Whatever You Are Capable of Doing

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” Day 5

Journal – March 20, 2020: “After yesterday’s pancreatitis attack, I can’t eat much. I printed off a low-fat diet and stopped all caffeine.

Today is Olivia’s birthday! She chose Cashus Italian Cuisine for her birthday dinner. He is offering carryout meals. David picked up our dinner at the same time as Luke. He got to see Luke, Bethany, and Olivia on her birthday!

As he was leaving, Rachel’s brother pulled in. Our families are doing what we can to keep Chef Bobby in business.”

(No, my dinner was not low-fat but it was delicious! I only ate half of it and gave the rest to David.)

Ecclesiastes 6-9, “Whatever you are capable of doing, do with all your might because there’s no work, thought, knowledge, or wisdom in the grave, which is where you are headed.”

Common English Bible

There is so much talk about the Coronavirus. The experts can’t agree on the best response. People are choosing sides and scoffing at those who don’t agree with them.

Ecclesiastes 9:17, “The calm words of the wise are better heeded than the racket caused by a ruler among fools.”

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I’m staying in and David is working, getting groceries, and picking up meals once or twice a week. When he returns home, he puts his clothes in the washer and cleans up. I don’t have to worry about contracting the Coronavirus from his clothes.

March 20, 2020: Ecclesiastes 6-9.

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Hoarding, Only to Give It All to Those Who Please God

COVID-19, “Sheltering in Place,” – Day 4

Journal – March 19, 2020: “Yesterday I took my last dose of Prednisone and a red hive has already started forming under my right eye. I won’t go to the doctor because my immunity is knocked down.

In January, God told me to wait until I run out of something to buy it. We bought a medium-sized package of toilet paper on February 28th. Now the shelves are empty! I’m trusting God to multiply our toilet paper!

I canceled my doctor’s appointments. We are sheltering at home.

I wrote a post “Housebound and Happy – Year 12” on frugalfish.org. I shared my coping mechanisms and routine.

I ended the post by saying, “If you get sick – throw this list out and go to bed!”

Today I had a pancreatitis attack. It felt like a gall bladder attack but my gall bladder was removed in 2015. I took my last Tramadol leftover from surgery and lay on a heating pad. When I felt better, I finished cooking supper but I didn’t eat. Fasting is the recommended treatment for pancreatitis.

There were only 3 slices of bread left. Thanks to the hoarders, there is no bread on the shelves. (There were no carrots either.) I mixed up wheat bread and put it in the bread maker.

I dozed off and on waiting for the bread to bake and then cool. I got to bed late.

I know God will take care of us. And those hoarders have a surprise coming!

Ecclesiastes 2:26, “Because God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please God. But to those who are offensive, God gives the task of hoarding and accumulating, but only so as to give it all to those who do please God. This too is pointless and a chasing after the wind.”

Common English Bible

These are difficult times, especially for huggers. We have to keep a safe, “social distance.”

Ecclesiastes 3:5, “…a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces.”

Common English Bible

This is a time to refrain from embracing!

March 19, 2020: Ecclesiastes 2-5.

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June 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Acts 3-5
  • 2 – Acts 6, 7
  • 3 – Acts 8, 9
  • 4 – Acts 10, 11
  • 5 – Acts 12, 13
  • 6 – Hebrews 1-4
  • 7 – Hebrews 5-8
  • 8 – Hebrews 9, 10
  • 9 – Hebrews 11, 12
  • 10 – Hebrews 13; Acts 14; Galatians 1
  • 11 – Galatians 2, 3
  • 12 – Galatians 4-6
  • 13 – Acts 15; James 1
  • 14 – James 2-5
  • 15 – Acts 16, 17
  • 16 – Acts 18; 1 Thessalonians 1-4
  • 17 – 1 Thessalonians 5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3
  • 18 – Acts 19; 1 Corinthians 1
  • 19 – 1 Corinthians 2-4
  • 20 – 1 Corinthians 5-7
  • 21 – 1 Corinthians 8-10
  • 22 – 1 Corinthians 11-13
  • 23 – 1 Corinthians 14, 15
  • 24 – 1 Corinthians 16; Acts 20; 2 Corinthians 1
  • 25 – 2 Corinthians 2-5
  • 26 – 2 Corinthians 6-9
  • 27 – 2 Corinthians 10, 11
  • 28 – 2 Corinthians 12, 13
  • 29 – Romans 1-3
  • 30 – Romans 4-6

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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.”

Common English Bible

“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.”

Common English Bible

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.”

Common English Bible

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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