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Who Do You Resemble?
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” John 14:9b-10 (NASB)
I remember once when my first born daughter was around 8 months old. I went to the grocery store and she was riding in the buggy. A lady came up to me that I didn’t know and said, “She has to be a Hahn!”
Of course, I was a little taken aback, but smiled and said, “Yes.”
She began laughing and told me she knew my husband and his family and that when she saw my daughter, her red hair, fair skin and facial features, that she had to be a part of that family. She was right. Many of the grandchildren in the family look so much alike that people would say they are siblings or that they look just like one of their aunts or uncle more than the parent that is not of that family.
Then you have resemblances that are based on characteristics or mannerisms more than physical features. When our children were small, if one of them did something they needed to be corrected for, I would tell my husband they were acting just like him! Of course he would say they were acting like me.
We had a tree to fall on our house last Friday. Just saying that sentence still causes my heart to race. We are filled with so many different emotions. We are thankful we were not at home when the tree fell. We are thankful that, despite the damage and possibly having to move out temporarily when the repair work starts, we still have a home to live in.
But even in the midst of everything, there were some things that happened that definitely proved God was in control.
The massive tree split in two sections. The first, smaller half (as in approximately 2.5 feet in diameter) fell on our carport. Our neighbor called my Dad, who lives just five minutes away. By the time my Dad got there, the other, much larger half (5 to 5.5 feet in diameter) of the tree fell on our house. As my dad began to walk up to see the damage, the tree was still moving, settling down from the fall, and it was just at that point our alarm system went off. Had my Dad been there just a couple of minutes sooner, he would have come all the way up our driveway to view the first half that had fallen. He would have been right in the path of the second part of the fallen tree. God fully protected him from all harm.
The second thing that happened sounds simple, but still we are giving God the praise for it. Several years ago, our daughter had a miscarriage. We bought a small bird bath to sit outside our kitchen window as a memorial for the baby. We have so enjoyed seeing numerous birds come to enjoy the bird bath. In fact, there were so many birds that used it that it had to be filled back up with water every day.
Do you have specific memories that have stayed with you of a specific person so that when you hear that person’s name, that one memory comes to mind?
I have a neighbor who recently passed away. Her name was Mrs. Mary Jane Chestnut. She was an elementary school teacher and I had her for math. The main memory that comes to mind about her was a specific exercise she had our math class to do. She was a stickler for properly speaking numbers orally. She would call on a student and write a number of more than 3 digits on the overhead (if you remember overhead projectors and writing on transparencies, as I do, rejoice in your old age!) The student would then have to say aloud what the number was without saying “and” within their words.
For example, if she wrote the number 10,486, you would have to say, “Ten thousand, four hundred eighty-six.” The tendency of most was to say, “Ten thousand, four hundred AND eighty-six.”
It seems like a simple exercise, but it fooled us all of how hard it was. The funny thing was that you could see the concentration on the student’s face as they tried to speak the number. Most of the time, they would think they had spoken correctly when in fact they had inserted the word, “and.” We had to continue doing the exercise until everyone avoided that simple word successfully.
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Endure The Waiting
This verse in Jeremiah 29:11 is one many people, including myself, have claimed as a promise from God. We hold onto that promise to get us through whatever situation in which we find ourselves. But what about Jeremiah 29:1-10? If you were told that you had to wait 70 years before that promised hope and a future occurred, would you still be filled with excited expectation?
Waiting is not one of my strong characteristics. I’m guilty of always looking to the future instead of just living in the moment. I’m either anticipating something good that I know is coming or I’m going through a rough time that I’m hoping will soon end. The waiting for that exciting thing to happen or waiting for the present trouble to end isn’t easy.
The Book of Jeremiah isn’t exactly a real uplifting part of the Bible. The people of Israel were exiled from their homeland because of their continual sin. God had warned them repeatedly to repent, but they didn’t.
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After The Storm
“Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9:14-15 NIV
I vividly remember a time when my family was in our car and we drove through a very heavy rain. When the downpour ended, we saw a beautiful rainbow. It was right in front of us and then we drove right through the end of the rainbow! A prism of color appeared all around us and even the inside of the car had a majestic glow. Then just as quickly, we drove out of that cloud of color and continued down the road. However, I hate to inform you that we did not find a pot of gold!
The amazing feeling of being enveloped in the rainbow’s glory has never been forgotten. I would like to think that when Noah and his family first saw the rainbow God placed in the sky, they were also filled with awe.
However, before they were blessed with the sight of that rainbow, Noah and his family had to endure a great storm.
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Experience The Love
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4 7-8 (NIV)
I’ve never been good at sports, but I am looking forward to watching the Olympics this summer. I enjoy hearing the personal stories of the athletes. It is easy to tell they love their sport with a passion to have to endure the hours and hours of work. They look forward to the end result of their work by striving to win their competition.
I enjoy quilting. It takes hours selecting the pattern and fabric, cutting the fabric, sewing the pieces together, then quilting the top to the back, which I do by hand. The reason I spend so many hours working on a quilt is because I anticipate seeing the joy on the faces of the people I give the quilt to. That goal gives me the incentive to do the work.
The reason most people work so hard at a particular activity is for the end result. Yes, there is joy to be had along the way. I enjoy the creative process of quilting. Athletes enjoy the thrill of their sport. But the ultimate goal is to finish, and finish well.
“Getting Away From It All”
And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.” Mark 6:31-32 (NASB)
Do you ever wish you could just take a time out from life? Life is so busy and every moment is filled with work, errands, home and family responsibilities. Moments for rest seem to be few and far between. And it’s not just the busyness, but it’s also the people we have to deal with. As Christians, we need to be an example to others when facing challenging situations, but that can lead to stress, too.
We often just want to get away from it all. Even the Psalmist said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6 NASB)
Here are some things we can do to help us face all the madness.
God Sees Our Brokenness
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:3-5 NKJV
One day when my daughter was younger, we were discussing some disappointments we had. Those things were not really big issues, but to a teenager, everything seems to fall into the “major events” column. I made the comment, “That’s life.” Neither of us really liked that statement of reality. After that though, when we found ourselves complaining over things that were not all that important, we began to tell each other, “That’s life, Jack!” It would help us laugh, and put things in perspective.
But sometimes there are major events we have to face.
“Mirror, Mirror On The Wall”
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6 (NIV)
Have you ever heard it said, “You are your own worst enemy?” I searched this quote and found it really can’t be attributed to any one person. Maybe it’s because we all have been our own enemy at some point in our lives.
A Word for Every Day
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 NKJV
Anticipating a new year can give us a feeling of excitement or anxiousness. Excitement comes when the anticipation is for positive, good things to come. Anxiety is felt for the possibility of negative things happening that are out of our control.
As Christians, we should be looking forward with anticipation that whatever may come, God has it taken care of already. The way we can have that kind of hopeful anticipation is to stay immersed in the Word of God.