Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Sister}

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’  (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

IMG_9879The bond between sisters begins at birth. Even though I was only three, I remember the moment my parents brought her home from the hospital. To this day, regardless of how far apart my sister and I live, our bond remains steady. Throughout our lifetime, we have laughed, cried, and rejoiced as we journeyed through family events, holidays, divorces, engagements, marriages, birthdays, and babies.

Miles and miles of running bonded us together when we lived close enough to squeeze in weekend runs. I will always remember and treasure how she held my hand to pull me across the Disney marathon finish line. We trained for the race together, and we promised each other we would finish together. When I hit a wall at twenty-four miles, with two miles left to go, she encouraged me, and she held my hand until the end. Today she continues to push me to be my best, and I am grateful.

Today’s Scripture:

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ (Exodus 2:7 NIV).

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water’ (Exodus 2:10 NIV).

God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ ‘This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation (Exodus 3:15 NIV).

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.  By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned (Hebrews 11:24-29 NIV).

Today’s Snapshot: Sister

The Israelites thrived under Joseph’s leadership in Egypt. However, when Joseph died, the new Pharoah condemned the brothers and their families to slavery. The Israelites quickly increased in size, and the new Pharoah felt threatened. To weaken the Israelites, Pharoah killed all the Hebrew baby boys by throwing them into the Nile. By God’s grace, one Hebrew boy survived.

Before the baby boy was found, Miriam watched her mother place him in the basket and send him down the Nile.  The basket floated into the arms of Pharoah’s daughter ~ out of bondage straight into freedom.

Who would have known that a few years later this baby would lead the entire Hebrew nation out of bondage straight into freedom?

The young baby still needed a wet-nurse. Out of love for her baby brother, Miriam found his mother. Moses’ mother nourished him until He was old enough to be weaned, and by the hand of God, strategically placed in the palace.

Moses grew up in the Egyptian palace from birth to adolescence. When he realized his true identity, he began to struggle in the presence of the palace.  Moses fled to Midian while God grew him into the man who would carry out God’s plan.

The one who was delivered would soon become the deliverer.

When God delivered the Israelites by the blood of the lamb, Miriam sang and praised God. Through her brother’s life, Miriam saw God’s fingerprints.

The life of Moses provided a way for joy to enter the world, one quiet night, in a manger over 2,000 years ago.

Family Discussion –
~ What’s the best thing about your place in the family birth order?
~ What is the worst thing about your place in the family birth order?

Closing Prayer –
Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise You for sweet sisters and bonds which begin at birth. Regardless of the space between siblings, the bond is always there. Miriam looked out for her brother and encouraged him as the deliverer.  She knew there was something special about that baby.  I praise you for the deliverance of the Hebrew nation by the blood of the lamb which allowed for the lineage to be preserved through the tribe of Judah.  I praise you for this Christmas season where we anticipate the arrival of Your Son, who became our own sacrificial lamb. May we continue to prepare our homes and our hearts for His arrival.
In the Precious Name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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  1. Lorraine

    December 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you Mindy for allowing God to
    Speak through you! Always love reading and meditating on the wisdom God shares through you and His word! I praise Him for giving us the gift of Jesus… His word becoming flesh and His sacrifice so we can always enjoy His presence with us! Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate. 💕

    1. Mindy Lee Hopman

      December 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Lorraine! Amen! Merry Christmas to you and yours! 💕

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