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About look2thehills

Happily married to my best friend. Graciously blessed with five children, who I am with God's grace, able to homeschool. Wanting to continue to grow in knowledge and love for my Lord Jesus.

Judges 14, Jeremiah 27, Mark 13, Acts 18

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert and pray! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone; ‘Watch!'”

Mark 13:32-37 NIV

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When I was a pre-teen and early teenager, I would often babysit for families in our community. As I read these verses this week, I recalled those times when I was babysitting and the parents were out very late. I remembered being so tired and wanting to sleep on the couch after the kids were in bed, but knowing that if the parents returned and I was dead asleep, how embarrassed I would feel by them catching me like that. I doubt I would have lost any future babysitting “jobs” with those  families, but it certainly was  more responsible of me to stay awake and keep watch over the children.

That’s how I view these verses. Jesus is coming back again. We know He is, because He told us so and can truly be counted on to keep His promises. I don’t know the day or hour. My “job” while I wait is to be alert and pray, helping to further His kingdom on this earth and spread the good news that I have experienced through Him.

These verses do not say that I would lose my salvation if I’m asleep…not alert and praying…but what shame and embarrassment I’m sure I would experience if I was spiritually asleep when He returned.

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Lord,

I so look forward to that day when You will return and we will dwell with You face to face!  My desire is to honor You with my life and share the good news with those around me until that day comes. Please help me to not become complacent with my spiritual walk, but instead stay alert and to daily commune with You.

Amen.

Beckie (look2thehills)

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Joshua 24, Jeremiah 13, Matthew 27, Acts 4

“‘So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’ Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.'”

Joshua 24:13 – 15

“‘I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind. This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods.'”

Jeremiah 13:24 & 25

“All the people answered, ‘Let His blood be on us and on our children!'”

Matthew 27:25

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

“All the believers were one in heart and mind.”

Acts 4:12 and Acts 4:32

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Living the Life

My kids and I have been listening recently to a CD by Group1Crew called Ordinary Dreamers. They are a Christian rap group. (I know…strange that a 38 year-old, homeschooling, mother of 5 likes rap.) One particular song “Livin the Life” really seemed to make a connection to today’s scriptures in my mind.

Joshua, nearing his death, recalls all the ways that God has led the Israelites starting all the way back with Abraham to their present situation in the Promised Land, living in houses they didn’t build, eating food they didn’t grow. God had led, God had provided. They were living the life.

Move forward around 800 years and the Israelites are given the message from the prophet Jeremiah that because they forgot the Lord and trusted in false gods, they were about to be scattered like chaff in the wind. Their supposed “security” about to be destroyed in the wrath of God’s judgement. They thought they were living the life, but it was not God’s life.

We move forward another 600 years and we read about the Crucifixion of Christ. Jesus is at the end of His 3 year ministry, in which He had attempted to reach the people of Israel, offering them Himself as their Savior, wanting to give them the good life in Him. The people are given the choice to have either Jesus or Barabbas released. They choose Barabbas.

Then in Acts, we read the story of Peter and John being thrown into jail by the Sanhedrin, following the healing of the crippled beggar, and then questioned about whose power accomplished this. Peter preaches his first sermon to the people, proclaiming the name of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Upon their release, they return to their fellow group of believers and pray for God’s guidance and protection. The believers are certainly living the life. A life of unity, faith and dependence on Jesus. They are following hard after Him.

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What I’m not saying is that living the life means no worries, no hardships, only smooth travels. But rather that living the life means that Jesus is continually there to help me through. Through Him I have salvation, through Him I have forgiveness, through Him I have eternal security…that is living the life.

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Lord,

Everything I am, everything I have, is all due to You. You are the provider of all. I praise You for giving me the chance to live the life with You. Thank you for covering me with Your blood of redemption. Help me on this journey through life, through its ups and downs to hold fast to You, to follow hard after You, to live the life You have chosen for me.

Amen

– Beckie (look2thehills)

*Scripture taken from the NIV

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Joshua 5-6:5, Psalms 132-134, Isaiah 65, Matthew 13

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”

Psalm 133 NIV

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Whenever I read this verse, my first thought is towards my children. When they are getting along…playing nicely, speaking kindly to each other, etc., it is so wonderful to be around them. Mommy is happy. Times are good. But when the bickering starts, Mommy is not so happy. Our home is not such a blissful place to be around. Are they totally to blame? Doubtful. Have I done my best to be joyful, or speak with kind and encouraging words in the midst of it? Doubtful.

Tuesday, while I was driving down the same route to a friend’s home as I had on Monday, I came upon a road construction crew that has been working on this same road for the past couple weeks. This same verse popped into my head as I saw probably one of the happiest men alive. Both days, I passed this “STOP/SLOW sign holding” man a total of 6 times and every time I did, he greeted me with a nod, wave and a smile.

Now this wasn’t some dinky back road with a total of 5 cars driving down it daily, but instead a well-traveled road. I also was not the only recipient of his friendly gestures. He did the same thing to each and every car that passed. Not only that, but the temps around here have been in the 90’s for over a week and he certainly was not in the shade with a tank top and shorts on, sipping some ice-cold lemonade!

What joy he exuded! What a strive towards living in unity with his fellow man! What an inspiration.

I’m currently reading a book along with 3  great friends entitled: One Simple Act – Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber. In it is a quote from an English writer, Aldous Huxley, that has continued to burn in my brain. “People often ask me, what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say the best answer is —just be a little kinder.” (pg.68)

Just be a little kinder. How simple. How profound.

Of course, I am not negating the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives in the least. That being said, this summer my goal is to just be a little kinder. Kinder to my family. Kinder to my friends. Kinder to complete strangers.  And if asked the reason for my kindness, to give all the glory to the Lord. I pray that this goal will continue and become a natural part of my being long past the Summer of 2010.

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Lord,

Thank you for never-ending kindness towards me. Your mercies are new every morning! I pray that You will shine through me towards those I come in contact with, that I may share Your love and kindness with them as well.

Amen.

– Beckie (look2thehills)

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Deuteronomy 24, Psalm 114 & 115, Isaiah 51, Revelation 21

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'”

Revelation 21:2-5 NIV

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In two months, my husband I will will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. I can easily remember the preparation I went through getting ready for our wedding. There were the many wedding ceremony and reception details that came together in the months leading up to it. But also, just as important, were the day of the wedding preparations as I had my hair, nails & makeup done and my beautiful gown and veil adorned.  Doing as much as I could, to look as beautiful as I could, for my groom.

Since that blissful day, when we began to dwell together, we have gathered a storehouse of  joyous memories, complete with five beautiful children.  But, I have to be honest, that our family has also had our share of times with misunderstandings, hurt, and tears.

As I read about “the dwelling of God is with men” and “wipe every tear from their eyes,” I am filled with an even greater anticipation of that day when our family will live with HIM.  Dwelling with Him, seeing Him face to face, where we will no longer suffer from the pain, living in this sinful world, causes.

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Father,

You have given us, through Your Son Jesus,  such a bright and hopeful future, where we will dwell with You forevermore in the glorious Earth made-new. What hope that should give us! When the trials and pain of living in a sinful world bring us down and there seems to be no end to the tears, help us to cling to the true hope that only You can offer.

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1 NIV

Amen.

– Beckie (look2thehills)

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Deuteronomy 20, Psalm 107, Isaiah 47, Revelation 17

I am overwhelmed, almost every time I read the Bible about it’s true consistency time and again. It just amazes me that a book written over a period of thousands of years and by many authors can be so true to the main point…Jesus is the Lord. He has overcome. He is our Savior.

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“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

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In Isaiah 47, the fall of Babylon is predicted.

“You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Disaster will come upon you and you will not know how to conjure it away.” (vs.10-11a)

“Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one.”  “Our Redeemer – the Lord Almighty is His name – is the Holy One of Israel.” (vs.3 & 4)

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this – those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

Psalm 107:1 & 2

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“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Revelation 17:14

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So, when I’m caught up in the daily grind and feel discouraged and/or overwhelmed, I am reminded in His Word time after time that He is with me, He is my Redeemer, His love endures forever,He has overcome all evil and I am called and chosen by the Lord of lords and the King of kings. What an amazing thing!

Lord Almighty,

So often I get caught up in my own world, with my (really… insignificant) problems and feel discouraged. I tend to rely on myself to overcome, when You have already done it. What I really need to do is to continually dwell in Your Word, where You and the truth about You can be found on every page. You are worthy of all my praise!

Amen.

– Beckie (look2thehills)

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