How many times have you heard the 23rd Psalm? Besides The Lord's Prayer, it is surely one of the most quoted, loved, and depended upon passages in the whole Bible. You might have even memorized the whole thing back in childhood Sunday school with all your first grade church friends. It's comforting at funeral services. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ... " is an oft-quoted comfort for those who are saying goodbye to someone they love. Perhaps it has a doubly peaceful purpose as
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Have you ever known someone who is simply beyond criticism? No one finds fault with that person because there's just not any to find? These people aren't perfect, of course, but for the very most part of their day, and inside the greatest percentage of their thoughts, these people exist in in a perpetual place of honor. That was Job. He was above reproach. He was a man so forthright that the Bible uses the word "blameless" to describe his integrity. His honesty qualified him for the unique descriptor of "upright." Job feared
Nehemiah built that wall. Did that kinda make you laugh? I really hope so. Ok, sorry. Let's get on to the story of Nehemiah. Let's get serious here. No more jokes. I promise. Let's review. Our last verse took us up to the point in Israel's history when Cyrus, king of Persia had overthrown the Babylonian empire and began to allow the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity. In Ezra 3:11, we memorized the words that spoke of the people's worship when the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Have you ever been homesick? I remember when I was first old enough to spend the night away from home. I packed a bag with my favorite jammies, tucked in my toothbrush and couldn't wait for my mom to pull the car into the driveway at my friend's house. It was all kinds of fun until the sun went down and it got dark outside. Then my stomach started feeling a little queasy, and I wondered what my mom and brother were doing at home. When the book of Ezra opens, it was 538 B.C., and God's people were plenty homesick. For 70 years,
7 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents Smack-dab in the middle of the Ten Commandments are these very direct words from God concerning our parents. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving to you. Exodus 20:12 All the commandments are important, but this is the only one with a promise attached to it. That's so interesting, isn't it? God tells us to keep the Sabbath holy, keep ourselves faithful in marriage, worship no other, speak truth, use his name
As Kynzie (my granddaughter) and I approach the 29th verse on our quest to memorize one verse from each book of the Bible, we sense the momentum that has built along the way. By now, we've clearly heard and understood, verse by verse by verse, God's plan and God's heart for his people. He has continually assured them of his plans for their lives, his principles of discipline for their own good, and his passion for keeping them as his own. In what feels like our final lap around the Old Testament, we are memorizing verses from
Note: This post provides the backdrop for #28 in the list of 66 faith-filled Bible verses my granddaughter and I are memorizing together. We started at Genesis 1:1, and we're working our way through the whole Bible, one verse from each book.
And he did. Hosea married a cheater. Not the kind who didn't keep her eyes on her own paper, either. At the beginning of Hosea's career as a prophet, he married a woman who had an unappealing name and a reputation that was even worse. Described as adulterous,
(Note: This is number three in my 3-part travel series chronicling our family trip to Washington, D.C. If you missed out on the previous posts, here's Day One and Day Two.) This is the post I wasn't sure I would have the courage to write. (At the entrance to a presidential exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.) At no time in my life have I considered myself a deep thinker. I took government in high school and philosophy in college. I understand the basics of our checks-and-balances structure, and
Kynzie and I have made it to our first big milestone on our scripture memory journey! We’ve now memorized 25 verses together!!! Woo-hoo!!! It has taken time, but not that much. It's taken effort, but it's surprisingly not that overwhelming. It's been hard, but not impossible. We may not make our goal of 66 by the end of the year, but, hey, we've already gotten to #25! Do you know what’s been the hardest part? It’s not remembering the book of the Bible where the verse is found. It’s not the succession of the words in the
Being a parent is the hardest job. Unless you're a stepparent. That's even harder. Raising your own children from diapers to dating is super hard. Raising someone else's children - from 8-18 should be a whole lot easier, right? After all, the sleepless baby years have already been toughed out by someone else. Besides that, kids are known to be resilient. Look how well they get along with their friends. This blended family thing can't be all that hard, thinks every soon-to-be-stepparent everywhere. Oh, yes, it