Remembering and Israel

What About Israel!?
While I read about Israel; traveling with Moses, being led by the presence of God in the form of a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, I find I’m disgusted by all the whining and complaining. Don’t you feel the same way? I mean, come on! Remember the plagues? Remember the Red Sea? Remember the biter water? Remember the mana? Remember . . . They don’t remember. They forgot to recall everything that God had done.
God is asking me to remember: I have not been a day without food and water; I’m not naked (you should be very great full); I have shelter; I have family- of which you are a part; I breath, feel, see, taste, hear, and smell- not bad, not yet! Are these not also miracles?
God asked me and my family to be missionaries to the USA. I know! Right! Well, as we pulled out of the driveway, in a beautiful RV, a double rainbow appeared; a group of morning doves escorted us down our street. NOT! Our Honda Odyssey was packed tighter than Walmart on Black Friday! You would not believe the amount of whining and complaining . . . Where are the snacks? How much longer? I’m hungry? Where are we going to stay tonight? That was just the beginning of the woe’s. The kids weren’t any better!
Why do we . . . I forget all the ways God has cared for me? Why does memory fail when there’s the slightest inconvenience?
In the book entitled “Beginning Of The End” I read this about me and Israel, “If they had had faith in Him, remembering all that He had done for them, they would have cheerfully accepted inconvenience, lack of food, and even real suffering. But they forgot the goodness and power of God . . .”
Blinded by their circumstances, they and I, lose faith and forget, or is it forget and lose faith.
Remembering seems to be a key. So, I will do my best to begin each day recalling the many ways God has blessed and lead me in the past. This is my Christmas gift to myself. Lets see what happens next.
I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. (Hosea 11:4 NKJV)
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29 NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)


Thankful Today

Thankful for a warm house and warm bed. But I’m most thankful for my wife and children! Me and Sammy are the only ones up, this frozen morning. With a minimal amount of help, he read me the story of Gideon. Very proud of him. A couple days ago Sammy’s tia came by and gave each of the children a small amount of cash. Sammy came smiling to me, “look daddy, I have two dollars! What can I get with two dollars?” Henry and I mentioned a couple things and Sammy’s smile got bigger. With all the joy of Christmas bubbling up inside and shining from his face, he says, “I’m gonna give Grandma and auntie Cindy a present!” He handmade cards in his little boy writing; some of the letters facing the wrong way. He placed a dollar in each one. He sealed it using a paper clip and some tape. His enthusiasm spilled over to Heidi who joined in making a card for grandma. He had the look of joy and accomplishment as he showed us his finished product. “Daddy, you’re squishing me!” He squeaked out from inside my hug.
I want to be like Sammy- so full of contagious joy.
I want to be like like my little ones- eager to give ALL because of LOVE. I want to be like Sammy- engulfed in my Fathers embrace.
Do Everything With Love.
(1 Corinthians 16:14 GW)
All the law and testimony hangs on this!