2017 Day 200 – Be Strong and Courageous

I see this phrase a lot in the Old Testament: “Be strong and courageous.” In today’s reading, David encourages his son Solomon to build the temple – the House of the Lord: …Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with … Continue reading

2017 Day 199 – Need Hope?

Everyone goes through tough times. I have. I’m pretty versed  in the passages that help me see God’s good provision during hard circumstances, like Hebrews 12: 1-11, Romans 8: 28 ff, James 1: 2-4, 1 Peter 1: 6-7, 4: 12-13, and Philippians 3: 10, to name a few! Well, I landed on one of my … Continue reading

2017 Day 198 – Trusting

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul     and have sorrow in my heart all the day? …  I have trusted in your steadfast love;     my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord,     because he has dealt bountifully … Continue reading

2017 Day 197 – Rest and Safety

A bunch of verses sort of hit me today with a rather common theme. God provides us with rest and safety. I’ll just tie them together tonight: David’s charge to Solomon: Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. 1 Chronicles 22: 13b We do not need to fear when God provides rest … Continue reading

2017 Day 196 – Inside Out

I imagine Paul sent a bit of a shockwave when he wrote this to the church at Rome: …no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from … Continue reading

2017 Day 195 – When God Answers Prayer

God has just established His covenant with David through the prophet Nathan. God will confirm David’s throne and kingdom forever, starting with one of David’s Son. Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And this was a … Continue reading

2017 Day 194 – Seek, Seek, Seek

I’m reading the history of Israel and Judah once more – through the books of Chronicles – as I make my way through the One Year Bible.   King David brought the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem.  After the ark’s return, David “first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord.” (1 Chronicles … Continue reading

2017 Day 193 – Why Share the Gospel??

I blogged yesterday about Paul’s fortuitous house arrest in Rome – where the Gospel spread under seemingly difficult circumstances. Today my One Year Bible took me to Romans 1. Paul’s drive to share the Gospel with the Roman church is palpable in this chapter!! Obviously this letter was written before Paul wound up in Rome … Continue reading

2017 Day 192 – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Paul is imprisoned by the government in Rome because (as he explains to the Jews living in Rome): …though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. When they had examined me, they wished to set me at … Continue reading

2017 Day 191 – A Sticky Friend

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 I don’t have access to the Internet so I’m doing this on my cell phone! When my kids were little they sang a Steve Green song about a friend who sticks closer than … Continue reading

2017 Day 190 – Find Yourself a Wife

I really didn’t want to write about this Proverb, but nothing else seemed better: He who finds a wife finds a good thing     and obtains favor from the Lord.  Proverbs 18:22 I was single well into my 30s, and three years ago, my husband died. The first time around, I often felt pulled by these verses written by Paul: I … Continue reading

2017 Day 188 – Abundant Love

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,     will enter your house.  Psalm 5: 7 The Psalmist won’t enter the house of God because he’s good. Or because he was born into the right family. Or because he knows the right people. He enters the house of God solely because of God’s steadfast love. … Continue reading

2017 Day 187 – Anger Management

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.  Psalm 4: 4 I love this advice. I have a tendency when I’m angry (or agitated – another possible translation from the Hebrew) to do something about it – and that usually entails me saying something I wish … Continue reading

2017 Day 186 – Paul’s Brave Nephew

Sometimes I pick up on little overlooked Scriptural tidbits, like the fact that Paul had a brave young nephew. As here: Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of [the Jewish leaders’ planned] ambush [of Paul], so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young … Continue reading