Saturday, February 27, 2016

generations of unbelievers

when we ride by his house my heart recalls all the times we've asked his father to allow his sister and him to come to our school. we were promised and then they never showed up. for years we've been pulled in and pushed out. we've visited. we've prayed in their home. we've been attacked. we've helped in other areas. we've attended funerals of other family members that weren't allowed to come to our clinic because we're Christians. their family just can't get past the fact that their children will learn about Jesus. because that threatens everything they are being taught at home.

I look at the innocence in his face and the innocence in his sister's. in a few years that innocence will be gone. they each will have to make their own decisions. and the way things are now, it looks like another generation will be like the one before it. that generational sin will keep their children home and their families dying of preventable diseases because our ministry will remain standing firm in Jesus and they won't like it either.

but God. God can pull them close and change generations of unbelievers. He can humble all hearts - old and young. He can change it. we never will. it's not our job. we are just here to disciple them when He does. if He chooses. pray with us.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

opening a window

"Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need." - Malachi 3:10

I ran across this picture and it was begging to be posted. I searched scripture for "window" and read this. Not what I was looking for. But the others I found just didn't feel right. I asked God why. No answer. BecauseHe had already provided the answer. I just needed to look. Look through the window with me. Those are beans that have been harvested. They are there in this family's storehouse. This is their food. And the Lord of hosts says he will open the windows of Heaven for us and pour down blessings until there is no more need.

Brothers and sisters, don't miss this. The Lord of hosts. Wow. This is a beautiful picture of His provision. His power. His love.

I almost skipped over this Scripture but He would not allow it. Because when He moved me to take this picture He knew I would not post it right away. He knew that it would stay tucked in my gallery for the perfect day.

It's no coincidence that with all the admin work I have to do, I ran across this picture. And it's no coincidence that I almost skipped over this Scripture because I didn't see those beans. Yet herein lies what He needed me to know today as I pray for a miracle of provision - that He, the Lord of hosts, is opening a window.

What are you overlooking today, friends? If you could take a snapshot of your situation, what is in the picture that He needs you to see?