God CAN take care of you

God CAN Take Care of You

Everyone faces hard times in their life. Some are harder than others. Some seem hard at the time, but in the long run aren’t that hard. Other things feel like they will break you and that life can never get back to normal. Today, I would like to share a little bit of encouragement in the form of a true story. The names have been changed for safety purposes.

SUV + electrical fire + 30 gallons of gas

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. My brother-in-law, John, decided to bring his family to town. They stopped at the gas station and filled the SUV up with 30 gallons of gas. Next on the agenda was a stop at the local Tire and Lube place to see if there were any openings for an oil change.

John went inside and was waiting in line when his wife, Jane, ran in and said there was smoke coming from under the hood. John ran outside and popped the hood. A small fire had started. He ran back inside to get the 20 pound extinguisher the Express had while Jane got the kids out of the car.

John tried to put out the flame, but the extinguisher did nothing and soon the SUV was engulfed in flames and burned to a crisp.

Praising God

All my husband and I could think of after being told of this was how gracious God was. Bill has said a few times that this weekend could have been the worst in his life. But it wasn’t.

God took care of our family and He can take care of you no matter what is happening in your life. I would be honored to pray for you if you have a situation you need prayer for. If you do, please comment below or email me (author [at] faithblum [dot] com).

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Not an endorsement, but…

Before I begin, I must note that this is not an endorsement, nor am I making any excuses or defending anyone in this post. This post is meant to simply point out a few facts I have not heard from anyone about this particular issue.

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Surprise, surprise. A presidential candidate is getting attacked. For something that he said 11 years ago? Wait, what?

First of all, did they really have to go back to something he said 11 years ago in order to attack him? But that isn’t the main reason I have a problem with the way EVERYBODY, both left and right, attacking Donald Trump for what he said about women.

usa-1327105_1280My problem with the attacks is two-fold:

  1. He said it in private, not knowing it would be recorded
  2. Most importantly in my mind is that a lot of the people attacking him talk the same way he did, they just didn’t get caught saying it on tape.

It’s called “locker room talk” for a reason, right? So Donald Trump is being attacked by hypocrites who have either said or heard someone they know say the exact same things. Yes, there is the possibility that he has sexually harassed or assaulted women. He’s never been charged for it, though, at least not that I have heard.

Two lessons

I found two lessons in this whole hypocrisy and lambasting. There are probably more, but these are the two that are most relevant:

One-Watch what you say. You never know who might be listening or how it could be used against you.

Two-Take heed of Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (NASB)

What are you doing to keep your mouth out of trouble? One piece advice I’ll probably always remember is this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “If angry, count ten. If very angry, an hundred.” I think this can apply to almost anytime you open your mouth, not just when you are angry.

Are there any logs in your eye you need to take out before you can even think about the speck in your brother’s eye?

I’m preaching to myself here, too, so don’t get too up at arms with me. I know none of what I’m saying is probably very popular, but I’m not concerned about doing what is popular, just what I believe is right and Biblical. This election is supercharged with debate, controversy, and confusion. We should all be in prayer for wisdom, patience, and perhaps you should turn your TV off and study your Bible and pray for our leaders, both the current and future ones.

God bless and I pray we will all listen to James 1:5-8:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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Olive Trees and Cornerstones

“That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:”~ Psalm 144:12 (KJV)

My sister, Naomi, is in a Bible Study this summer and they are studying Women of the Bible.  Somewhere in the introduction to the study, the teacher read this verse and gave a short explanation of it.  Later that evening while Naomi and I were doing dishes (great bonding time, by the way), she mentioned the verse and explanation.  Between the two of us, we came up with a very interesting interpretation.  It goes something like this:

Boys were created to provide for their families, thus they are described as plants (or olive trees).  Girls were created to support their fathers, husbands, and brothers, thus being described as the corner pillar or cornerstone. 

Now before you jump all over me saying that women should have a more influential, more important role, and that God wouldn’t allow them to just hide in the corner, keep house and raise children.  I agree, to a certain point.  However, think about it this way.  The cornerstone is cut perfectly straight.  Everything in the building is measured according to the cornerstone.  If the cornerstone is off even just a little, the building will be crooked, tilted, unstable.  The cornerstone is the most important part of a building.  Without the cornerstone, the building will not be level.  Without the cornerstone, the building could very well fall down.

Ladies, we do have influence, we are important.  Gentlemen, you are influential and have importance.  Each of us has a specific purpose and role in life.  Some are providers, and some are supporters.  Each of us is equally important, just in different ways.  God has a purpose for you in your life.  Go out and live it!

Psalm 144:12 By Naomi Blum
Boys are providers,
Girls are support.
Boys are olive trees,
Girls are cornerstones.
Boys give us food,
Girls keep us level.

Boys are in the open,
Girls are unseen, yet influential.
Boys are tall and strong,
Girls are straight and polished.
Boys are providers,
Girls are support.