I recently read about when the Jews left their slavery in Egypt & I came across an interesting verse, when they were being chased by Pharoah. At the end of Ex 14:12, the Jews are complaining to Moses & they say something like, “It would have been better to stay as slaves in Egypt than to die here in the wilderness.” I started thinking about this & it really hit me that they only saw 2 options: slavery or death.
Unfortunately, I think we make the same mistake when we exclude God from His involvement in our lives. Truly, without God’s participation & involvement in our lives, we face the same kinds of options that the Jewish people saw at that time. In contrast, it seems to me that the more we involve God in our lives, the greater the adventures, miracles, shock and awe!! So let’s make sure to include God more & more in our lives 🙂
I always want my fellowship with Jesus to be getting deeper & more vibrant. Some days my fellowship with Him seems to be deeper & more vibrant than others. But I’m reminded about my relationships in my husband. We most certainly have a good marriage, but there are lots of days where we just live together doing the daily routines and maintainence of family life. We talk about the daily schedule for our family, our responsibilities, etc. Just because every day in our marriage doesn’t have indescribable bliss and euphoria doesn’t mean that we’re not close or that we don’t have a good marriage. Quite the contrary.
I think this is also true w our relationship with Jesus. I think that some of the greatest fellowship & intimacy can come through including Him throughout the entirety of each day. Jesus loves to be an integral part of our daily living – hence, daily fellowship 🙂
I know that many of you don’t need any help with dealing with stress. In fact, you may be a person who is completely immunized from anything stressful so you might find these ideas to be boring. If, however, you find yourself struggling with stress from time to time, these are some things that have helped me of late:
- if I get jittery about the future, it’s really helped me to re-adjust my focus to keep it on Jesus, being confident that when I get to the future, Jesus will be there. More importantly, I can be with Jesus now in this moment
- provision challenges: sometimes God’s provisions come on a day-to-day basis. With this in mind, I can trust that He is giving me what I need for this day and even this moment
- while this may sound cheesy, it’s really helped me alot lately to praise & worship God just on my own without music or even a specific song but just singing my own songs and words that are from my heart
- finally, the other day I was up really early & really stressed out; I read an email about a friend who is going through a REALLY DIFFICULT time. Reading about her hardship made me instantly want to pray for her – taking my mind off of me
I believe that God has huge help available for us, even in stressful times ,)
I was reading a few days about in Exodus about God’s instructions to Moses for the Passover. What stood out to me was how God was very clear that this meal was to be eaten quickly and in a state of readiness. They were supposed to have their traveling clothes on, bags packed, the bread was unleavened (so no rising time was necessary), all with the intent of getting out of Egypt quickly. Indeed, the very purpose of the meal was to give them fuel for their journey.
This was interesting to me because I tend to like to linger and chat over meals. I like that a meal can be a means through which relationships can deepen. But in the case of the Passover meal, it wasn’t for relationship purposes. There are times that God wants us to get moving, stop stalling & quit lingering. Some seasons are for relationship development and some seasons are for moving forward. Many times, we don’t know beyond one step at a time, what God has down the road. But we must be careful to be obedient to the next step. 🙂
God has put some amazing people in my life!! As I’ve been thanking God for some of these individuals, I’ve observed a few things:
- differences can be good when there’s mutual respect
- friendships can take time to grow
- a Joyce Meyer quote: some relationships are for a season, some for a reason & a few for a lifetime
- genuine friendships require mutuality
- friendships require both listening and talking
- a truly constructive friendship will support and encourage an ever deepening relationship w Jesus
- a mentor isn’t the same thing as a friend
Let’s celebrate the friendships that God has put in our lives!
Very few of us like correction. I hated getting corrected when I was a kid – so I tried to be pretty good, or at least sneaky enough not to get caught ,)
We all receive correction regardless of our age. We get corrected at work through performance appraisals, at school through our grades, by the police when we are speeding, etc. The real issue about getting corrected isn’t how we get corrected but rather how we receive correction. Here are some ways to receive correction:
- with gratitude or grumpiness
- reflection or rejection
- soft and tender or hard and brittle
- receive or deflect
- change or get callous
Let me suggest that we can maximize the correction that we receive by how we receive it. Or, we can wash, lather, rinse and repeat until we make some adjustments 🙂
I mentioned the other day that I was making a lemon cake & had some fairly positive feedback on how it turned out, so I’ve decided to momentarily diverge and pass along the recipe. Please note that I make no claims on it being healthy – it’s not. And I got it off of the bag of lemons that I bought at Walmart, so don’t have any “Martha Stewart” expectations ,)
Lemon Pudding Cake:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 tspn salt
3 large eggs separated
1 cup milk at room temp
4 Tblspn butter melted & cooled
Preheat oven to 300f, butter 8×8 inch baking pan. Finely grate 2 tspn zest and squeeze 1/3 cup juice from the lemons, set aside. Combine dry ingredients, whisk together yolks, milk, butter, lemon zest & juice; add to flour mixture. Whisk to combine. Beat egg whites to soft peaks and fold into batter. The batter will be thin. Pour into prepared baking dish & bake for about 35-40min until golden. I’d recommend chilling before serving. Enjoy!!
Well, I have to make a confession – I tried to snowboard on a sprained ankle. I thought I had recovered enough to enjoy some riding w my family, but alas, I was sorely mistaken, in the literal sense. So unfortunately, my choices were to be in pain all day, slow down my family who would have to wait for me all the time & risk further injury or sit on the sidelines while my family enjoyed a great day of skiing. Grrrrrrrr. At this point in my life, I don’t see the X Games in my future, but I do have to be up to speed for some upcoming Saving Moses travel. So I opted for the sideline view of a beautiful mountain.
Here’s the great part of this stupid injury – each of my kids took a turn to hang out with me so I’d not be alone. Just so you know, I have no problem being alone, but to have solo quality time with each of my kids is nothing less than sublime bliss. Maybe when we are forced to slow down, it helps us to appreciate what is so vital in all of our lives – relationships. This is a unique perspective on what Paul said in Philippians 3 – I want to know Christ and the fellowship of His suffering, along with the power of His resurrection. We often follow strength, but some of the best fellowship can occur around hardship, suffering & difficulty. Selah
This last Sat, I had my small group study & we’re watching a video series. This last Sat was our 2nd video & one of my friends was walking by & commented about how pink the color of the picture was on the TV. I thought his comment was funny & said that it was this pink last week – “Was it supposed to be a different color?”, I asked. He explained that the pink was definitely a color aberration. So we both looked around at the DVD player & noticed that the blue plug was unplugged from the back of the player. When he plugged it in, suddenly the color on the TV screen lost the overpowering pink tones and cleared up into a more normal scheme. I laughed because I would have just kept on watching the pink DVD & thought nothing of a color problem.
So here’s my point: I think that if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to express Himself in our lives, we’ll walk around in deception, thinking that a “pink” life is normal. The reason I say this is because one of the first descriptions that Jesus gives of the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). One of the greatest needs in my life is for the Holy Spirit to immunize me from self-deception because I can most certainly throw out some very convincing self-deception schemes. I want to love Truth more than deception 🙂
Today, we get to have a family day with some skiing & fun family activities. One of the things I love about my family is the diversity of ways that love is expressed among ourselves, despite the normal teasing that can go w siblings. Nevertheless, it’s lots of fun to see how my 8 year old son expresses love & how this is different from how my 11 year old daughter expresses love.
This has all got me to thinking about God’s love. It’s an absolutely outrageous adventure when I begin to think about God’s love. The more I think about God’s love & the diverse ways that His love is expressed the more captivated & riveting this love becomes to me.
* God’s love is expressed to us through our various relationships
*God’s love is expressed to us in various situations
*God’s love is expressed to us in our desires to help others & to be a blessing
What are some more ways that you’ve experienced God’s love?