The Donkey Talks!

Oh, wow!  Balaam’s donkey talked!

This was one of my kid’s favorite Bible stories when they were younger.  We had a book with great pictures and simple Bible stories which my children loved to have us read to them every night.

A talking Donkey doesn’t take a lot of imagination when you’re a kid.  And kids have no problem believing that the donkey was the smart one in this story.  Balaam didn’t see or wouldn’t see…but the donkey saw the angel blocking his path right away.  Kids know how distracted adults are so they’re not surprised that Balaam was clueless.

Those of us with pets often find ourselves talking to them, right?  Most of us have probably wished at some point that our pets could talk back.

I’ve never had an animal start talking to me but I’ve had unusual things happen that have opened my eyes to what God was doing around me and what he was trying to tell me.  Many of us call these ‘coincidences’ but I don’t believe in coincidences.  I call them ‘God-incidences’.  This is when God lines up the things going on around me with what I’m thinking and what I’m reading in his Word so he can tell me or show me something he wants me to know.  Not a coincidence.  It’s God moving and speaking.

Through the years, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of experience seeing God interact with my daily life in order to guide me or wake me up to what he’s doing.   So I’m not expecting my dog, Bella, to look at me and start talking any time soon.

But it could happen.

Please keep my eyes and heart open to you, Abba Father.

This Is It!

It’s what I need!

As the mountain of craziness in this world around me grows, I need to find a way to stay grounded on what is good and right and helpful. Jesus shines his light on my path as I read the account of his discussion with Satan in the dessert.

Satan is confronting Jesus after he has been fasting for 40 days. My first thought was that the human part of Jesus were probably in a weakened state after all this time. After thinking about it, he has been in constant communication with his Father for 40 days straight so physically he may have been weakened, but spiritually he was strong and well fed.

Satan tried three times in three different ways to try to tempt Jesus to show off his power and rule the world like an earthly King.  Instead of giving in, Jesus quoted scripture – God’s Word – back to Satan.

God’s Word is the truth and it stood up to all of Satan’s lies over 2000 years ago. Just like it stands up against all of the lies Satan is spewing across our culture today.

Reading, studying and applying God’s Word to my life is the only way I’m going to be able to navigate through all the lies, fake news, wrong thinking, lack of integrity, manipulation and secret agendas that are swirling around me today.

This same crud is swirling around you.

Are you looking for something solid to hang on to through this storm? God and his Word to you is the answer.

Thank you for your Truth, Abba Father.

Let Me Know You

Reveal yourself to me, Father.

Open my eyes,  open my ears,

soften my heart towards the things you love.

I join with Moses today and ask, “Let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor.”

My soul longs for understanding, Father.  Renew my mind so it focuses on your truth only.  Transform my thinking so the lies of the Evil one have no power in my life.

Teach my feet to follow in your ways.  Train my hands to reach out to the world that you love, God.

Like Moses, I want to enjoy your favor, Father God.  Guide me so I may live under your umbrella of blessing all my days here on earth.

I trust you with my life – you created me and you know me.  I look forward to that day you have already determined when you will take my hand and guide me home to be with you.

Such a glorious day!

I love you, Abba Father.

Teach Us

Do I know the right way to live?

Do you?

It’s hard to figure out, isn’t it?  So many choices.  Our world is over-filled with things that influence our thinking.  Sometimes – in an effort to be ‘informed’ – we fill our minds with all kinds of opinions and perspectives, never knowing what the real facts are.

Is that good?

Is that bad?

How do we know?

As a Christ-follower, I am so glad I have a compass.  I have a Spirit living inside of me who guides me to the truth.  Then I need to listen and obey.

In Kings 8, King Solomon is standing in front of the people of Israel at the dedication of the Lord’s Temple and he prays to God, “Teach them the right way to live.”

Solomon was very wise and he knew that our Master Teacher is God.  The only One we can always trust is God.

After asking God to teach his people how to live, Solomon then says, “And send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.”

Bless my people.

Teach us your truth, dear Father, and bless us through it.