New Blog Name

You may have noticed the new name of my blog… or maybe not? :)

I decided that even though I liked the old title, it was kinda odd looking and just didn’t seem like a phrase to use for a blog title… If that makes any sense.

Since starting this year and getting into the Word more again, I have come to learn afresh how sweet and satisfying and rewarding it is to feast on the Word. I read through Psalm 119, the biggie psalm that talks so very much about God’s law, commandments, precepts, words, instructions, etc, and came across the verse in Psalm 119:103.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

It is truly my prayer that the Word of God will continue to be sweet to my taste… the stirrings and feelings and needs of my soul… and that I would yearn for it more than I would for all the “sweets” in this world. More than comfort, money, friendships, beauty, acceptance, good health, love, companionship, joy, laughter, yummy food, wisdom, success, travel, pretty house, perfect children… you name it.

Did you also know how honey, much more than its sweet and tasty qualities, is also very healthy and healing to the body?  It has amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and even anti-cancer properties, along with the ability to help heal wounds and burns and sooth the skin. The Word also so healing and protective for our souls. This next verse has to be one of my favorites about the Word:

The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever!    Isaiah 40:8

Do you have a favorite verse about the Word? There are so many!

 

 

 

 

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Geneology

“He was the one who defeated the Midianites in the land of Moab.” Gen 36:35b

Something old:

The name “Asher” means happy! Love that. Nothing too exciting, but otherwise I don’t remember these chapters from before…

Something new:

There are a couple names in these lists of Essau’s descendents that say what the particular person was known by. These seem kinda unimportant, but give an important lesson. How we live our lives will show and others will remember us for something. 

Also, these chapters give me a greater appreciation for my family and my geneology. My mom researches her family’s geneology… and she finds it so interesting and enjoyable.

Something to do:

Reflect on the path I’m taking and how it will define “my” life (it’s really not mine)… and what others will see and remember about my life. Make choices about “my” time, money, activities, etc that will ultimately reflect what I want to be known by, which is having a love for Christ and others!

Day   13

Remaining   352


I am with You

“I am the God of your father, Abraham… Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant. Then Isaac built an alter there and worshipped the LORD.” – Genesis 26:24b

Something old:

It always astounds me how Jacob lies and cheats his way to getting the blessing from his father Isaac. All the twisted lies and tricks, and even with the help of his mother. “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!” (Gen 27:13). How often do we scheme and lie and manipulate our way through situations to get what we want? And is what we want really a blessing in the end, knowing the damage that is done to get it?  We can see here how truly selfish and conniving we really are, at the expense of hurting those closest to us.

Something new:

Even though Jacob had lied and cheated his way to getting the blessing from the LORD through his father, I’m surprised that even so, his father blesses him on his escape to Paddan-aram, saying “May God Almighty bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations! May God pass on to you and your descendants the blessings he promised to Abraham…” (Gen 28:3-4a). Isaac kept his blessing, even despite finding out the lies. “And yes, that blessing must stand!” (Gen 27:32c). This is very interesting to me… perhaps that’s the nature of blessings (something we don’t really do anymore). But I know often we take back promises or our words to people once we find out the truth. Is that the right thing to do? I’m not so sure really.

Something to do:

We don’t need to worry about and seek after (especially using lies!) getting blessings from others… or cheat our way to success at school, in a job, etc. The LORD reminds us to not be afraid, for He is with us and it is only His blessing — His love and His promises to us — that we really need.

Day   9

Remaining   356


The LORD answered

“Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer…” -Genesis 25:21a

Something old:

Rebekah gave birth to twins (!) and one of them was thick haired, who they named Esau. The other was grasping his heel, they named him Jacob. The name Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver”, according to the notes at the bottom of the page in this bible. Interesting!

Something new:

When we are wanting something, especially something that seems to be according to God’s will (like having children), we can plead to the LORD and ask Him! He will hear our prayers. I like how even though God answered and provided Isaac and Rebekah with children, which I’m sure was a huge blessing to them, there was still trials that came along with their kids. God said to Rebekah, “From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals.”

I also never noticed that it says Abraham, who died at 175 years of age, “died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life.” A blessing from God!

Something to do:

If there is something I truly want (something that I think is according to God’s will), I can plead with the LORD (or perhaps my husband should plead on my behalf!). Trust that the LORD will answer our prayers, but perhaps not in ways that we expect.

Day    8

Remaining    367



Persevering

Since this past Saturday, I have been struggling to get these blog posts done! I have already been tempted to give up on this effort, but I know how helpful and exciting and also simple this has been so far! It really only takes 30 minutes to do the reading and the post, so do I have any excuse? Sure I’ve been working almost every night and I have been exhausted and have had some very stressful and trying times at work (one of my patients died unexpectantly this past weekend while I was caring for her)… but these are all the more reason to get into the Word and soak it up! Learn from it and tuck it away in my mind and heart for all these trials I go through.

So please forgive me for my lack of posts. By the grace of God though, I have kept up with the reading each day. That alone is a big step for me! But I hope I can keep working hard and pushing myself to keep up with these posts as well.

Please be praying for me to persevere through this and keep going as the year marches on. By God’s grace and love and mercy will I be able to do this for the rest of 2011 and hopefully, in some fashion, the rest of my life!


Do not be afraid!

“Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water.” -Genesis 21:19a

Something old:

When Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac, I am always amazed at his simple obedience. It isn’t said anywhere that he questions God or grumbles or complains or worries, but rather that “The next morning Abraham got up early.” When I know God is asking me to do something, do I just do it? No excuses or complaints? Do I “truly fear God” (Gen 22:12b) and also consider God as my Yahweh-Yireh (“The LORD will provide”) (Gen 22:16a)?

Something new:

I love the story of Hagar wandering aimlessly in the wilderness, when Abraham sends her off, and then becoming thirsty and worrying (crying) about her and her son’s lives. It says that God opened her eyes, and then she saw the well of water. God assures her to not be afraid (21:17b) and tells her that he has heard her son crying. But it amazes me that the well was probably already there, right in front of her, but because she was crying and worrying and probably not trusting in the LORD to protect and provide for her and her son, she couldn’t even see that he had already given her exactly what she and her son needed! I love the picture of how closely God watches over us and cares for us and is “with us” (Gen 21:20a).

Something to do:

If God is telling me to do something… just do it! Don’t worry, question, complain, delay. And remember that he is with me, knows my needs, and will always provide. I need to ask God to open my eyes to what he’s already provided for me, rather than always requesting something else. He has given us all we need!

Day   7

Remaining   358


With Confidence

“Then Abraham pressed his request further.” Genesis 18:29a

Something old:

The LORD kept His promise to Sarah and Abraham and they gave birth to a son, even in old age. “This happened at just the time God said it would” (Gen 21:2b). God will fulfill His promises to us, even if they do seem absurd and beyond physical capabilities!

Something new:

The interaction between Abraham and God in Gen 18 is just amazing to me. How Abraham keeps asking and approaching and pressing further in talking with God to really understand what He is saying. What I love most though is that the LORD’s responses are simple and kind (“If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake” … “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”) God does not show any frustration or impatience with Abraham for the doubt that he seems to have by continuing to question God’s promise and mercy and goodness toward us. We can trust God for what He says, and keep it simple! Yet we can also come before Him, without fear, and ask Him to help us understand.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Something to do:

Don’t be afraid to come before the LORD with my fears, my raw thoughts, my questions, my requests. He will not become angry or frustrated with me. He is kind, patient, and loving! And I must trust that the LORD will do what He promises to do. :)

Day    6

Remaining   359