Sunday’s Investment! (Day 13)

Day 13 of my “No dairy, no sugar” fast was a frigid cold day in March! With temperatures plummeting, greeting time was a bit chilly as worshippers rushed through the door to escape the frigid wind. Yet, we found it amply warm through worship as well as a spirit of unity through the celebration of … Continue reading Sunday’s Investment! (Day 13)

Let us submit, no longer resisting! (Day 12)

Frequently, when hard times come, we instinctively raise a hand in protest. We can resist and fight. But what kind of attitude lingers? The lingering attitude of self-will usually drives us to despair! Have you considered the man God chose to bear the gospel message to the Gentiles? Once confronted by Jesus, Paul submitted, while … Continue reading Let us submit, no longer resisting! (Day 12)

He Will Hold Me Fast (Day 6)

Day 6, “No Dairy, No Sugar” Fast What a day of rejoicing! Sunday means corporate worship! I love driving onto the church property in great anticipation of serving and refueling. With fellow believers, it can be highly encouraging including fist bumps, hugs, laughter, smiles, and yes, sometimes even tears.  From the music to the expository … Continue reading He Will Hold Me Fast (Day 6)

Mastering the Practice of the Presence of God (Day 5)

In my last post we looked at God’s presence in our trial [God IS Present in the Trial (Day 4)] and reminded ourselves of Who He is and His indwelling presence as well as encircling presence to each of us. Returning to The Red Sea Rules, by Robert J. Morgan, four principles guide us in mastering … Continue reading Mastering the Practice of the Presence of God (Day 5)

A Pig’s Snout

As I focus on a “no dairy, no sugar” fast, (2022, my fifth year) I want to do it for all the right reasons.

The Scarlett Road

Every visit to the farm is an interesting spectacle to a pig’s life, not to mention, SMELL! And understanding Jewish law concerning pigs, paints a thought-provoking picture. Especially challenging is Proverbs 11:22:

“As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion”

Dan Phillips explains it this way:

The mental image is that of looking at a lovely, sparkling gold ring, admiring a twinkling in the sun—then seeing that it is in a pig’s snout. Wasted! Misplaced! Thus, Solomon says, is a lady with a beautiful outside and nothing going on inside.

Phillips translates “discretion” as “good taste.” …the ability to discern, to judge, to distinguish among “flavors” of good and evil, of wisdom and folly.

He goes on to say:

The picture is not simply of a pretty woman without a lot in the area of native IQ…. She is not simply…

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We Are Afflicted (2 Corinthians 1)

WARNING: You will experience – a heavy load with loses accumulating while suffocation feels inevitable. Does that sound like something you would ask to experience? I am sure you are like me in that “Afflictions” would never be something we would ask God to send us. And yet, as a Christian, that “warning” label is … Continue reading We Are Afflicted (2 Corinthians 1)