Tuesday With Teri

Devotions from lessons I'm learning from God

Again…Abigail April 3, 2015

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 8:31 am

    I love sharing this post each Easter and remembering the lesson God brought to us that year.  This lesson will be with me forever.  God’s grace is truly amazing,  I cannot earn His forgiveness, I do not need to, He offers it to us all because He loves us….I never want to forget at what cost this gift was given.  I pray this Easter you too accept His precious gift of forgiveness and know you are loved by a grace giving God!


      I’ve lost track of how many years ago it was, yet each Spring I can’t help but recall my introduction to Abigail.  I was a high school science/Bible teacher for a small Christian school at the time. One of my students was a football sized young man named Nick.  He worked for a local farmer who had offered him a young lamb to take home.  Nick’s mom, apparently destined for sainthood, not only allowed him to bring the lamb home, but he got to keep it in his room!  Early that Spring Nick brought photos to share.  To my amazement, there, wedged beside his bed and amid typical teenage squalor, was a carefully built pen, complete with wood rails, chicken wire and hay.  Abigail the lamb had found a perfect home.  Over the next few weeks Nick would have numerous stories to tell of Abigail’s antics.  I couldn’t wait to see her for myself, so I invited Nick to bring her to school one morning.

I ushered my entire class outside and we waited like giddy preschoolers for Abigail’s arrival.  I am certain I will never be able to adequately describe what I saw that day.  I will do my best.  We watched as Nick emerged from his vehicle with Abigail cradled in his big burly arms.  We stood transfixed by the sight of what can only be inadequately referred to as precious”.  Her pure, white coat seemed almost translucent, radiating light under the bright blue, cloudless sky.   Her tiny nose was a perfect, pink velvet triangle perched just above her little pink mouth.    As I placed my hand on her sweet little head she looked at me.  I found myself staring into the depths of clear, brilliant blue eyes.  I realized I had been holding my breath in awe.  We were expecting to see a cute lamb, somewhat off white in color.  I had not considered that, unlike the lambs at the local petting zoo, Abigail had been living in a clean, loving, environment.  After everyone had made Abigail’s acquaintance, Nick left to return her home and we settled back into Bible class.

We soon realized the relevance of Abigail’s visit as we continued our study of Passover.  The original Passover took place when Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt.  God instructed them to mark their door post with the blood of a male lamb.  This was to protect them from the final plague which was the death of all first born in any home not so protected. (Exodus 11&12)  The yearly commemoration of this event required the father to select the best, blemish free lamb and set it apart for the Passover…four days prior to the celebration.  My students and I began to consider something quite startling.  There was a good chance that the lamb would have been brought into the house or yard during that time.  This perfect little lamb, probably as precious and sweet as our Abigail, may have clamored under their feet while they did chores, fed out of their hands and shared a living area.  After four days, this lamb, which by now had become even more precious to the family, was to be sacrificed.   Suddenly one can imagine the cries of the children, the quite sob of their mother, the sorrow in the eyes of the father who knows a blood sacrifice is required.   For the first time, since meeting Abigail, we could truly envision the “sacrificial lamb” of the Scriptures.

The continued observance of Passover was a powerful object lesson for generations of Israelites.  Every family member would be reminded not only of God’s protection and provision when He freed them from slavery, but also of the cost…the blood of their most precious lamb.  This Easter we consider the final sacrifice.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, perfect and precious beyond description, was sacrificed for our sin.  Many movies and videos have stirred the heart of man as they depict the brutal crucifixion of our Christ, yet none can compare to the vision of Abigail.  As we celebrate our freedom from sin and death through the resurrection of our Lord, let’s never forget the cost.  Praise God His love and grace make us worthy of such a sacrifice!

1 Peter 1:18-19  “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold…but with precious blood, as a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”


April Fools April 1, 2015

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 3:24 pm

Over the course of raising my two kids, there were MANY times I lost “Mother of the Year”, one particular April Fools day would be remembered always as one of those times.   My daughter was perhaps in her early teens, I am bad with dates and times, when the opportunity for this prank presented itself.

Picture  if you will a lovely young lady with long flowing blonde locks  getting ready for her school day.  She sits on the floor in front of a floor length mirror, straightening her hair.  She calls out to her mother for some help reaching a section of her hair with a flatiron. I suppose this is where a normal mom would have simply helped.

As I stood behind my daughter and prepared to render assistance, I  paused to look into her trusting blue eyes reflecting back at me in the mirror.  That is when the idea hit me.  I mustered all the seriousness I could manage in my voice and pretended to look carefully at the roots of her hair.  I think I could have earned an Oscar for my performance as I leaned in closer and gave her a worried look over her shoulder into the mirror. “um, okay now…don’t panic Ashley, but I think you may have lice”, I said in an unnaturally calm tone.   Yep, the reaction was priceless……her expression was a mix of fear, panic and desperation….”Noooooooo, Mom!” she cried out.  “April Fools!” I responded with a glee unbecoming a good mom.  Yep, pretty sure she still does not think this as funny as I do.  Today, and each April Fools day since then, I can’t help but think of her.  I think of my sweet, amazing daughter and the young woman she has become and I smile.

Today I wondered if God was playing an April Fools day prank on me.  From my window it looked like a perfectly sundrenched Spring day….but upon leaving the warmth of my home, a fiercely chilly wind slapped me in the face and sent me back into the house for a heavier jacket.  The warmth of the season may not be upon us yet, but that has not stopped God’s creation for pushing forth in all its glory.  My yard is dotted with determined daffodils and the early shoots of what will soon be tulips.  I’m thinking I need to learn from this example.  It is time to stop waiting for perfect conditions, situations, or time.  Like my resolute daffodils and tulips, I need to push through the barriers I have placed around myself.  Maybe, like me, you too need to push through some stuff that has kept you burdened or distracted form your goals.  I pray we find encouragement in every spring flower we see in this season.  May we find more than foolishness in this wonderful time.

“for behold, the winter is passed, the rain is gone and over.  The flowers have already appeared in the land…”

(Song of Sol. 2:11)