I’m so excited to be back on track…I was reading away while I was gone–and it’s probably a blessing that the retreat didn’t have the internet…but blogging the readings truly is such good accountability! Don’t you need it?! I know I do!!! And wanna see the Lord work powerfully in your life? I DO! To see Him work–you need to KNOW His voice. To know your Shepard’s voice, I have to be in His word. DAILY. And thinking about it…meditating on it…throughout the day. I don’t know about you, but I’ve even been DREAMING about it and expecting God to show up. OK…another God story just because this is the way He works in my life…
I got the opportunity this weekend to share a lot about Wiphan (www.wiphan.org), and there were two ladies who really expressed a desire to GO! Well, I thought I had their email addresses, and when I was talking to one of our Wiphan board members today she asked me to contact them because they are trying to get things ready for the summer trips. Welllllll…like I said, I couldn’t find their emails. I could get frustrated. I could bang my head against the wall and try to remember their names;). Or…I could pray and give it to the Lord. Thankfully, I chose the 3rd and last option. And low and behold what happened? I live in Atlanta and NEVER run into ANYONE I know at the store—much less someone I have prayed to get their contact info for…well, you guessed it! God has us go the grocery at the same time. Problem solved. Another “Yay God!” moment. Looks like God might really want someone on that trip;). I’m just sayin’.
It’s amazing how God works when our hearts are connected to His, when we know His voice and when we expect to see Him around every corner…because He is–I promise you–always there. He will never leave nor forsake you.
OK…and back to our amazing reading. Thank you Charisa for letting me link your blog so those wanting to read commentary or your two cents on the reading could. Love Charisa’s insight!!! Love this woman’s heart for the world…and she also has a ministry in Zambia, heart for adoption and the Lord so we just are sista’s on all kinds of levels:) Click on any of the weekend days to be directed to Charisa’s commentary on our final Genesis readings.
I was going to commentate of these final chapters…but truly Charisa’s was beautiful and the only thing that I want to add from a personal take is how touched, ministered to and blown away I was by God’s faithfulness to Joseph in his obedience to forgive and love his brothers. I can’t imagine a more hurtful thing ever happening…and from those you love most…but Joseph was forgiving. I want to be quick to forgive and abundant in love–even in the hardest situations. Joseph truly had a beautiful life. He is officially one of my favorite Bible characters!!!
And next we move on to another man after God’s heart…only I’m afraid this is going to be a book a bit harder to read. I don’t know about you but reading Job always freaks me out—like I’m gonna have to deal with hard stuff. Let us not give up reading the Word together friends. Let us learn from Job in his struggles and cling close to the Savior. He will carry us through, speak to our hearts and let us know His. If you have gotten behind in your reading…catch on up…because I know God wants to teach us BIG THINGS in this chapter!!!
Tomorrow’s reading is Job 1:1-4:21. It’s a hard read ladies…and as you read…really try to put yourself in the position of Job. Imagine EACH circumstance. Let your heart identify. Consider people you know today in hard circumstances. What hard things are happening in your world? What does today’s reading leave you feeling? I’ll be posting first thing in the morning on this reading. Praying tonight that each of us will be protected from becoming distracted from reading each day and that we will make His Word a priority in our lives!
And speaking of Job’s disaster–what a fitting time as we watch the disaster of Haiti. Our state has been named one of the places for refugees, and they are looking specifically for families able to speak French. I have a good friend who’s friend with a precious family who has been trying to bring their son home for some time. Join with me to pray Frankie home during this disaster!!! Some how–ABC found this sweet family and they JUST did a story on them! Pray that this platform would be used to bring Frankie and ALL orphans already with family referrals HOME! You can follow Frankie’s story at: http://afamilyforfrankie.wordpress.com/
Let us pray together as we cling to our Savior and read His Word,