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BOMBARDED FROM EVERY SIDE

I feel led to share this topic instead of continuing in the Prayer series today. This is very appropriate these days with all that is going on in the world. We are bombarded by negative media, negative comments and negative situations that surround us almost daily. God offers hope in a hopeless world and peace in the midst of turmoil. This time of the year seems so hustle bustle and we barely take time out of our busy bg_day to even breathe the name of Jesus, much less ask Him for help when we feel overwhelmed.  However, He is waiting to help us with anything during the day, week or month. Being bombarded every day, all day – sometimes – is a sure sign that we need help… we need a Savior to help us through the negative, hopeless and hapless world. We need Jesus.

I have read a lot of devotionals lately about trusting God and having faith that He can work things out for our good. we-walk-by-faith-not-by-sight-300x225 It seems that the writers of the devotionals have heard all the same thing in their hearts.  Maybe it is because it is so tough these days in this world to have that strong faith that it takes to make it through each day.  We are bombarded on every side of our life with things in this world trying to get our attention.  It seems every time we turn around there is something else to pull our attention away from what we know to be true and right.   We must remain focused on Jesus and what He can do for us and not let the world overwhelm us and blot out our faith in Jesus.  Even when we can’t see what God is doing in our life, we must walk by faith and not by sight.

I have the honor of teaching my Sunday School class this coming Sunday and I am in the process of studying Psalm 27. This is a Psalm of David and he tells how he trusts his God to take care of him in any situation. The heading of the Psalm on the website I use (Bible Gateway) reads: “An Exuberant Declaration of Faith”. I love that word “Exuberant”. It just feels exciting when you say it. Exuberant! Here is what Merriam EXUBERANCEWebster has to say about that word:

“Exuberant: very lively, happy, or energetic : filled with energy and enthusiasm”

The picture here shows two lambs showing some exuberance and David was that for sure when writing about his God! He loved the Lord and remember, God called him a man “after His own heart”.

This is the scripture that speaks to that.

1 Samuel 13:14

14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.

My lesson for Sunday only covers the first six verses. However, the rest of the Psalm is wonderful. Here are the first six verses though.

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The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

David had plenty to fear and it was real fear. However, he always relied on his God to protect him and bring him through any adversity. Just as we can. We may not have a king out to kill us, or armies of soldiers after us orPoster_call_upon_me1 lions trying to grab one of our sheep, however, we have our own set of problems that any given day can bring. The daily grind will wear us down if we don’t stay in the Word and talk to God about all that bothers us and all that excites us.  He really does want to hear from you. He loves you and wants that kind of relationship with you. He is waiting for you to share anything with Him.

He is also waiting for you to pick up that Bible or open that Bible app on your phone and begin learning about His Word and all of the wonderful things that He has to share. His Word is filled with wonderful, ordinary people called to do extraordinary things for God. It is an exciting journey from Genesis to Revelation! I have learned so much since I have read (or listened) to God’s Word. As some of you know, I had a goal to read – or listen – to the entire Bible and I started listening to my Bible app on my phone around March of 2013. Picture7 I started at Genesis and finished Revelation around October.  It is such an exciting love story from God to us.  I have read the Bible all my life but listening to it brought all those stories to life and it brought a whole new life to it for me.  I recommend the YouVersion App and you can choose to listen to many of the different versions or just read it.  It is a wonderful way to pass time in the car or working around the house.

You may ask … “Why is it so imp08_whystartwithgodswordortant to stay in the Word daily?”  Because it will build your faith!  Really!  The more I read and study the Word, the deeper my faith grows. I have heard these stories all my life, but they are “real” to me now. It’s almost like I have experienced the stories in the Bible first hand. They came to life and sank deep into my soul. The Word of God is living and breathing and sharper than any two edged sword… Here is the scripture that explains that exactly…

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12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

King Saul’s son and eventually David’s best friend, Jonathan, had such faith in God and believed and knew God could do anything.  David had that same faith. That is one of the things, I think, that drew Jonathan and David together and cemented their friendship. Do you have that kind of faith?  Do you have a friend that helps you deepen your faith by sharing the love of God and His Word? I tell you, it is wonderful to have a friend to share the love of God and His Word with. It makes a lot of difference to be able to share with someone. Yes, it’s good to enjoy it in your quiet time, alone. However, when you share with a friend, it deepens and grows into something beautiful! Seek out a friend, if you don’t have one already, to share with. Read (or listen) and build on your faith.

When you feel bombarded on every side, remember God is there and can help you with any situation that seems so overwhelming to you. He is your strength and your stronghold. He will protect! He will deliver! If you can remember just the first verse… memorize and use it daily! You have no reason to “fear”! God is on your side and He loves you so very much! He calls you His beloved!

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

The Song – My Heart’s Already There is – New Song.

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PRAYER – WILDERNESS AND BITTER WATER

Yesterday’s post “PRAYER – PASSING THROUGH THE RED SEA” ended with Israel successfully crossing the Red Sea on dry land and watching in amazement as Bridgman_Pharaoh's_Army_Engulfed_by_the_Red_Seathe choicest of Pharaoh’s army come after them with 600 chariots and horsemen only to be swallowed up with the waters of the deep as they return to their original place.  God saves Israel from Pharaoh once again and Israel rejoices with what is called in scripture as The Song of Moses and The Song of Miriam. Israel declares their allegiance to God and recognize Him as their “strength and song” and more. It is a little long, but please read the scripture. It is a beautiful tribute to the Lord God.

Exodus 15:1-21

“I will sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The Lord is a man of war;
The Lord is His name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.
The depths have covered them;
They sank to the bottom like a stone.

“Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.
And in the greatness of Your excellence
You have overthrown those who rose against You;
You sent forth Your wrath;
It consumed them like stubble.
And with the blast of Your nostrils
The waters were gathered together;
The floods stood upright like a heap;
The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

Picture1 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
I will overtake,
I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be satisfied on them.
I will draw my sword,
My hand shall destroy them.’

 10 You blew with Your wind,
The sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 You stretched out Your right hand;
The earth swallowed them.
13 You in Your mercy have led forth
The people whom You have redeemed;
You have guided them in Your strength
To Your holy habitation.

14 “The people will hear and be afraid;
Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed;
The mighty men of Moab,
Trembling will take hold of them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.
16 Fear and dread will fall on them;
By the greatness of Your arm
They will be as still as a stone,
Till Your people pass over, O Lord,
Till the people pass over
Whom You have purchased.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
In the place, O Lord, which You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

18 “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”

19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

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20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21 And Miriam answered them:

“Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”

The people were definitely enjoying that “mountain top” experience with God at this time. Then after a great celebration, they head out into the wilderness. God leads them in a three day journey to Marah. It is at this point the water supply they had is about to be gone and they begin to get nervous again. They still have not learned that all they need to do is look to the Lord for their provision. They praised Him and claim that He is their “salvation” just 3 days ago. Now they are complaining again to Moses, that they have no water to drink because the water at Marah is bitter and unfit to drink. This is when Moses lifts up his voice to the Lord and the Lord heard his cry, as He always does. God didn’t scold Moses for calling out to Him in their time of need. The Lord instead showed Moses a tree (log) and told him to throw it into the water. Then the waters became sweet and able to be consumed. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 15:22-25a

22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.[a] 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried tree-of-hopeout to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.

God showed Moses what to do to help the situation of bitter water. God will sometimes do it Himself, and then there are times that He shows us what to do to correct the situation. It was at this time that the Lord saw it to be necessary to make a statute and ordinance with Israel.

To explain the next part of scripture, I want to use a quote from this website: www.biblestudycourses.org. They have a good explanation of the scripture and I believe it is well explained and very easy to understand. First, here is the scripture.

Exodus 15:25b-27

There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

And now the quote…

“At Marah the Lord faithfully provided for His people by miraculously sweetening the water by means of a piece of dead wood (15:25). After the Lord miraculously sweetened the waters, the reason and meaning of this bitter experience is defined: “There at Marah Jehovah made a statute and a decree for them, and there he tested them” (15:25b). There at the waters of Marah the Lord presented to His people a divine principle, (“a statute”), teaching them how He would deal with them, and a divine right, (“a decree”), teaching them what they could expect and claim from the Lord their God. The Lord was saying to them, “Throughout your life I will lead you, I will direct your path. At times I will bring you into difficult situations that are beyond your control and ability, but I will always prove Myself to be your all-sufficient God: trust Me.” And there at the waters of Marah the Lord tested them: by means of this test the Lord was posing the question, “Will you still trust Me and love Me and serve Me, no matter where I put you and no matter what I see fit to bring into your life?” The experience at Marah was intended to test the genuineness of Israel’s words recorded in Exodus 15:2 and at the same time to demonstrate to Israel that they could sing those words with complete confidence. After Marah the Lord led His people to the refreshing oasis of Elim: there they found twelve springs of good water (one for each tribe) and 70 palm trees.”no matter what we face in life god will be there with us

How many times can I look back on my life and see where God had given me an opportunity to recognize Him and what He was doing for me and I failed to take that opportunity. Or times when I had been on the mountain top with God at one time and then just a few short days later, I was lost all over again and had already forgotten to call out to Him in my despair. There is nothing wrong with being on those mountain top experiences and then coming back down to earth to life as we know it, but we should not leave God on the mountain top. He wants to go with us through every step of our day. He wants us to PL-TLC186-WB-12x18celebrate with Him and to cry to Him, but NEVER leave Him on the mountain top. He tells us He will go with us. He is there to help us through our journey through our “wilderness” we call life. When life seems to be all wilderness and bitter water, God is there. He alone can make our wilderness and bitter water into an oasis. He alone can comfort in a way that is a lasting peace, not what the world gives – which is so temporary… but a complete fullness of joy and fulfillment. Turn to God in your wilderness and bitter water experiences. Ask Him if there is something that He is trying to teach you. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to see and know. He will comfort you and guide you to the oasis. He loves you so much. He calls you His beloved.6123265_orig

The Song – If You Want Me To – Ginny Owens

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PRAYER – PASSING THROUGH THE RED SEA

The last post I did on the series on Prayer was “PRAYER – PASSOVER, ISRAEL AND YOU” and it was about when God instituted the Passover and what that was about and what it meant to the Israelites. God instituted this tradition when the Israelites left Egypt and it was to be done every year on the day that was the anniversary of the day they left Egypt in great numbers. God is an awesome God and He wanted Israel to remember that day and to teach it to their children and their children’s children. It is a very important event in history. When Israel was still in Egypt, at the time of the last plague – the death of the first born male – they took a year old male lamb, without blemish, from their flock and killed it to spread its blood on the doorposts of their home. Then they ate the roasted lamb in accordance with God’s instructions to Moses and Aaron. The blood on the door posts was to show the “Death Angel” that they were covered by the “blood of the lamb” so the angel would pass them over and not take the life of the first born male in their home. We, as Christians, celebrate Jesus as our “Passover Lamb” because He shed His blood on the Cross for our sins. As I have said and others have Redeemed-Jesus-Passover-Lambsaid, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.”

When Pharaoh lost his first born to the death angel, he ordered the Israelites out of Egypt. They finally and gladly left and that brings us to this post. Let’s begin with the scripture.

Exodus 13:17-18

17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.maps-bible-archeology-exodus-route-overview

Now, if you remember, this series is on Prayer and I have said that prayer is simply conversation with God whether it is initiated by God or us… or in this case Moses. This particular time God initiates the conversation and tells Moses that He is going to lead the Israelites around by the wilderness instead of going straight through.   If they had gone the “easy” way, it might have turned into a war between them and the Philistines. If they had come upon opposition that soon into their journey, they may have turned back to Egypt. They had been downtrodden for many years and didn’t have the stamina to withstand a strong force such as the Philistines at that time and God knew this.01046001-RLW-Genesis-46-1-Jacob-moves-to-Egypt-to-be-with-Joseph

Yes, they were quite a large number of people to be reckoned with and Israel “went up in orderly ranks” out of Egypt. This must have been quite a site. 600,000 people, carrying all their belongings and animals alike all walking and riding out of Egypt.

ON A SIDE NOTE… Now there is some question as to how many people there actually were and here is a website – The Associates for Biblical Researchthat gives their opinion as to how many there were. This is also the link to the good article “THE NUMBER OF ISRAELITES IN THE EXODUS and well worth the read… although it really doesn’t matter how many. I just believe there were several thousand … just like the Bible says. There seems to be some discrepancy in translation. Nonetheless, they left and God provided for them.

God in His mercy and grace allowed them to wander to gain their strength and stamina… however, the Israelites proved to be stubborn and hard headed from the start – and this was just the beginning. After a time of wandering, God led them to a place that had the Red Sea in front of them and the craggy mountain range behind them. God in His infinite wisdom knew just where to lead them to have them feel totally dependent on Him in their time of distress.RedSeaGatheringSite

Sometimes when you feel like you are boxed into a particular situation you may feel like grumbling and complaining just as Israel did. However, if you look to the Lord first and wait for Him, He will show you a way to get through whatever it is that you are going through. He provided a way of escape for Israel and He will for you too.

I found this website that lays out the route pretty plainly. There has always been a belief by some that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai peninsula. There is proof that it is actually in Saudi Arabia. This website www.bible.ca/archeology shows and explains all of that. That is not what we are going to talk about in this post though… I just thought you might be interested in reading some about it.

One video I watched about “Crossing the Red Sea” showed the beach area that is believed to be the area where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. You should really watch the entire video. It is an amazing journey and some wonderful discoveries. This is the link to the You Tube Video – The Red Sea Crossing – and these pictures are screen shots of some of the video.   Picture1

*It is important to note here that the time that Israel was wandering in the wilderness, not just now but throughout their 40 year journey, God provided a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night, to lead them and guide them along their way. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 13:20-22

20 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

So, the time of wandering in the wilderness is believed to be around two weeks before they get to the Red Sea. They camp at the Red Sea for a period of time and the notice that Pharaoh’s army is pursuing them. They begin to be afraid and call out to Moses. The scripture shows that they have allowed their fear to overtake their memories of the wonderful things that God did for them in getting them out of Egypt. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 14:10-14

10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

So Moses knew the Lord would deliver them. He didn’t know how at that time but he had faith and trust in his God. A saying that my father says comes to mind here. “God wouldn’t have brought us this far to let us go now.” That is what Moses believed too, I think. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and told him what to do.

Exodus 14:15-18

15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

The Pillar of Cloud then moves from before them to behind them so as to shut off the access of Pharaoh’s army to Israel. This must have been quite an awesome site. The beach is covered with men, women, children and animals. Picture4.Pharaoh’s army is on the other side of the beach, behind the mountain range and they are waiting to attack! Israel is standing around worrying about how to escape from Pharaoh’s army this time, then God shows His mighty power once again!

Exodus 14:21-22

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.RED SEA

If Israel thought the 10 plagues in Egypt were something to behold, this must have just astounded them! WOW… what a sight to behold! The Red Sea splits wide open and they cross on dry land! Amazing! God allows the army to pursue now with the Pillar of Cloud and Fire lifted and so they pursue. What a sight to behold! Pharaoh’s 600 choice chariots and horsemen race after Israel and just at the right time… God tells Moses…

Exodus 14:26-29

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” 27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.Bridgman_Pharaoh's_Army_Engulfed_by_the_Red_Sea

There are many that dispute this occurrence in the Bible. However, I believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is 100% accurate. I don’t understand how things like this happen and all the things that probably took place during and after … but I know what I believe and I believe that it happened just as the scripture states. What a miraculous event! Israel was saved and Pharaoh’s army destroyed! I would say that God was glorified that day!

The video I mentioned earlier – The Red Sea Crossing – shows a very detailed and in depth description and items that were found in the Red Sea where it is believed that Israel crossed and where Pharaoh’s army perished. They found chariot wheels and other items that led them to believe it is the remains of Pharaoh’s army. Quite convincing. I suggest that you take the time to view the entire video.

If God cares enough to part the Red Sea for Israel, He cares enough about your problems and can help you with anything you bring to Him. He is a gentleman though. He will not push Himself on you. You need only to call His name and He is there. He can help you with any problem you may have. He loves you so much and wants you to know how much! He calls you His beloved!

The Song – Thou O Lord – Prestonwood Choir

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PRAYER – JOCHEBED, PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER AND MOSES

Yesterday’s post ended with the Pharaoh of Egypt committing genocide with all the baby boys in Egypt because the Israelites became so abundant that he feared they would turn against Egypt and overthrow the country. So he came up with the diabolic plan to throw all the baby boys in the Nile river.  Here is a link to yesterday’s post – Prayer – Pharaoh, Midwives and Bulrushes – if you missed it.

Jochebed, a Hebrew mother, from the House of Levi – the Priests of the Israelites, had a baby that she believed to be a very special baby. Scripture says he was beautiful. She hid him for three months and when she could hide him no longer, she made an ark of bulrushes to place him in and leaving him in God’s hands, sent him afloat in the reeds of the Nile, up close to the bank. jochebedThis had to be a very difficult thing to do, even though I believed she knew the history that had been told from generation to generation about God’s plan for the Israelites. I believe she knew her new baby was very special and of God – although all babies are of God, she recognized something special and acted accordingly.

God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect! The daughter of Pharaoh just happened to be bathing in the Nile at the same time Jochebed released her baby into the river. I honestly do not believe in coincidence and I don’t believe in happenst6_princess-spoke-kindly-to-the-babyance. God’s timing is at work here, folks. Jochebed may have gotten a Word from God in her prayer time. She may have observed that Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe at a particular part of the river at a particular time of day. Nonetheless, the plan came together because who can resist a precious, crying baby that seems to be abandoned. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 2:1-10

But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she se200px-Miriam-nursent her maid to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” mother-baby-paintingsSo the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses,[a] saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Now what a wonderful thing… Jochebed trusted God to provide safety for the baby and lo and behold, he couldn’t have landed in a better place. First to be able to  be nursed and care for by his mother (and her being paid to take care of her own baby) until he was weaned and then being a resident of the palace, the best schooling and so many other things were available to Moses. He became very knowledgeable and was quite the young man. Well respected, as a member of Pharaoh’s household. I will never really understand how Pharaoh agreed to have him – a Hebrew – live and be raised in their household, but God can do wonders and miracles that we cannot even imagine. We just have to have faith and sit back and watch. God is a good God and wants the best for His children. For sure He wanted the best for Moses because He had B-I-G plans for him. God sees the BIG picture and we see but a small portion. Faith and trust must be a huge part of our walk with our Lord. He is in control … we need to let go of things and let Him make the perfect plan work instead of resisting along the way.

I know I kicked and bucked for many years thinking I had the best plan for my life. Now I know… I DID NOT! It is so much easier to let God do the work that He promises He will do and I can enjoy the benefits of God’s wonderful works. Now I am not saying that we should just sit back and do nothing. We have to do our part… whatever that “part” is. Like Jochebed, she did all she could do and then left the rest to God.

This next quote is from another website used for this study of Exodus. The website name is Jesusplusnothing.com and it has a lot of good information as well. I liked the way they wrapped up their discussion on Chapter One of Exodus.

“In conclusion, all we can do is stand back and be amazed at the wisdom and justice of the Almighty God. His ways are perfect! While we live on this earth we will never understand all that happens or why things occur in our lives. We only ‘see through a glass dimly’ as the Bible puts it. But we can still rest, assured that the invisible God is not only at work, but that He has a purpose in everything that He does!”

And they included this scripture.

Romans 11:33-36

 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

The Song – The Love of God – Mercy Me

The Video – The Love of God – Mercy Me

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BREAK TIME AGAIN

Yesterday I ended the series “The Ark and Noah” and here is the link if you would like to read that post. It was a most enlightening series for me where I learned a wealth of information and you will too when you read it.  It was a joy to share with all of you.

Due to my work schedule being early tomorrow and it being the hour that it is tonight … I don’t think I can really do justice to a post regarding the continued Prayer time that Noah and God had. So, I am going to take a break from doing a full post.

Tomorrow I hope to pick up ark_rainbowwhere the Prayer series left off and talk about the prayer that was bound to have happened with God and Noah while they were on the Ark.  I know that Noah must have had break time  to talk to God  and oh the conversations (prayer) they must have had on the Ark.  Tomorrow I will talk about the Raven, a most famous Dove, the sacrifice, celebration and worship Noah and his family partook in when they left the Ark. It was a glorious day indeed!

Thank you all for reading my Ark and Noah series. I so enjoyed the research and learning so many new things myself. It is exciting to me that they found the Ark! I can’t wait to read more on that website. If you would like that link again, here it is. You really need to check it out! So exciting! Noah’s Ark Site. Enjoy! See y’all tomorrow!

Genesis 8:6-22

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole eOlive Branch2arth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.

15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

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20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

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THE WIDOW AND ELISHA

I wrote the main part of The Widow and Elisha before I had my blog, but I have added some things that are appropriate for today and for the things that are happening in my life now. It is all about trust, hope and faith in God and that He will provide.  I am sure you will enjoy it, even if you have read it before. Enjoy!101941960_640_1_

I began reading what I had written earlier and immediately, the first sentence jumped off the page at me in light of today’s events and how well my mother is coming along after her “stroke” type symptoms she displayed on Wednesday and yesterday. The CT Scan and the MRI show no stroke but all things pointed to that. She lost her speech 3 times on Wednesday. It came back each time. Then the “big” one happened late Wednesday evening and she couldn’t talk until today! She is still a bit slow to speak but she is talking and laughing and coming back to life!! Praise God! Have faith in God Miracles HappenSo…the reason I said the first sentence jumped off the page is because mom is a “common” person in need of something extraordinary to help her out in a bad situation (but anyone that knows my mom knows that there is nothing “common” about her-she is extraordinary really!). My mother was in a bad way and with hope and encouragement she has worked hard to get to where she is tonight! She – as we all did – put our trust and hope in our God to restore her and my God came through! Yet Again! The folks (Doctors and nurses) at the hospital are exceptional and extraordinary in and of themselves! They have been the “Elishas” in our lives and my mother’s life lately! Anyway, the story … read on…

ELISHA AND THE WIDOW2The story about Elisha and the widow (2 Kings 4) is one of my favorite Bible stories because it is about a common person in need of something extraordinary to help her out in a bad situation!  The video link is a very good depiction of probably how it was back then in Elisha’s  time.  I love any of the stories in the Bible about Elisha!  He was one cool dude!  He had quite the shoes to fill being Elijah’s successor.  Here is an article about Elisha the prophet.  He was an interesting person. Anyway… Elisha was very instrumental in bringing the widow peace and security for the future.  He simply did what God asked him to do… Here is the link to the video about Elisha and the Widow and her oil.  The Widow and Elisha.  (This link went to another video originally but that video link has since been removed from the internet, so this is the story of Elisha, the prophet and the Widow told by a man.  He is quite good in narrating the story and I believe you will enjoy it.)

Elisha never had a look of concern or worry… he was certain that he could help the widow but she had to do her part in the grand scheme of things.  God, through Elisha, gave the widow hope.  Goelisha_the_prophet__image_1_sjpg2178d always provides the “way to hope” but we must use our feet, brains or other resource.  God does not want robots.  He gave us a brain and smarts to use and we must for a good outcome!  We must do what we can with what God has given us.  We may not have much… but it can be used by God!  He will always provide for His people.  You may have read some of my daily posts about how God has provided for my family.  And you will probably read more in the future!  He is always good… all the time!  He wants to help you too in any situation you are having trouble in.  Just pray and seek God’s will and He will show you.  He may bring someone into your life to help you and then again, He may show you what he wants you to do all by yourself.  Just listen for that still, small voice and you will know it’s Him!  He loves you so much! Trust Him today! You are His beloved!e2711039ff012aa36bbf74dd23bfefe5

The Song – Hope Is On The Way – Charles Billingsley (I think I have shared this one before.. but it is so good for this email) Enjoy!

 

 

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GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME …

IMPORTANT INFORMATION … THIS is the 1st of at least 2 posts.

God has given me some wonderful information and I want to give you a little background first in this post.  Tomorrow’s post will be a continuation of this journey regarding my daily devotional blog.  I do hope you come back tomorrow to read the next step(s) that God has laid on my heart to take.

PART 1

Let me first say… the title comes from the movie “God’s Not Dead”.  If you haven’t seen it … you need to!  It is AWESOME!  Also, this post is a little long, but very important.  Please read all … thank you!

Some of you already know how I got started with this endeavor – my daily devotional blog.  I will refresh your memory and to some it will be all new.  Three or four years ago I began forwarding two daily devotional emails to a friend in Massachusetts.   I began to make a comment or two along the way this last October… and added my two nieces and a friend I had made on Facebook.  So in October the email group was about 4 ladies.  I began to expand my comments to about a paragraph or two and one of the ladies jokingly asked me if I had ever considered being a preacher… I laughed and said no… but my mother calls me loquacious – which means wordy.  Here is the exact definitiontending to talk a great deal; talkative.   Lol…  TALK ALOTAnyway, I began to really seek God as to how the daily devotional that I was reading was applicable to me and my life and possibly their lives as well.  I would pray and ask God to give me direction as to what He wanted me to say and share with the ladies.  I usually woke up very early and began reading and praying.  Some mornings I just couldn’t figure out what to say and I would tell God, “God, I just don’t know what You want me to say.”  He would answer me this way… “Just type and I will give it to you.”  I was stunned and amazed that when I began to type thoughts would come to my brain and words would come out of my fingers and onto the screen.  He IS ALWAYS faithful!  1 Corinthians 1:9 says “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Never once was I without words from God.  I began to type things about how the particular daily devo that I had received and read fit into my life and my experiences.  By the end of November, I was typing about 2-3 paragraphs.  Sometimes I even had a short story to tell so the length increased.  GOD IS FAITHFULGod kept giving me words to share about my experiences in my life.  I would pray every day “Lord, if you want me to continue this devotional email list, I ask that you at least touch one person a day with what You give me to share.  Again, without fail, I would hear from one or two about how it touched them and it was just what they needed to hear that day.  I was so blessed by their comments and it kept happening!  I began to ask around on Facebook if any of the ladies that I had made friends with would like to be included in my email list.  Needless to say… out of maybe 40 ladies asked only 2 preferred not to join the list.  No worries… I continued on writing… what I used to call “My Ramblings” until I looked up the definition.  Here it is:  lengthy and confused or inconsequential.  Well, I realized finally, that this is NOT what I was doing.  God was working through me and it was absolutely not confusing or inconsequential… so I just stopped calling it “My Ramblings”.

Fast forward about 3 months… around February, I guess, I sent a sample of what I was doing to my 3 Sunday School teachers and asked them if they would like to join my group email of approximately 50 ladies for my “forwarded” daily devotional (not totally mine… it was still my comments on a forwarded devotional).  I added them and one day one of them suggested to me that I might want to think about going out on my own and doing a blog or something like that… and maybe a devotional book but totally drop forwarding the daily devotionals I get and just write my own.  That sounded quite interesting … and it was something that I had not thought about.  She planted the seed.  I prayed about it and through a couple of other sources, the suggestion was made again.  I prayed some more. SEED OF THE FUTURE Now I believe if it is confirmed through more than one source one needs to seriously consider it and take it to the Lord.  If it is His will He will give you a total peace about it and make it happen if you step out in faith and do your part.  So this loquacious gal stepped out in faith and researched the “blog thing” with my brother (who has his own blog – www.written4u.com) and online information.  I felt a total peace – you know that peace that surpasses all understanding?  Yep, I had it!  God tells us in His Word to ask for wisdom and He will give generously.   James 1:5   If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

I made arrangements online with the domain name – which I already had in place – which was pea1andHim.com.  I have had that domain name for 2-3 years and never really used it except to be on Etsy with it.  So, I was on my way.  I found out you can get a free WordPress site and so I began.  I think all totaled with the domain hosting, etc. it cost me a total of maybe $30 to get started.  And that was spread over about a two week period.  So here I was … with this site to build my own blog.  WOW… I didn’t really have a clue where to start.. but I started.  Having a Trainer/Project Manager background, I have always been able to “figure things out”.  I consider myself a very little geek… just know enough to be dangerous!  Lol!  But you know, God helped me get that blog site up and going in 4-5 days.  He gave me a deadline and it was Good Friday.  I was to have it up and going by then.  And you know what?  God and I had it going by Thursday!  God is so good!

That Saturday (The day before Easter) I was handing out flyers in my neighborhood about our Easter service the next day and I met one of my neighbors that I had not met before.  He and his wife go to a church in Irving and he worked in the technology field.  He knew all about websites, etc. and said if I ever needed any help with anything, just to let him now.  OH MY GOODNESS!!!  How wonderful is God?!   Meeting my neighbor… I told this neighbor – Charles – about my blog.  He NEIGHBORsaid he would be more than happy to check it out and help me with anything I had questions about… so I called him the next week and he came over and sat here for about an hour.  He gave me some pointers and helpful tips.  He also told me that he really expected to come and build my site for me… but when he saw it … he realized it was a finished site and looked really nice! WOW!  What a compliment!  God is good like that – I told him.  I wasn’t sure how I did it except God was my helper … he said he totally understood!  We had a good laugh and he went on home after about an hour.  I have texted him a couple of times since and he has always been very helpful!  Free help!  Again I say… God is good all the time!  The rest is history… I amSUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS so excited to do this daily devotional every day! Philippians 4:19 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

I said all of that to say this… If God has given you a dream… something in your heart that you so desire and have wanted so badly, He will help you fulfill your dream!  Thanks for reading!  More about this subject to come on that tomorrow.

The Song – Don Moen – God Will Make A Way

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ABUNDANT LIVING

I had a friend who’s mom had Alzheimer’s and his dad would take her to get a hamburger every Saturday at Dairy Queen.  Every Saturday!  I asked my friend once why they didn’t go somewhere else and he said “because mom knows the place and is comfortable there.”  Now Dairy Queen may not have had the best burgers in the world but as far as she was concerned they were the best in her world.  His dad could have taken her anywhere probably and she would have been happy, but he knew she was “comfortable” there and he loved her greatly and wanted her to feel good and comfortable.  To her that was “abundant living”.  She has since passed and my friend lost a precious soul in his mother.  But she is with Jesus now and out of pain and misery…

ABUNDANT LIVING 2God is so much like that.  He wants us to be comfortable where we are.  He doesn’t want us to be sad and feel bad about where He has us in life.  He wants us to be happy.  He wants us to know that wherever He has us is just where we are supposed to be.  John 10:10 says this… 10 The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  That is not to say that God doesn’t stretch us and get us out of our comfort zone sometimes.  But we can trust He is there with us and He will help us through whatever situation we are in.  He is always with us!  The Apostle Paul learned how to be content in whatever situation.  See Philippians 4:11-13 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”

Oh, O.K. you say… “But I am not the Apostle Paul!”  and you may say it quite vehemently.  Yes, this is true… we are not he that’s for sure!  We need to strive to learn that though.  When you secret-being-content-300x212wake up and before your feet hit the floor, ask God to help you and guide you through the day, to help you find that “contentment” in whatever comes your way,  HE Will Do It!   If we ask and do not receive… it could be because we ask with the wrong motives… see this James 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”  Now we may not “spend it on our pleasures” but I think you understand what he is meaning here.   We must get our heart and head right with God before asking anything of Him.  Why?  Because He knows our heart!  He knows our mind.  He wants an honest, contrite heart and spirit.  One that is humbled by God Almighty!  He is God and we are not!

Remember… God wants us to live “abundantly”!  The definition of “Abundantly” is this:  Abundantly – in large quantities, plentiful or extremely.  Does Satan shudder when your feet hit the floor?  He should!  Because You are a Child of The King!  And you will be a conqueror today!   You are “More than a Conqueror”!!  It tells us so in Romans 8:31-39 37 Yet in all these things we are mheader-dangerouschristianity1ore than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

DO NOT GIVE INTO DESPAIR… Hope is oMOST OF THE SHADOWSn the way!  I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

 

Please listen to this song by Charles Billingsley.  It is an awesome reminder that Hope Is On The Way!  God is there with you!  Read this… Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

 

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