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
Have you ever received a gift or a spoken word from someone that you knew came directly from the lips of God? My heart-to-heart friend of many years gave me a wonderful, encouraging gift. For a writer who loves to read and write in her comfortable La-Z-Boy recliner, a lap desk or board is the perfect gift, yet it came with a message. I don’t know if she picked it out because of the beautiful flowered decorations or the verse that was written on it, but the Lord sure did get my attention once again. The verse is from Ps. 46:10 and says
Be still and know that I am God.” (NIV).
This verse has been a recurring theme from the Lord all my Christian walk. Continue reading
I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of ways available for us to communicate with one another. E-mail, text, tweet, iPads, Blackberries, Facebook, and blogs have opened a way for us all to talk, but I wonder if anyone is really listening. (I keep checking the blog to see if anyone is listening.) I’m told that family conversations at dinner are almost extinct as we look at our Blackberries and text a friend in another location while ignoring those seated in the same room. There is even a commercial showing a father and son walking together while texting one another. Amazing!
I believe that as long as people have been on the earth they have had something they wanted to say and they wanted someone to really hear them. I was reading in Job, the other day and I saw that Job’s friends had plenty of advice, but they didn’t really “hear” Job’s cries. They heard the sound of his words, but they couldn’t hear the cry of his heart. They listened to his cries with their natural wisdom and tried to help, but what Job needed most was someone who would listen to him with their spirit and their heart. Continue reading
Mary of Bethany was so thankful to Jesus for raising her beloved brother Lazarus from the dead that she wanted to show her great appreciation. What could she do to honor the Messiah? She had listened to his preaching very carefully and knew that he thought he would be killed very soon. She had an expensive vial of anointing oil that was to be used as her wedding dowry, but it was the best she had. When others criticized her gift, Jesus said, “She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” (Mark 14:8)
This story so touched Elisa Morgan* that she wrote a book about it and instead of focusing on the expense of the oil, she focused on the words “she did what she could” and began to ask if she was doing all she could.
“She did what she could” has become a drumbeat in my life. Continue reading
Ecc. 3:7 says, “there’s a time to be quiet and a time to speak up.” There are times in our lives when we need to stand up and state our belief on a subject, but there are also times when we are called to be silent. I’d like to share what I’ve learned about the power of silence.
Several years ago I was in a tricky relationship. It had begun well enough as two people getting to know one another, but soon drifted into a tension filled struggle. I don’t know what happened. All I know is what was once good became very difficult. I prayed, I tried to love her, I tried to talk to her, but all that seemed to result from my efforts was suspicion, distrust, and tension between us. Continue reading