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Water me!

Water me!  photo credit: Julia Ekstrom

Water me!
photo credit: Julia Ekstrom

 

I’ve been feeling wilty lately. Just blahhhhhhhhhhhhh, like those flowers. Down deep in my soul.

My friend, Julia,  posted this pic of her wilting tulips with the caption, “Got water? …”

Which reminds me why I’m feeling so depleted — no water!

I’m not talking H2O, but W-O-R-D, as in God’s Word. The Bible is to the Christian what water is to the tulip — VITAL!

And we need to drink it in frequently.

One of Julia’s friends commented about the poor tulips, “They suck water like a Hoover vacuum.”

I’m thinking that’s how we should be with the Word of God, too. Vacuums! just sucking it up.

IF we wanna stand strong, that is.

Remember that song from Sunday school? “The B-I-B-L-E. That’s the book for me.  I’m gonna stand on the Word of God. The B-I-B-L-E.  Bible!”

Got water?  Yes! The B-I-B-L-E, that’s the book for you! And me!  Read it!

Question: Do you know the Bible’s author?  Click the pic below to be introduced. Then you can drink deep and stand strong, which will help you to keep calm and carry on!  =]

"Keep Calm and Carry on!" photo credit: Julia Ekstrom

“Keep Calm and Carry on!” photo credit: Julia Ekstrom

 

“Blessed is the man [or woman] who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He [or she] is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

~~Jeremiah 17:7-8~~

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Job 28

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     I’ve never really like Job (pronounce Jobe). The book, that is. Never knew Job personally, of course, but the book about him? Depressing!

BUT I found a wonderful passage, or it found me (feels that way, sometimes) just the other day.  My Bible opened to Job 28 and I started reading these poetic words, eye candy for the word-nerd’s soul:

“There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. 2 Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. 3 Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness. 4 Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways. 5 The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire; 6 sapphires come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold. 7 No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon’s eye has seen it. 8 Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there. 9 Man’s hand assaults the flinty rock and lays bare the roots of the mountains. 10 He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures. 11 He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light. 12 “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? 13 Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. 14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ 15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver. 16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires. 17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold. 18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. 19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold. 20 “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air. 22 Destruction and Death say, ‘Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.’ 23 God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, 24 for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. 25 When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, 26 when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, 27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. 28 And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.‘ “

I love the imagery describing man’s treasure hunting. Then the question is asked, “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”  It’s more valuable than rubies, it’s pointed out, more valuable than silver — “It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver” ( vs.15). Like it says in Proverbs, “Nothing you desire compares with [wisdom].” ~ Proverbs 3:15

Wisdom: “…the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good.” (Merriam Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

So, nothing I desire — good looks, Cancun vacation, fit body — can compare with knowing what to do and when to do it for the best possible outcome.

But, if we can’t buy it with silver or gold, how does one get wisdom?

“The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” :28

prairie-dog-in-prayer-300x277      Let’s pray:

Father in heaven, thank you for wisdom and Job 28. I want to “exercise sound      judgement”. Please teach me to fear you, Lord, and please give me lots of wisdom so I make the best choices with my time, talents, and treasures. For your kingdom and righteousness, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Do you know the One who knows where wisdom can be found? Click the ruby below for a quick intro:

New Word for the New Year: “nonversation”

 

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“A completely worthless conversation, wherein nothing is illuminated, explained or otherwise elaborated upon. Typically occurs at parties…” (Merriam Webster.)

Although “nonversation” is new word in our Facebooked, Twitterized generation, it describes an old habit. People have been sharing worthless words, “wherein nothing is illuminated” for centuries.

Well, God’s words are anything but.  Maybe we should put down our phones for awhile, shut our computers (after you read this, of course 🙂 ) and listen to some of His.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my ways.”  Psalm 119:105

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but My Words will remain forever.” Mark 13:31 NLT

If I spent more time conversing with Jesus,

maybe my own words would be worthier of others attention.

“…take not of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

“The more the words the less the meaning, and how does that benefit anyone?”  Ecclesiastes 6:11

 

Stop! Drop! and Pray!

Let’s Pray: Oh, Father, there is fullness of joy in Your presence. (Ps. 16:11).  I want to spend more time with You.  I need to spend more time with you.

I want to be able to say with all my heart, “I give all myself to You”, as the song goes. (Leeland, Follow You)

I don’t have much to offer, just a couple small loaves and a few fish, but you can make me so much bigger.

I want to spend so much time conversing with You, Jesus,  that it shows when I’m talking with other people.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Do you know Jesus personally, not just on a page?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction.  He’s longing to have a completely “worthwhile” and “illuminating” conversation with you!

 

"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Matthew11:28

Wanted: Jesus Christ. Reward: Very great!

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“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”  Genesis 1:1

Clear your throat and sing “my Reward” with Paul Baloche.  Words below the video:

I want to hear You say the words to me “well done’
I want to hear You say “good and faithful servant’
I want to hear You say “I’ve prepared a place for you’
Let all the treasures of this world fade away

Jesus, You are my reward
To hear Your voice on that day is all I’m living for
Jesus, You are my reward
To see Your face on that day is all I’m living for

In the twinkling of an eye, we’ll all be changed
We’ll meet you in the sky
We will meet You face to face **

**lyrics from: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/paul_baloche/my_reward-lyrics-435678.html


Dieting

Dieting?  Join the club.  Wanna recipe for a yummy, healthy snack that feels like a splurge?

Mush together a whole banana, natural chunky peanut butter (check the ingredients to make sure it’s only peanuts, maybe some salt, but nothing else.), and plain yogurt.

Stir in a goodly handful of rolled oats (uncooked), organic cocoa powder to taste, and a smidge of raw honey.

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

Here’s a picture of it.

Peanut/Oat/Banana Mush

It came out looking a little bleh, but looks can be deceiving.

Take the Bible for instance —

At first glance, it might look a little bleh, too, especially compared to the latest movie, or the funnest TV show — think Glee, my daughter’s favorite.

But you need to look inside:

Alison's eye/Steve Young, photographer

And not just a quick glance…Sometimes you need to “look intently”.

See what I mean?

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.   For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;

my daughter, Liz, in the mirror

for once he has looked at himself and gone away,  he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” ~~ James 1:22-25

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

I wanna be blessed.  Don’t you?  Let’s pray:

Let’s pray:

Oh, Father,  I wanna be blessed like the verse promised above.  Of course, to be blessed, I need to obey, the verse also says.

Did you ever notice “obey” is a 4-letter word?  I’m just sayin’….

And here’s another one — “hard”.  As in, it’s HARD to obey!

But, I know, Father, that the more time I spend with you, the more I want to do what You want me to do.

So, draw me to Your side, to Your table to eat, ’cause I know that’s where the healthy food is.

Thank you for all You do, and for all of Who You are.  Your not bleh, You’re glee!

In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Do You know Him?  Click the pic below to be introduced:

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" Galatians 5:22

Happiness is…

As I posted yesterday, I was awarded the Happiness 101 Award by one of my favorite bloggers, JeLisa over at BloggingEverAfter.  Click on the Blog title to read the first post I read of hers.  It’s about being married.  I had a sappy grin on my face the whole time I read it, and wanted to hug my husband as soon as he walked in the door.  A MUST READ!!!

Part of winning the award it to list 10 things that make you happy.  Yesterday I listed 6.  Well, JeLisa’s post I made mention of made me happy so that must be #7.

I’ll introduce #’s 8 and 9 by sharing my Facebook Friend’s status from yesterday.  Hilary posted, “Coffee.  Bacon.  Conversation.” I clicked the like button right away.  I LOVE those three things.  But I’ll have to cheat and combine coffee and bacon under #8, put conversation as my # 9, so I can leave room for my all-time favorite Happiness maker….

A scoop of vanilla icecream drizzled with espresso and caramel at my favorite coffee shop

Bacon, Bacon! Thy name is YUM!

I saved the best for last!  Number 10 is the B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me! (check out Bible study links to the right)

It wasn’t always that way, though.  Used to be, for years, in fact, that I preferred reading books about the Bible to reading the “dry, melba-toasty” Book itself.  But a Bible teacher encouraged me to pray and ask God to change my heart to LOVE His Word.  I did it, and did it again, and again, until the “dry melba toast” magically changed to a juicy steak dinner with chocolate mousse for dessert when I read it most times.

“Bible Time/morning devotions/ quiet time/ time  with the Lord” –whatever you call it, the important thing is that when I do it faithfully, it boosts my faith.  Reading the Bible encourages me to try a little harder to love a little better (a LOT better) to understand a little more, to keep going with hope.  I become a bigger, better, stronger person from the inside out.

I love the Word! I could do without bacon, coffee, even chocolate (which really should be included on the list,by the way) but don’t take away my Bible! Where would I be without it?


And, finally, the Award goes to…

An important part of receiving the award is to pass it on to other bloggers.

So, I’d like to present this Happy 101 Award to an old friend, Angelia, for her blog, A Year of Letters.  Angelia is very organized, which explains how she can manage her goal of writing a letter every day for a year.  Letter-writing is a lost art, and getting one in the mail is sure to make a person  happy.  So, congratulations, Angelia!

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13

Quirky Turkeys!

A gang of  leaf shufflers caught my eye through the window this morning as I was heading for the kitchen to grab some grub. 

Which is what this “gang” of turkeys was doing, only they were looking for real grubs (and worms and tiny insects)

 As they kicked up the leaves, they filled the woods with their shuffling sounds.  shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.

Now, this “posse” knew (another name for a gang of turkeys) that to find the best food they’d have to dig for it.  The good stuff doesn’t just hang out on the surface.

We could learn a lesson from the turkey (Melegris Gallopavo).  To be properly fed, we need to dig.

How often do we try to fill up on surface stuff?  All we  end up with is an empty soul and skinny faith!

Sometimes we have to go deep, make some shuffling sounds flippin’ through the Bible for wisdom. 

Beth Moore

Beth Moore (Bible Teacher Excellentus) observed that one of her favorite sounds in church is flipping Bible pages.

She said it reminds her of what angels’ wings must sound like. 🙂

Well, speaking of flipping Bible pages, there’s another lesson we can learn from the turkey, and that is to hang with a posse. 

It’s not only funner to dig through the Bible with friends, sometimes it’s more effective.  Kicking through the leaves with a gang exposes worms for more than one turkey.  We can feed off each other’s finds.

So join a study group or, if you’d rather, an online group, and start digging deep.  Here’s one of Beth Moore’s online studies you might like:

Click on the picture below to get started filling your soul and fattening your faith!

“Oh the depths of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God.  How unsearchable are his judgements and unfathomable His ways.”  Romans 11:33

Are YOU believing God?  He could use another quirky turkey in His posse. Click on the pic below to learn how to join!