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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,

Ah, the battle of music. I've struggled with that for years. What opened my eyes was becoming a mother, and finally listening to the words that I was singing along with in front of my children. Over the years I've tried to find Christian artists whose style I enjoyed as much as my secular interests. It is hard sometimes. I still listen to "oldies" (70s, 80s, etc. lol! ) but I try to avoid any songs that have indecent lyrics or that try to remind me of "my Egypt" past.

Every day I start the day with "God what for want from me? How can I serve you!" The song " have thine own way Lord comes to me" Then at night I pray the song " Thankyou Lord for saving my soul, Thankyou Lord for making me whole.." I love worshipping at church with other believers and love worship songs but I still enjoy music from the past. I find some of that has less crude words than of today's pop music.
I really want to put him first. I feel the spiritual battle within me daily. It's hard to be at peace. Maybe as grow closer to God the devil works harder at trying to pull us away. Someone told me they were mature in their faith in later years but I feel I was mature in younger years but my experiences as I get older shaped me and changed my life for today. I believe we my tight the spiritual battle till we get to heaven.
May our life line up with God. May our lives reflect him. May we keep parting waters as we plug ahead.

I have always had a difficult time with memorization, the Lord blessed me with being a vocalist on a worship team for 7 years....when I need a scripture verse, a worship song comes into my mind with the very scripture I needed! I love worship music and listen and sing whenever I can! My husband still likes "his" music from the 70's and also worship music and when I am around listening to "his" music, I can always change a lot of the verses by putting Jesus into the mix, especially the love songs...I turn it around and make it about Jesus/God!!

Well Mike..sounds like you are from my era..teeheehee..I was a late 70's born baby so 80's was what I was brought into especially since my sisters were 10 and 11 years older than me and 90's were my teen era..loved it..I still get excited when this past summer my husband found all my cassette tapes..I was like WOW! However, I love my Christian music and listen to KLOVE faithfully..we play Christian music at school er/go I work for a Private Christian School, but yeah..my teens dabble in "teen" age music and listen to KLOVE too and we enjoy together..I would much rather be "open" with my kids and listen and tune into their lives than be hypocritical or too pushy about avoiding that music..And..there are some songs I will be like"son" that's too much..turn it..and he understands..but we communicate which is a lovely thing and they feel it easy to talk to me and confide in us and overall we have a grounded healthy household with our Fam!

Mike and everyone,
Very grateful for this community!
Very grateful to be able to follow this blog daily!
What Jane said in particular strikes a chord in me: "I believe we may fight the spiritual battle till we get to heaven."
It's a comfort and an encouragement to hear another believer states that!
Today have been thinking on this verse:
Exodus 13:17 NASB
17 Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”
God's way is not our way; His way may even seem illogical for us.
And yet, we can trust that, when He chooses/paves a certain way for us, He has considered our weaknesses (and our strengths), what we can and cannot handle.
May He bless this blog;
May He bless many believers with the habit of reading His Word daily through this blog;
May He bless many who do not yet know Him with the beauty and truth in His Word through this blog;
Mike, may He continue to encourage you and give you spiritual insights as you write this blog!

Blessings to all of you!

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