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Meaningful vs. Meaningless

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”  Ecclesiastes 1:2 Do you ever wonder what life is all about?  I have to admit that there are times that I have not only wondered but thrown up my hands in desperation, second guessing the turns that my life had taken.  I was pleased to see that … Continue reading

Waiting

“Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!”  Proverbs 8:34 I’m not sure about any of you but my greatest vice is impatience.  I struggle daily with a dislike for waiting.  It has also become abundantly clear to me that one of the … Continue reading

Idols

“Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, ‘If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth.  Determine to obey on the LORD; then He will rescue you from the Philistines.’”  Samuel 7:3 Idols, a word that makes me cringe.  … Continue reading

Patience

As I began today’s reading I noticed how easily distracted I became and more importantaly, impatient.  I truly hate to admit this but I wanted the reading to be over because for “me” it was not an easy read and at first pass-through I just couldn’t grab onto a “nugget” or a verse that inspired … Continue reading

Courage

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 Courage is defined so well in 31:6, it is grace under pressure and is the act of doing what … Continue reading

How does God get our attention?

Deuteronomy 4:32-40 As I read today’s reading I focused on the words forbidden, obey, idolatry and fear.  As I was “digging deeper” I came across a life’s lesson from Charles Stanley on Deuteronomy 4:32-40 that I would like to share. “A whistle can get our attention quickly.  We use it to control unruly behavior, signal … Continue reading

Obedience

“Then Balaam confessed to the angel of the LORD, ‘I have sinned.  I didn’t realize you were standing in the road to block my way.  I will return home if you are against my going.’”  Numbers 22:34 A donkey that talks…sounds like a fairy tale and like all well-written fairy tales, is full of wisdom.  … Continue reading

The Color Purple

“They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the altar with a purple cloth.”  Numbers 4:13 I just love bright, vivid colors and although Numbers can be a dry book to read it is chock full of symbolism, much of it related to color.  When reading v.4:13 I was struck by … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

“This procedure will determine whether a person or object is ceremonially clean or unclean…” Leviticus 14:57 If the words mildew, scabby sores, bodily discharges or burnt offerings leave you a bit unnerved then the superficial reading of Leviticus will send you running in the opposite direction.  Honestly, if truth be told I didn’t greet today’s … Continue reading

Walking in Faith

“So they camped or traveled at the LORD’s command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses.”  Numbers 9:23 As I read through today’s reading I am struck by this wilderness journey and how it is a “walk in faith.”  So many times we want to know the future, we want to have … Continue reading