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Fear or Despise

Life gives us the option of two paths—the right path and the wrong path. The path we take says a lot about our journey in life. In today’s verse, we read that the people who fear the LORD take the right path. The people who despise God take the wrong path.

To fear God means to recognize Who He is and thereby honor Him. When our eyes open to our Creator, when our eyes fix on Him, we begin to see a glimpse of His greatness. We cannot describe His greatness. We cannot understand His thoughts. We stand amazed at His unfailing love, at the sacrifice of His One and only Son. We fear the LORD and press onward along the right path.

For others, another path is taken. A hardened heart leads some down a very different path, a path that is opposite the one the children of God travel. This is a path God wishes no one to travel. It is a path that leads to death and destruction. It is a path those who despise the LORD desire to travel, not grasping the way, the truth, or the life. Today, consider the path you are taking? Are you on the right path?

“Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise Him.” – Proverbs 14:2 [NLT]

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Handmade Intimacy

There is something special about handmade items. I have handmade scarves I received as gifts. I treasure them because I know that the person who crafted these pieces carefully selected the yarn, dedicated countless hours of creation, and made it specifically for me. I have paintings displayed in my home—paintings that started as a vision from family and friends. Stroke by stroke they made their vision come to life in the form of artwork.

As I read through Genesis 2, I cannot help but remember the great awesomeness of Creation, when the God of the universe took the dirt and formed man. If we read Genesis 1, we read again and again how He spoke different items into existence. He spoke and then there was light. He spoke and there was sky. He spoke and there was land. Yes, He spoke about making human beings (v. 26-28); however, as we look closely in Genesis 2, we read that “GOD formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul” (v. 5-7 MSG100).

God took dirt and He formed man—we are God-made. This is intimate. This is personal. Before man was alive, not only did God take the dirt and form us, but He also blew into the nostrils of man. What did He blow into the nostrils? The breath of life—God’s breath. Not only were we handmade by the Creator of the universe, but He gave us His breath. How awesome is that?!? Today, let us remember that we are handmade by God, made in His image, given His breath, formed by His hands.


I have been reading The Message 100: The Story of God in Sequence by Eugene Peterson. I am grateful for the opportunity to review this new release from NavPress. I received this Bible free for review thanks to Tyndale House Publishers. I have read The Message (NavPress) twice and I have read the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale) as well, so I was eager to dig into the Message 100 to read this new version.

I am enjoying the chronological layout with the trusted paraphrase from Eugene Peterson. Reading in this order allows for a deeper understanding of the Bible, but written at a level that builds bridges for any reading level. It is a pure pleasure being able to sit and read God’s Word in the evening. During a recent message I preached, I recommended this new Bible, because I know that the Message paraphrase is a great translation to read along with a daily reading Bible. I always recommend having a few different translations to read for a deeper understanding. A chronological Bible is a blessing because it helps the reader to see things in an order that is not easy to understand when not in sequence.

The Message can be understood by any type of reader. This new Bible displays the verse numbers so you can look to your daily reading Bible for further study. As well, there is a guide to show where the books can be found as the order is chronological. The 100 readings are designed for a great progression through the books, without any loss to the message of the Gospel. The Bible allows for anyone to encounter Jesus and be moved by how He reveals Himself to us through His Word. There is plenty of room to write in the margins of this Bible as the Spirit leads.

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Puddles of Life

During our morning walk there was quite a lot of water puddles to make our way around because of the crazy weather during the night. Being a Labrador, Max has no issue making his way through the puddles. I try to encourage him to walk around but sometimes he just walks right on through. With Marci it is a different story. She is a Shih Tzu. Some of the puddles we encountered this morning were like lakes to her.

As we made our way home, Max went ahead and Marci found herself right in front of a large puddle. She was frightened. She tried to run in the other direction but could not get far as she was attached to Max’s leash. I reached down to grab her and save her from the puddle. She did not know what was going on. She ran away from my hands because I think she feared we would start giving her a bath right there in the puddle. I tried to calm her. Finally I was able to get a good hold on her and I carried her over the puddle and placed her safely on dry ground.

We often reach puddles in our own lives. We are fearful to go through. We don’t know what direction to go and we can’t get very far no matter which way we turn. Sometimes we just need to walk up to the water’s edge in faith, understanding that God is right there. Our loving Father is always there. He reaches out and carries us across the turbulent waters in life. He holds us with His great strength. He guides us through the deepest waters and the darkest valleys. There is no safest place to be than in the hands of our Father. Stop squirming. Rest in Him. Let yourself be carried where He made you to be—to a place beyond our understanding. Step forward. It’s time.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2 [NLT]

A Living Spirited Dance

Dancing is not something I am good at doing but some of my fondest memories are dancing on the kitchen floor with my children’s feet upon mine. They loved to have our evening dance session. We would put the music up loud and dance for nearly an hour each evening before I did the dishes.

Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians “to live in order to please God, as in fact you are now living” (NIV). The Message translates “not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.” Now if you consider dancing, there is a rhythm involved. The dancers must be in sync. To be in step with each other, they bond in this close relationship so their movements are smooth and free flowing.

So how can we have a living, spirited dance when it comes to our relationship with God? How can we be in step with God? It comes down to spending time in His Word, listening to His Spirit, and never neglecting the great opportunity we have to come to Him in prayer. Your life with God is not meant to be dreaded or boring. It is not meant to appear painful or dead. Your life with God is living—living like never imagined—with a beautiful dance between Creator and created, between Master and servant, between Father and child. Today, place your toes on your Father’s feet and dance away. Dance like you never danced before.

“One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life. Keep yourselves from sexual promiscuity. – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 [MSG]

Mirror Love

I have seen many bizarre things over the years and I could not help but notice the weird actions of a bird the other morning. This bird kept ramming into my car mirror. Again and again, he bounced off the mirror. I couldn’t understand this repetition. I couldn’t understand the foolishness. Why would a bird continue to batter itself by jumping into my mirror?

So of course I was on the computer doing research. What I found was interesting. When it is mating season, birds often spend time bouncing off mirrors when they see their reflection. That got me thinking of our own mirror love.

There are moments when the birds look into the mirror and see this “other bird” and fall in love. The other bird is actually them. In the same way, some people say they have “found God” or “love God” but in reality they have fallen in love with the god they have created in their mind. This god that they love follows suit with their own beliefs, this god fits them like a glove. Rather than falling in love with God Almighty, they created a god who will allow them to continue as they wish in life. Like a bird bouncing off of a mirror, there is no relationship. Like the bird, the repetition gets them nowhere but it makes them feel temporarily satisfied until reality hits. Remember Who He is today. Don’t try to put Him in a box and mold Him to fit your life. He’s the potter. You are the clay.

“Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” – Psalm 100:3 [NLT]

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Redesigned Reality

When I was a little girl, I had a crazy imagination and I had a lot of time to consider my future. I had a complete future dreamed up, with the number of kids, how my husband would be, the job I would have, etc. Some of what I imagined became reality and there was a point in life when I thought everything I had envisioned was right in my grasp; however, my fantasy world crumbled before my very eyes.

In today’s passage, Bildad asked Job if he wanted to have the world redesigned for him, to have reality suspended for him. It meant should that which is firm as a rock get removed as a special accommodation for Job so that he could have his own reality. Or one could say that which doesn’t fit or work into my plans be removed so I could have the reality I want.

Bildad understood that God designed the world and that was reality. God is Creator. God is King. Of course with his truth he was misdirected regarding Job; however, we also need to ask ourselves this same question. There are moments when the reality that is before us doesn’t fit our plan and we need to step back and realize that our plan and God’s plan aren’t totally aligned. Improper alignment causes us to desire a redesigned reality. Remember God’s plan is so much better than the one we could ever imagine.

“Bildad from Shuhah chimed in:

‘How monotonous these word games are getting!
Get serious! We need to get down to business.
Why do you treat your friends like slow-witted animals?
You look down on us as if we don’t know anything.
Why are you working yourself up like this?
Do you want the world redesigned to suit you?
Should reality be suspended to accommodate you?’”

-Job 18:4 [MSG]

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God With You

When considering a change in life, do you consider if you can do it? When you are facing a difficult situation, do you consider if you can do it? From what I have seen, many people consider their own strength. Whatever they are faced with, they consider if they alone can do it. If they cannot physically, financially, and emotionally do it, then that is it.

Moses was told to go lead the Israelites out of Egypt and he immediately considered if it was something he could do alone. He said “what makes you think” that I can do that? More or less it was an excuse because Moses considered his own strength and knew it was impossible. But it wasn’t impossible for God.

Too often we consider our own strength but we are not doing life alone. We have a God who is all-powerful. We have a God who is mighty. We have a God who created the Earth. We have a God who sustains us, who provides for us, who helps us, who blesses us with all that we see, feel, and know. Today, remember that God is with you, and consider what you can do through Him rather than without Him. So much more is possible when you see things through Him.

“Moses answered God, ‘But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?’

‘I’ll be with you,’ God said. ‘And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.’”

– Exodus 3:11-12 [MSG]

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You Never Ask

How many times are you in need of help but you are hesitant to ask someone? Sometimes we go into this mode where we worry about something and need help, but we think it will come without us doing anything. It is almost as if we expect our neighbors to be mind readers when we can’t start our car in the morning and need the car jumped. When we are having trouble meeting deadlines we think about the need of help in our minds but we dare not ask for it.

In Isaiah 22, the people were doing what they could to take care of themselves in the basic ways. Their weakness was showing but they tried to keep it all together. They had a reservoir for water so the people would not go thirsty. They looked to these safety nets rather than looking to God. Instead of calling upon God, they did what they could in their own strength.

Again and again the Bible says that God will help us. Again and again we read that He will not forsake us—we will not be alone, not once. Yet there are moments when we look to the strength of our own hands and we never ask for help. We struggle. We try to do it alone. This verse speaks of “the One who did all this” – the Creator and Sustainer of everything. Today let us ask. Let us look to the One who did all this—the One who planned this long ago. Never be afraid or too proud to ask.

“Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool. But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago.” – Isaiah 22:11 [NLT]

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The Rock from which Cut

If you take a rock and cut a piece off, it has great similarities to the rock from which it was cut. If you take a piece off of a chocolate chip cookie, it tastes just the same as the cookie from which it came. As a parent, I can look at my children and see similarities that they share with me. My daughter talks a lot just like me. My son likes to joke around a lot just like me. Many similarities.

In Isaiah 51, it says to “consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” So let us consider it. From where do you come? You were created by our Creator. Not only were you created by God, but you were created in His image. Consider the rock from which you were cut.

When you look in the mirror, remember you were created in the image of God. When you see others, remember also, that each person you meet was created in the image of God. Everyone is created in the image of God. When you consider the Rock from which each was cut, you see things much differently.

“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance–all who seek the LORD! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” – Isaiah 51:1 [NLT]

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Only A Simple Thing

There are moments when we look at our problems and they seem so big. Rather than say, “My God is bigger than my problems,” we focus on the problem which causes worry and anxiety.

In today’s verse, we read “this is only a simple thing for the LORD.” Only a simple thing. We need to remind ourselves daily that our God can do the impossible. Something that we consider difficult is “only a simple thing.” Something that we cannot do alone is “only a simple thing” for Him.

God is our Creator. He formed everything. He knows everything. As Romans 11:36 reminds us, “… everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory” (NLT). Remember this today. You might be facing a big problem in your life right now, but for God it’s only a simple thing. Put it in His hands and feel the peace that He alone can provide.

“But this is only a simple thing for the LORD, for he will make you victorious over the army of Moab!” – 2 Kings 3:18 [NLT]

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