2017 Day 185 – Listen Up!

If one gives an answer before he hears,     it is his folly and shame.  Proverbs 18:13 I feel like I’m always blogging about my issues with the tongue! Like here and here and here! Obviously, I think I need some work in that arena! But this one hits home – because I hear this ALL the … Continue reading

2017 Day 184 – Josiah’s Reforms

I wrote about “good” king Hezekiah a couple of days ago. And today, I’m going to write about his great-grandson Josiah – who arguably was Judah’s most faithful king. King Josiah was fixing up the temple when his high priest discovered the Book of the Law. Seems great-grandpa had attempted to follow the book (of … Continue reading

2017 Day 183 – Halfway There!

Somewhere between the last post and this, I got 1/2 way through a year of Bible blogging!! Yay!! And I’ve got a good Proverb for you today: The name of the Lord is a strong tower;     the righteous man runs into it and is safe.  Proverbs 18:1 This metaphor makes me feel like God will always take care of me. … Continue reading

2017 Day 182 – Hezekiah’s Prayer

I’m telling you. David reigned pretty well as King of Israel until that Bathsheba incident. Then Solomon did a good job until he married all of those foreign wives. Which didn’t help. Then everything fell apart. The kingdom split. The northern tribes (Israel) followed other gods immediately and did a bunch of awful things (like … Continue reading

2017 Day 181 – My Life’s Value

I was away from wifi for two evenings – took my girls to a ranch in the country – so I’ll be posting three blogs tonight! But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify … Continue reading

2017 Day 180 – Strong for the Weak

I mentioned the other day that Psalm 145 was one of the praisiest psalms I’d read so far. Then I remembered that the last five psalms were all hymns of praise: The last five chapters in the book of Psalms (146-150) comprise what might be considered a great “Hallelujah Chorus” to this “Hallel” book — … Continue reading

2017 Day 179 – Don’t be a Fool

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.  Proverbs 18: 2 This proverb reminds me of another passage: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger… James 1: 19 I need to remind myself of these passages. The wise person … Continue reading

2017 Day 178 – Total Praise

Psalm 145 is about one of the most praise-filled Psalms I remember reading. Honestly, it was filled with so much adulation for God, I wasn’t sure what to write about (and at 11:45 PM, I need to write fast!). The Psalm extols so many of God’s virtues – especially His majesty and splendor – but … Continue reading

2017 Day 177 – The Women

I find it interesting how Luke goes out of his way to do something counter-cultural (for his time and place). He points out the women who became believers in the book of Acts. Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible with its emphases on the primacy of knowing Jesus, the Gospel, joy, and Christian … Continue reading

2017 Day 176 – My Soul Thirsts

I stretch out my hands to you;     my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Psalm 143: 6 I looked over today’s readings several times, trying to decide what to blog about. Should I talk about one of my favorite passages in Acts – the beginnings of the Philippian church, including the conversion of … Continue reading

2017 Day 175 – God’s Army

The king of Syria learns that prophecies of the man of God – Elisha – are key to Israel’s victories over the raiding Syrians because “Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you [Syria’s king] speak in your bedroom.” (2 Kings 6: 12) Elisha tells the king … Continue reading

2017 Day 174 – Hasten, Lord!

O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!     Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,     and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! …But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;     in you I seek refuge; leave … Continue reading

2017 Day 172 – Hemmed In

Who doesn’t like Psalm 139? It’s hard to pick a favorite part. But tonight, these two verses touched me: You hem me in, behind and before,     and lay your hand upon me. (vs. 5) …even there [wherever I go] your hand shall lead me,     and your right hand shall hold me. (vs. 10) I love … Continue reading

2017 Day 171 – You Answered Me

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart… On the day I called, you answered me;     my strength of soul you increased. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly….  Psalm 138: 1a, 3, 6a I am soon going to enter a season of intense prayer about an area of my … Continue reading