Two spies shimmied down the high wall of the mighty city, gripping a rope hastily thrown out the window. Amidst their enemies, they had seen what they needed to know—the city was locked up tight. Jericho had stores of food and water, and plenty of soldiers to withstand a months-long siege against the feared Israelites.
I’ve blogged about remembering who we are before. It’s easy to forget when life gets busy or hard, or both.
The best way I’ve found to remember is to soak in verses of God’s word (like a bath–we need it daily!) that teach is who He says we are.
I’ve also compiled a list of writers I read regularly. Here are five blogs I recommend to help you seek out the truth of who God says we are.
In a Grace economy, what men think of as trash, God treasures.
One parable illustrates this truth so well. Jesus’ disciples had been squabbling about who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, so He told his disciples a story.
Instead of “once upon a time,” it begins, “For the kingdom of heaven is like…”
Is the Sabbath a defunct rule, or is it evidence of God’s favor? I had lots of time to mull this over as I slept off a mono diagnosis the past two weeks.
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
The other morning when my kitten, Lucy, greeted me, I noticed she wasn’t wearing her collar. Being a safety collar, it isn’t hard to unclasp—one little tug and it snaps right off. Somehow, she had gotten it off during the night. I looked around but couldn’t find it.
Legend has it the priest refused to obey Roman Emperor Claudias’ decree forbidding marriages. Claudias believed more men would be willing to join the army and go off to war if they remained single. Believing Claudias’ decree to be unjust, Valentine secretly officiated weddings anyway.
Late in 2014, during a horrific year, God gave me this beautiful Psalm:
“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God” (Psalm 27:13-14, The Message).
He knew I needed to be reminded that He is good. In the midst of my grief and human-ness, I had forgotten.
It’s been a whirlwind of renovations, life transitions for adult children, and holiday prep. Thankfully, I remembered to be grateful, just in thyme for Thanksgiving.
Last week, I talked about the minor pain of inconvenience, namely re-entry into my Realitytale after a fantasy vacation with my dream guy. Broken down cars and home renovations had me wishing for Tinkerbell to sprinkle fairy dust and take me back to the Magic Kingdom.
Can I just be real for a second?
Nothing specific stood out; I just felt like I was standing under flow of shame without an umbrella.