Such Details!

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Such Details!

You may have noticed a theme in my devotions the last few months.  Many focus on the importance of getting into the Word of God, reading, studying, and meditating upon it.

We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.  I am currently reading Exodus, where God gave very detailed, precise instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant and the tabernacle.  Before I started reading, I prayed for the Lord to speak to me through His Word.  However, I have to admit, as I read this portion, I was thinking, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”  Stick with me!  You are about to find out!

In Exodus 25-28, the Lord gave detailed instructions from the tabernacle to the courtyard, including the table, lampstand, framework, altar, and even the clothing for the priests! I couldn’t help but think, “Lord, now that is some high maintenance!”

He went into such great detail for the priest’s robe, stating how many rows of gemstones there were to be, which gemstones would go where, adding to put them in settings of gold, and what each gemstone stood for.

He then specified instructions for hem of the robe: There were to be pomegranates of not one, but three specific colors, with bells alternating between them.

This got me to thinking about when God gave Noah instructions for building the ark. In Genesis 6, the Lord told Noah how long, wide, and high the ark was to be, where to place a window and the door. He told him to cover the ark in pitch, what to take on the ark and how many. He even told Noah how many days it would rain.

Psalm 11:4 tells us the still rules from heaven, closely watching everything which happens on earth. God is still into details! We see this again in Psalm 139 where it tells us that He knows when we sit, stand, sleep, or awaken. He knows our thoughts before we speak. He even knew us before we were formed, having already written the number of our days in His book.

God went into such detail for the ark and the tabernacle – things which weren’t meant to last forever.  How much more do you think He cares about every detail of your life?  After all, you were made in His image.  Not only that, but He sent His only Son to die for you.  You can rest assured that, indeed, He really does care about every…. detail….of…. your….life.

I share all of this with you to show you that God does speak through His Word — even through those seemingly mundane, boring portions.  When we fail to read His Word, we not only miss out for ourselves, but we are missing out on what God may want to speak to us so that we can, in turn, speak to others, encouraging them! We can show them that God cares about every detail of their lives as well!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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Your Dwelling Place

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Your Dwelling Place

I work as a switchboard operator at a local hospital. There are many functions to being an operator, beyond just answering the phones. There are multiple lines, ringing in – outside lines, in-house lines, the doctor’s line, and the answering service line. That doesn’t include all of the alarms that could go off at any given time, requiring the operator to overhead page to get the correct teams to respond in order to save a patient’s life.

 

When I was a new operator, I have to admit – it was overwhelming to see everything in the office. It was very intimidating to think I would soon be responsible for all of that! However, five years later, I run the switchboard like a pro! I have so many phone numbers memorized that I rarely need to use the directories. When an emergency arises, I don’t even have to think about how I am to respond. It is automatic; I just spring into action. I have even trained others on this job. In fact, my skills recently led to a promotion.

 

Now, how did I get to be so good at what I do? It is because I am here every day. I am immersed in the job. I dwell here.

 

Colossians 3:16 tells us to let the word dwell in us richly. Notice this verse tells us to let the word dwell in us. Dictionary.com describes ‘dwell’ as to live or stay as a permanent resident, or to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing. To do this, we must spend time in our bibles. Not just reading to get the ‘task’ done, but consciously reading, pondering, memorizing, and praying over what we are reading so that we can understand it and apply it to our lives.

 

Just as I dwell in my job, being immersed in it, we are to do this with the Word of God. Think of it like a foreign language. There are programs out there that teach you from an ‘immersion’ perspective. They don’t just teach you a few words each day. They put you in the culture where the language is spoken. The idea is that by being immersed in it, you will pick it up quicker and it will become a part of you.

 

Colossians 3:16 also admonishes us to teach and admonish others in all wisdom. We are incapable of properly doing this until we have been dwelling in the Word of God, and the Word of God begins to dwell in us!

 

I challenge you to take the time to dwell in God’s Word, seeing the changes He makes in you, and the wisdom He gives you.  It will cause an excitement and an expectancy in you! You won’t be able to wait until you can pick up His Word again! You will truly taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

What are you waiting for? Start dwelling in the Word of God!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Intimacy With God – David Wilkerson

This is a fabulous and sobering message.  One we all need to hear.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

The Quiet Hour

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The Quiet Hour

Quiet?  What’s that?  As moms, we can all relate to the having the feeling that we just don’t have enough time to read the Word and pray.  We mistakenly think that we can make it through the day in our own strength.

For those of us who are stay-at-home moms with young children, we may find that naptime is a good time to get alone with the Lord.  As the children get older and outgrow naptime, we can still institute an afternoon quiet hour (or 1/2 hour, if necessary).  You may find it helpful to have a timer on hand.  You gently instruct the children to find something to do by themselves until the timer goes off.  They are not allowed to play with each other, nor are they allowed to listen to music, play on the computer, or watch TV.  They can read a book, color, or quietly play with some toys, but they must be instructed not to bother Mommy until the timer goes off.  (Of course, a real emergency would supersede the instructions!)

We do our children a great disservice if we fail to teach them how to be alone.  Too often, we fall into the trap of entertaining them ourselves, or with the TV, or numerous other activities.  They need to have times of solitude so that they know how to be alone.  This will help them to be open to hearing God’s still small voice.

We can’t hear God speak above all the clamor and distractions, so we can’t expect our precious children to hear Him speak when they are constantly with other people, are busy, or are being distracted by many things around them.  Recently, my own daughter has come to me on many occasions, expressing her desire to hear God speak.  I wasn’t sure how to answer her beyond telling her that He often speaks to us in a still, small voice, not heard by the ear, but felt in the heart.  I find myself pondering on starting a daily quiet time.  I think my first prayer will be for her to hear her precious Father’s voice speaking to her….
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

Struck by Lightning

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Struck by Lightning

One day while it was storming, I was talking on the phone to my friend, Brandie.  Suddenly, I heard a loud, thunderous boom, seemingly right above our house.  Brandie heard me let out a yell – not of fear, but of pain.  I had been struck by lightning!

The jolt of the electricity caused me to quickly drop the phone to my side.  I could feel a tingling sensation down the left side of my face.  Shortly after, I had a ringing in my ear and a pounding headache that lasted for several hours.

Needless to say, it left quite an impression on me.  I now understand that when Grandma told me to stay off the phone during a storm, it was not just an old wive’s tale.  It was wise advice!

Too often, I think the church takes the attitude of, “Reading the Word is just an old wive’s tale.  I can do just fine without it.”  We continue doing things our own way, only to feel like we have suddenly been struck by lightning.  Because we failed to read the Word and seek God’s counsel, we find that we are jolted, much like when the lightning jolted me.  We are shaken to the core of our being.  We are left with the excruciating pain of reaping what we have sown.  How much better we would have been if only we would have taken time for God and His Word!

I have seen many farm houses that have a lightning rod to protect the house if lightning should strike.  As Christians, we have a rod to protect us.  God’s rod and His staff are there for us. (Psalm 23:4)  When we are faithful to be in His Word, He will use the rod and staff to guide us and correct us if we start to stray from His path.  He will use His Word to teach and rebuke us, to correct us, and to train us in righteousness. (II Timothy 3:16)

The result will be that when we face a crisis, it won’t jolt us like a bolt of lightning.  Instead, we will quickly look to our Shepherd, finding comfort and direction in the rod and staff.

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

Romanced by God

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Romanced by God
Did you husband ever sing love songs to you while you were dating?  God desires for us to sing love songs to Him, out of heart filled with love and adoration for Him.  Too many times, we may sing words, but they aren’t truly praises sung to Him.  We fall into the trap of doing it out of habit.  It’s similar to a real marriage where one spouse takes the other for granted.  God has given us so much.  Let’s be very careful not to take Him for granted.

Do you remember how the unexpected cards, flowers, or candy would just make you feel so special?  Even now, if your husband would walk in with a small gift for you, wouldn’t it just thrill your heart?  God does the same thing for us, but I think many times we take it for granted.  For example, I went shopping and found over $117 worth of items and I only paid $8 for them.  That was God showing up, giving me a gift.  A friend recently gave me a huge trash bag of clothing for Rachel.  That’s God showing up again, only He used a person to give me this gift from Him.  What about the times a friend may take you out to eat?  That is God again, wanting to bless you and show you His love.

Do you ever have times where your husband gives you a gift that literally causes your jaw to drop, leaving you speechless?  God is really good at doing the same thing.  When I figured up the value of what I bought on my shopping trip, compared to what I actually spent, my jaw dropped.  I knew it was God’s blessing.

There was another time where my heart was filled to overflowing for the blessing of the Lord.  We had just gotten possession of our house, knowing that we would have to repaint everything, not to mention buy new blinds, curtains, drapes, etc.  It seemed that the money was unending for what we needed.  Now, we aren’t wealthy by any means, if you only count wealth by financial status.  Yet, the funds continued to stretch to the point of even buying a new stove and refrigerator.  One day I was praying and thanking the Lord for His blessing.  My heart felt like it was going to burst.  I told the Lord that I wanted to do something for Him to show Him how grateful I was for His blessing.  Within minutes, my husband pulled up in a used car, asking me what I thought about purchasing the car and giving it to his mother, who was in desperate need of one.  I knew God was answering my prayer.

Do you remember going out to eat when you were dating?  You weren’t so focused on the food, but on the communication that took place while eating the food.  There are times that God’s Word becomes the “Rhema” word to us, meaning it is the “now” word for us – just what we needed to hear.  These are times when the Lover of our soul is taking us out to eat, only what we are eating is spiritual food.

Why don’t you let God take you “out to eat?”  Don’t forget to let Him make the “menu selection” for you.  You won’t be disappointed!
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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