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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is a Blogger ever ready?

So I'm just a baby blogger in this new world I love, and I'm finding out that I am constantly changing things around. Don't get me wrong. I'm enjoying the learning experience! Shell at thingsicantsay gave me some good tips today(thanks Shell), and mamakat has a helpful tab for blog tips too! Thanks ladies. I'm thinking I will be in my confort zone soon...or will I? Is this normal behavior?? It's like trying on clothes. Which by the way, never goes very smoothly for me. Perhaps I have an issue with decision making? Well, one final decision I will make today...I'm very tempted to go dot com, and get my own little place out there. Home ownership is a wonderful thing! Will this blog just link right to it? How long have you been blogging? What made you fall in love with it?


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More coffee, please!

I read Exodus 2 last night. My “coffee" and a good book turned into a “book light" and a good book. That happens…

For those of you who missed my plan you can see my first blog on this topic HERE.
If you haven’t read chapter 2, go now and do it, and then come back so we can share what God is speaking to each of us.

So I was on the edge of my seat, and impatiently waiting to get back to the beginning scenes in the book of Exodus. There is so much to talk about in this brief chapter, that you may not read my post until much later today or even tonight. Just know that I am spending time with you in my heart with coffee first thing this morning.

After hiding her child for three months, Moses’ mother cannot keep her infant under wraps any longer. His parents make a heart wrenching decision to put him in a basket and send him down the river in the hopes of helping him escape the hands of Pharaoh.

As a mother of two boys, I cannot imagine what this must have been like for his parents. Not to eliminate pops from the scenario, but I have to tune into his mom at this point. It seems my mind is trained to go that way anyway. As a child you never heard anything about his dad, but he was in fact around. Exodus 2:1 says, “Now a man…married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.” Hebrews 11:23 tells us “By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born...” So dad was there too! Let’s not miss that. I never pictured dad in this scenario at all until now.
But before the end of verse 2 God moves on from the couple and goes straight to narrowing in on Moses’ mother. I think he has a fresh word for us as moms here!
God’s hand of protection in this next scene almost brings me to tears. After making a faithful decision to help her 3 month old baby escape the hands of his enemy, she places him in a basket and lets him go. Do I even have to ask how hard this would be for you? Honestly, I’m not sure if I could have done it. Faith or not. I will be honest, and say I struggle with control, and “letting go” (so to speak). But Moses’ mom truly gives it God. She knew no one could protect her son better than his heavenly daddy. Not her, not his earthly father, only God could protect him. That’s tough for me to swallow. In the end, no matter what we do to teach our children we need to commit them to their true parent, and let Him help us raise these men and women we have been given by His grace!

As if He didn’t miss a move, God steps in to take over! It seems Moses doesn’t get very far (or does he?) before Pharaoh’s daughter spots the basket, finds the baby, and Moses’ mother! The Bible doesn’t tell us how far the sister had to travel to find a “Hebrew woman” (v.7). Maybe she traveled a long way, or maybe she just had to go around the corner? Who knows! I want to imagine it being no time at all, as my heart is breaking for Moses’ mother who has just put her sweet baby boy in a basket and sent him down the river by faith(Hebrews 11:23), and has no idea what’s going to happen to him. In my mind I want to picture her suffering as little time as possible. So I’m imagining it happening fast! I’m not a theologist or bible scholar. I’m just a girl who loves the word of God. So maybe someone knows more on this subject than me, but this morning, I’m going with the idea there was a quick relief for her.
In a twist of fate Pharaoh’s sister comes back with “the baby’s mother” (v.8)! Moses’ mother got to be with her baby for what some scholars believe to be about three years (the customary amount of time a child would have been nursed back then). Not only did she get to be with him and nurse him, she got paid to do it as a hired nurse! The Bible then goes on to say that when he grew older she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. Again, heartbreaking, but at least she got to be with him for those precious years. Imagine thinking you would never see your sweet baby again, and then God steps in and brings you to a position that allows you to spend those precious toddler years with him! The years when they are sticky when they wake up in the morning, the years when they lay in your lap, and still need you. She got to see his first steps, hear his first words. She was able to see and hold him for three years. I guess if I had to choose, I would certainly want the 3 yrs. over 3 months!! Can I get an Amen?

This is what I want to point out to you this morning. One of my favorite books of all time is A Woman after God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. She talks about Jochebed (Moses’ mother) in her book, and the role she had in his life. Moses goes on to be a great leader of God’s people. George says, “Jochebed had baby Moses with her for probably only three brief years before he went to live in Pharaoh’s pagan household (Exodus 2). Yet this woman, who valued her role as a mother and was passionate about God and his truth, imparted enough of that truth to Moses in those few short years to help equip him to make serious choices for God later in life(Hebrews 11:23-29.” Wow!

When Moses grows older and goes to live with Pharaoh’s daughter he moves into a household that knows nothing about God! Let’s not take for granted the importance of teaching our children God’s word early.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Guess who spoke these words to God’s people? Moses! I have to imagine his mother played a part in these values.

After studying this portion of chapter 2, I want to trust God more in helping me raise my boys. He is in control of everything anyway, so I might as well co-parent with Him willingly! I can do this through prayer, being an example, and spending time teaching my boys about the Bible. I need to set a time aside to spend “God time” with them. We can see from Moses’ mother that it’s never too early to start teaching our kids about our Heavenly Father, and it’s never too late either!

Moses’ mother trusted God for protection and guidance, and she was able to be a small part of his life. Most of us will have our children until they grow up and marry, or move, or go on to do whatever it is God has planned for them. Let’s not waste it.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Coffee and a good book

This morning started out with a cup of coffee with vanilla creamer and a good book…The Bible. Last week I finished a Bible Study by Beth Moore, The Patriarchs-Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was an amazing journey of history through the book of Genesis with God and my sweet sisters I study with. Let me pause for minute…Just a quick “shout out” to the women of PRF! I love them, and they are like a lifeline to me through the year! If you’re not a member of small group where you can get into God’s word, and share with other women, find one, don’t be shy!

Okay, so back to what I was saying. The journey through the book of Genesis was a fresh outlook on classic childhood Bible stories. Ya know, the ones where you might have sat in front of a sweet little old lady, who sits next to a giant black felt board? As she told you the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, she places the paper doll of Joseph onto the board, and it would stick there in a sea of black and wonder. Did anyone else go to this Sunday school class? Well, these Old Testament stories can be overlooked as adults because we think we know them, and we tend to spend most of our time reading the New Testament. I realized over this past study that I was missing out! The study of Genesis was fresh, relatable, exciting, engaging, and left me wanting more! The perfection of God’s writing is amazing! 1 Timothy 2:16 says that “all scripture of God breathed”. Well, I want to inhale it! My new love for the Old Testament did not fade over the last week, and I’ve decided to take a journey further through book of Exodus. This is what the Zondervan NIV Student Bible has to say about the book of Exodus:

“The Israelites had endured nearly four hundred centuries of oppression-almost twice as long as the history of America as a nation-before liberation. So far as we know, during those years they received no direct communication from heaven. Surely God must have seemed silent.” (I cannot help but notice a parallel already! Did you know that four hundred years passed from the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New in Matthew {Malachi 1:6-7, 3:6-9, 2:10-17}? At which time God was also silent, until he began to set the plan for redemption in place with the birth of His son-Jesus Christ). Is God silent in your life? Well, He must have something wonderful in store! Take heart, and reach out to Him.

The Zondervan study Bible goes on to say that “As you read Exodus look for important lessons that apply to your life…Exodus contains much information about the nature of God…religious rituals with their many sacrifices and feasts seem strange to modern westerners, but they were not at all unusual then…they prepared they way for a redeemer who was greater than Moses: Jesus Christ.”

For the next 40 days-I will take a journey though the book of Exodus. There are 40 chapters, so I thought that would be perfect. I began this morning with a cup of coffee, and I’m already on the edge of my seat. Another childhood story will be made fresh with an adult perspective, as we begin to see the story of Moses set into place. Pharaoh has just ordered that all the Israelite boys will be killed (Exodus 1:22). Remember that image of Baby Moses? Well, let’s see how our image changes as we look through this book with the eyes of a mother. My heart is pounding already!

I hope you will join me!


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