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Joyful on the Sabbath

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“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 58:13-14

As I came upon the above verses yesterday, I realized I had not blogged on the Sabbath for a while and therefore thought I should probably consider the words of Isaiah as I spent my Sabbath today. If you read these lines from Isaiah carefully, the Lord lets it be known that on the sabbath we need to be purposeful to avoid things that bring pleasure and honor to us above what will bring pleasure and honor to Him.
I have to admit it is difficult at times to discern if a certain activity is bringing honor and pleasure to me or to God,…

Are You With Me?

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To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15
“Are you with me?” A question which is usually voiced when a choice needs to be made – one in which a person can no longer make the choice to sit on the fence and think he/she is void of having to make a decision. An answer must meet this question and then quickly be followed up with a bold jump down to either one side or the other. The above verse from Titus compares the two opposing sides of the spiritual fence that God places before us and asks the question, “Are you with Me?” The pure side with Him or the defiled side apart from Him, the side which makes not only the person pure or impure but also their mind and conscience pure or impure.
The divide is great and the fence is very high from which we jump, it is the fence that separates sin from holiness and the choice to jump to the side with God was made possible only becau…

Trusting the Rain to Fall

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For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10-11

Even though it is only late September, my kids are already thinking about snow. Last year we had a very mild winter and for those of us who love the cozy effect which snow brings to winter surroundings, we kind of felt cheated out of a real winter. But, the greater effect left by the lack of snow last year was the near drought that threatened the entire crop season here this year. (We fortunately did get some incredible spring rains, which in some places proved to be too much, and in the end our growing season ended up being very bountiful.)
Looking to heaven for this necessary moisture though is risky business …

Blameless

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I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
After a long night filled with tying up lots of loose ends, I passed by one of my flip calendars and turned the page since it was already 1am and I was hungry to hear from God's word for just a bit of refreshment for my soul that was feeling very much spent. The words that met me were from 1 Corinthians 1:8 “...our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”, and it s…

Trusting in Truth and Not in Feelings

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"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."  Isaiah 26:3
This morning as I was praying, I realized that the fervency in my prayers as of late has been declining. On top of that realization, my soul has felt very unsettled about the divide I see continually growing as I have let my feelings take over where I know the truth of the Lord should be taking precedence. It was during this prayer time, as these thoughts were going through my mind, that I felt the nudge of the Spirit to pray through my feelings and instead to pray alone on the basis of God's truth - for that I asked the Lord to help me since it was not within me that I knew this change could happen.

You see, I have come to realize over the years through my experiences and through my study of God's word that even though I am less internally passionate about seeking God at times, my feelings are not to be the basis upon which I ultimately decide who God is in m…

Not Tossed To and Fro

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...we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ...” Ephesians 4:14-15
As I have been reading through the bible these past few days, the Lord has been impressing a repeated message to me, one I have not blogged about until now because up until last night I had no idea what the meaning was behind the things He had been telling me. In the process of not being able to make sense of these things I did not put them out of my mind, but rather stored them away in the back of my mind. I have to admit I should have been seeking God more as I saw Him place this theme before me again and again, but I did not and instead found myself a little bit baffled as to why God kept speaking to me again and again about this subject – that being that those who are headed on the path of destr…

Israel Has Not Been Forgotten

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I am the Lord, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself...
Who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’
To the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’”
Isaiah 44:24, 26


With the news focusing more and more around Israel and the heightened conflict in the Middle East, I found the above verses I took out of Isaiah 44 (the fuller context is laid out below) captivating to read and ponder. God has not forgotten Israel, but in due time He will restore His nation. In the past God gave an example of what the restoration would look like as He used the king of Persia, Cyrus, to allow the exiles to return to their homeland. But there is a more perfect example of the true Shepherd who will gather the nation of Israel back together for its final restoration – Jesus, the King of the Jews.
Remember these, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me!
I have b…

My Watching Brother and My Watching God

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Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?' He said, 'I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?'” Genesis 4:9


This morning my pastor spoke on Genesis 4 and then when I got home this same verse I heard at church was looking me in the eye when I sat down to ready my bible and devotionals. “Where is Abel your brother?” Then the following verse from Luke sat before me to reflect on with the following quote from Oswald Chambers:


Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem...” Luke 18:31b


The same thing will happen to us on our way to Jerusalem. There will be the works of God manifested through us, people will get blessed, and one or two will show gratitude and the rest will show gross ingratitude, but nothing must deflect us from going up to Jerusalem.” Oswald Chambers


After pondering all of these things I felt the Lord put before me today, I had to ask myself, “Where is my brother Abel?” Here is what I journaled after I thought long and hard about that questio…

Frost Warning

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And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.'” Luke 22:31-32
At the end of the last year, as I was praying about the materials I would use in teaching my children this year, I felt the Lord telling me that my kids needed to get real in understanding the cost the Lord requires for the faith of those who confess Jesus as Lord. So, as I was looking among the used books at our home school conference last spring I came upon the book Jesus Freaks which was written by a mutual effort of the recording group DC Talk and the mission group Voice of the Martyrs.
The content of this book is far from your typical fluffy devotional material. It starts out with a bang, literally, as the first story shared in the book is about the execution style gunning done at Columbine High School in response the gunners question as to…

As The Lord Chooses

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 For those of you who keep up with my blog on a daily basis, thank you for your patience in waiting for today's blog - my internet has been down all morning.  Thank you to those of you who have been praying for it to be repaired.  May all praise and glory to be the Lord who provides us in time with all that we need and even more to accomplish His plans! - Peggy
Surely the wrath of man shall praise You, with the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.” Psalm 76:10
Last night was another night out with my family going door-to-door for my campaign. As we came back together at the of the evening, each of us had a few stories to share of the good and the evil we had seen in our “going out” that evening. In thinking about the stories that transpired last night – of how my son had been cursed at, how God had led my husband to put a flier on a door he had all intentions of walking past, how a man had shamed me for thinking that not eeking every ounce of money from the taxpayers and …