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April 27 – My Territory

I Chronicles 6

This chapter continues to list genealogies. And it tells about the territories that were given to the Levites, cities of refuge, and the pasturelands. It’s kind of repetitive. Not exactly an exciting read.

I’m sitting here watching my nephew play with his two pre-school children. They are snuggled together on my couch, each with a stuffed animal, and using silly voices to talk to each other. There are lots of giggles.

This is my territory. It’s not the condo we’re in here on this lovely island. It’s the people God has given me to love and care for. These are the precious ones I want to have in my life my whole life.

It occurs to me that when God gave cities and land in the Promised Land to the Israelites, he gave it to families. It was never about the land. It was all about the people. It was about the families.

I don’t ever want to get so caught up in “things,” a career, fame and fortune, that I neglect the dear ones God has blessed me with. It’s the people here in this condo complex where I live. It’s people in the workplace, in school, or wherever God has opened doors for me.

It’s never about my address.

It’s about the souls God allows me to share life with. May I protect my territory by praying for them, for introducing them to the Savior.

When I get to heaven I certainly won’t be wearing those designer jeans, or carrying the key to an ocean front property. No one will care if I’m CEO of a major company.

But I want to take my territory with me into eternity. I want the souls of those people I love to be with me forever.

Lord, help me to care for the territory You have given me. I pray for my sisters, their families, and the families of the next generation. I pray for my neighbors, my friends, co-workers. Give me the opportunity to introduce them to You. And may You find their hearts eager to accept Your grace. I want to be a good steward of the territory You’ve given me. May You find me faithful.

April 25 – Making Memories

I Chronicles 3&4

I am having so much fun this week. My nephew and his family are vacationing here with me on this island where I live. As I read about the families listed in these chapters of I Chronicles I can’t help but think about my own.

I remember the day my nephew was born. I was blessed to be a part of his growing-up years, watching him develop into the thoughtful, fun, Christian man he is today. I stood by and watch him fall in love with a precious girl, marry her, and start their family. Their children call me “Aunt Connie”, and I love that.

I sit here today and watch the little ones play, and my heart nearly bursts with love.

When I read about the families in I Chronicles, I realize I’m reading about moms and dads. People who loved their children, who cared for them, who had hopes and dreams like I have for the dear ones in my life.

The future is uncertain. Trouble may come. But I trust my Savior with the lives of my loved-ones. As I think about my family, I pray for them.

I pray for your families, too. May you all know the same confidence in the Lord that I have. May you hug your families. Don’t waste a minute. We’re going to go and watch some sea turtles released back into the ocean today.

Making memories.

March 1 – It’s My Life

Numbers 14&15

One of the things that used to make me crazy when I was a Middle School counselor was when a child sitting in front of me would say, “It’s my life. I’ll do what I want.” I’ve heard adults say and counselors applaud, “I’ve got to do what’s right for me.” But is that what is true according to Scripture?

The Israelites scoped out the Promised Land and said, “You’re not going to see me trying to take that land. It’s too hard.”

You might say, well, that was their choice. But that choice effected their children and their children’s children for forty years.

14:8 reminds us that, “The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression

Some people think this verse ends here. But read on:

but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the father on the children to the third and fourth generations.

We don’t live in a bubble. Your decisions touch innumerable people every day. A teenager’s choice to have sex effects parents, siblings, babies conceived and who will be effected their whole lifetimes, perhaps even diseases that teenager will battle for years.

The decision to divorce effects whole families, sometimes for generations.

That decision to drink alcohol might seem like no big deal until that drink turns into an addiction that effects families, friends, and sometimes strangers.

But a decision to pray for your children, to read the Bible, to be active in the life of a Bible believing church fellowship, to tell the truth, to work hard, to represent Jesus in a visible way, effects people to the third and fourth generations, too. I know my grandmother prayed for me, and God is still answering her prayers fifty years after she died.

Sure it’s your life, a gift from God. Just know that how you live it effects many, many more people than just you. And for much longer than just the second it takes to make that choice.