Reinforcements Now Appearing!

Ever since I can remember, the morning Rhema Search has been a special time for our family. Rhema Searches are different than the personal devotions that we have on our own because we read the Bible as a family and share the insights and direction that we find. Recently, a particularly good application was demonstrated.

February snow begins 1February is the month for it to snow—and snow it did! On top of that, it was Monday. Every Monday morning we clean the house and take care of the porches and cement areas. Instead of calling them chores, we call them character-builders and, well, I would be learning the character quality of determination because snow removal fell under my jurisdiction!

Working steadily and watching my back, progress was made. I got an early start too which helped but after nearly two hours a couple large portions still lay undone. Was it going to take all morning?

That is when the application from our morning Rhema Search came into play. In that morning’s Bible-reading we had read Exodus 35:29: “The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing . . .” Up until about 9:30 Esther, James, Daniel, Jonathan and David had been working with willing hearts to finish that morning’s housework. And then, with snow clothes and boots, Jonathan and David burst from the door (It was a complete surprise!), grabbed shovels from the garage and helped to do in ten minutes what would have taken me thirty! Their choice to use their few spare minutes in that way was a tremendous encouragement.

Thank you for your availability Jonathan and David! Now the Staddon parking lot is not only clear but will be, with upcoming warm weather, both dry and looking nice until the next blizzard. Whether it’s bringing an offering for the Tabernacle or shoveling snow around the house, the Lord loves those who are available to give cheerfully. Keep it up!



                     Making my own schedule and priorities 
                                  secondary to the wishes
                        of those God has called me to serve


  1. Kenan Wilkes February 22, 2007 at 11:53 am #

    It sounds like alot of progres was made during the snow storm! I am sure all that shovling kept you busy for a couple of days :-). This encouraged me to be available more!

  2. Daniel February 22, 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    Good post, Donald! I really have noticed Jonathan and David acting more mature lately. I’m sure having more people working together made it much more enjoyable too.

  3. James February 22, 2007 at 3:25 pm #

    I saw you out there that day – it WAS a big job. I thank the Lord for instructing all of us to esteem each other better than ourselves. Dad has greatly encouraged this as well. It works!

  4. Robert February 22, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    Wow! What a great report, Donald! At our house Wisdom Search this morning we talked about “going the second mile”. It sounds like Jonathan and David were doing just that this morning! Way to go guys!

  5. Jennifer February 23, 2007 at 10:32 am #

    What a wonderful testimony! How fun it is to find ways to bless others, especially when their least expecting it!!

  6. Joshua February 23, 2007 at 5:17 pm #

    As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the sould of his masters (and older brothers) – Proverbs 25:13. I reckon there was the potential of many amazing snow creations with all that shoveled snow. Forts, cities, tunnels, snow ball reserves, and more!

  7. Esther February 23, 2007 at 7:40 pm #

    Josh is exactly right. Coming soon is a post by Jonathan with pictures of exactly what became of that huge pile of potential! Stay tuned for exciting details!

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