Devotion #2



Tis The Season


“Tis the season”  … What we can learn about Gratitude from the Sea to the Mountain Top
It’s funny how we talk about life in “seasons”.  Two great quotes I just read today on instagram remind me of this word. “ Let Thanks and Giving be more that just a season.”  “ In every season, God is working.” But is it God’s purpose for us to live our lives in season? Personally, It does help me focus on the small chunks of life, taking one day  at a time, and focusing on the present. But how does God feel about it?  
Over the last two months I have studied in depth the stories of Moses and Aaron, and the Israelites, and their “season” of time living in the wilderness before they could enter the promised land.  I think now I know why they had this “season” It says it over and over again actually. But this afternoon as I was reading it really rang true. This was a season that they had to learn how to wholeheartedly follow the Lord.  Numbers 32:12 states this fact. Fortunately, two of these characters figure this whole “season” thing out, Caleb and Joshua. They were going to get to see the promised land because they had wholeheartedly followed the Lord.  
    This is the beginning of the time we call the “holiday season”, the time we search our souls and think about gratitude, focus on making a nice meal for our families, begin our shopping lists to find that perfect gift for our loved ones.    Could it be that you have been in a longer season, and God is still trying to show you how to reach your promise land? Is it really that easy? I just need to just wholeheartedly follow Him? Oh, but it’s not so easy, is it?   
Pray with me.  Dear heavenly Father, please give me wisdom. Please give me faith to follow you wholeheartedly.  Teach me what season that I am in and show me the lessons that you want me to learn. Thank you for this season that I am in.  Thank you for this time in our lives that we do focus more on others. In you Sons holy name, Amen. 
For deeper study read Numbers 32.  Meditate on what season you are in right now.  Is God trying to teach you something?
For those with children, talk to your little ones about the different seasons.  Compare the four seasons to what we call the “holiday season” . Then share with them about Moses and some of the crazy things he and the others had to live through during those 40 years in their “season” of learning how to follow God… eating only manna (Exodus 16), receiving water from a rock (Numbers 20),  the poisonous snakes ( Numbers 21:4-9)
For those of you with teenagers…. Bless your hearts, You really are living in a season..  My 18 year old daughter reminded me yesterday that I need to brush up on Reese Witherspoon’s book “Whiskey in a Teacup” to plan our Thanksgiving dinner.  I did. I read it last night and picked out some recipes to include in our turkey day. Make this “season” special for them too. They have so much going on in their lives. So much stress. Remind them that this is a season and you are here to help them get through it along with their heavenly Father by their side.     
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Thanksgiving Devotion

Take this time for meditation and give #gratitude to our Creator.

 

From the  Sea to the Mountain Tops

– What we can  Learn  about Gratitude 

What can we learn about gratitude from the characters in the bible? Particularly the characters  who spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness with Moses by their side after leaving Egypt?  Miriam, Moses sister  begins our devotion, as we focus and meditate on gratitude. “Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tamborine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tamborine and dancing.  Miriam  sang to them:

Sing to the Lord,

for he is highly exalted.

Both horse and driver

he has hurled into the sea.” Exodus 15:20-22 

Miriam was connected to water. 

Miriam stood by the waters of the Nile River and watched over her baby brother Moses to ensure he would be safe. In this song we see her exuberant praise after the Splitting of the Sea. From her gratitue for this miracle that occurred through water, some believe God rewarded her with water—for which the Jewish people sang even more praise, the water provided to them while they wandered in the wilderness. God’s Word teaches us that we can be rewarded for our gratitude. We are to sing to the Lord, for He is indeed highly exalted. 

How can I apply these verses to my life during this Thanksgiving season?  Spend some time this week thinking about your role as a woman: wife, mom, sister, and daughter.  Miriam, she was a leader in her community. She stood by her brothers and family.  She knew the importance of supporting her family. She wasnt perfect, and was even punished once for accusing Moses of wrongdoing. And Moses loved her so.  You can feel it as you read the scriptures.  Support your family, love them, stand by them even in hard times, and give God praise for his miracles. 

For those of us with children, remind them of the story of Miriam and her support of her siblings.  Trace her story back to the  time when Miriam helped put her brother in the basket to save him from the Egyptian king.  Thank God for your family, your brothers and sisters.