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He Provides.

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This week has been a doozy. 

But I think it's been that way for a lot of mamas. Something must be in the air. Because I'm pretty sure most of my friends' kids are also are boycotting naps/getting sick/acting a fool this week. Seriously. Something must be in the air. 

And it's not just the mamas either. My friends who work outside of the home have also had interestingly difficult weeks. Again... I'm pretty sure something is in the air because there is a whole lot of crazy going around. And I'm hearing a theme in my conversations this week that goes something like this: Exhaustion. Confusion. Frustration. More Exhaustion. 

Like I mentioned in my last post, I've been studying Joshua. And once again... something spoke to my heart. Joshua 5: 10-12 says this,

"While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year."

While the Israelites were wandering, God provided food for them in the form of manna. But once the Israelites arrived in Gilgal, the manna stopped. Yet they didn't go hungry!

And it hit me... God's provision for His people didn't stop, it just took on a different form.

He provided a safe way through the Jordan river and in a few chapters we see Him deliver Jericho into their hands. His manna might have stopped falling from the heavens, but instead he provided manna from the ground. 

I think sometimes when our season of life changes and thus God's provision for our life changes, we get thrown off a bit. It's tempting to accuse God of withholding our daily manna when in fact, He's still providing! Its just through different means!

I feel like that's a lesson I'm learning even through parenting. How quickly our children grow and we enter into different seasons of parenting! And as I flounder through, ahem... enter each new phase, I need a new mercies to be able to love and guide our girls. I'll be honest with you. In this new season, most days I'm tired. Some days I'm frustrated. And almost everyday I feel like a fish out of water. It's all new and I have ZERO clue what I'm doing. But as I read that passage I was reminded that Jehovah-Jireh, God provides. Always. His provision might not look like what I'm used to, or how He's provided in past seasons... But nonetheless He provides. 

So whether your day is full of dirty diapers and moments like these...

Or if your day is full of meetings and spreadsheets and other frustrations...

...Through the wilderness, through the river, and into battle...

Jehovah-Jireh. 

He Provides. 

Much love y'all,

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Remember

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It’s almost not Tuesday anymore. I get it. I’m kinda late for my Truth for Tuesday. And speaking of late... I’m not going to even acknowledge my lack of blogging the last week or so. Nope. Not gonna do it.  I’m just gonna pretend my lapse didn’t happen and jump right in with the hopes you either (a) didn't notice or (b) are quick to forgive. ;) Deal? Deal. Good. 

So it's Tuesday... and there are phases of life that are cloudy, busy, blurry. This season in particular seems to be that way for a lot of folks just trying to “make it” through the holidays. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets tired from just looking at my calendar. Don’t get me wrong… I ADORE Christmas, but sometimes… Ok a lot of times… It’s easy to get caught up in it all and it’s hard to find the time to sit and reflect.

This week as I was reading Joshua, one passage really stuck out to me. The story is quite the interesting one. Moses was dead, and the Lord appointed Joshua to lead His people into the land that the Lord promised them. After having some spies go and check out the land (& being hidden and thus saved by a prostitute), they come back and report that the land has indeed been given to them by the Lord. So the Israelites led by Joshua, decided to travel to the land but in order to do so, they had to cross over the Jordan river. And there is a lot of GREAT things about the next part of the story, but I’m going to stick to one key aspect so forgive my brevity in saying that God, in His infinite power split the Jordan river and allowed the entire nation of Israel to cross over on dry land unharmed and untouched by the water.

Crazy I know.  

But here’s the part that I love.

After the ENTIRE nation crossed over the Jordan, God commanded them to take 12 stones from the Jordan and lay them as a memorial in Gilgal, the place where they stayed. Interesting/Weird right? It’s kind of a odd request to the naked eye. But we’re not left hanging. Joshua explains by saying to the Israelites,

"When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea …so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever." Josh. 4:21-24

And it struck a chord in my soul.

The Lord was COMMANDING the people to set up things in their life to remind them of His mighty works. And not just the folks who experienced it, but their children and their children’s children. He commands them to make a memorial, to REMEMBER.

Here’s the deal. I think sometimes we get so caught up in looking ahead that we forget to look behind. It’s easy to get stressed out by lists of things that need to get done, gifts to buy, church events to attend, school plays, sports, ministry, and the list goes on and on and on.  That’s why I love advent. It is a great opportunity to look back on a mighty Savior and His mighty works. Don’t get me wrong, it can easily become another thing on the list to cross off. I have to fight against it. But when I’m able to sit and remember, it does my soul good and I see why the Lord commanded the Israelites to place those stones in Gilgal. It wasn’t because God needed them to remember. The verse doesn't say "so that GOD will be delighted that people remembered Him." No. It says "so that ALL the people of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty."

The reminder is for US, not Him. He wants us to remember for our OWN good, not His.

Because when we remember that we serve a mighty God who parts seas for us, it’s easier to rest in His sovereign hand. It’s easier to believe that He is indeed good.  It is easier for our hardened hearts to soften towards our Maker.

So in this season of advent, as we look back to the birth and work of Christ, let me encourage you to look back to Scripture to see what He as done for you and for mankind. But also, let me encourage you to look back in your own life and in the life of your church. Look for His hand and remember. Remember His mighty works. Remember when he dried up the waters and led you across the Jordan river. Remember... & tell someone about it. Talk about His mighty works in your homes and with your friends. Tell us on your blogs or in the comments here. I don't care what medium you choose, just in this season of business, carve out some time to REMEMBER.  Remember His mighty hand. 

Much love & Merry Christmas,

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Posted on December 3, 2013 and filed under Truth for Tuesday, Spiritual Journey.

Truth for Tuesday: The Good Father

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Before kids, I used to get so annoyed whenever someone with kids would say, "I've learned so much about God through parenting." It really was SO annoying, because I felt like it inferred that I would never learn that aspect of God without going through that same life experience. I was like... WHAT IF I NEVER HAVE KIDS?! Am I just going to miss out on better understanding that aspect of God? I also hated it when people said that about marriage... I felt left out and excluded. Anyways... sorry for the rant BUT my point is, I'm going to be one of those people today & I'm sorry it really chafes your bum. I get it. I understand. But I am not trying to leave you out or exclude you. I do not believe that God can only reveal this portion of himself through parenting... so please don't assume that's what I mean. But I can tell you this... the Lord is definitely using children in my life to show me His love for me as a kind father. He can reveal that part of His character in any way he sees fit, but to me, He's doing it right now through parenting.  

I'll be watching the girls play together and I'm just overwhelmed with love and adoration, and the Lord brings Scripture to mind, "Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:13).  

Then, my heart breaks when my girls get mad at me when I'm simply not allowing them to eat poison, chew on cords, play with sharp objects, or simply tell them no. Really... it's quite dramatic when things are taken away from them. But then I hear myself say aloud, "It's for your good, my child. It's for YOUR good." And I'm reminded of His love and how often he's had to say no or take things away for my good, even though I didn't understand it. He whispers to me, "This is you. You wanted ______, but I knew it would be harmful to you. I didn't take it away because of spite, but out of love. For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights(Prov. 3:12). 

And then I see His kindness when I'm giving one child medicine and not the other. It's really funny. The girls love most medicines. They LOVE it. Like seriously adore it. So when I give one child tylenol and not the other... World War 3 commences and we have a stage 5 temper tantrum. It sounds horrible, but it's really quite funny. And as much as I try to rationalize with my 13 month old... she doesn't really care that she doesn't have a fever... she wants the dang drugs. And again, I see them and I hear myself whining to God, "You're giving them THIS and you're withholding from me?!" and He whispers, "I am the good Shepherd and I know my sheep (John 10:3), and I am the Lord God who is a sun and shield; I will give grace and glory; no good thing will I withhold from them that walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11)." And I am reminded that the Good Shepherd knows His sheep, and He knows me and what I need and don't need, and He will NOT withhold good things from those who walk with Him. 

I knew all these things before having children, but the Lord has made these things REAL for me as I'm acting them out. As I leverage my life for my girls, I am reminded of the ultimate Father who did more than just leverage His life for His children... He gave it away. When I delight in my children's smiles and giggles, I am reminded that I have a heavenly Father who delights in my joy as well. As I'm starting to discipline the girls, I'm gently shown that the Lord disciplines those that He loves, and it's out of care and kindness, not a rule-based system for kicks and giggles.  

These things and so much more are truths that I'm being reminded of via parenting. And I am so thankful for it. I pray that if you are a child of God, you are encouraged by these verses listed above, because believer you are loved... you are so very loved. Yall have a great Tuesday!

 

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