Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wisdom’s bell

Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”*

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This way, this way,

beckons wisdom’s bell…

its melody clear and true

piercing chaos through.

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Listen, listen,

then follow ever near…

hear love’s gentle singing

wisdom’s bell now ringing.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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May my ear be tuned to listen in 2014…

*The One Year Bible, December 24, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Never Alone

Psalm 142:3 “When my spirit grows faint within me, is is you who know my way.”*

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There is someone who knows and cares

 He sees the hurt. Wipes tears.

There is someone who relates—he gets it

He’s had that feeling of fear.

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There is someone big enough and able

To shoulder a heavy load…

Let go those lies. Don’t let them take hold—

You are never, never alone.

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by Patty Perkins

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May the peace, comfort and company of our Savior dwell in your heart.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

*The One Year Bible, December 23, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Christmas in Proverbs

Proverbs 30:4 “…Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!”*

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Did you catch it? Or, should I say, him? Many times before he was born, Jesus is alluded to in the Old Testament. And right there in Proverbs, we’re given a nugget of hope—a foretelling of Christ.

Just imagine Christmas in the middle of the work day…that’s what the Son in Proverbs is like.

*The One Year Bible, December 15, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Bringing obedience

Jonah 4:1-3 “But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish.  I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God…'”*

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Jonah eventually did what God wanted him to do, but still had no heart for the people. Yet, he did obey. He was God’s voice piece and God brought the heart change—repentance and forgiveness came to the Ninevites.

Even after the Ninevites turned to God, Jonah wasn’t concerned for them. But, he had done what God asked him to do and played his part in their redemption.

How often do I think I have to wait for 100% right motivation and heart to act? If God says go, I’m to go. If he calls, I’m to answer. He brings the change in the hearts of the people…

We bring our obedience and God does the rest.

*The One Year Bible, December 14, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Waiting for his thoughts

Amos 4:13 “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.”*

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Mountain Lake (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

I’ll take those thoughts, Lord,

though I don’t see

why you’d share them…with me?

Yet, that’s what it says

and your word is true.

So, here I sit waiting,

yes…my soul waits for you.

Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”*

Sometimes passages from different books of the Bible mesh together and complement one another—such is the case in the December 11 reading of The One Year Bible. In Amos we read how the Creator reveals his thoughts to man. Meanwhile, the Psalmist waits for the Lord. They both knew where to put their hope.

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


Rend your heart

Joel 2:13 “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…”*

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If the heart is rent—torn by life—entrust the brokenness to the Lord. Let him bring a new heart. New dreams. Let heartache do its growing work of fertilizing new life.

He desires inner change rather than an outward show.

Rent heart

be not discouraged

though severed dreams lay weeping at soul’s feet,

ready to be buried and sprout new

dreams, blooming

and whole.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, December 9, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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God defined

I John 4:2-3 “This is how you can recognize the spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God…”*

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The name “God” sounds all-inclusive and non-offensive. But to say Jesus Christ—to name him as God’s Son—narrows the playing field. This is the one and only Son—not the Son of just any god, but the Son of the one, true, creator and sovereign God.

So because of Jesus, God becomes defined. Jesus became a pipeline, or bridge, to God. And though God sent his Son for all—yes, he is all-inclusive—he is seen as non-inclusive because he allows freedom to choose other gods and have it our way.

Those who choose his way reap the benefits of knowing him.  Those who don’t choose him…don’t. Again, he is seen as offensive for giving us freedom to choose.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son and on him and his atoning sacrifice I place my faith. He is the way to the one true God.

*The One Year Bible, December 4, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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