I’m Compelled to Do It

June 11

Sunday was our family reunion. Of the 14 siblings, I have 2 uncles and 1 aunt left. (Grandma had 2 sets of twins.)

Now my 47 cousins and I have children and grandchildren of our own. Each year we have to stand, introduce ourselves, our family and tell what we do. I said I was a blogger.

A little later, I talked with a cousin whose daughter has a blog. It’s a mommy blog that I actually follow. He said she gave her son $50 from one payment because she used his picture. Then casually asked if I made much money.

Nope. Zip. Zilch.

I explained that my blog is different because I don’t use ads. I actually pay to keep the ads off. Somehow, every year God provides the money – eight years in a row!

Then why do I blog? I’m compelled to do it.

This week is Faith Conference. We had a service Sunday morning and Sunday night. We got home at 10:00 p.m. and ate leftovers for supper. The same day of the reunion…in 90° weather.

You would think I could sleep in on Monday. No, I was up at 4:30 a.m. I needed to write what God showed me – no matter how embarrassing!

1 Corinthians 9:15-18, “Still, I want it made clear that I’ve never gotten anything out of this for myself, and that I’m not writing now to get something. I’d rather die than give anyone ammunition to discredit me or impugn my motives. (16) If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! (17) If this was my own idea of just another way to make a living, I’d expect some pay. But since it’s not my idea but something solemnly entrusted to me, why would I expect to get paid? (18) So am I getting anything out of it? Yes, as a matter of fact: the pleasure of proclaiming the Message at no cost to you. You don’t even have to pay my expenses!” The Message

I thought I was the only one living this way. Then I read an email from familylife.com.

“Over the years, we’ve experienced God’s provision in hundreds of ways. Every paycheck is hand to mouth…His hand to our mouths! Even now, He melts our hearts as we find Him knowing our situation, understanding where we are and moving with faith-power to supply our genuine needs.” “Lacking Nothing,” Moments with You, familylife.com

I don’t receive paychecks, but God’s hand has filled my mouth abundantly. Just ask my bathroom scale. I swear it trembles every morning when I step on it. It thinks it’s a bank account and keeps adding interest.

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Not Bound

I hit publish yesterday and then read something in the Chronological Study Bible. I felt I should have included it. I went back and typed it in. But many read my posts from their email and the changes are not sent out. This is important enough to merit a second post.

1 Corinthians 7:11, “…a wife must remain single or else come back and make things right with her husband…’ People quote this verse to keep spouses in abusive relationships or after infidelity. They endanger their health by remaining with a promiscuous spouse.

In 1 Corinthians 7:15, Paul talks about spouses that are “not bound.” When they came to Christ, their unbelieving spouse abandoned them. Infidelity and physical, verbal, or emotional abuse are signs of unbelief. Some abandoned their marriage years before they packed their bags.

1 Corinthians 7:15, “On the other hand, if the unbelieving spouse walks out, you’ve got to let him or her go. You don’t have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can.” The Message

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Using the phrase ‘not bound,’ Paul was echoing the exact language of ancient divorce contracts, which spoke of marriage as ‘binding’ a woman to her husband and divorce as ‘loosing’ or ‘freeing’ a woman for remarriage…Ancient readers would have understood ‘not bound’ as Paul’s permission for an abandoned person to remarry.” Chronological Study Bible Notes

You were not abandoned – God freed you!!!

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