RE Verse reading–1 Samuel 8:1-10, 1 Samuel 12:1-5 (day five) “As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me. . .so they are doing to you.” (8:8) No hiding from it. Who I am, the true condition of my heart, will eventually show up in every relationship. If I am stubborn and independent with God, I will be the same toward people. If I love God, I will love others. (see 1 John 4:20) The “real me” eventually comes out. When Samuel was deeply disappointed with the people of Israel, God had to remind him. They were only doing to Samuel–ignoring his counsel, following their own desires–what they had been doing to God for years. Good reminder. The true goal of the gospel is a changed heart. “Search me, O God, and know my heart. . .lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24) Until our hearts change toward God, our relationships with others will also be unchanged.
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I am grateful for Jesus, that I should be permitted to know Him. I love my Master so very deeply. What’s more, I LIKE Him, and his sweet, graceful ways. He said if we love Him, feed His sheep. I have a cache of childrens clothes, womens clothes, I have A spare room. There is a loft room upstairs as well, if short term emergency housing is needed for a group. As for longer term housing, we can help with displaced children while parents get back on their feet. It’s not much, but neither were a couple of fish and loaves of bread. He will bless and divide again, until all are fed who come under the protection of my family. I can’t believe this is happening, and so many don’t even want to know. I am a housewife, and a writer who works from home. I can look after some tykes until their parents are resettled. Or even those who lost parents, well, I think we just may be able to give a little security, and alot of love and hugs. I sure could use that myself, sometimes, still. How much more do the displaced children need it. Every other second for as long as it takes? I’m in, Jesus will provide the rest. Just email me if anything I have or can do is needed, it will be, God with me, done. Much love, prayers, and tears, Elizabeth, trusting Jesus since 1978!