Well wouldn’t you know that once I got back to writing again… my computer is done and out! Hope I can get it back up!
But the good news is I still can continue to log in from anywhere and write :)
I LOVE this time of year and hope you do tooooo! Ever since Thanksgiving was over my heart has been so filled with the notion that really it isn’t… it continues to live on. But what is overwhelming my heart is that Thanksgiving ushered us in to the season of giving! After Thanksgiving people are scurrying around preparing their homes with lights and trees and gifts to share with loved ones who we hold dear as well as sharing with others.
What I love most about it at another level is that once we do have an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude we want to give! How perfect could the symbolism be with these two holidays placed so perfectly close to each other!!! How perfect that with an attitude of thanks and a heart for giving, we are prepared for the greatest gift of all…. the birth of our Savior and Lord, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who would come as the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL…. Jesus!!
I’m going to be purposeful for the next 30 days going into the new year with a genuine and purposeful heart of giving! I hope you’ll join me to bless others for the next 30 days!
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:) HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY :)
I hope you have a very blessed day and week!
Know ALWAYS how much you are LOVED and there is ALWAYS hope…
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” (Ps. 91:14-16)
How He loves us and is jealous for us!
Deut. 6:4-9 “..Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (vs. 8-9 – HSCB)
Beth states “By the time Saul was 13 years of age, he was considered a son of the law. He assumed all the religious responsibilities of the adult Jew.”(1)
“The Code of Jewish Law prescribed that a Jewish man 13 years or older was to put on the tefillin at the first moment in the morning when enough daylight was present to recognize a neighbor at a distance of 4 cubits. These practices seem very strange to us perhaps, but we should appreciate their attempt to interpret Scripture as literally as they knew how.”(2)
They were to wear God’s Word as a banner and shield over their weakness. We don’t practice the outward expression of the Jew, but we are wise to share the inward principle. They were required strict adherence to the customs of dress as an outward expression of their faith.”(3)
As a child, I remember we were not allowed to wear pants and had to wear a veil over our heads when we went to church. I was taught this was symbolic of reverence and honor for the church and for God. As our walk matures we soon realize that it isn’t the outward things that we wear or do to “show” our faith but the inward promptings of our heart that is the greater principle. Beth shares that Saul adorned himself with outward garments as “he was reminded of his binding relationship to his Creator. Soberly he assumed the responsibility of one associated with God. The law of the Lord was his life.”(4)
I must admit that I may do certain “outward expressions” symbolic of an “inward expression” of the heart. Does it mean that I’m putting my faith in the outward expression, absolutely not! It helps me to remember and that I do not forget how big God really is and how much He loves me! I believe God is more interested in the matters of the heart. The outward expressions are for us to never forget to love Him with everything that is within us.
Does life sometimes cause you to forget your association with God? What do you do to bring yourself back?
“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
1-4 - “Paul, 90 Days on His Journey of Faith/Beth Moore/BHPublishing Group