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Archive for November, 2017

Breaking the Pattern

Joseph came from a long line of deceivers.

His great-grandfather Abraham passed off his wife as his sister to save his own skin—twice!

His grandfather Isaac did the same.

His father Jacob cheated his twin brother Esau out of his blessing by passing himself off as his brother, deceiving their blind father.

His great-uncle Laban cheated his dad (Jacob) by passing off his older daughter as the younger one behind the bridal veils.

His own brothers passed Joseph off as dead after selling him as a slave to Egypt.

So what was Joseph to do when faced with continual sexual harassment on the job?  Would he also cheat his employer by giving in to that seductive wife?  What about his job security?  After all, as a slave he had no rights at all, even though he was in charge of the household. 

By God’s grace, Joseph had the conviction and courage to break the chain of deceit, refusing to save his own skin.  He would rather lose his job and be thrown into the dungeon for years than do what he knew in his heart was wrong. 

Do you and I dare to be a Joseph? 

Wrong is wrong

Just an ordinary…

Abraham was just a city guy living life with a barren wife and no hope of a family.

Moses was just an Israelite baby marked for extermination.

Gideon was just a fearful farmer hiding from enemies.

Ruth was just a poor widow.

David was just a shepherd boy, the youngest of eight brothers.

Esther was just an orphan living in exile.

Peter and Andrew, James and John were just fishermen earning their daily living.

Dorcas was just an ordinary seamstress.

But look how God chose and used them to do amazing things!

I am just…(fill in the blank for yourself).

But God has his hand on me. What will He do with me?

Lord, You Know

Lord, you know …

my fears
my foibles
my frustrations
my failures
my frenzy
my fancies

You see me inside and out—and love me anyway!

Resting

Resting in my husband’s arms–

I feel his heartbeat
I feel his breath on me
I am surrounded by his love.

Resting in the embrace of God my Father–

I hear His heartbeat and long to be a woman after His own heart
I feel the breath of His Spirit, calming me, empowering me
I am secure in His love.

Missed Opportunities

At the zoo with our grandchildren, it was only after going through the ticket line at the zoo that we realized we should have asked for the senior rate Sad smile

At the airport we were pleased to see that our boarding passes were marked “TSA pre-check” which would save us the hassle of taking off jackets, removing our three computers from their cases, etc.  But only after we were almost through the “regular” line did we see in the distance the line we should have stood in to gain those advantages, and by then it was too late.

Being alert to the opportunities that should have been ours would have saved us money in one case, and hassle in the other. 

How many opportunities do I miss every day because I’m not alert, or because I’m distracted by other things?  Opportunities to help, to pray, to encourage a friend or stranger with a smile…Moments wasted that could have been used to straighten up my desk or to write someone a note or to review the Bible verses I’m memorizing?  Or to write a blog like this!

Lord, please keep me alert for the opportunities you present to me each day, and give me wisdom and grace to maximize those for your good purposes!

Just One Wish

As a little girl, my burning desire was for a doll house with miniature furniture and the whole shebang.  When it looked like I wasn’t going to get one, I asked my mom, “Do you think I can have a doll house in heaven?”  She wisely answered, “If you want one when you get there, I’m sure you can.” 

Doll houses no longer interest me, but what would I ask for if I could have just one wish granted? 

Solomon had that opportunity, and what he asked for was wisdom to rule God’s people.  (1 Kings 3:5-9)

Moses’ greatest expressed wish was to see God’s glory.  (Exodus 33:18)

David’s highest longing was to dwell in God’s presence forever (Psalm 27:4)

Paul’s passion was to know Christ ever more deeply (Philippians 3:8-10)

A quick look at Google gives me three things that people express as “my one desire”:

–God
–a lover
–a brand of lipstick!

Which of these will stand the test of time? 

I have to agree with Paul.  For myself,  “…everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

What is your greatest desire?  Will it satisfy you in the long run?

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