Monthly Archives: February 2016

Not gonna “Google” it, I’m gonna “Bible” it.

 

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I like John Curley. I listen to his radio show pretty much every morning. He is conservative like me, and he has a great sense of humor in my opinion. But he bothered me last week when he said God doesn’t care about some issues. He said, “Leave God out of political debates. Don’t bug God. God doesn’t care about your football game. I wish people wouldn’t bring God into these things.”

Is that true? I guess it would be if God were similar to humans. Then, yeah, considering all the more important things going on in the world, He probably wouldn’t have time for everything. But He’s not human. We know that He operates on a level that we can’t imagine. We know that His power is unfathomable to our human minds. We are unable to comprehend His magnitude, strength, omnipotence, and Love.

When I thought about this, I really wanted to write an email to John, explaining why he is wrong. But I didn’t. As I kept thinking about it, I realized that the most exciting part of challenging John’s comments was that I knew where to find confirmation that I’m right and he’s wrong. neener, neener.

Isn’t is awesome that we have a source to find the answers to all our questions?

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

For example, some say, “babies aren’t born with instruction books.” But really all our instructions are in the Bible. All our answers to everything are there. I felt comforted knowing that the words John spoke were not supported anywhere in the Bible. Nowhere does it say, “don’t bother God with your mundane problems. He only wants to help with significant ones.” No, it says the exact opposite: He knows the number of hairs on your head. Nowhere does it say, “God only cares about some things on our earth. Be considerate of what issues you bring God into.” No, He wants to be interwoven into every big, medium, and tiny detail of our lives.  He cares about what we care about.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

 I am grateful for that. And I am especially grateful that I have a place to go, the Bible, to find out the Truth. Every word of this amazing book is a gift from God to us.

 

Who We Wait With is Just as Important as What We’re Waiting For

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The year before she came we filled our days with preparation.   We bought baby gates, inherited a set of bunk bed, and purged cabinets to make room for cleaning supplies & medications to be moved out-of-reach.  We gathered information,  joined foster support groups, and prayed. Phase 1.

The day she walked into our house we began a new project. Phase 2: Nurturing, teaching, playing, reading, driving, doctor appointments, holidays, birthday parties, and growing to love her more and more every day. Phase 2 has been a year so far.  We can’t imagine our family without her now.

Phase 3. How do we live in phase 3? I thought phase 3 would be either adoption or saying goodbye as she was reunified with parents or relatives. Turns out that is Phase 4. Phase 3 is actually another season of waiting. The waiting season for our foster license to be issued was difficult. Now it is a whole new level of difficult to wait for the courts’ decision as to whether we can keep our new daughter forever, or if we are indeed a temporary home.

Most Bible verses I looked up about “waiting” say, “wait for the Lord.” Or “wait on the Lord.” We are of course waiting for something, that’s true. But I wanted to find a scripture assuring me that God is waiting with me, not just that I am waiting for His will or His blessing or His plan. I wondered where I could find, “wait with the Lord.” Then I realized that is truly the message throughout the entire Bible.  With the Lord is essentially the message of almost every verse of scripture. You can insert anything in front of “with.” Eat with the Lord, Shop with the Lord, Be with the Lord, Wait with the Lord. It’s what Jesus was teaching us to do with every aspect and detail of our lives. He is with us always.

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 Joshua 1:9 NIV