Permanent Honors

May 10, 2019: Isaiah 54-57.

I threw in a load of laundry as soon as I dressed. The dryer was disconnected all week to repair the wall. I have 7 loads to wash.

I got breakfast and sat down to read emails. I shared the devotion, “When Mother’s Day is Tough” from proverbs31.org, on Facebook.

I thought of four friends:

  1. The heaviest on my heart is M. She recently announced her pregnancy but the baby went to heaven a couple weeks later.
  2. Then there’s E. She would be the best mother but after a decade of marriage had to undergo a hysterectomy.
  3. And B. In her twenties, the doctors informed her she was no longer ovulating. But there is always hope!
  4. I still pray for these three women because of the fourth, J. She became a wife, mother, and grandmother, on her wedding day. Her children and grandchildren still seek her out even though her husband passed away a few years ago.

Isaiah 56:3-5,”Make sure no outsider who now follows God ever has occasion to say, ‘God put me in second-class. I don’t really belong.’ And make sure no physically mutilated person [a eunuch] is ever made to think, ‘I’m damaged goods. I don’t really belong.’

(4) For God says: ‘To the mutilated who keep my Sabbath and choose what delights Me and keep a firm grip on my covenant,

(5) I’ll provide them an honored place in my family and within my city, even more honored than that of sons and daughters. I’ll confer permanent honors on them that will never be revoked.’ ” The Message

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  • You are an insider.
  • You are first-class.
  • You are perfect.
  • You belong.

Keep your faith, cling to God, and hold on to His promises. He has an honored place in the family for you.

Remember Sarah – she was 90 and Abraham was 100. Remember Rebecca, Rachel, Hannah, and Elizabeth who waited for years – decades.

  • Sarah had Isaac.
  • Rebecca had Esau and Jacob.
  • Rachel had Joseph and Benjamin.
  • Hannah had Samuel and several others.
  • Elizabeth had John the Baptist.

Remember your mother! Mother’s Day is not about what my kids do for me; but what I do for Mom.

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Ponder the Rock from Which You Were Cut

May 9, 2019: Isaiah 51-53.

It was time. I had to return the book to the library. “To Your Children’s Children – Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come” by Bob Greene and D. G. Fulford is full of questions to help you write your life’s story.

I renewed it once and still hadn’t finished the questions in the first chapter! I wrote down the next chapter’s questions in my notebook. When I answer them, I’ll check the book out again.

I’m stuck because I have to get the answer to the current question from Mom. I’ve talked to her twice this week and forgot both times. She’s at Bible Study now. I will have to call her later.

Isaiah 51:1, 2, “Listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God. Ponder the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug. (2) Yes, ponder Abraham, your father, and Sarah who bore you. …” The Message

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You Have All This Evidence

May 8, 2019: Isaiah 47-49.

David got up at 5 am to paint the wall that I caulked. The change was dramatic. The formerly blue, foam insulation and 1970’s yellow wall are now white. He called me to see it.

Later, I noticed white paint on the carpet in the office. After I exercised, I saw a splotch on the throw rug in the living room. When I cleaned the house, there was another splotch in the living room. And there was a sliver of paint on the kitchen and bathroom rugs, too.

I used rubbing alcohol to clean the spots out of the rugs. I took my shoes off to clean up and realized – there was paint on my shoes! The evidence was all around and I missed it!

Isaiah 48:8, 18, “You have all this evidence confirmed by your own eyes and ears. Shouldn’t you be talking about it? And that was just the beginning. I have a lot more to tell you things you never knew existed. (18) If you had listened all along to what I told you, your life would have flowed full like a river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea.” The Message

Dear Lord, help me to listen to what you are trying to tell me!

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Recover Your Strength

May 7, 2019: Isaiah 41, 42, 46.

I was so excited to caulk! I wrote it at the top of my list. But first, devotions.

Isaiah 41:1, “Quiet down…. Listen. Sit down and rest… Recover your strength. Gather around Me. …” The Message

I planned on writing through my morning break, but I remembered my verse. I took a break. When I finished writing, I made egg salad because David was out of lunchmeat. (I eat salads.)

The title of my devotional for today was “Use It or Lose It.” I knew I needed to exercise before I caulked the wall. It was “core” day. The stretching exercises would be good to do before I tackled those cracks.

It took 45 minutes to caulk around the windows and between the wall and floor. (There was a 4-inch hairline crack on the other side of the second window.) Energized, I checked my list for my next task – then I remembered my verse. I took a break.

After lunch, I started working on our checking account. We opened a new account in January. I broke down the amount in checking into categories. My plan was to update the categories with each deposit. I fell behind.

The last deposit in February balanced quickly. I considered working through my afternoon break but remembered my verse.

After 15 minutes, I asked God to direct my afternoon. I brought the categories up to date before David got home from work! I started updating our budget but remembered my verse.

I put the chicken in the oven to bake. Then, I published my post. After eating, I cleaned up the kitchen and asked God to direct my evening. I made my grocery list and menus.

I looked at my task list and remembered my verse. I asked God what I should do next?

Soak in the tub.”

I obeyed. 😉

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Cling to Me

May 6, 2019: Isaiah 27, 33-35, 40.

I wasted the morning worrying. I played the expected conversation over and over in my mind. I tried to think of a word picture to explain my point of view.

All of this over a section of insulated foam.

Friday, David removed the foam around one window and the side of a second window. He sealed the cracks that leaked water.

I like to caulk. I sealed all the drafts upstairs. I was putting in my first load of laundry and saw a small crack he missed.

I want to make our basement airtight and watertight. There’s a crack on the left side of the second window. I suspect there is one on the other side. But it’s under a section of foam.

When David came home for lunch, I was putting in the last load of laundry. I prayed as he walked down the stairs.

“Do you like to caulk?” I asked.

“Why?”

“I’ll make a deal with you. If you remove the foam around the second window, scrape the wall and sweep up the mess, I will do all the caulking tomorrow.”

“Okay.”

I turned away so he wouldn’t see the look of shock on my face!

“Wow, God,” I whispered, “Thank You!”

A plan was formed without an argument, accusations, or word pictures! That had to be God!

Isaiah 27:5, “Let that vine cling to me for safety, let it find a good and whole life with me; let it hold on for a good and whole life.” The Message

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Some Will Break into Song

May 5, 2019: Isaiah 23-26.

A year ago we said goodbye to Bill, our bass player. I spoke with his widow to let her know we remembered. During the altar call, I played the last song Bill played with us. It was bittersweet.

“It’s Your breath in our lungs and we pour out our praise…”

We go to church to lay our burdens down. We find comfort and strength in songs of worship.

Isaiah 24:14, “But there are some who will break into glad songs….” The Message

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He Wanted to Test His Heart

May 4, 2019: Isaiah 39; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalms 116; Isaiah 21.

2 Chronicles 32:31, “But when the rulers of Babylon sent emissaries to find out about the sign from God that had taken place earlier; God left him on his own to see what he would do; he wanted to test his heart.” The Message

The hardest part of a test is the teacher is silent.

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We Thank You, God

May 3, 2019: Psalms 75-76; 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 22, 38.

David cut the foam insulation into sections. Using a saw, he cut it off of the wall. He found 3 small cracks next to the windows. But his lunch hour was over and he headed back to work.

Psalms 75:1, “We thank You, God, we thank You – Your Name is our favorite word; Your mighty works are all we talk about.” The Message

After work, he scraped the caulk and glue off of the wall. He caulked the cracks and cleaned up the mess. It could have been much worse.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure everything out on your own. (6) Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” The Message

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A Longstanding Plan

May 2, 2019: 2 Kings 19; Isaiah 37; Psalms 33.

I mentioned the leak in our basement yesterday. I’m grateful we never finished that room.

David plans on removing the foam insulation Friday night. He ordered waterproofing paint and plans on painting the wall Tuesday night.

Isaiah 37:26, “Haven’t you gotten the news that I’ve been behind this all along? This is a longstanding plan of Mine and I’m just now making it happen…” The Message

The rain stopped and the sun came out. Still, the water seeped in. The ground is drenched with rain.

Psalms 33:5, “He loves it when everything fits, when His world is in plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction.” The Message

I’m glad David is choosing professional products. (After all, he works at a lumberyard.) I would prefer to only do this once!

Psalms 33:11, “God’s plan for the world stands up, all His designs are made to last.” The Message

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Psalms 33:20, “We’re depending on God; He’s everything we need.” The Message

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God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right

May 1, 2019: Isaiah 30-32, 36.

I woke up at 3:45 a.m. worrying about the laundry room. It’s been raining for several days. There is a crack somewhere and the water runs in front of the washer and dryer to the drain. I straddled that water while I washed clothes. I want it fixed – yesterday!

Isaiah 30:18, “But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right – everything. Those who wait around for Him are the lucky ones.” The Message

Since I couldn’t sleep, I cried out to the One who could help!

Isaiah 30:19, “…Cry for help and you’ll find grace and more grace. The moment He hears, He’ll answer.” The Message

The subject of our study at Connect Group was, “What to Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered.” I know God answered right away. Now I wait to see it. He’s always right and always on time.

Isaiah 32:17-20, “And where there’s Right, there’ll be peace and the Progeny of Right: quiet lives and endless trust. (18) My people will live in a peaceful neighborhood – in safe houses, in quiet gardens. (19) The forest of your pride will be clear-cut, the city showing off your power leveled. (20) But you will enjoy a blessed life, planting well-watered fields and gardens, with your farm animals grazing freely.” The Message

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