Get Up and Eat

Today I woke up before the coffee brewed. It’s been two weeks; that virus must have run its course. Yesterday I caught up on my Bible reading.


I didn’t even get out of bed. I wish I would have had David get my Bible for me. Reading of Job’s restoration would have lifted my spirits. But I didn’t read it.

1 Kings 12:24, “This is God’s word:…I’m in charge here….” The Message

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2 Chronicles 11:23, “He was shrewd….” The Message

Solomon was wise. Rehoboam was shrewd but not wise. Staying in bed was shrewd. Reading my Bible while in bed would have been wise.


I moved to the couch and watched movies. When I read the chapters assigned for that day, none jumped out at me.

God whispered to my heart, “The verse for Tuesday was only for that day. You can’t see it now.”


Back on the couch, I binged on a historical Netflix show. I folded 1 load of laundry.

2 Chronicles 12:14, “But the final verdict on Rehoboam was that he was a bad king – God was not important to him; his heart neither cared for nor sought after God.” The Message

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1 Kings 15:11, 12, “Asa conducted himself well before God. He cleaned house….” The Message

(Had I read these verses on Wednesday, I would have cleaned the house. I would have gone to church and been stronger Thursday.)


Back in my office for an hour. I took my Bibles and read on the couch.

2 Chronicles 15:2, “…God will stick with you as long as you stick with Him. If you look for Him He will let Himself be found; but if you leave Him He’ll leave you.” The Message

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2 Chronicles 15:7, “But it’s different with you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!” The Message

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2 Chronicles 15:8, “Asa heard the prophecy of Azariah son of Obed, took a deep breath, then rolled up his sleeves, and went to work.” The Message

Roll up my sleeves. Clean the kitchen. Clean up. Do some laundry. Figure out the keyboard part of the bridge on that new song before practice tonight.

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David pulled up Derek’s sermon from Wednesday night on the E3 app. We watched it together while eating lunch. Derek’s title? “Get up!”

When David went back to work, I pulled up Pastor Monte Knudsen’s sermon on Facebook. Pastor’s title? “Cleansing and Wholeness.”

“Ten lepers were cleansed. The leprosy was cured. But only one became whole. The effects of and scars from the leprosy were gone.” Pastor Monte Knudsen 4-11-18

At one point in his sermon, he referred to a soldier in 2 Kings. The name of the man slipped his mind. He asked the congregation if they remembered the name. No answer.

Naaman. The man’s name was Naaman. But I wasn’t there to say it.

I washed 2 loads of laundry and went to worship practice. I want to become whole, not just be healed.


“…I laid it down in silence,

This work of mine,

And took what had been sent me –

A resting time….”

“Streams in the Desert”


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1 Kings 17:4, “You can drink fresh water from the brook; I’ve ordered the ravens to feed you.” The Message

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1 Kings 19:5, “Suddenly an angel shook him awake and said, ‘Get up and eat!’ ” The Message

“Get up and eat!” Those are my orders for today…along with 5 or 6 loads of laundry. (Sigh.) God took care of me this week. I haven’t cooked since Sunday!

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