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)

Deuteronomy 16. “You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Verses 19-20). Ever been tempted to compromise? To turn a blind eye in exchange for something you may want or need? We all at some point have (don’t pretend, you know it’s true). Here’s the problem with compromise, it’s like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one. Once you give in you keep doing it. Take a stand! Right is right… NO MATTER WHAT. Let your justice be JUST.

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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)

Deuteronomy 15. “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you. You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land’ (Verses 7-11). Normally when I read verses like this, I relate to the poor. I know what it is like to be in need, I also know what it is like to abound. But the greatest pleasure and joy comes from giving no matter what state I find myself. There is something about letting go of our stuff, our time, our selfishness that breeds a new life, a new spirit, a new perspective in the heart of the giver. Giving is hard though, because it means letting go of “OUR” stuff. And we are all possessive over “OUR” things. Why? Cause it’s ours. WE had to work for it. WE had to earn it. But what we forget is that it still came from God and in the end, it is HIS not ours. So give willingly, freely, whether you have plenty or little. God will bless you inside and out. 

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 14. “You are  the children of the Lord your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave the front of your head for the dead. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Verses 1-4). Today just in case you don’t feel special. Don’t feel like you have a purpose or a meaning. Remember you are treasured by God. He loves you and has  plans and purpose for you that are beyond your wildest dreams.

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

Deuteronomy 13. “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him” (Verses 1-4). Ever got just what you wanted? Lived just as you pleased? Only to realize that you have forgotten who you really are? Sometimes God leads us where WE want, to show us what’s really in our hearts. Don’t be fooled. Don’t be led astray. Seek Him. Desire Him. He will lead you to your REAL destination.

DAY 204 (2014)

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God keeps his promises. ALWAYS. (Picture by Lisa R.)

God keeps his promises. ALWAYS.
(Picture by Lisa R.)

So I have been wanting to post for a while, but time restraints have not permitted me. I have been blessed and blown away at how God has been revealing Himself to me through this new journey. I have to admit at the onset, I kept thinking, “Clearly this is not God”. This belief (or lack thereof) had me pushing through me days as if nothing was going to change, however, everyday God would tug at me with precise randomness (yup, that’s what I wanted to say). Random people would come up and say things like, “When are you leaving?” “I think you can do better than this, be better than this.” But still I persisted in my, “This can’t be God” thought pattern. So God started closing doors, jobs that I had applied for and was more than qualified for would pass me by, people that held me in place started to leave, my comfort was becoming more and more uncomfortable. He slowly but purposely started removing every and anything that would anchor me to my current locale. The kicker came when I went to work one day, clocked in, went to sign into my computer only to find that I had been completely deleted from the system. It stung a little because it dawned on me that I could be so easily removed after so faithfully working and giving my best. It was at that point it dawned on me, I genuinely have nothing holding me back, but me. It was almost as if a light-bulb went off and I realized that I wanted to move forward, I wanted to chase my dreams, I wanted to walk the path that I was created to travel, and not just walk the road because it was in front of me (because it was there). In the past few days as I have started to finalize my time here God has provided a rainbow, an awesome cop, and words of encouragement. The rainbow literally covered my entire complex, my devotion that day was about how God always keeps His promises. When I saw the rainbow, it was almost as if He was saying, “I will do ALL that I have placed in your heart. I PROMISE”. Today on my way home from work I was stopped at a red light for what seemed like forever. The light in my direction was stuck on red, there was a glitch. There was a cop two cars in front of me, after a while he flipped on his light and pulled out of traffic. My first thought, “Man I wish I had that kind of power to skip out on traffic”. But the cop did NOT skip out, instead he parked his car at the fuse box and switched the light to green, so that we could all GO home. At that moment I literally heard God say to my heart, “GO, I have made all your lights GREEN” (goosebumps… pounding heart, you get the picture). As if green light cop wasn’t enough, today I received the most beautiful card from my co-workers, my second family and the words displayed there have me believing that ANYTHING is achievable. What’s my point? We don’t always know why God is leading us on the journey. We don’t know what tool He will use to get us to go. But when He says, “GO!” Just do it, you’ll be amazed at how able He is to get you where He wants you.

“Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants” (Deuteronomy 1:8).

So what’s the plan? GO! :)

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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)

Deuteronomy 12. “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. ‘Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it’” (Verses 29-32). This has been the week of God just talking, and talking, and reminding, and reminding. Just as God moved the children of Israel on a new journey, a path that would lead them to deeper, closer, and more intimate relationship with Him (if they chose to obey). He is doing the same with me. Each day during my time in Deuteronomy I am constantly reminded that the goal of my journey is to follow God. Prior to this my relationship with Christ was good, but safe. It was easy to trust, easy to obey (or try to) because even if things failed and fell apart I was in a place that I knew how to control. The same was true for Israel in Egypt, yes they were in slavery, but it was still comfortable because they understood it. New journeys requires one to let go of what they know and trust. God spends most of Deuteronomy reminding Israel that this journey, this promise came from Him. Everyday that I read I too am reminded. It is God who leads and guides me. ALWAYS!

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 11. “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you” (Verses 22-25). This morning I woke up feeling a little fearful about my new journey. Okay maybe not fear as much as anxious. On my way to work I saw the most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen, ever. It spanned the entire see-able sky. Then I read this. God keeps His promises. If I go, do, and listen to the beat of His drum I will have security and peace. Every place where the sole of my feet tread will be mine (this is true for us ALL). Trust. Follow. Obey.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 10. “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Verses 10-12). Ever asked this question: “God, what do you want from me?” Well here’s the answer, “Fear Him, walk in all His ways, love Him and serve Him with ALL your heart and soul. OBEY.” There now you have your answer. Go and do what He asked.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 9. “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of  whom you heard it  said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you. ‘Do not think in your heart, after the Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; but it  is  because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you” (Verses 1-4). I encourage everyone to read this Chapter in its entirety. Why? It is a reminder to us of the grace that Christ’s death has extended to us. Israel sinned,  a lot and God’s first plan of action (everytime) was totally destruction. But Moses would pray, fast, and intercede on behalf of God’s people. Moses, then, is a picture of what Jesus does for us today. We sin, but Christ makes intercession between us and God plest He consumes us. We must be mindful of our sin and how it affects our relationship with God. Then we praise Jesus when we realize He took our sins away.