Monthly Archives: September 2013

Splitting rocks

Isaiah 48:21 “They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts, he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.” (NIV)*

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He brings living water from difficult places. Could it be that what looks like an insurmountable rock is but a place for him to gush?

Deep in a desert place

in a parched and desolate land,

He splits rocks causing springs to flow,

Replenishing, the heart of man.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, September 26, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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A far stretching land

Isaiah 33:16-17 “This is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress, his bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him. Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches far.” (NIV)*

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NYC from the Empire State Building (photo by Patty Perkins)

According to the previous verse Isaiah 33:15, those getting the blessings of verses 16-17 are those who live righteously.

But how can I be righteous and know these blessings of unending bread and water, spiritually speaking? How could I possibly see the king and his far stretching land? This nature seems destined to unrighteousness. And, the Word tells us there is no one righteous.

Ahhh…but there’s the saving grace ticket. Jesus came to be righteousness for us. What I can not be, he is. That’s what Jesus is all about. So…I cling to him. He is my righteousness. And so then:

Glimpses of the king I see

upon his glorious throne

and the land that stretches far ahead

is the land that bids me home. 

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, September 20, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Key to his treasure

Isaiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” (NIV)*

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To fear the Lord is to hold the key to his treasures of salvation, wisdom and knowledge. But…what does fear the Lord look like?

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To fear him is to have reverence

for who he is—

to acknowledge his position.

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To fear him is to respect his power

and his abilities—

so much so that I obey him.

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To fear him is to put him first

and honor him—

prioritize his purposes.

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To fear him is to learn what’s important to him

and care about his thoughts—

let go what others think.

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Many have held the keys to the kingdom of God (Noah, Moses, Joseph, Esther, Mary and Joseph, etc.) and known him as a sure foundation. Their lives were effective…so may mine be, too.

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*The One Year Bible, September 19, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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A higher rock

Psalm 61:2 “…lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (NIV)*

Central Park, NYC (photo by Patty Perkins)

Central Park, NYC (photo by Patty Perkins)

And don’t we all need a rock higher than ourselves—a place to climb and find rest from the routines and stresses of life? A place to find refuge and be strengthened for the journey ahead?

If a rocky crag is there along the path—find the footing, grasp the hand holds and step up to a higher plane—a solid, secure rock of a place.

From there the bigger picture can be seen and encouragement given to keep moving forward. Everyone needs a break.

Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, September 17, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Bookend love

Psalm 57:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (NIV)*

Lions guarding the New York Public Library (photo by Patty Perkins)

Lions guarding the New York Public Library (photo by Patty Perkins)

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One

of his collection

i’m held in place

steadied by grace

bookended with

Love

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By Patty Perkins

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

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Soul sustainer

Psalm 55:17 “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” (NIV)*

Summer Sunset in New York City (photo by Patty Perkins)

Summer Sunset, New York City (photo by Patty Perkins)

Let me cry to you

throughout the day,

as ups and downs

intrude my way.

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Hear my voice

for you alone,

can carry the cares

that weigh the soul.

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by Patty Perkins

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Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, September 11, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Sufficient grace

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” (NIV)*

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Paul was given a thorn in the flesh and prayed three times for it to be removed. Instead of removing the thorn, God gave him grace to endure—empowered where Paul was weak.

How often I long for the situation to be changed, for things to be different. All the while he wants me to look to him for grace. Yes, he wants me to pour my heart out honestly. But there are times he wants to change me, rather than change the situation.

And his grace is sufficient; it’s enough to pull me through. Any mistakes are worked for good. Any sins forgiven. Anything needed to do his will—provided. Strength is given to endure.

When it’s all said and done, may I look back and affirm, his grace is sufficient indeed.

*The One Year Bible, September 10, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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