Sabbatical

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Sabbatical is a word influenced by a number of languages, including Hebrew, French and Old English. Basically it means a period of rest.

I have stopped blogging, but for this site it is simply a period of rest. This site is an offering, and part of my faith walk, so it does not seem appropriate to stop altogether.

So what does one do, as they rest? Well there’s alot more time for reading! I have a list of books.

I’m no spiritual giant, but I do have more time now for prayer and meditation. 

And I’m also taking more time out to take care of my health, having a couple of chronic areas of pain.

I’m grateful for you being here, and would appreciate your prayers!

I’ll be back in a few weeks, posting Monday – Friday.

Spring is just around the corner!

Peace and be blessed.

    

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The Man You Have Called Me to Be

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As I get older Lord God, I am more amazed at how good You are to me

and my family. I know this earthly life is but a mist, rolling in

from the ocean, and soon this frame of mine will be

taken away, only to be given a more beautiful presence.

May I always be worthy of being with You,

and may I always be – the man

You have called me to be.

      

Prayer Poem, and Image Copyright © 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

The Lord Protects

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“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them

in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them – they are

counted as blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire

of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them

from their bed of illness. I said, ‘Have mercy on me Lord; heal me

for I have sinned against you.’ My enemies say of me in malice, ‘When

will he die and his name perish?’ When one of them comes to see me

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out

and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me…….

I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy

does not triumph over me.”

Psalm 41:1-7, 11

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

The Lord is Great

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“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who long for your saving help

always say, ‘The Lord is great!’

Psalm 40:16

Here the psalmist is praising God, in a beautiful way, with a heart of trusting Him! Ain’t that so cool?

And in a very real sense he is also praying for other people, which is called intercession. He wants everyone that seeks God’s help to have an answer to their prayers that brings joy and rejoicing! Hallelujah!

And when we all give God credit for the great and wonderful things that happen in our lives, what does that do? People notice that don’t they? And suddenly, within our praise, our faith catches on to others. We can inspire people by simply declaring what God has done!

Lord God, thank you for the great things that take place in our lives. And as we pray for other people, may great things happen in their lives as well! Help us to be filled with faith as we praise you so we can be good witnesses for You. Hallelujah! And amen!

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

I Desire to Do Your Will

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“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire – but my ears you have opened

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come – it is written

about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will,

My God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 40:6-8

Here we see the psalmist do something very different, at least for his place and time. Remember it was God that set up the sacrificial system, involving animals. Yes, everything is very different now, but the sacrifice of animals in the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament) was never a man made invention.

Yet the psalmist says in this particular case, God was not interested in that! Instead his ears were opened, meaning he heard God or at least gained an understanding, that what God really wanted was the psalmist, and in particular his heart!

He turned his life, his heart to God. And these last two lines are also amazing. Having heard from God he now wants to turn his life into a life that does God’s will. It’s no longer something external. He even has God’s law in his heart!

Heavenly Father, thank for these verses that show us what Your desire is for us, that You want us to have a heart that seeks to do Your will. Strengthen our faith Lord God, and help us to walk day by day – closely with You! Amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

Friday Focus – India

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One of the reasons I picked the Psalms, when I began this blog, is so many people around the world have read them or do read them. This includes many people of different faiths. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and many others, enjoy these beautiful Scriptures which were originally sung as praise songs.

India has been on my heart for many years, even though I have never been there. Ok so ready?

India has about 1.3 billion people now – that’s billion! It’s the second most populated country in the world. When I was growing up we were always told that 1 out of every 4 people in the world is from China.

Well guess what – 1 out of every 5 people in the world is from India. That 20% of the people alive on the earth right now, are from India.

Even though most people are Hindus, there are many religions there. And it’s wrong to think of the country as having only one ethnic group, or language. Depending on how you count them there are more than 300 languages, and some say there are as many as 1,000 languages.

Now you might ask what is the Sikh religion? Well they are actually, monotheistic, worshipping one God, they have a holy book, and their services include a lot of singing praise songs, while sitting on the floor. Some say Sikhism is a blend of Hinduism and Islam, but Sikhs don’t like that at all.

Are there Jews in India? Yes, there were many more, but most of them have emigrated to Israel. To all my Jewish friends it’s Friday night so, Shabbat Shalom!

Besides having anthropology as a serious hobby, I shared this tonight because many of us in the west become sheltered, and wrapped up in our own world, seldom thinking about Asia. So this is a very brief overview.

I know I have readers from all over the world, and some I believe are from India. If you are from India, I’m so glad you’re here!

I wish everyone peace.

    

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He Still Walks with Us

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Even after all this time, He still walks with us

through all the fires and ruins

of our world, and even through

our own disasters,

our shattered sense of who we are,

He walks by our side,

do you feel His foorprints

in your heart? His presence deep within.

Even after all this time He still walks with us.

    

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An Everlasting Kingdom

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“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion

endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy

in all he promises and faithful

in all he does.”

Psalm 145:13

Aren’t you glad God’s kingdom is eternal and everlasting? Me too! You see this sets God apart from the rest of us. And his kingdom never ending is not only inspiring, it helps us to understand more of Who He is. He sees the big picture!

And that’s why we see the next piece of this verse, He is trustworthy throughout all generations. From the most ancient of times, His promises have been faithful. When we look throughout history we can see His working in the universe, and closer to home, in our lives. He has been there, even in the tough times, hasn’t He?

Lord God we trust in You! We know that Your Kingdom is eternal, and that we are a part of Your plan in this big universe. Help us to look beyond what we can see. Continue to be there with us, in the tough times.

Thank you, that you are so trustworthy! Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

King of the Universe

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“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

their starry host by the breath

of his mouth.”

Psalm 33:6

Do you ever think about the stars? So many billions and trillions of stars, and those are just the ones we can see! There are some so far away, not even the strongest telescopes can spot them.

And yet the same God, so magnificent, so much the King of the Universe, knows about every detail of our lives. Isn’t that amazing?? He even knows every hair on our head! What??

And so, this verse wants us to think about how infinite our God is. It’s meant to inspire us, and yes to even bring forth praise from our hearts. Praise the One who made everything!

I’m reminded here of Genesis and the creation – God spoke, and it was!

Heavenly Father, You are amazing. Help us to focus on what You have made, and also, how You care about every detail of our lives! We praise You and thank You, amen!

       

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quote from the NIV Bible