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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't miss the miracles!

This morning I’m pulling a double duty post. I wanted to catch up my study of Exodus and Pour my heart Out, so this will kill two birds with one stone. That’s allowed, right?

I’m through chapter 11 now, and the message I kept hearing on my heart while reading was “Don’t miss the miracles”! As I read through these last chapters (3-11), I just couldn’t believe that Pharaoh would continuously ignore the signs of God over and over. Then I realized that I do the same thing.

After each plague the Lord sends over Egypt to open the heart of Pharaoh, and persuade Him to let the Israelites go into the desert and worship, Pharaoh's heart remains closed to God.

 In Exodus 7:22 it says that “Pharaoh’s heart became hard”. Exodus 8:15 says “he hardened his heart and would not listen”. Exodus 9:7 says Pharaoh’s heart was “unyielding”. After each plague, a miraculous sign from God, was sent against Egypt, Pharaoh refused to acknowledge the creator of Heaven of Earth (Genesis 1:1) and the one for whom and through everything exists (Hebrews 2:10).

When I did a little word study on the word "hard" I found its synonyms to have more significance-impenetrable, troublesome, difficult to deal with, oppressive-just to name a few.

I realize plagues and mass destruction aren't normally considered miracles in our minds. We associate the word miracle with something good. These plagues are something bad, right? Well, the definition of miracle, according to dictionary.com, is an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. So you see, miracles can be good or bad in our eyes. They are just what cannot be explained in human terms. What I like to call "God things".



I don't want a heart hardened to the miracles in my life. A heart that is hardened by the worries and stresses of life. Sometimes it seems hard to sift through the surface of things and find God at work. However, today I want to be reminded of the miracles He has given me...

Here a just a few.

It seems unexplainable(miraculous) to have a roof over our heads with beds, A/C, and the advantages of modern technology in the same world where some live here...


It seems miraculous to have a fridge full of food in the same world where many children will not eat today.




It seems miraculous to be given the miracle of motherhood, not once but twice, in the same world that many women struggle with infertility.



(My sweet baby boy just 6 weeks old)

(My big man on his very first day in the world)


It seems miraculous to have married my best friend when so many stay lonely, and never find true love.


(My fave wedding pic of us. Simple, yet telling.)

It seems miraculous that I'm blessed with the freedom to homeschool my children in the same world many children grow up in communism and go to a school like this...


I want a soft heart to God's miracles in my life.
So how can we keep our focus in times when other worries and stresses seem to take over our hearts?

1. Prayer-ask him daily to soften your heart and keep your eyes on the miracles in your life.

2. Mediate on scripture that reminds you of his promises and goodness.
One of my absolute favorites is Jeremiah 29:11(in case you haven't noticed).
Go to Biblegateway.com and search the word "promise". You'll find countless scriptures that remind us.

3. Don't take your miracles for granted.
-Play with your kids, spend quality time with them. Turn off the laptop and blog later.
-Take pride in your home, even if it's a "shoebox" like mine, that doesn't ever seem big enough, and never stays clean.
-complain less (Philippians 2:14)
-be positive
-do something sweet and unexpected for your husband.

It may seem like a stretch to compare the plagues of the book of Exodus this way, but that's what God has been doing for me lately. I have found the Old Testament to be relatable, and I hope you will too. This post isn't to share with you something that I have figured out or succeed in all the time. This is a reminder for me today! If in sharing my reminder, you find encouragement, then I'm happy!


Thanks for reading. If you feel like pouring your heart out here's how...

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12 Comments:

At June 16, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I love your list! It's so true that we often miss the miracles b/c we are looking at the bad or waiting for a "big" miracle. But, there is such beauty in the everday miracles.

Thanks for linking up!

 
At June 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

Amen and I love this. You are so wise here. Thank you so much.
I feel a little like you do about miracles. When "bad" things happen with think it is not a miracle but it is. Many people would think it is awful to have a disabled child but to me having one has been the biggest miracle of my life. It has really helped me and made me better etc. Thank you so much for your words today.

 
At June 16, 2010 at 2:24 PM , Blogger We 2 Bees said...

I love your list! Thank you for pouring your heart out! I was complaining and feeling stressed today and your post totally spoke to my heart! It's so important to focus on the good and somedays it's just so hard to remember to do that! Miracles come in all shape and sizes and what a great reminder! I'm your newest follower as well!

 
At June 16, 2010 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

Wow!!! Thanks for this reminder to look for miracles!!! I have been looking for this very thing lately...just didn't know where to start. Thanks for being God's word for me!!! :)

 
At June 16, 2010 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Cameron said...

Wow I love this!! What an encouragement to read this today!!

 
At June 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

What an excellent post Adrienne! Including the pictures really brings things to life. We have so much to be grateful for! Thank you for sharing this! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

 
At June 17, 2010 at 12:30 AM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Hey Adrienne! I just wanted to add that my Thanksgiving button is ready if you wanted to do that. I know you mentioned it last week. But quite frankly, this post today is so beautiful, I would leave it up for a few days! There are miracles all around us, if we would only take a look. This is one of those posts to put under favorites my bloggy pal! :)

Mama Hen

 
At June 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Good morning! I know about the code, and it is coming. Just cut and paste for now and highlight and add link. A couple extra steps, but it only takes a minute. Have a great day!

Mama Hen

 
At June 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

This is really a beautiful post. I'm having a rough day, and this made me remember to count my blessings and see God's gifts as just that. Thanks for brightening up my day :)

 
At June 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Holly said...

Your list is beautiful and spot on. My Mother in Law travel to India and Malaysia and is always telling us how much we have...I know it is true and need to give thanks for it more often.

 
At June 18, 2010 at 7:53 PM , Anonymous Misty said...

As always I love your post! I enjoy watching God work through you. May God continue to bless you for being an encouragent to others and shinning your light for Him. I think you are one amazing little girl. Now come on and keep reading the Bible to us...

 
At August 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is almost embarrassing to see how blessed we are and how rotten much of the world has it. I have a friend who started a school in the Phillipines to help the dump children. They collect garbage and sell it on the street to help support their families. Glad you are doing this in blogging world. Think of how many people you are reaching from your own computer! Go into all the world. Yeah God!--Beth

 

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