Leviticus 19 Ministry Advice

I was reading through Leviticus 19 recently and found some great ministry advice… really, it is just practical for Christian living.
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1. Don’t be a talebearer. (No gossip allowed.) Verse 16, “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people…” 
2. Don’t hate thy brother in thy heart. (No jealousy or covetousness allowed either.) Verse 17a, “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart..”  

3. Sometimes confrontation of sin is necessary. Verse 17b, “Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.” 

4. Don’t avenge or hold a grudge against your neighbor. (Forgive.) Verse 18a, “Thou shalt not avenge, or bear any grudge against the children of thy people…” 
5. Love your neighbor like you love yourself. (Serve and love and serve and love again.) Verse 18b, “But thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” 

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Emphasize God’s Provision with Your Children

Don’t you love when God shows His love and faithfulness to your children!? It’s one thing to know what God has done for you, as a parent, and really want your children to see God’s goodness and know He’s really at work in their lives too.

Last week we went to Costco to work on getting a new pair of frames for our son whose glasses had broken — welding came apart previously and then a nose piece fell off in a bounce house last week. He walked around all weekend squinting and strained. The man explained we could buy a new pair of frames that fit his lenses for $50 or he could get a whole new set of frames and lenses for $100. I thought $50-100 would be cheaper than having to do the entire exam and purchase again so I consented to go ahead.

The optician popped out IMG_1798.JPGthe lenses and of course asked me if all of our kids were mine (yes, all 5!). He discussed with Dos (our 2nd child) how the glasses came apart and then adjusted them to fit our son just right. Then, when I pulled out my card to pay the optician barely nodded his head no. I asked him what I needed to pay and he allowed us to be able to just take the frames at no charge. While I know frames don’t really cost $50, I pointed out to our kids that God had provided that for our son and was a blessing and a gift from God. I emphasized as we continued to walk around Costco about how God takes care of us and saw them smile at His goodness. I wanted them to see the blessings and provisions God gives when we specifically give to Him our offerings and tithes.

I just want to encourage you, Ministry Mamas, to make a point to highlight in conversation when God blesses your children. They don’t always see it or view good things as a blessing from above. It will help train them to see that every good and perfect gift comes from God and help them to see a positive outlook of life even in a sin-cursed world.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Rest is Beautiful

Our life took a twist in 2015 and we found ourselves (all 7 of us) living with my in-laws and wondering why God didn’t allow us to get into a rental home as soon as we liked. During some parts of the year we lived with them it was like God just allowed me to rest well and enjoy the beauty of nature. I began photographing things like my mother-in-law’s roses and I really dove into birding and photographing local birds.

I don’t have the same time now as I did that year to really delve into some of the things I did. I see those photos and it makes me think this: Rest is beautiful.

 

 

Embrace your times of ministry rest or just plain life rest and don’t worry and fret like I did about why God isn’t allowing the next step. He has it all designed well and for a purpose.