Devotional: The Ultimate Credentials: “I AM”

Exodus 3:13-14
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? What shall I say unto them?

14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

Who Are You?-Grab Some Popcorn For A Book of Nic-Nac Who’s Who

CHAPTER 1: Working “with, not “for” the Fort Mill Times

When I moved to South Carolina, the Lord put it on my heart to write a letter to the Editor of the local paper to see if I could contribute things from time to time.

I told him a bit about myself and although I did not have the education and training his staff certainly must have had, I did have great love and enthusiasm for writing.

I told him my idea about interviewing, writing about and publishing articles on people in the community. By the grace of God, he allowed me to do just that with a few freelance opportunities!

When I contacted the people I was to interview, since I was not an “employee” of the _____ ______Times, I had to carefully construct my approach as to how I introduced myself. Technically, I was a freelance writer, working on an article for publication in the paper. One way would have been accurate, the other would have been a misrepresentation.

Chapter 2 Credentials

For the past few years, our oldest has been asked to do editing for the ________ Bowl in Florida. When I talk to her, it is amusing to me the things she says she has access to that many guys would love to be able to do!

This year I was asking her what her proximity to the “action” (games) was and nonchalantly. she responded “Oh, I can go out of the office and I am practically right at the field.” Ha! She enjoyed opportunities that were enviable by anyone who spent hard-earned money just to get seats in the “nose bleed” sections.

She actually was able to interview some of the players (even for Bama when they competed there) a few years ago. Now, could she have just waltzed up to the sidelines and started chatting, of course not! She had the required credentials to even get into the stadium, much less restricted areas.

CHAPTER 3 Who Are You

Although my daughter was promoted to the position of Sergeant in the Army, if I were to go to the White House and try to get in, saying Sgt _______ sent me, no one would know who she was, nor would they care. I would be turned away and expected to leave (possibly with a shadow, but that’s just conspiracy theory thinking!)

If, however, she was expecting me to visit the base where she is stationed and lives, I could to the guard at the gate, give her name, my id and get access. (Maybe not after the White House visit.)

I could not gain entrance merely for being who I am, an ordinary citizen.

Chapter 4 Room Mom

When our son was in 4th grade, the school had a policy that all parties and events for 4th graders had to be “equal” or at least closely matched, so the children in all classes would experience “equal treatment”. Oh boy! Regardless of the creativity other teachers or parents had, no 4th grade class was suppose to “out-do” another!

Well, each year since she started teaching, Mrs. Nichols had a Dr. Seuss-themed party. As long as the other classes were offered the same opportunity and declined it, the event was permissible. Okay, needless to say, none of the others wanted to participate in Mrs. Nichols’ plan… too bad for them!

As room mother and a firm disbeliever that all classes were required to conform, simply to avoid hurt feelings, we enjoyed a blowout! It never really seemed to make sense either that this policy was started once the kids reached almost middle school age.

Doesn’t it seem that the younger they were, the more children would misunderstand differences such as parties or activities? By 4th grade, they should start realizing that everything and everyone is not equal. Classroom dynamics vary and individualism should be celebrated all the more (my thinking anyway).

Long story seemingly longer: The day of the big event, I marched proudly into the school dressed as a “Who”. I looked ridiculous, but we had a grand time eating “Who roast beast” and drinking “Who punch”.

As his mom, the room mother for Mrs. Nichols, I was welcomed by the school and into the classroom. Oh, after that year, the other classes decided to adopt the “Who” idea for their classes as well!

Wrapping it up, I hope~

In all the above circumstances, there had to be a purpose for being in a particular place and reputable validation.

Moses must have been extremely intimidated with the prospect of having to stand before the people, but just look at the powerful credentials he was given, permission to say he was sent by I AM!

Prayer
Almighty God
Father
Lord
Holy One
King
Jehovah
Wonderful Savior
Redeemer
Friend
Majesty
O how we thank You for Who You Are
We recognize Your power
Your authority

God, without You
We can do nothing
But with You, anything

The God Who was with Moses
Is with us today

Let us fall on our faces before You
In gratitude
For being loved
Cared for
Saved
By You

Lord, when we talk to You
Please keep us disciplined
Keeping away from distractions

When we pray, let us please realize
We are speaking to our Creator
And help us forsake temptation to
Interrupt the conversation between us
To reach for the phone or answer a text

We cannot serve two masters
We cannot claim You on our heart’s throne
If we surrender to those things competing against our time and attention
We are weak, Father
We ask for Your help
We ask that You will reveal when we are putting You
Any place other than First in our lives
Forgive us when we fall short

Please give us a love for You, O God
All glory
Honor
and Praise to You
The Great and Mighty
I AM

In the Name of Jesus Christ
AMEN
SONGS
“I AM” (Not the one you may think)

“I AM” (different than above)

“Who Am I?”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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