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Scars

As I mentioned before, I am allergic to bees and I once again was viciously attacked. Well that’s how I see it. Nonetheless, as I walked Max this morning, I noticed the sting location is going to be a scar. I also remembered that there was already a scar there beneath this newly forming scar. It is kind of humorous to consider that both scars were my fault.

Years ago when VCR’s existed (before DVD players), I received one for a gift. I was so excited and wanted so badly to open it up. I refused to wait and I refused help. I was greedy. Pure and simple.I grabbed my keys and tried to use my house key to cut open the packaging tape. It ended up finding its way into my hand. It left a nice scar to remind me. When I recently was stung by bees, it was because I was standing on their underground nest. But why was I there? The neighbor told me that there was honeycomb above. I was spraying those very different bees while trying to remove the honeycomb. I should have asked for help. I should have called someone but I was too prideful. So two scars, two areas that needed some work in my life.

God has a way of sometimes smacking you right in the head by placing something right before you to show you what needs work. We like to see the best in ourselves, and even when we are being negative about our faults, we often do not address our biggest faults. We are often blinded by them. We often deny them. We would much rather ignore than acknowledge. Today, God might be trying to show you something. You might be paying attention or He might need to get your attention. Either way, He wants to show you things. He doesn’t want to leave you how you are right now. He loves you so much and He’s got a great plan. Don’t settle for less.

“Making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.”
-Proverbs 2:2-5 [ESV]

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Sheep Listen

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27 [NIV]

As I was taking my morning walk, I noticed what appeared to be a mother and son exit their home. The mother quickly went to the SUV, entered, and started the vehicle. All this happened while her son was slowly making his way down the porch and toward the vehicle. Though the boy was young and the mother was already in the vehicle, he continued to follow her path, opened the door, and entered the vehicle. He followed his mother in obedience – he knew where she was going and he went with her.

The question I challenge you with today is do you know God—truly know Him—and do you know His will for your life? Do you take the time to listen? Do you make it a point to get to know Him more? The sheep know His voice. The sheep follow in obedience. The sheep know where they are going—with Him.

Today I want you to consider where you are going. Are you following God or something else? Do you know where God is leading you in life? If not, are you trying to listen? Are you actively praying? Actively reading your Bible? There’s no way to follow if you don’t know Who you are following. Spend some time with God today.

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Run First, Pray Later

The story of Jonah and the big fish is surely told so very often that it has lost its kick for some people. We like to shake our heads at Jonah, and some people even chuckle at his attempt to run from God. The sad thing is that we are all like Jonah at some point in our lives for we all have moments when we try the “run first and pray later.” Who has not liked what God was asking and held off and did something else? Who thought their way was better than God’s way? Who was directed to do something, but waited to do it or never did it at all? Who does not even listen to God at all to know the plan He has for them?

In Jonah 2, the first verse says, “Then Jonah prayed.” He was already inside the fish. THEN he prayed. See he ran from God, took off in a boat, and the boat was going all over the place in the water. He could have prayed then. I wonder if he foolishly thought perhaps that he could still make it away. He was not praying, and yet the people on board feared they would sink to their doom. The waters had to be rough and showed no sign of letting up, but Jonah went to sleep.

Now when the people tossed Jonah overboard and he is swallowed, perhaps then it was a reality check. I guess I’m not able to hide from God. Perhaps he recognized that there was no hope to get away now. Since there is no hope for him to do something on his own, for him to get away, for his plan to work— THEN he prayed. He got himself into trouble, THEN he prayed. He disobeyed, THEN he prayed.

We run first and then pray later too often. We make our decisions without asking God for His will. We think that by chance we will be able to do something on our own. We hope that our way will work out. When we realize we need God, when things are falling apart, when we do not have everything in place– then we want God to help. It is part of our human nature. We sadly think we know best. For some reason, we think that we have a better plan.

Disobedience is something we all partake in, but there’s hope. As Jonah noted in verse 2:2, God heard him and answered. He goes even further than simply listening, and saves Jonah from the mess he got himself into from not following Him in the first place. He forgives him and helps rescue him so that Jonah can do what he was initially supposed to do.

Life is filled with decisions. We can chose to run first and pray later, or we can decide to pray first so there is no need to run. I do not know your life story, but I know that my own story gives me example after example of the times when I went out for a run, only to come back to pray later. Without God, there is no satisfaction in life. He knows our needs; He has designed our purpose. With praying first and seeking His will, there is no need for our legs to run. Instead, I find that when we do this, instead of our legs getting the work, we are lifting our voices in praise. His plan is so good. He is so good.

“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’”
– 1 Samuel 15:22 [NIV]

The Devil is Still Working

This past month has been an ordeal for me. It seems that everything that could go wrong, goes wrong, right down to every little detail. In life, those who are most threatening are the ones who the enemy tries to bring down. The devil doesn’t want people speaking up and spreading the Truth. Before I left Australia, my friend and dear sister in Christ and I went to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and we filmed my testimony. After all of the behind-the-scenes work, it is finished and ready to air on television. People have watched my testimony and it caused them to take a step toward God. The devil doesn’t like that one bit.

As a single mother, it gets tiring doing nearly everything without the help of another person. I’ll tell you right now, moving is draining– moving with no one to help is even worse. I lost my modem and it took days to find it, making schooling difficult. Forms were misplaced, causing things to get messed up. Then I went to connect my printer and the computer said the driver was missing. After five failed attempts to install the driver, the printer would not work. One obstacle after another occurred this week. I could barely take it anymore. I found myself yesterday morning, on my knees crying, asking why nothing was going right with the move. Why was I being pushed to the limit with my patience? It was as if something or someone was working against me, just hoping that I would fall.

But I wasn’t giving in. I gave the devil a piece of my mind and said that My God was bigger and I wasn’t going to back down. He could toss whatever he wanted my way, but I knew I was safe. See, as a child of God, we have the Good Shepherd watching over us. He tells us that no one can snatch His sheep from His hand. If we trust Him, if we tell the devil that he has no chance again our God– our awesome God– we will be right. No one can snatch you from His hand. Today, if someone or something is threatening you, or if you feel nothing is going right, declare that your God is bigger than the problem or situation. The Good Shepherd has you safe in His hand.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

– John 10:227-28 [NASB]