The Lord said to Moses, “I’m going to send you food from heaven like rain. Each day the people should go out and gather only what they need for that day. In this way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. But on the sixth day when they prepare what they bring home, it should be twice as much as they gather on other days.”  Exodus 16:4-5 (GW)

red bellied woodpeckerMy husband and I joke that our marriage survived because we agreed that whoever filed for divorce had to take sole custody of the children! Knowing that it took two of us to deal with the three of them, we stayed married. Now that the children are grown,  we remain together because whoever files must relinquish all grandparenting rights. Since neither one of us is willing to forfeit time with the delightful grands, we continue to remain together. All joking aside, we’ll soon be commemorating a half century of marriage.

For the next ten days, we will be in California, celebrating our fiftieth anniversary with our children and grands. Four families from four states will be there and it wasn’t easy finding several days when everyone could take time away from work, school, friends, sports and other obligations to get together. In fact, because of everyone’s busy schedules, we’re celebrating six weeks early. As I thought about how my children, their spouses and children had to make certain sacrifices and adjust their lives so we could gather as one family, I thought about my responsibilities. Not only do I owe my family my full attention, but I also want to enjoy every possible minute with them. Nevertheless, I also want to honor my commitment to this devotional blog. Knowing I can’t do justice to both, I took it to God in prayer and that still small voice whispered in my ear, “Summer reruns.”

This website has been a journey of faith for me. For several years, I’ve trusted God to provide my words on a regular basis. Like manna from heaven, the Holy Spirit has inspired my daily messages; I have no complaint since He’s given me well over 1,300 posts. With the Israelites’ manna, God wanted the people to trust His daily provision so any manna stored from one day to the next got worms and spoiled. For me, reusing any devotions seemed a bit like storing manna and showed a lack of faith in God’s provision. I then recalled that God allowed two days’ worth of manna to be gathered on the sixth day, so that the seventh day, the Sabbath, was truly a day of rest. Being mindful that the days with our loved ones are numbered and only God knows how many remain, the next ten days are going to be an extended Sabbath for my family and me. There may be some more reruns later this summer when my husband and I go for a “just the two of us” trip to the Canadian Rockies to complete our anniversary celebration.

God speaks to my heart as I write and I hope and pray my writing speaks to yours. Nevertheless, just as Scripture may speak to me in different ways on different days, my words may speak to you in different ways on different days, as well. Instead of gathering extra manna for the Sabbath, I gathered up some devotions from three years ago, did a little updating where necessary, and re-scheduled them. I pray you enjoy the summer reruns. Blessings, j

If anyone doesn’t take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the Christian faith and is worse than an unbeliever. [1 Timothy 5:8 (GW)]

I’m giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you. Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other. [John 13:34-35 (GW)]

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