• Restoring God's temple in you

    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…

  • meat and coronavirus

    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…

  • Season of Seclusion

    6 Points About This Season Of Seclusion

    This could have been a Facebook LIVE discussion and would have if I didn’t have this cough.  Not the coronavirus cough – but one that followed me home from New Orleans last month, our combined Valentine and 30th anniversary excursion.  I’m not really sick, just coughing.  On some days (like today), it’s a lot.  So, was the trip worth it all?  Given what we know now of what may have been lurking then, I’d say no. I hope you are (like me) staying home as much as absolutely possible.  What is your present consecutive quarantine day?  (This is my 7th.)  Self-quarantine has been my life to a certain degree over…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Dream Fulfilled

    Valentine Dream Fulfilled

    Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! As we prepare for the valentines in our lives, I thought we’d consider the verse below for today.  We’ll pause Faithfulness Friday tomorrow since God led me to this instead.  And, hey!  It’s Valentine’s.  What else can I say? Perhaps this post is for you. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) Do you feel hopeless in your current season?  Maybe the fact that God hasn’t answered your prayers (yet) makes you feel rejected by Him.  Do you feel the waiting is unfair?  Does it bother you deep down inside that tough seasons of others are…

  • Psalm 30.5

    Protecting Your Joy

    “They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because so many had died that day.” (2 Samuel 1:12) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  For the most benefit, first read (or listen to it on your Bible app) 2nd Samuel, chapter one.  Good stuff, y’all. Can you identify with David and his men in their grief over their great loss of King Saul and Jonathan? Are you currently mourning a loss?  What tragedies have you suffered?  The death of a loved one, death of a relationship, loss of a home, a job, your health, your marriage,…

  • Alliance Troubles

    The Trouble With Alliances

    Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going.  If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped. (Exodus 34:12) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  I’m thrilled you are here. 🙂  Today’s focus will (again!) be on chapters 17-20 of 2nd Chronicles.  You might be glad to hear that this is our final week on these chapters. Last week, in our Need for Making a List, we looked at the events in fiery orange that were against God’s directions.  Do you ever wish for a loud buzzer with bright orange, flashing lights to warn you of trouble…

  • Necessary List

    When You Need to Stop and Make a List

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Our chapters for today are the same ones from these last two weeks – 2nd Chronicles, chapters 17-20.  So rich, y’all. You may or may not be a list embracer, but sometimes I’m all about a list. When studying the Bible, listing certain things can be helpful.  After the first Faithfulness Friday post, the original plan was to move on to another book of the Bible entirely.  I’d already written the next post, which you’ll see later this month (or next – we’ll see). When publishing that first post (Your Victory Faith Song), I knew God had more for us to see before leaving those 2nd…

  • always more

    Always More

    Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. (2 Chronicles 20:3) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  If you read the chapters from last week’s post (2 Chronicles 17-20), you are good to go for today. There are so many tidbits to cover in 2 Chronicles 17-20 that I must go back and point out more.  That goes to show you . . . you can never glean every last thing from scripture.  Keep digging. There is no last thing.  There is always more. I’m so glad you are here with me, combing through scripture for examples of God’s…