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Feeling Hurt by the Ones You Love?

Genesis 45:8 biblegateway.com

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Many people feel betrayed and hurt by the ones they love. Joseph is a great example of how God can use those hurts for good and for His glory.

Joseph was attacked by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison, and treated unfairly for a good portion of his life.

He could easily let self pity consume him. He could have felt sorry for himself, but instead, he looked to God for help, kept hoping in the midst of his trials, and kept faith that God would deliver him.

God used all of Joseph’s trials to save Israel from starvation. His brothers came to Egypt, seeking grain and food. Joseph was in charge of the distribution. He recognized his brothers, but they didn’t recognize him.

Joseph tested his brothers to see if they had changed, or if they were still the rebellious gangsters who had beaten him. After a little fun with them, he breaks down in tears, and tells them that it wasn’t them that sent him to Egypt, but God:

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

It is possible that God is using our circumstances to bring about His purpose. Keep looking to God for deliverance, and forgive the ones that have caused you grief and trouble. Maybe it was God’s way of bringing you to a place where you can help others?

Dear God, help me to see the big picture. I am so nearsighted. I know that You have a plan and a purpose and that Your will prevails. You always do what is right. Help me to forgive others, and accept the circumstances in my life that have brought me to You. You work all things out for good for those who are called according to Your purpose, for those who love You. Thank You! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

PS:  This link is a wonderful study on Joseph, with a free coloring page: http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/forgiveness-from-his-sunflower-with-free-coloring-page/

Also, my sister called me, and told me how she picked some sunflowers for her primary kids, and told them how sunflower heads are bright, happy looking, and face the sun. That is how we should be. We need to stay focused on God, turning to Him in all our troubles.

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Still Small Voice:

1 Kings 19:11-14 (King James Version) Bible Gateway

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Elijah was feeling alone. He was a prophet of God during the reign of an evil King and Queen.

Elijah was not alone. God was with him, and soon, “Elisha” would be a faithful companion.

When I read this verse, I think of ‘the still small voice’ of God, and how He wasn’t in the earthquake, or the great strong wind, or the fire.

Elijah heard that whisper of God, covered his face, and stood at the entrance of the cave he was in.

God asked Elijah what he was doing in the cave?

Then God gave Elijah some specific directions of things he should do.

He would anoint a king and a prophet. He was also told by God that there were 7,000 faithful people who had not bowed their knees to Baal, a false god.

Elijah obeyed God, and did as he was told.

I look for God in the miraculous events, but He is also in the every day events that whisper His presence. New birth, healing, restoration, deliverance, sometimes happen in uneventful ordinary ways over a period of time, unassuming.

The birth of Jesus is an example. He was born in a small stable to people who were not well known, and he chose common fishermen, and men of little renown, to carry His message to the world.

Look for God in the little whispers. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Thank You, God, for this passage of scripture. Help us to hear Your voice, listen, and follow Your commands. I know there are many people who love You, and I pray for Your protection and encouragement. I pray for Your help, and for Your will to be done. It is an encouragement to know that You are with us, and that You are the director of all men. Your purpose will prevail. Amen.

-Dawn-

Spiritual Blindness:

John 9:1-6  Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

This is such a great story of Jesus healing a man born blind.

First, Jesus sees the man.

Then, we are presented with the disciple’s question of whether this man was born blind because of his parents, or because of his own sins?

I love the answer Jesus gives, that this man has been born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

In an unconventional way, the blind man is healed. Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud with His saliva, and puts it on the man’s eyes! Jesus tells the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.

The man does as Jesus says, and goes home seeing!

This isn’t the end of the story, because it also happened on the Sabbath. When religious leaders find out that the man who was blind from birth can see, they are angry. They go as far as to say that Jesus can’t be from God, because He didn’t keep the Sabbath.

The religious leaders exasperate the man who was healed, and interrogate him, and hurl insults at him. Finally the man who can now see, sensationally refutes the Pharisees.

The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

I am reminded of “Spiritual Blindness”. — Many people refuse to believe, though they have been presented with the evidence.

I pray, Dear God, that we would be men and women of faith, and that we would shine with Your light in this world. Help us to see the needs of others, and help them. I am so thankful for Your willingness to die on our behalf. You died for us while we were yet sinners, and spiritually blind. Open our eyes to the truth, and keep us from being deceived. I pray for workers for the harvest. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

-Dawn-

Throw Off Sin:

 Hebrews 12: 1-3:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We can get so ‘tangled’ up in sin.

I watched a spider through our kitchen window, one evening. It built a magnificent web. It was a huge ‘popcorn’ or ‘chicken’ spider.

Soon, a fly was trapped in the web, and the spider quickly confronted the captive. He began wrapping him up with a continuous web, until the fly was encased, and completely entangled.

Many people are oblivious to ‘webs’. I am sure the fly was not expecting that sticky web to capture him, but it did. It also brought him to a terrible end.

We need to be aware of our enemy, the devil. He is on the hunt, looking for someone to devour! Once trapped in sin, He makes quick work to encase us in it, and entrap us, making it almost impossible to get out of it.

We luckily have a man of action, who cares enough to rescue us from the devil. Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Rescuer!  He knows what it is like to be surrounded by His enemies. He endured the cross, He endured opposition from sinners. He also conquered all these things, and is an example, and a mentor, that we can fix our eyes on, so that we do not become weary and lose heart.

He knows how to escape the devil’s web, and is willing to help us, and deliver us from it too.

God’s Word is a great weapon against sin. Psalm 119:11, tell us, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” 

Know your enemy’s tactics, put on your armor, and put God’s Word in your heart. Don’t become weary, keep your eyes on the prize, and remember what Jesus endured for our sake.

Dear God, I am feeling weary. I pray for your strength and help, and keep me from being deceived. Direct my paths, and keep my mind and heart on You, on the joy that is to come. Forgive me of all my sins, and keep me in Your care. Thank You for giving me victory through Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Broken Sea Glass:

mosaics416  Isaiah 53:4,5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I am back from a trip to the Pacific Coast, and from my son’s aviation camp.

It was an extraordinary time of reflection, fun, and new experiences.

I was able to walk the beach, enjoy sunsets, take my dog for walks, and look for treasures from the sea, among other things.

I wasn’t aware of ‘sea glass’, before this trip. Sea glass is broken shards of glass that are tossed and turned by the sea. They look ‘frosted’ and their edges are smooth. Their color is usually brought out by the constant abrasion of the sand, sun, and churning of the glass. Cobalt blues, emerald greens, soft whites, browns, and many other colors can be found. Some glass is from rare, old objects, and can be very valuable.

Crafty people make beautiful objects with this glass. Mosaics, mirrors, lights, and concrete are decorated with it.

How can brokenness be so beautiful?

At Communion, broken bread is eaten, in remembrance of the broken body of Jesus. He was ‘broken’ for us. He took our punishment, our sins, our iniquity, and His brokenness brought about something beautiful! — Our salvation and redemption.

Some of us are broken, and it is hard to see the beauty of God’s handiwork in this world. It is very possible that your brokenness is bringing about something very beautiful, and is being used for a greater purpose than you can imagine right now.

Maybe the colors of your tapestry include dark threads of a hard life. Those dark colors are needed, as well as the colorful ones, to bring about the beautiful life that God has planned. Darkness exposes the highlights in a picture. God is a great designer, creator, and builder, and can change brokenness into something beautiful!

Dear God, I thank You that You showed me that brokenness can be beautiful. Many people are broken and wounded, today, and You can sympathize with them, because Jesus was broken, wounded, and bruised too. You raised Jesus from the dead, and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He didn’t stay broken. He was resurrected, changed, and made immortal. Even the ugliness of death is made beautiful with Your promise that we will be raised up with Christ. Thank You for hope, comfort, and peace. Thank You for everything. Amen. In the Name of Jesus.

-Dawn-

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Carnal or Spiritual; Death or Life:

 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6

Definition of CARNAL from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary:
a :  relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites
b :  marked by sexuality <carnal love>

God’s Word stands. It is a promise to us. In this verse, we are advised that a carnal mind is death. A mind filled with crude sexual pleasures and appetites is death.

We are bombarded in the news, in movies, in the various forms of media, with people sporting a carnal mind. Even in politics, the message that is forced upon us is that we should live a carnal lifestyle, and accept it. Maybe politicians don’t read or react to God’s Word, but it is clear that this nature and mindset is death.

What is life and peace?—To be spiritually minded.

Here are some of the definitions for spiritual:

1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural: spiritual power.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul: spiritual guidance; spiritual growth.
3. Not concerned with material or worldly things: led a spiritual life.
4. Of or belonging to a religion; sacred: spiritual practices; spiritual music.
The Words of Jesus in Matthew 4:4: 
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoeverthings are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoeverthings are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

It is important what we think. It leads to life and peace, or death.

Let us be Spiritually minded, and have life and peace!

Dear God, I pray that You would help me to think on good, lovely, honest, virtuous, praiseworthy, and ‘just’ things. Fill my mind with spiritual songs. Help me to meditate on Your Words. Keep me from evil thoughts and a carnal mind. Thank You for Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. In the name of Jesus, amen.

-Dawn-

I am going to be gone for a week, but will return, God willing, with some stories of my adventures.

May God be with you all and may He encourage you in your faith.

What are the Requirements?

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26,27

Every two years, I have to get a physical to keep up my Class A CDL Driver’s License.

Two years went by really fast since the last time I saw a doctor.

In a Department of Transportation physical, your eyes are checked, your hearing, blood pressure, blood sugar, and you are checked for color blindness. Your liver is checked for swelling, and you are asked many questions about previous health conditions on a form. You are asked about any substance abuse or mental problems.

You have to meet all the requirements, or else you cannot drive a vehicle over 26,000 pounds on the Interstate.

I met all the requirements, and won’t have to have another physical for a couple years!

What are the requirements of true religion?

We are to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world! It is difficult to live in this world, without being affected by the sin in it.

Each day we need to put on the full armor of God, and have His Holy Spirit within us, so that we can extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one. It is not easy to pass the true religion test. We are offered forgiveness when we fail.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

With God’s Spirit in us, there is a doctor in the house, and He is the greatest Physician of them all!

Thank You, God, for giving us the armor we need to live in this world. You have given us salvation, faith, righteousness, truth, and peace. You have given us Your Word, which is the sword of the Spirit. With this armor, and Your great help, we can extinguish those fiery darts that the evil one throws at us. I pray that You would give me a right Spirit within me, to be wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove. Help me to not be deceived. I pray for Your guidance in helping others. There are many widows and orphans, and this world needs Your help. I pray for Your presence, and for the means and the wisdom to know how to help those who are in distress. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-