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Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas, carrot sticks
Thursday: Perogies, tossed salad
Friday: smokies, buns, home fries (from Christine at Fruit in Season)
Saturday: raid the fridge Saturday
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The last Word for the Weekend has been really been mulling around in my heart since I posted it. The scripture actually came to me when I left it in response to a friends post on Friday. I have not got it out of my mind since.
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no
compassion the the child she has borne?Though she may forget, I WILL NEVER
FORGET YOU! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; you walls are
ever before me." Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV
My mind has a hard time understanding the awesomeness of God. He draws a parallel here of a mother and nursing child and the incredible force of parental love a mother feels towards that child. It is very rare that a mother can forget about a child she has brought into the world. But in our humanness and fallen state in today's world on the rare occasion it does happen. Yet God says that will never happen with Him. If we are His children, we can depend upon Him.
We are written or engraved upon His palm. This is incredible to me for a couple of reasons. First of all if something is engraved, it is etched right into the material. It does not just sit on top and therefore can be rubbed off, it is right inside and permanent. The amplified bible says it like this:
"Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tatooed) a picture of
you on the palm of each of My hands."
Indelibly imprinted or tatooed. If any of us has a child who has gotten ahold of an indelible marker and colored on something they shouldn't have you know, no matter what solution you try to use to get rid of it, it never totally goes away. It is absorbed into the material it is put upon. And if you have gotten a tatoo it will be there forever. Even if you try to have it removed with today's laser technology there will still be signs that you had a tatoo in that spot. It is there forever. How incredible that we are in God's hands forever. To me that is pretty profound.
The second thing that has really been going over in my heart is the fact that God said we were engraved in His Hands. Of any part of my body, my hands is probably the part that my eyes land upon the most. Think of it. No matter what you do you most likely look down at your hands to do it. We are continually before God's eyes by being engraved upon His hands. That is so awesome to me I find it hard to even put into words how that makes me feel. Loved, protected, affection is usually shown with the hands, secure are just a few of the words & feelings my mind can't even sort out.
Do you know you are in His Hands if you are His child? No matter what you are going through on this earth you can rest in the fact that God has that fierce parental love for you and that you are indelibly in His hands and continuously before His eyes. Do you desire to know this love, this comfort of being forever in God's hands. It doesn't take works on your part. You do not have to become better, different, or work to obtain being His child. For you see, it is a free gift from God. Given to us through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus.
"But when the right time came God sent His Son who was born
of a woman and lived under the law. God did this so he could buy freedom
for those who were under the law and so we could become His
Galations 4 : 4 - 5
I encourage you today to know God as your Father and have that assurance that you are written forever into His hands.