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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thoughts on Thursday


One of the good things about January, is that I get
to start my year over through the Bible and of course
January means, I get to start at Genesis, the book of
beginnings. Which also means, I get to read though one
of my very favorite stories, and that is the story of Joesph.

No other story in my reading
ever moves me as the story of Joesph, but today what I wanted
to focus on was a passage I read yesterday. In Genesis 50:15
"When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.'

"Joseph wept when they spoke to him." (19-21) "But Joseph said to them,
"Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
"As you meant it for evil but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today So do not fear;"


I have thought about that now for two days. How many things that happened in my life
that I didn't not understand, things that I thought were evil and unimaginable. Yet, always
at the back of it was if I could only let go of the fear, and that was what I noticed, Josephs
brothers still felt they deserved severe judgment from their brother, to accept his
forgiveness was foreign to them, but as long as their father was alive, they could live
in peace with Joseph. But when their father died they expect Joseph to act in the way
they had acted to him. When their Father was out of the way, they did evil. They threw
their brother in a pit and sold him into slavery. But one thing I noticed, that even though
Joseph may have been the second in command to Pharaoh himself, he remains a slave the
rest of his life. Yet, he lived in more freedom than his brothers did because they lived
in fear. Joseph has to keep reassuring them to not fear.


I am like Josephs brothers most of the time, I think. I live in fear of the what ifs and what
will people think and all of that instead of taking chances and taking those steps of faith
that seem to be so important in the lives of people I admire. To take that step of faith
knowing that no matter what, God is there. I don't live that way. I live very carefully.
I read once, " What would I do, if I knew I could not fail."
I think now, I want to live, so what if I do fail,? I will get up dust myself off and
do all of the things I am afraid of doing.

So one of the things I have wanted to do all of my life is write to the glory of God.
So I will and I hope you will continue to come along for the ride. Really as I stumble
along in this life I have been given.

Have a lovely Thursday!
~Kim~

13 comments:

  1. God will give you courage and strength (he already has!)

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  2. I never thought about Joesph living as a slave, yet freer than his brothers. You always seem to pull such interesting points out of Joseph every year. It's so refreshing. :-)

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  3. Beautiful photos and thoughtful words. I think the thing worse than failing is not trying at all.

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  4. I agree, I think that would be the saddest thing of all. To say it was to hard to try.

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  5. my sweet friend... you ARE writing to the glory of God! I see it every time I come here! Thank you!

    xo

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  6. Sonja already said just what I was going to! You are already writing to the glory of God! It is one of the things that soo drew me to your blog in the first place. That and your down to earth, honest, LOVING heart....Looking forward to more...HUGS

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  7. Kim looking at the beautiful photo of a sunflower speaks of God's glory to me. Anything that God created speaks of his glory, including my little grandson who was born with only one hand.

    Congratulations on loosing 4 pounds. Keep up the good job.

    I'm almost envious that you can dig in the soil and that you already can see signs of spring.We are still in the dead of a cold and snowy winter.
    Sorry about not commenting and blogging. I have limited use of the computer and I spend a lot of time caring for my little prince. I only managed to post a few comments and have to put the computer down.

    Hugs, JB

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  8. I'm on board!I look forward to all your posts.

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  9. Hello Kim,

    The Lord has used your post today to speak to my heart. So often the words I heard a pastor say during a sermon continue to ring in my ears;
    "Only worry about what God thinks."

    Kim, I'm "Along For The Ride," anyone that sets their heart on glorifying the Lord, I'm there, I want to run the race with you. Amen.

    God bless you,
    Michele

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  10. I’m on the ride with you Kim--I love to read your blog and love the things you share. Such a great passage. I love Joseph’s story so much too. Do you do the entire Bible each year?

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  11. I'm right there with you, Kim. I love reading your posts...they are written with such love and honesty and just plain truth. Thank you!

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  12. You reflect Jesus so beautifully through your pen (or your laptop!) Thank you for sharing your heart :)

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  13. I too am reading through and so love the Old Testament and so love how God makes it new each reading. You do such an awesome job with your writing...so talented and always Christ centered...a real inspiration. So keep it up!!
    Have an awesome weekend.

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