Power and Love

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Power and Love

Psalms 144 

What is more dreadful than evil power? A powerful person or entity that is driven by evil intent is a fearful scenario. I recently watched the 10-part mini-series, Band of Brothers; the story of the 101st Airborne in World War II. I was reminded of the power of Hitler and evil intent and what an ominous period in history it was.

Conversely, what is more comforting and blissful than being protected by lovingkindness that is intertwined with unlimited power? In much greater measure than any evil, God’s strength reigns supreme and his power is girded with lovingkindness. 

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle;  

(He is) my lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge. Verse 1,2 Read more


One-Sided 

This mug shot is of my grandson Ryker. It was about 10 months ago. Moving to a new home, a new country and leaving his moma for the first day of kindergarten. Come back next time to see his pic on the last day of kindergarten this week.

One-Sided 

Psalms 145 

In our general conversations with people, whether close family and friends or casual acquaintances, the flow of the conversation is usually two-sided. Otherwise, we get irritatedSometimes we talk or meet someone and we walk away saying, ‘I couldn’t get a word in edgewise’. That’s a one-sided conversation in which a person only speaks about themselves or their experiences. But in most cases, our conversations are mutual in that we speak of our perspective and listen to the other’s perspective. 

David writes Psalms that are two-sided. He will begin by telling God how he feels (usually distressed and hurting) and then He writes from God’s perspective to bring him back to the right place. I think of it as; ‘David takes himself low writing about himself and then brings himself back up by writing about God. 

Psalm 145 is different. It is completely one-sided. It is all about God!!! Praise and worship is not a conversation of mutual sharing. It is all about God. David writes 21 glorious verses about God: Who He is and what He has done! When I reflect, I have to admit, it is not natural for us to speak or write this way. Read more


When You Don’t Feel Like It

When You Don’t Feel Like It 

Psalms 143 

Hear my prayers, O Lord; give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! 143:1 

For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. Therefore, my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart is appalled within me. 143.3,4 

Bringing accountability into my life to have daily time with God has been so good for me. However, I could say, ‘sometimes I love accountability and other times, well, I don’t.  

Can you relate? Read more


Mushy Love

Mushy Love 

Psalms 149:4 

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted (humble & meek) ones with salvation. 

There is an unparalleled love story in this verse!

This verse captured my attention about a year ago while studying and writing on the book of Ruth. I returned to it this morning and spent some considerable time studying and cross referencing it’s words and themes.  

I have always believed that being concise is an admirable quality in writing and speaking. Being concise forces one to filter the content down to its most meaningful and impactful principle(s).  

In this context, I’m struggling with the feelings I am having right now in that I feel I could write a million words about the vivid word pictures and amazing theme of this brief but awesome verse. I’ll fight the urge to pontificate and attempt to be concise. Read more


Depression

Depression 

Psalms 77 

The very interesting thing I’ve realized about journaling my spiritual insights from my personal Bible studies, (and sharing them with you) is that my writings are affected by the ups and downs of my emotions. I’ve been journeying on this blogging adventure for about three years now. When I am emotionally strong and feeling optimistic about life and God, my writing soars and the process can be exhilarating. During these times, I usually get affirming comments from my readers and the exhilaration extends even further. Read more


Soul Strength

Soul Strength

Psalms 138 

I will give thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Psalms 138:1-3 

The Psalmist is responding to God’s kindness and blessing. His response is three-fold: with heart, mouth and body. Give thanks with my HEART; Sing praises with my MOUTH; BOW down and give thanks. Perhaps the Psalmist had adult A.D.D. such as many of us. In order to really remain focused and in the spirit of worship, he gives all his attention to God in praise: in his heart with thanks, with his mouth singing praises and always moving his body by bowing. Read more


No Want

Nate on a mommy date with Beri. On the menu was coconut curry soup, octopus and squid salad and passion fruit ice cream. #livingabroad

No Want 

Psalms 34 

O taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.  

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 

We have some good ol’ fashion “cause and effect” being taught once again. A familiar pattern in Psalms and Proverbs and a predictable pattern in life that we can leverage. The desired outcomes are given as having “NO WANT” and to “NOT BE IN WANT OF ANY GOOD THING” and a LONG LIFE FILLED WITH GOOD. Read more


You’re Moody

This is Josh and Debs Walker. They do ministry on the streets of Houston. They are great in the Kingdom of God and two of my favorite people in the world.

You’re Moody 

Psalms 34 

This morning as I sat down to do my devotions in Psalms 34, I didn’t really feel like it. Amazing how our moods can swing without cause, so it seems. Yesterday morning my devotions were sweet and refreshing, yet this morning I sat down and felt nothing. Fortunately, the habit has been bolted and secured within my mind, so it’s not like I’m going to just watch a movie or something. I’m going to persevere, but it’s odd that none of the glow of yesterday remains. Yesterday was a normal day, a good day, but moods just vacillate sometimes. So, I said to myself, ‘you should write about it.’ So here we go.

First, I prayed and disciplined myself to write out my prayer further than I felt. That felt good. I wrote, “Give me a deeper devotion to You and a heart, soul, and mind to pray and seek you more.’ I trust God to answer. I have read Psalms 34 and a it has triggered a spark. Let’s see where this takes me. 

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and rejoice.  

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and deliver me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Read more


Psalms 106

This beautiful young lady is Hope. Hope was a middle schooler in my Youth Group many years ago when I was in youth ministry. Now she's a mom, raising her two wonderful daughters to follow the Lord. What a blessing!

Psalms 106 

Many times, He would deliver them; they, however, were rebellious in their counsel, and so sank down in their iniquity. 

Nevertheless, He looked upon their distress when He heard their cry; and He remembered His covenant for their sake, and relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness. He also made them objects of compassion in the presence of all their captors. 

Save us, O lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. And let all the people say, Amen. Praise the Lord! Psalms 106:43-48 Read more