Mary Selzer

Day Seven – You go last

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13-16 “Then go back and make bread for yourself and eat it.” For those of us who inwardly cringed when we read that Elijah asked to be served first, consider this: It’s quite possible that the widow had stretched her food supply to the brink of staleness. Did the flour contain bugs? Was the oil rancid?[…]

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Day Six – Don’t just give. Bring.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13 “Bring it to me so I can eat first.” Elijah didn’t just ask her to deplete the supply of flour and oil. He requested that she be inconvenienced by bringing the bread back to him. He could have easily accompanied her to the house and saved her a return trip. Or, when it was ready,[…]

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Day Five – Put others first

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13, Philippians 2:3-7, 2 Corinthians 8:9 “First make a small cake of bread for me from what you have.” Elijah challenged the widow to empty everything in her cabinet and prepare food for someone she had just met. This stranger insisted on being served before she and her son could eat. I don’t know about you,[…]

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Day Four – Follow through

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13-14 “Go home and do what you said you were going to do.”  I’ve heard many challenging sermons in church, and at the conclusion of those sermons, I’ve made many well-intentioned commitments to God. Unfortunately, some of those commitments haven’t made it past the parking lot, let alone all the way home. The prophet encouraged the[…]

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Day Three – Take the first step

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13, Joshua 1:6-7 Elijah’s instructions to the widow are still applicable today. In verse thirteen we read five directives he gave to the woman. Let’s spend the next five days exploring each one. “Don’t be afraid.” Something about her response or her demeanor messaged Elijah that this woman was a little scared. Who wouldn’t be? Imagine[…]

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Day Two – It’s about potential

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:10-12 Did you notice Elijah asked the widow to bring him something that didn’t exist? “Bring me some bread,” he asked. The widow responded truthfully when she said she had no bread. Her reality was the ingredients. God’s reality was the finished product. Elijah knew she had the potential to make bread. She just had to[…]

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Day One – Insignificance Matters

 Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:7-16 This week our quest leads us into the home of an unsuspecting woman. She thought she was headed for death—until the Lord breathed new life into her circumstances.  Let’s get started! First, can you even imagine asking a widow for food and water in the middle of a famine and drought? I admit I’d be[…]

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