Listen to Birdsong

March 5, 2019: Song of Solomon 6-8; 2 Chronicles 1; 1 Kings 4.

 

Just an Ordinary Tuesday

 

Nothing exciting to report. David paid bills and I posted them to “Every Dollar.”

I finished reading “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. The first two chapters matched the first two chapters of “Battlefield of the Mind.” He spelled out wrong thought patterns but you have to go to a seminar to “retrain your brain.” Joyce Meyer gives you the scriptures to retrain your brain in her book.

“…your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment!”

The Word for You Today, 3-5-19

I started reading “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. He wrote “The Prayer of Jabez.” I couldn’t put it down! I finished it before lunch. David started reading it on his lunch hour.

Mom stopped by and we visited for an hour. I published my post and made a grocery list. See, just a boring Tuesday. Maybe I should plan a weekend get-away.

Song of Solomon 7:11, “Let’s sleep at some way-side inn, then rise early and listen to birdsong.”

The Message

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Oh, My Dear Friend

March 4, 2019: Psalms 27, 127; Song of Solomon 1-5.

 

Nap on Monday?

I slept until almost 6 am. I guess those nights of only 6 hours of sleep caught up with me. I wrote 2 posts and was ready for a nap!

But who naps at 10 am? Everyone is at work. What if someone stops by and I’m asleep on the couch? What will the neighbors think?

I walked into the living room. It was -10° outside but the sun was pouring in my big window. And the couch looked so inviting…

It’s amazing how a 15-minute power nap can revive you!

Psalms 27:1, “Light, space, zest – that’s God! So, with Him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.”

The Message

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“Mom, are you praying for my friend?”

Laura told me one of her friends moved to Washington to work on a tug boat. He wasn’t there long when the captain laid off the crew. He decided to take a vacation in Hawaii. He invited his mother to join him.

On the plane ride, she struck up a conversation with the man next to her. He owned a tug boat – in Hawaii!

I told Laura, “I pray for all your friends. One day, you’ll marry a friend.”

Song of Solomon 1:15, “Oh, my dear friend! You’re so beautiful! And your eyes so beautiful – like doves!” The Message

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Walk in the Paths He Shows You

March 3, 2019: 1 Kings 2, 3; Psalms 45.
Hungry for Chicken

After church David announced, “I’m hungry for fried chicken.” He decided we should eat at Pizza Ranch.

They were out of chicken!

We sat across from Vivian, Janet, Karen, and Marilyn from our church. We ate salads and visited while waiting for the chicken.

After our meal, I wanted “Blueberry Dessert Pizza.” They were out! I asked if there was one cooking. They offered to make one and gave me a number, promising me the first piece.

When they learned a blueberry dessert pizza was on its way, the ladies decided to wait, too. I told them this was the closest I could get to pie and ice cream.

Janet reminded me they serve homemade pies at the Women’s Club luncheon. It’s on the 12th and I made a mental note to go.

We talked about Aunt Marie, (Karen’s neighbor), and David’s grandpa. I pulled up a picture of Grandpa as a young man on my phone. Cousin Todd sent it to us a few years back. That led to a conversation about ancestry.com…our unhappiness with Dish…and what we’ve learned at Dave Ramsey’s class.

When the blueberry pizza came, we ate most of it – with ice cream! I’m so glad our path crossed with those ladies.

1 Kings 2:3, “Do what God tells you. Walk in the paths He shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, His course for life set out in the revelation to Moses, then you’ll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go.”

The Message

We went home and I took a long Sunday nap. After all, Sunday is the Sabbath – the day of rest!

Proverbs 3:24, “You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.”

The Message

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He Won’t Walk Off and Leave You

March 2, 2019: 1 Chronicles 29; 1 Kings 1; Psalms 2, 110.

 

The Consignment Store

We gathered some new clothes that didn’t fit properly and put them in a bag. We took them to “Stuff” to sell on consignment. Our daughter Laura and David’s sister Melinda went with us.

After setting up an account, David went to Kohl’s to look for jeans. He didn’t find what he wanted and came right back. We were still shopping.

He ordered an iced coffee and sat in the café area. He posted to Facebook, “Sitting at ‘Stuff.’ Oh, what a lonely boy.”

I checked out, sat down next to him, and noticed his post. I commented, “I’m sitting right next to you.” David made 2 mistakes: he sat down and looked at his circumstances.

1 Chronicles 28:2, “King David stood tall and spoke…”

The Message

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1 Chronicles 28:9, 10, “…If you seek Him, He’ll make sure you find Him, but if you abandon Him, He’ll leave you for good. (10) Look sharp now!…Be brave, determined! And do it!”

The Message

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1 Chronicles 28:20, “…Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. God, my God, is with you in this: He won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch. He’s at your side until every last detail is completed…”

The Message

Passive Income

My husband doesn’t think we’ll make much money selling at “Stuff.” But “little is much when God is in it.”

King David Didn’t Think It Mattered

King David concentrated on training Amnon and then Solomon to wear the crown. He spoiled the rest of his children. He didn’t think it mattered because they would never be king.

1 Kings 1:6, “His father had spoiled him rotten as a child, never once reprimanding him. …”

The Message

God disciplines us because He loves us. He adopted us.

1 Chronicles 28: 6, “…I have chosen him to be my royal adopted son; and I will be to him a father.”

The Message

When discouragement comes, we need to ignore our circumstances and run to God.

Psalms 2:12, “…But if you make a run for God – you won’t regret it.”

The Message

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His Father Made Him First

March 1, 2019: 1 Chronicles 26-28.

 

Choosing Accounts

David and I decided to read one page or paragraph of “Sound Mind Investing” together each day. We are in the chapter about an emergency fund. Austin Pryor agreed with Dave Ramsey – a money market account is the best choice. I googled “2019 Money Market Accounts.”

We had to move our savings a few months ago. The insurance company we were using closed its online savings account division.

We prayed James 1:5, “God give us wisdom,” and Proverbs 25:45, “Show us, teach us, lead us.” (We read one Proverb each day of the month for years. That’s where Solomon wrote his financial wisdom.)

The account we chose was third on the list! We are not financial wizards but God makes us come out ahead.

1 Chronicles 26:10, “The sons of Hosah the Merarite were Shimei, (He was not the firstborn but his father made him first.)…”

The Message

Pricing Insurance

After David went to work, I spent 3 hours working on insurance. Our credit union is offering group auto insurance. I was on the phone over an hour with their representative.

I printed off their quotes. Then, I contacted a Dave Ramsey rep for new quotes. (I checked them a year ago.)

At the “Financial Peace University” website, I took the insurance coverage quiz. I didn’t need one type of insurance. I can throw that quote away.

I’m just checking my defense. I want to guard against any catastrophe.

1 Chronicles 26:16, “The guards stood shoulder to shoulder…”

The Message

 

Financial Peace University

We are enjoying the class immensely. We recouped the fee in the first month!

After the first week, I considered paying the fee for each of our children to take the class. But I know they will only take it seriously if they pay the price. I trust God will send others to teach them.

1 Chronicles 27:43, “Jonathan, David’s uncle, a wise and literate counselor, and Jehiel son of Hacmoni, were responsible for rearing the king’s sons.”

The Message

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Nobody Was Given Preference

February 28, 2019: Psalms 91, 92; 1 Chronicles 23-25.

 

Learning a New Song

I practiced the lead line for the song, “Great Things” by Phil Wickam. We are introducing it on Sunday. I was confident I had it memorized. I’ll play on the introduction, verse, instrumental, and outro. (Or, so I thought!)

On the drive to practice, we listened to it. I realized the introduction had 3 different lead lines! (Yikes! I only learned 2!)

Before practice, Derek announced the bass player would be teaching in Mt. Pleasant. He asked Rachel to cover the low notes.

(Whew! I dodged a bullet. I didn’t practice the chords – just the lead lines.)

We played through it a few times. Derek decided it was empty without a guitar and bass. He instructed…

“Mom, I want you to play chords on the chorus and bridge. Play the lead lines with your right hand and “Pamela” with your left.” 

(“Pamela” steals the bass notes. lol)

No pressure. Yeah, right. It was rough. It’s “back to the drawing board…er, keyboard”…for me!

 

King David’s Worship Team

 

1 Chronicles 24:31, “They also cast lots…The families of the oldest and youngest brothers were treated the same.”

The Message

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1 Chronicles 25:8, “They drew names at random to see who would do what. Nobody, whether young or old, teacher or student, was given preference or advantage over another.”

The Message

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1 Chronicles 25:7, “They were well-trained in the sacred music, all of them masters….”

The Message

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Substituting Statistics for Trust

February 27, 2019: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21, 22; Psalms 30.

 

Trusting God with Our Budget

This is our third month using the free “Every Dollar” app. I love it! David is not convinced. He divides our income by our budget on an Excel spreadsheet. The salary-based budget does not reflect overtime, interest, tax refunds, etc.

I set up the March budget on “Every Dollar” and adjusted the spreadsheet to match. There are still areas we need to fund and that is where trust comes in. We trust God to either provide more income or show us where to cut expenses.

1 Chronicles 21:2, “Then David prayed, ‘I have sinned badly in what I have just done, substituting statistics for trust; forgive my sin – I’ve been really stupid.’ ”

The Message

Trusting God with our Savings

We also need to trust God with our investments. The “Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14-30 is a story about investments. One servant was given $5,000, another $2,000, and the third $1,000. The first two worked hard and doubled their money. The third one buried it.

When the master returned he asked for an accounting. The first two pleased him but he was furious with the third. He told him, “The least you could do was deposit it and earn a little interest.”

No matter how much God gives us, our goal is to at least double it. Why? It takes money to spread the Gospel. It takes money to send missionaries, help the poor, provide for our churches and staff, etc. To give generously, we have to have it first.

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God is On the Side of the Victims

February 26, 2019: Psalms 140, 141, 143-145; 2 Samuel 23.

 

“In the upper room the disciples all looked for a prominent place to sit, but Jesus looked for a place to serve! …The world bases importance on the number of people serving you, but God is much more interested in the number of people you are serving.”

The Word For You Today, 2-26-19

Letters to Linda

 

Linda was my neighbor when I was a teenager. I admired her voice and her style. She carefully decorated her home and smartly landscaped her yard. She sang at our wedding.

They admitted her to a nursing home and gave her a year to live. I heard this in May 2008, the same month they took Bromfed off the market. Bromfed was an antihistamine developed in the fifties. It was the only one that worked for me. It looked like I was housebound permanently.

I decided to write a letter to Linda each week. I wanted her grandchildren to know about the neighbor I admired. When one year stretched into two, I started sharing the funny things my children said and did.

Today, I wrote my letter to Linda. She is a victim of a disease that put her in a nursing home decades early. This is her third nursing home. The doctors say she doesn’t have long to live. (Yeah, their first prediction was so accurate.)

I needed Linda. She gave me a reason to get up on Monday morning. I had to write a letter. She is the reason I put such detail in my journal. She made me a better writer.

Psalms 140:12, 13, “I know that you, God, are on the side of the victims, that you care for the rights of the poor. (13) And I know that the righteous personally thank you, that good people are secure in your presence.”

The Message

Keyboard Tutorials

 

We are singing a new song this Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant. We will introduce another new song on Sunday in Fairfield. They sent me the keyboard tutorials to the second song.

I dutifully listened and wrote out the notes. When I practiced I found it was in the wrong key! I listened to 2 more tutorials. They have 3 different versions! I decided I’ll listen to the original and play it by ear.

“Romans 12:11, ‘Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.’ New Living Translation. ‘Whatever you choose to do, you have one other obligation, and that is to yourself. Do it with passion. If you’ve not yet found your passion, keep searching. You never know when it will find you.’ Condoleezza Rice”

“Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women,” February 26

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Silence is Praise

February 25, 2019: Psalms 65-68, 138, 139.

 

David had a dentist appointment at eleven today and Dick is home sick with pneumonia. That left them short-handed at the lumberyard. David grabbed lunch uptown and didn’t come home. It was a long, quiet day!

Psalms 65:1, “Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God, and also obedience. You hear the prayer in it all.”

The Message

Battlefield of the Mind

 

My chapter in “Battlefield of the Mind” today was about wandering, wondering minds. I can relate to that! I get side-tracked. All. The. Time.

I determined to follow my task list and stick to the item until done. I looked for a St. Patrick’s Day flag online. (I painted my old one 5 years ago and it cracked.) I gave up looking after 52 pages. (I think I need to set a timer when shopping!)

At 3:00 pm, I was only halfway through my list. I persevered and got two-thirds of it done. Mom was right. The work was still there in the morning!

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David Prayed This Song

February 24, 2019: 2 Samuel 22; Psalms 18-21.

Sunday’s Storm

We dodged a bullet. The winter storm that swept through Iowa didn’t bring us snow. But it left us wet and wind-blown.

2 Samuel 22:10-13, “He stepped down; under His feet an abyss opened up. (11) He rode a winged creature, swift on wind-wings. (12) He wrapped Himself in a trench coat of black rain-cloud darkness. (13) But His cloud-brightness burst through, a grand comet of fireworks.”

The Message

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God’s appearance at Mount Sinai when Moses received the law was marked by thunder, lightning, earthquake, and smoke. The phenomenon of earthquake, volcano, and thunderstorm came together (Exodus 19:16-10).”

Chronological Study Bible Notes

Our weather was nothing like that but it did keep a few people home from church. It’s too bad because safety is found by running toward God.

Psalms 18:30, “What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward Him makes it.”

The Message

David’s Victory Song

2 Samuel is the song David sang after each storm or battle. The same song is in Psalms 18. He sang it before when running from Saul.

2 Samuel 22:1, “David prayed to God the words of this song after God saved him from all his enemies and from Saul.” 

The Message

In every storm and every battle, we need to run to God. He is the way and He makes our road straight.

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