Sunday, January 24, 2010

The faithfulness of God in second chances...

As I write this post, I'm reflecting on my list of "faithful" scriptures.   I came upon the story found in Exodus 34 were Moses brings new stone tables to Mount Sinai.  He has already smashed the first set.  But God, in his mercy gives the nation of Israel another chance.  He will again write his covenant on the stone for Moses to share with the people. 

5 Then the Lord came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh.

 6 The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The Lord!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

Moses climbed the mountain early in the morning, and the LORD came down to meet him.  That thought stops me in my tracks.  The God of the Universe, comes down to meet with Moses.  How personal, how loving, how patient He is with His people.  And God calls Himself by name, "Yahweh", the One who makes covenants with men.  The One who keeps covenants for He is faithful. 

Moses was literally left glowing from his time on the mountain with God.  He was physically changed by God's presence. 

It is no accident that the LORD brought this scripture to me for this moment.  I currently am feeling very short tempered and my love is failing...  I'm irritated and tired.  The women's retreat came to an end this morning, and it left me spiritually refreshed, but physically tired.  Right now, the physical is winning out on my attitude.  I'm behind on my gratitude list...  But out of obedience, I am determined to be faithful to my goal.

LORD, please help me to be more like You; slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.  As I come daily to the mountain of Your presence, may my life be a reflection of our time together.  Amen

This week's gathering of the 1000 Gifts:

44.  the faithful ladies who attended our retreat
45.  the opportunity and privilege to pray at the altar with hurting ones today
46.  old hymns that revive old hearts
47.  new songs that stir new passion
48.  returning home to a house abuzz with teens
49.  daughter at retreat as companion and friend
50.  Hersey's dark chocolate kisses
51.  curling up on the chair with Andrew and a new story
52. a gratitude community that challenges me to right attitudes

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate you!

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Feel free to join in with your list.  Post a link on your comment.  I'd love to see it.  Thanks!

Photo:  family hike to the Pali Lookout waterfall.


  1. What a beautiful post...thank you for sharing!

  2. Changed by His presence...great list!

  3. Joining you in gratitude for #52 as well. Get some rest.

  4. "a gratitude community that challenges me to right attitudes"

    So true. Praising God with you!

  5. Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog, I'm really pleased to see you have joined the gratitude community to, I am seeing so much fruit in my life from the 4 short weeks I have been doing this! Great to 'meet' you!