Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday Morning Reflections ~ El Shadday



I'm linking up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always to continue our study of Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God". The focus this week is on praying the name of El Shadday.

God revealed Himself as El Shadday to Abram in Genesis 17:1-2:

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.

Did you catch that? Abram was 99 years old!

And yet God Almighty (El Shadday) made a covenant (promise) with Abram. In verses 3-8 God told Abram that he would be the father of many nations and how He would bless his descendents. And yet ...Abram was 99 years old!

Abram's wife Sarai was 90 years old when this Covenant was given. Verse 17 tells us that Abraham fell face down. But he laughed and said to himself how could a man and woman of such an old age possibly bear a child.

I have to admit ...that would be me.

I hear with my ears and know that God is God Almighty (El Shadday) so nothing is impossible with God. And yet, in my humanity I question.

When God?

How God?

How about now God? After all, I've been praying for so long.

It takes faith to follow God. And that involves trust. Uh oh, I keep bumping into 'trust and obey' which is my theme for 2010.

I believe God was revealing Himself as El Shadday to Abram because this covenant would be impossibe from a human perspective. But with God Almighty nothing is impossible.

God even changed Abram's name to Abraham and Sarai became Sarah. You see, God knew what the future held for this couple. And God Almighty knew what they would become. They needed to believe by faith and ...obey.

(Photo credit: The Christian Post)

I love this image of God Almighty holding a frightened child (like me) in the midst of the raging storm. It reminds me that with El Shadday ...nothing is impossible.

While the storms are raging and I don't know what tomorrow will bring, I can trust El Shadday with:

  • My loved ones
  • My finances
  • My home
  • Difficult relationships
  • Uncertainties
  • Family who don't live close by

Yesterday, I was able to return to my church and Bible study group. What a blessing after missing out for several weeks with this move. I live further away from my church but El Shadday provided me with a special gift. I am less than a mile away from my friends Jack and Anna May. Yay God!

This week Jack was sick so Anna May picked me up and we rode together. We had time to chat on the way to church and back. How fun was that?

I'm so thankful that my God is El Shadday. When I become discouraged or doubt, I call on El Shadday. I remember that ...nothing is impossible with God Almighty.

It's not too late to join in on this wonderful study. If not, I'd love to read your comments.

Happy Monday!

Blessings,

23 comments:

  1. Thank you Debbie for your Monday Morning Reflections of El Shadday - God Almighty! Trust & Obey has been my personal theme song for so many years it may be time to claim it as my life song!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
    Kim

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  2. And this new chapter has only just begun! I, for one, believe He has something absolutely beyond belief for your life. It will be great fun, and equally great faith-building to witness El Shadday's hand (LOVE the picture!) upon you.

    Looking forward to Wednesday's lunch.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Kathleen

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  3. Debbie:

    This is such a great name for you to claim right now, El Shadday! His are those hands in the picture, and you are the child (andd me, and all of us)...

    I am side by side with Kathleen's comments as I'm writing this. I am THRILLED that you are meeting for lunch. I'll be praying that the fellowship will be meaningful to both of you... I know it will be!! I'd love to be on the 3rd chair at that table!

    Hugs,

    Sonja

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  4. Good morning, friend :)

    Thank you for this much needed reminder today!

    Please know - I have been praying for you and your move. Change can bring on so much stress can't it? It can be a crazy time! I'll continue praying that you feel steady and that you keep on trusting and obeying :)

    Have a wonderful week, girl.

    -Kate :)

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  5. Hi Debbie, What a wonderful reminder of the way the Lord provides. Thank you for sharing dear friend. Praying for you settling into your new nest.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  6. Hi Debbie,

    I'm so proud of you! What a beautiful journey to walk with you!

    Learning to trust and obey can be some of the toughest lessons we ever go on!

    Lots of love - I should have my full post up after taking Lilly to the dentist again!

    Jill

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  7. I have a friend who gasped "I'm reacting SO HUMANLY"!!!...made me smile and yet, as you said, "in my humanity I question", my mother used to say how much easier it is to "give in" to the feelings than to "commit them" ....once again Debbie, your theme for 2010.....yes back to TRUST AND OBEY. Whew! Thanks for struggling together on this one, each new day I must go back to God's simple truths, (I think I'm more human than most!!!).

    xxxxxxxx
    Carol Joy

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  8. Loved your devotion and thoughts for the day.....so glad that I stopped by

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  10. :(sorry but I hate typos...

    Blessings Debbie... I so love when in your humanity (being real) you shared:

    "When God?How God? How about now God? After all, I've been praying for so long.It takes faith to follow God. And that involves trust. Uh oh,..."

    And then that precious image of El Shaddai's hand holding you, like a child... and then you proclaim your TRUST and for what and whom!

    Agreeing in prayer with you that El Shadday makes the seemingly impossible... possible... and trusting!

    (by the way) Congratulations for making it through my marathon post.
    I really think that if you get a chance that you should listen to Jenifer's vimeo because while I did, immediately I thought of you!

    Love in Christ,
    Peggy

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  11. Your devotion to El Shadday is beautiful. Love the pic. This will help me when we have to release Susanna, knowing God is caring for every detail.

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  13. I enjoyed reading your study of El Shadday. I need to be reminded that God has it all in control. Sounds like a great study.

    Love,
    Patricia

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  14. Thanks for that beautiful post, Debbie. Our God always supplies all our needs. I'm glad you are getting settled in. Love you ~

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  15. El Shaddai is one of my favorites.

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  16. Amen...beautiful post..."nothing is impossible with God"...our greatest difficulties...our seeming impossibilities...nothing is too big for our God!

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  17. How neat that you are so close to someone from your church :) - Yay God indeed.

    This really sounds like a great book, Debbie. I love reading your posts about it and thoughts you are sharing with us.

    Love & peace,
    Iris

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  18. aww, great reflections. what a blessing to be so close to your friends. I know you'll be very happy!! sweet post! xoxo LA

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  19. Dear Debbie,
    Sometimes I have to visit your site
    several times, before I can come up with something worthy to say.
    By sharing your challenges and your way of dealing with them, you are passing the torch on from hand to hand. The Torch is shining a light over my life; how am I coping with the trials I have to deal with?
    I admire your stubbornness and faithfulness by which you are clinging to the Lord and his promises.
    I know for sure; you shall be richly rewarded.
    Thank you for being salt and light on the earth in a time when just that is needed more than ever.
    You are a rare and beautiful lily on the field.
    From Felisol

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  20. Oops! A p.s. comment from the previous blog of "the cute girl with the boot and crutches"...guess I wouldn't have run into you and your dad this last weekend would I!(smile) But the important thing here is that you look as cute and adorable now as you did back then!!! Coulda fooled me!! (also glad you don't have to wear that boot now too).....

    xxxxxxx
    Carol Joy

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  21. Thank God for the wonderful friends He gives us. God bless you today!

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