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    Can’t Get No Satisfaction

    Welcome, Faithfulness Friday friends!  The 1965 song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (by the Rolling Stones) came to mind as I began reading Proverbs, chapter 23 (our focus today).  Here’s the song to refresh your memory.  🙂 This chapter of Proverbs immediately speaks of eating with rulers, gluttony, and a general focus on riches and delicacies. “Hey, Hey, Hey! That’s what I say…” What does God say?  He gives us fun music – and many gems of verses where we can find satisfaction in the Lord.   In the scriptures leading up to this one, I thought of discontentment – and then God addressed His answer in this Faithfulness Friday…

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    From BUTS To YESES

    Welcome back to Faithfulness Friday!  I hope you don’t mind, but today we see God’s faithfulness in one verse rather than one or more chapters of the Bible.  My, how God can grab us with as little as one verse! How was your Mother’s Day?  I was thinking of you last weekend.  I want to encourage you today with the gift the Lord gave me on Sunday, but it hasn’t always been that way. My old journals are packed away in a box I can’t get to right now, so I did my best to remember back to past Mom’s days when our daughter was on walkabout.  Of course, I…

  • Mourning calls

    The Color Red and Mourning Doves

    Hello, my Faithfulness Friday friends!  Have you ever considered the Book of Nahum to be a page-turner?  Most people probably wouldn’t think it all that riveting.  Although, some study reveals Nahum to be most interesting! In an effort to escape my usual ADD-ness and to finish what I started, I’m continuing from last week’s Faithfulness Friday focus (Which Side Are You On?)  where we studied Nahum, chapter one.  Onward now to complete The Book of Nahum. Remember from chapter one last week that God told Nahum that He was done with Nineveh.   Their doom was eminent.  God continued His description of what was ahead for them in the remaining two chapters…

  • Which Side Are You On?

    It’s Faithfulness Friday again!  Today we’re highlighting Nahum, chapter one. Nineveh, the capitol city of the Assyrian nation, turned from its sinful ways approximately one hundred years earlier when Jonah prophesied their destruction if they didn’t repent.  You probably know the story well from The Book of Jonah.  The people of Nineveh were spared from doom because they listened to the warnings of Jonah and turned from their wicked ways. Through the years, Nineveh became wicked again, and Nahum is here to prophesy their judgment.  This time, though, God is finished with warnings.  Assyrian doom is imminent.  We don’t know much about the prophet Nahum, but his name means “comfort”.…

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    Restoring NORMAL

    It’s Faithfulness Friday time again!  Could you use a fresh examination of God’s faithfulness in this current quarantine season?  Are you still practicing physical distancing? The social aspect of distancing (or not) is handled through various social media outlets.  Do you spend time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?  No distancing there! Just as with our church, yours is probably reaching out in new ways for on-line sermons and gatherings through video, Facebook Live, and/or Zoom sessions.  It’s been a lot of fun getting together in new ways, and it’s certainly better than nothing.  Even a screen view of our friends is better than no view at all. We say we…

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    Some Comparisons Between Meat and Coronavirus

    Happy Faithfulness Friday!  You’ll find this Faithfulness Friday post to be different from the others so far.  Today’s faithfulness passages are from Numbers 11. The difference between this post and the others is that I took the opportunity to discuss things on Facebook Live yesterday rather than putting it all in print for you today.  I put on mascara, which doesn’t make much difference, but mascara made me feel better – more put-together and fully dressed. Side note:  Are you going without makeup these days, wearing your pj’s or yoga pants all day?  Do tell! Back to our topic today, you’ll want to read the entire eleventh chapter of Numbers…

  • A time for everything

    It’s Not Fatal

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! While many live in fear of the Coronavirus that, for some, is fatal, God keeps telling me to shout, “Arise, church!  Stand in awe!  Be expectantly amazed as your Father demonstrates His power and His provision in troubling days.  God is refining us, His children, to stand boldly for His name’s sake.  Yes, stand in awe as the Lord displays His glory!” Do you live in expectation of the good God will bring?  He is faithfully stretching us, bending us to seek new ways to reach others in community for the explosion of His church and the gospel.  May we be faithful to the Lord and…

  • The Paradigm

    A Book You Won’t Want to Miss – and Why

    I didn’t start out expecting to give you book reviews, but what I just finished hearing on Audible is one you won’t want to miss. It seems that people are lost without the regular activities of normal life.  Things are definitely NOT normal right now, are they?  The Covid-19 epidemic has us in a quandary.  Fingernails tapping on the counter.  What to do.  What to do…. Listening to books on tape was something I used to do while cleaning house.  Cleaning house isn’t an all-day activity for me anymore, nor even for half a day.  In small snippets of time, I do laundry, cook, or run the vacuum, and then…

  • Psalm 91

    Messianic Psalm of Life

    Welcome to this week’s Faithfulness Friday! Since last week’s Faithfulness Friday post, Psalm 90, A Psalm of Death, I noticed people in the on-line world examining Psalm 91 more intently.  Psalm 91 is identified in some commentaries as the Psalm of Life.  As we saw last week, there is much about life in the 90th Psalm, too. While in these weeks of an altered life, staying home in seclusion and hopefully protected from the spread of Covid-19, we get so much encouragement from the psalms.  Psalm 91 provides comfort, revealing God’s protection for His children when encountering the dangers of life. This psalm also reveals the coming Messiah, our Lord…

  • Psalm 90

    A Psalm of Death – Not the End of the Story

    Our focus for today’s Faithfulness Friday is Psalm 90.  The 90th was the first psalm written and penned by Moses himself while winding up the desert wandering years with God’s people.  (I discovered this on Monday when reading my copy of The One Year Chronological Bible – *Amazon link, commission affiliate.) During the forty years of wandering and waiting to enter the promised land, Moses saw over two million people die.  His psalm is known as the psalm of death.  Moses begins his psalm by elevating God, our Creator in verses 1-2. “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!  Before the mountains were created, before you made…

  • Faithfulness Fridays

    The Promise Gifter

    “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor with me, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Are you uncertain about tomorrow?  Of course.  We all are.  But we need not be fearful.  I see so much reaction in panic and fear.  The Lord tells us multiple times in His Word not to fear.  He is in control. Our God is faithful and true.  He will get us through the next few weeks/months.  The future may look bleak, but we have He Who is Most Powerful upon which to gaze! I wrote this verse on the chalk board “cheese…

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    The Gift of Craftsmanship

    “Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.” (Exodus 31:6b) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  After a dip into the New Testament last Friday, we’re back in the Old Testament this week – in chapter 31 of Exodus. I remember reading the passages about the early tabernacle tent design intently after I’d been sewing window treatments for the public for several years.  I enjoyed working creatively and liked the feeling that God had gifted me for it. I was blown away by the intricacy of God’s detailed instructions for the curtains used for temple “tent…

  • Ending Times and Tickling Ears

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Today, our focus snippet scriptures are highlighted from reading 2nd Timothy, chapters 3-4.  I love the stories of the Old Testament, but I was craving some Jesus.  What we all need, right?  Jesus …. So, let’s dive into the New Testament (at least for today). Many of us recognize the nearing end times in our world.  The craziness of how social media is about arguing and bickering, back-biting and hatefulness.  As a Christian, it seems I am the enemy of many.  Bible-teaching preachers and their church members are viewed as an enemy of those who say Christians are the “haters”. These verses in 2nd Timothy appear…

  • All Things. All!

    My Personal Faithfulness Praise

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! We’ve had nearly two months to review God’s faithfulness in scripture, which is great, right?  Have you enjoyed it as much as I have? For today, I felt God leading me to share my own experience with God’s faithfulness over the last two and a half years.  Ignoring it seems to be, well, ignoring all God has done.  And, I don’t want to do that when He deserves all the praise – and when you might be encouraged by it in your own tough season. This verse particularly grabbed me today. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,…

  • God Lavishes His Love

    His Love, His Strength – Our Smallness

    “The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of the nations!  It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). Welcome back to Faithfulness Friday. I missed you last Friday!  How was your Valentine’s Day? Hubs and I took a trip for Valentine’s weekend, part of which included taking in the World War II Museum in New Orleans (a must-see).  New Orleans served us, along with loads of Mardi Gras fans (not a fan myself), some yummy new-to-me…