Melissa at Breath of Life hosts a fun meme where you can do a post on what words have touched you this week, quotes from things that you have read the previous week.
That observation absolutely jumped out at me as I was doing my readings for the week which happened to be in Exodus. At a time in my life when things are a little tight, and I've found myself questioning "Why is this happening, God?", this small sentence carried a ton of impact. God has not removed himself from me but is taking me in another step in learning to trust Him. That is almost freeing. I can let go of the questioning and the constant craziness of trying to figure it out and start taking steps that turn me towards trusting Him."Exodus 15:22 - 17:7
SITUATION: For centuries the Israelites had lived on fertile farm land in Goshen. What a contrast the desert was to this previous comfort. With no way to provide for themselves, the Israelites complained to God. He performed daily miracles to provide water and food for them. Manna appeared in flake form with the morning dew. The Israelites ground it like grain and cooked with it.
OBSERVATION: The Israelites focused on physical needs, but God focused on their need to learn to trust Him.Max Lucado in the Max Lucado Devotional Bible
"If we wait until the people around us rise to a higher standard before we speak words of kindness, we may never speak. But if we take every opportunity to show the power of kind words, God can work through us to change lives."
"When you are tempted to think kindness shows weakness, remember that God shows His power through kind words."Gary Chapman and Elisa Stanford
in The Love as a Way of Life Devotional pg. 20
Our words can lift a person. It is a very powerful thing to be open enough to God to put ourselves aside, our agenda's, our defenses, our anger, and allow Him to use our words to instead uplift another person.
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