God Hasn’t Changed

My sister was born 21 months before me. When my parents brought me home from the hospital, she asked to hold me. Then she walked over to the stairs. She planned on throwing me down! At least that is what I was told.

We weren’t close growing up but that changed. She was the maid-of-honor at my wedding. And Sunday, when I had to take David to the Emergency Room, (pulled muscle), she came and waited with me.

Our relationship changed for the better. That was not the case for Jacob and Laban.

Genesis 31:5, “I notice that your father has changed toward me; he doesn’t treat me the same as before. But the God of my father hasn’t changed; He’s still with me.” The Message

No matter how difficult the relationship, we need to speak positively. Jacob’s words were fulfilled in Genesis 35:16-20.

Genesis 31:32, “But as far as your gods are concerned, if you find that anybody here has them, that person dies…” The Message

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Proverbs 18:21, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” The Message


October 10, 2019: Genesis 30-31.

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Jacob Had Obeyed His Parents

During Pat’s funeral, the minister asked us to pray “The Lord’s Prayer.” I was sitting between my daughter Laura and cousin Debbie. Debbie and I dutifully recited, “Our Father, Who art in heaven…”

We all hesitated at the same spot, “Forgive us our…” Would he say trespasses or debts? He used the word “sins.”

I realized Laura was silent. Did she know “The Lord’s Prayer?” I tried to remember teaching it to her. Did I leave that part of her education up to the church?

I’m the world’s worst mother. Can I even call myself a Christian? (Every mother knows the guilt we pile on ourselves.)

After the service, I apologized for not teaching her “The Lord’s Prayer.” Her response?

“He used the wrong word.”

Genesis 27:20, “…Because your God cleared the way for me.” The Message

God does not have grandchildren. You cannot inherit faith. We have to meet God ourselves. That happened for Isaac in Beersheba, Genesis 26:24-25. It happened for Jacob the first night he was away from home, Genesis 28:10-20.

This does not mean we let our children stay home from church and decide as adults. We give them every opportunity to learn about Jesus and His great love.

Genesis 28:7, “And that Jacob had obeyed his parents…” The Message

Parenting isn’t about making life easy for our children. It’s about teaching them the skills they will need to stand on their own two feet. There are no guarantees in life. If they want to go to college, they will have to study and earn scholarships.

They may not meet their mate right after they graduate. They have to know how to cook a meal and mow the lawn.

I failed again. I don’t remember Laura mowing the lawn. And she was the first of our children to buy a house! (David remedied that.)

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In Bible times, women worked around the tents and men in the fields. The lowest job was to be a shepherd. Even though Rachel had brothers, she took the lowest job.

Genesis 29:9, “…She was the shepherd.” The Message

October 9, 2019: Genesis 27-29.

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A Quiet Man

Conscientious. A hard-worker. Responsible. Dependable. These words were used to describe Pat at her funeral. She was surrounded by family.

She was not famous. There were no long speeches by prominent people, but loving words from her son.

Yet her life was not measured by the attendance of her funeral. She lived a full life. She told her children, “I’m not afraid to die. I know where I’m going. I’m ready.”

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God chooses people differently than we do. In a society where the firstborn son received twice as much as his siblings, God chose the second son. (In Isaac’s case, he inherited everything, Genesis 25:5.)

Genesis 25:27, “The boys grew up. Esau became an expert hunter and outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents.” The Message

Where others choose the rich, God chooses the poor. Others look to the famous, God uses the unknown. Others look to athletes, God seeks nerds. Others look for a handsome face and a healthy body. God uses the disabled.

Yes, God is looking for you! No one is disqualified.

October 8, 2019: Genesis 25, 26.

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