2 Kings 1:1 – 3:27
Word of the Day:
“from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word Elisha spoke. 2 Kings 2:21-22
I have to tell you no sweeter words could I have read today. The leap of my spirit when my eyes fell on the word “miscarriage” was physically noticeable. In the last few weeks I have felt surrounded by infant death! Two miscarriages (one at only five weeks and the other at 7 months), a cousin’s daughter born with intestine problems fighting for her life, another relative through marriage trying to adopt and hitting dead ends… it’s just been too much. I mean, it’s one thing to be surrounded by death, but the deaths of infants, well it just seems so wrong.
Yet God is Sovereign and just and wise and I know that He knows best, even when it doesn’t feel good.
So today as I was just getting started in my reading I got a text that the relative through marriage was on a plane home with her “officially theirs” baby! We were so excited to hear that her waiting and dead ends were over! Hooray! But then a column of reading later there it is! The Word of the Lord that Elisha spoke, “from now on neither death nor miscarriage”! I believe that not only was that a word for them then, but that it’s a word for me and my friends and family now! Why else would God have paired it with a PERFECTLY timed text like that? That news of great joy could have come at any time but God wanted me to receive it WHILE I was reading; which (I might add) was at a much later time of day than normal… coincidence I think not!
Yes. While there may be naysayers out there who would chalk it all up to coincidence, I refuse to do so. My God has perfect timing and He knows how to use it. He really is an awesome God!
I wanted to make you aware of some ministry updates. I am very excited to announce that I have a Mother’s Day speaking engagement scheduled for May 11th. I would LOVE to have books on hand for the women to buy, and even some to give away as gifts. However, the current funds in the ministry account are running drastically low. If you are able, I would love for you to prayerfully consider giving a book or Bible to someone who can’t afford one. If you are able, please click here!
Categories: 1 Kings, 365 Life, Waiting, Writing Through the Bible in a Year
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There is no life, no deed, no word so small that it doesn’t leave an imprint on the world around it.
There is no miscarried or aborted baby that doesn’t leave behind a trail of its existence. There is no smile that doesn’t leave a trace on the heart that it smiled to (or from). There is no word spoken in condemnation that doesn’t rip through the souls of the people who heard it. There is nothing so small that it doesn’t leave behind it a point of impact.
There is a song I used to sing in Sunday School when I was growing up that conveys a poignant message we all need to heed. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down with love oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little ears what you hear… Oh be careful little hands what you do… Oh be careful little lips what you say… Oh be careful little feet where you go… For the Father up above is looking down with love of be careful little ________ what you do.”
Every action in this world has a reaction, every pebble, no matter how small, leaves ripples in the pond that last far longer than the impact of that single pebble. EVERYTHING you do makes a difference, it’s up to you what KIND of a difference you’re making. br
Picking up the paper towels that someone left on the floor on the public restroom may not seem like a big deal, but it is, especially to the person who has to come in and clean those restrooms! (I’ve been that person before, it’s not a fun job.) Letting that one sarcastic or disproving sound escape you’re lips instead of keeping your mouth clamped shut leaves a scar.
Sometimes we leave bigger impacts than we expect. We’re big fans of Mythbusters at the Knochel house. Once, when they were testing a myth on knocking socks off, they prepared an explosion to see if they could knock the socks off some mannequin legs. The explosion was…. a bit larger than they expected. The shock wave that spread across the ground was amazing to watch in the video. The wave of that explosion went all the way over to the neighboring town, shaking walls, setting off car alarms, and knocking dishes off shelves, it was huge! Men, set off an explosion in your marriage today, send out a shock wave that will shake the town, SHOW you’re wife how much you love her. Vacuuming the living room when your wife asks you to, without complaining and groaning, HUGE IMPACT! (That one is certain to earn you some big man points in her book.) Taking the time to place your hand on the small of her back as you pass by her in the kitchen while she’s making dinner, KABOOM. Bring her flowers or even a chocolate bar from the gas station, HELLO, was that a dish dropping to floor in shock as you walk in the door?
Women, you can do this too, COMPLEMENT your husband. SHAZAM! Say thank you to him when he does what you asked him to do, even if it took him all night to do it. Men feed on praise, FEED THE BOY! Show and tell each other how much you love one another, it will have a HUGE explosive impact, one that reaches much father than just the walls of your house.
“But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” Matthew 11:19b
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please the sinful nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:7-10
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13