How does God provide ways of escape? God provides physical and miraculous ways to escape. In Genesis 7:7, we are reminded how God provided an escape for Noah, his wife, sons and their wives from destruction. They went aboard the boat.
In Genesis 19: 17, the angels warned Lot and his family to run for their lives, do not stop anywhere in the valley and don’t look back! Escape to the mountains, or die.
When the children of Israel were trapped at the Red Sea, God provided a path for the water and it was parted. They crossed the dry land over night escaping their death. Leaving slavery and their old life behind. (Exodus 14:21)
The Lord helps us escape from evil into a relationship with him. Relationship requires intimacy and when we run to His mercy seat, He covers us.
Proverbs 14: 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.
God helps us escape from the wrong way to the right way.
1 Corinthians 10: 13 tells us that God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
Instead of running from God, when life gets hard, we must run to Him. We must read and memorize these Bible verses. His Word reminds us to run to Him on a daily basis. Instead of using things to escape like sinful habits, relaxation or a vacation, let us first run to the arms of Jesus. Where mercy meet us, His shalom finds us and His grace covers us.
Keep going, keep the faith and finish the race!
Blessings and Shalom,
This article is a part of my Women in the Word series where you will find Bible encouragement on Wednesday twice a month. I hope it’s a blessing to you.
Yesterday during Bible time in homeschool, Hadara and I were studying Proverbs 15:6. It’s not one of those popular verses in the Bible. In fact, one that I hardly knew existed. However, this one is packed with punch and spoke loudly to me.
Now, let’s read Proverbs 15: 6
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
As we talked about what turmoil means, I looked it up. It’s not a pleasant word. One that I would want to stay far from my life or anyone’s life for that matter.
Turmoil, a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty. Trouble and mayhem! Who wants that?
The fear of the Lord is the key here. Without the fear of the Lord in our life, we can manifest turmoil in our life. So, even if we have little, as long as we have the fear of the Lord we have everything! For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36). Wealth is not bad, but without the fear of the Lord in your life, riches are meaningless. You have nothing!
So, let’s flip it! The opposite of disturbance and confusion is peace. The opposite of uncertainty is having complete confidence and trust in the Lord for our present and future. Since we know we are His and no matter what happens in our life, we have one destination and that’s to be with Jesus!
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”. Isn’t it wise to choose peace over turmoil?
Blesssed assurance over uncertainty? A sound mind over being disturbed?
Without Jesus in my life, I remember a time when I was very disturbed, confused and very uncertain about my future and my eternal destiny. That was not a fun or good place to be. It’s a painful place. Lonely and fearful.
Yet, my life changed the moment I chose to walk in the fear of the Lord. I ponder why many do not choose this path when it’s a beautiful path of love, joy and peace. Jesus calms the storms in our lives. Yes, there will be storms, but during those times, I don’t want to be apart from Him. For He is my safety and my strong tower when the waves come crashing in.
As a woman of God, we must remember daily that the fear of the Lord is a very important key in our faith walk. As mothers, it’s important to teach this to our children. It’s important to check our hearts daily to see if the fear of the Lord is prevalently living and existing in our lives and hearts. I think this verse is actually a good test to see where we are and to be intentional in our faith walk.
When I feel disturbed, confused or uncertain, I must pay attention. I must get alone with God and ask Him. Do I still have the fear of the Lord? Whether I have much or little. During a time of feast or famine. I must seek Him.
Today, I encourage you to seek the God of peace, Jehovah Shalom. If you are battling a time in your life of turmoil, I pray that you seek His peace. May you and your family be sheltered in His peace today. No matter what you’re going through.
I hope this encouraged you, because I felt led to share and hopefully it will help you like it helped me too. Have a beautiful day!
Blessings and Shalom,
This weekend, I did it. I did the unthinkable.
I took a digital fast. I fasted for 24 hours from the computer screen, social media, texting and my blog.
Call me crazy or call me normal?
What is normal anyways? Last week, as my daughter and I sat at our kitchen table for lunch, she asked me a question. “Mom, what was it like when you were a little girl?”.
At that moment, my eyes glared at the kitchen wall, I quietly reflected. I remembered a time, when I used to have long talks with my Mom. I remembered talking to my parents and my brother around a dinner table. I remembered playing outside on my monkey bars til sunset.
I answered my daughter with one word, “simple”.
Life was simpler then.
How could it be?
Smart phones, and tablets are known for making our lives better, more productive now. More simple.
Does digital technology really make our lives more simple or is it complicating our lives?
Last week, I read a post on the blog Time-Warp Wife called, Growing up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World.
– See more at: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=4672#sthash.RBZsqpa3.dpuf
Does this sound like you? Well, to be honest, however you look at it, this could be any one of us.
After reading this post, I really thought about how
- I want to pay attention more to my husband without sitting at a computer.
- I want to pay attention more to my daughter without having a phone in my hand.
- I want to pay attention to my Lord without digital distractions.
Sometimes, we need to unplug.
Hebrews 4: 9-11 tells us, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
It is good to rest and take a break from the things of this world. Those things that may be taking our time and attention from our relationship with God, and others. As we rest in Jesus, we find Him. We find peace. We find who we are again. We find life.
Quality time is so valuable and needed for you and your family. I encourage you to do a digital fast for 24 hours! I’ve decided to do this once a week from Saturday to Sunday morning as a sabbath fast. I saw a big difference already. I feel refreshed. I’m focused. I feel healthier (less eye strain). I feel closer to my family and more connected.
Could you do it? No computers, tablets, mobile phones, social media for 24 hours . . .
If you cringe at the thought of it, then that means it’s time for a digital break. Your relationship with God, your marriage and your family depend upon it. It might even change your life!
What about you? Do you ever take a digital break?
How has it helped you?
Blessings and Shalom,
How was your New Years Day?
We received a little gift from Heaven here at the Little Pink Casa. It snowed! Well, maybe a little drizzle, but it came down for one hour. From the photos, it looks like nothing, but watch our vlog here for a closer look. Either way, Hadara and I danced around in it like little girls. We giggled with delight as we watched it fall from the sky. It was so beautiful, fun, and amazing!
Snow is rare in the valley of the sun, and usually only Northern Arizona sees snowfall. Yet, it was so refreshing to receive a little gift of winter on the first day of the new year 2015!
I’ve lived in Arizona all my life and haven’t experienced snow much. For that reason, I get ecstatic when this occurs. It’s a seldom act.
The best part about this story begins earlier in the day-New Years Eve. I heard on the local news that cities surrounding our area were receiving snowfall. When I heard this, I told Hadara to pray with me that it would snow at our house. That evening, we spent our time with my parents at their home, but we had to come back early. Ruben worked the next day so Hadara and I stayed up waiting for the clock to strike midnight. We heard our neighbors outside across the street and looked out the window when we saw snow falling. We grabbed our coats and ran outside. I couldn’t believe it! We prayed and just like that, right on time . . . the snow came.
Later today, I felt the Lord was speaking through this beautiful gift of snow. He was showing me something.
Snow falling in the desert as the new year begins. Rare. Crazy. One in a billion chances. The Lord is definitely speaking. I think about the feelings and thoughts I experienced at that moment when I stood there looking up at the sky and watched the beautiful snow flakes fall. God shows us His signs continuously. He is always speaking to us.
Here are a four things I felt the Lord was speaking to me about this special snowfall.
First, snow is refreshing. The Lord is going to do a new thing this year. It will be a refreshing to your soul.
Second, snow is white and pure. As the Lord is Holy, the Bible says to be Holy. (1Peter 1:16). He is ELOHIM KEDOSHIM = Holy God (Josh. 24:19). Only Jesus can wash away our sin through His blood. Get your household in right standing with God. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. (Proverbs 31:21) Rejoice in purity this year, don’t be ashamed of it.
Third, snow brings joy. I felt like giggling as the snow fell and softly touched my face. Remember the joy of the Lord is your strength in 2015.
Lastly, snow makes us feel like a child again. Snow angels, snowballs, and sledding all bring sweet visions in our head of children or reminders of when we were kids. Child-like faith is what the Lord loves from us. It’s time to climb up on your Daddy’s (Abba) lap and rest in Him as a child.
There are many Bible verses that talk about snow. Yet, this one stood out to me.
There are three messages that come from this that I believe are for 2015.
1. God Provides
2. God is Faithful
3. God’s Will Prevails
God provides in the desert, in the weary and dry places and in the fruitful plains. Have faith for this new year that God will provide what you need and Provision is coming to your land. He is JEHOVAH JIREH= the Lord will Provide.
God is faithful in the little things to show you how much He loves you. When we see God move in the little things, we have faith to trust Him with the Big things. Live this year knowing that no matter what you go through, God is faithful. He is EL AMAN = Faithful God (Deut. 7:9)
God’s will prevails. I heard a wise teaching from Dr. Jane Glenchur explaining, when we pray, ask God what is on His heart. What is your will Father? He knows the future. He already knows. He is wisdom. He gives wisdom. This year, instead of trying to figure things out with your own understanding or make decisions based on human thinking, ask God. He’ll speak and all you have to do is listen. He is ELOHIM = God (Gen 1:1)
This is also a year of grace. For 2015 has a five in it and five in Hebrew means grace. Pray for God’s grace in your situations. Watch and see how God’s grace manifests in your life for things you have been asking for and praying for this year. Even in everyday things, God’s grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Friend, I rarely write posts like these, so if it comes off a little different, I just felt led to share it with you. I don’t know you personally, but God does. He knows what you need to hear. May it be a blessing and an encouragement to you! Please feel free to comment if any of these things mean anything to you. That would encourage me so much. I look forward to hearing your input or what God is also showing you about this new year.
Blessings and Shalom,
What memories did you make on the first day of 2015?
Happy Thanksgiving Friends!
Our family will be taking a few days off for the weekend, so I wanted to send my Thanksgiving greetings to you and your family.
I’m hosting this year. It’s been a few years since I cooked everything, so I’m excited. The yummy aroma of turkey baking fills the Little Pink Casa this morning. We will have my parents and niece and nephews over. It will be a fun day filled with kid’s tables, thankfulness and cherished memories.
Not every year can be the same, so embrace the moment. Time flies by fast and soon the kids will be grown and life will be different. Give thanks for every moment you have with your family. In the good times or bad, give thanks.
We are truly thankful to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever. I am reminded of a old song by Don Moen that says it so clearly:
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
May your family have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!
Blessings and Shalom,
Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos?
Thanksgiving Bible Lesson Pack
Thanksgiving Bible Coloring Pages
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Testimony Time: What are you thankful for this year? Leave a comment.
This past Friday my daughter Hadara came down quickly with a high fever and started to show signs of flu. Ruben and I watched her fever and took care of her all night Friday and Saturday. We noticed a funny dot on her cheek so we were off to the Emergency room Saturday afternoon. Here we are at hospital waiting for doctor to come in with results. Well, all her tests came up negative and they sent us home with a virus diagnosis. By Sunday, yesterday she was so much better. Her fever was gone.
Friday when her symptoms first began, I messaged friends and family to start praying. Some of those were you. You know who you are! Well, Praise God! The Lord is good and prayers work.
It’s always hard when our children are sick short term or long term. Yet, it’s the Lord Jesus who gets us through these hard times and sad times. We saw a movie on Saturday evening called, The First of May on TBN. It was so good. I recommend you see it. Well, there was a line in the movie and the boy asks the Grandma, “Why doesn’t happiness last?”. She answered him, “there are happy and sad times. If we didn’t have sad times, we wouldn’t recognize how great the happy times can be, so enjoy the happy times while you can”.
This blessed me so much because it’s so true. Enjoy our children in good and bad. Loving them unconditionally, which is hard to do sometimes. Yet, the Lord has taught me through Hadara’s neck injury this summer and even times like this how much I really love my daughter and how a mother’s love can go and grow so deep. Imagine how much more our Father God loves us. Deep, down from His heart. So, just wanted to let you all know, Hadara is doing better Praise the Lord for He still heals today. He is a Living God!
Blessings and Shalom,
This week, I had a very eventful Thursday. Hadara and I were off on a walk to grab some Fashion Friday photos. We were very excited about our photo shoot. Then, some where between our walk and the first photo, I was bit by a bug on the top of my hand. Still not sure what bit me. I was concentrating on capturing the best images of my little girl and not paying any attention. Pretty sure, I ruled out mosquito within the first 10 minutes when I began to experience a severe reaction. Although I had no pain, my hand swelled up, arm turned red and a rash appeared. By the time, we walked home and got through the front door, I felt tightness in my chest. My stomach started to feel yucky and drowsiness came over me. I began to get concerned. You think?
The next thing I knew I was calling 911. Yes, I didn’t want to do it, but at that moment, I knew something was definitely wrong. As I waited on the phone to talk with a dispatcher, I prayed. I asked the Lord to take care of me and not let anything bad happen to me. I was hoping help would come since it was only Hadara and myself at home. Ruben was at work and it would be a while before he got home.
The paramedics arrived and checked my vitals. I was doing alright, but they wanted to get me to the hospital. I told them I was concerned about my daughter and they all were so nice and considerate. The firefighters offered to drive my daughter down to the hospital as I was being transported in the ambulance. I had a candle lit in my kitchen to blow out and had to find my keys, but the paramedic helped do all that for me. Seriously, they were the most patient and empathetic medical team ever!
God Takes Care of His Children
Hadara had a fun drive to the hospital with the guys. They gave her a fire hat, a water bottle and some cookies. They showed her everything in the fire truck and told her how it works. She got V.I.P. treatment. They really made Hadara feel so special and comforted. I am so thankful for that. I’m so proud of her because she really kept calm and helped me. When, we met up at the hospital, the paramedics told me how well mannered Hadara was and a pleasure. I wanted to cry, but I held my tears.
At this point, it had been an hour since the bite and my reaction symptoms were starting to subside. My parents along with my niece and nephews got there and helped take care of Hadara while the medical staff treated me. I could feel the Lord’s presence surround this whole situation. Everything was moving along so smoothly.
The crazy thing is that I chose to go to the closest neighborhood hospital. It didn’t really matter to me. Yet, God whispers to us in times of trouble and when we listen, it all works out. Read what happened next!
While talking to the doctor, she told me that the same thing happened to her last week. What?! I know! Crazy, but not coincidence. She totally understood my condition and diagnosed me with a allergic reaction to the bite. She did have an EKG and blood work done to check all bases. Everything came back normal and great. By the time, Ruben got to the hospital, my swelling had gone down and I was discharged.
God’s Plans are Better Than Our Own.
The Lord is good. You see, the afternoon started out with a plan. We had plans to take some photos. Yet, the plan turned sour. However, God turned it around for my good. My Lord took care of my daughter and I through all this craziness. The nurse who took my blood said something to me that struck me when I shared my story. She told me it was a good thing, it wasn’t my daughter who got bit. Yes, so true. We were standing in the same place. . . . under the same tree. By the photos today, you can see the tree and the area. Who knows what it was? A spider? Whatever it was, it doesn’t matter any more. God is always looking out for His children.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:9
At one point, during the phone conversation with 911, the Holy Spirit showed me the Word of God in my mind. I remembered how I continually confess the scriptures over me and how powerful it is. I knew at that moment and believed who could be against me? No one or nothing! I believed the Word of God over me is true.
Although, I type on the keyboard to get this post out today with puffy fingers, I am alive. I am good. Praise God! I can use this story to encourage you today.
Do you have an emergency situation in your life? Maybe one is coming around the corner. We never know what life may throw at us. However, God wants to see our faith alive and put into action. He wants to see that we will stand on His Word and BELIEVE it for all things in our lives. All things are possible to them who believe.
The Lord is with you today, my friend. If He’s done it for me, He’ll do it for you.
He’ll do it again!
Blessings and Shalom,
These past two weeks have been crazy for me. I can’t believe that October is half way over. My family took a Fall break from homeschool last week. Sometimes a little break is needed. Then, this week, my Father had shoulder surgery and thank the Lord, he is doing well. Praise God! Thank you for your continued prayers for his quick recovery. I feel great to be back. I missed connecting with you all.
Well, it’s officially Fall now! And soon it will be November.
As this beautiful autumn season progresses, I ponder this simple question:
Are we falling in love more with our Lord Jesus?
Our time and attention can easily be taken away by the things of this world. We need to daily take time for a self-evaluation. A heart check.
Have you fallen lately or feel defeated in some way?
As a mom, you can beat yourself up. As a wife, you can feel like you don’t measure up. Ever been there before? We all fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3: 23 tells us, but there is a way! Oh yes, there is a way my friend. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). For He is the only ONE who can raise you up and raise you up again.
Jesus, our first love has never left us. Yet, Have we forsaken him?
The good news is that even if you fall, you can get back up again. His loving arms are always extended toward you, waiting for you to take his hand. No matter how far you’ve run from Him, you can come back. He says, “Lean on my everlasting arms”. Every fault, or failure; trial or trouble, nothing is too big to keep us from the love of God.
As I watch every leaf that falls from the tree and lands on the crisp dewy ground, I will remember to clutch ever so tightly to my Lord and hold on. Falling in love with Him more every moment of every day.
May this be an encouraging reminder for you during this autumn season . . .
If you FALL
Jesus will help you up again.
He Never LEAVES you
or forsakes you
He Loves you with an
Blessings and Shalom,
P.S. How is your life in October going? Are the leaves showing their colorama where you live?
But the Lord said to him, “Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.”
As a woman, you will have bad hair days, make-up not on point, and a few extra unwanted pounds. You can take a good selfie one day, yet be hurting the next. It’s reality.
What does your heart look like today?
I want to encourage you today, Release yourself from the world’s lies. Let the chains of insecurity, jealousy, and pride be gone from your life!
Your true beauty starts in the heart.