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Exodus 2:1-5:9

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharoah? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you…But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” Exodus 3:10-13 NLT

Moses didn’t feel qualified for the task before him. Moses was dwelling on his weakness, but God didn’t. God told him that all that mattered was that He would be with him. When have I let doubt stop me from doing what God has called me to do? Or I try to do it in my own strength? I think of everything that could go wrong and I listen to Satan’s lies. Sometimes I forget that He is with me and have nothing to fear. When I remember when He was with me in the past, it gives me courage to face the future. It gives me such comfort in knowing that God doesn’t change. He can be trusted. The same way He was with Moses, He is with me.

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of israel: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob-has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.” Exodus 3:14&15 NLT

Dear Father, thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You are faithful. Thank you for the ways that you show me this again & again. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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Hosea 5, 6, 7, 8; Romans 15:1-13

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Romans 15:1-3 (MSG)

I know that these verses are speaking of spiritual weakness, however, I also believe that the same holds true for those who are experiencing physical weaknesses.

Having given birth to my second child at the end of September, I truly understand the need for the strength of helpers to help me in my current state of frailty. It has been a blessing to hear the words, “How can I help?” and know that it is genuine, from the heart, and in the footsteps of Christ.

Those who have helped me over the past week and a half have assisted me not because of their own desires for glory and recognition, but because they love me in the ways that Holy Spirit asked them to.

If it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Romans 15:4-7 (MSG)

Every time we step out of our own self-centeredness and think about the needs of another, we are growing; growing in character, in maturity, we are becoming more like Jesus. As we grow more like Christ, we become more connected to one another; we become more and more unified.

As we help others in their weaknesses they grow in strength and become fortified. Likewise, we are encouraged and more equipped to be confident in our own places of weakness.

Though it feels difficult to be in a vulnerable place, those uncomfortable experiences of fragility allow the blessings of God the Father to flow through others into ourselves. I don’t believe that He want us to have to experience those moments of neediness, but when we do and respond by relying on His love, grace, protection, and provision, directly through Him as well as through others, His healing, strengthening, glorious rain will fall down on us like rain to refresh, revive, and re-energize us.

In a couple of days we’ll feel better.
By the third day he’ll have made us brand-new,
Alive and on our feet,
fit to face him.
We’re ready to study God,
eager for God-knowledge.
As sure as dawn breaks,
so sure is his daily arrival.
He comes as rain comes,
as spring rain refreshing the ground
.” Hosea 6:2-3 (MSG)

Yesappa, Thank you!

 

Welcome to the Earth, R. Hadassah Yael Serah!

(Born 28, September 2012 at 9:42am, 20.5 inches, 8 pounds, 3 ounces)

My Sweet Serah! (pronounced “Say-rah”)

 

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India

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