Patriotism in the Desert…

We went to church this morning, as we do every Sunday morning.  This is the Sunday before the 4th of July.  We were dressed and ready.  Our country was founded on Biblical principles and I love it.  This nation was made great because our founding fathers sought wisdom from the Bible to start a nation.  We are a Christian, military family, living apart, and I was looking forward to some stars and stripes today.

After attending my church service, I visited some friends at another church (yes, two in one morning).  The sermon was based from Deuteronomy Chapter 8.  As the pastor read the whole chapter, words were leaping out at me.  God was reminding me of something… letting me know He is always with me.

The chapter is about God leading the Israelites out of Egypt and providing for them.  I’ve heard and read the story many times, but today it took on a personal meaning.  God is leading our family through a desert… a two-year deployment.  God humbles us and tests us to know what is in our hearts… we have gone through a lot, but still remain faithful.  He caused us to hunger… for each other.  And, he feeds us with manna… Skype dates, texts, and emails.

God warned the Israelites to not forget what he had done for them.  God I pray that when you have led us out of this desert “…into a good land – a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills;” Deuteronomy 8:7, that our family will never forget to praise you for what you have done and continue to do in and through our lives.

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10

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