DAY 36

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“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

I learned this fact today and it grieved my heart:

“Approximately 1 billion people throughout the world go to bed hungry every night.”

This is a statistical FACT. However, for most of us stats are just numbers. Numbers used to quantify or classify a situation. Sadly, we DON”T pay attention to statistics. Today this statistic became real to me, as it took on human form. I had a conversation with someone today, that made me realize how much I take for granted, and how little I have to complain about. I, like many people, have had financial issues. But I have never had to take a drill and extract my own tooth…I have dental insurance. I have been hungry, but I have never had to rummage through garbage cans to find food…I have a Walmart card. I complain when my AC doesn’t work, but I have never had to sleep on the streets…I have NOTHING to complain about.

Food for thought. We have many more blessings than we think. Let’s stop looking at what we don’t have. Instead, let us be grateful for what we already have. Here’s a thought…instead of always getting, why not try giving?

So what am I thankful for today? I am thankful that someone (whom the world sees as a statistic) taught me that stats are NOT just numbers.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 17. “So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, ‘The advice of Hushai the Architeis better than the advice of Ahithophel.’ For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom” (Verse 14). It is a good thing to allow God to defeat “good” advice. Yesterday I was giving myself “good” advice and thankfully God defeated it. In the case of the scripture God gave Hushai favor in order to save David from his son. In our lives God will defeat our “good” advice in order to save us from ourselves. We see finitely, just what is in front of us. God sees it clear to the end. So if He thwarts our advice let Him. It is because He loves us and has a better plan.

DAY 352

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Throwback Thursday… this was day 352 from 2013.

Originally posted on JOURNEY OF THANKFULNESS:

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Christmas Service 2013 at the BB&T Center. (Picture by Lisa R.)

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Christmas Service 2013 at the BB&T Center.
(Picture by Lisa R.)

Tonight was the Christmas service for my church. It was held at the BB&T center (aka. Panther Stadium). The place was packed (oddly more packed than when the Panther’s have a game). During praise and worship, I had to pause and just take in the beautiful sound of thousands (yes I said thousands) of voices all singing in harmony all praising and thanking God. I had this thought, “Heaven will be just like this.” All of us praising in one accord. Today just a reminder that we are created for purpose. That is to glorify God. Many of us have found the freedom and joy that comes from living our true purpose. Some of us are still searching, wondering why we have it all, but still feel empty. Tonight as I joined in the chorus…

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DAY 352 (2014)

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So true!

So true!

So it’s been a while since I have written a “DAY” post. There are many reasons for this: Life, worry, fear, laziness. Right about know you’re thinking those are perfect reason to write a post that reminds me that God loves me and has a plan and a purpose for me. It is in the moments that life is the hardest that we realize our need for God’s grace and love. Today as I spent time in devotion God showed me that not only are those times a time of realizing Him, but it is also a classroom. It is the place we learn about about ourselves, our limits, and our desperation. Today I ran into an issue that I was not expecting… I dislike those moments, because I make a  plan and I walk towards it, and then… BAM, out of nowhere something happens that I was neither planning for nor prepared for. Those moments, stink… can’t lie. Normally the plan of attack is to by-pass God (cause we’re am smart like that) and go straight to desperation. It is almost as if we think, “what bad decision can I make to fix this“. Today I have to be honest, the first option was desperation, but God in his ultimate wisdom slammed the door shut. This caused me to take a step back, pray, and ask Him to show me “the option that wouldn’t make the situation worse”. Then He did. What makes me sad is that it wasn’t my first option. My first thought wasn’t God what do you want me to do? Today I am disappointed to announce that my first thought was NOT take it to God. However, He loves me enough to get me to where I need to be. He led me to a solution that would fix the issue, but not make it worse. In fact it made it better in some ways, because it taught me a lot about someone I love (to that person.. THANK YOU). Life throws us curve balls, sometimes it feels like they’re all that’s being thrown. However, don’t despise the curve balls, take it to God. He’ll teach us how to catch them.

“But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:6).

The lesson: God first (yup it’s that simple) :)

 

 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 16. “And David said to Abishai and all his servants, ‘See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.’ And as David and his men went along the road, Shimei went along the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust. Now the king and all the people who were with him became weary; so they refreshed themselves there” (Verses 11-14). David is having a bad month. His son has betrayed him, his trusted adviser as well, and now the people are turning on him. Bad, bad, day. But here’s what I love about David, he sees the lesson. he doesn’t curse the man back. No he leaves him alone and chooses to let God handle the issue. Today I have an problem that I am facing. I want to throw my hands up in irritation, but David has taught me to see the lesson in my situation. To learn from it, and then let God handle it. Life can be rough, the solution: learn from it, then let God handle it. 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 15. “ Now it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God—there was Hushai the Archite coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head. David said to him, ‘If you go on with me, then you will become a burden to me. But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, I will be your servant, O king; as I was your father’s servant previously, so I will now also be your servant,’ then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me'” (Verses 32-34). This is a sad story, and I would give reasons why, such as: David’s son betrays him, the very son he forgave and brought home after he killed his brother out of revenge. Then there is the fact that David’s most trusted counselor also turned his back on the king by joining his son. It had to hurt, David should be angry throwing things, wondering why God had forsaken him, but “David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God.” David did not choose his flesh, he chose the Spirit of God… instead of whining, he worshiped. I pray that is our goal for the day. Worship, don’t whine. 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 14. “Then Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself, and thanked the king. And Joab said, ‘Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request of his servant.’ So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. And the king said, ‘Let him return to his own house, but do not let him see my face.’ So Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king’s face” (Verses 22-24). Here is a truth God always forgives (if we repent). Here is another truth, sin always has a side effect. David brought his son home, but he wasn’t allowed to see the king. That seems worse somehow. being so close yet so far. But that was the penalty for Absalom’s actions. There are times that forgiveness is giving, but we still have to face the penalty of our actions. It doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us, nor does it mean we are not forgiving. It simply means we must take responsibility for our actions. Absalom made a bad choice, but his father still loves him. Still wants to know he is safe, but he still makes Absalom live the penalty for his actions. Because it is how he will learn, same for us. 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 13. “But she answered him, ‘No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing! And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you.’ However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, ‘Arise, be gone!'” (Verses 12-15). What is interesting to me about this chapter is that David would have given Tamar to Amnon, he could have had the thing he most desired in the right way. But he chose to fulfill his fleshly desires instead of heeding his sisters words. The verse says he hated her after, and that his hatred was greater than his love. Seems weird, right? But it’s not, sin has a price and the price is GUILT. Amnon’s actions stems from the guilt of his sin. We feel guilty, but don’t want to admit guilt, so it leads to hatred, to lying, to anything but acceptance of our wrong doing. Amnon did not just hurt himself and his sister. No, his sin affected his entire family. Sin is dirty and its goal is to destroy the sinner completely. Listen to God, flee from sin.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 12. “Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun'” (Verses 7-12). There is no such thing as a secret sin. God sees it all. We can hide and pretend like all is well to those in front of us, but not to God. He knows the deepest, darkest, and dirtiest of sins and secrets that we hold. The amazing part in all of that is, that despite knowing, He still wants to love us, He still wants to make us whole. This chapter got me, I know I have things that need to go, areas in my life that I hide from others. Which is silly since God sees it anyway. But I love the fact that even after this horrible sin that David committed, God still called David a “man after His own heart”. He punished David’s actions, but saw David’s heart. He does the same for us. Our sins will be punished, but our hearts will be seen by the One who knows our hearts the best.  That’s GRACE. 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 11. “It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold” (Verses 1-2). Just a little reminder be where you are suppose to be. Note the first verse the “when the kings go out to battle… David remained.” Who was David? The king. Where was he suppose to be? Out to battle. Where was he? Not where he was suppose to be. What happened? Sin. Be where you are suppose to be, do what you are suppose to do, lest sin overtake you.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart. (Picture by Lisa R)

I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
(Picture by Lisa R)

2 Samuel 10. “It happened after this that the king of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. Then David said, ‘I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.’ So David sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the people of Ammon… Therefore Hanun took David’s servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, ‘Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return'” (Verses 1-2. 4-5). Okay, I have to be honest, the particular means that Hanun uses to punish David’s servants, is a bit funny to me, albeit embarrassing. Although that is not the point of this post. David shows kindness to Hanun at the death of his father, and what does Hanun do? He listens to the worst advice ever instead of doing what would have been the natural human response~ thanking David for his kindness. Instead of this Hanun shames David’s servants and sends them back. The outcome, David, retaliates and the people of Ammon are defeated. The lesson: Sin will always lead to our defeat, do what is right.