Jumping in with both feet

Jan. 23, 2012 Snow day

well, it’s not actually a snow day here in the Seattle area**, it’s a ‘recover-from-the-snow-and-ice-and-wind-damage-day’ so there is no school.
And, since I’m a teacher, blessed me, there’s oodles of extra time from the Time Keeper, my Heavenly Father, to do what He’s called me to do–write to you.

**we rarely if ever get weather like this, so for the skeptical among you, here are a few pictures….

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It’s the beginning of the year and I’m plowing through the Pentateuch. 
Our pastor taught his way through the book of Genesis last year and I decided to keep on going. I’m all the way up to the book of Numbers…..(numbering things, a LOT of things).
While I was reading my way through Exodus, I noticed something about God’s daily provision of Manna for his children (Chapter 16):
 

·         –you have to get something to eat DAILY–feed yourself on the word of God every day. Fresh food is best, old stuff just rots and brings no life.

·         You have to get your own food–you can’t take someone else’s word–i.e. live your walk with Jesus on someone else’s nourishment.
    (You know what I mean, someone else is always sharing what the Holy Spirit showed them, praying for people with power and conviction, etc. You figure if you just hang out next to them it’ll rub off and make you ‘cool by association’, so you’re off the hook to find something for yourself.)

·         You can’t go looking for food to give away to someone else–while you’re reading the Word, saying, “Oh, so and so needs to hear this”.  Don’t do that.  Ask God to feed you.

·         Gathering food will cost you something (The Children of Israel had to go out early every morning).   It costs us time and effort, just like getting physical food–you spend your time, your gas and your hard earned money.  IT WILL COST YOU something.
BUT friend, it is the ONLY food that satisfies. 
                                                              Isaiah 55:1,2
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.

2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?”
Have you eaten today?

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all photos the Author’s, c. jlcollins, renton, wa.  2012

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