Amazing!

”You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous –

how well I know it!

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.’ Psalm 139:13-14

The womb isn’t quite as secluded as it used to be.  Now we get to see some of the knitting as God displays his workmanship in creating another human being – awesome!

We praise you, dear Father, for our wonderful complexity!  We are reminded of your love and care for us with every breathe we take!

The Funny Things

I enjoy the funny things in the Bible because they show the human side of people and add genuine-ness to the stories. In Acts 12 we read about King Herod Agrippa persecuting believers and he put Peter in jail. This is definitely not the funny part because a lot of believers never made it out of jail alive.

But Peter did. An angel sprung him from jail and he went to the home of Mary, mother of Mark, where a bunch of his friends were praying for him. When he knocked, a servant girl came to the door but she was so  shocked and overjoyed to hear Peter’s voice that she ran back to the people who were praying without opening the door –  you just have to smile at that.
No one believed her when she told them that Peter was at the door – they told her she had heard a ghost. (Was this because they didn’t expect to see him alive again?)
Peter kept knocking until they finally answered and they were amazed to see him.
An interesting way to study the Bible is to put ourselves into the story as one of characters and think through what it would have felt like to be that person. Rhoda was the servant girl’s name. I wonder if she ever knew that her name was mentioned in the scriptures? Would she be honored or embarrassed by the telling of this story? Maybe she was so happy that Peter was alive that she didn’t care what was written about her? She probably couldn’t believe she had done that – that’s how I feel when I do something like she did.
She seems very real when we start thinking about her feelings and reactions, doesn’t she?
Because she was very real. Everything in the Bible is real.

Thank you, dear Father, for your revelation to us through your word.

We Throw the Dice

Proverbs 16 tells us that we may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

We throw the dice.  We don’t know how they are going to land…..but God does.  He knows exactly how they will fall.

We get up every morning.  We don’t know what’s going to happen to us today…but God does.  He has plans for us – plans to prosper us, not to harm us.  He knows how our day is going to go.  He knows where we will be in step with him and when we’ll wander onto our own path. 

He cares for us everyday.  He wants us to put him in the center of our day because then he can help us with all of the things that will confront us.

Are we tuned in to him today?

All of It

They gave it all.  After receiving the Holy Spirit, the new believers met together and shared everthing they had.

They sold property and possessions in order to share the money with those in need.

All of it.

Sometimes a 10% tithe seems like a lot.  The Old Testament used 10% as a rule.

The New Testament….the new covenant……after the Messiah had come with salvation for everyone –

They gave it all.

We are no longer limited to the law.  We are no longer slaves to rules.  The Son of Man has come and he has set us free!  So we can give everything!  Freely!  In grateful response for what God has already given us!

Thank you, dear Father!