O come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the LORD our maker. – Psalm 95:6 KJV
Yesterday we traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the lighting of Temple Square with several members of the Decker family.
The temple itself was under construction and completely covered by scaffolding, so we didn’t see much of it at all. When we entered the building called the Tabernacle, which has an enormous organ and a planetarium style set up on the ceiling for a showing of a nativity animation, I looked down at my son.
He had peed on the tabernacle floor! My husband and I have been attempting to potty train him, with on and off success. We quickly cleaned up the mess and put him in a pull-up, and because we didn’t have a set of spare pants for him handy, my husband wrapped him up in his blanket and we returned to our car as quickly as possible.
Jesus meets us where we are. Our circumstances may be humbling indeed, but He doesn’t mind. He loves us anyway. Amen.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. – Joel 2:25-26 KJV
One of the books that I frequently read to my son is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To summarize, the catepillar eats a lot, gets a stomach ache, then becomes a beautiful butterfly.
Sometimes remembering our past eats us up. We dwell on past hurts and wrongs. When we recall the past, especially resentments and wrongs done to us, we can remind ourselves that God was teaching us something. I ask myself, “What did you learn from that and what would you do differently?”
When I frame the situation that way, it’s harder to stay mad about what happened in the past, because it has shaped who I am today. God wants to transform us into something beautiful. We look forward to that day. Amen.
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, – Exodus 23:25 NIV
Our need for God is all the more apparent when sickness comes on.
Both my husband and I got food poisoning this week. My husband’s illness hit early in the week, and I didn’t start feeling unwell till Friday evening.
When we ask the Lord for help, He hears us and has built in mechanisms in our bodies to combat illnesses.
God never promised that we would go through life without trouble, but He did promise that He would be with us always. Amen.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. – John 14:26 NIV
Sometimes I need reminders. The Holy Spirit advocates for us. When we forget what to say or realize we don’t know something, the Holy Spirit is there to teach us.
We are never too old to learn something new. Amen.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. – Hebrews 10:36 NIV
Sometimes we start a project and don’t finish it. We might have legitimate reasons for not being able to get done what we set out to do.
Our personal projects, goals and wishes sometimes change depending on what we find most interesting at the moment.
God’s plans for us are much more deliberate. When we follow His will and trust that He will see it through, we can benefit from the outcomes of His promises. God never changes His mind about His promises to us. Amen.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday, and many people donate to their charity of choice.
Today, I chose to donate to my church “the fruit of my increase”, which was a small amount that I received from a commission that I earned for referring a past client to take an online course on how to create a website. It is somewhat rare that I earn commissions, and although sometimes I have a scarcity mindset, God has truly blessed me and my family with everything we need.
When we find space in our hearts to be generous and tithe back to God a portion of the abundance that He provides for us, He gives us even more. We don’t give just to get more; we give because we are grateful for what God has given us. He doesn’t forget what we need. Amen.
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Colossians 1:13-15 NIV
God brings light, love, redemption, and forgiveness into our lives.
The bond between a parent and a child is special. God loves us so much that He gave His only son so that we might live. Salvation is an incredible gift.
I was shopping with my husband and toddler yesterday, and my son threw a tantrum until we caved and bought the Christmas gift that he wanted. I thought to myself that I was spoiling my son for giving in to fulfill the need, that in his mind, was incredibly urgent.
God patiently listens to us. He gives us gifts even if we don’t really deserve them. He loves us so much that He transforms our hearts, souls, and minds to focus our attention on the things that really matter, not just the things that we think we want at the time. We can trust Him to lead us. Amen.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
Each day has its own set of frustrations. We sometimes get caught up with our projects and forget to eat or drink enough water. We can get “hangry” (hungry plus angry) if we don’t exercise self care.
The Lord knows that our problems are temporary. When we train ourselves to whisper a prayer whenever we notice ourselves getting frustrated, He will immediately come to our aid. Amen.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV
When we seek the Lord first, everything else in our lives falls into line. When we choose Him, we have clarity of focus.
Our minds naturally wander, but God can help us refocus our attention on what really matters. He never misdirects us. Amen.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV
It is an incredible process for babies to grow up and learn words. Toddlers can articulate themselves, but not as fully as adults can.
The gift of salvation is something that we try to describe, but like toddlers who try to communicate the best they can, we don’t quite have the words to express the magnitude of Jesus’s gift to us.
When we love someone, we try to buy nice gifts for that person, especially in anticipation of Christmas time.
There is both a joy and a financial stress in buying Christmas gifts sometimes.
God has an unlimited supply of love and He is not constrained by a budget when He gives us gifts. We can receive His gifts with great joy. Amen.