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That I May Know Him

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Why is that people always say, “If it’s God’s will then things will go smoothly?”  I have searched the Bible and can’t say I find that to be necessarily always the case – in fact in most cases it is the exact opposite!  Jesus said, “I do always those things that please the Father…” and look at His life!  He was born in a manger, He had no place to lay His head; He was falsely accused, mocked, and ultimately crucified!  He lived a sinless life, and fulfilled God’s will – but it was not clear sailing!
It was God’s will for the children of Israel to leave Egypt and look how that happened!  When God saw that His children were in bondage He sent Moses to release them – but it was not easy!  In fact when Moses first asked Pharaoh to let the people go, Pharaoh’s response was, “And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tal…

Prosperity

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This morning in my Bible reading I read from 2 Chronicles and once again this verse caught my attention.
"And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper."  2 Chronicles 26:5
We all want to prosper – but what does that mean exactly?  What does prosperity look like?  I know most people will consider one prosperous if they own a lot of material goods – a nice home, a nice car, designer clothes, etc.  But the truth is I have known people that have lots of material things that are absolutely miserable!  In fact I remember a time in my life when we were going through some of our darkest hours – our daughter had cancer, we were going through a recession, our lease was up on our car so we had to turn it in, and we had no money for another one, groceries were scarce…as I said a very dark time.  With all that was going on – we, our family, knew that God was carrying us through, that He w…

Forgiveness

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Forgiveness -what a wonderful word.  Forgiveness is something we all long for – and something that was purchased for us at GREAT COST!
Forgiveness for our sins was paid with the Blood of Jesus! 
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” Ephesians 1:7
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” Colossians 1:14
Forgiveness – God loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die in our place so that we could receive forgiveness for our sins.  What a freedom we enjoy when we know we've been forgiven!  I remember so clearly how I felt after I was saved and knew that I had received forgiveness from my heavenly Father through Jesus His Son!  It was as though I had been carrying chains and shackles around with me that I had grown so accustomed to carrying I didn't even realize how heavy they were – until the weight was gone! 
In a very small way it is like the difference a mom feels when th…

What About Joseph's Brothers?

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Have you ever thought about Joseph’s brothers?  I was recently thinking about them and their story and was once again reminded of what a loving God we have.
Joseph’s brothers were jealous because he was favored by his father (a big NO, NO!) and he kept telling them about his dreams of one day becoming a prominent person in their society.  Here he was one of the youngest 2 sons, and he was telling them that he would one day have dominion over them, and that even their parents together with the brothers would bow before him.  Between their jealousy and his dreams of grandeur they hated him and could barely talk to him!
They were so envious and jealous of their brother (not to mention flat out angry at him because he was a 17-year old tattle tale in their eyes for reporting to their father of their evil deeds) that they decided to get rid of him.  They wanted to kill him, but by God’s grace he was spared of that and was instead sold as a slave!  They lied to their father and told him th…

Who Me? Couldn't Be!

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“Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?  YOU stole the cookie from the cookie jar!  Who me?  Yes you!  Couldn't be!  Then who?”  Remember that old game from elementary school?  Funny thing is no one will take “credit” for taking the cookie from the cookie jar, because we don’t like to admit we’re wrong, we don’t like to be found guilty; it is always someone else’s fault.  
When my children were little no matter what happened or who did what, somehow it always seemed to be one of the other one of my children’s fault.  In fact, one of my kids even went so far as to say that it was his brother's fault that he hit the ball over the fence and broke the window because he pitched it in such a way that the ball would go over the fence no matter what!  He was dead serious!
Of course Adam and Eve placed the blame on someone else even though they knew that God was all knowing and all seeing!  And…they still tried to hide and cover themselves – seems ridiculous, doesn't it?  Yet, …

Piles of Dirt

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Last year the Lord allowed us to move into a home that has a sizable yard.  One of the things that we looked forward to was growing fruit and vegetables in our own garden.  I was so excited as I bought the seeds and imagined all the fresh vegetables we would enjoy for dinner.  I was equally thrilled as my husband/farmer/pastor rototilled the yard and set the rows for our soon coming bountiful harvest!
What I didn't imagine was that so many creatures would be so enthralled with our garden.  There are strange lady bug looking beetles that ate our broccoli, and the squirrels have stormed through our strawberries – and now the moles are eating through the roots of the lawn! I have learned that lizards are my friends as they eat many bugs, and I enjoy watching them do their push-ups on the dirt before they conquer our pesky infestations.  I have also learned that playing whack-a-mole is much easier when the mole is raising its head in a game than when they’re peeking up through the fresh…

And They Lived Happily Ever After

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It Can Happen to You!

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