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Numbers 24; Psalm 66; Psalm 67; Isaiah 14; 1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2

Laying a foundation of identity and value. Defining who I am and what should be precious to me. Precious. Calling me to an integral life that follows Christ’s example and in His steps.

The Word of God is renewing, restoring, life-altering truth to my mind- a mind that is prone to darkness, forgetfulness, and the influence of the world.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. NIV

Crave pure spiritual milk. Crave the Word. I have spent a lot of time lately, thinking about how I can live more aligned with this reality. How can I live the preciousness and life-giving reality of the Scriptures day to day? And, O the promise: Taste that the Lord is good!

Jesus is the living stone and most precious. Likewise, we are living stones. We are precious.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[b]

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. NIV Emphasis mine

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. NIV

Light and darkness. Not a people; now a people. No mercy; recipient of mercy. My heart and my mouth should be singing and declaring praise, full of joy and wonderment. Sometimes, I need to be reminded.

How to live to glorify God during present difficulties in a land of unbelief:

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. NIV

Live as free people. Live free. Use freedom to honor God.

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God . But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. NIV

Recently, I spent some personal time reflecting on this theme in 1 Peter. The theme of suffering from wrong (undue, unjust treatment.) We were reading passages aloud daily from 1 Peter 4 for a couple of weeks- trying to gain comfort and instruction and peace. A personal trial afflicting myself and two of my teen-aged children had lanced our hearts- and O! how needed it was and is to remember that vengeance belongs to the Lord and that He has specific directives for us when we are wronged and misunderstood. The beautiful secret and treasure is this: Christ is found and made manifest in real, personal ways during such times. When I am writhing in heart pain and I have grace to turn to the Lord, I find Him in very intimate ways. Indeed, we are called to entrust ourselves to Him who judges justly – just as our Perfect, blameless Lord did… and we are gathered into fellowship with Him in that place, in the midst of the pain and trial.

We are granted grace to live to righteousness through Christ:

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” NIV Emphasis mine

Lord, help me to prize what you prize. Help me to live in the reality that You, Jesus, are so very, very precious. Help me to live and walk free in Christ for good, for honor, for Your glory. Let my life proclaim Your excellencies- You who have called me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light!

Rebecca (offeringsbecca)



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Numbers 8; Psalm 44; Song 6; Hebrews 6

Psalm 44

 O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
    but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
    but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
    and the light of your face,
    for you delighted in them.

You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever.  ESV; emphasis mine


Your right hand; Your arm; the Light of Your face. Planted.  Set Free. Delighted in. Saved. Lord, may You be my continual boast. May I ever give thanks to Your Name.

 Song of Solomon 6

4You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners.
5Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—

Song of Solomon captivates me with its beauty. It is the loveliest of lovely. What is it to be overwhelmed and astonished in love- so immense? So immense- it is too much and he says, “Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me.” Overwhelm, in the deepest, soul revealing way.

 10“Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?” ESV

The dawn, the moon, the brightness of the sun. An awesome army with banners waving. The sense that all this glory is just an imitation of He who is. The true Real.

 Hebrews 6

17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. ESV

Your mercy, O God. “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose.” Lord, can I even comprehend what the unchangeable purpose of Your character means? You, so steady and trustworthy to the uttermost. You are refuge. We can flee to you in strong encouragement, exhorted to hold fast to the hope set before us.  A Sure and Steadfast Anchor of the Soul. Our hope. We can avail the inner place behind the curtain. Jesus, our high priest forever and ever. I am awestruck that You even care to provide such strong encouragement to me. When I am tossed asunder, again, again, forgive me Lord. And to know that You do! You do.

Lord, all the longing of my heart points to You. All the inexpressible sweetness of desire and beauty; of words and creation; of hope; and of promise.  It finds its fulfillment in You. To know that it is Your right hand, Your arm, the very light of Your Face and not me…it is in You I trust. When all around me seems to give and sway, Your mercy offers the image of an Anchor. I have a place behind the curtain. For you have saved me from my foes. You are my King, O God. Help me to walk planted, free, and thankful.

Rebecca (offeringsbecca)


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Leviticus 21; Psalm 26; Psalm 27; Ecclesiastes 4; 1 Timothy 6

The pierce of trial quickens my sensitivity to God and His truth.  I find my heart lanced and hurting and I struggle to fight bitterness. It leaves its own, marked taste in my mouth. Yet, what can compare to the sweetness of Christ- drawing my heart and quickening life unto me in desperate times? How grateful I am for the staying, strengthening Hand of God!

Psalm 26:

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the Lord. (ESV)

In a present difficulty, I have determined to do what I know is right, regardless what others do or say. (From 24 Family Ways- Way #21) And in God’s sovereign grace, our family just happened to be spending the week in this Way when it was so very appropriate for me.

I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.”

Not only have I had opportunity to exhort children unto this Way, I also have opportunity to walk in this instruction. God brings me to the end of myself so that I can know it is His LIFE working in me granting me power to walk in His Way and in the Light. And in this, so I can share in the sufferings and strengthening of the children I exhort and correct. It is not mere words. It is our very life.

Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

You are our Light, O God. Fear and trepidation and the paralyzing, polarizing spectre of conflict looms among us. And anger, Lord. Anger. But, You. You are the stronghold of our life.

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet[b] I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire[c] in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock. (ESV)

Hidden in You, is where I purpose to stay. These are the days when I find myself beyond my understanding and reckoning. It is here that I hide myself in You because nothing is hidden from Your sight and Your mercy knows no end.

And now my head shall be lifted up

above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek[d] my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”[e]
    Hide not your face from me. (ESV)

Let it always be:

My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek!”

Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence. (ESV)


False witnesses rising against me. Is my expectation of people too large? I think it is, O God. Help me instead to walk in mercy and in Light when wronged. Help me extend grace and deal in Wisdom. There is not time to waste pondering and considering the wrongs; yet, only You can untangle the knots in my heart.

13 I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (ESV)

Conflict paralyzes me. False witnesses rising against me. Against some I love.  Hide me in your shelter in the day of trouble. I will be hidden and small in the face of accusations and arrows. Keeping always my eye upon you. My heart toward You. Orienting my self, my life toward that one thing…. You, O Lord.

You promise to teach me Your way- You will lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

I Timothy 6

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before[d] Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (ESV)

O Lord, there is so much in life that is confusing and difficult to navigate. Our human brokenness, weakness, and error follows us in and out of every day. You are the true Source of all Wisdom and Direction and Your mercy knows no bounds… even to those who are enemies. Change my heart O Lord, that I might look with mercy and love on those who have wrongfully accused me. Let me take your directive as my strong mission. When others judge or harshly correct, I know that I (we) are hidden in You and enfolded in Your mercy. You are the only One who has the full and complete understanding about everything. Keep me humble and help me trust that my vindication is found in You and I am complete and free in Christ !

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Leviticus 6; Psalm 5; Psalm 6; Proverbs 21; Colossians 4

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield. Proverbs 5:11-12 ESV


O Lord, help me experience the peace of refuge in You. Let me huddle under Your protecting wings and be held in Your blessing. I often pray  that You would surround us with favor as with a shield. Let Your favor be our protective, blessed barrier and covering, O Lord.

 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21 1-3 ESV

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,
but a foolish man devours it.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:20,21 ESV

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord. Proverbs 21:31 ESV

Life wisdom in Proverbs, speaking to my heart. Who are You, O my God, who holds the heart of Kings in Your Hand? Turning at Your will.

Help me to build my dwelling as the wise and let there be all preciousness within, from You. The pursuit of righteousness and kindness is the direction I long to seek.

When we stand prepared, ready, and full of strength before You, it is still all to You, and all for You. Victory from and for You, O God.

 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4: 2-6 ESV

Steadfast prayer. Watchfulness. Thanksgiving. Wisdom from above that makes the best use of time. Salty and Gracious.

O Lord, draw my heart close to You that Your life-giving Word may transform my heart. Help me to put your Words into action in my life that I might be a true doer of the Word and experience the refreshment of Your Grace and Power. Help me build a dwelling filled with what You treasure. Let there be life, righteousness, and honor. May I be salty and gracious through You!

 Rebecca (offeringsbecca)




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Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Galatians 6


Exodus 31:

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of [a]craftsmanship, to [b]make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in [c]bronze, and in the cutting of stones [d]for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of[e]craftsmanship. 6   Exodus 31 NASB

Craftmanship. Beauty. Excellence. Artistry. Skillfulness. God is in these things and they are holy when done unto Him. He puts skill in the hearts of all who are skillful.

   12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to [o]celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31 NASB


The Sabbath is for refreshment. It is for holiness. It is for a heart for God. Jesus connects the Sabbath across the Old and New Testaments. What does Sabbath mean for me?

John 10:

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.29 [d]My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are [e]one.” NASB

Shepherd. Keeper. Protector. Help me know Your Voice, O Lord and follow You alone.

Proverbs 7

My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
Keep my commandments and live,
And my [a]teaching as the [b]apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your intimate friend. NASB

Wisdom. Insight. Bold Warning. Lord, help not to shy away from any subject- especially raising up young men in Your nurture and admonition. Your Word certainly does not shy away. But faces all things head on. Help me to do likewise. Give me Your wisdom. Only from You. A Word in due season in the lives of those entrusted to me for such a short time.

Galatians 6

Brethren, even if [a]anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.10 So then, [b]while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. NASB

Restore in a spirit of gentleness. Bear one another’s burdens. Bear my own load. Do good and take every opportunity. Treasure God’s people.

Lord, with the intensity of trials we continue through, I pray that I will have a soft heart to respond to Your Love and correction. Help me to apply Your Word to my life and walk in the freshness of Your grace. Obedience to You is the path to peace.

Rebecca (offeringsbecca)

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Exodus 17; Luke 20; Job 35; 2 Corinthians 5

Water from the Rock

1All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:1-7 ESV

The Israelites were on a journey led by the Lord…they “moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord…” (v 1)

Called by God and walking in His Will and Guidance. Their journey leads them to what they can only perceive as a place of destitution… a place where there is no water; where they are overwhelmed with anxiety: “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” (v 3)

There is no trust; no confidence evidenced here. There is no gratitude and surety. There is fear, questioning, grumbling. The press of hardship, the pain of the flesh, the fear for life…it strips their faith and trust.

And I wonder:

Why didn’t they just ask the Lord to provide?

Why didn’t they just wait on Him and trust as they had seen His miraculous Hand again and again?

Because they didn’t know their good Father?

Because they didn’t trust His Shepherd, Moses?

Why didn’t Moses reassure the people that the Lord would provide?

Why didn’t he ask? He goes to the Lord with their complaints and frustration. There is much I ponder.

I wonder: Because the Old Testament heart had no inner circumcision, regeneration? They had signs and wonders. They were continually called to remember.  They were eye witnesses to larger than life miracles. They were just miraculously saved and provided for as God parted the Red Sea.

When they got to a place the Lord led them to… and faced hardship- they: tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (v 7)

And I watch how the Lord provides… with surety and power, with a miraculous sign and wonder- He provides water from the rock at the stroke of Moses’ staff. There is no rebuke. There is provision.

Our family has been going through a trial of many illnesses. January. Half of February. Now March. And not just hard illness, but now it is Tax Season(husband and Daddy is a CPA). Hard Illness and Tax Season is a horrible combination. Truly. We are still caught in the throes of the most recent, dramatic, miserable one. At times, I have been completely beside myself. Nightmares. Heart Pounding. Dramatic eruptions from sweet children. It is hard. In reality, it could be worse. In reality, it could also be better. When I read this passage, I could only see myself and how often I too question the Lord’s guidance when I am walking through a hard land, a hard place. Indeed, all the illness has caused me to attempt to reflect… to attempt to redesign the structure of our lives

( as I suffer in misery with sick ones)… with little impact and actual effect. I have questioned our choices, our routines. I have wondered if we are walking in His will. I begin, in my heart, to doubt and question so many secret areas. Has He led us at all?

I can ask the same questions of myself that I asked of the Israelites above… Why do I doubt when I have the eternal crucifixion and resurrection of my Lord forever declaring God’s miraculous saving Love? His favorable heart is forever toward me in Christ.

There is so much in this passage… but for me, right now…I pray that rather than question if the Lord is with me in this place, rather than question if He has led me at all!…,

 O Lord, help me to ask! O Lord, let me be so very aware that Christ is Present in me.

God, help me to be of good courage and walk by faith and not by sight. When I walk by sight, I respond just like the Israelites- drowning in a marsh of fear, anxiety, and distress. Help me, O Lord. I am not like the Israelites because I have the new creation heart. I must take courage and look up. 

During one of the most harrowing days, during a torturous drive, I opened my mouth and cried out to God. One very sick child did markedly improve from that point on and we avoided the ER trip that might have been needed. In some ways, I also respond like Moses. Led to the brink of trouble, when it is absolutely beyond my ability to bear, finally I cry to the Lord.

O Lord, I need Your water from the rock. Have mercy on me, a sinner.

2 Corinthians 2:

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  ESV

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  ESV

Rebecca (offeringsbecca)

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Exodus 3; Luke 6; Job 20; 1 Corinthians 7


All from Luke 6 and my heart today:

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. ESV emphasis mine

Lord, you see into the deepest depths of hearts. You called your disciples and you chose the apostles. You gave Simon a new name. You gave him the name: Peter. You knew the traitor: Judas Iscariot. You knew him for who he was- to the uttermost. You know me. And my spirit quickens…- what is my new name in You? You know the name.

And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. ESV

…for power came out from him and healed them all.

Lord, you heal to the uttermost. All. You healed them all. The surging crowd. The troubled throng. The power of God to heal. With a word, with a touch, just in Your very Presence. There is no formula. There is only You.

The Beatitudes

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. ESV

The comforts. The place to run to when troubled, when struggling, when hurting in heart and soul. Only by your grace can I be eternally minded, O Lord. Only through you will I be enabled to rejoice! Help me to be oriented rightly toward you. The world presses. It presses. There are cares and concerns.

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic[b] either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. ESV

Lord, hard words, but good. So good. Help me apply this to the specific situation in my life it belongs unto. Help me to love my enemy and bless those who curse. Help me live generously.

Lord, I free my spirit when I choose Your kingdom way. I release Your power in my heart and life when I lay myself down.

My favorite:

 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” ESV

And there is so much more. But here, I will halt. Lord, let me live a generous, poured out life. I want that good measure, shaken together, running over, pouring into my lap. Let me love mercy- not just in my head and with my words- but with my life. Let me draw close to You because knowing You is not about a formula- it is about a relationship, a union with the Living God. I bow my face to the ground. You are holy. Forgive me. You name me. You heal me. You are Mighty. You are Mercy. I will give. And giving is about more than material goods. It is a giving of myself to Your ways and Your goodness and Your heart and Your kingdom. Praise be!

Rebecca (offeringsbecca)



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