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Due to their own disobedience, fear and lack of faith, the Israelites wandered around in circles in the wilderness for 40 years and at the end of this time, before they were about to cross the river Jordan and claim the Promised Land as their own, they were given the following reminder,
“For the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.” (Deuteronomy 2:7 NLT)
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My daughter picked up a post card with a written prayer on it last summer, and it’s been on the wall right in front of where I stand to wash up ever since. I glance at it occasionally but the other day I really read it again properly and it’s a fabulous prayer. I’m not a fan of written prayers but this one, I think, is worth sharing. Apologies if you are already familiar with it and I am sorry that my non-conformist ignorance means that all I know about the guy who wrote it is that he was a late 5th / early 6th Century Irish Monk who liked to travel and went on a famous voyage. But he wrote a good prayer.
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“On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire … Whenever the cloud lifted from the tent, the Israelites set out; whenever the cloud settled, the Israelites set up camp… At the Lord’s command they set up camp, and at the Lord’s command they set out.” (Numbers 9: 15, 18, 23 NIV)
It struck me the other day that, when Moses was leading the Israelites on their 40 year meanderings around the desert after the Exodus, they had absolutely no idea where they where going, how long they would be travelling, why they stopped where they stopped and where the next stop would be. They may have had some idea of where they wanted to go, but never when they might set off and where they might be taken next. Ever feel like that? That you haven’t a clue where God is taking you, why you are travelling to and stopping in the places you are and why the heck He can’t just get on and get you to where you want to go in a nice, simple straight line? I do.
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My daughter has just told me off. I was telling her that I was worrying about something. She asked me if I’d prayed about it and when I said I had, often, she told me off for not trusting in God for the answer. Completely busted. She also told me to listen to the words of the song below.
Don’t you just love it when your kids turn out to be wiser than you? Enjoy!
Brandon Heath – Hands of the Healer
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I feel like screaming right now. Today I started a 6 month locum post, having been out of work for 18 months. The first news to greet me on my arrival was that, due to year end budget cuts, my new employers can only keep me on until the end of March – for 6 weeks. And to add to that, my son texted soon after to say he didn’t get a job he was going for as well. Humph!
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I’ve just had what feels like a Gideon experience. God asked Gideon to lead 300 Israelite soldiers into battle against the Midianites and the Amalekites, whose armies are described in Judges 7:12, as “as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore” (NASB).
Whittling down the size of his army, the Lord explained to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’” (Judges 7:2 NASB) Continue reading
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I don’t know about you, but looking back on my life so far, it’s clear that my level of contentment tends to depend upon my personal circumstances. When life is going well, I’m happy. When life is difficult or frustrating, my mood nose-dives. Someone once said to me that a parent is only as happy as his or her most miserable child and, I guess from personal experiences, I can appreciate the truth in that.