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)


Love Takes Action

Love Takes Action
I had a somewhat disturbing dream this morning. I was with my little girl at a bank. I had several papers in my hand. Heidi’s hands were full too. As we waited in line, she would ask me to help hold items that required less of her attention. That’s when I noticed she had brought her mom’s makeup case. I saw her set it on the floor as we moved to the counter. I was about to tell her to pick it back up when the lady behind the counter asked what she could do to help me. I had a stack of cash in my hand with other papers and receipts. I fumbled through the mess as I sorted out the cash to deposit. Scanning the bills, I said it looked like thirty-five dollars. When I looked back down to check on my girl she was not there. I looked around and found she had moved over to the other side of me where there were some stuffed animals. I was relieved she had not wandered far. With the transaction finished, I called for her to grab her things and come with me. As we passed through the door, exiting the building, I checked to see that my companion was in tow. I could see that the makeup case was missing. My anxiety went through the roof!
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. (Romans 13:10 NLT)
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15 NKJV)
My wife had taken an old case and renewed it by redesigning and redecorating the interior. Now, Heidi and I, had lost it. We quickly returned to the place it had last been seen. As we searched for the case, we did not consider it improper to be on our hands and knees, crawling around, and looking under things. I was desperate to keep my wife from feeling loss, and just as eager to keep Heidi and I out of hot water. When I asked the lady for assistance she commented that she had not seen anything and couldn’t stop to help. Hmmm! Hadn’t she asked what she could do to help just moments ago? I was a little upset that no one seemed to care, and was becoming more upset at the thought that someone may have taken it. We looked and looked and kept looking.
Then God showed me; we remain an unaffected bystander without LOVE.
“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:32-35 NKJV)
God is LOVE! God The Father was in The Son, with The Holy Spirit seeking the lost.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:18 NLT)
It is love for my family that compelled me to action. Love removed fear of embarrassment, as we crawled around the floor. Love broke the chains of polite reserve that might prevent me from asking strangers for help.
Love Takes Action!


In Light of What Happened At Granbury.

Morning Watch 5/17/13
We Have Hope
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NLT)
. . . Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion . . . So reassure one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 MSG)
We have this hope!