Lessons from Job

Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 8

Journal, 3-23-2020: “My eyes are worse than ever! I was sitting at my desk feeling miserable. I took a picture of my eyes and sent it to David.

He replied, “Take Benadryl and go to bed.”

Job 5:22, “You will laugh at hunger and destruction…”

Common English Bible

I not hungry anyway.

March 23, 2020: Job 5-9.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,”- Day 9

Journal, 3-24-2020: “I stayed in my pajamas. I’m taking Allegra-D twice a day and Benadryl 3 times a day. My eyelids are bright red. David took over the laundry.”

Job 13:26, “You even write bitter things about me, make me inherit my youthful indiscretions.”

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March 24, 2020: Job 10-14.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 10

Journal, 3-25-2020: “My eyes are horrible. I can’t see very well. I asked God to show me the trigger. He said, ‘Go watch Grit TV.’ David took over the cooking.

Job 19:26, “After my skin has been torn apart this way – then from my flesh, I’ll see God.”

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March 25, 2020: Job 15-19.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 11

Journal, 3-26-2020: “The hives around my eyes and mouth are red and burning. I switched to cold water soaks.

‘What should I do, God?’

‘Go watch Grit TV.'”

Job 22:21, “Get along well with God and be at peace; from this something good will come to you.”

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March 26, 2020: Job 20-24.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 12

Journal, 3-27-2020: “The skin around my eyes is burning. I started using Triamcinolone on it. I can only use it for 3 days. I’ve built a tolerance to Benadryl. I didn’t nap today. Once again, I listened to Grit TV. I am having difficulty seeing.”

Job 27:5, “I won’t agree that you are right. Until my dying day, I won’t give up my integrity.”

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March 27, 2020: Job 25-30

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 13

Journal, 3-28-2020: “I washed all the bedding: comforter, sheets, allergy pillow covers, and mattress pad. And watched Grit TV between loads as instructed.”

Job 32:18-20, “For I am full of words. The spirit in my belly compels me. 19) Look, my belly is like unopened wine; like new wineskins, it will burst. 20) I will speak and get relief; I will open my lips and respond.”

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March 28, 2020: Job 31-33.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 14

Journal, 3-29-2020: “The sermon today was ‘Hope in a Crisis.’

‘Trouble is our transportation.

I must be going somewhere! Today I had an asthma attack along with my swollen, itchy, hive-covered eyes. I used the inhaler and filled the vaporizer.”

Job 34:30, “He prevents a lawless person from ruling, from capturing people.”

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March 29, 2020: Job 34-37.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 15

Journal, 3-30-2020: “I woke up with sinus pressure over my right eye. I used a saltwater eye rinse and then a cold compress. I boiled more water. When it cooled, I did a sinus rinse and gargled with hot water and salt. Then I used the sinus mask. I went to bed right after lunch.

Job 40:4, “Look, I’m of little worth. What can I answer you? I’ll put my hand over my mouth.”

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March 30, 2020: Job 38-41.

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Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 16

Journal, 3-31-2020: “After devotions, I ‘returned to normal life.’ I made the bed, washed dishes, washed darks, and worked on a grocery list. I put barbeque sauce on some chicken and made parsley potatoes. I even used the “clog cannon” on the tub – three times. It has been draining slowly. That cleared it right up!”

Job 42:10, “Then the Lord changed Job’s fortune when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions.”

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“…he set aside his remorse in order to return to normal life (see Job 30:19).”

Common English Bible Notes on Job 42:6
March 31, 2020: Job 42; 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10, 11.

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Because I Was Afraid

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 7

Journal – March 22, 2020: “We watched church online: ‘Commonsense and God sense. Commonsense is faith in yourself – fight to the death. God sense is faith in God – fight to victory.’

David ran errands and helped Derek move a bed. They switched bedrooms and are setting up a nursery. He measured some windows they want to replace.

While he was gone, I took down the St. Patrick’s Day decorations and decorated for Easter.

I saw online people putting teddy bears in their windows so children could ‘go on a bear hunt’ as they walked through the neighborhood. I found enough bears for all the windows. Some I tied with white ribbon around their waists. I tied the ends to the cup hooks that I use to hang Christmas lights. They look like they are bungee jumping!

I laughed when I saw today’s chapters. The book of Job is perfect for reading during a pandemic!

“…Job… a ‘person of absolute integrity’…who experiences great suffering. Job’s distress isn’t caused by something he did…[it] results from his experience of natural evil, from the ill effects of natural events (windstorm, lightning, and related fires, disease), and moral evil…suffering may occur because of the nature of the world that God created and because God allows the natural order to be what it was created to be.

Believers are invited to ‘revere God’ (Job 1:9) no matter what they face…reveals God’s openness to Job’s hard questions. …

The book is neither historical literature nor biography, not an autobiography. Job reminds us of literature that begins with the phrase ‘once upon a time,’ and some readers recognize it as ‘dramatic fiction.’ …The purpose is to teach by posing key questions about suffering.”

Common English Bible Introduction to the book of Job

Job 3:25, “Because I was afraid of something awful, and it arrived; what I dreaded came to me.”

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Proverbs 22:5, “Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked; those who guard their lives keep their distance.”

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I must not live in fear. I will use commonsense and God sense. And I will keep my distance!

March 22, 2020: Psalms 73; Job 1-4.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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This is a time to refrain from embracing!

March 19, 2020: Ecclesiastes 2-5.

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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.”

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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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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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