a word from The Sponsor~October 26

“We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” Psalm 66:12b

Psalm 66:12b

The “rest of the Story” appears first, in verses 10-12. It is in these verses that the route to abundance is described.

For you, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance. ~Psalm 66:10-12.

 

What needs refining in our lives today?

 

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This Weekend~October 24

This Weekend…find your sighted solitude….

Then it was springtime in the cloudy Himalayas. Nine hundred feet below my cave rhododendrons blossomed. I climbed barren mountain-tops. Long tramps led me to desolate valleys studded with translucent lakes … Solitude, solitude! … Mind and senses develop their sensibility in this contemplative life made up of continual observations and reflections. Does one become a visionary or, rather, is it not that one has been blind until then… Writer Alexandra David-Néel, who lived until age 101

a word from The Sponsor~October 19

“This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.'” ~Isaiah 48:17

Why does God do this? The next verse tells the rest of the story…

“If only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea” ~Isaiah 48:18

So we will have peace….He is The Jehovah-Shalom

May you experience Shalom this week….

 

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Mid-week Question of the Week~October 15

Buried beneath statistics homework for the passed several weeks has kept my question meter fixed on all that is quantitative.

Until I read this description from Alice Walker in her work In Search of our Mother’s Gardens* of older people:

“who persist in their beauty in spite of everything.”

I think of my mom and the beauty of her long obedience in a faithful  direction. I think of the persistent beauty of waiting. There is the persistent beauty of working hands and wrinkled smiles.

And I wonder…

In your life, Who persists in beauty in spite of everything and how do you know?

 

 

 

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a word from The Sponsor~October 12

1 Peter 1:23 is the 1-2-3 bulls-eye:

For through the living and eternal word of God you have been born again as the children of a parent who is immortal, not mortal. ~ 1 Peter 1:23

1 Peter 1:23

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a word from The Sponsor~October 5

a verse to remember at the start of a new season and a new month:

By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. ~ 2 Peter 1:3

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a word from The Sponsor~September 28

My verse for this semester:

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me! ~Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

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and this…

“God teaches us by this method of repetition through Scripture with good reason: The human mind is incurably centrifical, forever flying off at a tangent; it must be brought back to the great central truths of the gospel, over and over. Our minds must be made literally to con-centrate…Our thinking needs to intentionally con-centrate — to literally circle again and around again around the central thing.

” ~Ann Voskamp, at A Holy Experience quoting a theologian.

 

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