The Sun Rises

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place” – Day 3

Journal – March 18, 2020: “I watched a video on boosting your immune system to fight the Coronavirus. This doctor claimed 1) It can be washed away with soap and water, and 2) It takes 4 minutes for alcohol to kill it but saltwater kills it in 1 minute. Unfortunately, I did not note his name. …”

It makes sense. Salt was used in the Bible.

Ezekiel 16:4, “This is how you were treated on the day you were born: Your umbilical cord wasn’t cut, you weren’t washed clean with water or rubbed with salt, and you weren’t wrapped in blankets.”

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“Ancient priests believed that both mother and child were defiled and in need of purification because of the blood that accompanies childbirth.”

Common English Bible Notes on Ezekiel 16:4

“…I used a saline sinus rinse and bent over for 30 seconds. I hoped to get the saline in my upper sinuses to unplug that clogged tear duct. Then I gargled with salty water.

The doctor recommended Black Elderberry Tea with Echinacea and a few vitamins and minerals. I read the dosage on my daily vitamin. I figured between it and the fresh fruits and vegetables I eat, I have it covered. …”

The 4 Steps for Essential Workers

1. Wash hands with soap or saline solution. You can make your own with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water.

2. Fill the sink with warm water and salt. Dip your face in up to your ears. Blow air out of your nose.

3. Carry your pen.

4. Don’t panic.

I forgot to write his name down. Sigh.

“…At noon, I felt the buzz of a fever blister coming on. I normally swab the area with rubbing alcohol when I first feel it. I am out of alcohol. There is no alcohol available in town. I substituted hydrogen peroxide. …”

A friend called…

She listened to a sermon by Robert Morris on “How to Hear from God.” When she woke in the middle of the night, she followed the steps.

  1. Praise and worship to invite His presence.
  2. Pray and lay your burden down.
  3. Sit quietly.
  4. Write down whatever comes to your mind.

She heard the word “strive” and “James 1:12.” All she could think of was, “Strive to enter the narrow gate.”

Luke 13:24, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won’t be able to.”

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Then she read…

James 1:12, “Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward.”

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What comforting words to read during this Coronavirus Pandemic!

I remember Grandma W. telling me, “Every story in the Bible starts with the phrase, ‘It came to pass.’ This, too, shall pass.”

Ecclesiastes 1:3-9, “What do people gain from all the hard work that they work so hard at under the sun? 4) A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains as it always has. 5) The sun rises, the sun sets; it returns panting to the place where it dawns. 6) The wind blows to the south, goes around to the north; around and around blows the wind; the wind returns to its rounds once again. 7) All streams flow to the sea, but the sea is never full; to the place where the rivers flow, there they continue to flow. 8) All words are tiring; no one is able to speak. The eye isn’t satisfied with seeing, neither is the ear filled up by hearing. 9) Whatever has happened – that’s what will happen again; whatever has occurred – that’s what will occur again.”

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The sun will rise and set. The wind will move to blow from the south to usher in spring. The rivers will continue to flow.

Strive to stay in peace. Preserve unity. Rely on God’s grace. Make substitutions, if necessary!

March 18, 2020: 2 Chronicles 8; 1 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 9; Ecclesiastes 1.

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May 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Psalms 78; Isaiah 6, 1
  • 2 – Isaiah 2-5; 2 Chronicles 27
  • 3 – Micah 1-5
  • 4 – Micah 6, 7; 2 Kings 16
  • 5 – 2 Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7, 8
  • 6 – Isaiah 9; 2 Kings 17; Psalms 80
  • 7 – 2 Chronicles 29-31
  • 8 – 2 Kings 18; Psalms 84; Isaiah 10
  • 9 – Isaiah 11, 12, 36; 2 Kings 19
  • 10 – Isaiah 37; Psalms 33, 75, 76; 2 Kings 20
  • 11 – Isaiah 38, 39; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalms 116; Isaiah 15
  • 12 – Isaiah 16-20
  • 13 – Isaiah 21-24
  • 14 – Isaiah 25-28
  • 15 – Isaiah 29-31
  • 16 – Isaiah 32-35
  • 17 – Isaiah 40-42
  • 18 – Isaiah 46-49
  • 19 – Isaiah 50-53
  • 20 – Isaiah 54-57
  • 21 – Isaiah 58-61
  • 22 – Isaiah 62-65
  • 23 – Isaiah 66; 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; 2 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 34
  • 24 – Zephaniah 1-3; Jeremiah 1
  • 25 – Jeremiah 2, 3
  • 26 – Jeremiah 4, 5
  • 27 – Jeremiah 6; Nahum 1-3
  • 28 – Jeremiah 8-10
  • 29 – Jeremiah 11-13
  • 30 – Jeremiah 14-16
  • 31 – Acts 1, 2

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April 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Kings 13, 14; 2 Chronicles 12
  • 2 – 2 Chronicles 13; 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 14, 15
  • 3 – 2 Chronicles 16; 1 Kings 16, 17
  • 4 – 1 Kings 18, 19
  • 5 – Luke 19; John 12
  • 6 – Matthew 21; Mark 11
  • 7 – John 13; Luke 22
  • 8 – Matthew 26
  • 9 – Mark 14; John 17
  • 10 – John 18; Mark 15
  • 11 – Matthew 27; Luke 23
  • 12 – John 19; Matthew 28; Luke 24
  • 13 – Mark 16; John 20, 21
  • 14 – 1 Kings 20, 21; 2 Chronicles 17
  • 15 – 2 Chronicles 18; Psalms 44; 1 Kings 22
  • 16 – 2 Chronicles 19; Psalms 82; 2 Chronicles 20; Psalms 14, 15, 53, 83, 117
  • 17 – Psalms 118; 2 Kings 1, 2
  • 18 – 2 Kings 3, 4
  • 19 – 2 Kings 5, 6
  • 20 – 2 Kings 7, 8; 2 Chronicles 21
  • 21 – 2 Kings 9, 10
  • 22 – 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22-24
  • 23 – 2 Kings 12; Psalms 42, 43, 88; 2 Kings 13
  • 24 – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 14; Jonah 1-3
  • 25 – Jonah 4; Joel 1-3
  • 26 – 2 Chronicles 26; Amos 1-4
  • 27 – Amos 5-9
  • 28 – 2 Kings 15; Hosea 1-3
  • 29 – Hosea 4-9
  • 30 – Hosea 10-14

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Enter My Place of Rest

COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” – Day 2

Journal – March 17, 2020: “I’m finishing my 6th round of Prednisone. I have to take Benadryl to go to sleep. I wake up between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. I force myself to stay in bed until 4:00 a.m.

Yeah, I’m a little sleep-deprived.

Monday, I started the lowest dose. I kept nodding off. All. Day. Long. I fell asleep over and over during the evening.

It’s sunny and gorgeous outside today. I still feel sleepy. I realized I need the rest only God can give. …”

Psalms 95:11, “So in anger I swore: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.'” Common English Bible

“…After I read this verse, I took a nap. That half-hour refreshed me. I cut back to 2 cups of coffee and went to bed an hour early.”

Over and over, I hear people say they are so tired and so busy. I’m sure they asked God to help them.

The silver lining in the COVID-19 Pandemic is many are working from home. They are not as busy and can enter God’s place of rest.

March 17, 2020: Psalms 95, 97-100, 132; II Chronicles 7; I Kings 9.

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We Won’t Be Afraid When the World Falls Apart

Covid-19 “Shelter in Place” – Day 1

Journal – March 16, 2020: “It’s a cloudy day and the streets are quiet. Schools are closed until April 13th. My granddaughter Olivia is safe. My pregnant daughter-in-law Rachel is working from home. She is safe.

I had 5 chicken wings buried in Bacon Mac and Cheese leftover from Cashus Italian Cuisine. I cooked peas to go with it for supper. (I only eat one anyway.)

My daughter-in-law Bethany gave us 2 pieces of cheesecake. I ate mine at lunch thinking I could work it off. 

It didn’t work.

My blood sugar spiked and then dived. I was lethargic all evening.

But we are safe.”

Psalms 46:1-2, 11, “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. 2) That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, … 11) The Lord of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety.” Common English Bible

March 16, 2020: 2 Chronicles 6; Psalms 46-48, 87, 93.

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They Began to Sing

Journal – March 15, 2020: “…We held church but Pastor Monte asked us to refrain from hugging or shaking hands. …the Civic Center canceled all April events. We will be the only ones using it. …” 

II Chronicles 5:13, “The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord as one. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, they began to sing, praising the Lord: ‘Yes, God is good! Yes, God’s faithful love lasts forever!’ Then a cloud filled the Lord’s Temple.” Common English Bible

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“…worship isn’t fully complete without joy and music. …David appointed the Levites ‘to remember, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord’ with singing and instruments. …” Common English Bible Sidebar Note “Worship and Music”

It was good to get together with our church family. Everyone sang a little louder today. Our hearts were lighter as we left.

Proverbs 15:13, “A joyful heart brightens one’s face, but a troubled heart breaks the spirit.” Common English Bible

March 15, 2020: I Kings 8; II Chronicles 5.


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Solomon Began to Build

Journal – March 14, 2020: “The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has caused a panic. People stocked up on toilet paper, bottled water, paper towels, Kleenex, baby wipes, medications, disinfectants, cleaning supplies, and rubbing alcohol. Many store aisles are empty.

They canceled all sporting events. Colleges switched to online classes. Illinois closed all schools and restaurants. Churches are airing messages online. Disney shut down. Broadway shut down. President Trump declared Sunday a ‘Day of Prayer.’ …”

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It’s time to build an altar. We all will sacrifice something: our favorite sport, freedom to travel, church services, et al.

II Chronicles 3:1, “Solomon began to build the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah…” Common English Bible

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“…the temple was located where Abraham bound Isaac (Genesis 22), the same place where the plague was stopped and David built an altar to God. …the site reminds the reader that the area has physical links to the ancestors and is chosen by God as a place of divine revelation.”

Common English Bible Notes on II Chronicles 3:1

Moses took Isaac to Mount Moriah to sacrifice him but God provided a ram. It was also the place where David offered sacrifices when the plague ended. A new plague is sweeping through the earth. Only God can stop it.

God has a greater plan. The place where Abraham and David went to sacrifice became the site of Solomon’s Temple.

  • Yes, we will sacrifice – but God has a plan.
  • Yes, we are facing a plague – but God has a plan.

His plan will bring beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Isaiah 61:3, “To provide for Zion’s mourners, to give them a crown in place of ashes, oil of joy in place of mourning, a mantle of praise in place of discouragement. They will be called the Oaks of Righteousness, planted by the Lord to glorify Himself.”  Common English Bible

March 14, 2020: II Chronicles 3; I Kings 7; II Chronicles 4.


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Skilled and Experienced Craftsman

I remember finding the picture at the “Quarter Store.” I replaced the missing wire with twine and took some photos of it.

I shared a photo of it on Instagram and Twitter. I pinned it to my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board. I posted it to my Frugalfish Facebook Page. I was ready to post it on my Frugal Fish timeline when I noticed a reflection in the glass.

It was my face…during the worst allergy flare…my eyes were almost swollen shut! I went back and deleted it everywhere. Then I chose another photo and went through the process again.

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God is showing me my decorating posts are as important as my Bible posts. He put the decorating gene in me. Look at the details and craftsmanship used in Solomon’s Temple.

II Chronicles 2:13-14, “I’m sending you a skilled and experienced craftsman, Huram-abi, 14) whose mother is from the tribe of Dan and whose father is from Tyre. He’s skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, as well as purple, violet, and crimson yarn, and fine linen. He can do any kind of engraving and make any design given to him. …” Common English Bible

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“This same artisan is mentioned in I Kings 7:13-14, although his name is spelled slightly differently (‘Hiram’), and his mother is from the tribe of Naphtali. His heritage in II Chronicles, descending from Dan, links him back to Oholiab, the chief artisan of the Lord’s wilderness sanctuary, who also came from the tribe of Dan (Exodus 31:6). …

Common English Bible Notes on II Chronicles 2:13-16

Even the foundation was made from the finest quality, carefully cut stone.

I Kings 5:17, “At the king’s command, they quarried huge stones of the finest quality in order to lay the temple’s foundation with carefully cut stones.” Common English Bible

I used to save decorating projects until all my work was done. I never got to them. When I did have time, I didn’t have the energy!

John Maxwell says to schedule your day with your passions first:

  1. Passion
  2. Creativity
  3. Influence
  4. Priority of Importance
  5. Flexibility
  6. Timing – Big stuff in the morning
  7. Teamwork – Stuff you do with family

Now my decorating project is listed after devotions. I may have more time to decorate thanks to COVID-19. My devotions today spoke to that threat.

“…Sometimes your greatest blessings come from your most negative circumstances. …Remain calm, discipline yourself to focus on what you can do, and trust God to do what you can’t. …Let your emotions subside – before you decide.”

The Word for You Today, March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020: I Kings 5; II Chronicles 2; I Kings 6.


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Will Lack Nothing

I was writing in my yellow office and noticed the time.

“Luke was born on this day at this time!”

This was his bedroom. We painted it John Deere Green colors, yellow with dark green trim. (He is also a Green Bay Packers fan.)

When he moved out, I painted over the green. It’s a sunny southwest office. We filled his former closet with shelves for office supplies, scrapbooks, yearbooks, etc.

Getting the stepstool from the kitchen, I climbed up and pulled his baby book down from the top shelf. I remembered the joy of bringing him home. There was a baby in the house! A baby fills a house with sunshine.

I looked at pictures from his first six years. I dressed Luke adorably – thanks to the generosity of my friend Paula. As her son outgrew his clothes, she loaned them to me.

And those curls!

His hair had a reddish tint when he was born. I found the picture taken before his first haircut. Paula cut it for me. I didn’t have the heart to do it.

I keep one of those curls in his baby book. I didn’t get it out this year. I’m not sad. I’m bursting with pride over the man he became – soldier, fireman, mechanic, farmer, husband, and father.

Looking back to that year, I realized we may have been poor but we were never needy. (Yes, there is a difference.) God always provided our needs.

Proverbs 8:3, “Poor people who oppress the needy are rain that washes away food.” Common English Bible

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“…The poor are those who find themselves in situations of temporary want that can be alleviated by the generosity of those around them. The word translated ‘needy’ in 28:3 suggests that these are people who, because of some devastating life situation, most likely will never be able to care for themselves, and must rely on the goodwill of others for their wellbeing.” Common English Bible Notes on Proverbs 28:3

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Proverbs 29:27, “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who turn a blind eye will be greatly cursed.” Common English Bible

A baby changes everything in the best possible ways.

March 12, 2020: Proverbs 27-30.

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Your Hope Won’t Be Cut Off

The owner of Nose Worthy Travel flew to Israel on Monday. He was checking accommodations for all his tours. He found the hotels were double-booked in March and April.

He arrived right after the announcement. Thank God he found a flight out.

God spared us that nightmare!

The expensive insurance did not work in this scenario. They said we should have known the Coronavirus was going to cancel all flights. (We should have known last August?) If we cancel, we lose all our money.

We rescheduled.

We are going to Israel.

Proverbs 23:17, 18, “Don’t let your heart envy sinners, but fear the Lord constantly; then you will have a future, and your hope won’t be cut off.” Common English Bible

March 11, 2020: Proverbs 23-26.

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