Let's first talk about the elephant in the room... I haven't blogged in months. I know, like, at this point, one had to ask one's self, "Why does one even have a blog?" Alas, there is an answer... For times such as these.
The Israelites cried out for it to stop as manna fell from heaven in such an abundance that they could not bare to eat another bite. Over-indulgence. Often, that reminds me of how spoiled we are sometimes. We have all we need and so much more, yet we constantly look & cry for something else to fill us.
"Gluten free" is not an option for some people. Some folks aren't "Vegan" by choice. A lot of people are starving... To their death.
Children are crying because their bellies are swollen & hurting. Mommas are crying because they have nothing to offer their angels, nothing to soothe or comfort them. They cry out to God for relief. Will this relief ever come? It will if we do something about it.
Yesterday, as I was driving home from Baton Rouge... kiddos in tow, bellies full of Mexican food and sno-cones... I prayed silently, blocking out Madagascar & little giggles playing in the rear of my SUV. I asked the Lord to prepare me for today, prepare my heart to push the plate back and keep me focused on why I was fasting. So often I catch myself "fasting" for the wrong reasons... Like, wow, I ate all that?! I totally gotta skip dinner tonight. Or, oh man, such a fatty today, I gotta drink extra water & not eat.. "cleanse" myself, i like to say... But I know that today will be different, and I want to treat it as such. It is "Go Hungry" day. Remembering those who are starving, specifically, refugees.
Anyways, as I was driving & praying, I hear Madagascar ... The part where Alex the Lion was so hungry, he was biting his best friend's butt (a zebra named Marty)... I thought about that for a minute. He had turned into his natural carnal self, attacking even those he loved the most because he was starving. It wasn't his fault. He had been in a zoo where everything he needed was given to him. He never had to hunt. He just ate and he was merry. But in times of struggle, he hurt those he loved the most. If I were hungry enough, I would probably do the same thing. Heck, we all would. We saw the looters in the aftermath of Katrina. Imagine those in Haiti after the earthquake. Scary isn't it?
So today I fast. Before I got out of bed, I researched scripture this morning, in preparation for the day ahead of me. I expected to read the usual...
Ya know, a little bit of Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me food.." ...But what I read was so much more.
This is what I found:
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Proverbs 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
And the list goes on....
Basically, what I found was time & time again, scripture after scripture after scripture, where God has commanded us to bare the burdens of others, feed the hungry, and be a blessing. The scripture that really tugged at my heart strings was John 15:13... About laying our life down. I guess I had always read that as literal. I had always imagined if faced with death, I would throw myself into the guillotine for a friend... Just close my eyes, grit my teeth, and take a bullet for my babies or my Charlie. Never, and shamefully I admit this, had I thought that I would lay my life down "for just a minute" for others when reading this scripture.... But that is exactly what I am doing today.
Before I go on...
I did drink coffee today.
I feel God gave me the "okay" in that, mostly because I think the Lord feared for my children's safety at 6:30 am this morning.
Caffeine Headache + The New Horn & Whistle Charlie "so graciously" Brought The Kids + A Hungry Momma = Deadly Combination
While I was fixin' my coffee...
("Fixin" - because that's what a good Southern girl does),
Lennon, my 2 year old toddler, starts whining because she doesn't want the Pop-tart I gave her....
Here we go... "Manna".
While eating their manna, Lake & Lennon are veg'd out watching the Chipmunks movie, "Chipwrecked". It just so happens to be the part where they are starving on this island and find a mango. The little chubby girl chipmunk, Elanore is hoarding over it saying, "My precious... My precious!" through evil eyes.... And once again, God shows me why I am pushing the plate back. I believe He will continue to show me throughout the day as long as I am searching my heart.
Though, right now, as I type, Lennon is dumping a box of my tampons out on the living room floor and ripping each one open... I must attend to this...
Pray for my sanity as I face motherhood & all it's obstacles without the comfort of a full belly today ;-)
So before I go... I encourage you to push the plate back and donate to www.h4ad.com and help feed the refugees. We are a spoiled people, yet so many are doing without.
God commands us to be a blessing.
Go... Bless... And through it, you will be blessed.
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