Amazing.

This is a beautiful song. Wow.

I come from a long line of bitter, grudge-holding folks…I resolved a long time ago that I’d try my level best to never be that way.

I’d rather choose love. I get trampled a bit, but I have no regrets.

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Joshua 5:9-12: A promise made is a promise kept.

“Mom, what’s for breakfast?”

“Manna.”

“Mom, what’s for lunch?”

“Manna.”

“Mom, what’s for dinner?”

“Ma..”

“Ugh…Mom. We’ve had that since forever!”

“Well, I’ve had it for 40 years…you’ll get used to it.”

Joshua 5:9-12

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.

When the Israelites fled Egypt and God protected and provided for them, they tended to forget His goodness, because things didn’t go as they thought they should (because, you know, humans are always so much smarter than God). When that led to them frustrating themselves, they ended up worshipping false gods and extending the time that it took to get to the Promised Land as God had promised.

Eventually, though, they made their way and they were blessed. No more manna…plain sustenance…instead, they had the delicious bounty of the land.

We turn our backs, get side-tracked and get lost at times–following what the World does, even if it is against God’s will. We also try to rush God’s work at times. We fail miserably because of those behaviors. In it all, God is always faithful with His provision and care, but when we FINALLY allow Him to work in His time and His way, without acting like petulant children, impatiently waiting for our parents’ promises and with, “But, you said…” moments of whining, we are given God’s best, His plan for us, and His bounty.

In our humanness, we learn these hard lessons. Sometimes it takes years, sometimes weeks or months. But we learn.  We are no different from the people highlighted throughout the entire Bible that find their way back to God and His endless grace and mercy.

It is when we fail to acknowledge our lesson that we stay in that wilderness, wandering.

God wants so much more for us. He wants to bless us.  We have to choose to allow God to do it through our obedience.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

SUNDAY SONG: Need for change

2 Timothy 2:22-26
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Isaiah 43:16-19
This is what the LORD says—he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses,the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things;do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

The past month I’ve been thinking about the purpose of this blog. About five years ago, I began this blog after about six months or so of following Wyatt’s. I did it mostly because I had been ill and stuck in my house, except for work.  I needed to have interaction with people.  As a result, I made a really good friend, and as a result of that friendship, I’ve been blessed with making friendships with others–all of which, are very special and important to me.

Over the years, I have used this site to play some music, share some jokes and even partake in some discussion of current events, especially political discussion. A while back, I decided I was done with politics.  I make my political decisions based on my faith and beliefs, so there really isn’t any need for me to argue how I feel. No one is going to change my mind, and I dare say that if someone disagrees with me, he or she is just as set in his or her ways.

What I’ve noticed lately is that I really just want to talk about my faith and how God needs to be the center of everything. I know that doesn’t appeal to a lot of folks, but you know what? I’m tired of caring about what people think.

I’ve learned some life lessons the past year or two. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to cling to God with all I have, or I’ll totally fall off the rails and become a person that God did not create me to be.

With all of this said, I do have a faith-related blog I started a while ago (and have neglected because of the busyness of the school year). However, instead of killing this one or that one, I will link Faith and Fellowship, and continue the efforts I started there on this blog site. I will keep you all linked, as I consider all of you friends.

Sometimes we need to look at our lives and take stock (to use a cliche). In looking at my life over the past six months or so, I’ve realized that I need to be more concerned about God than about what other people think of me.

I will attempt a Bible study here and there, as I have time, but for the most part, I’ll share as I feel led.

My life is busy with work and taking care of family responsibilities. What time I have to myself needs to be spent with God , spent relaxing my brain and spent developing positive relationships with those close to me.

Time to be a big girl, be an adult and to see to it that God’s Kingdom isn’t neglected.

Have a blessed Sunday and a great week!

I heard this song the other day, and it pretty much sums up how I feel.

Just felt like sharing. . .

Last night, I was listening to something (don’t ask, because I have no clue) and this passage was brought up:

Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it. I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

I had to think about this and put it aside; in fact, I emailed it to myself so I wouldn’t forget about the passage.

I have a tendency to rely on my “old” self when I don’t see change in my life, especially things that I’ve been praying for since “forever”. There is a deceptive comfort in the “old” even if it isn’t the way I should be or set my path. It is familiar and more easily traveled than that new road God wants me to explore. While exploration can conjure thoughts of adventure, which I’m given to in an impulsive and spontaneous way (yes, that is a true statement), when I have a chance to think about things, adventure seems to give way to “safe”; meaning, I am safe in the same ‘ol. But, as I said earlier, it is a deceptive form of safe, because that is where I falter.

While I can go years and years keeping balance on that balance beam, there are times I tumble off and need to get back up. Those are the times I tend to want to stay down, failing, because it is a comfort zone.

However…….God is in both places, trying to lift me up to the more unknown, so that I trust Him, because as the passage says that even in the dark and seemingly barren places, He will make a way. He will provide, He will answer my prayers and He will create circumstances and way when I see none.

I’m not the only one, though. God will do that for anyone.

I never see a way, but God is always behind the scenes, creating and constructing. For that, I am grateful.

While I was searching for something to study for my “quiet time,” today, I happened upon the background story for this song that cited the passage I read yesterday.  For the background on this song, CLICK HERE.

SUNDAY SONG: Happy Father’s Day

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
1 Timothy 3:5
If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?
Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

I’m of few words this weekend, but I wanted to say happy Father’s Day to all of you dads. I know it is not easy to parent children. I see my co-workers struggle with balancing work and family. I know people always second-guess themselves. I also know we could all share stories from the news of fathers not being as they should.

Children need love first and foremost. They need to have someone who will lead them in a way that honors God. God is the role model for all fathers, and I’d say those are some pretty big shoes to fill…humbling.

I hope all you dads are honored in some way, today. Have a blessed Sunday.

CAPTION CONTEST

Happy weekend-ish, everyone!  For me, it begins a nice, long 12-week break from huge numbers of teenagers.  I certainly won’t miss doing work 7 days a week.  But, I digress…here is this week’s photo.  Have fun with it.  I will post winners Tuesday evening (Sorry about the late posting this week, but I was in the midst of 14 hours of grading).

Have a wonderful weekend, especially you dads or dad-like/father figures.  🙂

This week’s winner is. . .
Rodney Dill
Darth: “Ancient weapons and Hokey religions are not match for a good Baster at your side, kid.”