Isaiah 43:1-7


Isaiah 43:1-7New International Version
Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

In reading my Bible this morning, I stumbled upon a card tucked into the “wrong place.” It was from my sister dated 3/1/2018 “You are so very precious to me! More importantly, you are a priceless treasure to your GOD! I ❤ you.” The bottom had the verse Isaiah 43:4…

When I went to tuck this card into the “right place” I noticed that I had highlighted that passage previously on 6/27/2004. I had written “<3 letter from God…Mom read this to me before my first day of work.” In 2004 I would have been starting a new job at a small rural hospital in Georgia. I was venturing out into a new area of speech-language pathology. My mom knew that. She knew I was bravely trying something new! I love that she was willing to read this to me. I love that my sister used the same verse to encourage me. And, I love that today led me back to this passage to re-highlight some key points in that 43rd chapter of Isaiah.

What verses have you highlighted lately?

Any nuggets or dates placed in your Bible?

I was talking with our small group about highlighting, drawing, and dating things in my Bible. I have many Bibles, but my favorite one is from high school. It was given to me in a “Disciple Class.” I have used it more than any other Bible. It’s circa 1994 gift has given me God’s Truth time and time again…including today. What is your favorite Bible and why?

Drop me a comment!

Love,

Jennifer

Show Me My Land Please, Lord


Genesis 12:1

Abram and Sarai

God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.

Nations Online Project

This week’s Five Minute Friday word is “SHOW.”… and GO for it!

6:17 a.m.

I’m sitting in a hotel lobby, and I’m glad I brought my laptop for personal work, email, and blog time! So thankful to sip my green tea and listen to Happy Mix on Spotify. I’ve been reading a book called “Find Your People.” I have a book/Bible study with a handful of women at our home on Tuesdays. It has been great! I’ve really seen God showing me (us) that the land he shows us is right near us! Jennie Allen talks about finding a 5 mile radius and finding 5 friends in that radius…

Who lives close to you?

Who can/do you see often?

Could you call them for a casserole if you were need? Or a ride home from the airport? If so GREAT! If not, maybe you could work on this!

I have a great 5 mile radius of close friends. I’m so thankful for the “land” God placed us in 10 years ago. We live in a community with lovely ladies and families. There are young and old friends in my area that I LOVE to spend time with, and they are nourishing me in life and in my faith.

E, my adopted mom who has tea with me and gives me cookies for the book/Bible study and for our family! Plus homemade banana bread and amazing conversations!

C, my best friend for sharing my heart and sharing our joys and struggles as women, wives, and mothers. We walk slowly together weekly so we have more time to talk!

A, my best fast walking neighbor friend. Longest friend in the neighborhood. Practical. She showed us to our church in this “land.”

D, my medium paced walking friend who has children the same age as ours. Her aging parents and mine share things in common, and we support each other as caregivers.

N, my friend that comes to all my house parties, and has a great sense of humor even when hard times come. She is a gem…a rough around the edges kind of lady, but shines brightly with love.

There’s my 5. Who are yours? Leave me a comment!

Cheers! 6:25 a.m. I’ve gone over. Oh well. Off to eat breakfast at the hotel buffet! It smells great.

Life Verses


I read a link on Ann Voskamp’s weekly weekend feel good email in my inbox this morning! I love how uplifting her articles and pictures are. If you haven’t found her, please do! Today she had a link about Life Verses. I have never picked on verse, but I want to. Have you?

Here’s the three that came to mind for me:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love HIM, who have been called according to HIS purpose.” Romans 8:28

“We have this hope as an ANCHOR for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I AM your GOD. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.” Isaiah 41:10

I think I want to get a second tattoo with my husband. We both designed our own small cross tattoos back in 2008. Now, it has faded. I want a new one on my foot/wrist/ankle of an anchor or a Bible verse snippet. Thoughts?

The first tattoo was so painful, but it may be worth the pain to get a lasting reminder of a Bible verse…of the LIFE in HIM that we have and need to be so grateful for.

Dear God,

You call us, you give us hope, and tell us to not fear. These are such words of Biblical Truth. I love that You speak to us via Your Spirit in the Word. Help me to discern how to learn a life verse by heart and if a tattoo may be a visual and personal way of remembering that verse.

Amen.

God’s View


Mark 8:32-34 Living Bible

32 He talked about it quite frankly with them, so Peter took him aside and chided him.[a] “You shouldn’t say things like that,” he told Jesus.

33 Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and then said to Peter very sternly, “Satan, get behind me! You are looking at this only from a human point of view and not from God’s.”

34 Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow me closely.

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

Here goes…5:50 a.m. to 5:55 a.m…

Do I look at things from MY view or GOD’S?

I am guilty of trying to see most things through my own eyes. It’s easier…it’s worldly. But, it is not God’s plan or wish for us. He wants us to put away our sinful nature and focus in on what he wants us to view. He wants us to view things in LOVE. To view things in OBEDIENCE to Him. To view things through arms of SERVICE. To view things as HARD being OKAY with Him. To view JOYS as moments to offer PRAISE to Him. To view STRUGGLES as times to BE LIKE HIM…to be like His Son Jesus.

In trying to be a disciple, I know I’ve been called by HIM to love others and myself. He created me and everyone else in this wide world. His love is Deep and Wide as we sing in our preschool classroom. His view is global. His view is of the WHOLE UNIVERSE! He sees EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. He is omnipotent. He is BIG.

Dear God,

You are the one with the widest and clearest VIEW. Forgive me for thinking I have the best view of things. Thank you for giving me this verse to ponder this morning. May my writing and living GLORIFY YOU.

Amen.

Wise Teachers


Proverbs 15:2

A wise teacher makes learning a joy; a rebellious teacher spouts foolishness.

I’m blessed to work at a church preschool in the mornings and do private pediatric in home/school based speech therapy in the afternoons. My days are full. I take Friday afternoons off though! I need some “me time” and “family time” too.

I loved this Proverb. I have the luxury of working with Miss S. She is an incredible teacher who has been in the profession for over 20 years! She loves children and Jesus so much that it radiates from her. Likewise I work with Miss A and Mrs Y. They are gems as well. One is young (about 20 years old) and one is 70+ years old. One a new graduate from high school recently, and the other a retired SLP like me! They are kind hearted and love children also. It is so nice to watch the children learn with JOY! Jesus is in their little hearts, and they are ripe to learn the simple songs “Jesus Loves Me” and “Deep and Wide” as of late. We attend chapel on Wednesdays and they get to hear children’s sermons and sing praise to our Father. It is a special time weekly.

https://celiafleck.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/teaching-and-learning-should-bring-joy/

What brings you JOY?

How do you LEARN best?

Think about your favorite teacher(s) and thank the Lord for them. Thank them in person or via message if you’re able. I know I’m friends on Facebook with a few of my teachers. I need to PM them a thank you! Maybe I’ll do that next.

Good Thursday morning to you all!

Cheers from my cup of tea to your morning/afternoon/evening beverage of choice,

Jennifer

Finding My People


1 Corinthians 12:7-8 Living Bible

The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; someone else may be especially good at studying and teaching, and this is his gift from the same Spirit. 

I started a book/Bible study in our home last night with 10 other women! I’d been praying for one women to come alongside of me, and God has provided 10! I’m finding my people. They are Christian women who come from our church and five that live near me and attend different churches but are friends of my friend. This group of ten includes four 5th-9th grade girls. I’m so excited about this group dynamic! There is a grandmother, five fellow moms, and the four daughters. God is helping us through a book called “Find Your People” by Jennie Allen.

Have you found YOUR people?

It’s possible.

It’s all about community.

Last night we reviewed the FIVE tastes of HEAVEN that relate to a sense of community:

  1. Proximity (Genesis 3:8)
  2. Transparency (Genesis 2:25)
  3. Accountablity (Genesis 2:17)
  4. Purpose (Genesis 2:15)
  5. Consistency

We have moved away from “camp fire” living as Jennie puts it. The days of old people would gather around the fire(s) at night and share about their day, their struggles, and their victories. The fire(s) were a place of proximity. Today’s barrier to that is BUSYNESS. Our group shared a lot about how busy we are, but how we are making it a priority to read this book and gather with this group.

God willing this book and group will be a blessing to ALL ten of us!

Join me in praying…

Dear God, You are the creator of COMMUNITY. Back in Genesis you saw it fitting to add Eve to Adam’s world. The world YOU created God is beautiful and also ripe with sin. Help us to navigate our days WITH others. Help us to find OUR people to do life well with. Give us eyes and ears to hear and see YOU. Keep us from eating those apples! Thank you for being with us ALWAYS.

Amen.

Psalms 71…


From BibleGateway The Message Version:

Psalm 71The Message

71 1-3 I run for dear life to God,
    I’ll never live to regret it.
Do what you do so well:
    get me out of this mess and up on my feet.
Put your ear to the ground and listen,
    give me space for salvation.
Be a guest room where I can retreat;
    you said your door was always open!
You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.

4-7 My God, free me from the grip of Wicked,
    from the clutch of Bad and Bully.
You keep me going when times are tough—
    my bedrock, God, since my childhood.
I’ve hung on you from the day of my birth,
    the day you took me from the cradle;
    I’ll never run out of praise.
Many gasp in alarm when they see me,
    but you take me in stride.

8-11 Just as each day brims with your beauty,
    my mouth brims with praise.
But don’t turn me out to pasture when I’m old
    or put me on the shelf when I can’t pull my weight.
My enemies are talking behind my back,
    watching for their chance to knife me.
The gossip is: “God has abandoned him.
    Pounce on him now; no one will help him.”

12-16 God, don’t just watch from the sidelines.
    Come on! Run to my side!
My accusers—make them lose face.
    Those out to get me—make them look
Like idiots, while I stretch out, reaching for you,
    and daily add praise to praise.
I’ll write the book on your righteousness,
    talk up your salvation all the day long,
    never run out of good things to write or say.
I come in the power of the Lord God,
    I post signs marking his right-of-way.

17-24 You got me when I was an unformed youth,
    God, and taught me everything I know.
Now I’m telling the world your wonders;
    I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray.
God, don’t walk off and leave me
    until I get out the news
Of your strong right arm to this world,
    news of your power to the world yet to come,
Your famous and righteous
    ways, O God.
God, you’ve done it all!
    Who is quite like you?
You, who made me stare trouble in the face,
    Turn me around;
Now let me look life in the face.
    I’ve been to the bottom;
Bring me up, streaming with honors;
    turn to me, be tender to me,
And I’ll take up the lute and thank you
    to the tune of your faithfulness, God.
I’ll make music for you on a harp,
    Holy One of Israel.
When I open up in song to you,
    I let out lungsful of praise,
    my rescued life a song.
All day long I’m chanting
    about you and your righteous ways,
While those who tried to do me in
    slink off looking ashamed.

Dear God,

You are the one we Love. You are the one we praise. Your Word breathes life into us. Help us to crack open Your Word as often as we are able. Give us hearts and minds that are open to Your Spirit. Thanks for you love…ALWAYS…no matter what! Forgive me for when I’m led astray. Bring me always back to Your altar for forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

Amen!

P.S. Thanks to you that have been reading and commenting. Your words are a source of encouragement to me. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Blessings to you as you start another week.

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