John the Baptist Asked

Matthew 11:2, “…he sent his disciples to ask a question.” New English Translation

John’s question was for his disciples’ sake. He wanted to decrease so Jesus would increase, John 3:30. He didn’t want his disciples to follow him to death but to follow Jesus to eternal life. Jesus confirmed who John was in verse 10.

Peter Asked

Matthew 17:27, “But so we don’t offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four-drachma coin. Take that and give it to them for me and you.” New English Translation

This picture was taken from the Faith Boat on the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus performed a miracle – a fish catching a coin and then biting Peter’s hook! He provided the tax money for Peter and Himself.

He didn’t provide it for his 11 closest disciples, the other 70, or the women who followed Him. He provided for Peter because he asked.

God is a personal God. He meets the needs of individuals.

When we give, we can’t help everyone. We look for those nearby to help.

Ask for Forgiveness, Release the Guilt

John 8:11, “…and Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.'” New English Translation

If Jesus does not condemn me, why do I condemn myself?

“Imagine Jesus saying verse 10 directly to you; then respond to Him in prayer…name and repent of the…sins that come to mind. Ask God to bring you into the light (v. 12).”

New English Translation notes on John 8:1-12


“Go, and because you have had an encounter with Jesus, you can rise above your past.”

The Word for You Today, 1-13-23


In Case You Asked

John 10:22, “Then came the Feast of the Dedication of Jerusalem.” New English Translation

What is the Feast of Dedication? Hanukkah!

“…The commemoration of the dedication…of the temple by Judas Maccabeus in December, 165 BC, after it had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes… This was the last great deliverance the Jews had experienced. …”

New International Version Study Bible notes on John 10:22


“…Antiochus IV Epiphanes (…who ruled from 175-164 BC) …attempted to consolidate his empire through a policy of radical Hellenization. [Creating a world united by Greek language and culture]. …

He…attempted to destroy all copies of the Torah [the first five books of the Bible] and required offerings to the Greek god Zeus. His crowning outrage was the erection of a statue of Zeus and the sacrificing of a pig in the Jerusalem temple itself. …

This triggered the Maccabean revolt, a 24-year war (166-142 BC) that resulted in the independence of Judah until the Romans took control in 63 BC.”

“The Time Between the Testaments,”
New International Version Study Bible,
pp. 1571-1573


Questions That I Asked Myself

  1. Do I know the Bible, or Book of the Law, well enough to defend my faith, John 7:50-51?
  2. How did Jesus disperse the crowds? Did He bless them, heal them, shake their hands, or have a word for each one, Matthew 14:22?
  3. What is in my heart? Dare I even ask, Matthew 15:18?
  4. Is my mind set on God’s interests, Matthew 16:23?
  5. What do I possess that Jesus can multiply, Mark 8:1-21?
  6. Do I sprinkle the good news like salt or dump too much out at once? Am I at peace with everyone, Mark 9:50?

Join me in reading the 2023 Rainbow Bible Reading Guide. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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Counting My Blessings

Take a Census

Thanksgiving. I need 10 places at the table. And 10 comfortable chairs for the inevitable food coma after dinner. Upstairs the couch seats four and I have a rocking chair. The couch downstairs seats three and the loveseat two more. I line the walls with kitchen chairs upstairs.


God has a sense of humor; we are studying Numbers in November. He commanded the Israelites to take a census of their families, too, Numbers 26:2.


Extended Families

We love our families – but if they turn from God – don’t follow!

Numbers 31:2, “Take full vengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward, you will be gathered to your people.” NASB


Moses’ wife was a Midianite. But the Midianite daughters seduced the Israelite sons and led them into idolatry, Numbers 25:1-3. God ordered the Israelites to be hostile to the Midianites, Numbers 25:16-18.

I don’t know if the second half of the verse brought Moses sadness or relief! He was 120 years old, Deuteronomy 34:7. He spent 40 years in Egypt as a prince and 40 years as a shepherd. The last 40 were leading the Israelites around the desert following the cloud.


Shelter, Water, Bread, Meat

Numbers 13:5, “Then the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses and camped in Succoth.” NASB


“Succoth means booths, weavings, or to weave a protection. There are two places called Succoth in the Bible 1) Genesis 33:17, “And Jacob journeyed to Succoth and built for himself a house, …” and 2) Israel’s first camp out of Egypt, Exodus 12:37; 13:20.”


When they left Egypt, they went to Succoth and obtained shelter. You can’t go camping without a tent! They packed for 11 days and survived for 40 years.

The Lord provided water, Exodus 15:22-27, and daily bread (manna), Exodus 16:1-7, and meat, Exodus 16:8. The order is the opposite of Thanksgiving!



“Deuteronomy means ‘second law’ because in this book there is a renewing of the covenant and a repetition of the law. …Moses is recounting their history, the great and mighty acts of God on behalf of the nation; seeking to inspire hope, engender trust, and renew their courage. …”

Introduction to Deuteronomy
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
p. 279


Deuteronomy 1:6, “The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.'” NASB


Mount Horeb or Sinai is where the Israelites met God. They received the Ten Commandments there. Moses got the instruction on building the tabernacle. They built it and saw God’s Spirit fill it. I would be tempted to stay there, too!

Deuteronomy 1:11, “May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!” NASB

Isaac was blessed a hundred-fold, Genesis 26:12. I can’t imagine receiving 1000 times the amount I planted! But to receive that increase they had to move into Canaan and conquer it.


I also learned:

  1. God keeps His promises, Numbers 23:19.
  2. Everyone who blesses Israel will be blessed, Numbers 24:9.
  3. Do not defile your land for God dwells with you, Numbers 35:34.
  4. God provided land for Esau, Moab, and Ammon, Deuteronomy 2:4-22.
  5. During the 40 years in the desert, they didn’t lack anything, Deuteronomy 2:7.
  6. God is fighting for me, Deuteronomy 3:22.
  7. Hold fast to the Lord, He keeps you alive, Deuteronomy 4:4.


“Unbelief puts our circumstances between us and God, faith puts God between us and our circumstances.”

F. B. Meyer


Join me in reading December’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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Holidays and Harvests

Did you know there are holidays, camping, and weeklong vacations in the Bible?

Leviticus 23:24-25, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, and holy convocation. 25) You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.'” NASB


This day of rest reminds me of Independence Day. It’s at the beginning of the seventh month. Businesses are closed. Farmers come to town. Trumpets are blown in parades and fireworks light up the night sky.

God commanded the Israelites to rest. We should too.

Leviticus 23:34-35, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fourteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 25) On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.'” NASB


The Feast of Booths, 23:34-43, is like a family vacation. You go to church on Sunday and rest. On Monday, you set up your booth, tent, or unpack in your hotel room, v. 40. You spend the week feasting with your family, v. 41. And end your vacation by worshipping the Lord in church, v. 39.

The Blessing of the Sixth Year

When we visited Israel, we saw some fallow fields because 2021 was the seventh year. Despite the empty fields, food was abundant.

Imagine, planting a garden in 2027 and having such a large harvest that it lasts until 2029! That is the blessing of God!

Leviticus 25:21, “Then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years.” NASB


From Season to Season

Leviticus 26:5, “Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.” NASB


God promises we will not run out of food. Each season we eat the produce He provides and there is always enough to last until the next season.

Numbers Don’t Mean Counting

“Numbers means ‘in the wilderness.’ …In the book of Exodus, it took only forty hours to get the nation of Israel out of Egypt, but in the book of Numbers, it takes forty years to get Egypt out of Israel. …”

Introduction to the Book of Numbers
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom



Eleazar was responsible for the transportation of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the grain, the anointing oil, and all the furnishings inside the tabernacle. He directed the 2,750 men who carried those items, Numbers 4:16-20, 36.

Ithamar helped Aaron and Eleazar cover the holy things, 4:5-15. Then he directed the 5,830 men who transported the curtain panels, poles, and sockets, 4:28, 33, 40, 44. God put him over twice as many men as his brother, Eleazar.

To be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all, Matthew 20:26-28.

Proverbs 12:2, “A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, …” NASB


I Learned

  1. Holidays and vacations are ordained by God.
  2. The crop in the sixth year will feed you for three years.
  3. Your food from one season will last until the next season.
  4. Numbers means “In the wilderness.”

Join me in reading November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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God is in the Details

Willing to Do Anything

Aaron had four sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Nadab and Abihu went up to the mountain with Moses, Exodus 24:1. Ithamar and Eleazar were probably too young. But Ithamar loved God and His tabernacle. He was willing to do anything – including counting the inventory, Exodus 38:21.

Nadab and Abihu died after offering strange fire to the Lord, Leviticus 10:1-7. Eleazar became the High Priest after Aaron, Numbers 20:23-29. Ithamar served anonymously.

God is in the details. That is why he had Ithamar count everything in the tabernacle. God is interested in the details of our lives, too.


I am replacing my plastic dishes with glass and ceramic. My dining room table was covered with plasticware to give away. There was glassware that used to be displayed on the bookshelf and an accent lamp from the bathroom.

Thanksgiving is coming soon and I need to clear the table! Imagine my surprise when I read God’s direction to do just that!

Exodus 40:40, “You shall bring in the table and arrange what belongs on it; and you shall bring in the lampstand and mount its lamps.” NASB

I cleaned the accent lamp and put it back in the bathroom. David helped me box up the plasticware and I cleared away everything else. Now I can create a centerpiece for Thanksgiving!

I Have to Keep the Fires Burning

Leviticus 6:8, “…the fire on the altar is to be kept burning…” NASB

What can I do to keep the fire burning in my love for God? For David? For my family? For my friends? For my church?

Each Requirement is Linked to a Promise

The priests were consecrated on the eighth day, Leviticus 9:1-6. Male babies were circumcised on the eighth day, Leviticus 12:1-3.

Why were consecration and circumcision important? Because it was required to see the Glory of the Lord, Leviticus 9:6.

Sin and Guilt Offering

The priests took a portion of the offerings for his family. The family who offered the animal ate the rest. But the sin and guilt offering was given entirely to the priest, Leviticus 14:13. Sin and guilt take everything!

I Learned This Week

  1. I need to be willing to do the most menial tasks anonymously.
  2. I need to have on each surface only what belongs there. (Yes, I’m looking at you, piles of paper!)
  3. I have to keep the fire burning in my love for Jesus, David, my family, my friends, and my church.
  4. Consecration is required to see the Glory of God.
  5. Eczema would not have kept a man from serving as a priest in the tabernacle. He is ritualistically clean, Leviticus 13:38-39.
  6. Sin and guilt take everything.
  7. The High Priest took sweet incense into the Holy of Holies, Leviticus 16:12-13. Our prayers are like sweet incense before the Lord, Psalms 141:2.

Join me in reading November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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The Ten Commandments: Frugalfish Translation

This was my birthday week. I found many guidelines for my next trip around the sun in the chapters we read.

The Ten Commandments: Frugalfish Translation

  1. Love God
  2. No competition
  3. Respect His Name
  4. Sunday = Rest Day
  5. Call your mother!
  6. Protect Life
  7. Sex is for spouses
  8. Honesty
  9. Truthfulness
  10. Contentedness

As the week went on, I read more instructions in Exodus

Do not follow the masses in doing evil, 23:2.

Do not kill the innocent, 23:7.

Do not take a bribe, 23:8.

Celebrate a feast three times a year, 23:14.

  1. Feast of Unleavened Bread, 23:15. (Easter)
  2. Feast of Harvests, 23:16. (Thanksgiving)
  3. Feast of Ingathering, 23:16. (Christmas Dinner)

Obey your guardian angel, [Your conscience], 23:20-21.

Serve God and He will bless your bread, and water; remove sickness; prevent miscarriages or barrenness; and He will fulfill the number of your days, 23:25-26.

God Confirmed My Calling

Exodus 29:1, “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to me: …” NASB

I was in my early twenties when our church held a special service to ordain and consecrate the members of the worship team. They anointed us with oil and the congregation prayed over us. Leading worship, with your voice or an instrument, is a ministry and calling.

What a wonderful reminder, on my birthday, of my special position in the church. God’s callings and election cannot be revoked, Romans 11:29.

I Learned More About God

Exodus 33:13, “Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, …” NASB

Exodus 34:6, “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.'” NASB

Join me in reading November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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Choosing Leaders

My absentee ballot for the November 8th election arrived Saturday. How am I to choose a leader? I learned what to look for from men in the Bible.


  1. Self-controlled, Genesis 49:4.
  2. Non-violent, Genesis 49:5.
  3. Not self-willed; I will avoid their assembly, Genesis 49:6.
  4. One who restrains his enemies, Genesis 49:8.
  5. One who has the respect of his family, Genesis 49:8.

“A lion’s cub. A symbol of sovereignty, strength, and courage. Judah (or Israel) is often pictured as a lion in later times (see Ezekiel 19:2; Micah 5:8 and especially Numbers 24:9). Judah’s greatest descendant is himself called ‘The Lion of the Tribe of Judah’ (Revelation 5:5).”

New International Version Study Bible Note on Genesis 49:9



  1. Stands up for and helps the weak, Exodus 2:17.
  2. Humble, Exodus 3:5.
  3. Following God, Exodus 3:12.
  4. Leads us through difficulties, Exodus 14:13-22.

“The Biblical account of God miraculously delivering His people and supernaturally guiding them to a place of liberty and plenty was a frequently invoked source of inspiration in early America. Today, that passage continues as a lighthouse for hope for those facing difficulties of any type, for its message is unchanged: God can still deliver His children and convey them to their own place of freedom, safety, and abundance, regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves.”

“God’s Deliverance: The Birth of a Nation”
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
p. 112


Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-law

Exodus 18:21, “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” NASB

How to choose a judge:

  1. Able
  2. Fears God
  3. Truthful
  4. Honest


America’s Political Form of Government

  1. Totalitarianism: a highly centralized government that does not tolerate individualism or differences of opinion. …communistic…socialistic…can also be led by a dictator, czar, sultan, premier, …emperor (Luke 2:1), Caesars (Mark 12:17), or pharaohs (Exodus 1-14).
  2. Monarchy: …headed by a king, queen, or emirate. …limited or constitutional monarchies, where a higher law is above the monarch, such as the Magna Carta with English kings. Israel’s kings…personally wrote out a copy of the laws that God gave to govern Israel (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). …the king and the people would first make a joint covenant with God (2 Samuel 5:3; 2 Kings 11:17).
  3. Republic or Constitutional Republic: …parliamentary systems…representative democracies, in which the representatives elected by the people are the sovereign power and rule until the people select new representatives. A constitutional republic…is one in which the representatives elected by the people are not sovereign but are instead subject to a higher sovereign law – a written constitution. (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 1:15-16; 16:18).
  4. Oligarchy: …power resides in a small elite group …feudal tribal government, aristocracy, and plutocracy. …Sanhedrin (Luke 22:66).
  5. Anarchy or Revolutionary: A government without laws, …each individual, who does what he wishes or has the power to do. …[French Revolution] … “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8; Judges 17:6; 21:25).
  6. Democracy: …direct majority votes…an unstable and fluctuating government. …Jesus during His final week…treating Him as a national hero (Matthew 21:9), …the same people ‘all said, “Crucify Him!”‘ (Matthew 27:21). …mob rule…where passions and selfishness often prevail over reason and deliberation.
  7. Theocracy: a government run by immediate representatives of God, claiming to act directly on His commands… (Eli and Samuel) …without separation of Church and State and with no input from the people. Many Islamic nations, …ruled by an ayatollah or imam…

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government.” Article IV, Section IV of the U.S. Constitution

“America’s Political Form of Government”
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
pp. 146-148


I Learned

I have some homework to do before I fill out my ballot!

Join me in reading October’s chapters and November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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Jacob Made a Vision Board


Jacob peeled white stripes on the branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees. When the stronger sheep were mating, he placed the rods in front of them, in the ditches, and inside of the watering troughs. Their lambs were striped, spotted, and speckled. (Genesis 30:37-62.)

White poplar tree bark is speckled.


Almond tree bark is striped.


Plane tree bark is spotted.

He kept the vision in front of them. The result? The strong flocks belonged to Jacob and the weak ones to Laban, v. 42.


Judah chose a Canaanite to be his best friend, Genesis 38:1, 12.

  1. He married a Canaanite, v. 2.
  2. He gave his son a Canaanite wife, v. 6.
  3. He started serving the gods of the Canaanites, v. 15, 21. (He thought he was having sex with a temple prostitute but it was his daughter-in-law, Tamar.)
  4. He tried to dress up his idolatry with religion. He asked his second son to perform the duty of a brother-in-law, (Genesis 38:8; Deuteronomy 25:5-6); and ordered a prostitute to be burned, (Leviticus 21:9).
  5. He gave away the things that identified him as an Israelite, his signet rings, cord, and staff, v. 18. They were witnesses that he broke the duty of the brother-in-law by not giving Tamar to his third son. And he committed adultery with his son’s wife, 38:24-36.

Tamar Gave Birth to Perez

“Perez. Became the head of the leading clan in Judah and the ancestor of David (see Ruth 4:18-22) and ultimately of Christ (Matthew 1:1-16).”

New International Version Study Bible Note on Genesis 38:29


The circumstances of your birth have no reflection on your destiny or purpose.


Genesis 39:1, “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.” NASB

Joseph could have been sold to work in the mines. Instead, he was sold to an officer.

  • Not just an officer, a bodyguard.
  • Not just a bodyguard, but the captain.
  • Not just the captain, but the bodyguard for Pharaoh!

Potiphar realized Joseph was the key to his prosperity. He made him his personal servant, overseer of his house, and in charge of everything he owned, 39:2-4.

Later, Joseph was sent to jail unjustly. He could have gone to hard labor but was sent to the king’s jail, v. Genesis 39:7-20.

God was with Joseph. The jailer made him the overseer and manager. God prospered him again, Genesis 39:21-23.

The jailer put him in charge of the cupbearer and baker. They were in jail for offending the king, Genesis 40:1-4. (It sounds like Facebook jail, LOL.)

Where you work and a lack of a title cannot keep you from success.


Did your situation just go from bad to worse? Don’t give up. God hasn’t finished. When walking with God, we do not go up and down. We go forward or backward. You did not move down, you moved forward.

The Grain

Genesis 43:2, “So it came about when they had finished eating the grain, …” NASB

I’m trying intermittent fasting and the Keto diet. I eat very little bread. You can’t do that indefinitely. This verse reminded me that I need to eat grains.

Jesus prayed, “Give us, Lord, our daily bread.” He did not pray, “Give us, Lord, our daily salad!” (See Matthew 6:9-13).


Genesis 46:1, “So Israel set out with all that he had, …” NASB

On my vision board is a larger brick house. Maybe I have too much stuff to move! Is my stuff holding me back?

I Learned

  1. To keep the vision in front of me.
  2. Be careful who influences me.
  3. The circumstances of your birth have no reflection on your destiny or purpose.
  4. Where you work or a lack of a title cannot keep you from success.
  5. We do not go up and down. We move forward.
  6. I need to eat grains!
  7. I have too much stuff to move.


Join me in reading this month’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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Noah, the Animals, and the Ark

I wrote 42 pages of notes while reading last week’s chapters! I may need to start writing ebooks!


God told Noah to get some of all kinds of food. He didn’t say to take a year’s supply of their favorite food on the ark.

Genesis 6:21, “As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.” NASB

I need to eat all foods in their season at the peak of freshness. My pantry should have a variety, not just my favorites.

Ezekiel 2:8, “…Open your mouth and eat what I give you!” NASB

The Beasts and Cattle

The order of who God remembered struck me: People, beasts (wild animals), and cattle (domestic animals).

Genesis 8:1, “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; …” NASB


We are living in the days when good is called evil and evil is called good. Domestic animals are treated like children. Wild animals are protected and great fines are incurred if you damage one of their eggs. But human babies are aborted.

Plants are protected for wild animals to live in. Dogs are offered the best meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains. But humans are supposed to live off of chemical concoctions for protein and plants to replace meat. The dog gets the beef and the kids get pink slime with the feet and beak from a fast food joint. (Guilty. My kids ate chicken nuggets.)


We are on the earth to take care of it. We have a responsibility to wild animals but that doesn’t mean we let them live in our homes.

They establish boundaries in the wild by marking trees and urination. We establish boundaries with doors on the houses, and fences in the backyard.

I’m grateful for the deer who favor my backyard. I love waking up early to see the rabbits feeding on the clover.

We are to care for our domesticated animals, Proverbs 12:10; 27:23. I don’t farm or have pets but I recycle and set out birdseed.


David and I supported children through World Vision and Feed the Children. I still pray for them. Chandrakant is 30; Jimmy and Vitumbiko are 11.

When Jimmy’s family moved away, we happily adopted Vitumbiko. This month we asked Feed the Children to give us a second child. #goals

We support “Cradle of Hope” which helps all mothers, married and unmarried. They are raising funds to buy a mother’s home for girls who find themselves homeless. And a survivor’s home for girls rescued from human trafficking.

These are the things I am doing to remember people, beasts, and cattle.

The Ark

Genesis 8:4, “In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.” NASB

It didn’t get stuck on top of a mountain. God directed it to a place where the water receded and it settled on the land. It was a place where the ark would remain level to allow the people and animals to disembark safely, (Genesis 8:14-16).

God moves slowly and safely. I want out of “my ark” right away! He makes small adjustments.

Noah couldn’t leave the ark until the vegetation had grown and produced food for his family and the animals. That took over 6 months! I have to be patient, knowing that God is moving.


Genesis 8:19, “Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark.” NASB

You are not dormant while you are in “your ark.” You are reproducing. The animals went into the ark as a couple and came out as families.

Defender of Life

Genesis 9:5, “Surely, I will require your lifeblood; from every beast, I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother, I will require the life of man.” NASB

God requires the lifeblood of every man or animal that takes a life. God is the defender of preborn babies.

“God himself is the great defender of human life (see 4:9-12), which is precious to him because people were created in his image (v. 6) and because they are the earthly representatives and focal point of God’s kingdom. In the theocracy (kingdom of God) established at Sinai, a domestic animal that had taken human life was to be stoned to death (Exodus 21:28-32).”

New International Version Study Bible Notes on Genesis 9:5


I learned to eat a variety of foods, to help where I can, and to remember that slowly, God is moving.

Join me in reading this month’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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When Your Heart Stops

Monday, September 26, 2022

Ragweed has blinded my eyes. Please, open them, Lord!

Psalm 146:8, “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.” NASB

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

My eyes are still flaring and watering constantly. I struggle to read.

Zechariah 9:1, “… (for the eyes of all …, are toward the Lord.)” NASB

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

I thought my watering eyes were unbearable. I was going for my second cup of coffee when my heart felt like a hand squeezed it and it stopped.

Repenting, I exclaimed, “Jesus, take me home!” (The pain did not stop but I forgot about my eyes!)

Then, I remembered coughing could start your heart again. I coughed a few times and the pain finally eased.


“The books of Kings are the history of Israel from the perspective of the eyewitnesses in the court and the prophets at the time; the books of Chronicles are a recounting of that same history for those who returned from the exile in Babylon drawing spiritual lessons from the heart of the priests. It has been said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat it. At first glance, 1 Chronicles reads as a condensed recap of the entire Old Testament. From Adam to Abraham to Jacob to King David to the exile and finally, to the return of the Jews to their homeland, it’s all there. It’s the official condensed record of Judah’s history from Genesis to Malachi, and that’s just the first nine chapters.”

Introduction to 1 Chronicles
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom


How is history recorded? Through genealogy.

1 Chronicles 1:1, “Adam, Seth, Enosh.” NASB

Father, son, grandson. The story of Adam in the garden of Eden is not recorded here, just his son and grandson’s names. (See Genesis 5:1-8).

These chapters don’t list occupations or titles. Chapter three lists the genealogy of the kings. Yet, only their names are recorded.

1 Chronicles 3:17, “The sons of Jeconiah, the prisoner, .” NASB

King Jeconiah was captured by Nebuchadnezzar, see 2 Kings 24:6-16. He was a prisoner for 37 years, see 2 Kings 25:27-30. But here he is recorded as Jeconiah the prisoner.


After feeling my heart stop, I evaluated my life. The only things that matter are my children and their children. They are more important than any occupation, title, accomplishments, or ministry.

The chest pain was replaced by the feeling of a steel band around my ribcage. I went to the ER. My EKG and blood tests showed I did not have a heart attack.

X-rays ruled out pneumonia even though the doctor heard crackling. I am in great health on paper. I just can’t breathe. He was perplexed.

“It’s ragweed,” I stated, “I will blow it out with the nebulizer.”

He was surprised that I had a nebulizer. He prescribed Aleve and Baby Aspirin for the “inflammation.” I declined Prednisone. The doctor agreed when he saw I had 14 rounds in the last three years.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

1 Chronicles 4:4, “…These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.” NASB

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Ephrathah. The city was named after this man, not the firstborn son, Hur. I’m glad God uses second-born and third-born children. (I’m a middle child!) 😉


1 Chronicles 4:14, “…for they were craftsmen.” NASB

This is the third occupation listed in 1 Chronicles.

  1. Scribes, 2:55.
  2. Kings, Chapter 3.
  3. Craftsmen, 4:14.
  4. Potters, 4:23.
  5. Shepherds, 4:39.
  6. Soldiers, 5:18.
  7. Priests, Chapter 6.
  8. Musicians, 6:31-32.

Friday, September 30, 2022

The “inflammation” moved to my right lung and left bronchial tubes. I got to meet my new doctor. (My doctor retired.) 😦

My new doctor liked my curly hair, (because his wife has curly hair), and said I didn’t look my age. I like him! 🙂

He said I look great on paper but breathing is important. I talked him down to the lowest dose of Prednisone and am on Round 15. (Sigh.) I’m at war with Ragweed.


1 Chronicles 7:5, “… families of Issachar were mighty men of valor, …” NASB

The mighty men of valor were troops for the army. (See, 1 Chronicles 5:18; 7:5-11; 7:40.)

  • Issachar, 87,000.
  • Benjamin’s son Bela 22,034.
  • Benjamin’s son Becher 20,200.
  • Benjamin’s son Jediael 17,200.
  • Ashur 26,000.
  • Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh 44,760.

King David’s nephews were the officers of the army. His sister, Zeruiah’s sons were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, 1 Chronicles 2:16; and 2 Samuel 2:18. Amasa, the son of his sister Abigail, replaced Joab, 1 Chronicles 2:17 and 2 Samuel 17:25.


Those who returned to Jerusalem were:

  1. The Levites – those in charge of teaching God’s Laws.
  2. The Judahites – the worshippers, princes, and officers.
  3. The Benjaminites – the soldiers.
  4. The sons of Joseph – the Ephraimites and Manassehites. (Israel transferred the birthright of the Firstborn from Joseph to Reuben, 1 Chronicles 5:1.) They were the elders.

To rebuild America, we need to send those who know the Laws of God to Washington.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Genesis 1:12, “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” NASB

We talk about bearing fruit but does our fruit have seeds that reproduce? My children are serving the Lord. Am I doing everything I can to help ensure my grandchildren serve the Lord?

Because when my heart truly stops, that is what matters.

Stalls of vendors in the Jewish Quarter during Jesus' time.
A mural of what the Jewish Quarter looked like in Jesus’ time. Each stall was a different occupation. The artist added a young boy with a baseball cap and backpack in the front for whimsy.

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Forty Years

David was a senior in high school when he told me he loved me. I thought, “It will never last.”

Jeremiah 43:2, “…all the arrogant men said…”

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Jeremiah 43:10, “But they have not become contrite even to this day, nor have they feared nor walked in my law or my statutes, which I have set before you and before your fathers.'”

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Dear Lord, forgive me for every time I spoke in arrogance. Amen.

A Week Ago

“Sow in the morning and evening. Sow in your early years and keep sowing in your later seasons. Be filled, be led, be loving.”

Tim Taylor, MIssionary to Bolivia and India, 8-28-2022


This drought, meant to be a curse, was a miraculous blessing for me. It was too dry for Ragweed to grow and bloom. I didn’t battle grass pollen either. We went away for a three-day weekend and walked a few blocks from the hotel to a restaurant.

David hasn’t mowed the lawn since the July 4th weekend. With the price of gas, that was a blessing, too!

I didn’t pray for the drought and I thank God for the humidity in Iowa. The corn can pull the moisture it needs out of the air!

The shores of the Mississippi River are bare. The sandbars are exposed in the Iowa and Cedar Rivers. The creeks are mud puddles. God controls the water levels. He raises the sea level and lowers it.


Ezekiel 26:19, “For thus says the Lord God, ‘When I make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you and the great waters cover you.'”

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Obadiah 1:15, “For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.”

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Ezekiel 34:16, “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment.”

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“Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.'”

Henry Ward Beecher,
A prominent nineteenth-century clergyman, abolitionist, and social reformer


Last Sunday

Our pastor’s 40th wedding anniversary was Sunday. We had cake after church. His sermon was on the significance of the number 40 and marriage.

“The number 40 is found 146 times in the Bible. …Marriage reflects the purpose of God; it transforms you. Learn from your differences. Complement, don’t criticize. We focus on the problem not the purpose. Forty is the time you discover your purpose.”

Pastor Monte Knudsen, 9-4-2022


Me: “We’ve been married 40 years. Have I been transformed?”

David: “Into what?”

Here’s to another 40 years of laughter!

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