And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Deuteronomy 28:1-68
I could literally laugh out loud now. I guarantee you God has a sense of humor! I have sold my house, and we are living temporarily in a travel trailer. We are looking for another home and there isn’t a prospect in sight, and the Lord has me writing on ‘The Blessing’! Now tell me God doesn’t know how to make us laugh!
For about two years, I tried to really study out the blessing of Abraham. I knew as God’s children we were under that same covenant of blessing, but I really didn’t fully know what all it entailed, nor could I fully explain it. I tried to study it in depth but it was as though the timing was always off. I would pick up my study materials and I just could not stick with them. I just seemed led in another direction every single time.
Since our house sold, the days after are now turning into weeks and I have needed this knowledge to keep my faith up! I will never lie to you, dear reader. I did cry a few tears tonight, but praise God for hubby who spoke the word to me and I felt myself rallying again in the Spirit!
I have read Deuteronomy 28. It is the blessing God spoke upon Abraham. What is so marvelous is the fact it is the same blessing we as Christians live under as well. We don’t always see the effects of it in every Christian’s life, because it is not known by all Christians. God has a full account of all good things that are yours for the asking and receiving! You can’t withdraw from an account that is in your name if you don’t realize it exist.
It is as if a parent or grandparent opened a savings account for their child or grandchild. Years can go by and steadily that person deposits money into that account for future use. If the child never becomes privy to the fact they have money in this account, they will never be able to withdraw from it or benefit from it.
God will not and has not left us in the dark and He has not hidden information from us. It is all in His last ‘Will and Testament’. That ‘Will and Testament’ is the word of God! If we don’t know what it says, we can never lay claim to what it says we can and do have!
Do you know the blessing of Abraham spans the entire Bible? For God to say something over and over, He meant for us to take it and take it seriously! He doesn’t give false hope nor does He give empty promises! Let’s take an in depth look at what God says about living in the blessing!!
In Genesis 12:2-3 and 13:2 God tells Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing ; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be BLESSED….And Abram was very rich….”
Now let us look in Galatians. Galatians 3:14 ” That THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles…” That is US!! The same blessing God promised Abraham, we now qualify for by receiving Jesus as our Saviour! We have become the seed of Abraham as well!
Look at Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” This is shouting ground for me! What a mighty promise and what a precious and loving Father to plan this for ALL who would come to Him through Jesus! He truly is our Father!! Glory to God!!!
Galatians 3:7-9 tells us, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall ALL nations be BLESSED. So then they which be of faith are BLESSED with faithful Abraham.”
THE BLESSING, is the gospel, the good news!! Verses 13-14 tells us, ” Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; THAT THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Verses 26, 29 “For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST….And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Now when people ask you how you are, you can say, BLESSED!!” and know why you are saying it and just what you are BLESSED with! We will get deeper into the blessing tomorrow. For now, I want this to sink into my brain very, very well and into yours, too! Isn’t it good when we find out just who we really are and we didn’t have to get in a sailboat and sail around the world in less than a year to do it! The things of God are so simple…we complicate them far too much!
You are blessed, dear reader! I will see you soon!!
Reference: ”The Blessing of the Lord” by Kenneth Copeland
If God had shown me my future I would have rolled with laughter!! Today, I live in a travel trailer. My husband and I sold our home of 25 years and we are off on a new journey. Where this journey is taking us remains to be seen.
I thought of Ree Drummond, the ‘Pioneer Woman‘. I LOVE her! When I first discovered her, I literally sat up all night and read every word she had written about her adventures with ‘Marlboro Man‘. I felt like a pioneer today and probably would have started a new blog about these new adventures with a title similar, but alas that name has been taken. Maybe I’ll do one called ‘Trailer Travelin’ Momma“. Cute, huh?
I lit a gas stove and lived to tell about it (the last time I got scared and hubby did it for me). I made “Momma’s Award Winning Chili” to go on hot dogs or Frito Pie. Not bad for someone who is in a room where there is a kitchen, booth dining table, and bedroom altogether! I have to admit, I was pretty proud of myself and it was fun.
I am no longer having hot flashes! My menopause seems to be completely cured!! It may be because it is 31 degrees outside and a furnace in a travel trailer isn’t quite like central air and heat. Nevertheless, I am quite comfortable! I am warm on my left side, where the furnace blows, and my right side feels frozen. I suppose that makes me just right down the middle! :)
I look back over my life. It has been a great one! My marriage to hubby has literally been one ‘I Love Lucy‘ episode after the other for 30 years now. We have two fantastic kids that I could not be more proud of. If I just had my high school figure, again my world would almost be perfect!
I never dreamed I could do half the things I have done. I have only been able to do them with God’s help, but I am in awe of the fact He had this planned for me all along. He has fueled my dreams with His word and brought them to pass through faith and trust. He amazes me to this day and I have served Him for 52 years!
I think of God and all the things He has done in my life and it gives me fresh courage for the unknown tomorrows. I know He has my new home and it is better than I can imagine. I know He has a purpose for hubby and me in helping and encouraging others. I think of the scripture where He states we would not have believed it had He told us it is so great! There again is my dream, and He is there building my faith and trust over and over!
This is the one time it is good to look back. Never look back at the negativity, but the mighty things God did when no one else bothered to look your way much less help you. Who could have known what a blessing that was! It made you depend on God, and it showed you He truly NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.
Tomorrow, Momma and I go and look at more houses. In the meantime, learning to squeeze groceries into a plywood ice chest will keep me preoccupied!
God bless you, dear reader! See you soon!
Can you guess which project was funded with your tax dollars?
A) A $98,000 outhouse on an Alaskan trail
B) A $1 million bus stop with heated pavement
C) A Caribbean vacation for bureaucrats staying at a swanky resort
D) All of the above
If you answered “all of the above,” you’ve either read Senator Tom Coburn’s annual Wastebook or you’ve grown that accustomed to your elected representative spending money in weird and wacky ways.
These are just a few of the most outrageous projects that received federal funding in 2013. With an out-of-this-world $1.012 trillion spending bill likely to make its debut any day in Congress, budget hawks are already gearing up for another round of outrageous spending examples. Source: Rob Bluey
The Heritage Foundation
I received this letter today. While our children are digging deep into minimum wage pockets to pay for college, while tuition increased to a whopping 1000.00 per SEMESTER in 2012, or while we may be having to put off investing in our own retirement to help them receive a college education, our congress is spending money on alcohol, resort stays, and 100,000.00 toilets in Alaska!
They are not stopping there. Did you know they are about to vote in another bill they don’t intend to read until it has passed?? Isn’t it their JOB to know what is passed as laws in this country in order to protect not only our rights as American citizens, but to contribute to our prosperity, as well? Guess who will pay for the hidden agendas in this one, too? YOU AND I!!
Oh, yes I know we don’t look to government to take care of us, but we have the horse before the cart! WE ARE TAKING CARE OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING FROM OUR POCKET BOOKS! We aren’t depending on them, they are depending on US! And, we are paying for things that we have no say in and will never even benefit from!
Does it not bother you that your children and you, yourself are doing without so congress can live lavish lifestyles on your nickel and dime? So lobbyist, who visited the White House over 300 times in 2013 alone, can have laws tailored to exactly what benefits them and only them? A White House, need I remind anyone, that was closed off to the public completely! What happened to President Obama’s ‘more open government’?
You should be outraged, but if truth be told, you are probably too scared of what the government can do to you if you express any form of displeasure! We have all seen our civil liberties slipping away bit by bit until one day, God forbid, we may not have any more liberty at all. Big brother is already watching and listening to you.
The least we can do is be educated while we are being fleeced by slick talking politicians we only see or hear from at election time. They have more laws to make to benefit THEM. Elect them again because the job of robbing you to line their pockets will never be over! Greed has no ‘off days’!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Turkeys by the millions have been bought along with cranberry sauce by this time. The holidays have begun and cooking all over the United States is being done at a frenzied pace! Time is short and every family is getting ready to put in place another year of traditions from Aunt Harriet‘s “Green Bean Casserole” to Momma‘s special dressing, or if you are from the north, stuffing!
For the holidays, we go to my mother and dad’s for DAYS of celebrating. The house is full of people! There are thirteen of us and four of those thirteen are children, so it is an energized environment! There is a constant buzz of chatter, laughter, and fun. But, not all people are as blessed as I am during this time. This year many will have nothing, literally nothing to eat for Thanksgiving. Thank God for places like the Salvation Army, and in our area, Golden Corral who feeds people for free. These organizations literally gift our homeless or less fortunate in our community and what a huge thank you I would love to give!
I am not talking about the homeless nor the less financially fortunate in this article. I am talking about those who will literally have no one to spend the holidays with. These are just a few things you can do to make it through a season that could have been unbearably lonely and I hope it helps.
1. Bring the holidays to you! There is a lady in our church. Her children live several hours away and her husband died two years ago. Sister Jones (not her real name) decided since she had no place to go and no one to spend the holiday with, she would reach out to others who were in the same situation. Sister Jones had our pastor announce there was a sign up sheet in our foyer for those who needed a place for Thanksgiving. Sister Jones LOVES to serve. To feed 20-50 people and cook it all by herself is heaven for her! She is well into her 80s and never misses a beat. It is so beautiful! Mothers who have no husband but have children, widows, and widowers alike signed the sheet. Sister Jones is thrilled. Her home, where she lives all alone, will be hustling and bustling with church family and she will not only be able to give, but in her own way receive the greatest blessing of the holiday…a home filled with love!
2. See it as time for yourself! During these economic times in our lives, work can be overwhelming. How many of us long for a day just to sleep in and relax all day in our pajamas! Oh to sleep late, wake up to coffee and ball games without ever having to clean our house to pristine condition and being able to lounge all day is just the ticket!! Maybe there is a good book you have wanted to get to and have not had the time…here is your chance! Instead of the trouble of cooking a traditional feast, you may try a new recipe you saw ( I saw one for cheese dip I can’t wait to try!) or an old one that is a favorite. Doesn’t football and nachos sound yummy?? Make it YOUR day and pamper yourself. Take the quiet as being a blessing! Spend time with the Lord! He is always with you! No matter how alone we can feel, the reality is, God NEVER leaves us or forsakes us. We are never by ourselves! Make it your special day and enjoy some things you haven’t had a chance to do!
3. Volunteer to help those who are alone in your community and spend the holiday blessing them! Beat the blues by turning the tables on them! Be a blessing to others. Find a ‘soup kitchen’ or a community help center and ask what you can do. Believe me, they will welcome the help with open arms and an apron! You will find such great joy in serving others! Listen to their stories, how their lives used to be, and what happened to them that caused them to be alone or in the place they are finding themselves in now. Many times we find someone else has had it much harder than we. Encourage them, pray for them if they will let you, and spread the love of God to them. Bring dominoes or other games and set up tables of “fun” when the dinner is over! Soon you will forget you WERE alone and will have the hustle and fun bustle everyone else is having!
I hope this helps you, precious reader! I pray your holiday is full of joy and blessings however you may wish to spend it! Know you are never alone and you are loved! God bless you!! Juliana