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)

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.
(Picture by Lisa R)

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.
(Picture by Lisa R)

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.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 8. “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it  is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it  is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God” ( Verses 18-20). There it is again. Our theme… obedience. In this chapter Moses reminds the children of Israel of why they needed to trust and follow God alone. Of why only He deserved their praise and adoration. Then he let them know the consequences of disobedience. God at no point has hid from us either the consequences or the blessings of obedience Vs disobedience. It’s a choice we get to make. Choose wisely.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 7. “And the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed. And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them” (Verses 22-24). I (and I am sure you, too) want everything, NOW. What I like about these verses is that  they display the infinite wisdom of God. He didn’t give the promise land to Israel all at once, but they gained it little by little. Each victory solidifying the strength and power of the God they serve and follow. The same holds true for us. God gifts us with one small victory at a time growing our faith and trust in Him.

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I have hidden Thy word in my heart.
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Deuteronomy 6. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Verses 6-9). God wants us to remember and keep His commandments. So much that they should at all times be on the forefront of our minds and hearts. He wants us to talk about His laws, think about His words. He wants us to write it on our eye lids? Mmmm… :) . The point: His words should be our guiding light, our light house, our first and only line of defense. He wants to be first. He’s God.

DAY 196 (2014)

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Windows down. Head out. Enjoy the ride.

Windows down. Head out. Enjoy the ride.

Today on my way to work, I almost lost my salvation due to traffic. It was one of the most frustrating and irritating drives I have ever had. As I was complaining and questioning God as to why He created the driver in front of me, He gently reminded of just that, HE HAD created him. As such the driver in front of me was just as important to God, as I am. That small rebuke changed the direction of my attitude. We often times color the world and those who inhabit it, based solely on how we think things should be, or how we think people should act. But we are not here to try and fit people into our mold, we are called to help them unfold into who THEY are meant to be. That was my drive to work. On my drive home, I encountered another driver, but different circumstances. The car in front of me had a dog sitting in the front seat. The windows were down, and his head was out. His ears were flapping in the wind, and his face held an expression of  pure bliss. As I watched the dog revel in the drive. it hit me. That’s what God intended. He intended for us to ENJOY life. He intended this life to be pure bliss, however, we got in the way, sin entered the world and God’s intentions were trampled by our disobedience. Today let’s live in God’s bliss. Yes I am aware that we live in a selfish, imperfect world. But God is selfless and perfect. So let’s roll down the windows of life, stick our heads out and enjoy the ride. God’s at the wheel, we have nothing to fear.

“So do not fear, for I Am with you; do not be dismayed, for I Am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

So what’s the plan? Windows down, head out :D .