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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Like many people, I paid a great deal of attention to the news this past weekend.  It was a lot, even for me.  On Saturday, I consumed news in one form or another for almost the entire day. That night, I watched the Democratic debates and went to bed shortly after.
My first waking thought on Sunday, was of the candidates’ statements about recent events.
I was saturated.
I can think of much better things to saturate my mind with.
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Orange River, Upington, South Africa; Image credit: Paffy under Creative Commons

Is there anything taking up too much space in your mind?
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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Pillow Talk

I’ve shared before that it usually takes me only a few minutes—if that—to fall asleep every night. But last night I was so anxious about a situation that sleep did not come right away. After a while, I thought about how all this worrying can’t be good for my health. Then I realized that I was worrying about worrying! What a mess!!

Thank God for an idea better than counting sheep:  why not “Bible myself to sleep?” I searched my memory for any long passages of Scripture. My kids memorized a big chunk of Philippians 4 last year, and fortunately I picked up some of it, too. And so I started: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice …”

I don’t know for sure how long I lasted, but I’m pretty sure that I was asleep before verse 19.

And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:19

image credit: Jimmy Palma Gil under Creative Commons

Do you find yourself lying awake with worry? Or is bedtime your one-on-One time with the Lord?

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Called, and Equipped

Have you ever groaned after reading a passage of Scripture? I’m not talking about the Holy Spirit groans that are mentioned in Romans 8. I’m referring to the groans some of us utter when reading about, oh, submission, for example. The first time I remember reading that a “gentle and quiet spirit” is what God considers beautiful, I asked Him, “what do you mean, ‘gentle and quiet’??” (And I am still learning. 🙂 ) I probably groaned the time I realized that the answer to my sinus headaches might not be immediate healing, but trusting in His sufficient grace. (Though I’m very grateful that He did heal me!) But even though God sets high standards for His children, He also lovingly and graciously provides what we need to obey Him. (And, He mercifully forgives and restores us every single time we fall short and repent.)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, NC; public domain photo by Ken Thomas

So maybe I should leave more of the groaning to the Holy Spirit. 🙂

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Brand New

This week, one of my children had questions about heaven and what exactly happens to our bodies after we die. So we looked up “heaven” in the concordance and eventually ended up in 1 Corinthians 15. In verses 35-38, Paul compares a seed to our earthly flesh, and the fruit of the seed to our resurrected bodies … at least I think that is what he’s saying. 😀 Anyway, the seed reference prompted us to search for a time-lapsed video of a seed germinating. And we were awed by the new life bursting out of the tiny seed, the shell of which eventually fell to the ground and shriveled up.

At the end our time together we had as many questions as answers. What will this actually be like? And by the way, what happened to the people who died before Jesus came to earth? (Tomorrow we will be looking up “forbearance.”) But I’m still struck by the image of seed’s transformation. From dormant to thriving. From lying in the dirt to reaching for the sky. Just like what He’s done for us.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19

image credit: Nino Barbieri

Does God’s word ever make you just say, “Wow”?

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Tears in a Bottle?

My women’s discipleship group is currently reading Crowned with Love and Mercy:  Finding Your Worth and Identity in Jesus Christ.  I will have to write a review when we are done, but it is wonderful so far.  Just chock-full of Biblical encouragement.  Anyway, last night I was taken aback by this statement that I read in the book:  “He is there to put every tear into His bottle,” and there was a Bible reference.  A very poetic reminder that God knows everything that we are going through. But was the word “bottle” actually in the Bible, I wondered, as in a bottle of tears?  Or was it just a very generous paraphrase?  I know I haven’t read the whole Bible (not even close), it just sounded very unfamiliar.  But sure enough, it’s right there in Psalm 56:8.
"Bottle with inlaid design of orchid."  Image credit:  Smithsonian Institution

“Bottle with inlaid design of orchid.” Image credit: Smithsonian Institution

Don’t you love finding “new” verses in the Bible??

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