What Is In Your Hand?

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I’m not finished writing the article that was going to be posted tonight in my Series on Modesty.  There were other duties calling.  (If you’ve missed any of this Series, type “Series on Modesty” in the Search box in the sidebar to see all the posts or click on each link below. The Search box is just down below where you can sign up to get all my posts sent diretly to your inbox. And above the box with all my lovely Followers.
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Family Before Blogging
Why no article on Modesty? Well, an update. Our remodeling is going well. Our friend, Randall, finished installing our wood floor today and in just a couple of days the carpet will be installed. Tonight, instead of writing a blog post, I helped my husband and son.  We moved all the rest of the furniture out of the Family Room (we now have a piano and a desk with computer sitting where our table and chairs normally are.  The table and chairs are now in the middle of the Living Room, surrounded by the other FR furniture.)  After we cleared out that room, I helped paint my son’s bedroom and gave him a haircut.  My husband was busy tearing out the carpet in the Family Room.  Being a wife and mom and keeper at home means I wear many hats, and I do so try to make sure that they all come first.  When I realized I didn’t have time to finish the post tonight, I asked the Lord what to do and He led me to go through my blog archives, where I found this post.  It was just what I needed, and I hope it will bless you, too.

Everyday lessons for life from the Bible record of the feeding of the 5000 as recorded for us in Mark 6:30-44.

What I have is nothing, really–my talents, my abilities, my resources– in myself, I have nothing to give.  The need, the complexity, the magnitude is so great (whatever is before me on any given day: my “things to do” list, my problems, those who I will meet and the problems they bring to me).  There is no way that what I have will make any difference or meet the need.  Satan says, “Why bother?  Why try?  What difference can it–can you–possibly make?”

He is right, if not for Christ.  When I give Jesus what is in my hand–nothing really, but I give it, nonetheless–a miracle happens.  What before would not even be enough for me–or my family–now is more than enough for all the need!

35And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. (emphasis mine) And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
42And they did all eat, and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Why did Jesus instruct the disciples to find out how much food they had?  Perhaps, I think, so they would recognize their total inability within themselves to meet the need.  Now they were ready to recognize Christ at work.  Now they were humble.
He had them sit everyone down on the grass.  Did they believe, or just obey?  Then Jesus gave them back what had been in their hand before, only now it had been transformed by His Touch, His Blessing.  Before He gave it back, He broke it.  When we give ourselves and what is in our hand to Him, we must be willing to be broken.  Then, in obedience, the disciples, and we, give what is in our hand–now transformed, changed, multiplied–to all those before us, and it fills them, feeds them, nourishes them.  And we are not left depleted and empty, but filled ourselves.  There is enough for all when we bring what is in our hand to Jesus.

(I’m linking up today with the Homemaking Linkup at Raising Homemakers, who are having a wonderful Dayspring giveaway today.)
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