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Exodus 13:17-15:18

I decided on the first of the year to make Ecclesiastes 7:13, as it read in the NLT be my focal point this year. It reads: Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked?

Because of that resolute, this year it seems that without even actively looking those key verses or ideas, finding out how God does things, I am drawn to His examples and so it is with the following verse,

When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt. (Exodus 13:17 AMP)

So often, I fight against doing things God’s way because it doesn’t make sense, but God’s ways are not our ways. When it seems like that which I’m trying to escape from is breathing down my neck and I think I am about to fail because of some unknown sin or missed direction, and or even think God has left me, I am just being used as a set-up for God to defeat that which has threatened me and desires to take me back into captivity.

There are so many things in this reading that I’ve never really studied that can tell me, show me just how God does things so I can fall into line and I will try to study them throughout the day and post back tonight.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Oh, how many times have I painted a picture of Egypt in my mind and heart...the type that Sara Groves sings about! Yet..."those roads were closed behind me while my back was turned!"

A wonderful time in Scripture we are studying. A wonderful song that blends truly with these words and with the condition of my heart!

Thanks so much for the music on this site!

art

I have struggled with the music thing myself. It is hard to sometime listen to Christian music when working out. I have also found that some Christian music sounds so secular, you can hardly tell the difference. The feel of the music is the same. I tend to listen to music being aware of the lyrics and the feeling. If the music's lyrics are negative I change it. If it brings me negativity, anger, etc. I change it. There are many artists out there that are secular but do not have negative lyrics. I let my spirit guide me here as I am a lover of listening to music.

I feel the same way about music. If it is positive and uplifting, I will listen to secular, however my preference and comfort level is contemporary Christian music. Well so much going on today and God was the driving force behind the operation with Moses as the co-pilot . Today all Israelites are getting an upclose personal relationship with one and only God. For the moment they are ready to take what is rightfully theirs.

Mack meets God at THE SHACK. Here he has breakfast with Father - Papa, a black woman.

As he (Mack) entered the main living area, he heard the sound of a familiar Bruce Cockburn tune drifting from the kitchen and the highpitched voice of a black woman singing along rather well. "Oh Love that fires the sun, keep me burning." Papa emerged with plates in each hand full of pancakes and fried potatoes and greens of some sort. She was dressed in a long flowing African-looking garment, complete with a vibrant multicolored headband. She looked radiant- almost glowing. "You know," she exclaimed, "I love that child's songs! I am especially fond of Bruce, you know." She looked over at Mack who was just sitting down at the table. Mack nodded, his appitite increasing by the second. "Yup," she continued, "and I know you like him too." Mack smiled.

by Paul Young pg.120 THE SHACK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4FEn-ZKdDg

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