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When It Rains….

It occurs to me that those who say “when it rains, it pours” have never actually seen it rain because it more often than not does not pour when it rains. What a mess it would be if it always poured when it rained!  But what do we remember?  We remember the times that it poured.  The water comes down so hard that puddles form in our yards and anyone that was caught outside looks like they were dunked in the lake.  And then the next time there is a hint of rain we think it will happen again.

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When it rains…..

There is something about the human brain that processes those negative things in a way that gives them more of an impact.  We remember them.  We dwell on them.  We relive them.  This is why I remember my times of discouragement vividly, even though I have been encouraged on more occasions.  I have more good days than bad days.

I was reading through Exodus and it turns out this is nothing new.  Moses was told by God to deliver the Israelites from slavery.  You would think that when God told him that He would accomplish this and go with him that the people would be excited.  They have been in slavery for a while now and would no doubt appreciate the good news.  Well…not exactly. It wasn’t that they didn’t want to hear it, they just couldn’t.

Moses reported this to the Israelites but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.” Exodus 6:9  

Discouragement is a powerful emotion.   Despite what God had told them and even the history lesson he gave them to prove it to them, they still could not see any sort of hope in their circumstances.  The pain was just too big and real.  Have you been there?  Do you know anyone there today?

Who can you encourage today?  There are people in the midst of their own person downpour right now looking for hope.  Can you offer some encouragement to them?  Remember that often the most helpful thing you can do is be there.

Are you discouraged?  Look for hope in your life today.   Listen to what the Lord says and be encouraged:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Remember that in the story of Moses, God did accomplish what He said He would do.  God has not left you. He has not ignored you.  He is not sick of you.  Look to Him today and realize that sometimes when it rains it doesn’t pour.

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The Lego Jar (7/27/13) – Dirt Makeup

My daughter loves the dirt.  She rolls in it, plays in it, and scoops it into her skirt in order to transport it.  These days she could take a bath two different times a day.  (or more)  Today’s Lego Jar highlights this because I realized that most of the photos I took this week were of her with dirt.

Dirt is cheap makeup

If there is one thing I know nothing about, it is makeup.   Up until my daughter was born I really didn’t think I would need to know anything about it.   We will see what the future holds.  All I know now is right now I am able to help her with it.

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After -- did your brothers help?

After — did your brothers help?

Clean and ready for more

After we hosed her down, she seemed to desire some goggles.  I don’t know what that says about our bathing methods.

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Shark week is coming

VBS

We had our Vacation Bible School this week.  It was the first one since the fire, so it was without a building.  We managed to have a great turn-out under the tents. It only rained one day, but it rained a lot that day.  My kids were wet, but what kids don’t want to get wet?

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Often we notice their excitement about water when we go for a walk.  One night this week it was funny because they all had their helmets on.  The picture looks funny because they are walking with helmets on.  The truth of it is that they did have their scooters off the screen here.  But, look at how much they want to jump into that puddle!

Have a great weekend!