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Today's Old Testament Reading

God's word is such an inexhaustible gift. It is living and active. I remember the first time I quoted that scripture to my son, Noah, (“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12) he said "Mommy, like, the words move around the page?!?!". I'll never forget that sweet moment. And even in that innocent conversation is the truth about God's word, it has so many levels and it will speak to us right where we are.

Here's today's Old Testament Reading:

Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9

Moses spoke to the people and said: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’ For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

“However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”

Today I had the blessing of seeing the fruits of hours, months, and even over a year of prayer. There aren't many moments in your life when you get to see tangible results of your prayer, at least not in the ways you anticipated them. Today was one of those blessed days. God's words flooded me in that overwhelming moment of gratitude: "don't forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live! Teach them to your children!".

We can forget that God is a promise-keeper when we are in the waiting. We have to remind ourselves, every moment of every day that God is listening. We have to remind ourselves to be grateful for the memories of prayers answered. That gratitude is not, as the proverbial saying goes, 'an attitude'. Gratitude is a discipline. We must train our minds to remember the things our eyes have seen.



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