What is the Capital T Testimony in the Old Testament?


Numbers 1:52-53

“The rest of the People of Israel will set up their tents in companies, every man in his own camp under its own flag. But the Levites will set up camp around The Dwelling of The Testimony so that wrath will not fall on the community of Israel. The Levites are responsible for the security of The Dwelling of The Testimony.”

I had to Google the meaning of Testimony with a capital T in the Old Testament:

25:10-22 The ark was a chest, overlaid with gold, in which the two tables of the law were to be kept. These tables are called the testimony; God in them testified his will. This law was a testimony to the Israelites, to direct them in their duty, and would be a testimony against them, if they transgressed.

Inside the Ark, Chicago Tribune

So…Five Minutes on that word…

The Testimony was a treasure. It was well kept. Where do we keep the Bible these days? Do we treat it with respect and put it in a safe but visible place? We have several Bibles in our home. I have my two favorite ones on our coffee table presently so I can remember to read them! I have a Bible study in progress as well as doing a Hello Mornings 30 day challenge of reading Psalm 143:8 daily. It helps me to stay in the Word to see the Word and “treasure” it. The Testimony of Christ is in there as well as the original commandments from God the Father. I love reading both the Old and New Testaments. I feel like one is historical and fairy tale like…unbelievable but TRUE! And, the New Testament is the stories of Christ and His followers who share the Good News! Also seemingly unbelievable in part, but TRUE! How about you and your family? Do you have a favorite Bible; do you have one at all? I know some people read the Bible digitally on phones or through the words of blogs. I do that too. There are so many ways to find the Testimony. Join me today in viewing the Treasure!

Psalm 143:8New American Standard Bible

Let me hear Your faithfulness in the morning,
For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk;
For to You I lift up my soul.

Don’t Compromise Your Faith


2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.

Today’s Five Minute Friday word prompt is “COMPROMISE.”

Do we make friends with people who reject God?

Do we welcome in war or peace?

Are we making partnerships with the dark-side or the side of Light?

Do we put our trust in friends who share our faith in the Father?

Do we set up false Gods in our hearts?

https://seminary.grace.edu/can-i-really-have-jesus-in-my-heart/

We are temples of God, and we should make sure the Light giver resides inside of our hearts, minds, and on into our hands. We don’t want to compromise our faith for elements that could disrupt our temples of worship. God wants us all to Himself. He is our Father. I am His daughter. You are His too! This is the Word of the Lord. This is the message of Jesus, His Son, Our Light!

May we consider these verses. May we examine our temples. May we love big and hard. May we welcome the Lord and His people to be close to us.

Amen!

What I’ve Become


Today’s Five Minute Friday Word Prompt: “become.”

James 1:2-4

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

I have become a morning preschool assistant teacher.

I have become a part time afternoon/evening speech language pathologist (speech therapist).

I have become a mother and a wife.

I have become a friend who can be counted upon.

I have become a daughter who cares for aging parents.

I have become a sister who loves at a distance since we are separated by state lines.

I have become a yogi.

I have become a walker.

I have become a tennis coach.

I have become a gardener.

I have become a faith growing reader and Bible Study leader.

I have become a blogger.

I have become a nutrition nut who sells Arbonne.

I have become many things, but the most important thing is that I have become a Believer. I believe in God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is a triune God that has helped me become many of these things by His plan for me, and some by my choosing. I hope that all that we become is pleasing to our Father. I pray for peace in how we become mature in our faith and in our lives. I love writing here in this space. Thanks for reading!

Jennifer

https://ponderinglife.blog/2020/03/02/plans-james-12-4/

What’s On Your Road?


Mark 1:1-3

John the Baptizer

The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!

John the Baptist gave a message here: Jesus will make the road smooth, and we should prepare a smooth straight road for Him! What’s on your road? Do you see Jesus ahead? Do you prepare the road for Him?

In light of this past week, being in Florida we have seen rocky roads. There have been roads that have been flooded, blocked by trees, bumpy with debris, and in our neighborhood down right stinky. Florida saw Hurricane Ian this week. Thankfully we do not live at the coast, but we still had effects inland in the Orlando area. It was a Category 1 storm when it hit us. We lost no trees, but we did lose power for two days and two nights. We lost limbs. Our backyard spring rose. Our sewer lift station backed up into the road. It was stinky folks! We were sweaty and had to walk around and clean things.

Thankfully, our clean up was pretty easy, and the power came back on just as it was getting very hot in our homes. We do not have the devastation that the coastal areas are facing. Please pray for the roads to be clear for Jesus. May His presence be felt spiritually and physically. There are floods. There are homes and businesses gone. There will be trauma for those who lived through the worst. But, I see Jesus ahead. I see neighbors helping neighbors here, and I’m sure there.

May we all prepare the road for Jesus. May we walk down the roads with a sense of community to be with Him and be with others. People need people. The roads are nicer when things are smooth. If they are not smooth where you are…take hope! Jesus is coming! Look for Him!

Paddleboarding on the Wekiva River Yesterday
My husband next to a recreational business that was in high water yesterday. Closed for business due to no where for people to sit! They rent paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks. Thankfully we own our own. We paddled up to see what it was like down river from us! Praying the waters recede quickly so they can become operational again soon.
A “cabana” with the cover removed for the hurricane and cushions removed too. They prepped! The waters rose, but the business still stands. Power restored yesterday, and God willing the waters will recede soon.
In looking for downed lines on our walk yesterday we noted this funny one! This tree actually grew around the line! Nature is cool ya’ll!

Jesus Calms the Storms


Fear not! Jesus calms the storms. There are storms of many kinds in our mind, in our hearts, and quite literally around us. There is a big storm, Hurricane Ian, approaching us today and tomorrow. Bands will arrive with rain today, and heavy rain and wind will be upon us tomorrow here in Central Florida. I’m not afraid. I’m prepared. I will pray, we have our fridge and pantry stocked, and I think I’ll bake up a few things tonight and eat some ice cream. In the event that our power goes out we have a whole house generator. We are blessed.

I’ve told my husband to call our neighbor who is a single mom and check to see if she needs any help with her generator. Her husband used to take care of that, and he is deceased now. She’s tough, but a hurricane can be frightening to some. We’re ready, we think?!

Pray for Florida, Cuba, the Carribean countries and all in the path of storms. These are real, and these are also in God’s hands. He can calm any storm, and he will see us through this one. Hurricane Ian…the hatches are battened down. We are ready to see what’s in store, and we will be safe with our family. Friends will rally. Neighbors will help out, and this too shall pass as my mom would say.

Dear God,

You are the storm maker and storm stopper. Please be gracious to your people and keep us safe. Give us grit and grace to face the storm and the clean up. Give us a sense of community to help others. You are working through ALL things. Give us an attitude of trust and peace.

Amen.

Five Minute Friday–Represent


Pinterest/Google

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Represent. Go…

Mark 4:20

“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”

What is our inward significance? I think it’s the Word dwelling within. It is the art of God’s Truth woven into our soul and mind. It is a beautiful tapestry. It is colorful! It is intricate! It is unique to each of us!

Art.

https://rebeccamezoff.com/blog/2020/8/6/making-tapestry-designs-from-nature

Our inside is more beautiful that our outward appearance. We represent what we believe. We represent what it inside our heart. We shine lights from the inside out. Jesus is there. His Spirit overflows out into our actions. Our thoughts and feelings are significant. How is your tapestry looking?

I know mine needs continual work!

I try to read a devotional or my Bible daily. I don’t always tend to that inward tapestry. I do sometimes, and I feel the beauty being developed when I make time for Him. He permeates my being, and His love can flow more freely when I’ve put the Word in. When I read other Christian authors I think more like Him. I believe Him more. I shine my light a little brighter for that day.

Dear God,

You are our artist. You weave Your Word and Your Love into our inner being. We are a Temple to display Your art. Give us time to experience the artistry. Give us an appreciation for all that Your love represents. Thank you for time. Thank you for the Life in Jesus You have given to us. Help us to share this love with others today!

Amen.

Don’t Spontaneously Throw Something Out!


The Stone

4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent:

Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion,
    a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation
    will never have cause to regret it.

To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him,

The stone the workmen threw out
    is now the chief foundation stone.

dreamstime.com

For the untrusting it’s

. . . a stone to trip over,
    a boulder blocking the way.

They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.

9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

This is a passage from 1 Peter Chapter 2. I read it this morning for Jennie Allen’s Bible Study “Find Your People.” She has little “Who are you Lord?” and
“What do you want from me?” Q & A sections after each chapter of her book. This week is Accountability. I liked this passage a lot. It resonated with me.

The workmen hastily threw the stone out. They didn’t see it’s value. They didn’t see its purpose. But, God did. God made it the cornerstone. God made it valuable and essential. God made it the Living Stone. It was pure kindness. He wants us to be like that stone…

Tell others about Christ. Evangelize. Clean house; repent. (verse 1-3)

Mature in Him. Trust in the Stone. (verse 4-8)

Be chosen. Be instruments. (verse 9-10)

The moral of the story…Don’t spontaneously throw something else. It just may be of high value. It may be a treasure. It may be something God wants in your life!

I’m a saver by nature, but I do spontaneously clean house/throw things out before thinking about its potential purpose in the future or for someone else.

https://the-fog-blog.com/2017/03/28/throwing-stones/

Dear God,

Let us ponder what we do today. Let us be intentional. Let us make sure we look at things and people as high value. Let us see what God sees, not what the world sees. Give us grace, peace, and love…lots of love. Thanks for being our cornerstone. Let us lean on You in our decisions today.

Amen.

%d bloggers like this: