“I Will Send Rain”

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California is in a drought; this not only physically but, even more so, spiritually.

In 1Kings God uses a drought as a form of judgement over Israel for turning away from Him and worshiping other gods. In chapter 18 He sends His prophet Elijah to the king saying, “Go and present yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the land.” 

God did not want to cut the drought short because Israel repented but because He dearly loved His people, and through His sovereign compassion, desired to reveal Himself to His children in a fresh and profound way.

Elijah instructed the king to bring the people of Israel up on a mountain where Elijah challenged the prophets of the other gods saying, “call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire– he is God.” The prophets performed their various ceremonies to no avail, after which, Elijah said a simple prayer and fire came and consumed not only the sacrifice, but the wood it was on as well as a trench of water dug around the altar! The Israelites then fell face down and proclaimed “the Lord– He is God.”

I believe that God uses natural phenomenon (drought, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.) to get our attention. It’s unfortunate that we have drifted so far from Him that, that has to be the case, but it is also comforting to know that He would do such a thing  to say, ‘Hey remember Me? Come back!’

Today it rained. I know the drought is not yet over but it is my prayer (and the prayer of many) that with the bad conditions of land and weather, as well as unexpected blessings of relief, we will see and seek the Lord with new hearts. And that this land will be swept with the fire of revival!

If you would like to know a little more about Jesus feel free to check out my post here.

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Surprised by Blessings

Lately I have been overwhelmed by an immense amount of blessings! I’ll list a few below:

1 We recently were able to start painting the house (which made an awesome difference)

2 We  opened up our home for a GORGEOUS bridal shower

3 It was my birthday a couple days ago and my sweet friend put together a fun outdoor soiree

4 Totally was not expecting to receive gifts from the above soiree but made out like a bandit

5 And one of the most sweetest blessings; being a part of a ministry that will be taking off soon

That was a few of many things that have been showering my heart with joy and thankfulness.

Now my point of this post is not to say that ‘yet I’m still wanting’ or how ‘I don’t recognize them for the blessings they are’, but to simply share how this has so amazed and humbled me! I mean, who am I that God would pour out all these blessings over me, and keep pouring?!

I’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve this…and perhaps that’s the point. I believe that this time around, God has intended to be glorified within the sweet moments that I’m pondering all the wonderful things He has done for me. Like how He provides in such a way that I can randomly surprise a friend for lunch. Or when I choose the wrong paint color and we’re able to go back and get the right one (more on that in a later post). Or when I feel blah and such a slacker housewife and am greeted in the morning with a note of appreciation for all the work I do.

I cannot express to Him my thankfulness and amazement! What can I do but offer my heart in humble praise?