Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Remember the Lord,

who is great and awesome..."
Nehemiah 4:14 (in part). 

I love how Nehemiah here reminded the people of God, not WHO they were, but WHO God is!
They were rebuilding the defensive walls around Jerusalem and were encountering a great deal of resistance from their enemies. 
In our book study this week, the name of the LORD that is our focus is Adonay; in Hebrew it means Lord. Adonay describes a very important part of our relationship with our God, a relationship that we saw so vividly when Jesus Christ walked this earth...God is Lord, and we are His servants. 
This is such a precious part of our relationship with God. A relationship of love, protection, belonging, and purpose. It is because of Who God is that this relationship is safe...we belong to Him.
Like the people of God during Nehemiah's time, there are "enemies" that want to stop our good work, however, instead of looking at those "enemies", or at ourselves, let follow the advice of Nehemiah, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, you wives and your homes."
Like our book study said today "Remember whose servant you are. Fight in His strength for your children, your marriage, you church" and you home. 
Keep building those walls and know that the Lord is with you.

I wanted to tell you all about a wonderful post on parenting our hurting children over at Laura's blog. So go read it, even if you aren't having any struggles right is wonderful.


  1. thank you SO much Shonni for this encouragement from His Word :))

  2. I am a complete ignoramus about adoption and especially international adoption and adopting kids with serious problems, but I found the follwoing blog entry very sweet!
    (I love your blog!)

  3. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. Your blog is such a blessing.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend
    Renata :)

  4. Thanks for your prayers today. We've had some tears here today ... but we've also had the love of precious new island friends that are so sad that we must leave (for now).

    Keep praying. Tomorrow is moving day. Not only do we leave our new community, new church, new friends ... but we leave Papa and the big brother and sister behind. So very hard!

    Thanking the Lord for praying friends like you! Give your family a big hug from ...

    Laurel & the gang :)

  5. Have i mentioned that I love your blog? :-)

  6. That is some photo you posted!

    I love how you wrote:

    "A relationship of love, protection, belonging, and purpose. It is because of Who God is that this relationship is safe...we belong to Him."

    Humans may let us down but our God never does.



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