Ribbon Round Your Tree

Have you seen yellow ribbons around your communities that serve as reminders of our men and woman in the service? I love to see them. It is so important to not forget them and to pray for those who serve to protect our country each day.

I discovered today that is idea (like every other idea!) is from the Lord. Numbers 15:37 – 41 “The Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the Lord your God!” Put a tassel on your clothing to remember. Sounds familiar.

Yesterday on our snow day, Mariah and I were watching a movie. We were in the last few minutes of the show when I looked up and thought, “I need to go and pray for Greg. He needs me to pray for him right now.” Then the other part of my mind said, “You can’t, the movie is almost over. What would Mariah think if you got up and didn’t finish the movie?” I sat and struggled for about 15 minutes. I wanted to finish the movie! I was stuggling with my own desires, just like the Lord talked about. Finally, I got up and went to pray for Greg. I only hope that while I sat and struggled, that I didn’t miss the thing that the Lord was calling me to pray for. (Back in Numbers 14:40 the people decided to obey late and they missed out big time on the blessing of the Lord!)

Following my own desires and obeying the Lord is something I struggle with everyday. So like the Israelites, what “tassels” can I put in my life that will serve as reminders to obey in all areas (big or small in my own eyes)? Sometimes I write out verses on index cards and try to learn them. Last week I wrote out ones on fear. I need some fresh ideas. Does any have some “tassels” that work in their lives that they can share with me?

My prayer for you and I today (in this area I can deal with today!) is that we will obey Him – setting aside our own desires – and we will obey Him on time. Take some time today to read Numbers 14 & 15 – it is pretty eye opening!


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