Thursday, February 27, 2020

February 27

Rest until God moves you. We get anxious while waiting for things to happen that we’ve prayed for. Sometimes we wait and wait, and still nothing happens. This is when things get difficult; if we are not careful, we will begin to move when God hasn’t released us. When we go out on our own, without God, our path becomes foggy, and hard to maneuver, we become hurt, sometimes physically, and sometimes financially. It will cause setbacks, and may prolong his answer. Unlike the Israelites, we don’t have a pillar of cloud by day, or fire by night to guide us, or tell us when to move. However, we do have the Holy Spirit in residence, he will give us clues, and make our pathway clear. I’ve learned that when I try to fit a square peg into a round hole by force, it doesn’t fit right; that’s when I know I’m moving without his guidance. Learn to pickup on his clues; he speaks to all of us in a language we understand, all we have to do is tune in.

Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. Exodus 40:36-37

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

February 26

Have you ever suddenly noticed something that was right before your eyes all along, but now it stands out for some reason? I was sitting on the beach early in the morning, and a sea grape leaf caught my eye. I had never noticed that the veins running through it were red! It’s such an insignificant thing, but it makes the leaves more striking. I feel the same way reading Exodus. All the details of the furnishings, and garments, and the tent walls, seem like insignificant things, and it made me wonder why God was telling us all this. Surprisingly, I’ve found a verse in each chapter that stands out, and points to the character of God. 

When the high priest went in to meet with the Lord, he would wear a turban that had an inscription that read, “Holy to the LORD.” Holy means “set apart to God.” 1 Peter 1:16 says, “since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” If you’re feeling insignificant, remember that you are set apart “to” God. You may not feel holy, but you are holy because of the One you trust, Jesus. You are hidden within him, and because he is holy, you are holy.

They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, “Holy to the LORD.” Exodus 39:30

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February 25

Moses went into great detail concerning each and every feature in the construction of the temple, and all its furnishings. Nothing was left to the imagination because God had given him a perfectly laid out plan, even down to the detail of the cleansing basin; it was made out of reflective brass, given to Moses by the women who ministered at the entry of the tent of meetings. It seems that the temple was quite important to God, being it was where he was going to meet with the priest on behalf of the people. The priest had to be perfectly clean, and pure to enter, or he would end up dead on the floor; whoever went into the temple had to be holy and consecrated to the Lord.

Do you think the importance of the temple has disappeared? It hasn’t, but the Priest we trust is holier than any other who came before him, and he goes before God on our behalf so that we do not die on the floor of the temple while looking for redemption. Remember that our bodies are now the temple. Make a concerted effort to live clean for the sake of our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that resides within you. Look at your reflection, and see if it resembles Jesus. If it doesn’t, ask the Holy Spirit to help you modify your life to become a reflection of Him.

"He made the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the ministering women who ministered in the entrance of the tent of meeting." Exodus 38:8 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Monday, February 24, 2020

February 24

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but flowers are most fragrant first thing in the morning. Not only that, but the birds are most active, and sing their hearts out, right before daybreak. It’s as if they wake up praising the Lord with their offering. Several days ago, I mentioned the orchids in the mangrove whose scent would draw you in. Several months back, I took a cutting from that very plant, not even knowing that it was scented. Fast forward, and that very cutting bloomed, and is providing a fragrant aroma as I sit and worship the Lord early in the morning.

One very interesting thing that I’ve noticed, is that as the sun begins to light up the sky, its scent get stronger. I thought that maybe it was just me, but it has happened each day that I’ve had it by my side. One of the flowers has a petal that has browned, but even in its gimpy state, it manages to produce a fragrant offering to the Lord. It goes to show that you should praise the Lord even when you’re in the valley, in pain, or have a hard time lifting your head. Whether you are healthy or sick, wake up praising the Lord.  

"He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer." Exodus 37:29

"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing," 2 Corinthians 2:15

Sunday, February 23, 2020

NEW BOOK!!!



My new book has finally been released!!

The Peace River Flows: A Daily Devotional for the Followers of Christ https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098022750/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_XOQuEbTHZES9K



February 23

Like a lot of people, I love to decorate! When there is the task of fitting a home or office with decor, I’m on it! I don’t pay full price, and look for bargains wherever I can find them. Marshall’s, TJ Max, and Home Goods, are my stores of choice, and I will travel to other areas just to pilfer through their merchandise for the perfect piece to add to the beautiful surroundings. If I had lived in the days of Moses, I would have been part of the process of decorating the tabernacle, probably one of the women who were weavers of the finest linens.

When I started reading Exodus 35 which is all about gathering the materials needed to build the tabernacle, I wondered what kind of lesson I could find in it because it seemed to be only about furnishings. After scouring it for a minute, I realized that to build the church, the people willingly came together, made contributions out of love, to insure that the church had everything it needed. Because they contributed out of love, there was an abundance, and Moses had to announce that they stop! Isn’t that incredible? When your church asks you to give, over your tithe, search your heart, and give out of love, like the Israelites did.

"And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD's contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments." Exodus 35:21

Saturday, February 22, 2020

February 22

In the center of the State of Florida, most will find that the dialect is very southern, and can be hard to understand if your own dialect is of the northern variety. When I moved to the Tampa area more than thirty years ago, people thought I was from Louisiana, or from somewhere in the Deep South.

After the debacle at the base of Mt. Sinai, with the golden calf worship, it seems that Moses began speaking to the Israelites himself, rather than through Aaron. It makes me wonder if after meeting with God on the mountain, Moses got over his fear of speaking, and no longer worried what the Israelites thought. Did Moses truly have a speech problem, or was it merely a dialect difference? He was brought up by the Egyptians, so he may have still been learning the language of Israel.

When God has a job for you, he equips you with the ability to carry it out. If you feel inadequate, just go slowly until you get some momentum, but if the Holy Spirit comes on you with all power, nothing will stop you! When fear sets in, remember Moses; also remember Peter who preached to over 3000, and was just a country boy who liked to fish.

Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. Exodus 34:32

Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21

Every morning at the crack of dawn, I take my dogs to do their business. They go running out the door as if they needed to clear the area of varmints. I never thought much of it until this morning when Rudy began making a racket like he had found something. I go running to see what was going on, and see that he had treed an opossum! My tiny terrier thought he was a big dog, unafraid of that hissing creature. You could say that Rudy was an angel driving out the inhabitants of the land, making it safe for God’s child, me, to settle there. 

God commanded Moses to move the people from Sinai, and promised to clear the land of its inhabitants, but he was still angry about them worshipping other God’s, so he said he wouldn’t go with them because he might consume them. This upset the people, and they mourned. This straightened out their attitude because every morning when Moses went into the Tent of Meetings to meet with God, they would stand at the door of their tent and worship him. One of the names of God is Jealousy, so you can bet when you continue to care about worldly things over God, he will not forget it. Check yourself daily, and make sure you are putting God first in everything you do. Include him in all of your decisions, take him with you wherever you go.

I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” Exodus 33:2-3

And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. Exodus 33:10

Thursday, February 20, 2020

February 20

My car was in and out of the shop for a loud vibrating noise. It had sat at the dealership for over two weeks, with the mechanic only driving it home once. Finally, they called to tell me they couldn’t find the problem, and wanted me to take a ride with a specialist so I could point it out. It didn’t make a sound while he was in the car with me. As I sat in the parking lot before leaving, programming directions to my next stop, it started making the noise. I quickly got their attention, and they discovered the problem. Parts were ordered, and hopefully, the repair will take care of the issue. 

Are you dealing with feelings that you can’t seem to find an answer for? Ask yourself these questions: Is there something causing me to have fear? Am I feeling rejected, but not recognizing it? Am I stressing because I feel like God isn’t going to answer my prayer? Is trauma from my past creeping in, and causing me pain? The main causes of heart issues are fear, rejection, unbelief, and trauma. Ask the Holy Spirit to take you for a ride to help you get to the bottom of it, then confess, repent, and pray. Just like finding the problem for my car, you have to get to the root of it before finding a solution.

"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February 19

Do you think that God has left us alone on this planet to do as we please without consequences? When the Israelites turned away from him and began to worship the golden calf, he didn’t say, ‘Oh well, they’ll come back to me one day.’ No, three thousand men were killed by the son’s of Levi, then God sent a plague among the people; and that was after Moses prayed for them! Imagine the devastation if Moses hadn’t prayed! God also said that any who sinned, he would blot their names from his book. 

One of the attributes of God is that he is unchanging, so the wrath that he poured out against Israel, because of their sin, should be expected today. These people who spit in the face of God, kill our babies, and proclaim that wrong is right, and right is wrong, will face the consequences of his wrath. You may wish that he sends the sword, and a plague as he did back then, but many among us would fall, never to experience the grace of Jesus. 

Pray hard for your friends and family, and any who are destined for hell; pray that they turn before it’s too late, and that he restrains from his wrath long enough for you to see their salvation.

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” Exodus 32:10

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 18

If you have a dog, you will know too well how they act when you leave, and when you come home. When I leave the house to go somewhere, my dog Rudy will cry, and it breaks my heart. When I come home, he is overwhelmed with so much joy, that he smiles; it’s the funniest thing! Sometimes, if I go outside without him, he thinks I’ve been gone forever, and greets me the same way.

It would have been great if the Israelites had been that way when Moses left to meet the Lord on the mountain to receive the commandments. They felt abandoned, and were so used to their old ways in Egypt, that they longed for an idol to worship. Their only way to hear from the Lord was through Moses, and he wasn’t there. Even after God showed them all the signs, parted the Red Sea, fed them daily, they still didn’t trust in him. 

Hasn’t God shown you enough throughout your life for you to have faith that he is still there and has you covered? Do not forget that he always comes through for you. Have faith that he will do it again, even if your situation looks ominous. Stand strong and resist the temptations of the enemy.

"When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”" Exodus 32:1

Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17

It’s been a lot of years since this country girl moved to the city, but no matter how citified I become, I’m still a country girl at heart. We have a contract on our island property, which is very country for a beach property, and have plans to move to an area full of high rises, which makes me cringe a little, but it’s more convenient to our main home near Tampa. Let me break down the main points so you will understand how God works.

 *Our home that’s under contract is in Placida, which means peace. 
 *We are expecting to move to an area called Clearwater! 🤔

The symbolism in this is incredible. As I look back, I can see the steps we’ve made, and God’s hand of guidance. What are his plans for us there? The beach is our place of peace and rest, but I’m very aware that we are always on duty in service to God. 

Though we are commanded to take a Sabbath rest, a human in need of Jesus, is like the ox in the pit that he talks about, you don’t leave him there to die, you get him out of it. Whose life are we going to impact by this move? Who are we going to help out of the pit? Only God knows the answer, we just have to follow him wherever he leads us. 

Take a look back on your life, and notice your progression. See if you see any symbolism, or signs that might point to where you are now. God will often give us glimpses into what is to come. See if you recognize the path.

"Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever." Exodus 31:16

"And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”" Luke 15:5

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16

Spending a short time on Little Gasparilla, even if it’s just a few minutes to gather items, is good for the soul. After getting off the boat you must walk down a long boardwalk that leads you into the mangrove covered area; there you will see where the residents have hung, and planted orchids. One particular orchid has a beautiful aroma that wafts through the air, welcoming you to the island. It invites you to linger for a moment and breathe in its delightful scent. 

God created special scents, and instructed Moses to have a perfumer create a blend that was never to be used on common things, and whatever it touched would become holy, and clean. This holy anointing oil can be compared to the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit. Each of us is considered a useful instrument that has been consecrated into service, and because of Jesus, we are a pleasing aroma to God, and are no longer considered common, and ordinary. Think of this when you become down on yourself; you are valued in the kingdom of God.

You shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy. Whatever touches them will become holy. You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. Exodus 30:29-30

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."Ephesians 5:2 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15

We wake up hungry and go to bed full. Breakfast fills us up so we can function, and get on with the act of living. Supper replaces what we lost in energy from our daily work. 

The ritual instituted by God for the consecration of the priesthood of Aaron and his sons included sacrificial bulls and rams. There was a lot of blood smearing and splattering, and anointing of oil, even on the beautiful garments that were just made. There was a lot involved to ready them for their service to the Lord. Fast forward to Jesus, and our consecration into the royal priesthood has taken on a different look. He poured out his blood for us, then anointed us with the Holy Spirit (anointing oil,) all the services were completed in him. After they were consecrated, they were instructed to sacrifice a lamb, along with oil and flour, every morning and every evening, and God promised he would meet them there. 

Jesus has consecrated us into the service of the royal priesthood. Though we no longer have the need to slaughter a lamb day and night, shouldn’t we be replacing that with prayer and praise at breakfast and supper?  He has promised to meet with us, don’t turn down his invitation. Wake up with prayer and praise and go to bed doing the same.

One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Exodus 29:39. It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. Exodus 29:42

Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14

There is one thing that most people don’t know about me, and it’s that I have a degree in fashion design. At an early age I began sewing, and continued that throughout various seasons in my life. I have the skills to draw an image, create a pattern for that image, gather the needed items, and sew it all together. 

God had a very specific design for the clothing that Aaron and his sons had to wear as priest when ministering before him for the people. No detail was left out, from the turban on top of the head, the checkered coat, the embellishments, all the way down to the underwear. God didn’t leave the creation of these things to just anyone, he had Moses speak to those who had the ability to follow his designs; specifically those whom he had fill with a spirit of skill. 

God has given us each an amount of wisdom to do the work of his ministry. Use the talents he has given you, or branch out and try something new, and you will find your way into your calling. 

"You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron's garments to consecrate him for my priesthood." Exodus 28:3

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13

It is common, in Florida, to use your grill all year long. We use ours almost every day because I don’t like to keep smelling my food all night long. When you cook on the grill, drippings and such will fall through the grate and eventually become ashes. If you leave your meat on the grill too long on high heat, your meat will also become ashes! 

There is a scripture in Revelation that describes the martyrs who are under the altar, crying out for vengeance for the shedding of their blood on earth. They were killed because of the word of God, and because of the testimony they held. I never understood why they were under the altar! Now I do! The alter is a grill! These martyrs were sacrificed, and their souls are like ashes under the grill. I never put two and two together until I started studying the Old Testament, and Exodus.

The martyrs were given white robes and were told to rest, and wait for the full number of those killed, as they had been killed. Jesus has made sure they are comfortable until he avenges their deaths.

Practical use for this today: Always refer back to the New Testament when studying the Old Testament, and vice versa, they go together hand in hand.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. Revelation 6:9

You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and fire pans. You shall make all its utensils of bronze. You shall also make for it a grating, a network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. Exodus 27:3-4

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 12

If you have ever wondered what it means to be lavished, ask God to give you that word for your “word of the year!” Many things are happening that are making me feel “lavished” with love. If I wrote them all out, you would think I was bragging, so for now, I will spare you the details of them, except for one. I had the pleasure of riding in the back seat of the car with my grandson Lucas. I ask his mom and dad if they had the chance to read my post about the menorah, and they hadn’t, so I explained what I had learned. Lucas piped in saying that he knew about the ark of the covenant, and began telling the story of when King David was bringing it to the temple. He had just learned about it in children’s church and explained it perfectly with all the details! Our hearts are connected in a way that goes beyond heredity. We have a kinship that God created. He is a child after my own heart. He knows Jesus! What more could a grandmother ask for? Pay attention to the details of the things happening around you and in your life. Don’t miss God’s blessings because you don’t recognize them. Though this may seem like a little thing, in the eyes of God, this is major. My heart is full, and lavished!

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." James 1:17

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 11

 I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been reading, and studying in Exodus. There is a funny thing that happens when you read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will highlight certain things that you may not have noticed when previously read. I didn’t realize that the golden lamp stand, that God specifically designed, and conveyed to Moses, is the modern day menorah! Who knew! What’s more, my house doesn’t have one yet. It’s an item specifically shown to Moses on the mountain, something very important to God, to represent the seven spirits of God, as referred to in Revelation 4:5. This very lamp stand, as seen by John in his vision, sits in the throne room of God! The things of God were first designed in Heaven. Shouldn’t the depiction of this lamp stand be in every God-loving church? Though we are not privy to what Moses saw when he was on the mountain, God was very detailed in his description, and surely what we see in this modern day, is a representation of what he saw. Does the menorah represent Jesus? He is our light in the darkness, so I would say, yes it does. 

Maybe there would be a little less anti-Semitism in this world if our children were taught the truth of the Jewish traditions, and how they relate to Jesus. Pay attention to the Word of God, and learn as much as you can, so you are better informed.

"From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God," Revelation 4:5

"You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it." Exodus 25:37

Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10

If you’ve ever built a house, you know how grueling it can be. My husband is a builder. When he builds a home or building, he has specific instructions that he must follow. Everything is detailed down to the very last inch. He is in the process of building a community of duplexes, and each phase of the process must be approved by each area of the community that it touches, like the road department, water and sewer, electric, fire department, and so on. The process is complicated, and takes the cooperation of all these groups just to get the project through permitting; and that’s just the beginning! Then, approvals must be obtained throughout the process by inspectors to make sure the plans are being followed. 

God has the plan for our lives, and they are detailed, and specific. If you get a check in your spirit, don’t ignore it, it could be the Holy Spirit trying to guide you, just like an inspector does during the building process. If you don’t listen to his instruction, and correction, your building will be out of plumb, and your temple will fall apart.

And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain. Exodus 25:40

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 9

When Moses was given the law, he was in the presence of God for 40 days and 40 nights. Can you even imagine that? We have a hard time sitting in church for two hours, and even less tolerance for sitting in his presence to study and pray. As followers, we tithe our money, if you don’t, you’re missing out on a blessing, but what about your time? If you tithed your time daily, that would be 2 hours and 24 minutes that you owe the Lord each day. That’s 16 hours and 48 minutes a week! On top of that, he asks us to rest one day out of the week. One day is 24 hours, so if we add that together with our daily time tithe, that comes to 40 hours and 48 minutes! On that weekly rest requirement, we sleep for a portion of that time, but you can’t make up all that you owe in one day of rest, besides, you should be resting. Maybe we are missing a blessing by not tithing our time. If Moses can sit in the Lord’s presence for 40 days and 40 nights, why can’t we give the Lord a couple of hours a day; I believe our lives would be so much better if we did. Just something to think about.

Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24:18