2017 Day 264 – Weary

Well, that’s a word I’d apply to me lately: weary. I was the unintended primary wage earner for the last 10 years of my marriage – and several of those years, my husband was sick. Then I commuted cross country for a year while starting an executive position after my husband’s kidneys failed. He was … Continue reading

2017 Day 263 – Weak Hands and Feeble Knees

I really do like it when I stumble over an Old Testament verse that I know is quoted in the New. Like I talked about in a recent blog. And here’s another: Strengthen the weak hands,     and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart,     “Be strong; fear not! Behold, … Continue reading

2017 Day 262 – Rest

So, I wrote an entire Bible study on rest. You’d think I would be a restful person. But I am not! Here’s one of the verses that I love on the subject: For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust … Continue reading

2017 Day 261 – Precious Cornerstone

…thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,     a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:     ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’  Isaiah 18: 16 In this passage, Isaiah warns Israel not to look for help from other nations – like Egypt – … Continue reading

2017 Day 260 – The Rock

Two “matching” passages about rocks “struck” (yuck yuck) me today. Here they are: You keep him in perfect peace     whose mind is stayed on you,     because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever,     for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.  Isaiah 26:3-4 Hear my cry, O God,     listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth … Continue reading

2017 Day 258 – You Are My Fortress

But I will sing of your strength;     I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress     and a refuge in the day of my distress.  O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,     for you, O God, are my fortress,     the God who shows me steadfast love.  Psalm … Continue reading

2017 Day 257 – Gave Himself

Paul says of the Galatian church that they are “turning to a different gospel…,” a distorted Gospel (Galatians 1: 6-7). I love that Paul summarizes the Gospel right before he voices this concern: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from … Continue reading

2017 Day 256 – Do Not Speak to Fools

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words. Proverbs 23: 9 That’s good advice. Now, I like to think that I don’t hang out with too many fools. I certainly wouldn’t call my friends and acquaintances fools. BUT I’ve seen with some acquaintances and … Continue reading

2017 Day 255 – His Delight

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,     and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,     the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and might,     the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear … Continue reading

2017 Day 254 – Still Weak

Yesterday, I felt really weary and weak. Today I felt the same. And today’s Scripture was perfect – an ode to weakness by the apostle Paul: So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me … Continue reading

2017 Day 253 – Weary and Weak

I am weak and weary. I’ve been struggling with discouragement over the last month or so. In fact, I did a whole series on my discouragement and finding encouragement, starting here. In the last few weeks, I began to rise out of the discouragement, only to find I felt weary. Just tired of the fight. … Continue reading

2017 Day 252 – Woe

Isaiah 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Calling evil good – from an article in Salon: “I believe that abortion care is a positive social good.” Calling good evil – from an … Continue reading

2017 Day 251 – No Boasting

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved but the one whom the Lord commends.   2 Corinthians 10: 17-18 Perfect timing!! I have my personnel review tomorrow morning. There may be accomplishments I’m proud of that aren’t in my review. And … Continue reading

2017 Day 250 – Gifts and Hearts

Two verses grabbed me this morning. First this one: Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 I sinned last week. Well, I sin all the time. But I did something that revealed some big icky-ness in me, icky-ness that I thought was already much better dealt with. I felt shame and guilt. … Continue reading