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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Heaven's Door

Rhet and I are in our second year of participating in our local Bible Study Fellowship.  It is a weekly in-depth Bible study that follows a book (or in some cases several books) of the Bible over the course of a school year calendar.

I have to admit, it is easy to get "behind" on the scheduled lessons, but the rich time I get in God's Word each week is always more than I would have had.  I like structure, and this provides it!  Rhet really enjoys the children's classes, which have their own (corresponding) Bible lessons and hymns.  The children's teachers pray for the children weekly and do a wonderful job of teaching the Word instead of merely baby-sitting the kiddos while the moms are away.

Last week, our lesson covered Matthew 7, when Jesus taught about asking God for what we need:

"Ask and it will be given to you.  Seek and you will find.  Knock and the door will be opened to you."

Increasing in intensity and persistence.

"For everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

He answers us.  He gives us what we need.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? . . . If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"

He gives good gifts.

Perhaps like me you are thinking of gratitude this month.  There is something about asking God for what I need...seeking, looking, searching in Him for answers and provision of all things...knocking on a door until He opens it...that makes me so, so thankful for the good gifts I've received.

Rhet told me the children's lesson last week was "We can ask God for whatever we need."  Today, when making a fun little craft at a friend's house, she told us that she is thankful for "good sleep, my mom and dad, and my heart."

I don't have everything I want.  But I do have everything I need.  And isn't that much, much better?


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