Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Isrealites did evil in the Lord's sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. Judges 6:1

When I read this verse the other day it shocked me! It shocks me when I read any verse that says the Israelites did evil in God's sight. I expect more of them, because of the Godly witness that went before them. 

This is what Gideon, our man of the hour said to the Angel of the Lord: " Sir, Gideon replied, If the Lord is with us, why has all of this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? " Judges 6:13

Basically he tells the Lord, Hey, I know all the stories from the Bible, but where is God when I need him? Isn't this what people who aren't saved tell us when we mention God? The back side is about lack of relationship with God, and The Angel of the Lord was about to do something about that.

Those who know God,see his wonders, and he reveals himself to them. I'm not blaming Gideon for not knowing God. He has been through a tough time. I don't know how old he is, but let's just say he's in his twenties. Where are the elders who have kept the faith?

The witnesses were drowned out by sin and rebellion against God. The same thing is true of our day. We are the godly witness but we will not be drowned out! We must stand strong for those under us. It is easy for me to ralationalize and make excuses for someone else's behavior.

God has not changed his mind regarding marriage between a man and a woman. He hasn't decided that cohabitation is alright. Violence, drug addiction, and drinking haven't suddenly become part of his plan for our lives. Why? Because he loves us!

God is good, and just and right and if he didn't straighten us up we would fall flat on our faces. We are made to worship Him, with pure hearts. In the end the only thing that will matter is what have we done with Jesus.

Life with Jesus is more amazing than anything else in this world. He fulfills our needs, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Life isn't a bowl of cherries, but it makes sense! In the end, all things will be revealed and we will know why the pieces to the puzzle of our lives had to fit like they did.

This gives me peace and lots of comfort because I know I can trust Him with my life, even when I don't understand. We are all prone to ask questions like Gideon. Can we trust God to make a way according to His word? I think I can. How about you?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was white as snow, his hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire.
Daniel 7:9

Some of you know I've been reading the book of Daniel. It begins with an historical account of some amazing miracles. It also follows Daniel's life as a young man who was captured from Israel, and brought to Babylon. 

The Babylonian ways are foreign to Daniel and his friends, however they do not become a part of the lifestyle of these people. They stay clean and pure in God's eyes by following what they know to be right and just according to God's law.

What intrigues me about this is how it parallels our day. We  live in   a "foreign land" from what we knew when we were young. God hasn't changed, and His word hasn't either.  Our culture has changed, and it has brought more brokeness and heartache. Just as God was with Daniel in his need, so God is with us in ours. 

After Daniel's lion experience, the book tries to explain the visions given to Daniel from God. This is where it gets confusing.  I want to delve into this, but for our purposes today I want to point out a few things. I love how the 7th chapter in our verse  calls God the Ancient One.

It seems to define him properly, as do so many other definitions. With this name, we can sense the enormitity of who God is, and His place over the entire universe, and other universes as well. In verse 14 of this chapter it says "His rule is eternal- it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed."

This is refering to Jesus, Our mighty Warrior, whose authority and power will keep us from every ungodly thing. As in Daniel's day, God is faithful to keep those who seek after him. Can we grab hold of God and seek him to save us, and keep us?

This is a good wake-up call to me so I will look and watch. Occasionaly you might see a sign on trees in our area. They say, "Watch and Pray." I need to do this and not be lenient. Will you look at yourself for signs of wrong thinking or ideas? 

 If we are diligent in searching our own souls, we won't have others questioning our motives or wondering if we are wholly sold out to God. It will be evident. Blessings and love.

Friday, July 12, 2019

And the King assigned for them a daily portion of his own rich and dainty food and of the wine which he drank. They were to be so educated and so nourished for three years, and at the end of that time they might stand before the King. Daniel 1:5

Daniel and his friends had no idea what life in Babylon would bring. It wasn't their choice to live in a foreign nation. They were basically slaves with benefits. I'm sure life was better for them than other slaves, but everything was different.

 The food, was new, so were the clothes, language, customs and gods. Daniel wasn't going to give in to the lifestyle that he knew wouldn't be the best. None of the Kings food would work for the four hebrew men. It wasn't going to noursih them as the King had hoped.

When the day came to meet the King of Babylon, no one could believe that these four were healthier, brighter, and stronger than the others. What was their secret? They were nourished by fresh fruits and vegetables. No secret, just good common sense.

It was the way of the hebrews, the way these young men were taught, and they never forgot the truth. As the years went by they were challenged many times. You and I are challenged with lies of this world much like Daniel and company.

The ways of our modern world might seem good, until we hold them up to the light of the gospel. Our modern world will try to lure us into their way of thinking by telling us if it feels good, do it. This is far from the truth that sets us free.

Let us encourage one another toward good works, and speech, thought, and deed. We won't stand before the King of Babylon, but we will give account to the one who made all things. This is a daunting thought, however, it is the truth.

How many years we spend on this earth, only God knows. Let us make them count for the kingdom of God. Ask the Lord to show you things you can do to make a difference. It may seem small, but "Little is much when God is in it." We won't know until we get to heaven the influence our lives have truly made.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit in me. Psalm 51:10 NLT

Isn't this a beautiful scene? Can you imagine having  a waterfall like this in your backyard? I can't! I'm happy to go to the beach 10 minutes down the road. This is what summer on Long Island is all about.

I don't want to miss another day outside, but my allergies don't allow me to enjoy everyday.
Today was one of those times my energy was sapped by allergens.

I stayed inside while my husband enjoyed the patio. Thankfully I can praise God for his beautiful creation from indoors. What are you thankful for ?

You may have noticed I haven't written in a few weeks. I have been busy making strawberry jam. It's a fund raiser for the Maternity Home here on Long Island, and I have enjoyed making it. Some might see it as work, but I don't.

It makes a nice gift to take to a barbecue or party. When the blueberries start to ripen,my friend Brenda and I will make blueberry jam. When it's cold and snowy we can take out our jam and have a taste of summer.

Most of our jam will be sold for the house. It's a small gesture, but it's what I can do for now. In September, I will be leading a 40 Days for Life campaign in Smithtown outside Planned Parenthood. I would appreciate if you could pray for us.

If you would like some jam please let me know. I'm asking for a donation of $10 a jar. So far I have sold 27 jars but I have plenty more. Like I said, you can save it and open some summer on a snowy day!