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)
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)
It was interesting to learn alongside my 6-year-old grandson that a box jellyfish has 24 eyes and 15 tentacles and is the most venomous marine animal. As we watched the teacher draw tentacles on her box jellyfish, she commented they could grow to be 10 feet long or more. Sometimes it seems more hands would … Continue reading “Feelers” or Facts? (Day 11)
Daily I continue in the Word of God and praying on my knees for hurting hearts while in my “no dairy, no sugar” fast! The Apostle Paul was a man who served the Lord with great boldness. In his letter to the Corinthian believers, he describes the difficulty of his service through afflictions, perplexing circumstances, … Continue reading We Do Not Lose Heart (Day 9)
My left hand has had a trigger thumb for well over 5 months. Many times, I asked the Lord to please heal it so I could bypass the cost of getting it fixed. However, it looks as though the Lord wanted me to get help. So, after talking with a doctor friend from church, I … Continue reading Providence of God (Day 7)
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)
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)
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.Isaiah 40:28, NLT Why do we say: My way is hidden from the Lord And the justice due me escapes the … Continue reading God IS Present in the Trial (Day 4)
As I focus on a “no dairy, no sugar” fast, (2022, my fifth year) I want to do it for all the right reasons.
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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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)