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Dear Bro and Co.,

     As you know baby KeiLynn continues to grow, learning new things everyday.  Right now, she is in the pulling up stage where she looks like a very small, happy, drunk prisoner trying to stand up in the tiny cell that is her crib.  It’s just a matter of time until she is standing on her own and taking those all important and momentous first couple of baby steps!  Good times!!

     Much like KeiLynn, we as a family are in a similar phase financially speaking.  Amanda has a good, steady flow of income from her job coming in and my bonus check, which will be bigger this year should be coming in the next month or so; should help us achieve our first two baby steps in our Financial Peace plan:  1. $1000 in savings; 2.  Paying off the small loans.  Hallelujah!!!

     I can hear Sound Garden now; “I’m gonna break that rusty cage and run!”

Like Dave Ramsey says, “Run like a Gazelle from debt!”  – I think I might be more of a funky Ibex or something . 🙂

 

 

 

Psalm 23:4  Even though I walk (drive) through the valley of the shadow of death (debt).  I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

     Pastor Robert’s message this last Sunday was one in a series on the Bible – this one, in particular was on how the Word is the Breath of God.  He went on to give the analogy of how our spirit needs breath just like our physical bodies do.  He went on to show some examples of this and the power demonstrated in certain instances.

     Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea.”; and shall believe these things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith….

     I know a mountain I want moved, Mt. Killamanborrowed!!!  According to the scripture two things are required; faith and action (or in this instance speaking the word.) Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  So hearing and reading the Word of God is like inhaling the Breath of God, so that later when it is needed, you can exhale (speak it) and then the Power of God moves in your life and situation.  Cool!

     Last time I talked about drowning in a sea of debt.  The children of Israel had a Red Sea they had to cross as well. 

Exodus 15:8-10 (excerpt from the Song of Moses and Miriam)

     …..By the blast of Your nostrils the waters piled up.  The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.  The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.  I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them.  I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’ But You blew Your breath, and the sea covered them.  They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

     Like Pastor Robert said, “God is so awesome He destroyed Pharoah’s army with a sneeze!!

     Of course, I couldn’t help but imagine this applying to our situation; it probably looked a lot cooler in my mind, but it was something like this:

     Also, like the Israelites, it seems as though we’ve been wondering in the wilderness.  Now, we have our heading – journey for the promised land!  For the time being, we will “live like no one else” so that when we reach that blessed destination, we can “LIVE like no one else!” 🙂

     The primary points in the sermon centered around Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37).  God had Ezekiel to prophesy (speak God’s Word) over the bones.

     So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. (Ezekiel 37:7)

  1. God’s Word (Breath) – brings order. I looked and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them…..(Ezekiel 37:8)
  2. God’s Breath – gives strength.  The tendons, muscles, and skin to move the bones.  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stoop up on their feet – a vast army.
  3. God’s Breath – gives life. 

     Through Faith and Obedience (learning good stewardship and breathing the Word of God) we shall see the Valley of Dry, Broke Dollars come to life!  Amen!

     Our God is an AWESOME GOD!!  Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.        1 Peter 5:7

     Whatever our circumstance – God can fix it; whether it be broken finances, broken hearts, broken lives:  even when it seems all hope is gone and it is a dead matter – breathe deep the Word of God and He shall breathe life into your situation. 

     Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace – whether it be a resurrection or a babe’s first step – my God’s wonders never cease!!!!

 Love and God bless, Uncle Buck “Wango” Lamb and the Tango Tribe