Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The next form of the word heart we find in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word Sekviy (sek-vee) which means observant, i.e. the mind.
Of all places to find this word, we see it in the book of Job, chapter 38 and verse 36 "...who has put wisdom in the innermost part, or given understanding to the heart?" It is worth the 2 minutes it would take to read the entire chapter to get a proper context of what is being said here. Basically, Job was having some conversations with God and in chapter 38, God began to give a list of questions to Job as to what man has done, compared to what He has done. God began to prove His omniscience and man's ignorance, in comparison to it.
Keep in mind that Job had lost practically everything at the beginning of the book. He was being tested and tried, and in the end he came out with the right attitude over the test. At the end, he was restored with even more than what he started out with. But in the mean time, if anyone might develop a misunderstanding over observations, it would be Job.
Our natural thinking would question the difficulties and losses that Job faced. Our observations of the seemingly unfair and downright horrific scenario that Job endured would definitely shake our faith's strength. It would cause us to wonder if this was because of something we had done wrong, or question why God would not stop it, temper it, or allow it at all.
This reminds me of the song Blessed Be Your Name which says "You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name!". Can we come to the place where our natural observations will not cause our faith and trust in God to waver? Consider Who it is that you are believing in. God will not be moved! We can still our minds, pull back from the observations, and remember that God knows what He's doing even though we don't have full understanding during moments of trial.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Music is a means to plow up the hard ground in one's life and bring up the fertile, soft soil.
Being exposed to the presence of God through song will ready you for His many plantings.
Plowing isn't an easy process, but it is crucial for the successful sowing of those good things that God has for you.
Desire Him, embrace Him and allow songs of worship and praise to bring you into His presence and prepare the field of your life.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
This means spring is here! We have daffodil blooms opening up, all in a row along the side of our house. It is so pretty to see their yellow faces in the midst of the brown flower beds.
The sun is shining and the temps are up. But more importantly, we are bar-b-q-ing on a regular basis again. How can you not love the spring?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Do you ever have questions that burn inside of you and you just have to know the answer to them? You are no different than a king. Some questions have easy answers but others seem to reamain unsolved. The daily reading source is going through Proverbs right now. Here are a couple of verses that jumped off the page at me.
"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable." ~Prov 25:2-3
We are faced with questions and have to make decisions our whole life. Will we take the easy answer or will we rise to the glory of searching for the best answer? And there is none better to go after about them than to the omniscient God! He knows where all the best answers are concealed!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thank God we can find directions in the Word! Paul heard this same question from the people in the church in Thessolonica. As he and Sylvanus and Timothy crafted a letter to them, under the inspiration of God he penned these words:
"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thes 5:14-18
Sometimes we get things out of order when we are zealous for Christ. We think we should be doing work across the sea as a missionary or that we have to be a preaching machine to everyone we come across, or else we are missing God's will for our lives. Don't misunderstand, some will become evangelists or preachers. And maybe you will become one of them.
But what I am reading here is we all have the opportunity daily to be in God's will, just as we are. Isn't that great news? God sees your submission to His will in the way you treat Him and the way you treat your neighbor. It is not about a title or a position, it is about a matter of your day-to-day walk with Him and letting that example spill over into the lives of those around you.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
We had one today. After a very restful night's sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to do the stuff we needed to do. My honey went out and got us Dunkin' Donuts coffees, we sat down and made our list and started at it. Things just seemed to flow along, while we talked things out and got things done. A couple things we wanted to do didn't work out, but that was ok. All the makeup of an incredible day, and that's how today was.
The frosting on top of the day was the fact that it was sunny and warm, even though it was forecasted to be rainy and grey. Heck, we even had bar-b-q again!
I am sitting here blogging about it. That's how apparent the incredible-ness was today. Whether you had just one or many reasons to feel this way, I hope you had a day worth remembering.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I found a quote there, author unknown, that was really inspiring:
“The future cannot be predicted because it is waiting to be created.”
You can shape your future. Keep God in His rightful place. Make wise choices. Say the same things God says about things. I can't wait to see what happens! Can you?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
I stopped at Sorrentino's in Clifton Park on the way home and got 85% ground beef and 5 specialty sausages that were seasoned and kinda tasted like taco meat when they were cooked up. I also picked up potato salad and a bag of ripple chips. Good stuff.
We LOVE to bar-b-q. Vince loves to cook up the meat and I love to not have to cook for most of the summer.
I don't think we've ever grilled this early in the year. It was time to grill - after all, it was almost 60 degrees out.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I guess a good place to start would be to define it. I know we all think of the heart as that muscle in a body that makes our blood flow. Dictionary.com describes it in these ways:
- As an organ: "a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation..." Of course, this is only one of several descriptions.
- We also see the word as a description of our personality: "the center of the total personality, esp. with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion".
- There is a place where we act on our surrounding circumstances: "a capacity for sympathy".
- Or how about a zeal or passion: "spirit, courage, or enthusiasm".
- The last definition I will present is: "the vital or essential part; core".
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My teeth are clean, and I had no cavities. Hooray!
I am starting to have less anxiety over going to the dentist. Maybe it is because I've been going there for a couple of years now and the worst is over. I don't get many cavities, but I did have to get a wisdom tooth pulled last year. That was no fun! It may be a nice gesture to tell my dentist that I am starting to not hate going there as much as I used to.
Are you a dental-phob?