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.

Random (hopefully inspired) Thought

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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)

Exodus 29. “For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the tent of meeting,before the Lord. There I will meet you and speak to you; there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by My glory. So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve Me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God” (Verses 42-46). God wanted communication with His people. He desired (and still desires) to be their God. He created us, gave us a place to live, and provides for our needs. Why? Because He wants to be with us. Today is Good Friday, the day that He made His biggest sacrifice to be with us. Let God be what He wants to be in our life today, our Father and our Friend. 

DAY 107 (2014)

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Every sunset says, "You get another chance tomorrow." (Photo by Lisa R.)

Every sunset says, “You get another chance tomorrow.”
(Photo by Lisa R.)

In keeping with my recurrent theme of realizing how fear has kept me from moving forward. I have recently started studying (seriously studying for my GRE). If I had a dollar for the amount of times I have had to answer the question, “When are you taking your GRE” in the last three months I’d be a millionaire. Each time I have answered the question I have added a month (so I’ll be taking my Graduate exam sometime in 2030). The overwhelming respond to my answer is, “Why are you waiting?” My answer to them, “I want to pass it the first time.” The real reason? FEAR. Because I really do want to pass it the first time and the thought that I may not be able to has me procrastinating. This realization came to me about the same time that I realized that God was not going to allow me to move forward until I had done the things He had told me to do, one of which was take the GRE. The irony is that I lost confidence in being able to pass when things started to feel like they were collapsing around me. Which is funny because, things started to collapse because I wasn’t doing what I suppose to do (yup my life is like a bad comedy routine). My point? If we just do what God says the moment He says it, life would be easier. I like easy.  What about you?

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

So what’s my plan? I am gonna study, study, study…

Random (hopefully inspired) Thought

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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)

Exodus 28. “Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: holy to the Lord. Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.  It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the Lord” (Verses 36-38). The Priests were to be God’s representatives in human form. But they were NOT God. They are human beings who in the old testament, (before Christ died and gave us access to the throne of God), made God accessible to the people. Today we have a better way, we can boldly come before God. That’s the gift that Jesus has given us. Many times we look to Pastors, teachers, and Priest to get us to God. While God just stands there waiting for us to come on our own. Christ has given us the right to be called children of God, therefore, let’s treat God as who He is…Our heavenly Father. Standing before Him without fear…On our own. 

DAY 106 (2014)

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I have been reading my blog, from the beginning. Why? I have been feeling a little out of sorts lately, life has gotten a little difficult and it seems as though all the doors I am trying to walk through are being shut. This has me feeling scared and worried about my future and the future of my mother. Prior to today I have been more whiny than usually, because of my fear. Today as I read through my early writings I realized how much I have grown and how much I have changed. But I also realized that this time, this moment is a test. A way for me to see my heart, despite all that is happening could I still be faithful? Could I still trust and follow without question? There are days when I am on fire when wild horses couldn’t shake my faith. There are other days when a light breeze is all it would take to knock me over. On my days of faith my trust, ALL of it, is in God. On my days of  “lack” of faith, my trust is in me (and I don’t trust me). As I was perusing the words I had written I came across DAY 25 (written over a year ago). I was reminded that trust is a matter of letting go of the reigns, and just floating in the direction that God chooses.

DAY 25 (January 25, 2013):

He is the wind. We are the leaf. Let Him MOVE us.

He is the wind. We are the leaf. Let Him MOVE us. (Picture by Lisa R.)

 

Life lessons from a leaf. Today I watched this leaf just move in whatever direction the wind took it for about 20 minutes. At moments the guidance was very specific: to the left, to the right, up, or down. Other times the leaf stayed suspended in the air as the wind decided on a route to send it. Yet, other times the leaf stayed in the grass waiting to obey the direction of its journey’s leader. Then, I had this thought: “I am the leaf and God is the wind.” Do I follow Him with the same ease? Sadly the answer is, NO. Often times I have to be prodded and redirected while having my conscience pricked. However, my goal and dream is to be like this leaf…move without hesitation.

“Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me’” (John 21:22).

So what am I thankful for today? That following without knowing the destination is freeing.

Random (hopefully inspired) Thought

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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)

Exodus 27. “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come” (Verses 20-21). Most Bible scholars believe that oil is a representation of the Holy Spirit. which would make sense. The Spirit is always with us, always a reminder that we follow God, serve God, belong to God. The need to have the lamps burning all day everyday, served the same purpose for the people of Israel it was a reminder of who they were and Who they belonged to. Don’t despise the correction of the Spirit, don’t be bothered when He prompts you to stop whining. He is doing what He was sent to do remind us of Who and Whose we are. 

DAY 105 (2014)

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Yes the desert is HOT and DRY, but it is where God does His best work in us. Don't be afraid of the heat.

Yes the desert is HOT and DRY, but it is where God does His best work in us. Don’t be afraid of the heat.

I have been whining at God for the past few weeks. I am going through a desert time, and feel as though I am going to die in the heat (yes, I am dramatic :) ). This morning I woke to find yet another thing had not gone as planned, and at that moment I understood how a person’s emotion could completely get the better of them, if they choose to give into to it. My first thought was, “If it is going to continue being like this, why am I trying so hard?” Then I whined at God and basically threatened Him. Hahaha (yup I am sure God’s super scared now). As I drove to work Andy Mineo’s, You Will cycled on my iPod. The chorus goes like this: “I know You will. I know You will. Even when they say You won’t I know You will. I know You will. I know You will. Even when they say You can’t. I know You will. God there’s nothing You can’t do. Nothing in this world too big for You. Even when they say You can’t, I know You will.” The song made me realize that while I may KNOW God will, right at this moment my actions do not reflect my knowledge. I am living in fear, and being afraid has been keeping me from living out what I know. My heart knows that God will take care of what’s going, but I am too scared to let go and let Him handle the situation. Which is stupid since I am powerless to fix it without help. Today was a wake up call, to just DO. I have a to-do list of things, things that need to be accomplished so I can move forward. But I have been allowing the situations to dictate my foot steps. God reminded me He WILL, and from this point on I need to let my steps dictate my circumstance (not the other way around). It won’t be easy, but me and my fears are going to take a journey with God and only one of us will make it to the finish line.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).

So what’s my plan of attack? Let God remove my fear and doubt as I journey with Him.

Random (hopefully inspired) Thought

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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)

Exodus 26. “Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle. The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames. Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold. Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain” (Verses 26-30). The other reason God was so specific? Obedience. Would they follow His directions to the letter? Our walk with God calls for obedience, the kind where we do what He says because we love Him and not because we’re scared. . We obey despite what we see in our world around us, despite the voices of people saying you’re crazy. We obey despite our feelings and emotions. Obedience is doing what God says, no matter what the cost. No matter how silly it seems. No matter how hard it gets.

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

Exodus 25. “And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain” (Verse 40). Read the chapter. It may seem a little boring, as it feels as though God is an interior designer. But that’s not the only thing I hope you walk away with. I pray you see His attention to detail. Even the smallest most insignificant bit of it. Why is that important? Because if He pays such close attention to something as minute as furniture. Imagine the kind of attention He pays to us, to our lives. “For God so LOVED…” “That He GAVE…” He gives us everything we need to succeed. He is able to do this because He pays attention.