Throw it to the dogs……

Right away a woman who had heard about him(Jesus) came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter. Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children – my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

“Good Answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”

And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.  MARK 7:25-30 (NLT)

 

On the Surface, Jesus’ words may seem harsh and unsympathetic, but the woman recognized them as a wide-open door to Gods throne. Jesus did not use the negative term for “dogs” that referred to scavengers ( the word sometimes used by Jews to refer to Gentiles); Instead, he used the term for a household pet. The woman took the cue and added to his analogy of pets under a family dining table. Her attitude was expectant and hopeful, not prickly or hypersensitive. She knew what she wanted and she believed Jesus could provide. We could learn from this woman’s singular purpose and optimistic resilience. Jesus really does want to meet our needs. When we pray, we’re talking to a friend. – STUDY NOTES: NLT LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE – MARK 7:27, 28

 

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Hezekiah Seeks the Lords Help: 2 Kings 19 {NLT}

“When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on burlap and went into the temple of the Lord.”  2 Kings 19:1

“But perhaps the Lord your God has heard the Assyrian chief of staff, sent by the king to defy the living God, and will punish him for his words. Oh, pray for those of us who are left.”  2 Kings 19:4-5

“This is what the Lord says; Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian kings messengers. Listen – I myself will move against him and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed by the sword.”  2 Kings 6-7

Sennacherib, whose armies had captured all the fortified cities of Judah, sent a message to Hezekiah to surrender. Realizing the situation was hopeless, Hezekiah went to the temple to pray. God answered Hezekiah’s prayer and delivered Judah by sending an army to attack the Assyrian camp, forcing Sennacherib to leave at once. Prayer should be our first response in any crisis. Don’t wait until things are hopeless. Pray daily for His guidance. Our problems are Gods opportunities!  (NLT STUDY BIBLE) STUDY NOTES: 2 Kings 19:1-7

Note to Self: The Lord Answers Prayer in Unexpected Ways….

Today, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, there is a gentle breeze making the leaves in the tree’s sway from side to side – truly a magnificent day! REMEMBER THIS- the feeling of overwhelming joy! I need to make myself a little reminder because today, in this busy world, we so easily forget – the reasons why we are doing the things we do, so easily forget when things seems at their lowest – we so easily forget God is still working – moving, answering our prayers with His wisdom, in His time.

We so easily forget that we cannot see all there is ahead, but our Heavenly Father can. When times seem darkest – our hearts weary from the fight – He is slowly working in ways we don’t expect.

Lately, the Lord has really been impressing on my heart that he answers prayers in ways we can’t even imagine or explain or even expect!

When it seems as though he hasn’t heard – He has! We always have to remember – we can’t see the road ahead – But God is moving – His Spirit is moving.

Sometimes when we ask for something according to His will – Our finite minds can only comprehend the answer we would expect to get.

Remember this: He answers our prayers. The Lord may give you exactly what you asked for, just in His way and in His time.

‘You haven’t done this before- ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy!’ [NLT]  JOHN 16:24

 

Daily Prompt: Cowardice

Cowardice: A lack of bravery, a lack of courage facing danger, pain or difficulty.

Aren’t we all guilty of this from one time to another? As I look back on years past, I like to believe I made the brave choice, I like to think I was courageous while I faced danger, pain and difficulty: but the truth is…..I am easily discouraged, I very easily back way from danger if I know I can prevent it…..so, maybe, I am a coward.

Is there a difference between being a coward and showing cowardice once in a while? I feel there is. As I look back, I was brave to place my firstborn daughter for adoption- even though I knew the pain ( both physical and emotional) I was about to experience. I was courageous enough to give her life. That doesn’t make me feel like a coward.

Do I enjoy meeting with large groups of people whom I don’t know? No. truthfully, I have a hard time making small talk, I hate to mess up. I hate to be embarrassed, And if I know either of these two things could happen, I usually try to back out. This makes me feel like a coward.

Having 3 children naturally with no anesthetic, makes me feel brave.

I could go on about the times I have felt brave and courageous, but I can also go on about the times I have felt less than that….. maybe a little like a coward.

But I prefer to believe that we are not cowards ( well, some of us may be) as much as we are brave.

We are not cowardice, as much as we are courageous!