Numbers 20

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This morning I was reading Numbers chapter 20 for my morning devotion time. You know, the time where you read and pray quietly in the wee hours of the morning before any one else is up? Well, in chapter 20 the sons of Israel are again complaining to Moses and Aaron that they have brought them out into the wilderness to die. They have no water. So Moses and Aaron fall on their faces before the tent of meeting. The Lord tells Moses to get his rod and go to speak to the rock (vs.8) and water would come forth for them and their animals.

Well, this is where I was surprised. In my memory, God told Moses to tap the rock once, and I thought that is why God punished Moses. Moses struck the rock twice and he yelled at the people. He called them rebels and said,”must we bring water out of this rock?” That sounds a little sarcastic to me. But God told him to speak to the rock and water would come out.

Then God tells Moses and Aaron that they didn’t believe Him and so now they would not be entering the Promised Land. Wow, that struck me right in the heart. Either you believe Him, or you don’t. Moses and Aaron were delivered an absolute.

This is a powerful lesson to be learned by Christians today.

because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11 : 6)

Do you believe God’s word?

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Feeble, Lacking In Resonance

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The other day I came to my desk and found a 3×5 index card. Written in childish handwriting was an interesting word with its definition.

Thin:

1. Not well fleshed

2. Lacking substance of strength

3. Flimsy and unconvincing

4. Something feeble, shrill and lacking in resonance.

I didn’t quite know what to make of this word and it’s definition, but it sure does describe how I feel sometimes as a Christian. I feel flimsy and unconvincing. I feel feeble, lacking substance or resonance. I later found out that one of the kids was trying to help another kid understand what the word thin means and had taken the trouble to look it up and write it down for them.

The good news though is that I am weak and lacking in substance. But in Christ my King, I am strong. I do not lack for anything through Christ Jesus. I don’t have to convince any body of anything. And if my voice is shrill, feeble or lacking in resonance, the Lord is still there to help me walk the path He has chosen for me.

Do you feel thin? In Christ you are complete, and whole. Being well fleshed is the last thing you want to be. Wont you call upon the One that created you to fill you up?

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Love ya,

Karen

In the beginning, God…

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

Such a simple verse, but packed full of promise, wonder, and amazing love.

 

I grew up in a non-Christian home, had non-Christian friends and went to a non-Christian school. Oh, that’s right, all government schools are non-Christian…

Since I grew up with all of this non-Christian influence, you can imagine what kinds of things filled my head. The schools did their best to make me believe that I descended from apes, and that everything was created millions of years ago. I didn’t challenge this thought or even really think about it too much. In every science class there were posters plastered to the walls showing me how evolution brought us to modern man. You don’t believe in a literal 6 day creation, do you?

 

Even all these years later, I didn’t really think about how to teach creation to my kids, until recently. We homeschool our four kids and when it came time to purchase books for science, I was at a loss. Every resource I found had pictures of the big bang theory and the millions of years theory. It wasn’t until last year that I discovered for myself through the Bible, how to teach Creationism to our kids. Crazy, right?

 

I have been doing an inductive bible study by Kay Arthur for the last year, and I love the simple approach to it. I discovered that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Well, that gave me such a big relief, that is where you start! In the beginning. Do I believe that God created everything, or not? Yes, I do believe that God created everything in 6 days. And on the 7th day He rested.

Thank you Lord for showing me that I need to know what I believe, and trust your Word. I do believe that You created everything under the sun and over the sun and around the sun.. You get the picture.

 

 

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

 

 

She Speaks Conference

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God has made some changes in my life since the last time I wrote. It has been so long since I blogged about what He has been doing in my life. I know that trying to win a contest is hardly the reason to start-up again. I am going to do it anyway.

She Speaks

We moved to a small rural town in Iowa last October and we have truly been blessed. The Lord brought us to a place where most people would never choose to live. There is nothing wrong with our little town. But it is little. That is the only reason other people would never choose to live here on purpose.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

“Narrow is the gate and few there be that find it.”

Do any of these verses sound familiar to you? The last one is in the movie Facing the Giants. I love thinking about the assistant coach telling the young man how to kick the ball through the goal post. It really makes me smile. But it also rings true in my ears when I wonder about the path that we have been on. What is God’s plan for us here?

There is a small group of hungry believers here. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we as a family could be useful to God in these few lives? Every life is precious and even if we only were to reach one new believer, God would be delighted.

Since we have moved here, we have been attending a wonderful country church. There is an amazing sense of love for each other that I have never felt anywhere. Our kids love going there and cry if we have to miss because some one is sick. Truly, God has brought us to a place where we really feel like we can be a part of the church family. He has also laid down before us the opportunity to start a small church in the town we live in. There are even a few people who have expressed interest in attending and this would be wonderful. So which one do we choose? Do we go where it is all ready done and we can just cruise in and enjoy all of the blessings that are there? Or do we choose the narrow path and pick up the challenge that has been laid before us?

My husband has heard the call to be a pastor for years now, I know that he will be a gifted teacher and come along side to share in joys and burdens. What am I going to do? I am the shy introverted girl who just wants to quietly serve in the background. I know what is expected of a pastor’s wife. This is a place in my heart that I know I am being attacked. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. I will rest in Him.

If the Lord is going to use me in ministry, then I really need some education! I would love the opportunity to go to the She Speaks Conference in North Carolina to explore all three of the ways that a woman speaks. Thank you for giving me something to write about and I hope that the Lord will speak to me in a way that would give me strength to share with you.  God bless.

Karen

Blessed be the name of the Lord…

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Today has been a day of great struggle for me. Patience has not come easily but, the Lord has been faithful. Though the clouds be heavy and the storm ever weary, Blessed be the name of the Lord!

 

I have read so many great blogs today. Some people might find their blogs unimportant, but they are so useful. It is an opportunity to share things in a personal way that you wouldn’t otherwise feel compelled to do.

I have read about heartache and sadness. At the end of it all though, the Lord has a way to bring each and every one of the people that were affected a sense of hope and a renewal in their love for the Lord. I feel the blessing that may not even be known has been given, and for that I would like to say thank you to everyone that took a leap of faith, and shared their love for the Lord.

Trust in the Lord…

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

In All your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

If my path is unclear, I need only to look to this verse and see what is missing. I must not be trusting in the Lord. I must not be leaning on Him. I must not be acknowledging Him in All my ways. Thank you Lord for this clear picture of Your love and care for me.

Recognizing the Signs….

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I was reading in Matthew 24 today and I came across several verses that tied together and really came alive for me. I don’t pretend to know when the Lord will come again, but these verses give me comfort.

Matthew 24:15

Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)

vs. 16    Then those who are in Judea must flee into the mountains.

I just finished reading Revelation a couple of weeks ago so this immediately jumped out at me as the Remnant left of Israel.

vs. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

vs. 29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, ANDTHE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

vs. 30  And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

After I read that a couple of verses down vs. 32 stood out and I felt alerted to something new.

vs. 32 Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;

vs. 33  so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

I don’t need to wonder or worry or speculate when will He return. First of all I know that He will. Secondly I know that first the SUN MUST BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL FROM THE SKY. THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY. He will come on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Amen.