Monthly Archives: March 2013

For our own good

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands that I am giving you today for your own good?” (NIV)*

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What does the Lord ask for our own good?

Fear Him…keep a healthy realization of who he is.

Walk in all his ways…get to know him, follow his path and do as he does.

Love him…love is a decision and closely linked to doing what he asks.

Serve him with all heart and soul…be wholehearted about his call on my life.

Observe the Lord’s commands…pay attention to what he says.

He is God. He doesn’t need me to follow him, to know him or even love him. It’s for my own good that he has filled his word with wisdom for living. He loves me.

His word tells us how to best live. Rather than stewing on what he says not to do, he asks us to focus on positive steps forward. We’re to fill our lives with good, not giving the negative a chance! As my husband says…more do and less stew!

May today find us loving and walking with him. Rest assured…it’s for our own good.

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It’s spring break and I’ll be enjoying extra time with family and friends. Though I don’t plan on blogging next week, my journey through The One Year Bible continues…for my own good. Smile.

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*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Remember not to forget

Deuteronomy 8:10 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” (NIV)*

Fruit Basket

Fruit Basket (Photo credit: frankdasilva)

It’s a cycle. We pray for provision or intervention. He provides. He intervenes. Initially, hearts are thankful. Then, his blessings are forgotten or taken for granted. Often, he’s not appreciated until there’s a need, when again, we pray for a table full…

Often, we don’t realize what we have until it’s gone or problems arise. God’s help is sought in time of need, yet it’s easy to forget Him in times of plenty. We still need him, but the hunger pains that triggered prayer have been satisfied. We’re no longer desperate for him or his help.

Look around and see the table full. Remember whose hand provided. May his kindnesses bring praise...and let us remember not to forget.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


A daily bearing

Psalm 68:19 “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (NIV)*

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When life weighs heavy

Words fly wrong

Hearts sit wounded

He carries strong.

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When doubts swell high

Irritations dig deep

Decisions loom big

He’s there for keeps.

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When life’s too much

Loaded with care

A Savior waits

Daily burdens to bear.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Rock Solid

Luke 6:47-48 “I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (NIV)*

photo by Patty Perkins

photo by Patty Perkins

Our Creator’s written word is a guide for life. The One who formed us knows what makes us strong. Applying what we learn from His Word builds our foundation solid for life.

If the manual is read, but set aside and forgotten, life will be built on shaky ground. Unsteady walls could be swept away by life’s torrents. He asks that we not only hear the Word, but live it.

The torrents will come. Those who build on the solid foundation of God’s Word will stand.

So then…read, study, listen, memorize, and put the words into practice. Let fear of storms subside. Life has been built on a rock solid foundation and will not be shaken.

And Lord, help me practice what I write…

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Refreshing Others

Proverbs 11:24-25 “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but  comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (NIV)*

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waterfall (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Prosperity comes to the generous

To those who freely share

To the ones with hands wide open

Kindnesses not to spare.

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Refresh and encourage others

Be the one serving grace

Focus on lifting others high

Holding them up with faith.

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Make someone’s day with a smile

Offer kind words when due

Extend a hand and open a door

Gates will swing open for you.

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poem by Patty Perkins

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Have a refreshing weekend!

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


From water to bread

Psalm 65:9 “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained.” (NIV)*

Stream

Stream (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

God sends streams

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing grain for bread.

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So, too,

Living waters flow

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing daily bread.

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So, Lord,

Any living water

That flows through me

May it water the land

Produce a crop

Providing bread of life.

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poem by Patty Perkins

Dedicated to blogging friends who pour living water…that others may know the Bread of Life.

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*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Of Nets and Men

Luke 5:9 “For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken.” (NIV)*

Luke 5:11 “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” (NIV)*

Fishing boat

Fishing boat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing had been caught all night. Then, He showed up and the nets began to break. The boats began sinking from the weight of the catch.

The weight of who Jesus was covered Simon Peter like a net. He fell at Jesus’s knees and asked Him to go away. His presence was more than Simon Peter could take. Jesus left him undone…aware of his sin.

Jesus didn’t leave. Instead, He called them to leave their nets and go with Him…no longer fishing for fish, but fishing for men.

Jesus had established credibility with these fishermen. He spoke their language. A mother lode of fish had done the trick. He had shown them He could provide, an important prerequisite for his call on their lives.

Kudos to Peter and his companions. They got the message. Jesus was someone they could trust and follow. He had their respect.

Jesus met the fishermen in their world. He served them. He showed concern for their welfare. He loved them. This fisherman was teaching them to fish for men.

Love, serve, and show sincere concern. Isn’t this, then, how to fish for men…as Jesus did?

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.