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Friday, August 16, 2019

Birth: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Birth


Born under an edict of death

helpless to effect decision

carried by arms of love

protected for life

based on faith beyond

human plots or power

consecrated with trust to

promises foretold. Fulfilled.

Psalm 104:24, “O Lord, how many are Thy works! In wisdom Thou hast made them all; The earth is full of Thy possesions.”




Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Reflection: Belief: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



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Reflection Questions


1. What dangers frighten you? For yourself? For loved ones?

2. How do they affect your spiritual trust in the Lord?

3. Both Abraham and Moses’s parents were willing obey God’s words regardless of the consequences? What do you think brought them to that moment of commitment?

4. Write out a prayer for each of the children in your life this week. Look for ways to pray it over them.

Share: What step of faith encouraged you this week? Either your own, or by someone else for you.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Belief: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry


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Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

Belief

All newborn babies are completely helpless. Just holding a newborn for the first time can be a daunting experience. We have experienced stories of people who have overcome terrible circumstances to survive those early months. And we have heard the heartbreaking stories of babies who had every medical assistance possible and could not survive.

Moses’ parents also faced a hostile edict set on murder. Yet they managed to hide him for three months. It’s difficult to imagine how. Even when a newborn has a quiet personality there is no mistaking or ignoring his cry when he so chooses.

These parents chose the danger of crocodiles over the danger of the edict.

Their actions could mean death.  By their own decisions—what if they were wrong? We struggle day by day with our own faith steps, but usually for ourselves only, not life and death situations for our loved ones. Or do we?

Acts 7:20, says the parents saw that he was lovely in the sight of God. Not just a beautiful baby boy, but lovely in God’s sight.  And so they had the courage to trust. Any parent can’t help but wonder how often they trusted wholly in the Lord for their children, or tried to fix things in their own strength out of fear for the ‘king’s edict.’

Moses’ parents chose faith in God’s provision. Love and trust over malice and fear.

Only when we as parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and teachers, recognize and lift our children up into God’s promises can we give them a life that is eternal. Then they grow up in His provision and protection. And we can marvel at their beauty too.

Your thoughts,


Friday, August 9, 2019

Instructions: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Instructions


            No wonder children become confused

            when encouraged to be amused by

            comics and cartoons and yet

            admonished to remember

            it’s only pretend.

           
            Stories, movies, theater all

            make believe.

           
            Next we wonder why as they grow

            scoff at faith stories, analyze each

             by cynicism. Can maybe see only

            momentary fragments, glimpses

            of gift, question eternity.


           
            Resurrection life beyond comprehension,

            promises blemished by facts.


            Need to capture creation’s beauty,           

            with fresh imagination.  Life anew

            fresh from decay, seasons change,

            discover  soul heritage  in

            breathless histories.

           
            Imagination and reality build bridges,
           
            connect the impossible.

Psalm 104:23, “Man goes forth to his work, And to his labor until evening.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Reflection: Legacy: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



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Reflection Questions


1. How has faith been passed down through generations in your family? Or perhaps how has it not?

2. Have you considered writing down your own story of faith? What kind of movie genre would fit your experience?

3. There is a time in every child’s life when they need to understand the difference between lies and truth. Do you think we so overemphasis reality though that we can also remove wonder, imagination, and belief in an impossible faith?

Share: What legacy of faith do you most want to be remembered for? Why?


Monday, August 5, 2019

Legacy: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry


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Hebrews 11:22, “By faith, Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.”

Legacy

Were some listeners tempted to scoff at an old man’s imagination? Think of it as pure fantasy. Or did some remember the stories of Joseph’s dreams when young, or his prophecies when in jail, and wonder. What parts of those old stories were totally real and what parts were around the campfire embellishment to entertain children?

Joseph’s actions at his death re-emphasized the truths he sustained throughout his life. He held onto his youth-filled visions God had given him. He endured betrayal, slavery, and jail and saw it as God turning to good what men had intended for evil.

Then, despite experiencing the opposite in success and power, Joseph never forgot where his true inheritance lay. He saw himself as God’s servant and as one of His children.

Joy for what has been given, and anticipation for what is yet to come.

Joseph left his people an Old Testament version of an upcoming attraction—not to be missed. Joseph recognized and witnessed that his death was not an end, but only a piece in progress, and he pointed to God’s story as the lifeline. In God’s story absolute impossibles are real.

Lord, please do not let despair or acclaim pull us from Your purposes in our heart motives, or our action directions. Help us to “keep our eyes fixed on you” and remain as firmly grounded in faith as Joseph, regardless of circumstances.

Your thoughts,

Friday, August 2, 2019

Reverence:



Reverence


From a heart of reverence

bowed in worship

Jacob spoke inheritance

words of promise.


Censure and comfort,

challenge and call.

Blessings unheard of.


Required new commitment

by each to follow in

pattern of relationships.

Family formed for God.

Psalm 104: 22, “When the sun rises they withdraw, And lie down in their dens.”


 
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