(This is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hello my fabulous friends!
I am really excited about our service project tomorrow night! And since that is tomorrow night, I figured I better take the time tonight to get this out.
In Eat This Book, we just finished up reading about the kings of Israel. And there is one king that really intrigues me: Hezekiah.
Hezekiah’s story can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 (as well as in 2 Chronicles 29-32 and in some of the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.). And his story opens up in 18:3 by telling us that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. This is noteworthy when you consider who his father was – the evil King Ahaz.
King Hezekiah made it his mission to help point the people of Judah back to God. He tore down the high places (of idolatry), reinstated the Passover celebration, cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, and organized the priests. And he started this when he was only 25! (more…)
I had the honor of spending many years getting to know my great-grandparents on my dad’s side, before they went to be with their beloved Jesus. I might sound a little swayed in my opinion, but my great-grandparents were some of the most steadfast people I have ever known. To give you an example of their faithfulness, my great-grandpa had a little pin he was awarded for perfect Sunday School attendance… for 50 years straight! And he wore that pin very proudly. That’s some pretty serious dedication – they never missed church, no exceptions. But they weren’t just church-goers. They truly did love God and desired to serve him. I remember a little cabinet in their house that held some little gifts that were given to them by missionaries that they supported and hosted at their home. And I can’t help think about the Proverbs 31 woman when I think of my great-grandma. They were both amazing models of gentleness and strength. You couldn’t ask for better examples on how to live the Christian life! (more…)