Thursday, January 31, 2008

Walk Like an Egyptian

I'm following the read your Bible in a year thing. However, I'm behind several days. Well, I was reading in the last chapter of Genesis when Jacob (Israel) died. It stood out to me that Joseph had Jacob embalmed according to Egyptian tradition. I found this very interesting. Egyptian history has always intrigued me. I don't think that I had ever noticed before that Joseph carried out the embalming for Jacob. Also, when Joseph died he too was embalmed. Not only does the Scripture talk about them being embalmed, it also tells us exactly where they were both buried! Fascinating! Have their bodies ever been found? I don't know but I would like to find out.

One thing that made me curious was if there is any spiritual significance to this. After all, the Jews were/are God's people and He wanted them to be separate from the those who worshiped idols. So, why, then, was it OK for Jacob and Joseph to follow Egyptian tradition in their death? Or was it OK? Hmmm... any one have a thought on this?

One reason that I am behind on my reading is b/c I get side tracked w/ things like this. I thoroughly enjoy history and I find myself looking at other resources to find out more historical details. For instance, I got side tracked trying to find out which pharoah was reigning during Joseph's stay. I haven't found out yet, but I hopefully I will.

Well, this might not be as interesting to you who took the time to read this, but oh well. What else can I talk about after midnight? After all, I did warn you that I'm a sleep talker.

PS I really wanted to add a photo of a mummy or something, but I haven't figured out how to download pics from the web.

A Second Look at Judges

This is another entry from my personal journal. Hopefully I will soon have something more current to share, but this will do for now.

July 25, 2005

Well, God has told me to read in the Book of Judges… twice! I read through it once, but once I finished it, He kept telling me “Judges”, so I’ve started reading it again.

I’ve only completed the first chapter and already something new has struck me. (You know how most of the time when we read the Word, we really just “cruise” it?) The Israelites have been instructed to go against the Canaanites - to destroy them ALL. They start off doing as they are told, but after a while, the Israelites start backing off by letting some of the Canaanites live on to become forced labor instead! Well, this may seem OK, I mean it’s still harsh and it’s still punishment, BUT, it’s not what God told them to do!

SO, this is what went through my mind as I was reading this first chapter of Judges again… the Israelites start out obeying God. He has told them to destroy the Canaanites – not an easy thing to do, is it? Not a pleasant thing to do, is it? After a while, they are tired of killing; they are sick of death. Satan starts saying things to them that are true, but he twists them into lies, like “God wouldn’t want you killing innocent people”! “God is love”!

The Israelites are physically tired, mentally spent after all of this fighting. Satan knows when to pounce! Instead of remembering where they have been and where God has brought them, they listen to their flesh, to Satan’s lies and then the Israelites start justifying ways of not fully obeying God’s command by allowing the enemy to live and using them as slaves.

Chapter two of Judges begins with The Angel of Lord approaching them with judgement! Yes, it’s sometimes hard and unpleasant to do as God as commanded. But if we do not obey the will of God, there will ALWAYS be consequences. God is love! That is true. But even though we may not understand His ways sometimes and we may not want to do things His way, He has His reasons! The Israelites found out the HARD WAY! Thankfully, God had His men write it all down and He has preserved it through the ages for us to be able to have in our hands and read with our eyes, so that we don’t have to learn the hard way!

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. (Notice He didn’t say that it would be EASY). And of course in Joshua 1:9 He reminds us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go”.

Doing God’s will may seem scary, too difficult, lonely, or we may even doubt it at times, but we’ve got to keep going forward and trusting in Him to complete the good work that He started in us (Phil. 1:6).

I guess that’s all I have to say today. Thank, you Lord, for showing me something new. I know that it may not be new to someone else, but, hey, I’m a slow learner! :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

sharing a post from my journal

I wrote this a while back (duh, you can tell by the date, sorry). It's one of a few things that I have wanted to share w/ others but didn't really know how. Now that I have this blog spot I thought, "Why not?". So here you go.

June 11, 2005

I can’t imagine why God would want to have me write down my thoughts, but for a while now I have felt that for some reason, maybe I should. I’m not anyone particularly special or overly intelligent; just someone that loves God and wants to hear His voice. When He speaks to me, I’m in awe! I try to dwell on everything that I hear so that I can retain it for as long as possible. I suppose that is why God has encouraged me to start a journal, because He knows my mind cannot contain it all!

Well, I will just start with the most current and then later on I’ll catch up with a few things He has told me in the past. But just a moment ago, God convicted me and showed me that I have had a hardened heart toward so many people, and I didn’t even realize it!

Last night I had a dream (you will hear me say that often, because the Lord talks to me through dreams). I was at home with my two children when a stranger pulled into my neighbor’s driveway with MY van full of MY clothes! I didn’t understand this, so I started over there to gather a few things that I needed. In the meantime, another stranger pulled into MY driveway and let out two children with their pillows and sleeping bags and then just started to leave! I didn’t know these children or the driver of the car, so I told my neighbor, who had come out by now, “Excuse me, but I don’t even now who that kid is!” So, I go back home and ask the oldest, who is a girl, “Do I know you?” She says that her brother had played with my children at our house one time. “Your brother played at my house one time? Who is your brother?” In the meantime, the mother of the child keeps driving around my house in her car, waiting to see what I’m going to do. The little girl just keeps giving me the same answer, only adds that her mom said that she and her little brother could spend the night with us. I say, “I don’t even know who you are; you can’t just spend the night with us because your brother played over here one day!” As I am saying this I look at them both, the girl is dirty and the little boy is not wearing any clothes and he looks as if he is retarded or very ill in some way, so now I’m really not wanting them to stay. By now the mother has driven away and I can’t catch her to tell her the children cannot stay with me.

There are a few other crazy things that happen in the dream, that I won’t bore you with, but here is what the Lord showed me from this dream… while reading from a few on-line devotionals this morning, one of the devotionals was about true spiritual growth. The Scripture given was James 1:17-27. These verses tell us to be doers of the word and not hearers only. The devotional elaborated on how when Jesus was here on the earth, He not only taught the Word, He DID the Word! He saw the people’s needs and He met them. He reached out and touched those who were dirty and sick. He helped those who were poor and helpless. Jesus never turned anyone away because they were “beneath” Him. He came to serve them! Now, I know that this is not news to most of you reading this; it isn’t news to me either! But sometimes, we just don’t GET IT for some reason until it is said in a certain way, you know? God showing me through the dream - showing me myself standing there looking at those children with disgust, really brought it home. I know some of you may think, “It was only a dream. You probably saw it in a movie or something”. No, I truly believe that is what has been in my heart of hearts, or else I would not have been so convicted when I read God’s word in James 1:17-27 this morning! The Word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword! There is no denying the power of the Word of God!

So, yippee! What do you do with this wonderful revelation? I don’t know. Maybe you wish you hadn’t wasted your time reading this story, article, whatever. Or maybe God has convicted you of having a hard heart towards those less fortunate than yourself. Have you been a doer of the Word lately? Have you even been a hearer of the Word? It’s hard to be a doer if you’re not even a hearer! OUCH! That hurt me, too!

I’m not trying to come down on you, that’s not my job. I’m here only to encourage you by letting you know that you’re not the only one out there going through stuff. God knows and He cares. Now, I babble. I will continue later when I know that God is talking and I’m not!

Monday, January 28, 2008

started out on a strange note

Obviously my first post hasn't been as thought provoking as I had hoped, but that's OK. Nothing like a little silliness to start the day, right? I should probably remove the part in my heading where I say I hope to make you think. Although I did advise that you not hold your breath, so I guess I'll keep it.

I've been having trouble with regular sleep since I was a teenager. If you don't have this problem then thank the Lord. I don't function well w/o lots of sleep and keeping a cheerful attitude is extremely challenging for me when I'm tired. I've tried everything under the sun from meds to breathing exercises. But for some reason my brain just will not SHUT UP long enough for me to drift off into sleepful bliss. I don't know why my brain is nocturnal. Goodness knows that during the day it's a complete blank most of the time (yes, I know I've opened myself up to some snide remarks, so go ahead). I come up with some clever things at night and I try my best to remember them for the morning, but it doesn't work. The sun comes up and my brain says, 'So long. Wake me up when it's dark'.

Well, I guess that's all I have time for at the moment. Goodnight.

Oh, post script here, I will probably be bugging you professional bloggers about how to do this and how to do that on my new blog, so be ready to avoid any and all questions. Thanks.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

testing the waters

I don't have much time to get into any thing right now, so I'm only seeing how this thing works. I do like to write down things to share from time to time, so y'all come back now, ya hear?!