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)

1 Samuel 18. “Now Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, but had departed from Saul. Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them” (Verses 12-16). Here’s something odd, David loved Saul, but Saul despised David, who had done nothing (literally) to deserve it. Even if we do everything right. We won’t always be loved, we won’t always find favor in the sight of others. But that should not change our actions. Our actions should not be based on the actions of others, they should be based on what we know to be true. We are called to be salt and light. We are called to flavor the world and give it light. David loved Saul and served him faithfully, even though Saul had tired to kill him on several occasions. David did not allow the actions of another to control his actions. Instead in wisdom he chose to do what God had called him to do, serve the king. 

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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)

1 Samuel 17. “Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands'” (Verses 45-47). Then everyone will know that the Lord does not save with swords and spears, but the battle belongs to God. The BATTLE is God’s. David understood that, Israel did not. David knew that size and strength meant nothing if God was the fighter of the battle. David didn’t stand before Goliath in his own strength, no he stood before him in the strength of GOD. Our lives are filled with Goliaths, problems and situations that threaten to tear us apart. Looking at them we like Israel tremble and worry, believing that will will never be victorious. Here’s the cool thing about David, he never saw Goliath. Right now you’re thinking, that doesn’t make sense. Let me say it in another way, David never saw the problem… He only saw the solution. Past experiences told him, God was the answer. So David never saw Goliath, he only saw GOD. We need to do likewise. Don’t see the Goliath, see the LORD. 

DAY 301 (2014)

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Give God the 1%... Smashing only makes the problem worse.

Give God the 1%… Smashing only makes the problem worse.

I dislike when things don’t go my way. Actually that’s not completely true, I don’t, what I actually dislike is not being able to fix a problem. Remember my “functional savior” post? This is the biggest issue in my walk with God. That innate desire/need to fix whatever problem is at hand. The problem with this “gift” is that it tends lead me into making bad choices and wrong decisions. Right now I am in a position where I want to “fix” an issue that I am facing, but God is telling me to allow Him. But the feeling that I am experience is akin (I think) to a drug addict who needs a hit. I am sitting on my hands, but everything inside of me is screaming, “I NEED TO FIND A SOLUTION NOW!” Can anyone else relate or is it just me? God had already worked out 99% of the issue, but that one percent… that one percent is what is killing me. Crazy, right? (I never claimed to be sane)… I have been thinking about this particular habit of mine. Today especially because I really want to find a fix to what is going on. Then I remembered my functional savior post (stolen from @Lacrae), and I see clearly that I am searching for something to cling to instead of just waiting for God to do what He does best, which is be my REAL savior. What’s my point? Sometimes God leaves the 1% till the end, because He is waiting for us to let go of it.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Lesson: The verse says ALL needs. Give God the one percent. He’ll meet the need.

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)

1 Samuel 16. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'” (Verse 7). It is a comfort to me that God looks at our hearts, our intentions. He see us to the core of our being, He knows who we truly are. We see the limited, only what people want us to see, and because of this many times we make wrong choices, wrong decisions. Why? Because we judge the book by its cover, never taking the time to read the chapters. The beauty of God is that He sees our “chapters”. Samuel saw one that “looked” like a king. But God saw the one who was “created” to be King. Don’t be fooled by what is on the outside, life is deeper than what we see. Read the chapters first. Covers don’t tell the whole story.

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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)

1 Samuel 15. “So Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,He also has rejected you from being king'” (Verses 22-23). God requires obedience not sacrifices. How does that sentence translate in today’s vernacular? God requires obedience not repentance. It was simple enough, God makes Saul king. He gives him rules and regulations that he needed to obey. Only Saul does things his way, neglecting God’s rules. But still expects God to bless him, still expects God to keep His part of the bargain, even though Saul himself was not keeping his part. When he realizes that God is serious, he asks for forgiveness, but that is not what God wants. What He wants is obedience. I am not saying that God won’t forgive when we ask, what I am saying is that forgiveness needs to be sincere. Saul didn’t ask for forgiveness because he felt bad about disobeying God, he asked forgiveness because he didn’t want to lose what he had… the power of being king. We do the same, for fear of losing what we have we cry out to God, asking Him to forgive us and just bless us one more time. For that we repent, but our hearts are not in it. We are not sincere, and God rejects our plea. Why? He requires OBEDIENCE, not sacrifice. Obedience asks forgiveness with a heart that says, “I will NEVER do that again Lord.”

DAY 299 (2014)

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A little cleaning never hurt anybody.

A little cleaning never hurt anybody.

So I dislike cleaning it is my least favorite past time. If I could avoid it I would. However, God in his infinite wisdom and with His ironic sense of humor has made it so that cleaning is something I can not avoid. Why you ask? Well, I am allergic to dust. Yes makes me laugh when I think about it too. Dust is everywhere it is unavoidable, which is why I have a large and unending supply of  allergy medicines that I have to take on a daily basis so that breathing does not become difficult. One of the ways to combat aversion to dust is to clean. Told you God had an ironic sense of humor. I am convinced He allowed this infirmity because He knew I’d never clean any other way ;) . Today was clean the house day (I do it twice a week to lessen the dust accumulation). as I cleaned my home I contemplated the change that life has taken over the past few month. Then it hit me that what I was doing in my home, was the very same thing that God was doing with me… CLEANING. There were many things in my former home of South Florida that vied for my attention, many things that caused clutter in my mind, in my life. Many of those things God needed to clean up in order to get me to a place where I could be pliable in His hands. Sometimes there are things in our lives that can cause us not to see the path. Dust in our life that makes it hard for us to breath. Let God clean it up. Don’t despise the cleaning. It makes breathing easier.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4).

Lesson: If your “house” is dirty let God clean it.

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)

1 Samuel 14. “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.’ So his armor bearer said to him, ‘Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart'” (Verses 6-7). Jonathan has always been my favorite person in the Bible, second only to Jesus. Why? He had the kind of faith that I want, it seemed effortless. Like he didn’t need to be convinced, he just knew God was able. My second favorite words in the Bible are found in verses 6, “For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by “many” or a “few”. God has no limitations, that was Jonathan’s view. What God can do with a thousand, He can also do with just one. It’s not the amount that matters it’s God who matters. We forget this truth when we are facing our “Philistines”. We question how will we overcome, how we will be victorious when the problem is some much bigger than us? But God (<— my FAVORITE words in the Bible), is BIGGER than any trial we could ever face. So today let’s have the faith of Jonathan and remember that what God can do with a thousand, He can also do with just ONE.

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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)

1 Samuel 13. “And Samuel said, ‘What have you done?’ Saul said, ‘When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.’ And Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you'” (Verses 11-14). Ever felt compelled to “help” God out? He gave clear commands to Saul in the previous chapter, “If you do what I say, your kingdom shall be established” But Saul felt “compelled” to help God out. Why? From Saul’s earthly point of view, God (and His servant Samuel) was not working within Saul’s timetable. Not gonna say I don’t understand this feeling or the drive to help, to fix the situation. The problem is this… we don’t see the whole picture. Our view is limited to what is in front of us, where as God sees the beginning and the end. “No man can fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecc 3:11). Without knowing God’s plan Saul formed a plan of his own and it ended up bringing about his end. We are the same, and our decision to “help” can bring about our end. Instead ask God to reveal His plan. He is not hiding His will. Stop when He says, stop. Go, when He says, go. But don’t MOVE without Him. 

DAY 297 (2014)

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Fill in the blank...

Fill in the blank…

Today I saw the coolest sign it said, “I am thankful for _________…” It reminded me of the reason I started this blog. In 2012 life was less than stellar. I spent the majority of 2012 depressed, although you would not have known by looking at me. Years of being the “go to person” had taught me to hide my feelings like a pirate hides his treasure. But even if it didn’t show on the outside, I always knew what was going on, on the inside.  At the lowest point of my year, God spoke to me and told me I needed to develop an attitude of THANKFULNESS. As you can guess, thankful was not how I was not my prevailing feeling. But from that challenge this journey was born. In 2013 everyday for 365 days, I found one thing to be thankful for. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. In those 365 days, some days were easier than others to find a reason to be thankful. That year changed me from the inside out. It taught me to see past the situation I was facing and to see the “what” God was trying to teach me. If we see life the good, bad, and ugly from the perspective of God, then we are able to find a reason to give thanks. As we give thanks, we learn to appreciate what we have, even when it is not always what we want. I learned that thankfulness does not change my situation, but it will change how I view the situation. So today just a little encouragement to be thankful in the midst of whatever you are going through. Life does not always go according to plan, but sometimes plans changing can also be a reason to be a reason to give thanks,

“Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, The Message).

So what am I thankful for today? I am thankful for God’s gentle reminder.