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Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,     for his steadfast love endures forever!   Let  the redeemed of the Lord say so,      whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, 
    from the east and from the west,     from the north and from the south
.  Psalm 107:1-3 ESV 

As we approach  Thanksgiving, most people focus on giving thanks for the blessings in their lives that year.  As we lead our children in family prayer time every night, we always start with praises.  They usually come up with “thank you for fun with brother, thank you for fun at school, thank you for fun with our cat.”  We try to prompt them to think a little deeper about what God has done for them but at four and six, they’re great at focusing on just the immediate things in front of them. 

As adults, isn’t that our natural mindset as well? If our circumstances are tough, we can find it hard to find things to thank God for.  As we look back over the year, is our mind drawn to the hard times or to the blessings?  It seems to be human nature to focus on the bad.  It takes a real effort of the will to think on blessings. 

Is your testimony this year that the Lord is good?  Do you see his steadfast love enduring forever?  Or are you mired in difficult circumstances that make you doubt His goodness?  It is ok to be honest with God, and to express that you are having trouble embracing His goodness.  He already knows! 

But this psalm gives you the imperative…”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.”  If you are redeemed, if you have accepted the sacrifice that Jesus has made on your behalf, then you are commanded to give thanks.  No matter how difficult your circumstance, God loved you enough to send His son to die for you.  If that is the only good thing in your life, you can give thanks to the Lord.  You can acknowledge His goodness in saving you from your trouble, in saving you from an eternity separate from Him. 

God is good.  Circumstances can be hard.  God is still good.  As you enter this holiday season, take time to share with your loved ones how good God has been in your life this year.  Don’t gloss over it or focus only on the very temporary circumstances in your life.  Thank God for his goodness! 

Dig Deeper |

Psalm 34:8Psalm 107

Action Item  |

If you’re in a very difficult season of life, start a thanksgiving journal.  Every night before you go to bed, find something to thank God for.  It can change your entire outlook if you can refocus on gratitude. 

Prayer | 

Heavenly father, You are good!  I thank You for your steadfast love.  I thank You that You have rescued me from an eternity without You.  Give me the courage to share Your goodness and Your love with people who need to hear about it. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 107:1

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

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In A Gentle Whisper

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV

Kaboom!!!  

I awoke with a start! Where was I? What was that noise? I was frightened. My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding. As I reached for my husband (who was snoring away), I realized in that moment I was in bed and rain was pounding on our rooftop. The noise was….thunder and it sounded very close to our home.  

I took a breath and I heard a gentle whisper ...”Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.” I rolled over and immediately went back to sleep without a thought. 

The next day I began to consider the events of the night and I was struck that it was God who spoke this verse to me sharing peace. It’s funny I did recognize it as God’s word, butI had to look for it in the Bible since I had not read it in months and have never memorized it. 

Aren’t God and His word awesome? 

God desires a relationship with us. He wants us to abide in Him (John15:4) and passionately study and read His word. And, the more we study, pray, and mediate on Him and His words, His truth will be in us. So, when we experience these rough or even scary times, our minds will be able to recount these words and hear His voice speak strength, direction, and love to us and, in my case, peace. 

So, press into Jesus and His words and listen for that gentle whisper. 

Dig Deeper |

I Kings 19:9-18 

Action Item |

Spend time reading the Bible today. 

Prayer |

Dear God, thank you for the Bible so we can learn about You and Your ways. Help us to study and meditate on it. I will be listening for You. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Colossians 3:15

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

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Wait Expectantly!

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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I the LORD do not change. Malachi 3:6 NIV 

It was the fall of the year and the seasonal change was all around as I sat in our one-room farm school, looking over the fields ripe with corn, waiting to be harvested. Suddenly the teacher said, “Next week, boys and girls, you will have a holiday.” Holiday…sure! I knew it was the time to harvest rocks laying in the rows of corn waiting to be harvested by my family-- the corn that would pay for our family’s food in the year to come. 

Ironically, today I am a rock collector. There are rocks resting inside and outside my home from countries near and far. They are a reminder of our God in Psalms 18:1-2, telling us He is our rock, fortress, rescuer, shelter, strength. He never changes through summer, winter or spring, in times of pain, sorrow or joy. He delights to pick us up and carry us. He delights in our quiet moments of the day as we rest in Him, and He loves us with an everlasting love. These rocks are a reminder of many who are dead in their souls, waiting to be picked up, ripe for the harvest. Remember, God is that grace and strength needed to change the dead into life, just as He did for you and me on Calvary. 

P.S. Pick up a rock today! 

Digging Deeper |

Psalm 31:3; Psalm 110:4; Romans 8:38-39 

Action Item |

Wait expectantly for a rock in your path. 

Prayer |

Lord, give us eyes to see the opportunities You place in our way each day.  Give us hands and feet willing to accomplish the purpose You lay before us each day, the sharing of Your Gospel.  And thank You, Lord, for entrusting us with the awesome privilege of reflecting Your love through our lives. Amen 

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Treasure God's Word--Malachi

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It

I the Lord do not change.  Malachi 3:6a

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Listen Quickly!

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 NIV 

I love to talk. I enjoy talking and conversing with others about my wonderful family, my job, activities at church, taking dance lessons with my husband and especially my opinions on the topics of life. Now, I wouldn’t say I speak constantly, but I definitely can carry a conversation. I have much to share and want others to hear all about my life and my opinions. 

After one such conversation, my husband took me aside and quietly pointed out that my directness and my many words were offending the people I had been conversing with. Well, I became livid! Are you kidding me? I know how to speak without offending others! 

However, I began to think about what he said and I started praying and talking to God about my words. My husband was right. God showed me I needed to change the way I communicate. 

In the verse above, James states we should be quick to listen and slow to speak. I was doing the exact opposite. I was speaking but not listening. So, I asked Jesus to change me, and I started practicing using fewer words.  

Wow! This verse is truly hard to execute, but now I listen and I am even purposeful in my conversations. I begin by focusing on the other person and their words, even looking at their eyes as they speak. I ask questions about their life and opinions, giving them time to share. By listening, I want them to know I care about them. 

Now, I still love to talk, but I have seen how God has changed me. I truly have begun to listen quickly. 

Digging Deeper |

Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 21:23; Psalm 141:3

Action Item |

Listen quickly, speak less! 

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, You are the ultimate listener and the kindest speaker. Help me to listen more and speak less, as You do. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--James 1:19

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

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Season in the Desert

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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Some  wandered in desert wastes,     finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, 
    their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he delivered them from their distress.  He led them by a straight way     till they reached a city to dwell in.  Let them thank the Lord  for his steadfast love,     for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he  satisfies the longing soul,    and the hungry soul he fills with good things
Psalm 107:4-9 ESV 

My four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer a month after we moved to a new state. Our support network of friends and family were now almost 800 miles away. The moving boxes were barely even unpacked when we received the cancer diagnosis. Our life was plunged into a desert season.  As we watched our precious child struggle through chemo side effects, we felt like we were wandering in the desert wastes.  As we saw his hair fall out and he stopped eating because of mouth sores, our souls fainted within us. 

We spent three long months in the heart of that desert. During his five rounds of chemo, we cried out to the Lord. His deliverance felt slow in coming because of our desperate need.  However, HE was there with us and sustained us. The Lord was teaching us to depend on Him. This wasn’t an easy time. Deserts never are.  Sometimes we desperately prayed to even make it through five more minutes of watching our son suffer.  

We learned, like the Israelites, that God was leading us by a “straight way.”  As we cried out to God during our trials, we trusted him to get us through.  God can refine you to not rely on anything other than Him. From our desert season, we emerged with a deep dependence on God. 

Pediatric cancer wasn’t our first desert season and I know it won’t be our last.  But with each trip through the desert, we learn greater dependence on God and greater trust in His love for us. I can truly say that God satisfies my longing soul, and that He fills my soul with good things and I can thank Him for His steadfast love. I’m happy to share that my son has been in remission for over a year.  Praise the Lord! 

Your desert might not be a physical illness. It might be an extended period of singleness while you desperately long for marriage. It might be a turbulent time in your marriage where you just can’t seem to get on the same page with your spouse. It might be a career issue, a wayward child, struggling with depression, or any number of things. 

Please know that whatever your struggle is, the Bible shows us that we can endure the desert. We know that God is by our side and the desert season will eventually end. It is only a moment along the straight path God has planned for us and God will certainly use it for good. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! 

Dig Deeper | 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Psalm 107Romans 8:18-28 

Action Item |

If you find yourself in a desert season, cry out to God and trust that He will satisfy your longing soul. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, I know that your will is to sometime have me endure a period in the desert. While my circumstance might not change, I know that you can satisfy the deep need and hunger in my soul. God, deliver me from this time with a greater appreciation of your goodness and steadfast love. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 107:6-7

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Psalm 107:6-7

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Broken-Hearted Worship

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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Open my lips Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:15-17 NIV

Ok, I have to admit it. There have been many Sundays that I have faked my way through church. I am embarrassed to admit this and it’s not something that I’m proud of. There have been Sunday mornings when I have passed many of you in the hallways at church, we both smile and greet each other with the customary, “hello,” or “good morning.” But on the inside, I’m not feeling particularly “good.” 

Sometimes during small group time on Sunday mornings, my mind has drifted. My eyes and facial expression display an attentive and compelling listening face, when in reality my heart and my thoughts are miles away. Sadly, I have “participated” in the church service, going through the motions of standing, singing and selectively hearing the sermon as my mind recounted and rehashed all of the things on my to-do list for the coming week. 

So many distractions; so many opportunities to get bogged down by the weight of our circumstances. Many times we walk through life just going through the motions, not really present in the moment and definitely not in a good place spiritually.  

Psalm 51:15 says, “Open my lips Lord and my mouth will declare your praise.” I admit that the last thing I want to do when I am feeling down is sing praises, but in times of trouble it does help me to talk it out.  

I find that when I am desperate for God’s grace, if I will just focus on one thing that I’m grateful for in my life, and give Him thanks for that one thing, my cloudy outlook suddenly begins to spring forth glimpses of light. I begin to stop feeling sorry for myself, and start seeing all of the benefits that God has provided for me. 

As you begin to think about praising God for all He has done, something happens to your heart. Your spiritual heart warms and you begin to see things in a different way. You start to wonder why you weren’t happy and your attitude shifts from self to God. This is the preparation your heart goes through as it prepares itself for you to worship God. You can praise anyone or anything, but God is the only One who deserves and commands our worship. 

In the Old Testament, people would sacrifice animals, offering them to God as an atonement for their sins. It was also used as a form of worship. The preparation of the animal was preparing their hearts to worship God. I am thankful for Jesus who became that sacrifice for us. If nothing else makes you smile, the fact that Jesus died for you and me warms my heart and changes my attitude and outlook. 

Is your heart broken? Are you faking it, or are you ready to get real, get on your knees and lift your hands to the heavens and praise and worship your King of Kings? 

Dig Deeper |

Psalm 138:4; Psalm 18:3; John 4:23

Action Item |

If you’re not having a good day, take time to think about one thing you’re thankful for. See if that thought doesn’t lead to other thoughts of thankfulness, and hopefully, your heart will begin to transform. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace. I’m sorry for the times that I’m fake. Help me to be authentic in my praise and worship to You. Transform my negative thoughts into a thankful heart.  

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 51:15-17

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It

Open my lips, Lord and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heartyou, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:15-17

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Do We Use Our "Season of Life" As an Excuse?

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:21 ESV 

A few years ago, a friend mentioned that during certain "seasons of life" I might need to modify my expectations or commitments. That sounded really good to me. As transitions and responsibilities were changing at home with a teenager and with my work, I needed to give myself some grace and let go of a few things. 

In the past I've been known to willy-nilly pull back from commitments when life gets overwhelming. This time I was going to be intentional about what commitments and responsibilities I would add or keep in my already full life. There was prayer about my priorities and asking myself tough questions about the long-term and short-term impact of my choices.  

I pulled back on volunteering related to my career and added volunteering related to our child's involvement at school. There are so many good things we participate in, but it doesn't mean it is the right thing at the right time. 

Lately, I'm pondering if pulling back and saying no because of my "season of life" has become an excuse to avoid commitments that God is calling me to make. I find when I'm not motivated to take on a new task, I think, "It's okay. It's my season of life." It's starting to feel like an excuse because it is an excuse.  

In the book of Judges, there is a man named Gideon. Gideon is scared because his community and surrounding land is occupied by the enemy. Gideon is hiding out from the enemy and hiding out from God. God repeatedly calls Gideon to step out of his comfort zone and trust God in the next right choice.   

Gideon finally trusted God. The path God set Gideon on was not always easy. Over and over Gideon had to make the next right choice to align himself with God's will and purpose for his life throughout the ever-changing seasons.  

For reasons I haven't narrowed down yet, I am avoiding an opportunity and a blessing from God. I took a positive concept of focusing my time and energy on the next right thing and turned it into a way to avoid answering God when he calls me into the next season of life.  

Don't miss out on a blessing. Follow God into the next season. 

Dig Deeper|

Judges 6

Action Item|

Ask God to show you where He wants you committing your time, energy, and money during this season of life. Here are two books I've found helpful: Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman and You're Made For A God-Sized Dream by Holly Gerth. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, I don't know why I often run in circles looking for the right "thing" to do. I know that you will always clear the path and guide me. Give me clarity on what is the next best thing for me to do that serves you first, serves my family, and serves my community. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Daniel 2:21

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.  Daniel 2:21

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And Then There Were Others

school/learningMarci AnthonyComment
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Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) 

The hurricanes of 2017 will most definitely go down as catastrophic.  I was recently in Houston and it actually looked like a war zone as I passed through the streets.  Home after home was completely emptied of its contents.  Cabinets, furniture, floor coverings and clothes lay on the curb as a representation of a lifetime of memories created in one place. 

As I saw such devastation, I couldn’t help but wonder why God would allow a catastrophe of this level?  As God always does, He nudged my spirit straight into His presence through His Word.  Hebrews 11 begins with some precious words, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”  The chapter proceeds with a list of many heroes of the faith that God used to accomplish great and mighty things.  God performed miracles for them and He protected them in many ways.  Then, almost at the end of the chapter, comes these words, “And then there were others.”  The writer of Hebrews continues to speak of these others who were beaten, mocked, killed and tortured for their faith.  “The world was not worthy of these” the writer states.  ALL of these were the heroes of the faith…those who experienced miracles and those who didn’t.  It wasn’t the outcome of their circumstances that proved their faith, but their simple faith in God, who was with them. 

In God’s tender voice, He reminded me through this scripture that your faith cannot be in things that you see.  God reminded me that my faith is not in a circumstance, an action, or an outcome.  My faith is in the one and only God…the God who can do miracles, who can accomplish great things and who can be present with those who are suffering. 

So, my encouragement for you today:  resist the urge to use your eyes to measure the work of God.  Know that the ways and movement of God cannot always be seen.  Whether God delivers you in a miraculous way today or whether He simply is present with you in your suffering, know that He is God and He loves you! 

Digging deeper |

Hebrews 11

Action items |

Do you find yourself evaluating the movement of God by observing the circumstances in your life?  If so, use your smart phone or even a piece of paper and write down Hebrews 11:1 as a reminder to keep your eyes upward.  Are you in a storm today?  Is that storm causing you to question God?  Allow God to gently remind you today that you cannot see all that God is doing.  Place in your faith in Him and not the outcome! 

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, it is so very hard not to question You at times.  Make my faith strong, Jesus.  Give me the courage to place my faith in things not seen.  God, give me peace in my storms and deliver me when it is Your will.  Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 119:103

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

school/learningMarci AnthonyComment
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"He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.”  Psalms 104:19 NIV

Ok, so I know what question you’re asking yourself…what does Bonnie Tyler’s song Total Eclipse of the Heart have to do with a Bible devotional?  I’ll get to that in a minute. We heard a lot about the solar eclipse that happened on August 21st, 2017. It was amazing to witness the incredible events that occur when God’s forces of nature are thrown out of their normal daily routine. 

The path of totality, named for the area of the United States that was able to view a complete eclipse of the sun, demonstrated how much we rely on the sun and moon to help keep us regulated throughout the day. On Monday, August 21st, several unusual things happened along the path of totality during the full eclipse. First, many animals weren’t sure what time of day it was. Some animals slept, thinking it was nighttime, while others ran around crazy not knowing what to do. In Washington State, over 305,000 salmon washed ashore because of a strong tide brought on by the eclipse. Flowers that had opened their petals for the day to receive their daily dose of sunlight, closed, thinking that it was night, and then reopened after the sun came back out. In some areas the temperature changed more than 10 degrees in a few minutes because the sun was blocked out. 

In areas that were not along the path of totality, individuals were able to see only a partial eclipse, but the effects were still felt. For one thing, it felt strange to be outside. Although a total eclipse wasn’t visible, there was still an eerie feel to the sky and it was strange to drive around and see so many people standing outside, staring up at the sky. As humans, our day was interrupted by a natural phenomenon, and it seemed like everyone stopped and had to take a peek (hopefully with approved eyewear and homemade cereal boxes). 

We are such creatures of habit that God knew we needed something to help us regulate our body clocks. If you look in Genesis 1:3-5, one of God’s first tasks in creation was to separate the light from the darkness.  He called the light day and the darkness night. The sun, with its rays of light and heat reaching the earth, creates a powerful one-two punch, but the moon’s proximity to the earth also plays a dominate role in our everyday life as well. 

The moon is partially responsible for our seasons.  The Earth's axis is tilted 23.5 degrees. The angle tilt is responsible for the seasons. But, the tilt angle is not fixed. The moon's gravitational pull on the Earth causes precession, which is a small, 21,000-year cyclic change in the angle of the Earth's tilt. Basically, the Earth is tilted and it is the moon’s gravitational pull that keeps the Earth on that tilt, thereby giving us our seasons.   

I know you weren’t thinking that you would be getting a science lesson as part of a devotion today, but I think that sometimes it’s important to remember that God’s hand is in every aspect of our lives.  From His creation of the sun and moon, to the intricate angle of the Earth’s tilt and gravitational pull of the moon, He thought of everything. So why do we sometimes doubt His ultimate power when it comes to our lives? Well, it comes down to an eclipse of our heart.  I told you there was a reason for my title choice. Instead of allowing God to work in our lives, we cast a shadow over it, which blocks God out. Many times we act like the animals did during the eclipse and run in circles or become confused because we’ve lost our direction. Stop eclipsing God and let Him work in your life. 

Key Verses |

Galatians 4:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1 

Action Item |

Are you blocking God from working in your life? Open your heart and let Him in. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the Sun and Moon. Thank You for thinking of how the moon and sun affect our daily lives.  Thank You for events in the sky like eclipses that remind us of how vast the universe is and how powerful You are.  Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 33:11

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11

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Trusting God With Your Children

school/learningMarci AnthonyComment
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“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. “  Philippians 1:6 ESV 

This week I send my firstborn to kindergarten. When I was a new mom, someone told me that the days are long and the years are short and I feel no truer words are spoken about the early childhood years. I look forward to watching him gain knowledge and independence yet if I’m honest, I actually have quite a few fears about this new journey he’s on. Did I pick the right school? Should I have homeschooled him instead? Maybe I should have been willing to pay private school tuition to keep him in a Christian environment. Will he make friends? Will he decide he hates school and be the problem child?  

In my own life, it’s easy for me to claim Philippians 1:6. I am a work in progress. I know that God will continue to work on me and refine me until I stand complete before Him. Yet why is it so hard for me to let go of my child and trust that the same God will be faithful to work in his life? Every mom I’ve talked with in this same season of life has similar struggles. We hold ourselves responsible for how our kids turn out. We agonize over every little decision, secretly convinced that if we put them in the wrong activity, in the wrong school, or even can’t get them to eat a perfectly balanced healthy meal every single day, then their lives will end in abject failure and it will be our fault. 

This is what society teaches us. But thankfully, the bible teaches a much different story. We can trust that God will finish the good work He has started in our lives and in our children’s lives. We can and should prayerfully consider big decisions but realize that any control we hold is an illusion. God is in control. We can make all the wrong decisions and God can work it for good. We can make all the right decisions and still have a wayward child that we have to depend on God to draw back to the truth. 

So as you start this new school year, pray fervently for your kids. But leave your fears and anxieties at God’s feet. He’s the one really in control. 

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Romans 8:28Proverbs 22:6Hebrews 2:8-10 

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When you find yourself worrying about your children, pray first for God’s presence in their lives and seek Him as you make decisions for them. 

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Heavenly Father, you will complete the good work you began in me and in my children. Help me to trust you through hard circumstances and realize that you are in control of how my kids turn out, not me. 

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Treasure God's Word--Deuteronomy 6:7

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Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7

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