Trials

Light At the End of the Tunnel

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You are either in the middle of a difficult season, just got out of a difficult season, or you are about to enter a difficult season.

I’ve heard a lot of pastors say some version of this over the years, and it’s true. There are so many metaphors for hard times. Maybe you’ve been in a dessert, valley, storm, darkness, tunnel, or any other word to describe a painful place. We’ve all been there, or are in the hard place right now.

I am still in a difficult season but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light gives me hope as we journey out with Jesus leading the way. At times it has been dark and I could not see anything in front of me. It was all unknown, but Jesus has always known the outcome. He said “Trust me”.

Yesterday the hospital bed was picked up from our house by the medical supply company. Tom (my husband) has been using the stairs again, and he’s getting better going up and down. It’s still very painful but at least now he’s not crawling up the stairs. Blessings. I count every single blessing each day, no matter how small.

As I look back on these months of sickness, hospitalizations, catheters, surgeries, drain tubes, piles of prescriptions, endless doctors visits, labs, and pain, a lot of pain, I see God’s grace. His mighty hand has guided us through these mirky waters. And He is still guiding us as we don’t have every single thing completely resolved. As hard as that is, that’s alright.

I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen. I am a planner to the core, and that doesn’t work very well as a Christ follower. I have learned time and time again over the many years of being a Christian to “Let go, Let God”. Simple yet true, and very difficult for me to do at times.

God is always faithful. He has carried, provided, encouraged, and healed us. God is a perfect loving Father as He has cared for our every need. No, He did not just make it all go away. God made a way through it, which has tested and stretched our faith.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7, NIV

If it’s dark for you right now, hold on to Jesus. He is the way out. There is much to learn in the hard times. Your faith will grow as you follow Jesus. He can see what you cannot, and some of it you just don’t need to see. There is light at the end of your tunnel, and it’s beautiful.

Love you all,

Meghan

Father God,

You are awesome, holy God. I lift up those who are in the difficult places right now. They can’t see and they are afraid. Encourage them. Remind them that they are never alone. Carry them and help them see You through it all. Provide for their every need, and make a way out as they follow You. Give them peace.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Food

Caprese Skewers

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This delicious appetizer is super easy to make. All you’re doing is assembling a few simple ingredients. No cooking, no heating up the oven. You can make these ahead of time and add the balsamic vinegar right before serving.

If you like Caprese salad which uses sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil then you will love Caprese skewers. It’s the same thing just bite-sized. These little skewers make a great snack, appetizer, or side dish.

I keep mine very simple and only sprinkle salt and fresh ground black pepper. You can easily add dried herbs if that’s what you like. Make them as small or large as you want. I have made them with regular sized toothpicks or larger like the ones pictured.

Happy Eating!

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Caprese Skewers

Ingredients

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 8oz. container mini mozzarella balls

large sprig of fresh basil (cut basil leaves in half)

balsamic vinegar

salt

fresh ground black pepper

toothpicks or bamboo skewers

Directions

  1. Slide a tomato, then half of a basil leaf, then fresh mozzarella on a skewer. Repeat until there are two of each item on your skewer. If you are using toothpicks just add one of each item.
  2. Lay the skewers on a platter. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over everything. Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cut bamboo skewers in half to make larger appetizers.
  • The basil wilts once it’s in the refrigerator but it still tastes good.
  • If you can’t find mini mozzarella balls just cut up small pieces of fresh mozzarella.
Women in the Bible

The Heroic Hebrew Midwives

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Pharaoh and the Midwives, James Tissot, C. 1900 WikiArt

When admired women of the Bible are discussed, names like Esther, Ruth, and Deborah are mentioned. These faithful women were used by God mightily. But these aren’t the only Godly women in the Bible. There are many women who obeyed God and impacted history. Some were named, and some remain nameless in the Word of God. 

Shiphrah and Puah are heroes of the faith. Two ordinary Hebrew women used by an extraordinary God. Shiphrah and Puah were Hebrew midwives. Puah means “splendid or radiant” in Hebrew. Shiphrah means “beauty or harmony” in Hebrew. What beautiful names for two Godly women. 

In the first chapter of Exodus we learn about the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians. The king of Egypt did not like that the Israelitess had grown to such a large number. He feared that if war broke out, the Israelites would join an enemy army, fight against Egypt, and leave the country. So Pharaoh put slave masters over the Israelites and forced them into hard labor.

Pharaoh’s oppression backfired. The more the Israelites were oppressed, the more their numbers multiplied. The Egyptians dreaded the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. The Israelites had to make bricks, and work in the fields. This was hard backbreaking labor.

Pharaoh came up with another plan to decrease the numbers of the Israelites since harsh labor was not working. 

The Hebrew Midwives obey God.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”  Exodus 1:15-18, NIV 

Pharaoh vastly underestimated these women by thinking they would follow his orders. Shiphrah and Puah took an enormous risk by refusing to kill the male babies. They were just lowly midwives, yet what they did was daring. Because of their fear of God they protected the Hebrew baby boys. 

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” Exodus 1:19, NIV 

It’s assumed that Shiphrah and Puah lied when answering Pharaoh. This may not be the case. Many Bible commentators say the midwives lied, and some say they did not. Verse 19 gives their answer, and we are not told anything further on whether or not what they said was true. Maybe it was partly true. If the midwives did lie, was it justified?

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. Exodus 1:20-21, NIV 

God blessed the midwives because they feared Him and obeyed Him. God did not bless them for lying. He blessed them for their faithfulness. God always knows our heart and what is motivating our actions. Shiphrah and Puah were rewarded for their incredible faith with families of their own. 

And so the Israelites just kept increasing. God blessed the Israelites during harsh oppression by continually multiplying their numbers. When Pharaoh’s oppression increased, God’s goodness increased more. These two incredible ordinary midwives were a part of God’s extraordinary plan. 

Shiphrah and Puah stood up to evil because they loved God. As a result, the Israelites grew in great numbers, and the groundwork was laid for Israel to be set free from the Egyptians. The stage was also set for the birth of Moses, the prophet who would lead his people out from Pharaoh’s enslavement.

God used two seemingly insignificant regular women to participate in His perfect plan for Israel. 

These precious women inspire me to fear God, not man.

Love you all,

Meghan 

If you need prayer send your prayer request to meghanewhiteauthor@gmail.com

References

https://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Puah.html

https://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Shiphrah.html

https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/shiphrah-midrash-and-aggadah

https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3555182/jewish/Who-Were-Shifra-and-Puah-the-Hebrew-Midwives.htm

Guest Post

Check Out This “Good News” Newspaper

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Roaring Wind Tribune is a Christian newspaper based out of Maryland. It all began with one man’s dream to bring the love of God to his local community. His dream became a reality in September 2019 with the very first edition.

“We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to the churches in our community. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus.” –Roaring Wind Tribune

20,000 newspapers are printed each month and distributed to local business, churches, and ministries. Roaring Wind Tribune is filled with uplifiting articles, and columns like Hometown Heroes and Dear Abba. They even have a crossword puzzle.  

The electronic version is available at their site for free, or you can subscribe and receive a newspaper in your mailbox each month. Subscriptions are $30 a year. 

Unbeknownst to me, someone from Roaring Wind Tribune came across my article The Narrow Path and invited me to contribute to their publication. I was so surprised and honored. I didn’t know anything about them at the time but now I do. I’m thrilled to be able to participate in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ with this awesome newspaper.

The link will take you to all of their electronic editions. If you open the current issue, July 2021, you can find my article, The Narrow Path, on page 6. You can also read all of the other great articles and resources.

https://www.roaringwindtribune.com/april-2021

Thanks for stopping by! God bless and keep you.

Love you all, 

Meghan 

This link will take you directly to the home page of Roaring Wind Tribune.

https://www.roaringwindtribune.com

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