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Supporting one another

So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:10‭-‬12 NKJV

This wasn’t about Moses getting even.

Joshua wasn’t picking this fight.

These were God’s people trying to go where He called them and instead of helping them, Amalek chose this opportunity to attack God’s people while they were on the way.

Already, the people of Israel had complained about no food.

So, God provided Manna.

Then they complained about no water.

So, God provided, from the rock, water.

Now, they are being attacked.

So, God provides an incredible picture of people supporting and encouraging one another through days of great peril.

Moses told Joshua what to do and he didn’t hesitate, but obeyed.

Moses went up on the mountain and stood with his hands raised to God.

(Have you ever tried holding your hands up in the air for a long time? It’s not easy.)

But when Moses’s hands lowered the battle began to go poorly.

Thus, Aaron and Hur got a stone for Moses to sit on…

“And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

Wow.

Talk about tangible support.

No easy task, but so needed.

What about Joshua?

He’s the one literally fighting the enemy, whose out to kill and destroy them all.

So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Exodus 17:13 NKJV

God is the Reason for the victory.

Both then and today.

Then, He gave Joshua and the children of Israel victory over their enemies.

Later, God’s Son came to earth to save all from sin.

(Doesn’t the picture of Moses’s outstretched arms point to Christ and His arms, stretched out on the cross?)

Through His sacrifice, we can have victory in Jesus.

But we still have an enemy, whose out to destroy us in one way or another.

Thus, God gives us the body of Christ.

Not just for our support and encouragement, but also for us to be that support and encouragement of others as well.

This story shows us the beautiful way we as followers of Christ are to lift up one another, especially in prayer.

For the days are full of peril for many throughout our world.

And what a privilege it is to lovingly support others in anyway available.

Romans 12:10 KJV — Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this beautiful story of Moses, Aaron, Hur, and Joshua. Lord, please help us to see those opportunities to lift up one another. Lord, help us to be diligent to prefer one another in all things, looking to build up those around us. Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your love and faithfulness. You are the reason Joshua was victorious that day and You are still the reason we can be victorious today, not over other people, but over sin. Lord, thank You for Your wonderous works. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Moving Sale

Job 1:21 KJV — And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

These words speak so deeply of a truth I have a hard time learning.

But I love them.

And I am learning.

Today, we are having a moving sale.

It will be open tomorrow as well and I’m praying for understanding that nothing belongs to me.

No things.

No people.

Not even myself.

Because my tendency is to hold on to stuff.

After as many moves as I’ve had throughout my adult life, I was expecting to find it easy by now.

But it still is a lesson I’m having to put into practice.

Because our new home is much smaller than this one, a lot of things have to go.

But I know it’s for the best.

I trust God with all.

As I stopped for a break in the middle of our preparations, I was struck by the phrase:

“…blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Because that’s what everything comes down to.

God is worthy of all glory, all honor, all praise.

His name is blessed!

Psalm 113:2 KJV — Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your character, which is holy, just, and righteous. Thank You for being worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. Truly, Your name is the greatest treasure. Your salvation the only thing worth clinging to. Thank You for the reminder. I love You, Jesus! Blessed be Your name!! Amen.

Six things…

“These six things the Lord hates,

Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,

A lying tongue,

Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,

Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,

And one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16‭-‬19 NKJV

Taken together or individually, these seven abominations are weighty indeed.

One might dodge a few of these, but can anyone say they’ve never lied?

What about “a proud look”?

When one meditates upon God and His goodness, it’s little wonder these things are an abomination to Him.

Each of these causes pain, strife, broken relationships, or evil of some form.

God is good, holy, just, loving, kind, merciful, full of grace and forgiveness.

He created this world without sin and it was very good.

But when sin entered, it began to mar His beautiful creation.

His faithfulness is incredible.

Through His sacrifice on the cross we can find freedom from sin and because of His resurrection from the tomb can we find freedom from death.

We have the opportunity to choose life through Christ and freedom from living in ways God finds abominable.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV — Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for showing us what You find abominable. Lord, help us to despise those things You despise, that we might not harm ourselves or others. Lord, please help us to be humble and honest, that we realize we are capable of sin like everyone else and that because of Your great mercy and grace we can choose life eternal in You. Lord, each of us is a work in progress. Our hearts, minds, and souls need to be washed by Your Word. We need to be redeemed by Your truth. Lord, please teach us how to love like You do, to be willing to die daily. Please let my life be Yours, entirely. Amen.

Choosing to lean…

…on Christ.

I’d not been home from my shot appointment for very long, (I take allergy shots every three weeks) when Handsome took me out to the garage.

He and Anne had poured the top of this table in high quality resin, same stuff used for restaurant tables.

The resin looks great and I was praising God for His help with this project.

Handsome and I were discussing what else was required for this set to be finished.

That’s when I realized, it needed paint.

One side of the top had marks across it.

They wouldn’t come off.

I didn’t want to paint this.

For starters, I wasn’t feeling well, shots alone make me tired, and I’m not feeling good this week.

On top of that, this table has a decorative edge I knew wouldn’t be easy to paint.

I still needed to homeschool Jase.

It was supposed to rain, requiring me to get this painted as soon as possible so we could bring in the other furniture.

Thankfully, the rain wasn’t supposed to start till night time.

My husband could tell my mind was a whirl as he waited my response.

“What can I do to help you? Remember I have to leave for work in 40 minutes.”

I smiled.

I told the Lord, “I trust You” and asked Handsome to tape off the table for me.

Then I changed clothes, set up some work for our son, and headed to the garage.

God was so gracious.

He helped me finish in plenty of time.

I sent the above photo to my husband.

The kids brought in all the other furniture in the afternoon and we gladly closed the garage for the day.

When the rain hit last night, my heart was glad.

Not only had the Lord provided all I needed to finish the table, the kids and I also got all the ripe tomatoes picked and a bowl of apples.

Jase was able to get his school work done and I spent part of our evening reading to them.

It hadn’t mattered that I didn’t feel good.

God provided for all my needs.

Today, I’m still leaning upon Him and looking forward to seeing how He is going to walk me through another day.

Things go so much better when I do not lean on my own strength.

I’m humbled and grateful for His mercy.

Monday, I’d leaned on myself and things went poorly for days.

Friday, I leaned on Jesus.

I’m so thankful for another opportunity to learn to lean on Him.

2 Samuel 22:31 KJV — As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth. Thank You for Your patience! Please continue to help me learn how to lean on You alone. Please help me to walk with You daily. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your ways, how much better they are than ours. Thank You for holding us in Your hands and guiding us. Thank You for Your faithfulness. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Reading

We stayed up later than intended.

Anne is home for a few days and Jase asked if I would read while she was here.

Because my children (18 and 16) still love to be read to.

I began reading aloud to our children when they were small.

I can’t remember when I switched from children’s books to novels, but it was some time ago.

We have a few books I’ve read aloud more than once.

But it was weeks ago when I’d been praying for our son that God put something on my heart.

It was the lack of Christian books in our home library which would interest our son.

Because I want all our children to read and to find enjoyment out of it, I’ve worked at building our home library, but I’d focused on books for girls.

It is important to me that our children read.

Mainly, because the Bible is vital and I want my children to be able to read it and enjoy reading it.

I also understand the entertainment we choose makes an impact.

It is important to me that our children have books and movies which encourage them in righteousness.

As I prayed about the lack of exciting books on the shelf the Lord brought to mind one.

It was the first book in a series for middle school kids by Jerry B Jenkins: the Red Rock Mysteries.

Later that day, I asked Jase if he’d like me to read some of it aloud after homeschooling.

He wasn’t super interested, but after a few chapters, he was hooked.

We both were.

Some time after we finished that book Handsome took us to the Christian book store.

Jase spent his own money to purchase three more books in the series.

He was so ready to hear the next one.

Since then, I ordered all 15 books.

Anne was home on a visit during one of the books.

(Grandma is off all restrictions from her first surgery and doing great. She’s waiting for the hospital to open up so she can have the next one done, so Anne is free to come home often.)

She too enjoyed listening.

Yesterday, we stayed up later than normal as I read through most of book number 14.

I think Jase will be a bit sad when we reach the end.

But God had already pricked my heart and we have another series waiting for us, Chuck Black’s Kingdom Series.

Truly, it is a blessing to spend time reading aloud to our children.

I know these will be cherished memories for each of us.

Out of all our time together, I pray God is honing their hearts and mine.

Because I want our family to bring glory to God, no matter what activities we are doing.

Ephesians 6:8 KJV — Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your guidance. Lord, I am very thankful to You for all You have done and are doing in our lives. Lord, please continue to guide and direct us in Your ways, teaching us the way to follow You. Lord, speak as Your Word says: Isaiah 30:21 KJV — And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Let our ears be quick to hear and to respond to Your Word. Thank You for blessing us with so much. Please continue to teach us how to pass it on to others. Lord, I want to glorify Your name each day. I love You. Amen.

Sorting through

Breakables waiting for the yard sale.

There’s something very healthy about cleaning out and paring down.

It reminds me of thinning a fruit tree.

It’s dangerous for a tree to have too much weight on a limb.

Proper thinning helps the tree bear fruit without damaging it.

As I’ve been thinning out our belongings, it has struck me, it is healthy, both physically and spiritually.

Because with each thing I go through I pray and ask the Lord what His will for that is.

Yesterday, I came across a tote of old decorations.

There were leftover table scarves, glass candle sticks, and pennant banners.

Some from our daughters’ graduation parties, some from their bridal showers, and some from our daughter’s baby shower.

Many memories, but most of the stuff is no longer needed.

Who knows, maybe another family is in need of party decorations.

So, I put those things in the yard sale box with a smile.

At one point in my life letting go of that kind of thing would have been a struggle, but my trust in God has grown.

He’s taught me so much about clinging only to Him.

I’m so thankful.

There’s a beautiful freedom, a lifted burden, when we cling to God and let Him carry everything else.

His Word is truth:

Matthew 11:30 KJV — For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, thank You for helping me learn to trust You. Lord, how grateful I am for Your patience with me. I’m a very slow learner, Lord, but I am willing to learn. Thank You for Your faithfulness in all things. Lord Jesus, I so want others to find the truth in Your Word as well. I want others to understand the beautiful blessings of a relationship with You, how real treasure is never stuff. The enduring treasure of salvation and a heart at peace in You is the most valuable thing of all. Lord, please reach those who have yet to know You. Please continue to teach me and other believers what You want us to learn: trust, faith, mercy, grace, and love. Lord, please help us to walk in these things and to grow in understanding of the season we live in. Lord, please guide us in Your truth daily. I love You, Jesus. Amen

September 5

Today’s prayer:

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: For thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, thank You for using this verse in my life today. Thank You for preparing the way before us, as Your Word says. Lord, I know our circumstances on earth will not always be safe, but as long as our soul is redeemed by Your sacrifice we are safe. Lord, for the many people who are suffering today, I humbly request You meet them where they are, that You will shine Your truth into whatever darkness they may be struggling with. Lord, thank You that we can rest in You and Your truth. For what can man do to those whose soul is safe with You? I praise You, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Training the future wall builders

Nehemiah 8:1-2 NKJV — Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.

The people and the leaders knew they needed to be instructed by God’s Word.

To all come together to listen to the book of the law, to understand what God’s commandments are, was the priority.

Nehemiah 8:8 NKJV — So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.

Through the teaching of God’s Law people’s hearts were changed.

Nehemiah 8:9 NKJV — And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

Chapter 9 of Nehemiah is recounting the history of their people and the faithfulness of God.

It was vital that the people who lived within the protection of the wall understand that it was by God, not the wall that they were kept from their enemies.

It was also vital that they realize why the wall had been broken down in the past, the hearts of their forefathers had grown hard.

As followers of Christ, we too must realize that our salvation is through Christ alone.

Our spiritual protection is due to Him, not how long we pray or what fancy words might be said.

Building a spiritual wall is an out pouring of understanding that we are frail, our nature is to sin, and we have an adversary who wants to destroy us.

Time in prayer is only part of it.

We must also be in God’s Word, learning His ways, His truth.

But it doesn’t end there.

We need to be educating those who will come after us.

It’s not enough to just pray for our children and grandchildren, we need to teach them why we pray.

We need to live lives which reflect the nature of our Lord Jesus.

We need to be sure we are training the future wall builders.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Nehemiah and this book we can learn so much from. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your guidance and teaching. Lord, please help me to not only follow You in all things, but to train others, to be a light of encouragement. Lord, please help me to speak words of truth and instruction to my children and grandchildren. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for the lessons You have taught me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

September 3rd

Today’s prayer:

Exodus 31:2 NKJV — “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
Exodus 31:3 KJV — And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word! I love this story. You prepared Bezalel before hand to do the work You had for him. Not only that, You placed in him the skill, the understanding, and the wisdom he would need. You didn’t give him a half measure either, but gave him in abundance. Lord, You know the needs of each of us. You understand what You have called each one to. Your way is perfect. Your truth is enough. Please help me to rest in the knowledge that You will and You have supplied so many needs. Your Word and Your Holy Spirit will continue to guide and direct. Thank You for all You are doing. Please, continue to reach those in so much need. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Guarding the wall

Nehemiah 4:1-3 NKJV — But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish–stones that are burned?”
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Once the work began, not an easy task as the workers were just ordinary people, opposition sprung up.

First, the enemy was angry and mocking quickly followed.

Nehemiah’s response is prayer:

Nehemiah 4:4 NKJV — Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!Nehemiah 4:5 NKJV — Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.”

Nehemiah didn’t get sidetracked, the work didn’t stop.

Nehemiah 4:6 NKJV — So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

The people were not put off and God blessed their diligence, the wall began to be repaired and the gaps to close.

Their enemies were stubborn too.

Nehemiah 4:7 NKJV — Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,
Nehemiah 4:8 NKJV — and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.

Again, Nehemiah trusts in the Lord.

He also sets up guards.

Nehemiah 4:9 NKJV — Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

The contention continues throughout the repair and rebuilding of the wall.

The enemy tries threats, lies, slander, but nothing hinders Nehemiah’s task.

But it wasn’t easy.

Nehemiah 4:16 NKJV — So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.Nehemiah 4:17 NKJV — Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.

They had to be diligent in their work and on guard at all times.

Nehemiah 4:23 NKJV — So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.

Thankfully, this was only a season, once the wall, their defense, was restored completely they were not in the same danger as when the wall was yet finished.

However, one of the first things Nehemiah did after the wall was finished was to appoint guards and leaders.

Nehemiah 7:1 NKJV — Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
Nehemiah 7:2 NKJV — that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.

The application is simple, we need to guard our wall.

Our spiritual wall should be our time of intercession for ourselves and others.

We need to realize we will be building something the enemy doesn’t want.

When we hedge ourselves,our families, and our church in prayer we are building a spiritual wall.

We should expect to come under attack.

The enemy will throw doubt: “Does God really hear?”

He will lie: “Did God say…?”

There will be distractions, interruptions, and trials, but we must not allow ourselves to be removed from praying for ourselves and others.

Daily intercession in prayer, built with God’s Word, upon the foundation of Christ Jesus, is a must for followers of Christ.

For even when regular intercession is a habit and the spiritual “wall” is built, we should be on our guard.

The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy.

But God gives us life and it’s abundance is unfathomable, because His gift of life is eternal!

Our time here is limited, let us live wisely and redeem the time.

Colossians 4:5-6 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth and wisdom. Thank You for freely giving these things to us. Lord, please help us to understand the importance of prayer and the value of humbling bring our requests before You. Lord Jesus,help us to pray with understanding, not asking according to our will or our ideas, but truly seeking Your face and praying Your Word for in it is life. Lord, please help us not to be sidetracked by the snares of the enemy. Please keep us from living shortsightedly. Lord, You alone know every detail of each one’s life. Please help us to join together in prayer and stand for those who are helpless, needy, wayward, and lost. Lord, please soften hearts, open eyes, unstop ears, that they might turn and be healed. Thank You. Amen.