Moses was given not only the 10 Commandments, at Mt. Sinai, but he was also given very specific instructions on the building of the Tabernacle and all the items within it. There were instructions as to worship practices and even instructions as to the setting up, tearing down, and moving of all the pieces of the tabernacle during the 40 year wilderness wanderings. Nothing was left to man’s idea of how to handle God’s presence among them. Continue reading
From Rags…to Riches
Once there was a handsome King and a beautiful Queen who gave birth to a baby girl. She was the love of their lives and was doted on from the day of her birth. The Princess was dressed in the finest clothes, sprayed with the most beautiful perfumes, and entertained by the most educational of toys. Everyone around her took very good care of her knowing that she was the Princess of the land and that she would inherit the King’s kingdom when she was grown.
But all was not well in the kingdom. There was a wicked witch that constantly eluded all efforts of capture. Her desire was to destroy the hearts of the King and the Queen and ultimately take their kingdom away from them. The witch devised a plan in which she would kidnap the Princess. Continue reading
I discovered a new Jeff Foxworthy TV game show called “The American Bible Challenge.” It pits teams of believers against one another in various challenges of their Bible knowledge with the goal of winning money for their charity. Jeff asked the teams to guess what the highest percentage of 100 Christians would answer when asked “Which would you choose: a forty day fast or eating manna for forty years?” I believed that the best choice Continue reading
Dreams: An Eternal Perspective
Joseph’s story begins with two prophetic dreams that he wasn’t exactly sure how the Lord would bring about. I think he thought that these dreams would be fulfilled right away. Isn’t that like us when the Lord gives us a dream? We try to interpret it in a way we can understand as a dream for today, while the Lord has a different plan at a different time in the future.
Angela Ellwell Hunt has written a children’s book called The Tale of Three Trees. It is a story of the dreams of three trees in the forest. Continue reading
Everybody has disappointments but when disappointment visits your house it is hard not to feel alone. It is easy to forget that “God is for you not against you,” especially if you prayed in faith constantly for another outcome. It is difficult when you just know that what you prayed for would be a better outcome not only for you but others as well. But, I want you to know that after years of letting disappointment grow into grumbling, sometimes anger, and often depression, I have found a way to overcome most of its effects at least for the long term. Continue reading
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.
This reminded me of the many times I have prayed for open doors. I also was reminded of doors that were open but – found, after I went through them that they may not have been God’s best for us. Continue reading
This last week I was in the shower, a place where I tend to hear the Lord more clearly – don’t ask me why – and I was praising Him for the many blessings He had brought into my life during the last few days. I heard myself saying to Him, “Thank you Lord for seeing me.” At my very words a great love for God began to rise up in me. I think that it is every one’s greatest desire to be known, to have someone in our lives who really knows our heart as well as our actions, someone who loves us with all our weaknesses and flaws and yet knows the real us inside who wants to please, who wants to do what is right, and who desires above all to be accepted and loved. This week I felt God’s pleasure and delight in me and that made me love Him all the more.
Now don’t get me wrong. I know that God saw the times I missed it, the times I was short with my husband, and the times I let pride rise up in me. Like the stories of Continue reading
I have been struggling all week with the push/pull of trying to let go. Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours in the house next door saying “Good bye” for the last time. Monday the buyer took possession of my childhood home. Letting go has been excruciating and I’m afraid I’m not through with it yet. A friend of mine said that letting go is a lot like forgivenesss – it is a process that takes time as little by little I let go of what is behind me and grab hold of the baton that is before me. You can’t run the relay race effectively until you can let go as you pass the baton, and then catch hold of the next one you are handed. You can’t hold onto both at the same time or you will go nowhere, and the struggle will only exhaust you.
This week I have been holding on to the past and still trying to connect with the future Continue reading
Over 30 years ago Alan and I went through a Marriage Encounter Weekend that set us on the path not only to heal our marriage but toward a personal relationship with Jesus. Since we were so excited about what that weekend had done for us, we decided to go to team training to learn how to lead weekends for others. We were assigned God’s Plan as the first talk we were to prepare. At the time I remember saying that I didn’t think God cared about my marriage. My view of God was a Father sitting in heaven who was not really involved in close relationship with us here on earth. (And this was from a church-going girl who had truly missed the Good News.)
Months later I really came to know a Jesus who was not only interested in my marriage, but in me. I learned I was born with a purpose, but it has taken me years to stop focusing on the process or the outcome and to realize my purpose is to grow in my closeness to God and to allow Him to grow fruit in me that will touch and bless the lives of the people I am in contact with. For a time I thought that since I had a teaching gift, my purpose was to teach as many people as I could. Continue reading
Thirty years ago I bought a book that was titled “Bloom Where You Are Planted” and I have spent the last 30 years trying to bloom where I wanted to be planted. I have learned that God plants you in a place and expects you to bloom there. Many books I have read suggest that what is pleasing to God is that you get a vision and then transplant yourself in the area where that vision can come to pass. I have found that that does not work for me. Whenever I try to help God by digging up my roots and trying to move them to another place, although it may work for a time, I find that God has eventually closed instead of opened doors to my new place and sent me back to my original plot of land. Continue reading