No more Bandaids!

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Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? Jeremiah 8:22 (NIV)

If you have followed my blog long you know my mind words in mysterious ways. In other words ~ I think about the craziest things. I think it my insatiable desire to see God in the ordinary. AND it doesn’t get more ordinary than a ~ Bandaid. It’s a word (especially as moms) we use a lot. When our kids are younger a Bandaid can fix anything, even when there isn’t any blood. But they don’t believe in the power of a bandaid for long.

According to dictionary.com the word “band” means a thin, flat strip of some material for binding, confining, trimming, protecting. And “aid” means to provide support for or relief to; to help. Bandaids cover wounds. They hold together skin that has been torn apart or they protect injuries from germs and bath water (It stings! It stings!) BUT, bandaids grow soggy when we bathe, the sticky wears off and they need to be replaced often.  It can’t withstand the elements. It won’t last forever and it doesn’t really keep all the germs and “stingy” bath water out.

Babylon (sin city) will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed. Jeremiah 51:8 NIV

So . . . . what’s the point?!

God! When our hearts need repair. When things feel like they have been shattered and torn apart. Why do we often look for a “bandaid fix”? A temporary aid to cover the pain (shopping, alcohol, denial, pit dwelling, you name your poison or should I say idol?). When God covers a wound, His balm (His healing) never runs out.  It never changes.  It never needs replacing. It never grows soggy UNLESS we don’t seek it, use it, cover ourselves in it and choose it.

The very God who threw the skies into space, set earth on a firm foundation, and breathed his own life into men and women,  (Zechariah 12:1 MSG) Our God is the ultimate treatment for our wounds, our sins and our brokenness. He can handle it!

The next time you need forgiveness, repair, strength, restoration and someone to pick up the pieces of a broken situation ~ will you grab the bandaid or the One who threw the skies into space and breathed His life into you?

He was broken and pierced on the cross so that you and I could have complete restoration.

Holy to the Lord!

Zech. 14:20 NIV

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Resting takes WORK

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

When I had the flu last week, I realized  how much work and energy it took just to rest. To rest while laundry sat and taunted me, dishes piled up, kids and their homework arrived home from school and e-mails continued to ding as they entered my inbox. The world doesn’t stop ~ no matter how sick, angry, sad, frustrated or busy we are. God tells us in Colossians to work willingly at whatever we do ~ as though we were working for Him. I always thought of this verse when I was washing dishes, folding laundry, changing diapers or any of those other menial tasks that I come across as a mom, wife and woman. Although, I now realize that God recognizes how much work it takes for us to turn the world off and seek Him, to trust His Word and rest in His plan.

Why do we fight rest so much? Even God rested!

For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” Hebrews 4:4 NIV

So what do we do now that we realize how much work rest can be? Embrace it! Acknowledge it takes work to be still so when we are making the effort we approach it “with all of our heart, as working for the Lord”. When we work at resting, His voice becomes more and more audible. The volume of the world goes down and the effects it has on us will be great. Are you willing to let His peace, love, guidance, mercy, forgiveness, love, gentleness and grace effect you?

I think we’ll all be surprised at how working at becoming masters of rest will make us better people.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  Psalm 62:1-2 NIV

Got Angry?

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After studying the book of Zechariah and being completely blessed and blown away by this amazing book of the Bible I had never considered reading,  it made me wonder how many other small and less popular books of the Bible might be hiding something AMAZING –

After all, every bit of the Bible is God’s word ~ not just the most popular books like Genesis, the Gospels, Acts, Psalms, James, etc.  So I decided to look into the book (or should I say 1 chapter) of Obadiah.  I found that:

It’s about how we feel after being taken advantage of, when we are wronged or betrayed by someone we trust. Obadiah reminds us that it’s God’s job to handle our enemies ~ not ours.

It’s written by Obadiah himself who was an unknown prophet that had a powerful message. He reminds us that we can count on God’s loyalty, and trust Him to handle those who rob us, bring disaster to our lives, pillage our joy, deceive us, overpower us and set traps for us.  (Obadiah 1:5-7)

You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster.You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble. Obadiah 1:12-14 NIV

In verses 12-14 it says we should never “look down on, rejoice over their destruction, boast over their troubles, or look down on” the people who treat us terribly. That’s a tough one to swallow, but God promises that all they have done to you will return upon their own heads (v. 15). You can count on God’s loyalty, you can trust Him to handle those who have brought you sorrow, disaster, shame and hurt.  (Obadiah 1:5-7)

Other than the obvious lesson from this book ~ Let God handle your battles, your revenge and your enemies. I don’t think we should overlook these other two:

1. Even though Obadiah was an unknown prophet, only has 1 chapter in his book and you don’t hear his words mentioned much in sermons ~ His message is from the Lord. It’s important we study the entire Bible so we don’t miss a word from the Lord.

2. It’s also important to understand that no matter how insignificant your story or faith my seem to you, with God it has the power to touch others in ways you could never imagine.  You have an awesome story that He wants you to share with others for His glory.