Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Ram in the Thicket

A Ram in the Thicket
Amazing Stories of God’s Provision
By Eileen Rife

Based on Genesis 22:10-14

Then he (Abraham) reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.

Is there a cherished dream, relationship, place, or position on which you have raised the knife? Did God turn around and provide a ram in the thicket just when you thought all hope was lost?

Share your story.
Word count: 500-1500
Include at least one Scripture indicating how God worked in your life.
Selections will be made based on the following criteria:

* Emotional appeal—Does your experience generate a heart response?
* Unusual experience—Is your experience something only God could do?
* Spiritual principle—Is there a specific Scriptural principle you learned?
* Ease of reading—Does your writing flow?
* Take-away value for reader—What can a reader learn from your experience?

This inspirational work-in-progress is a compilation of stories chosen from submissions. If you would like to contribute to this book, email eileenrife@yahoo.com. If your piece is accepted, you will receive a free copy of the book upon publication and an attribution in the back of the book.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


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Monday, August 4, 2008

Jesus' First Miracle

Did you know that Jesus' first miracle was at a wedding? That's right. Look it up.

All right. I'll make it easy for you. Read John 2:1-11. As I flip through the gospel accounts, it appears that John is the only apostle who recorded this significant event.

I think it's sweet that Jesus chose to display His authority and power at a wedding. What a reassurance to me as I stood at the kitchen sink one morning three months ago worrying about whether we would have enough food at Steph's wedding. The Holy Spirit reminded me through Jesus's first miracle that the Lord cares about the special moments in our lives, especially weddings, since He uses the picture of the marriage relationship to show how He loves us!

Over and over again in planning Steph and Matt's outdoor wedding, the Lord answered prayer, right down to the weather. Even as I decorated the white gazebo in a light shower of rain on their wedding morning, I pressed forward in faith. The Lord had promised He'd come through for us, and He did! What a gorgeous day it turned out to be and the moderate temperature was a delight.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Brantham Kramm
Married Saturday, July 26, 2008
My prayers go with you.

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