I’ve been working on my blog and in the process have come across a number of interesting posts from the past. I think you’ll enjoy rereading this one that is combined with a video. I hope you enjoy it…and find it helpful.
Friday was the last day of our VBS. Since it was also 5 minute Friday, I let that take precedence over this post. A week has passed since that happened. Wow! A lot has happened since then. We were in Austin visiting family, my site experienced many technical difficulties, yada, yada… Now I’m back, so we’ll continue where we left off a week ago Friday.
Friday of VBS, we finished the book of Esther. Friday was the end. It was the day our 12 kids were flying high. They were also trying to get in the points so their team could win! We didn’t have any new Bible verses to learn that day. It was all review and learn extra credit verses. So that is what they worked on during pauses…one at a time! Now, the rest is up to GOD. Do you think He can handle it?
GOD’S PEOPLE PRAISE GOD FOR THEIR PROTECTION
Scripture Passage: Esther 8:15-10:3
Scripture Memory: Review verses for the week
Extra Credit: Psalm 9:1-11 (NIV)
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
8 and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
At the end of Day 5, we had a short program for the parents as they picked up the kids…followed by ice cream treats. For many of the kids in our group, this is their last year to participate in VBS…at our church.
Have you ever read the book of Esther? If you haven’t, or it has been a long time, take a few minutes and read it. It will take less time than it takes to watch a sitcom. It is really only 9 full chapters. The 10th has only 3 verses! Do you know what is so memorable about this book? It never once mentions GOD’s name, but His sovereign providence is seen everywhere in the many apparent coincidences that occur.
Stop and read it, or better yet, sit down and read it with your family. It is a great story and one that will encourage your heart!
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The struggle I have, and truthfully, always have
Has been to learn to live beyond me, beyond myself.
I want to live within my easy borders.
I don’t want to stretch too hard beyond my limits of endurance.
I love comfort, peace, calm. I’m sure I’m not alone.
Yes, I’ve lived outside my comfort zone many times, but I don’t seek it out.
I think that is why GOD has often placed me in places where I must stretch.
He knows I won’t naturally go there.
Often I get into those places totally unexpectedly.
Think about parenting…or even marriage.
I dreamed of those two things from the time I was a little girl.
Granted, both were great in many delightful ways.
However, that first fight after being married was no fun…
Or the times I realized I was stubborn, really stubborn…and didn’t want to change.
And the first week after coming home from the hospital with baby #1.
Is there anything that can prepare you for the weariness of body and brain?
I don’t think so. I thought I would never, ever sleep again. But I did!
There were other years that were difficult too.
Transition years…when we thought we would never find a job.
Pulpit committees were having opposite findings re my husband and his abilities.
One week he was too this, the next month, too that (opposite trait).
He hadn’t changed. STOP
Were we where GOD wanted us?
What was GOD doing? We couldn’t understand why it had to be so difficult.
We wanted to serve Him. Somewhere. Anywhere.
Among the many things He was doing then was humbling us. No, we’re not there yet!
He was developing patience in us…and it only comes one way!
Through trials, difficulty.
We had to learn to wait, and trust GOD!
Always, when our endurance seemed like something that was beyond us…
He provided for our needs through many means, usually jobs at just the right time.
His faithfulness has been amazing!
It is good to know that He is in control of all that happens in our lives.
Nothing takes Him by surprise. We are His people.
At times, I feel like a misfit. I probably am!
Slowly, I have realized it isn’t always a bad thing.
I don’t fit into easy categories.
I don’t think like most people.
There are reasons for that.
But I can rejoice because even though I may not fit,
God is making me into a special person for Him.
But you are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
I Peter 1:9-10
I’m grateful God keeps working in my life, and most of all,
That He has shown mercy to me and the rest of us that He is drawing to Himself.
The Day when we, His special, chosen, holy people will stand before Him in glory.
Won’t it be fantabulously glorious?
That’s right! Today is 5 minute Friday! The rules are simple.
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I sing songs like, “More Love to Thee, O Christ” and many others with a similar message.
But honestly, I’m not sure I love Him in the way I need to.
You know, that joyful, contented way of being satisfied not only with Him,
But with the gifts He gives…all of them.
Is Jesus enough?
If “all” I had was Jesus like fellow believers in many parts of the world, would I be satisfied?
I’ve always been a rather “antsy” person.
I have difficulty sitting still. I was a finger sucker/ nail biter until age 14.
I seem to always have something nearby that I am messing with.
My brain is often running at 100 miles an hour…now it’s maybe only running at 90.
When it is time for bed at night, I have difficulty turning it off!
I thought my uniqueness extended there and sitting still and being content was something I wouldn’t experience.
I have though. I have experienced periods of contentment.
With age and less energy available to “change the world”,
I have come to see that contentment with Jesus is something I need to develop at a deeper level. STOP
Logically, when I think through all He is and has done, I find much to be content about.
It’s just that when I look at my life, I always seem to find things that I wish were there.
I wish my children lived closer. I wish this. I wish that. I want to change this or that.
There is always something. I certainly don’t think it is a problem with Jesus.
I think it’s me. I haven’t learned to be content.
I need to find fulfillment in my relationship with Christ and the things He has provided…
Because I know one thing
Jesus IS enough! Whether I feel it or not.
JESUS. IS. ENOUGH.
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