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1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.

Psalm 95:1-7 (NIV)

May your day be so very blessed and your soul touched with the joy for the Lord! 🙂

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In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah:  “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

Isaiah 38:1-6 (NIV)

 

Many years ago I believed that Hezekiah changed God’s heart so that he would have more time on this earth. Later, I saw that God was using this to strengthen Hezekiah for God’s Will. God didn’t need to be enlightened by Hezekiah’s beliefs or to know what was really on Hezekiah’s heart. God knew. God wasn’t changed but Hezekiah’s faith was strengthened. This same ribbon of God’s love is seen throughout the Bible. Just as Abraham was called to offer his son as a sacrifice, God didn’t need to know Abraham’s heart—Abraham did.

 

Trials are not there for God’s benefit but for our own. He knows what is on our hearts. He knows our minds. Was Hezekiah in his last days? I believe so if he had accepted Isaiah’s message but he knew he had more to do. He didn’t accept the news…he pushed on 🙂 . Isn’t this what God really calls us to do? To be prepared to leave this earth at any time but we are called to do His will until we go.

 

May your day be wonderful and bright and may you always have God at your back! 😀

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15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil …….  Genesis 2 (NIV)

 

This verse is written a little differently according to what translation you use, but here God is giving the command about THE TREE. I am not going into details of all of this. I am not even going to finish the rest of the command.  This is something I whole-heartedly believe is what the fall of man was all about.

 

God first put Adam and then Eve in the Garden. Too simple sounding? Maybe, but that is not the point. God gave life. He created it. Then He gave this ONE command. He said they were free to eat of everything in the Garden except ONE tree, THE TREE. He said, “You MUST NOT EAT…” That was not a choice. There was no freedom to choose. God did not say, “Hey, don’t let me catch you.” He said, “NO!”

 

Take all of the thoughts of what THE TREE really was out of your mind for a moment and just think of the command. That is where we let God down. We disobeyed THE command. There was no freedom of choice in the Garden. Do you see it? We stole that from God. So when you hear someone say that God gave us the freedom to choose, technically He did not. We took that away from Him. The evil one was there to tempt the couple (and not just Eve) – that is what God wanted them to stay away from—the evil one—temptation. That is what He wants us to avoid even today.

 

Today, it appears we have freedom to choose God or not to choose Him. In reality, there is no choice. There is no freedom. The command was, “Do NOT eat…” We can dumb down the command and make it sound less important but it really still applies today—nothing has changed since Genesis 2. Wow! That goes back a ways. Every morning I wake up, even though I have given my life to the Lord or rather because I have given my life to HIM, I choose God. I make that conscious choice each day but in reality, it is not up to me because God chose me first. 😀

 

Did you tell God you chose Him today? If not, please do. This is my reaffirmation of faith I make every day. I encourage you to do the same. May your day be so very blessed! 😀

 

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I didn’t mean to neglect my blog. The trials I have been going through have not slowed down but have re-manifested themselves into other things that I am trying hard to deal with. In my younger days I could do so much like a circus performer with those spinning plates but now I have a tough time getting just one plate to spin… 😀 

 

I semi-joke that Job has become my buddy this past year. The trials of Job were great—immense. If nothing else, they are there for us to learn from. The book of Job is not a quick study like it seems and neither are “great” trials. Perseverance and patience..we must learn to wait on the Lord. In His good time—and not ours.

 

We have to be ready to hear God’s message. Many times we don’t hear because we are not listening fully. Elihu was the young friend who prepared Job for His talk with God. God uses messengers, physical people, to prepare us for what He is about to reveal. I suspect that most messengers have no clue at what role they play in God’s plan and desire for us. I have had quite a few of these messengers along the way, especially lately…a great many these past few weeks. Of course, one must discern if the message is divine or from some other source—not easy to be sure sometimes but it is critical that we know.

 

In essence we are all messengers in some way. If we walk with God, we can be messengers for God. If don’t walk with Him, we can become messengers for evil even when we seem to be doing good. Here is to being a messenger for God and serving Him. May you walk with God always!

 

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Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, 
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

                                                      —Psalms 96 (NIV)

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My roots are buried so deep within the old hymnals and spirituals. My great aunt (who became like my grandmother after my GM died) would whistle them during the day when I was small and sing them in church on Sunday. My whistler is nothing to hers and I can’t sing that great but I enjoy singing. I just hope that God has a muffler for my voice 😀 . I find myself singing many songs written by Fanny Crosby. This is the one on my heart today…  I hope your day is so very blessed!

 

To God Be the Glory

Verse 1
To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Verse 2
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

(Refrain)

Verse 3
Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

(Refrain)

To God Be the Glory is a hymn with text by Fanny Crosby and tune by William Howard Doane. It is believed to date to around 1875.” — [Text and info from wikipedia.]

 

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When I was young, I understood more about the Bible than I do now though I know more scripture today. That may sound strange but there are things I understood but had not had a chance to use in my life and when I had the chance, it seems as though I had forgotten what I knew.

 

God tells us not to worry about tomorrow, that tomorrow will worry about itself.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mattew 6:31-34 (NIV)

This is not saying to do nothing. It is better to prepare for tomorrow rather than sitting around worrying about it. Tomorrow will come. Worry, under no circumstance will help us get there. It is what we seek and in the attitude we seek it that is important.

 

My father was such a spiritual man. Some refer to him as a saint because of the selfless love he exhibited. He knew much about the Bible and life, preached on occasion and taught the adult Sunday school class until he passed away. We were having a discussion one day about “tomorrow.” He was always concerned of having ‘enough’ when tomorrow came—it is a Great Depression thing. I said something about I didn’t see where we should be so worried about tomorrow—working to put so much away. I understood the thought but I had not experienced the feeling of risk at the time. Over the years, I have and I have spent too much time worrying. Spending so much time building stockpiles is not good because that takes away from today. Like most things, it has to do with the attitude of our heart.

 

I had to come full circle to completely understand though I understood when I was small but yet did not know fully. Our conversation remained with my dad for years. Sometimes we are reminded where we need to be. It is easy to say to not worry about tomorrow. Rather than worry about tomorrow, do something about it. Tomorrow will come. If we live today like we should, tomorrow will not matter because everything will be taken care of. Sounds simple but it is accurate. God will see to it.

 

May you be blessed this week and may you have a closer walk with God! 😀

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