Saturday, September 22, 2007

Look What I found!

It's Saturday night. We have had a very long week. Lots of unexpected expenses, extra bills.... you get the picture. I believe God. He will provide, He knew the exact dollar amount we would need before this week ever happened. So, I'm just trusting Him. I entered blogland tonight to just veg out, check in with my siesta's and generally forget about this heaviness I feel. I ran across my GA siesta Jodi at Fruit Inspection. In her post tonight she writes about a lot of the same feelings Chad and I are having right now. God used her to encourage me so much.

All of that said, I felt like I was supposed to post something tonight but the creative juices just weren't flowing. The exciting part of my day was packing 3 suitcases, finishing up laundry from yesterday and all the dirty linens, organizing, hole punching and getting my music ready for Sunday morning. (I get to play piano in the morning. And you know what else, I get to play 3 of my favorites "The Presence of the Lord is Here", "Something Happens", and my newest favorite "Revelation Song" somebody pinch me!) Oh yes, I also packed and organized our schoolwork by day seeing as we will be gone for a full week. I'm just tired, plum tuckered.....

I decided to go through my posts and just see if there was anything "old" I could post. I ran across this post I wrote back in July but for whatever reason didn't post it. So here you go..... I hope to post some pictures next week. Hopefully I'll have some with some siesta's!

Back in January, Chad and I had a pretty lengthy conversation about the spiritual heritage our parents have given us and the spiritual heritage we long to leave for our children.

As I read in I Kings, I see God keeping his promise to David by making Solomon King. Solomon is granted wealth, power, and wisdom. But, he ignored God's command on marriage and married several foreign wives. Those wives brought their "gods" into Solomon's life. Over time Solomon began to worship these gods and even went as far as to build temples/shrines so those wives could worship their gods. This was complete disobedience and there would be consequences.

God told Solomon that those consequences would be drastic. He would take away, or as one translation says "tear away the kingdom from you, and give it to one of your servants." Solomon's choice to worship other gods, brought generational consequences.

Here's the pretty awesome thing. Because of God's love for David, Solomon's father, God would allow Solomon's son to be king of one tribe. God took the other tribes out from under them, but left one because of His love and faithfulness to David.

Look what David passed on! Blessing! That got me thinking.

If I had the choice, which would I want to pass on? Well, duh!! Blessings. But, so often I make choices that would say otherwise. What will my children say in 10 years about the example I'm giving them? I know what I want it to be, what I pray it will be. I want them to say my parents obeyed God even when they didn't understand His plan.

Blessings follow Obedience.

Obedience even when you don't like it.

Obedience. When it makes you admit you're wrong and asks you to say I'm sorry.

Obedience. When God has you make huge move and your world is still turned upside down.

Obedience. When you know God calls you to get up and get in His word. At 5:00. A.M.
But the warm covers feel more inviting.

Obedience. When God tells you to turn the other cheek for the 1000X!

Obedience. Plan and simple: Do what God tells you to do without asking questions.
Isn't that what we teach our children to do?

How easy it is to type or read a few words, agree with them and say that's right. May the love for our Father, and the sacrifice HE made through Jesus, be more than enough to bring us into a lifestyle of obedience. Then and only then will we leave blessings for our children.


Jackie said...

good word, really like the part about obedience. it is so necessary but can be so hard- always fighting the flesh!
thanks for that today...good truths. have a great sunday. take care!

Amy Wyatt said...

When Life Action Revival came to our old church they taught our children in Happiness Club that Obedience is doing what you are are told to do, when you are told to do it, with a happy heart! I not only have to remind them of that but myself of that on a daily basis. You would enjoy the book The Gift of The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent if you have never read it.

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

I love this! In Acts it states David was a man after God's heart because He would do what God told him to do. Obedience! I love that. His legacy was standing through the generations (even though he also made poor choices too with women). Thanks! think you just stirred my spirit within me with these words! :)

Cannot wait to see you!
Love you!

StaceyStace said...

I love your blog. I found it through LPM.

I always wondered what made David a man after God's own heart, after all his failures and heinous sins. I wondered this because I have been in the depths of sin and failure myself.

Then I read where Octavius Winslow said, basically: we can all sin with David, but can we repent with him, too? Furthermore, why did he repent? Because of God's promise! It was God's own gift of repentance to him that was all the difference. I thought that was pretty encouraging!

Thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon your blog from mommydotcom. Thanks for this posting. Yet another confirmation from the Lord this week. I choose to obey!


jodi said...

Gosh it's so funny to me that I could be an encouragement to you after spilling my guts about our finances. Or lack thereof! You are an encouragement to me as well. I'll be praying for you guys, too!