Midweek Morsel: Attended by Angels

11248586324_e55d800f60_z“At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” Mark1:12-13

Did you know angels attended Jesus during his days in the desert? Scripture doesn’t tell us exactly how they attended him, but they were on duty.

The gospel of Matthew specifically mentions angels attending Jesus after Satan tempted him (at the end of a forty day fast), and here in Mark’s gospel we hear that wild animals were part of the scene. My NIV text note says that in Jesus’ day there were many more wild animals, including lions, in Palestine. I guess Satan wasn’t the only danger in the desert. Wild animals posed a threat—and I’m sure the elements did as well.

The Israelites also experienced angelic attendance during their desert days. In Exodus (23:20, 23; 32:34), we’re told that an angel went ahead of them, guiding and protecting them. I wonder if the angels who attended Jesus did the same for him. Perhaps they even ministered to other needs he had.

If God sent angels to attend Jesus and also the Israelites during their desert days, don’t you think he might send them to us as well in our times of need? When we are faced with temptations, dangers, dry and barren days, as well as need in extreme situations, will God leave us to struggle on our own? No, he will minister to us. And it might just be through angels.

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” Psalm 91:11

*Have you ever felt that angels were attending you?

*Flickr photo by  www.carloscherer.eu, Creative Commons License

The Pull of the Past

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Is there an activity, a place, an aroma, a taste, a sight, or a sound that transports you back in time? Most of us long for times gone by on occasion. We long for loved ones no longer with us, we yearn for a simpler time.

Nostalgia can be good for us. It causes us to remember our blessings and even inspires us to look forward to a heavenly home where we’ll be reunited with our loved ones, where we’ll be safe and happy in the presence of our Lord.

So indulge in some nostalgia today, friends. May my “Pull of the Past” give rise to your own. And may it lead to all our eyes looking heavenward!

The Pull of the Past

As I travel down the country road
the pull of the past is strong.
Decades suddenly disappear
as my heart is drawn like a magnet
to the farms, to my grandparents,
to our family as it was then.
The crunch of gravel under the wheels
and the smell of dust wafting behind
stirs memories so deeply held
my heart aches from the longing.
Oh to go back in time,
to find everyone at home
waiting with ready smiles and welcoming voices,
waiting to share the day together.
Those bottled memories
so real yet just out of grasp
stir a precious joy
trailed by a touch of sadness
that keeps me lifting my eyes
to the sure hope of the future,
to the promise of reunion.
And so the pull of the past
becomes the hope of heaven
where one day I’ll find
everyone at home
ready to share forever together,
ready to praise and serve our Lord.

“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” Psalm 143:5

*What triggers the pull of the past for you?

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Midweek Morsel: Safe Home

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When loved ones are traveling, it’s always a relief when we know they’ve arrived safely home, isn’t it? We can’t rest until we know they’ve reached their destination and that they are indeed safe. Then peace settles around us like the comfort of a warm blanket.

For those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior, it’s also a blessing to know that our loved ones who have passed are now safely home in heaven.

As my dad was coming to terms with the unexpected loss of my mom a little over a year ago, he told me that he’d always thought it would be best for him to go first—that she would do better alone than he would. But after he experienced her loss and what life was like without her, he said he was glad she went first. He was glad she didn’t have to go through what he was going through. “She’s safe home,” he said. And even in his grief, he found peace in that knowledge.

Whether we’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or thinking about our own mortality, we can find peace in the hope and comfort of heaven. And just think—one day we’ll all be safe home together.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or pain . . .” Revelation 21:4a

*Who are you longing to one day see again in heaven?

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Midweek Morsel: The Riches of God’s Children

145301371_80798ee47a_o(FYI, I missed my first-of-the-week post because my husband was in the hospital after falling from a ladder on the weekend. He sustained serious injuries so we’d sure appreciate your prayers. Will be a challenging time for both of us. May the verse and message below, written before the accident, speak to our hearts today!)

“. . . you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” Psalm 73:23b-4

The riches we possess as children of God outshine anything the world has to offer. We could write a mile-long list of all the blessings that are ours as God’s dearly loved children, but notice how the short passage from Psalm 73 above seems to summarize most of our riches perfectly.

Just look what God does for his children:

1. He holds us by the hand—we are never alone, he is with us in every situation.

2. He guides us with his counsel—he shows us the way to go, we can depend on his wisdom.

3. He will take us to heaven after life here on earth is over for us—we will be with him in glory forever.

Ah, the riches of being a child of God! The world can’t come close to matching these awesome blessings of God, can it? Let’s start Thanksgiving early and shower our Father with thanks today!

“O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Psalm 30:12b

*Which of these blessings of God means the most to you in your current season of life?

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Midweek Morsel: A Winner Plus a Taste of Heaven

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With Mother’s Day just a few days away, it’s time to announce the winner of the Going Natural Giveaway. The lucky lady who gets a $20 gift certificate to Eco Natural Soap is—drum roll, please—Flea! Congrats, Flea! Have fun selecting your winnings!

And now some winnings for the rest of us. How about a taste of heaven? Since this will be my mom’s first Mother’s Day in heaven, it’s going to be tough one for me but a glorious one for her. Join me today, won’t you, in reading a few verses about heaven straight from the Word of God. May they comfort you the way they comfort me.

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance . . . they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13, 16

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands and thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God . . .” Hebrews 12:22-23a

May your weekend be touched with the promise, the comfort, and the joy of heaven. Look up with me today!

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*In addition to God and Jesus, who are you longing to see when you get to heaven?

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