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

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.

      

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright © 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

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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Deep Waters

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“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,

but one who has insight draws them out.”

Proverbs 20:5

What we ponder, and contemplate about our lives often goes very deep within us. Our self-image is part of this, but it goes beyond just what we think about ourselves. I think our purposes mentioned in this verse, also includes our motivations, our deep desires to be loved and accepted.

I have a photo here of the ocean, but a better illustration would be a well, especially considering the geography, and water sources for drinking at the time. Wells brought life to both livestock and people.

So, when we understand more about ourselves, of who we are now, and what our motivations should be, that is God at work giving us insight. And with insight we can draw out a Godly perspective and wisdom.

This reminds me of a verse in the Gospel of John, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Isn’t God amazing?

Lord God thank you for so many verses like this that encourage us to look deeper. Help us to understand who we are and who we should be. Give us wisdom, lead us and guide us, and shape us more into the people You want us to be. Amen!!

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright © 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

A Prayer for Good Health

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As I get older Lord God, and this tent I’m living in continues to wear thin,

help me to take care of it, to respect this gift, the life you’ve given

and if it is Your will, please reduce the pain, give me wisdom

and keep me healthy. Amen.

   

Prayer Poem and Image Copyright© 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

He Walked Faithfully

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“This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man,

blameless among the people

of his time, and he walked faithfully

with God.”

Genesis 6: 9

The reason Noah was chosen to build the ark, was because he was righteous, and he walked faithfully with God!

Noah and the ark is one of my favorite accounts of Bible history.

Now the word blameless does not mean he was without sin. It does mean though, that his relationship with God was right on target!

I can see him getting angry with his sons, as they were making the ark, (No not there! It goes over here!) but in his relationship with God he did what was right.

And walking faithfully is what God expects of us. We may not be perfect, but our hearts should continue to focus on Him!!

Are we walking faithfully?

Heavenly Father, help us to have our minds focused, and faithful to You! We trust in You Lord God. Amen.

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

When You Seek Me

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“You will seek me and find me when you seek me

with all your heart. I will be found by you….”

Jeremiah 29:13, 14a

Jeremiah has often been called the “weeping prophet”. He prayed for his people, the people of Israel during a horrible time, when they had been taken captive and carried away to Babylon.

And yet God spoke to Jeremiah that the captivity would end! And he assured the prophet He can be found when we seek Him!

For us today, this should be tremendously encouraging. He had good things in store for the people at that time, and He has good things in store for us!

We can seek God and He will be found by us! Hallelujah!!

Heavenly Father thank you for this encouragement, that we can find You, and that You do hear our prayers. Help us through our struggles, and help us to have confidence, that we can trust in You, Our God! Amen.

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

At Night His Song is With Me

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“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song

is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:8

Have you ever prayed and had the prayer shape itself into a song? Or maybe you’ve been singing, and a prayer or two escapes from your heart.

Praise and prayer often go together. Both seem to start within our being and are launched through our minds and spirits.

One thing to keep in mind about this psalm is that the psalmist is trying to cheer himself up! “Why so downcast o my soul?” He knows exactly how we often feel!

Ever had a tough year? Prayer can often lift us, and praising Him is often the answer for being down in the dumps. I know! I know this isn’t easy, but look at what took place in this verse. The psalmist dwells on God directing His love!

And he remembers that God is the God of His life, in spite of everything. That’s the beauty of surrender.

Lord God Almighty, encourage us when the tough times hit us hard. Help us to stay encouraged, and remind us how You love us. You are truly the God of our lives! Amen.

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible