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 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

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

Trust in Him

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“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still

before the Lord and wait patiently for him….”

Psalm 37: 5-7a

Isn’t it wonderful how God rewards us for following Him? And yet sometimes it doesn’t seem like that in this life. Maybe there are family members, or people on our jobs that really don’t understand us, or even want to!

Here, and in many other verses, God encourages us that He sees us, and He knows our hearts. And in these verses, He encourages us that we will be rewarded for following Him.

And there is the exhortation to commit our way to Him. That’s another way of saying to trust in Him, which He mentions again further along in this portion.

So your reward is waiting, and your vindication, is just around the bend! The tough part for us is the waiting! Trust in Him……and He will do this!! Hallelujah!!

Father God, help us to trust in You, for each and every circumstance we face! Amen. 

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Under His Wings

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“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day….”

Psalm 91:3-5

Ain’t this so cool, God protecting us under His wings, and covering us with His feathers?!! This beautifully poetic language is so encouraging and uplifting. This is the Psalms at their finest.

And notice there is further exhortation that we don’t have to be afraid at night, or day time or any time! His faithfulness will be our shield. Can someone say amen?

And what is a fowler? It used to be person that caught birds, and the snare is the trap to catch them. But we are safe in God’s care and under His protection.

Now this doesn’t mean that no bad will ever happen to us. But these verses are here to uplift our spirits, and to help us to trust in Him, no matter what our circumstances are.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for watching over us and protecting us. Help us to trust in You more, realizing we are under Your wings! Hallelujah!

    

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quote from NIV Bible

In the Lord I Take Refuge

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“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me:

‘Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look,

the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows

against the strings to shoot from the shadows

at the upright in heart. When the foundations

are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’”

Psalm 11:1-3

To be honest when I read these verses I often think of the mess our world is in today. Yes, the wicked have schemes, and attempt to take down the upright in heart, but look at what the psalmist is trying to do here.

We don’t have to flee like a bird. Have you ever been walking and had the birds take off as you walk by? We don’t have to be like that!

Yes, and in many cases our foundations are being destroyed and we can be tempted to get discouraged. I know I do!

But the next few verses after this portion tell us God is still on the throne! He will take care of the wickedness, he will make everything right.

The point is we can trust in Him!! Hallelujah!!

Lord God, we place our trust in You today afresh. Strengthen us and our faith! Help us not to focus on our circumstances, or the negative in our world today, even if everything is falling apart! Help us to have eyes of faith. Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

God with Us

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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:

the virgin will conceive

and give birth to a son,

and will call him

Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14

Savior. Redeemer. God is with us truly, each day!

Isn’t that so cool?!

Lord God thank You! Amen.

Have a wonderful Christmas day!

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quote from the NIV Bible 

 

He’s Got This

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“Be still and know,

that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

So few words and yet so powerful. It’s not easy to be still is it? When we are going through difficult times, the last thing we want to do is to be still.

We often feel like, we need to do something! And yet in the internal stillness, we find peace. How does that happen? There is something very special about quieting our spirits, perhaps meditating on an aspect of God.

Trust is built within the stillness, and gradually we do know Him more. And look what God wants us to focus on – to know – that He is God.

In other words, he’s got this. He knows exactly what we are facing. Nothing is a surprise to Him. In our knowing Him, trust is built stronger than a fortress.

He’s got this. He’s got you and I, and He will never let us go.

Hold onto us Lord God. Help us to have an internal quiet, a peaceful knowing that you are God. We thank You, and praise You Lord God Almighty. Amen.

     

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quote from the KJV Bible

Hope and a Future

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans

to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

The prophet Jeremiah was often called the “weeping” prophet. God’s people had gone through some terrible times, and most were now in exile, in Babylon, when this was written.

Everything had been shattered. When I thought about this, I thought of how this can apply to us today. Sometimes we are broken, and we need to hear encouragement from heaven.

And in our most broken moments, it seems as if it is all over, nothing good will happen again. But…..look what God does here.

This is not some TED talk, this is the Creator, the Lord God Almighty, saying He has plans for us…..and good things are in store! Hallelujah!!

He gives us hope!! And thankfully we do have a future! We can trust in Him, even in our worst times.

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for your plans for us! Help us to trust in you, even in the most difficult times. And as we let go of our fears, fill us Lord God with an incredible and amazing……sense of hope. Amen!!

     

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quote from the NIV Bible