10 Lessons From Exodus

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In the bible the major themes in exodus such as the bondage of the Israelites, Moses called by God to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, the plagues that took place because of Pharaoh’s hardened heart, God giving Moses the Ten Commandments and the tabernacle being built have very valuable lessons in those recordings and biblical stories. According to 1 Kings 6: 1, the exodus took place 480 years before the construction with Solomon’s temple. Although in 1 Kings the number is symbolic and shows representation of twelve generations of forty years each. Below are some highlight lessons from exodus to consider.

 

`1) It’s better to look foolish and do what God is telling us, then to look good and ignore God’s will.

2) Freedom starts in our minds and hearts and then manifests on the outward.

3) Our desert experiences are needed for us to reach others and for God to work through us.

4) Sometimes the very thing that we desire, love or want we must move on from in the process of reaching what God desires for us.

5) We must move into God’s will with total surrender even when it looks dark around us.

6) It’s ok to have questions and concerns, but we must never turn away from God in our cares.

7) In the midst of what seems like nothing, God shows up with more than something. He shows Himself to truly be all sufficient.

8) Rushing ahead of God to make yourself happy and satisfied leads to serious consequences.

9) Hearts are revealed in times of waiting.

10) Our own way will often lead to devastation.

No Ordinary Route

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It just seems ordinary to be a 20 something young adult and have a stable job. At least to experience having one full-time job. Might not be the dream/calling job yet, but hey it’s a job.

Well my 20s are writing much differently, despite my efforts to change the direction. Presently experiencing this pops up different questions and raises natural concerns. What is God’s will and purpose in this? How long will this be for? Will this change soon?

All I can do is let the Author be in control and let His leading unfold. The several applications I filled out, over and over resume sent out and interviews I’ve went to bring back results this is no ordinary route. The circumstances say you might not understand it now, but one day you’ll wear a crown.

There are times I become frustrated. Then eventually I realize some of the greatest provisions come in disguise. It doesn’t have to make sense and it doesn’t have to look like I think it should. That’s how great wonders unfold,in messes and disadvantages. Guess what? It has nothing to with us, but all to do with the Master who never leaves His throne.

It’s ok if your story is not writing and reading ordinary me, because God is shaping you for destiny.

Here’s three points to think on in the midst of any challenge we face.

Our solid anchor is in Christ alone. 

God’s love speaks to us in the midst of the stormy waves. We just have to stop and listen.

The shed blood of our Savior(Jesus) covers us through it all. 

Summer Story ’15: Create Your Own Enjoyment

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Life offers golden solitude moments. Moments of discovery and exploration. To be intentional in finding the joyous gifts of the present. This summer for me has been an interesting and a needed learning experience of many things. We have to always be ready for the unplanned and interruptions that flutter near. Below are a few highlights to consider.

 

   Solitude is a gift to be alive in. This is an opportunity to listen, feel, see and taste the lively and lovely splendor.

Silence reveals many wonders. When we stop to be silent and allow the beauty to soak outwardly and inwardly we can experience the amazement and grandeur of simplicity.

Envision and evoke your venture. Where do you want to head to?  What do you want to do? What is meaningful and full of life to you?

Risks are sometimes worth exploring. Not every risk we should take, but not every chance should we ignore. What possible goodness or greatness can come out  of this? What is holding me back from at least trying or finding out more about it?

  How is your summer going? What is your summer story saying? What are you doing this summer?

Does Every Story Have A Happy Ending?

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In life there are both acts and experiences of good and bad, righteousness and wickedness and happiness and sadness. Sometimes things may seem very uncertain and dull. We wonder, how will this all end? In Christ we have the promise that no matter what we face on earth, the better and greater part is yet to come.

Life is surely not a fairy-tale with everything perfectly in place. It has its messy and tragic events all around the world. Thank God that earth is not our destination and Heaven is a glorious home for every believer in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So I ask the question: Does every story have a happy ending? The movies and television shows often picture it that way in most cases. There’s a difference between navigating through a show or set and navigating through real life. Maybe it all depends on how we view things or the choice that we make.

There’s something beautifully everlasting that is awaiting those whose faith is in Christ alone. No ending to this will ever take place. On and on it shall last eternally.

Revelation 21: 3 – 7 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”