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Monday, June 14, 2021

God blessed me with a dramatic conversion. I never had a moment’s doubt that he saved me and changed my heart. On the road to Damascus, the risen Jesus changed Saul’s heart. Saul went from killing Christians to “preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.” When I pray, I try not to ask God to solve my problems. I ask him, if it’s his will, to change my heart.

 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

Acts 9:26-31 - Bible Gateway link. ESV

Friday, June 11, 2021

Solomon’s benediction overwhelms me with gratitude. Through the centuries, think of all the people who have kept us connected with our Great God. He is ours and we are his. Impossible if God were not God. Even I, a breath in time, can know God personally and receive his blessings when I “walk in all his ways.” When I fail, he forgives me. I am so humbled.

Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord , where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven. And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”

Monday, January 4, 2021

Let them eat meat! Who knew? Humans ate only green plants until after the flood. Then God gave us food from “every moving thing that lives...” I promise, as you read through the Bible this year, you will discover wonderful things.

 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Genesis 9:1-4 (ESV) Bible Gateway link

Friday, January 1, 2021

Since I was a child of divorce, and of my culture, I always thought the Adam and Eve story was fanciful and just a little sexist. Now, while enjoying my successful marriage, I’m open to the idea that my man is missing a rib. I try every day to be close enough to him to make us both whole.

Genesis 2:20-25 -  

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Genesis 2:20-25 (ESV) Bible Gateway link

Thursday, December 24, 2020

A simple thing changed my life forever. In the Psalm below David says, “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love.” Mornings, reading the Bible, I have come to know God, come to know Christ and come to know myself. This great gift can be in your hands. Let God give it to you among all His other bounty.

 Psalm 143:8-10 

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Psalm 143:8-10 -Bible Gateway link (ESV)