When You Get Serious About Finding God

May 31, 2019: Jeremiah 29; Psalms 102; Daniel 1.

Driving to worship practice, we saw the flooding is worse. The water is near the base of the bridge. In the fields, it covers the fences. It is creeping up on one house and barn next to the highway.

Jeremiah 29:11, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” The Message

On the way home, I took pictures and posted them on instagram.com/frugalfishorg. I wished there was something I could do.

There is.

Jeremiah 29:12-14, “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

(13) When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,

(14) I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.’ God’s Decree. ‘I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you’ – God’s Decree – ‘bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.'” The Message

We see Jeremiah 29:11 on plaques and we hold on to that hope. But hoping is not enough.

We need to:

  • Call on God, v. 12.
  • Come to God, v. 12.
  • Pray to God, v. 12.
  • Look for God, v. 13.
  • Get serious about finding God, v. 13.
  • Want God more than anything else, v. 13.

Then God promises to:

  • Not disappoint, v. 14.
  • Turn things around, v.14.
  • Bring us back, v. 14.
  • Bring us home, v. 14.

You can count on it, see Jeremiah 29:14.

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I’ll Keep My Eye on Them

May 29, 2019: Jeremiah 45, 35; 2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 24.

I rode to church with Derek and Rachel. The bridge over the Skunk River concerned me. The fields on both sides are lakes. The corn underneath the water was 3″ high the last time I came through. It’s so sad.

The fields before the first Mt. Pleasant exit were also lakes. The water has almost reached the roadbed.

Jeremiah 46:4, “But God says, ‘Look around. What I’ve built I’m about to wreck, and what I’ve planted I’m about to rip up. And I’m doing it everywhere – all over the whole earth.'” The Message

Even if God wrecks what He’s built, He can build something new.

Even if God rips up what He planted, He can replant again.

Jeremiah 24:6-7, “I’ll keep My eye on them so that their lives are good, and I’ll bring them back to this land. I’ll build them up, not tear them down; I’ll plant them, not uproot them. (7) And I’ll give them a heart to know Me, God. They’ll be My people and I’ll be their God, for they’ll have returned to Me with all their hearts.” The Message

God keeps His eye on us.

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I’m Blacklisted

May 28, 2019: Jeremiah 36, 25.

I joined another group – a Facebook group this time. (When will I ever learn.) I posted a picture David took of a fawn in our “Lily of the Valley” flower bed. Facebook took it down.

Obviously, fawns are offensive.

Jeremiah 36:5, “Then Jeremiah told Baruch, ‘I’m blacklisted. I can’t go into God’s Temple, so you’ll have to go in my place.’ ” The Message

Now, it’s possible they took it down because I shared David’s post of the fawn. They may have felt I didn’t “own” the picture.

Don’t they know the first rule of marriage: “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine?”

I unsubscribed from the group and opened my email. I read all 7 emails from the writer’s group. Now I have to wait until the fall to join. In the last email, I found the cost is $47 a month.

Fall will never come for me!

Blogging is as bad as being in a band. In a band, you put $5,000 worth of equipment in a $500 car to drive 50 miles and make $5. In blogging, you invest thousands to make hundreds – or nothing.

On a brighter note, I got new followers this week – on instagram.com/frugalfishorg/, and the last picture I posted was crooked! Go figure.

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Say Everything

May 27, 2019: Jeremiah 26, 46.

I tied the small Liberty Bell to the bottom of my patriotic wreath. I turned on the lights on the wreath for Memorial Day.

After I finished arranging my patriotic decorations, I took pictures. I posted the wreath on Instagram.com/frugalfishorg/. I was going to tell how I made it and where I got the supplies, but I remembered my verse.

Jeremiah 26:2, “…Say everything I tell you to say to them. Don’t hold anything back.” The Message

Memorial Day honors the soldiers that didn’t come home. That is what I wrote on my post.

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Saw What Was Coming

May 26, 2019: Habakkuk 3; Psalms 77; Jeremiah 7.

I sought out Bev, who would be speaking at the Nursing Home Service, during the greeting time at church. I wanted to share the hymns I chose to go with her sermon.

But there was a last-minute change of plans. Paula would be speaking. I tracked her down and asked her sermon topic.

The hymns did not go with it. It couldn’t be helped. We decided to sing them anyway. If only I could have seen what was coming.

Habakkuk 3:10, “Mountains saw what was coming. They twisted in pain. Flood waters pour in. …” The Message

You know what they say: “When it rains, it pours.”

At the nursing home, I sat down at the Steinway and played the first chord. There was an odd thud. I opened the piano but couldn’t see anything. I moved up an octave and the thud was still there.

I found the lady in charge and told her there was something wrong with the piano.

“There can’t be,” she replied, “they just tuned it yesterday.”

I couldn’t demonstrate because the service had started. I told her I wasn’t going to play it. We sang acapella while the piano was deadly silent.

Jeremiah 7:34, “…no holiday sounds. Dead silence.” The Message

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No Such Thing as Self-Rescue

May 25, 2019: Psalms 49-50; Habakkuk 1-2.

I joined a writer’s group yesterday. When I opened my email, I had 5 messages from them. The first one was a quiz to see where you were in the writing process.

I took the quiz.

The second email told me I needed to become a member by midnight – last night. I decided to read the rest on Tuesday.

Psalms 49:7-9, “There’s no such thing as self-rescue, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. (8) The cost of rescue is beyond our means, and even then, it doesn’t guarantee (9) life forever, or insurance against the Black Hole.” The Message

I published my post, practiced the piano, and cleaned up for a funeral. I don’t mind going to funerals. They put this writing business into perspective.

Psalms 49:16-19, “So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. (17) They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. (18) Just when they think they’ve arrived and folks praise them because they’ve made good, (19) they enter the family burial plot where they’ll never see sunshine again.” The Message

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The Potter Would Simply Start Over

May 24, 2019: Jeremiah 18-20.

I read another post of the steps to start blogging. The secret, each one says, is to set up a blog with them!

It’s not true. I now have 5 blogs and the last one was just $300.00 down the drain.

And successful blogs? They had sufficient funds to pay for everything needed. Those making 6 figures use a team of professionals.

I’m over here posting every day, (unless I’m sick), and praying in the money for blog fees each year.

I keep thinking I’m doing something wrong. Did I mess up 10 years ago? Did I choose the wrong platform? Should I have done more research?

Who am I kidding? There was nothing to research! There was “WordPress for Dummies” but you had to take an HTML class to understand it!

Sorry, I’m whining.

The point I’m trying to make is – I think what God tried to make out of my life is cracked. It doesn’t look like everyone else’s.

But There’s Good News!

It just doesn’t matter.

If I messed up, God can still use me. Even if I blow the blogs to bits – He will start over and make something else!

Jeremiah 18:4, “Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.” The Message

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  • God is always working on us, v. 3.
  • We never turn out badly; God starts over, v. 4.
  • We are not cast into our former mistakes, v. 4.
  • God can always make something new, v. 4.
  • God may pull us up, but if we repent, He will replant us, v. 7, 8.
  • If we don’t cooperate, God will give up the plans he has for us, v. 9, 10.
  • But God can always make something new, v. 4.

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From the Famous to the Unknown

May 18, 2019: Jeremiah 6; Nahum 1-3.

Am I at a crossroads? Where is the tried and true road?

Jeremiah 6:16, “God’s message yet again: ‘Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, the tried-and-true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls. …’ ” The Message

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May 19, 2019: Jeremiah 8-10.

Am I on the wrong road?

Jeremiah 8:4, “Tell them this, God’s message: ‘Do people fall down and not get up? Or take the wrong road and then just keep going?’ ” The Message

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May 20, 2019: Jeremiah 11-13.

Exactly what am I to do, Lord?

Jeremiah 11:4, “…Obey what I tell you. Do exactly what I command you. Your obedience will close the deal.” The Message

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May 21, 2019: Jeremiah 14-16.

It’s still raining. The farmers can’t get in the fields. It’s time for the first cutting of hay and the fields aren’t even planted.

Jeremiah 14:4, “All the farm work has stopped. …The farmers don’t know what to do.” The Message

The basement leaked again. David picked up a new product yesterday. The fumes from that sealant when through the house. David opened one window and turned on fans.

The register was closed in the guest room. I read in there for a few hours.

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May 22, 2019: Jeremiah 17; 2 Chronicles 35.

Under the weather. That’s what they used to call it. The doctor would say, “It’s just allergies.” It’s not even worth checking.

Obviously, I didn’t practice over the last few days. I worried I would play badly. I considered staying home from church.

2 Chronicles 35:16, “Everything went without a hitch in the worship of God…” The Message

I left it up to God and went to church anyway. Worship went without a hitch!

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May 23, 2019: 2 Kings 23; Jeremiah 47, 22.

I’m reading, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis. I asked myself the all-important question – “What if…”

  • What if I spent more time decorating, decluttering, and organizing my home?
  • What if I posted more on Instagram than on my blog?
  • What if I stopped posting daily posts?
  • What if I only posted the monthly chapter assignments?

I wondered, “Am I just chewing up portions of scripture and spitting it out as baby food for those who won’t read it themselves?”

2 Kings 23:2, “…people ranging from the famous to the unknown. Then he read out publicly everything written in the Book of the Covenant…” The Message

I am unknown, not famous. But the Bible is for everyone! The “Christian Standard Version” said, “…all the people from the youngest to the oldest.” I guess we still need people to supply baby food.

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I Ordered This Wind

May 17, 2019: Jeremiah 4, 5.

My sister Cheryl had the day off and asked if I could go shopping with her. We like the same stuff and food: the same appetizer, “Deep-Fried Mushrooms” and pizza, “Hawaiian.” I looked forward to the day – until I saw the weather report.

A thunderstorm greeted me when I woke up. I debated canceling and then started my devotions.

Jeremiah 4:12, “A wind that’s up to no good, a gale-force wind. I ordered this wind. I’m pronouncing my hurricane judgment on my people.” The Message

God orders the wind around. I do not need to fear. The storm is north of the town where we planned to go. But my city was in its path.

Jeremiah 4:27, “Yes, this is God’s Word on the matter: ‘The whole country will be laid waste – still it won’t be the end of the world.’ ” The Message

Even if the storm hits my town, God promises to take care of me. I ran to the car when she pulled up. It was only sprinkling by that time. When we reached our destination, the sun came out!

We shopped, ate, and caught up on each other’s lives. I took the leftover pizza home to David. The house was still standing.

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Take a Deep Breath

May 16, 2019: Jeremiah 2, 3.

I went with Mom to an insurance appointment today. We are also having a late “Mother’s Day” lunch.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and started writing. (I write 3-4 hours each day.) Concerned I wouldn’t finish my post before leaving, I kept checking the clock.

Jeremiah 2:25, “Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? …” The Message

I took a deep breath and hit “Publish.” When the semi wouldn’t get over to let me merge onto the four-lane, I took a deep breath. When the appointment was over, I took another deep breath.

I took Mom to the restaurant that ran out of food on Sunday. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch.

I took my time going home. I even drove through McDonald’s for a small chocolate shake!

I picked David up from work, and when we pulled into the garage, a tire went flat! I took a deep breath and went into the house. David had the tire repaired.

It was over 90° today. It was not a day to hurry and wear myself out!

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