Discussing the weather is generally considered a safe subject.
But severe weather is another matter entirely.
Severe weather requires both humans and wildlife to seek protective shelter.
Sometimes severe weather takes us by surprise, giving us little time to find protection.
At other times, we can prepare a refuge ahead of the severe weather.
What is the purpose of severe weather, according to Job 37:5-8?
Continue reading “He Stops All People | Job 37:5-8”
Recently my daily Bible reading practice brought me to the book of Job.
This Old Testament book deals with suffering.
We all experience suffering. Some more than others.
What is striking in this book is the steadfastness of Job’s faith in God throughout his immense suffering.
How could Job refrain from turning away from God in the face of significant loss? Even as friends and family, encouraged him to curse God or confess a sin he had not committed?
The opening verses are key in answering this question.
Continue reading “Job 1:1-5 |Thus Job Did Continually”
David, a lowly shepherd boy anointed King of Israel, experienced great highs and terrible lows in his lifetime.
He is the accredited author of Psalm 139, typically titled,
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart.
This title literally comes from the next-to-last verse of the Psalm where David is asking the Lord to monitor his motives.
Yet the verses prior to this request reveal the magnitude of who God is and how well He already knows David, and thus, us today.
Continue reading “Psalm 139 | How Well Do You Know God?”
Each month, I meet with a small group of friends to discuss a chapter or more of a Christian-authored book.
We have read and discussed a variety of non-fiction and fiction Christian-authored books since meeting as a group.
Currently, we are working our way through Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book,
A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy with God Through a Daily Devotional Life.
A scripture passage that is referenced more than once in DeMoss’ book is
But before we consider Mark 1:35 in its context, we need to define devotion.
Continue reading “Mark 1:35-39 | Why We Need Devotion”
Every year, as a part of my daily time alone with the Lord, I use a chronological arrangement of scripture to read through the Bible.
I use this reading format to reinforce my grasp of the historical timeline.
This year I am copying into a journal the verses that intrigue me as I read through each day’s portion.
My reading this week prompted me to copy down the following instructions from the Lord to the prophet Ezekiel:
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. 
Why is the Lord asking Ezekiel to eat a scroll? Continue reading “Ezekiel 3:1-3 | Are You Eating God’s Word?”
As I type this, I hear a variety of sounds.
The gurgle of my pet’s water bowl fountain in the next room.
A fan drying out a recently cleaned carpet spot. (Yes, a pet was the culprit!)
A neighbor’s car door slamming shut.
The clicking of my computer keyboard.
The occasional sound of kids playing outside.
And my breathing.
These are easy sounds to identify.
But what does it mean to listen to God and how do we do it?
Continue reading “Jeremiah 7:23-26 |Are You Listening to God?”
Jacob lied to his father and stole from his brother.
Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah.
Jacob cheated Laban, his father-in-law.
Yet, when God called (
Genesis 31:3), Jacob responded.
Our passage for study today: Genesis 31:17-18
17 So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels. 18 He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.  Continue reading “Responding to the God Who Calls–Genesis 31:17-18”
It’s hard to believe it has been a full month since I last posted.
Thank you, readers, for your patience as I took this past month to care for both my parents. One parent, who had fallen the month prior, came home from rehab a day after the other one came home from knee replacement surgery. Thus, having someone in their apartment around the clock was wise.
It was an honor to serve my parents in their time of need.
Now, as I settle back into my home and personal routines, it is time to finish our study of Psalm 2 with a focus on verses 1-6 and some final thoughts.
Continue reading “Where Do You Seek Refuge? (Part Three Psalm 2)”
Today’s post must be brief.
This past week I traveled to stay with my parents for the next three weeks.
One of my parents had knee replacement surgery this past Tuesday. The one came home from their own rehab stay on Thursday.
This is my opportunity to put into practice the commandment from Exodus 20:12.
Continue reading “A Brief Hiatus Needed”
Some motion caught my attention as I was watering my balcony plants a couple of weeks ago.
As I looked more intently toward the motion, I discovered four black kittens and their mama had taken up residence in our neighbor’s backyard.
I had wondered what place of refuge the pregnant stray mama cat would ultimately choose to have her litter.
Our neighbor’s backyard, although fenced, also has some gaps that will allow for ease of departure when desired by both the momma cat and her offspring. The yard also has some items covered with tarps and other gear the kittens can explore or hide in to get away from either predators or the elements. Plus, they have an excellent water source.
What does a family of stray kittens have to do with our study of Psalm 2? Continue reading “Where Do You Seek Refuge? – Part Two Psalm 2”