Being Woven

Peter’s Greetings

My husband and I have been reading Peter together this week.  The first verses of both First and Second Peter are greetings, an initial address to his audiences.  The gifts that Jesus has given to all believers are listed in these first verses.  I am so humbled by them.  They are sinking into this believer’s heart, mind, and soul.  Jesus gave it all for one such as me…for me!

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:1-5

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Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine naturehaving escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  2 Peter 1:1-4

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OH!  SUCH GIFTS WHEN WE WERE YET SINNERS!!!

Peter then tells us:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 1:5-8

Father God, I want to be effective in my walk in this world.  I want the light of Jesus to shine from me to others who may not know Him, who need encouragement, who are confused as they live in this world.  I want to stay humble and remember all that has been done for me.  You gave it all and I received Your beautiful gift of salvation, mercy and grace for my error-filled ways.  Thank You, LORD, for being gracious to me.  I love You dearly.  I pray in the Name of Jesus.  Amen. 

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I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://janncobb.com     Reflect

http://embracinghiswill.com/     Motivate & Rejuvenate

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://www.intentionallypursuing.com/     Intentional Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/  Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com  Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/   Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/   Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

Cultivate

cultivate1280-1-560x448What is the life God desires of me? … His life, His life in me. And just what is that?

I walk with Him. I listen to Him. I know in part but one day will know in full what my life should/could have been. I pray I will walk the remainder of my life, growing more and more like Him, towards Him, each and every day.

Give ear, and hear my voice;

Give ear, and hear my voice;

give attention, and hear my speech.

Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?

Does he continually open and harrow his ground?

When he has leveled its surface,

does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,

and put in wheat in rows

and barley in its proper place,

and emmer as the border?

For he is rightly instructed;

his God teaches him.

How can I ‘cultivate’ this life…this life God desires of me?

  • tilling the soil
  • planting the seeds
  • watering the earth
  • keeping the weeds out and away from the new sprouts
  • harvesting the crop

cultivation

(ˌkʌltɪˈveɪʃən)

1. (Agriculture) agriculture

a. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
b. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
 
2. development, esp through education, training, etc
3. culture or sophistication, esp social refinement

How do I take this picture and make it mine?

  • The soil is me.  I am tilled up by reading God’s Word.  I listen for His instruction.  I pray.
  • The seeds are for planting; God’s thoughts, God’s Word, God’s Way are those seeds to be planted in fertile, moist soil. By knowing His Word, hearing His voice, waiting upon Him, I become the type of soil where the roots can take hold.
  • I never thirst for I have the Living Water.  Staying close to Jesus is how those seeds come to fruition.
  • The weeds, the tares, are not to get a foothold.  By staying in the Word and in communion with God allows the seeds to grow and keeps satan away.
  • Harvest time is a continuous time as the seeds are of every different part of growing that God wants for me.  He knows the possibilities in me for growthSo today, I may be able to harvest patience.  Tomorrow, I may harvest extra love.  I may also need some faith every day.  To harvest may be to serve, or to pray, or to wait, or to be gentle.  So many wonderful plants and fruits of the harvest.  Thus harvesting is ongoing and on-growing.

Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,

nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,

but dill is beaten out with a stick,

and cumin with a rod.

Does one crush grain for bread?

No, he does not thresh it forever;

when he drives his cart wheel over it

with his horses, he does not crush it.

This also comes from the Lord of hosts;

he is wonderful in counsel

and excellent in wisdom.

Isaiah 28:23-29 ESV


God uses the perfect tool for each task.  His counsel is what I need to cultivate the life that He desires for me.  His counsel calls me to pray.  He calls me to be still.  He wants my ear.  He also wants my mouth to hold fast to wait for Him.  He wants my obedience, my love, my humbleness, my honor.  He wants me in His hands like clay.

The life of God in me is, hopefully, that of respect, quietness, and gentleness.  It is that of service by His hand, not of mine, or that out of guilt.  He is the Farmer, the Potter, the Creator.  I want Him to be glorified in all I am, in all I do.  May it be so, Father God.  Amen.

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I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://janncobb.com     Reflect

http://embracinghiswill.com/     Motivate & Rejuvenate

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://www.intentionallypursuing.com/     Intentional Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/  Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com  Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/   Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/   Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

Wisdom From Above

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James 3:17

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  NKJV

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  NIV

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  ESV

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.  NASB

God, the wisdom that we need is only from You.  It is not the wisdom of man nor the world.  You gladly give us this gift, if we would only ask.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)  And, the treasures that describe Your wisdom, LORD…

pure:  μέν – me’n =  truly, certainly, surely, indeed; “…free from iniquity, studious of holiness both in heart and life.” (M. Henry)

peaceable: εἰρηνικός – eirēnikos = bring peace with it, peaceful, salutary; peace depends upon purity.  ” Those who are truly wise do what they can to preserve peace, that it may not be broken; and to make peace, that where it is lost it may be restored. In kingdoms, in families, in churches, in all societies, and in all interviews and transactions, heavenly wisdom makes men peaceable.”  (M. Henry)

gentle: ἐπιεικής – epieikēs = equitable, fair, mild, gentle, seeming, suitable.  “It is gentle, not standing upon extreme right in matters of property; not saying nor doing any thing rigorous in points of censure; not being furious about opinions, urging our own beyond their weight nor theirs who oppose us beyond their intention; not being rude and overbearing in conversation, nor harsh and cruel in temper. Gentleness may thus be opposed to all these.”  (M. Henry)

Father, I feel compassion in what Mr. Henry says here as it is the need to control, to be right, to act high and mighty that brings us down.  Help me to use Your wisdom when I talk to others. 

easy to be entreated: εὐπειθήςeupeithēs = easily obeying, compliant.  “…it is very persuadable, either to what is good or from what is evil.”  (M. Henry)

full of mercy: ἔλεοςeleos =  mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them/of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful.

good fruits: καρπόςkarpos =  that which originates or comes from something, an effect, result/work,act, deed.

Heavenly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits, inwardly disposed to every thing that is kind and good, both to relieve those who want and to forgive those who offend, and actually to do this whenever proper occasions offer.”  (M. Henry)

without partiality: ἀδιάκριτοςadiakritos = without dubiousness, ambiguity or uncertainty. The original word, adiakritos, signifies to be without suspicion, or free from judging, making no undue surmises nor differences in our conduct towards one person more than another. The margin reads it, without wrangling, not acting the part of sectaries, and disputing merely for the sake of a party; nor censuring others purely on account of their differing from us. The wisest men are least apt to be censurers.”  (M. Henry)

without hypocrisy: ἀνυπόκριτος  – anypokritos = unfeigned, undisguised, sincere. It has no disguises nor deceits. It cannot fall in with those managements which the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere and open, steady and uniform, and consistent with itself.”  (M. Henry)

Father God, You will gladly give us this precious gift and when You do, may we use it as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:12: For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.

I pray that my mind and heart would stay close and tender towards Your teaching as I learn Your ways, O LORD. 

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:18

“And that which is sown in peace will produce a harvest of joys. Let others reap the fruits of contentions, and all the advantages they can propose to themselves by them; but let us go on peaceably to sow the seeds of righteousness, and we may depend upon it our labour will not be lost.  For light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart; and the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”  (M. Henry)

Father, I pray that I would be still and ask for Your wisdom.  That I would allow Your Holy Spirit to bathe me in it and walk this world with the strength of Your wisdom in me through Your Holy Spirit.  May I be quiet and assured because I am close to You.  In the Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

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Photo:  The Fellowship Site

I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://janncobb.com     Reflect

http://embracinghiswill.com/     Motivate & Rejuvenate

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://www.intentionallypursuing.com/     Intentional Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/  Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com  Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/   Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/   Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

God of the Heavens

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched January 19, 2006.  On July 14, 2015, it passed Pluto and its moons.  Pluto is 31.94 Astronomical Units (AU) from Earth.  One AU is the average distance between the Sun and Earth, about 93 million miles or 149.6 million kilometers.  “At its most distant, when the Earth and Pluto are on the opposite sides of the sun from one another, Pluto lies 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. At their closest, the two are only 2.66 billion miles (4.28 billion km) apart.” These numbers are phenomenal numbers, beyond what my mind can wrap around.  But they are real numbers and what scientists have calculated with their knowledge and understanding.

Pluto_charon_150709_color_finalPluto has five known moons.  Charon is in the photograph with Pluto above.

planets3All of these planets orbit around the sun.  This is the solar system we call “ours.”

How much more has God created beyond Pluto?

eyes-on-plutoMan created a spacecraft that took 9 and a half years to get to its destination, arrived, took photos, sent radio signals back to Earth, and now continues outward into space.

God knows what is out there.  Man is learning some of God’s creation beyond our corner of this world.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 
Psalm 139:17

Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.  Deuteronomy 10:14

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”  1 Kings 8:27

שָׁמַיִם

shamayim

from an unused root meaning to be lofty

the spaces of heaven, however vast and infinite

Heaven, heavens, sky

as the abode of God

alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve

Jehovah is called the God of heaven

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has charged me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.’”  2 Chronicles 36:23

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for His steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm 136:26

 Father God, God of the heavens, You created it all and know every star, planet, and all that is out in what we call “outer space.”  You know that there is nothing too great or small for You because it has all been formed by Your very hands.  How amazing You are, Father!  ‘Vast’ seems like too small of a word to describe all that You have made and all Who You are.  Father, thank You for loving us, these tiny creatures compared to what we are able to see through the ingenuity, intellect, and inventiveness that You have given to man.  Yet, I know that there is so very much more.  Thank You, Loving God of the heavens, for being willing to adopt me into Your family, forgiving me for my sinfulness, guiding me through the way that You have chosen for me.  I pray with gratitude and amazement to You through Your Son.  Amen. 

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Hubble Space Telescope – views into God’s creation –

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html

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New Horizons –

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/index.php

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Photo 1: NASA/JPL – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_%28moon%29#/media/File:Pluto_charon_150709_color_final.png

Photo 2:  NASA –  http://www.vtaide.com/png/solar-system.htm

Photo 3: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)  http://eyes.jpl.nasa.gov/eyes-on-pluto.html

I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://janncobb.com     Reflect

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/  Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com  Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/   Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/   Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

Everything About God Says Strong

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Last time, I wrote of God’s justice.  It will rule one day.  His day.

Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days Psalm 93:5 NIV

קֹדֶשׁ

qodesh

sacredness, holiness, separateness, apartness, set-apartness

…of God

…of things

…of places

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, forevermore.  Psalm 93:5  ESV

Your testimonies are very sure;
Holiness adorns Your house,
O LORD, forever.  NKJV

Your testimonies are fully confirmed;
Holiness befits Your house,
O LORD, forevermore.  NASB

The rules you set down are completely reliable. Holiness aptly adorns your house, O LORD, forever.  NET

The sure justice that is to come stands upon the solid holiness of our God.  He is Who He says He is.  He does what He says He will do.  He is faithful and trustworthy in all and everything.  As I learn to walk in the ways of the LORD, I feel that surety in my steps because He orders them.  Everything about God is just, truthful, strong, perfect.


“The Rock, His work is perfect,

for all His ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is He.”  Deuteronomy 32:4

 צוּר

tsuwr

rock, sharp edge, stone

Mighty One, Refuge, Protection for Israel

strength

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity: just and right is he.  WEB

He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.  NKJV

A rock is solid and strong.  God is our Rock.  He is our Stronghold.  He is stable.  He is upright and authoritative.  That pillar above is strong and stable.  It holds up so much.

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.  The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.  Exodus 13:21-22

עַמּוּד

`ammuwd

column, pillar, upright, platform

God, a pillar of strength.  The pillars of cloud and fire held God.  How much stronger can anything be?

Father God, You are my LORD.  You are my Rock.  You are strong and mighty.  You have brought me from the depths of darkness and have loved me into Your Light, continuing to love me into the beauty of Your Light.  Your Son is my Savior, the Light.  I am most grateful and filled with respect for He is my Salvation.  Thank You, Father, for standing firm in my weakness.  You are my Refuge where I am protected.  I know that Your justice is perfect and will come one day to this world just as I know that Your perfect way keeps me aligned with You when I obey.  Lead me to Your Rock for it is higher than I.  You are my Stronghold.  In the Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen. 

Hear my cry, O God,

listen to my prayer;

from the end of the earth I call to You

when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock

that is higher than I,

for you have been my refuge,

a strong tower against the enemy.  Psalm 61:1-3

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Photo: http://www.heartlight.org/gallery/1209.html

I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/ Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/blog/ Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

Justice For All

Lately, I have been reading about injustices that occur toward people today as well as many years, decades, even centuries ago.  It is something that just never seems to end.  As Jesus told His disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33  Yet I want to fuss and say, “But why, LORD?  Why does this have to happen again and again?

In my dismay, God is so faithful and good.  I have been reading through Isaiah and when I turned to Isaiah 42 the other morning, God met me there.  He clearly showed me that He will right the wrongs and set this world back to His way one day.  I cannot even fathom His ways, yet I trust Him for His outcome.  He knows all that is going on and knows all that has gone on throughout the years.  He knows all.  How very grateful I am!  What a Mighty God we serve! 

Behold My Servant, whom I uphold,

My Chosen, in whom My soul delights;

I have put My Spirit upon Him;

He will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up His voice,

or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed He will not break,

and a faintly burning wick He will not quench;

He will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged

till He has established justice in the earth;

and the coastlands wait for His law.  Isaiah 42:1-4

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מִשְׁפָּט

mishpat

judgment, justice, ordinance

1. judgment:

act of deciding a case

place, court, seat of judgment

process, procedure, litigation (before judges)

case, cause (presented for judgment)

sentence, decision (of judgment)

execution (of judgment)

time (of judgment)

2. justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)

3. ordinance

4. decision (in law)

5.  right, privilege, due (legal)

6.  proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan

God has given us His Son Who is the Servant of His Father and even us.  Yes, He came to serve.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45  

“Justice,” under #2 above, is defined as just, righteousness, and rectitude (a few of God’s attributes).   Rectitude means: the quality or state of being straight, moral integrity (righteousness), the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure.  This is our God.  His justice will be to right wrongs of time immemorial.  His justice will rid all men of sin.  And His justice will establish His Kingdom, His rule, His order.

More than forgiveness of sin for each man, more than salvation from sin for each man, more than a perfect system of social order made by man, John Oswalt says God’s justice (of Isaiah 42) is “the life-giving order which exists when the creation is functioning in accordance with the design of the Lord.”  **

Father, I am so very grateful that You are my just God and rule this world, this earth.  There is to be justice once and for always.  Oh, LORD, I praise You.  I am relieved too for these concerns of mine cause me to be anxious and You tell me not to be.  Knowing that Jesus “will faithfully [FAITHFULLY] bring forth justice” gives me such a deep breath.  Knowing that Jesus “will not grow faint or be discouraged” gives me such hope, beautiful HOPE.  Knowing Jesus will finish the job, that He will consistently be strong and encouraged “till He has established justice in the earth” makes me feel peaceful, so very PEACEFUL.  I love You, Father, for this reassurance and guidance.  May I look to You in prayer and in Your Word, in quiet moments, in calming tides for You.  You are here and will always be with me.  In the Name of Your Son, I pray.  Amen. 

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**  John Oswalt, The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66 in The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), pg 110.

I may be linking up with:

On Monday:

http://lauraboggess.com/    PlayDates with God

http://afieldofwildflowers.blogspot.com/    Small Wonder

http://www.solideogloriasisterhood.com/    Soli Deo Gloria Connections

On Tuesday:

http://www.richfaithrising.com/    Unite the Bloggersphere

http://purposefulfaith.com/    Cheerleading #RaRaLinkUp

http://hollybarrett.org/    Testimony Tuesday

http://jenniferdukeslee.com/    Tell His Story

On Wednesday:

http://holleygerth.com/       Coffee for Your Heart

http://www.w2wministries.org/     Word Filled Wednesday

http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com/      3-Word Wednesdays

http://mecoffeeandjesus.com/      Words with Winter

On Thursday:

http://3dlessons4life.com/      Thought-Provoking Thursday

http://www.faithbarista.com/      Beloved Brews

http://tsuzanneeller.com/        Live Free Thursday

On Friday:

http://www.missionalwomen.com/ Faith-Filled Fridays

http://arabahjoy.com Grace and Truth

http://countingmyblessings.com/blog/ Blessing Counters

http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Faith and Fellowship

On the Weekend:

http://www.barbieswihart.com/     The Weekend Brew

http://sandraheskaking.com/     Still Saturday

http://seespeakhearmama.com/     Give Me Grace

http://www.janiscox.com/        Sunday Stillness

http://www.spiritualsundays.com/     Spiritual Sundays

In His Arms

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Psalm 146:5-10

 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6 Who made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

Who keeps faith forever;

Who executes justice for the oppressed,

Who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;

 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

the Lord loves the righteous.

 The Lord watches over the sojourners;

He upholds the widow and the fatherless,

but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.

10  The Lord will reign forever,

your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the Lord!

The Lord is over all and the only One Who can supply all our needs, provide all the help that the world just cannot supply.  With so much going on in these days we are living in, I so wish that things would be better, that people would not be oppressed, hungry, killed.  I just want us to live in peace with everyone, with all nations.  But Jesus said:

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.  Mark 13:7-8

…but while we live in these times, we are to remember Who is the only One Who saved us, can save us, and will come for us when the time is right.

Psalm 146:1-4

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

 Put not your trust in princes,

in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;

on that very day his plans perish. 

Father God, I lift my hands to You and feel Your strong arms reach to me, this child of Yours.  You hold me closely and I am secure in You.  Father, why is there so much that feels so terribly wrong in this world?  Why is there starvation?  war? murder of innocents? fear of what others may do? chaos? kidnappings? … this list does not end, Father.  Why?  I am sad, Abba Father.  Just too much that is wrong.  But there is only one answer and that is the fall of man; evil came to live with us.  Oh, Father, Your strong arms remind me that one day, Jesus will come for us who have placed our trust in the One Who is Salvation, Who is the Holy One, and will bring us into His home where there will be no more tears nor pain. 

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

Father, I want to stay close and feel the comfort of Your love as I am wrapped in Your arms.  I thank You for the very salvation that Jesus brought to us so that one day we will be free from all that is of this world.  I have always been sad that You felt that You were sorry You ever made man back in the early times.    

So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7)

I sense You feel that way today.  But You know the times for they are in Your hands.  Walk with me through the remaining days of my life.  I crawl into Your arms, my Abba Father, one of your lambs.  I thank You and love You so.  In the Strong Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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“Scarlett Gray Joins the Parade” – Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

This post is a bit different for Being Woven but have decided to share it with you here.  It is originally posted on “The Reader and the Book” where I review mostly picture books.  I was asked to review this Christian short chapter book and decided to do it.  Suzanne, the author, sent me one and another one to give away.  You have a chance to win this if you will leave a comment on either site.

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STORY SPOILER ALERT!!

This book is the first in a new series of short chapter books (6 chapters) written by a Christian homeschooling mother.  Mr. and Mrs. Stamboulieh know that children are impressed easily by so many outside influences, some for good and others not for good.  They want the best for their daughter by being the kind of parents who’s influence upon their child is by the authority of God.  They look for books that “instill the ‘good character qualities’ and ‘godly principles for living.'” Thus, the book was created (with more to come).  Each book in the series will be based on one particular Scripture.  In this first book, Ephesians 6:1 is the focal verse: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”  Because the book is written around this verse, a child reading the book or having it read to her or him will see how God uses parents to teach and guide children.  They will also see the love that comes through these parents as they do their best to show their daughter God’s ways.

The Madisonville Fourth of July Celebration is the day’s event when we meet Scarlett Gray, her parents, and Scarlett Gray’s best friend, Georgia.  This small town leaves nothing out when it comes to a Fourth of July celebration.  There is a three-legged race, face-painting, dunking some of the community leaders in a water-filled tub, and booths galore with arts and crafts as well as ones with food to eat.  There is a parade and, of course, fireworks.  Before leaving the house, Scarlett’s father has a talk with the girls about safety among crowds and strangers and what they should do if they were to be separated from each other, lessons that Scarlett has heard before.  She and Georgia listen, and then Scarlett finishes a sentence of her father’s which she has heard many times before.

Once they are at the celebration, Scarlett and Georgia have their faces painted, eat some food, and so much more.  When it is time for the parade, the family finds themselves behind a large crowd of onlookers.  The girls cannot see much and beg to go up front when candy is thrown from a float.  They get permission and then promise to stay in the parents’ sight.   While they are up front, another float comes by tossing teddy bears and that takes the girls a bit further away from the parents.  They had promised to stay in close range, but the excitement of the many floats, horses, cars, characters on stilts, and bands made it hard for Scarlett to quit marching forward with the parade.  They actually found themselves marching along with the high school band.  They were so excited that they forget just how far they had gone away from the parents and suddenly became worried and fearful when they realized they were lost.  Then Scarlett remembered what her pastor said on many-a-Sunday: “Pray to God when in need, because He cares.”  And she did just that.  She also recalled her father’s “safety rules.”  God provided a policeman quickly who helped them.  When the girls were reunited with Scarlett’s parents, the father had a heart-to-heart talk with the girls, especially with Scarlett.  He reminded her that God had given them, her parents, a most important responsibility by entrusting Scarlett to them to look after, keeping her out of harm’s way as best they can.  They love her very much and remind her that they take this God-given responsibility very seriously.  Teaching Scarlett obedience to them is also being obedient to God.

As a Christian, I see God’s Word and ways to honor Him intertwined throughout the story, allowing for lessons around every corner, room for discussions at the end of each chapter.  I believe that this book and all of the future “Scarlett Gray” books will be a blessing to Christian families who read aloud with their children, who homeschool, and who want books built on God’s Word.  You won’t find things in this book that you dread finding in some other readers.  Mrs. Stamboulieh has written from her heart the lessons she wants her daughter to have as she is growing up.  I know you won’t be disappointed.

Reading Level: ages 4-8 (or to 10, in my opinion)


Author

Suzanne Stamboulieh “has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She previously worked as a therapist for her church. During her training and work as a therapist, she learned a great deal about how outside influences can affect our thought processes, actions and belief systems. Suzanne believes it is important for parents to be ever watchful of those influences to which their children are exposed.

“As a homeschooling mother, she reads countless books to her daughter. Since there were few Christian-based options available, Suzanne decided that she would start a new series herself. Suzanne hopes that the Scarlett Gray series will inspire young girls to make good choices to better follow in His ways.”from Scarlett Gray Publishing, LLC:
“Our aim is to inspire young readers to seek God in their daily lives, and to honor Him with their choices. It is our hope that parents can confidently share our books with their children, knowing the message meets their high standards.”
http://www.scarlettgraypublishing.com/Illustrator
Katrina Arrington

I RECEIVED A FREE BOOK ALONG WITH ONE TO GIVE AWAY FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scarlett Gray Publishing, LLC (November 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692223460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692223468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches

Awe or Dread?

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When you look at this photo, if you were the one in red, would you be terrified or could you sit in awe at the incredible view?

The Lord is King forever and ever;

the nations perish from His land.

O Lord, You hear the desire of the afflicted;

You will strengthen their heart; You will incline Your ear

to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,

so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Psalm 10:16-18

עָרַץ

`arats

[ä·rats’]

to awe

(intransitive) to dread; hence, to harass:— be afraid, dread, feared, terrified, break, dread, fear, oppress, prevail, shake terribly.

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You shall not be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.  Deuteronomy 7:21

For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around Him?  Psalm 89:6-7

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.  But the LORD of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”  Isaiah 8:12-13

For when he sees his children,
the work of My hands, in his midst,
they will sanctify My name;
they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.  Isaiah 29:23

We can stand in awe of our God’s might or shiver in fright from the world’s terror.  Which shall we choose?

  • Dylann Storm Roof shot nine of our Christian brothers and sisters as they joined in fellowship and communion; even the armed gunman sat with them for over one hour in Bible study and prayer.
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a death sentence for killing 3 and maiming 264 at the Boston Marathon of 2013.
  • Islamic State, Taliban: car-bombs, kidnapping, killing, taking and retaking lands
  • Drug cartels
  • Armed and unarmed men killed by police
  • Boko Haram attacks, kidnappings
  • and on and on…

Can we pray for these instead of fearing them?

Can we look to our God in awe for Who He is, for all that He does?  He is the One Who enables us to hear from the afflicted, the oppressed, the poor, the elderly, and to be able to do something for orphans, the elderly, the oppressed.

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.  And the idols he shall utterly abolish.  And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.  In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;  To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.  Isaiah 2:17-21

Matthew Henry comments on Isaiah 2:20-12: “Let not your eye be to the power of man, for it is finite and limited, derived and depending; it is not from him that your judgment proceeds. Let not him be your fear, let not him be your hope; but look up to the power of God, to which all the powers of men are subject and subordinate; dread His wrath, secure His favour, take Him for your help, and let your hope be in the Lord your God.”

Father God, I pray that I would seek Your Holy face in all ways.  Your majesty and glory is above all and before all.  I want to see You.  I want to hear You.  I want to be obedient to You and not follow those who would lead me astray.  Father, You are my LORD and Savior.  You mean everything to me.  I thank You for saving me.  Should I ever be in a situation such as in the church in Charleston, may I be able to stand tall for You, not shrinking back from the love I have for You out of fear to man.  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”  Ephesians 6:13  May I stand for those who need You, for those who are downtrodden, for those who are old and alone, for those who are fatherless, for those who are hungry or thirsty.  Father, there are so many who need You in untold ways.  Show me Your ways.  Father, I pray these words of Jude: Now to Him who is able to keep [me] from stumbling and to present [me] blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.  Jude 1:24-25

That I may be in awe of You.   Amen and Amen.

 

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Dependency

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 “Christianity promises to make men free; it never promises to make them independent.” 
William Ralph Inge


No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Roman 4:20-25

Abraham was faithful.  He depended upon God, was obedient to Him.  He had a relationship with His God.  His faith was “counted to Him as righteousness.”  I have a relationship with God because I want to be close.

I have worked so much of my life to be independent, having a life I could call my own, but faith in the LORD, being married to Kenneth, talking with one of my sisters each weekend on the phone, are relationships that mean so very much to me and call me to obedience and dependence.  Being dependent is not a bad thing as the world often portrays it.  From the Mosaic Bible’s devotions:  “While relationship doesn’t demand the sacrifice of independence, it offers the gift of meeting our inadequacies.  In such moments of weakness, we realize the strength of dependence.”


I Cannot Do This Alone

 by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
 
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the ways for me….
 
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before men.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
Amen.


I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9


LORD, I need You and You alone.  May the needing of You be joyful and may it be the delight of my heart.  LORD, help me release my need to be self-sufficient so that I may always be God-dependent.  Amen.

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