Be Brave and Don’t Lose Heart

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 17

Journal: 4-1-2020: “I drug myself out of bed. Eyewash. Sinus rinse. Saltwater gargle. Journal. Devotions. I read Jeroboam’s son died because God found good in him.”

1 Kings 14:13, “… Out of the whole line of Jeroboam, he alone will have a tomb, because only in him did Israel’s God, the Lord, find something good.”

Common English Bible

The book of Job showed us sickness is not a punishment for sin. Jeroboam’s son showed us an early death may be a reward.

April 1, 2020: 1 Kings 13, 14; 2 Chronicles 12.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 18

Journal 4-2-2020: “Eyewash. Sinus rinse. Saltwater gargle. Journal. Devotions. When Abijah raised a battle cry, God defeated his enemies. …”

2 Chronicles 13:15, “…When they raised the battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam…”

Common English Bible

“…I typed up the March 2021 Bible Reading Guide. I took pictures and wrote copy for a Instagram post.”

2 Chronicles 15:7, “But as for you, be brave and don’t lose heart, because your work will be rewarded.”

Common English Bible
April 2, 2020: 2 Chronicles 13; 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 14, 15.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 19

Journal, 4-3-2020: “I posted my Easter decorations on frugalfish’s Instagram. Then I typed the April 2021 Bible Reading Guide. There are three cases of coronavirus in Jefferson County. One couple works in Jefferson County but lives in Van Buren County. There are three cases in Van Buren County. I wonder if they counted that couple twice? … We still have toilet paper!”

1 Kings 17:13, 14, “Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid!’… 14) This is what Israel’s God, the Lord, says: The jar of flour won’t decrease and the bottle of oil won’t run out until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”

Common English Bible
April 3, 2020: 2 Chronicles 16; 1 Kings 16, 17.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 20

Journal, 4-4-2020: “The lumberyard is closed on Saturdays. David threatened to stay in his pajamas all weekend. I got out my pile of the largest jeans. I call them my ‘Prednisone jeans.’ If I’m on Prednisone long enough I grow into them. I told David I was worried about gaining weight. He suggested that I stop weighing myself. Then he went to the store and bought me a Mello Yello and chocolate-covered peanuts!”

1 Kings 19:6, “Elijah opened his eyes and saw flatbread baked on glowing coals and a jar of water right by his head. He ate and drank, and then went back to sleep.”

Common English Bible

I ate the food God provided and then went to sleep.

April 4, 2020: 1 Kings 18, 19.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 21

Journal, 4-5-2020: “After watching church online, I went back to bed. I am still doing the eyewash, sinus rinse, and saltwater gargle every day. I switched from hot compresses to cool compresses.”

Luke 19:4, “So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass by that way.”

Common English Bible

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“Powerful people normally summon those they want to interview (Luke 7:3). By climbing the tree, Zacchaeus is already beginning to give up his status and power.”

Common English Bible notes on Luke 19:4

I have no status or power left.

April 5, 2020: Luke 19; John 12.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 22

Journal, 4-6-2020: “My eyes are a mess. The hives are back. I stayed in bed. I can’t see to write.”

Matthew 21:43, “Therefore, I tell you that God’s kingdom will be taken away from you and will be given to people who produce its fruit.”

Common English Bible

Lord, help me to produce fruit.

April 6, 2020: Matthew 21; Mark 11.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 23

Journal, 4-7-2020: “The hives spread to my mouth.”

John 13:31, “… ‘Now the Human One has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.”

Common English Bible

God, glorify yourself through my pain.

April 7, 2020: John 13; Luke 22.

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