Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 14, Psalm 50, Isaiah 3-4, and Hebrews 11
By Mary Freeman
Today’s two art posts are a response to all four of the scheduled Scriptures for the day. Mary Freeman’s thoughts on her art follow.
As I read the four scriptures for this post one word kept repeating. TRUST! In Numbers 14 verse 9 the Israelites were told:
“Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land…”
But they were afraid and their fear was greater than their trust in God. God asks:
“How long will they not believe [trust] in me in spite of all the signs that I have done?”
It’s hard to understand their lack of trust when I see in black and white all God has done for them. But then I realize I am guilty of the very same thing.
The Israelites wanted to turn back and return to Egypt. They preferred bondage to the freedom God offered; yes freedom involves walking into the sometimes scary unknown, but preferring bondage? There are days I too want to return to my “Egypts”, the things that are familiar to me, even if they do not offer freedom.… Continue Reading
Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 12-13, Psalm 49, Isaiah 2, and Hebrews 10
By Amanda Jenkins
Reading through Jeremiah 10, I’m once again in awe of the Israelites stupidity and sin in idol worship. Why would anyone craft an image out of gold or silver, and then worship it? Hard to imagine.
Then again, there’s me and my favorite movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary. The plotline centers on the drama in Bridget’s life that becomes the content of her diary. She begins each day’s entry by listing her stats—pounds gained or lost, cigarettes smoked, men interested, books read, party invites received. She is, to put it mildly, a work in progress—someone who can’t get life quite right, no matter how hard she tries. And every success and failure is documented in her diary.
Aside from her British accent and chain smoking, I’m a lot like Bridget Jones. I begin each day with a list—keep the house picked up, limit myself to one Diet Coke, spend special time with each of my kids, work out, pray, avoid sugar, read a chapter in a book about something important, and so on and so forth. And then I determine each day’s worth by how many of those things I actually did.… Continue Reading
Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 9, Psalm 45, Song of Songs 7, and Hebrews 7
By Stephanie Rische
Have you ever felt like God was leading you so directly . . . but then the path took you on chaotic twists and turns, detours, and maybe even what seemed like a dead end? You were doing your best to listen to your spiritual GPS, but somehow you just weren’t getting straight from point A to point B.
Not long ago I felt God prompting to buy a Bible, and not just any Bible—one of those big, classic, leather-bound numbers. I didn’t know who I was supposed to give it to or why, but the nudge was undeniable: Buy this Bible. And so, despite feeling rather foolish, I made the purchase, wondering when I’d get my next set of instructions.
Shortly after, my husband and I were packing for a nine-hour train ride to visit his family. We were carrying everything on with us, and our bags were stuffed. Just as I was wrestling the zipper on my bloated carry-on, another prompting came out of nowhere: Take the Bible with you.
I was pretty sure I’d misunderstood, and I haggled with God over it.… Continue Reading
Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 8, Psalm 44, Song of Songs 6, and Hebrews 6
By Emily Cummins
I heard a statement when I was 16-years-old that I haven’t been able to forget. I vividly remember sitting in a hotel ballroom in Orlando where I was attending a student leadership conference, when the keynote speaker said these bold, challenging words: “It’s time for the little girl to sit down and the woman to stand up.” Nearly seven years later, those words are still ringing in my ears.
The little girl in me wants life to be pretty simple…like picking what restaurant I want to go to for dinner. But life doesn’t always have concrete answers. I’m discovering there are many shades of grey. For me, tipping into adulthood felt strange at first—playing dress-up in your mom’s clothes only to find out that they actually fit you. It was this sensation of stumbling around in the dark, tripping over furniture I didn’t know was there, all the while searching for the light. Many days I feel like I’m standing at the crossroads of that little girl I once was and the woman I know I am called to be. And it’s in this crossroads that I know I must make a choice to either remain the same or embrace the freefall.… Continue Reading