Friday, August 7, 2020

Mercy and God’s Love

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Psalm 51:1-4

Have mercy on me, O God,

According to your unfailing love;

According to your great compassion

Blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

And cleanse me from my sin.

 

David pleads for God’s mercy for God to blot out his transgressions, to wash away his sins and remove any trace of sin from his heart.

For I know my transgressions,

And my sin is always before me.

Against you and you only have I sinned

And done what is evil in your sight,

So that you are proved right when you speak

And justified when you judge.

David knows what he did, and he knows it was sinful, and it will always be before him.

 

King David is being honest here. He knows he has been found out. The prophet Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba and all that entailed. We, who claim to belong to Jesus, must examine our lives and our hearts to find our transgressions and surrender ourselves to God. It is up to each of us to do this for ourselves, no one can do it for us.

David speaks honestly before the LORD. We must do likewise.

 

I am taking a break from blogging. I have some things to take care of and need to get refreshed. I have been running close to empty and need to replenish myself and take care of some other things. I will be back on Tuesday, September 1st.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The LORD, Our Help

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I lift my eyes to the hills—
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
The Maker of heaven and earth.

The Psalmist asks and answers a basic question of humanity. He realizes his help comes from the creator, not the creation.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not
Slumber;

The LORD will not let us fall into sin.
He does not sleep lightly.

indeed, he who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
               
The Psalmist intensifies his thought of the LORD always being alert to our needs.
 
The LORD watches over you—
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun will not harm you by day
Nor the moon by night.

                Our Creator keeps close tabs on us, His children. He protects us from the                                              elements throughout the day and the night.
               
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
The LORD will watch over your
Coming and going
Both now and forevermore.

                The LORD keeps us safe from ALL harm, watching over our lives, our movements                               each day from when we are conceived until our time here on earth is finished.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July Reflections




I am reminded of a song from my childhood, The Long Hot Summer. This has how I would describe this month.

Decorating Project
On July 4th, I went to Hobby Lobby and got a picture matted and framed. The picture was one I took of the Dogwood tree we planted in 2016. Here are the original picture and the framed finished product.


Gathering of Friends

I attended an outside gathering of friends from our former church. We utilized the pavilion of our present church. Usually, there is a breeze up on that hill where the church property sits. That day the breeze was warmer than usual.  

One of those friends has had cancer and went through radiation and chemo. That chemo seemed to ruin her kidneys and had to undergo dialysis as well. We heard in late June she was CANCER FREE. She still is undergoing dialysis three days a week. Her name is Ruth. Please pray for her and her daughters.

The Fruits of the Season

Hubby and I are enjoying the fruits of the season, the vegetables also. Indiana tomatoes and Indiana sweet corn are very tasty. A fruit market near us is owned by a farm in the next county east of us. The young man who was working the first day they were opened told Hubby that no one thought they could open this year until last week.

Progress with My Ankle

My ankle seems to be doing better. I sometimes have twinges. Sometimes, I must take the stabilizer off and try to go without it. I have concluded that the pain I feel is from arthritis setting in.

Personal Bible Study

I am doing a six-week-long Bible Study on the background of certain Hymns. This really makes me think about God in an expanded way.

I also have been reading and making notes on certain Psalms. I started doing this because our Sunday school leader to be able to share our favorite ones and our thoughts about them.

Books I have read

I have read and reviewed The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer. I am also reading True Worshipers by fellow blogger Marja Verschoor Meijers. As I read it, I am journaling notes from each chapter. I hope to have a review ready early next month.

Mustard Seeds

Our Prayer group went on the road in the last week of July. Six of us journeyed by carpool to the seven elementary schools in our city. At each school, we exited our cars and assembled around either the flag pole or the entrance of the building and someone said a short prayer for the students, the teachers, and the staff. At the first stop the two men in our group talked to the principal and told her what we were going to do. She told them that they could use all the prayers they could get.

In early August we will do the rest of the public schools and possibly the nursing homes.
Peace and Blessings to each of you.
                                    

Friday, July 24, 2020

Thoughts About Life

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“Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Genesis 4:9 (NIV)

This year, 2020, has given us a different perspective about things. We have seen the CORONA VIRUS spread around the world.  Some people do not take it seriously. We have seen states close and then reopen only to have the virus wreak more havoc in our nation. Those that do not take it seriously choose not to wear masks. Others chose to have parties and go to the beaches and lakes over the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays. I recently heard of a city one area of which had a “Block Party” and had 600 participants.

As I initially write this, our nation has lost 138,649 lives. As I think on these numbers, I think of my cousin’s passing in early April. His daughter, who works at the nursing facility where he lived, also had COVID and was quarantined at the time he passed on and had to plan his service “long distance.” Each night on the news channel I watch, several of the journalists pay tribute to some of those who have succumbed.

As I sit here in my home, (I prefer to stay in as much as possible. I still have some issues with my ankle.) However, when I do go out, I wear a mask. Hubby has a supply of them in the console of our car. I see people who work in these places who have health issues. I talk to these people and feel I must try to do my part to protect them as well as myself.

Yes, we are our brother’s (or sister’s) keepers. In our community, we have numerous agencies that depend on people who are able to volunteer or to donate to help those who are unable to have food for their families, homes for themselves, and those who are in the process of turning their lives around.

Our governor here in Indiana has mandated masks to be worn by all over the age of 8 years old. This will go into effect this coming Monday, July 28th.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Book Review: The Pursuit of God By A. W. Tozer


The Pursuit of God


A.W. Tozer originally penned this book in 1948. I find his words relevant in 2020. It is edited by James L. Snyder. It consists of 10 chapters.
Mr. Snyder writes in the introduction about his relationship with this book and with A. W. Tozer, even to writing a biography about him.

Toward the end of the introduction, the reader receives good advice on how to read this book. One chapter a day and after he or she has read God’s Word.

Tozer speaks of “prevenient” grace. “Before a man can seek God, God must have first sought the man.” (Chapter 1)

The chapter that spoke to my heart carries the title, “The Speaking Voice.” (Chapter 6) God spoke the world into being. (Genesis 1) God’s word is powerful. God spoke to many of the Old Testament people and He can speak to us today, provided we listen.

At the end of the book, James L Snyder includes an adaption of the biography, The Life of A. W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God, written by him

This book is small, but it says a lot of mighty thoughts. I would recommend this book to clergymen and women and to members of the laity who desire to get closer to God. 

A copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers. All I was asked to do was read it and give an impartial and honest review.



 


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Our Faith


The Voice of God

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

In my recent reading, I learned that God’s voice was present before the written Word of God.

In the book of Genesis, we see several instances of God saying the words and the world came into being. (Genesis 1)

Moses heard God’s voice when he chose to investigate the bush that burned but was not consumed. (Exodus 3)

Moses heard God’s voice call him up to the mountaintop to give him the stone tablets with the 10 Commandments inscribed on them. (Exodus 19)
Abraham heard God’s voice when God instructed him to move away from his homeland. God did not reveal Abraham’s destination at that time.

Abraham heard God speak to him when God told him to take Isaac and go to Mount Moriah and sacrifice Isaac. (Genesis 22)

Samuel heard God’s voice when he was a small boy. His mentor, Eli did not recognize it to be God’s voice at first. (1 Samuel 3)

Samuel heard God’s voice another time when he was searching for someone to replace King Saul. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

Can we hear God’s voice today? Yes, we can, if we listen and learn to recognize it.
To recognize the Voice of God, we must be actively pursuing Him. We do that through prayer and worship.

In my walk with Christ, I have had numerous times of hearing God’s voice. Some of those times, I was like Eli. I did not recognize it as God speaking to me.

God’s speaking to me at one time kept me from participating in an activity at a church I was in. He had a reason I was to be home that evening. Because of my decision not to attend, I was home to hear that my dad was having heart issues. That led to Hubby and me taking him for an appointment that led to heart surgery. It was later that I realized that God had guided me to be home when Dad called and said he needed to talk to us.

Coming out of the shutdown of our state courtesy of this pandemic in mid- May, I contacted my hairstylist to see if she had opened her shop. She had not and, if she did, it would be early June, and not before. A short while later the thought came to me that she was not going to open again. Toward the end of May, she called me. I casually asked her if she had made her decision. “That’s why I am calling you. I have officially retired from the hair business.” I was not surprised. I realized later why. It came to me that God had spoken to me. I am sure He spoke to her as well.

When God speaks to us, His children, we must listen.                                                                                                                             

Mercy and God’s Love

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