Wednesday, February 3, 2016
But in this passage it says God heard their grumbling. He didn't condemn them or tell them to shut up. He heard them and took action. What a mighty God to think that He hears us even in our grumbling. In our "sour" attitudes He still listens. Even when we continue to sin God loves us where we are.
Side note: Maybe he gave them a sweet bread so it would sweeten their attitudes ;).
Another thing to note is that everyone had to same amount. It was equal (vs.16-18) "This is what the Lord has commanded:'Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.'" The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed."
The other crazy part is that they ate this manna for 40 years! Now we just got done fasting with our church family and I admit I grumbled sometimes to myself thinking....man that would sure be great right now. I wish I could. Then I would try to refresh myself with prayer and asking God to be my everything. To fill the "voids" I think I have in my life.
The Isrealites ate manna for 40 years! Now it may have been great, but that is pretty ummm.....repetitive. I know because of the other circumstances of not thinking they could take the promised land that they were kind of stuck in the desert for that time. However it really was a time of refining. Refining of the people God had chosen. They had to learn to trust God with everything.
So in this year of healing I am thinking of refining. Refining who God wants me to be. What is His desire for me? It isn't something I can do, but rather something I can get only from Him daily. I can't take it on myself, or try to do it all on my own because like the manna it is provided by Him and I can only do today what God has directed. I can't create days, hours, or even seconds.....I can only live by His sweet provision for today and do my best.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Yes we have what we call family day during the week when everyone else is at school. For us we want to take a day out from everything else and spend it doing fun things together. Sometimes we go to a local park for the day. Sometimes we stay at home for the day playing games. Soon we will start trying out camping in a tent too! So we don't always go to a theme park, but it is a family favorite!
Of course it helps that we live on the East side of Tampa- an hour from Orlando theme parks and 20 minutes from Busch Gardens here in Tampa. Plus as a Florida resident we get better pricing on year round passes ;). We use our Christmas money from family to help pay for those memories- money well spent!
Sometimes the kids leave me crazy fun notes with scripture or just something fun for me to read. I love it!
We love the Lord and gladly share about our faith whether at the theme park, at Walmart, or at church.
After all we are just an average family.......
Monday, January 18, 2016
You eat a LOT of cake and you have a lot of cuteness! Now I posted about Abigail's Sweet 16 already......so here are the rest of those special days! ENJOY!
For Christmas Michael's runner- Julie got him this adorable shirt- I love it!!!! THANK YOU JULIE!!!!
And now we can try to regain our waistline between now and Michael's Birthday February 27th! Oh and a fun fact: in our family of 11 the reason there is this crazy window of all kinds of special days is that between July 31st and November 8th there are NO birthdays or adoption days, or anything!!! Over 3 months of nothing in our family- that's crazy, but true!
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