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God has been teaching or reminding me some things lately…Let me share.

  1. When life get’s busy – stop and take time for the necessities.  Don’t neglect prayer, God’s word, time with his people and your job in his kingdom. Take a little time for yourself, to help cope.
  2. When the trials get long, God’s arms are longer and can hold you close.
  3. Take advantage of the help and encouragement that God’s people are. Don’t hide away when the trials are piling on. Be with the saints, share your burdens, share what God has done.
  4. That God has a perfect plan for ME, personally, not just any person. This plan is for MY good. And he will work it out in the best way.
  5. He has promised perfect peace, when I keep my eyes on him. Isaiah 26
  6. Prayer works for little things as well as big things.
  7. That I need to be more bold vocally about my life with God. I can talk to people I know about him, other saints, I can write about it. But I need to gain the boldness to step out and share the Gospel to those around me. Living the life and being a testimony is great, but when the opportunity comes, I want to and need to be ready to give an answer. (I am praying for more boldness in this way)
  8. That when teaching children about God, one has to make sure to get on their level, with words they understand. Keeping the story true, but with embellishments to keep their interest and attention. That they don’t have to remember the whole thing, but to get the basics.
  9. That our spiritual life is a mirror of our physical life. If we are lazy physically we will tend to lazy spiritual. We need to stay fit and up to par in every area.
  10. Don’t get weary in well doing, in serving God, in being a good testimony, in the work of God, in your job, in your housework, in taking care of your body, in all things you do, they are all for God. And he blesses those that endure to the end.
  11. That I have enough faith to touch God, but I want more.
  12. My trust placed in God is not in vain. He keeps his promises.
  13. It’s ok to cry, God collects the tears.
  14. God provides for all needs and even some wants.
  15. God is.

I am thankful for each lesson and reminder. Life get’s busy sometimes and we can get our eyes off God. Let’s keep our focus on him, lay aside every weight that would hinder us from making heaven our home.

Hebrews 12:1-2  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Yes I am still reading the Bible in chronological order, but it is among all of my other readings and life.

Job 4-42

My Thoughts:

  • When we are helping those that have gone through a loss or a difficult trial, we need to be considerate and full of compassion. Not condemning them or accusing them of sin and thus are in the trial. We are not to judge the state of someone’s heart or determine why God has chosen to lead them down this path. We are to offer comfort and the hope of God’s grace.
  • It is true that in all this, Job sinned not. But that didn’t mean that he was with out fault. God correct Job for his doubt and his assumption of God’s will. We cannot know the vast mind of God. We just have to trust.
  • When Job realized his position before God, he was quick to acknowledge it and to rectify his thinking to that which would follow God.
  • God is all powerful, he made all, is all, and in all. He was there in the beginning. He spoke the world into existence.
  • When we are going through a trial, let us be careful not to doubt the power, will and plan of the almighty God.

I woke up this morning with this chorus was in my head from the song, He’ll Roll you over the Tide.

Well I’ve never said a prayer that he could not answer, and I’ve never shed a tear that he could not dry. Now when the waves of life are so high you can’t mount them, then I know He’ll roll you over the tide.

My mind went to Genesis 18:14 – “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” I am thankful that no matter what we go through nothing is too hard for God.

I have been thinking a lot about life, the plans we make, and the paths we take. Who directs those? What is our motivation? What gives us direction? Here are the scriptures and thoughts I came up with.

In Bible study this last week our lesson was on this topic and this scripture stood out to me. Proverbs 16:9 KJV “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” In my personal study I read the previous verses in both the King James Version and the Amplified. The Amplified reads as follows starting in verse 1:

The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits – the thoughts and intents of the heart. Roll your works upon the Lord – commit and trust them wholly to Him; [He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. (I stopped at this thought of God causing our thoughts become agreeable to his will. This is highly important for our plans to succeed. If our motivation and desire is to do God’s will, he will turn our thoughts so they accept and follow his perfect plan.) … When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness – uprightness in every area and human relation and right standing with God – than great revenues with injustice. A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

There was a reference over to Psalms 37:23-24:

The steps of a [good] man are directed and established of the Lord, when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he fall, he shall nor be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him. Amplified

I was so encouraged by this, that if our motivation and desire is to seek and follow God’s will for our life, he will direct and guide us. But not only that, when we step ahead of him and fall, he doesn’t leave us on the ground saying it is our fault, he helps us to get back on our feet, dusts us off, and gets us going on the path that we needed to be on.

Seek God for direction in your life and be determined to follow his lead where ever it may take you.

A refuge is a place of protection from an enemy.

Psalms 71
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

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