Don’t Forget Your Plunder

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When you’re ready to leave Egypt behind, open your arms wide and turn your hands to receive, because just as God caused the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians without lifting a finger in battle, He will cause you to plunder what you’re about to leave behind. Hidden in all the chaos, disruption and distraction of captivity is a chest full of magnificent treasure waiting to be opened by you. A gift of blessings from God to you at His appointed time.

You are a remnant of the ancient Israelites and God is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did for his children then, he is still doing for his children now.

Shalom!

 

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Trust The Process

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There is a particular Bible software that I have wanted for a few years but because of the expense I have put off making the purchase. Every now and then I go to the publisher’s website, where I have an online account just in case, and dream about the silver level.

A few weeks ago I received an email from the publisher to download a very basic package for FREE! Well thank you very much, yes I will and I did. I’ve been exploring my way around and the other day I sensed Holy Spirit prompting me to look up the word remnant.

About five years ago, in a conversation with our Worship Pastor at the time, he told me that God had been speaking to him about a remnant. Before I knew what happened, remnant stepped into my soul and made itself at home there resonating through my entire being. Remnant is one of my favorite of God’s words. Whenever I come across remnant in Scripture I am always fascinated and intrigued by its original meaning and context.

So here I am with my very basic package of Bible software, did I mention dreaming of the silver package? I look up remnant in one of the search functions and out of all the definitions, meanings and original context this is what shows up.

¹Remnant (שְׁאָר, she’ar). A portion of people left after a disaster, especially a disaster identified with divine judgment. Especially in the Prophets, this term describes those who remain faithful to God despite suffering and who ultimately experience restoration. (Emphasis mine).

Ultimately experience restoration. If you’ve been with me over the past several weeks you know that God gave me the word restore late last year and has gently pulled me into a season of restoration emotionally and spiritually. I didn’t even know I needed restoration; that I was battle weary. But God. He spoke to my husband who tenderly and courageously encouraged me to step away from all organized ministry for a time. Within twenty-four hours of praying about this, I stepped away from co-facilitating women’s Bible study with one of my best friends and ministry partner, stepped away from the women’s ministry leadership team, put on the back burner another ministry position I was asked to lead and turned in my key.

I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy this time of rest and restoration. There are days that I feel displaced but Holy Spirit reminds me of the bigger picture that he has shown me. I know what will come to be but not how He will create all the intimate details, still I trust in his perfect timing. Only God knew five years ago the reason remnant resonated so strongly with my soul.

As I fell asleep a few nights ago I heard him sweetly whisper, “Trust the process.”

Precious One, as you remain faithful to God even in your suffering you will ultimately experience restoration. Trust the process.

Shalom!

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¹Nierengarten, P. A. (2016). Remnant. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, … W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Cloth

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Just a quick snippet for your day! Holy Spirit has been reminding me of the word remnant…again! It has come up in a few conversations as well as in my prayer time and reading God’s word.

One meaning of the word remnant is the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone. Like remnants of cloth ‘left behind’ that have been cut from a larger bolt of cloth. While seemingly insignificant to some, so greatly cherished by God.

I began highlighting the word remnant every time I read it in my Bible and it occurs to me that God always left a remnant to restore his beloved Israel. Currently you may be the only one in your family that is a believer in Christ. You are a remnant.

Precious One, I thank Holy Spirit that he finds joy in doing good for you and wholeheartedly replants you in the land. (Jeremiah 32:41).

For you, child of the Most High King, are a remnant.

Shalom!

Now That’s Italian!

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All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. Judges 2:10.

I grew up in a very large, very full blooded Italian family! Both sets of my grandparents emigrated to the United States from Italy. My father was a California transplant from Rhode Island, my mom was born and raised and lived her entire live in San Jose.

I have very fond childhood memories of family. All my father’s siblings remained on the east coast but my mom’s large family were all in San Jose. I remember on weekends we would rotate whose house we would be at for visiting and a meal. We didn’t call to ask if we could come over, it seems the women in our family simply knew who would be hosting on any given weekend. And, Sunday’s, oh Sunday’s were for the traditional pasta meal, usually accompanied by homemade meatballs! Sometimes the adults would speak in Italian, usually when they didn’t want the kids to understand what they were talking about, and, unfortunately, they did not teach us kids the language of our native tongue. But, there were stories and traditions galore! To this day, although I do not practice my Catholic upbringing, I still remember St. Josephs’s Day and all the cooking that went along with it and the little old Italian lady, who, for days would be preparing all sorts of food and desserts for this special day. I think my mom was secretly pleased when one of our lovebugs was born on St. Joseph’s Day!

The nucleus of our family mostly remained in San Jose until the generation before us passed on. Now we are scattered around the nation largely due to affordable housing and job opportunities elsewhere. But, I have kept the stories of my childhood alive by retelling them to my children. An oral tradition that I know they will pass onto my grandchildren.

Before the Bible was a written word it was a verbal word. The stories of God’s faithfulness and the Mosaic Law and what it looked like to be obedient to God were all handed down generation to generation by the telling and retelling of these truths.

A generation, today, is typically thought to be about 25 years; from the birth of a parent to the birth of their child. In the Bible during the Old Testament a generation was typically 40 years.

How is it that the generation mentioned in Judges 2:10 above, a generation that crossed the Jordan River and took possession of the Promised Land, which some estimate was at least one million people, a Jerusalem from the North 1839generation that included Joshua and Caleb, who were great warriors; mighty men of God, had produced a generation that neither knew God or knew of God’s mighty deeds and faithfulness to his beloved Israel?

Did the generation that crossed the Jordan River simply stop retelling about their faith and trust in God to the generation of their children? Perhaps, but I don’t believe so. The Jordan River generation had wandered the wilderness with the generation before them until the wilderness generation had died and God brought the Jordan River generation into the Promised Land he had vowed to give their ancestors. The Jordan River generation experienced the supernatural power of God and witnessed His deliverance and fighting for them. Those stories would have been some of the greatest they would have retold about God’s love, protection and provision over them.

A generation that did not know God or what He had done for Israel. Yet, God in his sovereignty and unfailing love provided a remnant generation to generation. So that, you and I now have the hope that as we tell our own stories of God’s faithfulness in our life to our children and grandchildren and the generations to come, we are establishing a foundation for the base of their own faith in Jesus.

FootprintDirect your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6.

Shalom!