No. 86
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

I missed out on the devotions yesterday.
My little white car came back, and we were busy.
Do you remember I told you about it going away on the truck?
It has been fixed up quite nicely, and I will use it for awhile.
Until I can afford another car.
Praise the Lord, it is a dear little bomb!
I hoped for a new car by now,
but I give thanks to God for my cute old car.
I am trusting God with my car problems,
is should only be a couple of weeks more.

Bread from the sky?
Yes, God sent bread that fell down from the sky!
The Bible tells us about God feeding the nation of Israel in Exodus 16:4-8.
This miracle bread from the sky was called “manna.”  Israel,
God’s Chosen nation, had escaped from Egypt.
And they were wandering in the desert. The people were hungry, so God said this,

“Behold, I will rain down bread from heaven for you;
and the people shall go out every day and
gather a certain rate every day...” (verse 4).
And that miracle manna came down alright.
In the morning, when the dew on the ground was gone,
there on the desert were small round things, it looked like frost or hail-stones.
It was bread from heaven. It was good to eat, and saved the people of God from starving. Manna tasted like wafers with honey, yum. (Exodus 16:31).

After awhile the people began to moan and complain.
They weren’t thankful to God any more.
They were saying things like,
“ We’re sick of manna, we want a variety of foods,
not just this heavenly bread.”
Moses, their leader, told them,
“Your mur-mur-ings are not against us (the leaders Moses and Aaron)
but against the Lord.”
But it made no difference, they kept on whining and complaining.

Do you and I “murmur.?”
Do you say a lot, “not hamburgers again,”
or maybe “not shepherd’s pie again,” or maybe
“not boiled vegetables, I hate them!”
Do I murmur and whine too?
We are going to have a Sunday roast today.
I have only got chicken to bake,
and I was moaning about that to myself.
“Not chicken again, why can’t I have lamb.”
This is not good,
we should be grateful that we have any food to eat - full stop!
Some kids (and adults) can be really bad about murmuring.
They can always find something to get cross about, or complain about.
We don’t like our clothes, or our houses.
The car is getting old and is not shiny and flash.
Or we don’t like our families even!
Don’t murmur, be thankful to God for His blessings.
We all have so much to be glad about, and thank God for.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed (destroyed), because his compassions ( kind caring and loving ) fail not. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22,23).


Does your family come to the table, look at the meal, then start to grumble, “ urrk, meat loaf, “ urrk not left-overs!”  Yes, we can make our food preferences known, we all like nice food. But some kids can be chronic complainers. Nothing suits them, everything is “boring.” Don’t be like the Israelites in the desert wilderness who complained about the miracle of manna, give thanks to our God. He provides for us many good things. He has given YOU so much to be grateful for!

“Thanks for today, Heavenly Father.  I thank You for the food we have, and for the clothes and soft beds with blankets and pillows. Thank you for cl--ean water, and all the comforts in our place that other people often do not have.  Don’t let me take these good things for granted. You give us new blessings every morning, Amen.”

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