water their flock, the seven daughters went back to their father’s house and when asked how they got finished so soon, they told him that there was an Egyptian that helped them. Here is the scripture.956

Exodus 2:16-20

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

18 When they came to Reuel their father, he said, “How is it that you have come so soon today?” 19 And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.” 20 So he said to his daughters, “And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”

* Note:  Reuel is also Jethro – the Priest of Midian.  One in the same person. 

So, Moses found a home and a bride all at the same time. It doesn’t say how long a time period it was from the time he was first sitting at the well and then marries Zipporah… but nonetheless, Moses marries Zipporah and they have a son and they named him Gershom.

Next, the scriptures tell us that God hears the “groanings” of the Israelites in Egypt. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 2:23-25Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_Bibel_in_Bildern_1860_044

23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

The cries of the Israelites, I believe, were prayers to their God. The One True God that they served. This series is about prayer and I understand that I have covered a lot of things that didn’t necessarily have any prayer mentioned in it. However, I thought it necessary to share some of the history with you so you can understand the story line of each story that I share with you. I do try to find the “prayer” time and sometimes ipsalm_34_18t is just not mentioned but assumed that there was prayer because of the person being mentioned or the situation surrounding the person. Anyway, the cries of the Israelites came to God in prayer format, I believe, and He heard their prayer. Did you know that God always hears our prayers. His eyes are always on us.

Psalm 34:15

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.

If we humble ourselves He will hear our prayers from Heaven…

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14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

I would like to include an excerpt from a website that I found. It is from an article entitled “Moses in Egypt, and Moses in Midian” and is from “The Christian’s Friend”. The entire article is quite long and is written in “early English” somewhat, but this part is very interesting and I think you will enjoy reading this.

Moses was an eminent type of the Lord Jesus. And I would just notice, in passing, that they are the only two persons mentioned in Scripture whose course we are able to trace from their birth on to the glory. (** there is an addendum that I have made to this part of this quote – you can find the updated information on this part of this quote here on the next post… “CORRECTION – MOSES THE SHEPHERD“)

It is worthy of remark that the life of Moses is divided into three distinct periods of forty years.3-4_moses-shepherd

The first forty he spent in Egypt as the “son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”‘

The next forty in the wilderness tending the flock of his father-in-law. There, at the mount of God, he had a vision of glory, such as could never have been revealed to him in Egypt.

In the last forty we have the account of the sorrowful and trying course he had to run, as the servant of God and of His people Israel, in bearing the burden of that people.”

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So when the Israelites became so distraught about their situation, they prayed and continued to pray. God heard them and then He remembered Moses. God allows time to pass, sometimes, until we are ready and seasoned to do His will, before He tel162ba415-62c7-4c0e-af1f-c5fc7610922f_g_338ls us what He wants us to do. That is the case for Moses, as well. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness, tending his father-in-law’s sheep. These 40 years were a wonderful “proving ground”, if you will, for what is to come. Spending 40 years with his father-in-law, who was the Priest of Midian, was the perfect place for Moses to grow in a different way than he did in Egypt. In Egypt he had access to the finest education, luxuries and food. He was a very highly respected man and very well educated. However, this education and all the refinements got him nowhere in Midian. He chose to learn to be a shepherd and keep his father-in-law’s flocks. This can be a very rewarding undertaking, as I learned when I did the series on “The Good Shepherd”. It is also a time of solitude. I believe the combination of being with Jethro – his father-in-law –Moses_w_Jethro_1116-80 the Priest of Midian, and the solitude of being a shepherd allowed Moses to grow in his relationship with God. I can’t help but believe that those alone times that Moses spent with the sheep in the pasture or up on the high plains of the mountains in the Spring and Summer months allowed him to reflect and pray. I can just hear Moses’ prayers (conversations with God). I can hear the realness and the humanness in his prayers. The outright confusion about how his life began and “look at me now” kind of prayer. In those times – those 40 years – though, I believe God imparted wisdom and knowledge to Moses and when God called to him out of the “Burning Bush” it was time. God saw the man that was to “save His people” from Egyptian bondage. Here is the scripture..

Exodus 3:1-10

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.burning_bush-WS

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

God called him by name. Moses answered instantly. Do we answer God when He calls our name? Or do we ignore and walk the other way? God had something wonderful in store for Moses and He does for you as well. We just have to tune our ears, heart and spirit to hear God when He calls. As I said, I believe Moses spent a lot of time with God while he was tending the sheep. I also believe Moses recognized that familiar voice. It was the relationship they had.Moses Keeping Jethro's Sheep 1863 by Sir Edward Poynter 1836-1919

Now on further down in the scripture, Moses asks God – referring to going back to the Israelites and telling them that the God of their fathers sent him, he says “Who do I say sent me?” Now I believe Moses knew this was God but he was worried about telling the Israelites and wondered if they would believe him. Asking God… How do I convince them that I really had a conversation with You and You sent me….? I know it wasn’t exactly like that, but I believe that about Moses. I do believe he know who God was and was astonished about God appearing to him in this way. What an event! The One True, Almighty God. Speaking to him from a burning bush. Then telling him to go on this mission to save His people. WOW… I can see why Moses was a little overwhelmed.

I know sometimes I get so overwhelmed just in the presence of God in prayer or praise or when I listen to my Bible on my phone. It is just an amazing thing to feel the presence of God and it overwhelms sometimes. I believe this is what Moses was going through at about a 1,000,000+ on a scale from 1-10. So, he is overwhelmed, too. No doubt!

The next post on Prayer will be about the “real” conversation Moses has with God (the Burning Bush). If Moses had not had a relationship with God, he would not have been so real and honest about his reservations. Just my thoughts and opinions.

Tomorrow I will continue this conversation between God and Moses. It gets better!

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PRAYER – PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER AND MOSES

Yesterday’s post ended with Pharaoh’s daughter finding Jochebed’s baby floating in the Nile River. When she opened the basket that was brought to her,  the baby was crying.  She had compassion on him and recognized that this was one of the Hebrew’s children. The daughter of Jochebed, Miriam, had been close by watching and ran to her and asked if she could go and call a nurse from the Hebrew women. 200px-Miriam-nursePharaoh’s daughter agreed and Miriam ran and got Jochebed, the baby’s mother. Oh what a wonderful reunion it was. Pharaoh’s daughter told her to take the child and care for him. So Jochebed took the child and cared for him until he was weaned and then brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter. It was at that time that Pharaoh’s daughter named the baby Moses, saying “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Now there are varied ideas and opinions about Pharaoh’s daughter’s name which I think are very interesting. They do not have any bearing, really, on the story and have nothing to do with prayer, which is what this series is about. However, I think it is interesting and want to include a little of that information. I have not consulted either of my “sources” for their opinion though. I will do that in the days to come and revisit with the information I found out.6_princess-spoke-kindly-to-the-baby

One article (Wikipedia) I read says that Pharaoh’s daughter’s name was Bithiah. Here is an excerpt from that article.

“According to Hebrew beliefs; Bithiah or in Modern Hebrew Bityah (בִּתְיָה, literally “daughter of God”) was an Egyptian princess, and a daughter of Pharaoh. The name of her father is not in the Bible, but Rabbinic Midrash makes her the daughter of one of the Pharaohs of the Exodus, (see Pharaoh of the Exodus). The Bible and Midrash assert that she was the foster mother of Moses, having drawn him from the Nile and bestowed upon him his name (Exodus 2:10).

In Jewish tradition, she was exiled by the Pharaoh for bringing Moses the Levite into the house of Pharaoh and claiming him as her own child. Bithiah left Egypt with Moses during the mass Exodus of the children of Israel. She married Mered the Judahite. Her children were Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah (the father of Eshtemoa).”

Bible Gateway – which I use almost exclusively for scripture – has this to say… this is only an excerpt from the entire article. The entire article is of interest and you might want to read it here. Following is the excerpt.

“For 40 years Moses was cared for and educated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, having all the privileges of a son of the royal court. Stephen declared that “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22). Surrounded with all the wealth and luxury of Pharaoh’s court, Moses was taught to speak and write the Egyptian language correctly. Attention would be given to the grace of style which was limage.axdater to guide Moses as the writer of the first five books of the Bible. His education would also include arithmetic and geometry, something in which the Egyptians even in that far-off age were most proficient. Moses also acquired a knowledge of Egyptian law, which he put to good use when he came to write the Mosaic law. From the priests of religion, he learned much about religious morality. Thus, in the education the princess gave her adopted son, we have an evidence of God’s overruling providence in the shaping of the future of Israel’s great leader.”

Then there is another website (Religiousreading.com) that has much more to say. This is an excerpt from there.

“… in Chronicles, we find the name “Bithiah” (meaning “daughter of God”) in this verse: “These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married.”

This pious name suggested a story to the rabbinic commentators in the Midrash, who explain that this name was an honor bestowed upon her by God: “God said to her, You have called Moses your son, although he was not your son, therefore I will call you my daughter [“Bithiah” = “bat,” daughter; “Yah,” God], although you are not my daughter.””

1 Chronicles 4:18

18 (His wife Jehudijah[e] bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Sochoh, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) And these were the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took.

The rest of the article can be read here. There are a lot of “legends” surrounding this woman that had compassion on this baby drawn out of the Nile.

If you Google “what was Pharaoh’s daughter’s name” you can find a myriad of things to read about opinions and ideas. I will stick with the scriptures until I consult with a couple of folks that might know. Anyway, that is an example of the “rabbit trails” I go down and get side-tracked on, when researching for my blog posts. I love finding this kind of information out but it does tend to get in the way of writing the post. However, sometimes it is simply a knowledge mission. Trying to find the truth and not feeling settled until I know the truth. So now you know…

OK, back to the story line…

Moses grows up with all the knowledge of himself being Hebrew but growing up and being educated in the court of royalty. Knowing how “his” people are treated and not liking it one bit. In fact in the book of Hebrews in the Bible, the author has this to say about Moses.

Hebrews 11:23-27

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Now that brings another question to mind. When did Moses refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter? I do not know that answer yet. The scriptures clearly state in Acts 7:22, in Stephen’s address to the High Priest, that Moses was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians as stated above in Bible Gateway’s article.

Acts 7:22

22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.

Nonetheless, when he was 40 years old, he witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and when he approached the scene Moses became so angry that he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Here is the scripture.Moses kills an Egyptian

Exodus 2:11-13

11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”

14 Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”

So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

Moses being afraid for his life, ran away into the wilderness, in the land of Midian. How many times have you read in my series something like the last part of that scripture verse? “… and he sat down by a well.” Maybe not the same verbiage, but similar.

Moses was confused, scared and tired. He needed a drink of cool water, probably, and so he sat down by a well. I imagine he did some praying too. Of course the scriptures do not say this, but being the man that scriptures lead us to believe that he was, he had to have a relationship with the Almighty God. He knew the history of the Israelites – Hebrews. He knew something in his spirit, I believe. Maybe not in his conscious self yet, but it was there.

How many times in your lifea-child-of-the-king-2 have you had a gnawing feeling that there is something special God has for you. Something that you keep saying “Nah… God couldn’t use me.” “Not me.” Don’t be so quick to say that. God is a Good and Great God! God can use any ordinary person for extraordinary things! Unless you are a king, queen, or some other royalty you are just an ordinary person… come to think of it… In God’s eyes, they really are just ordinary people too, they just don’t know it… lol… sorry. Had to throw that in there.  Actually, no one is just “ordinary” to God.  We are all children of the Most High God!   If we have accepted Jesus – God’s Son – as our personal Savior.  We are children of the King!AChildOfTheKing

For many years, I kept pushing God aside. I would take just a little of Him and then not do anything with it. He kept calling me and pursuing me, and never gave up on me. Thank Goodness! When I finally humbled myself to be available to be used of God, He has begun to open new doors for me that I never thought would happen. No, I am not an evangelist or missionary, but I pray that what I write for God, helps someone along the way. That is what I pray each day. God can use anything and make it great big for His glory! That is all I ask, is that it brings Glory to God.glory

So, don’t sell yourself too short too quickly! God has a wonderful plan for your life! God created you to be such an individual and wants you to be who He created you to be! There is no one else like you! His fingerprints are all over you! And He has a perfect plan for you, his beloved child.

In Jeremiah 29:11 He tells us so…

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Picture2

I challenge you to pray to God and ask Him to use you in any way He sees fit. He has a plan for you. You just have to be humbled enough to ask and be used by God. He will help you, call out to Him today. He loves you so much and He is waiting, after all, He calls you His beloved!

I will close for now and yet, tomorrow, we will see who Moses meets at that well he sat down by.

The Song – Fingerprints of God – Steven Curtis Chapman

The Video– Fingerprints of God – Steven Curtis Chapman

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PRAYER – JOSEPH SAVES EGYPT

Yesterday’s post ended with Joseph being given supreme authority over all the land ojoseph_egyptf Egypt by Pharaoh because Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. Here is the link to yesterday’s post if you wish to read it and get caught up to date – PRAYER – JOSEPH AND THE KING’S DREAM. The dream Pharaoh had was from God and it warned of a famine to come. There were to be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine … over all the land.Copy_of_Meretites_Kahai_Saqqara

Before the famine hit, Joseph had two sons by the wife that Pharaoh had given him. Here is that scripture.

Genesis 41:50-52

50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”[f] 52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”[g]

Now, I am not sure I understand the part where it says “God has made me forgetand all my father’s house.” I truly do not believe that Joseph “forgot his father’s house” by any means. I believe he trusted in God’s providence and knew he would be reunited with them someday… some way. Just Joseph mentioning this makes me think he was still hurting inside and longing for the sweet love and fellowship of his father, Jacob. Joseph being an adult, one might think he could just go to Pharaoh and tell him about his family back in Canaan, and he would be able to bring them to Egypt. However, there was a plan, God’s plan and I believe Joseph believed he had to “take care of business” first and he kept it in his heart that “Someday, I will see them again.” God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect, and I believe Joseph knew this.fnf_game_box_front

I can relate to Joseph in that he was removed from his family for many years and still longed to see them – at least his father and mother. I remember a time, myself, that I was removed from my family for many years. I was in a relationship/marriage that simply didn’t allow my family in. I knew it wasn’t right. I knew it was hurtful and painful to all of my family and myself included. However, I knew I had to do what I had to do and “someday I would see them again.” Even if it was in Heaven and then all would be understood. There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think of my mother and father. Not one day that I didn’t long to just hear their voice. However, it just couldn’t happen and no onlove-of-gode understands that better than me. I did what I had to do at the time and I did the best I could at the time. I believe Joseph did also.  Joseph had known the love of an earthly father and the love of his Heavenly father, God.  Joseph trusted his Heavenly Father to bring his earthly father back into his life eventually.  I truly believe this.

I can’t believe that Joseph forgot his father’s house and naming his child Manasseh evenISRAEL AND JOSEPH would make him remember every time he called his son’s name. So, no… I do not believe he ever forgot his father’s house and the love and relationship that they had at one time. He was his father’s favorite, albeit a somewhat “unhealthy” type of relationship. It was still a sweet, tender one that gave him many years of memories, that could not be erased. He thought about his father every day! I just know it.

I felt led to share that with you. I have pretty strong feelings about all of that, I guess you can tell, huh? I can see a book in the making about my time away from my family in those years, but that is a while down the road. God’s timing…

OK, back to the story. Joseph was a very wise business man and he used every ounce of wisdom and knowledge that God gave him to save Egypt. He was second only to Pharaoh in power and he used this to manage the entire project of saving Egypt. Joseph organized Egypt and the surrounding lands to begin to store up grain in abundance so they could have enough to make it through the seven years of famine. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 41:53-57AncientEgyptDailyLifeSocialPic_large

53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”

56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses[h] and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.imhotep-5

Because of Joseph’s God given ability to interpret the dream of Pharaoh, Joseph was able to put a plan into action to save Egypt and the surrounding lands from sure destruction. God gives us a plan to save us from sure destruction too. He gave us Jesus. We don’t have to do anything like Joseph had to do to save those people. All you have to do is believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

Acts 16:29-31

“…30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.””

I believe there is someone reading this that needs Jesus. I feel led to share this link at this point. I will continue the story of Joseph tomorrow.  He not only saves Egypt and the surrounding lands, he is reunited with his family…This link will take you to a page that tells you about what it means to become a Christ follower. A simple plan of salvation and what that means. Click here for that Simple Plan of Salvation. Just trust in Him and your life will be changed forever. He calls you beloved.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

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PRAYER – JOSEPH, THE BUTLER AND BAKER

The last post ended with Joseph being put in prison – the king’s prison – for something that he didn’t do. The wife of Potiphar accused him of making advances towards her when in fact she was the one that tried to get Joseph to lay with her. However, Joseph refused to accept her offer and he ran from her and she caught his cloak and used it to accuse him. Here is a link to yesterday’s post, “PRAYER –JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST”, if you didn’t get to read it. You can get caught up to date.

Joseph is in the king’s prison –a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 39:20-23

20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the2014807_univ_cnt_3_xl keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

I find it interesting that it is not recorded that Joseph was able to refute anything that the wife of Potiphar said. Apparently Joseph knew it would be a lesson in futility if he were to try to refute Potiphar’s wife’s comments. So he kept quiet and just kept being Joseph. He apparently exuded success because even in prison, he was given authority and whatever he did, he succeeded in… because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.joseph_egypt

This speaks volumes to me at this particular time! Joseph had been lied about and mistreated by someone in authority… or by the wife of his master. He refused to “play the game” and was being punished for nothing! However, he kept quiet and kept doing what he always had done, just be successful in all he did because he relied on the Lord. He surely must have had some conversations with God from time to time. I can just hear him now… “Well, God, here I am again. In a spot for something that I didn’t do.” “Now what?” “What will this bring, God?” “I know something good will come out of this… but what and WHEN?” Well, maybe not quite like that…but maybe so? Who knows really!? I do believe that Joseph did have a close relationship with God. It says too many times that “the Lord was with him” for them not to have had a close relationship.

So, back to the prison. Here is Joseph and then all of a sudden the butler and the baker get thrown into the same prison… coincidence? I don’t think so… Let’s look at the scripture.

Genesis 40:1-7

It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.

Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”

Joseph is charged with serving these two that have offended the king of Egypt. Another coincidence? No! One thing I like about this part is that Joseph took notice of them. He had served them for several days, apparently, and recognized when they looked sad. He had to have had other conversations with them and knew them somewhat to have noticed a difference this particular morning. He was concerned and curious at the same time. Here is the rest of the scripture about why they looked sad.

And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”

So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”Mariano-Barbasan-Joseph-son-of-Jacob-in-jail

Now, Joseph proceeds to interpret their dreams based on what? He had to have been “connected” with God in his spirit and heart to have God’s interpretation of their dreams. The butler and the baker did have similar dreams but one was good and Joseph told him he would be out of the prison and reinstated back to the king’s butler in 3 days. The baker’s dream however, indicated that he would lose his head in 3 days (Click here to read the entire story. It is very interesting).  Now, where I believe Joseph went awry was when he asked the butler to remember him when he got out of prison in 3 days. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 40:14-15

14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that tJoseph_in_prison_22-51hey should put me into the dungeon.”

How many times do we try to circumvent God’s plan by using or trying to use people, places or happenings to make it happen sooner? God sets life in motion and He has the perfect plan for our lives, yet we sometimes forget and try to “help” God along. Joseph was trying to do this. Well, the butler never remembered to tell the king about Joseph. So, the next two years, Joseph waited and waited. He never ceased to do the right thing though… which was just keep being successful and a positive influence in all you do. Keep trusting… and have faith.

I believe Joseph was a very good, and godly man.  He was human though and we all fall under that category. Human. We must strive to be godly if we claim to be Christ followers, though. God created us and knows we fail, yet He is always there to help us up and try again.

In the next post we will find out the opportunity that Joseph has, that is provided by God, to interpret another dream. This will set Joseph’s foot to the path of greatness. God always presents opportunities for us to achieve and to be successful. We must choose to do the right thing and trust that God will do the rest. God loves us so much. After all, He calls us His beloved.

The Song – God Will Make A Way – Don Moen

The Video – God Will Make A Way – Don Moen