Monthly Archives: August 2013

Understand him? No

Job 26:14 “…Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” (NIV)*

The Ocean (photo by Patty Perkins)

The Ocean (photo by Patty Perkins)

His power alludes me. But, I don’t have to understand it. Fear it? Yes. Respect it? Definitely. Stand in awe of it? Of course.

I don’t understand his ability to create and be in all things. I don’t understand his ability to wreak havoc, allow catastrophe or calm stormy seas. I don’t understand his love and faithfulness. I don’t understand him.

But I can respect and fear him in a healthy way. After all…He is God.

*The One Year Bible, August 27, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


But a breath

Psalm 39:5 “…Each man’s life is but a breath.” (NIV)*

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A breath is airy and unable to be grasped. It comes and goes without conscious effort. A breath happens in but seconds. No single breath can ever be repeated. Ever. Each breath is unique, purposeful and life sustaining. Vital.

If life is but a breath — then let me use the time well. If life goes quickly, then let it count. May the days not be wasted and may the years be worthwhile. May seeds of righteousness and love from my life go on for a thousand generations.

Go ahead, breath. Scatter those seeds to multiply one thousand-fold. As my teen-age son says, “Yolo” — you only live once. Make it count.

Psalm 39:4 “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, August 24, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


My arbitrator

Job 9:33 “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both…” (NIV)*

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Job’s heart longed for an arbitrator — a connection between God and man. Someone to speak on his behalf, to bring reconciliation with the creator.

God had an answer to the pleading of Job’s Old Testament heart. A New Testament Jesus. The Word tells us Jesus utters to God what we ourselves cannot even begin to express. Our heart’s desires and concerns are brought to God through Jesus. Our eternal peace with God is sealed through Him. He made a way to God.

Jesus is my arbitrator and friend. He is for me. And, you too.

*The One Year Bible, August 23, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


The promised land

Nehemiah 9:15 “In their anger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.” (NIV)*

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

The Christian life is the promised land, meant to be possessed. It’s not a carrot out of reach or a boundary to walk around, but a place to walk through daily. We have the opportunity to know the presence of the Lord and partake of his very life. The land of Canaan has been given to us with uplifted, gracious hand.

Spiritually we were hungry and he came as bread. We were thirsty and he became living water poured out, filling us with his holy spirit.

Do we believe? That’s the boundary to cross — over the line of disbelief and into the land of faith. A land in which to dwell. Oh, for the faith to believe what he says…the promised land is meant for me. Alleluia and amen.

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This is not a new analogy. The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas gives wonderful explanation.

*The One Year Bible, 8/14, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Aware of the schemes

Nehemiah 6:2 “…But they were scheming to harm me.” (NIV)*

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Nehemiah was so focused on God’s purpose for him–to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall—that he recognized the enemy’s attacks as not part of the plan. He didn’t succumb. Rather, he took action to defend against the enemy while continuing the work.

And isn’t that half the battle–knowing it’s an attack of the enemy? Being aware of his schemes and not letting him intimidate?

Lord, let me see beyond the circumstance or diversion—to know when I’m being derailed from your plan. Help me be bold to speak against lies and take a stand for truth. Let me not be derailed, but continue with what God has given me to do. Amen and amen.

*The One Year Bible, August 13, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishing, Wheaton, Illinois.


When arrows fly

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped…” (NIV)*

Grandma's Rose (photo by Patty Perkins)

When arrows fly around me

as troubles march my way,

oh, that I’d trust the Savior —

a strength and shield always.

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Pride must fall dethroned

when enemy closes in,

 for help waits with my Savior —

strength is found in him.

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And yes, at times I falter

and fail to seek his face,

yet, my Savior does not leave —

it’s then he pours unending grace.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, August 6, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


The heights

Psalm 18:31-33 “…And who is the Rock except our God…He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.” (NIV)*

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Suspended on a precipice

of faith in God alone,

Jutted into high thin air

pulled to heights unknown.

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Lifted to his precious side

not meant to climb alone,

Somewhere past these rocky crags

his shelter bids me home.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, July 23, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.