Monday, February 27, 2017

The Joy of Expecting




Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, 
because her hour has come; 
but when she gives birth to the child, 
she no longer remembers the anguish 
because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.
John 16:21



I don't know about you, but I LOVED being pregnant!  Something my daughter can't quite fathom.  lol.  Her pregnancy was quite difficult as far as feeling nauseous all the time which made for an unpleasant nine months.  Yet, as the nurse in my daughter's delivery room said to her, "You make Labor look easy!"  And she did!  

I, on the other hand, pushed for four hours with my first delivery, lost a lot of blood, and ended up spiking a fever.  My second delivery was fast and furious with intense back labor.

Regardless of whether our labor and delivery was "easy" or intense, we all experience incredible joy when we hold that precious gift from God in our arms for the very first time.

I think most mothers are so caught up in the joy of expecting their first child, that they don't become paralyzed with fear over the certain pain to come with labor the likes of which they've never known before...  

And the fact that women will go through labor and delivery again and again indeed demonstrates they no longer remember the anguish of childbirth...  but the joy that a child will be born into the world...

Expectant:

having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something pleasant and interesting.

The very nature of pregnancy is described as expectant or expecting.

"My friend is expecting".

Expecting is not referring to "expecting horrible pain and anguish".

Expecting, in this context, is referring to "expecting a miracle from God; a beautiful daughter or son, created by you and your husband, to care for and love".


I think we could learn a thing or two from the joy of an expectant mother...

And I'm preaching to myself here...

Too often, we go through life expecting the worst.  And when things are going good, we wait for the other shoe to drop.  

How sad that we expect the worst in life rather than expect the best - GOD's BEST.

What if we lived every minute of our lives anticipating and expecting ALL that God WILL do for us. 

 God ALWAYS wants what is best for us.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 
plans for welfare and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God 
all things work together for good, 
for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong; 
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11

Every day is a miracle. God has sustained our beating hearts through the night, and we have woken up with new tender mercies from God.

The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, 
For His compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; 
Great is Your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:22-23



But what do we do when we are in the throws of fiery trials; whether it be for an hour, a day, months or years?  How do we live life abundantly when we feel that life has been sucked out of us?

We hope and we wait expectantly - anticipating all that God WILL do.

Deliverance may come quickly or it may tarry.

We can't see the future, but we can hope.  {I'll be writing more on Hope next week.}

It only takes a blink of an eye for a situation to change - that defining moment in the midst of sadness and afflictions when something changes for the better.  Even in chronic illness, you may turn a corner or you may wake up in the presence of your Lord and Savior with no more pain and no more suffering.

There is something about hope that makes us say to ourselves, "maybe this will be the day...".

Those who hope in the Lord say...

"The LORD is my portion,"... 
"Therefore I have hope in Him."…
Lamentations 3:24

Those who hope in the Lord can say this because even in the midst of pain and suffering, whether emotional or physical, those who continue to hope in the Lord are able to see how God is sustaining and comforting them minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.  They know that He is in the affliction with them and will not leave them.

It is the LORD who goes before you. 
He will be with you; 
he will not leave you or forsake you. 
Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8


Through the labor pains of trials, we can experience the joy of expecting as we wait in hope for God's deliverance...

 And WHEN that day comes, we will experience the incredible and unique joy that comes from healing, no matter what circumstance you have been delivered from.  Lowest lows yield highest joys...  {I wrote a post about this which you can read here.}

God never promised us that life would be easy, but He did promise us an abundant life of joy in Him.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10b


Our pilgrimage on earth WILL BE a life of labor pains, but there is no need to be paralyzed by fear,  because we have the joyful hope of knowing that ...

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. 
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. 
But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
John 16:33



May we all live in continual, joyful anticipation of all that God WILL do for us each today...

This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


And may we live in expectant hope for that great day when we will see our Savior face to face.


Be thou my vision

1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; 
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art; 
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, 
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. 

2. Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word; 
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; 
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son, 
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one. 

3. Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise; 
Thou mine inheritance, now and always; 
Thou and thou only, first in my heart, 
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art. 

4. High King of heaven, my victory won, 
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun! 
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, 
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. 
Eleanor H. Hull


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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Mystery of His Silence




And a Canaanite woman from that region came to Him, crying out,
 “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is miserably possessed by a demon.” 
But Jesus did not answer a word.
Matthew 15:22-23



"It may be a child of God is reading these words who has had some great crushing sorrow, some bitter disappointment, some heart-breaking blow from a totally unexpected quarter. You are longing for your Master's voice bidding you "Be of good cheer," but only silence and a sense of mystery and misery meet you --"He answered her not a word."...

"Why art thou cast down, O… soul?" Thou shalt yet praise Him, yes, even for His silence. Listen to an old and beautiful story of how one Christian dreamed that she saw three others at prayer. As they knelt the Master drew near to them.

As He approached the first of the three, He bent over her in tenderness and grace, with smiles full of radiant love and spoke to her in accents of purest, sweetest music. Leaving her, He came to the next, but only placed His hand upon her bowed bead, and gave her one look of loving approval. The third woman He passed almost abruptly without stopping for a word or glance.

The woman in her dream said to herself, "How greatly He must love the first one, to the second He gave His approval, but none of the special demonstrations of love He gave the first; and the third must have grieved Him deeply, for He gave her no word at all and not even a passing look.
"I wonder what she has done, and why He made so much difference between them?" 

As she tried to account for the action of her Lord, He Himself stood by her and said: "O woman! how wrongly hast thou interpreted Me. The first kneeling woman needs all the weight of My tenderness and care to keep her feet in My narrow way. She needs My love, thought and help every moment of the day. Without it she would fail and fall.

"The second has stronger faith and deeper love, and I can trust her to trust Me however things may go and whatever people do. 

The third, whom I seemed not to notice, and even to neglect, has faith and love of the finest quality, and her I am training by quick and drastic processes for the highest and holiest service.
"She knows Me so intimately, and trusts Me so utterly, that she is independent of words or looks or any outward intimation of My approval. She is not dismayed nor discouraged by any circumstances through which I arrange that she shall pass; she trusts Me when sense and reason and every finer instinct of the natural heart would rebel;--because she knows that I am working in her for eternity, and that what I do, though she knows not the explanation now, she will understand hereafter.
"I am silent in My love because I love beyond the power of words to express, or of human hearts to understand, and also for your sakes that you may learn to love and trust Me in Spirit-taught, spontaneous response to My love, without the spur of anything outward to call it forth."

He "will do marvels" if you will learn the mystery of His silence, and praise Him, for every time He withdraws His gifts that you may better know and love the Giver."

--Selected -  Streams in the Desert


I read this entry one evening during my devotions and was struck profoundly by the story of the three women.

Because I could relate to one of them...

Let me back up...

I am my own worst critic believe Satan's lies.  So often I feel unworthy and downright uncomfortable when people praise my walk with Jesus.  Because they don't truly know me...  The person I can be when I'm alone...  The person I am too often when I am at work...  The person I am when self takes over...  The person who does not always walk with Jesus...

This struggle carries on when I try to understand why the Lord is always so gracious to me, ESPECIALLY when He consistently gives me the desires of my heart; desires I have prayed for... Desires I don't feel I deserve...

As many of you know, my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter lived with me and my husband for almost three years.  Right around this time last year, my daughter and son-in-law began looking in earnest for a home to purchase.  They went to look at many houses; houses that were "far away", to me anyway, when they had lived under my roof for so long.

My daughter loves our hometown and if it were possible, would have chosen to live here...  But houses in their price range would be difficult to find.   So they focused their search in areas where the housing prices were cheaper.

Yet I continued to pray that the Lord would open up a home in town.   After my daughter and son-in-law experienced one disappointment after another the housing market seemed to come to a screeching halt in the towns they were focusing on.  I continued to pray that the Lord would open up a home in our town...

And then one day, He did!  A house that was just three minutes from my own became available and it had everything that they were looking for in a house.  My daughter made an appointment the morning after it went on the market.  My son-in-law had to work so I tagged along to go look at the house.  It was immaculate inside!  It just seemed too good to be true.   The next day my son-in-law was able to go view the house with my daughter.  He loved it!  Something, to be honest, I wasn't expecting because it didn't have the large yard and quiet neighborhood that he was hoping for.   Even though they both liked the house, they just weren't as comfortable with the price and decided to pass.  I was proud of them for passing up a house that would have stretched them financially and instead chose to be good stewards with their money, no matter how much it would have been amazing to have them live so close...

Later that afternoon the realtor called and asked them what they were willing to pay for the house. My daughter told the amount to the realtor and the sellers quickly agreed to accept that price!  A house that seemed too good to be true and impossible for them to get, was now going to be theirs!

The Lord had not only heard my prayer, but granted me the desire of my heart above and beyond what I hoped or imagined!

To be totally transparent here, I will actually sit and ponder these types of answers to prayer and wonder why I have been so specifically blessed.

I'm sure you would tell me their are many reasons why God has blessed me...  And deep down, I know these things too...

Delight yourself in the LORD,
 and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

The LORD your God is in your midst,
 a mighty one who will save; 
he will rejoice over you with gladness; 
he will quiet you by his love;
 he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
 how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, 
that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 John 5:14

For by grace you have been saved through faith. 
And this is not your own doing; 
it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 2:8

 Yet I see incredibly sweet souls who just exude Jesus, but have all manner of trial come upon them, the Lord answering not a word...

I think the reason I have struggled with why my prayers have been answered so wonderfully, yet those I know who walk so closely with the Lord seem to have prayers go unanswered, because early on in my Christian walk, a Pastor had once said that "God does not hear prayers when their is unconfessed/unrepentant sin in our lives.

But I absolutely know we do not earn answers to prayer.

Now I think you can see why the story of the three women's encounter with God was so profound to me...  And which woman I could relate to...  

It was the first woman...  The woman God "bent over in tenderness and grace, with smiles full of radiant love and spoke to her in accents of purest, sweetest music."  The woman that God explained  "needs all the weight of My tenderness and care to keep her feet in My narrow way. She needs My love, thought and help every moment of the day. Without it she would fail and fall."

A good part of my time since becoming a Believer has been spent with long seasons of intently studying God's word whether it was preparing 4th Grade Sunday School lessons, facilitating a lady's Bible study group, preparing devotionals to be presented at Mothers of Preschoolers and currently  this blog.   Yet something Beth Moore said rings true for me...  She had shared that someone had   commented to her that "the Lord must think very highly of you to have you in full-time women's ministry."   She responded that she "believes the Lord has her working in full-time ministry to keep her on the straight and narrow.  Otherwise, she would "fail and fall"..."

I realize that the story of the three women is just a story, but a thought-provoking one none-the-less.

No matter what woman you can relate to in the story above, God's love surrounds each one/each of you to ensure that she/you will NOT fail or fall...

I recently started reading the book of 2 Thessalonians, and I am finding a common theme throughout the chapters...

Our walk of obedience is dependent solely upon Him!


To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling
 and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,  
so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, 
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

God will fulfill every resolve for good and every work
 BY HIS POWER.



Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, 
who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 
comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

It is the Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father who 
ESTABLISHES every good work and word in our lives.



 But the Lord is faithful. 
He will establish you
 and guard you against the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3

The Lord will ESTABLISH us and 
GUARD us against the evil one.


Oh what encouragement is found in these verses!  Oh what freedom to know that it is God who works in {us}, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

So whether you are hearing from God all the time or He has not answered you a word, take encouragement from the stories above that it is the Lord who increases your faith by His loving activity in your life which takes many different forms (some seen and some not seen), and serves many different purposes; always for your good and never for your harm.  

Take comfort!  Your Heavenly Father is ALWAYS active in your life, even when He seems silent.


May the Lord increase our faith to be like the third woman, who is "not dismayed nor discouraged by any circumstances through which {God} arrange(s) that she shall pass; {who} trusts {God} when sense and reason and every finer instinct of the natural heart would rebel;--because she knows that {God} is working in her for eternity, and that what {He} does, though she knows not the explanation now, she will understand hereafter.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Thunder Snow

I'm sitting here in my office writing...  The usual pretty view from my desk out to my backyard is now blocked by a snow covered window screen - courtesy of the wind and swirling snow outside.




Yesterday, in these here parts, we reached 60 degrees!  It was glorious, especially because there was no wind.

It was hard to take the forecasters at their word that we were going to have a major snowstorm today.
But, then again, here in New England, that's how we roll.  lol.

I admit that even at my age, I still get excited about a snow day.  There is something about a snowstorm that changes the mundane into wonderful...

A day off from work

A day off from school

Sledding

Hot chocolate

Slowing down to just enjoy looking out at the countryside covered in a fresh blanket of snow.

And of course, childhood memories of snow days gone by, filling our minds with pleasantness...


Growing up we lived in a Leave it to Beaver neighborhood.  True Story.  Snow days were the best!  I can remember waking up in the middle of a school night to look out the window at the street light to see how much snow was coming down and how much was on the ground. I would then make a determination that surely there would be no school the next day and would jump up and down with glee and then crawl into bed with a big smile on my face falling asleep until morning when my hopes would be confirmed!

YAAY!  NO SCHOOL!!

Our house was at the top of a big hill, just as it started to flatten out.  During big snowstorms,  our road was usually the last to be plowed which allowed for amazing sledding - pretty much right out our front door!

Most of us kids had flexible flyers.  Those of you who are my age will remember them well!  :-)

And those of you who aren't familiar, this is what they looked like.  :-)




Flexible Flyers came in a short version and a long version.  Since I am quite tall, I had a longer one.   Two could fit on it at a time!

The steering mechanism was awesome which we would either steer with our hands if we went down on our bellies or with our feet if we sat on the sled.

The neighborhood kids and I would have contests to see whose sled would go the farthest.

Mine ALWAYS went the farthest!

I can still feel the exhilaration of sledding down that hill which was right outside our front door.

Oh what fond memories! Even the parents would join in for some sledding!  The whole neighborhood - children, mommies and daddies would enjoy the snow day to its fullest.

I can still feel the stinging of my cheeks and feet when I would finally come inside, my snowsuit and boots drenched from the snow, mouth watering waiting for a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

And then we'd go out again for some nighttime sledding.  That was the best!!

We all slept good after a day out in the snow.  Such wholesome, healthy, innocent fun...


As adults, we can find ourselves longing for days gone by...  Our minds seem to remember mostly the good while it blots out the bad.  In so doing, we tend to romanticize the past, when indeed it may not have been as wonderful as we remember it in total.

And isn't that how life goes.  It's not supposed to always be wonderful...

If it were, we would never find our need for Jesus nor would we ever experience the special joys that come after trials.

However...

There is a longing that God has built into our hearts...


Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. 
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, 
for he has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:16

We can look forward to a better country where...

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, 
and death shall be no more, 
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, 
for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

Oh what joys await those of us who are in Christ Jesus!

But, as it is written, 
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, 
nor the heart of man imagined, 
what God has prepared 
for those who love him”—
1 Corinthians 2:9


There is nothing wrong with fondly remembering times gone by.   It truly is good for the heart.

 It is when we continually live in a state of longing for the past that we are wasting the present.

A life God has called us to live present in Him... 

For “‘In him we live and move and have our being’
Acts 17:28

When we live and move in Christ Jesus, our longing and solace won't come from the past, but will be rooted in the knowledge of God with us and in the knowledge that we will live with God for all eternity...

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. 
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. 
But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God...

“Behold, I am making all things new.” 
Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” ...
Revelation 21:1-3; 5b



The Lord has taught me a few more things on this snow day...

Believe it or not, this photo was not taken in black and white,
but is the exact representation of what the lens saw...

A morning which started out rainy, in an instant, turned into a raging blizzard complete with thunder snow.   

Life can be that way too.  It can totally change in an instant...  

But as I heard the loud rumble of thunder above the howling wind and snow outside, I was reminded that the power of God is ALWAYS present.  Even though we can be deafened by a swirl of emotions, God's power can peal above even the loudest of storms in our own lives and calm them completely.

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:28-33



And the birds, my favorite of God's creatures...

Eating at the bird feeders in a frenzy, getting their fill, while the storm rages on...





In the midst of life's storms, the birds have taught me the importance of continually and voraciously feeding upon the Word of God, filling up on His promises to sustain me/sustain us for the duration.



I guess you could say I have a new item to add to the list of what makes a snow day wonderful.

A time to slow down to reflect upon the beauty of God's creation, even at its wildest, and in gratitude, to thank God for His provision of grace and knowledge through the storm...



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Monday, February 6, 2017

How to Dwell with God on Busy Days





In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.  
He was with God in the beginning... 

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  
The light shines in the darkness, 
and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-2; 4-5


Have you every really sat and pondered this great mystery - the Word made flesh?  

I confess, I hadn't until the other night when I was reading from Colossians 2:2b-3 where Paul says, 

...that they may know the mystery of God, 
namely, Christ, in whom are hidden 
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Do you see that??  All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ!  Where do we find the treasures of Wisdom?  The Word of  God - The Word made Flesh.

This revelation was amazing to me!  When I read the Word of God or better yet, continue to meditate on that very Word of God throughout the day, it is then that I am truly dwelling with Christ.

I've always struggled with this question...  

How do I actually dwell with Christ?  

It's not like dwelling with your husband or family where you physically see them right in front of you  OR dwelling with co-workers as you physically labor side by side OR dwelling with friends who are sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee - all the while conversing back and forth.

How do I dwell with Christ when I can't see him or audibly hear him speak?

I know that when we pray, we are actively communicating with Jesus, thereby, in very essence, dwelling with Him. 

But I confess, when I pray, I can become so easily distracted, that it doesn't feel like I am dwelling with Christ at all, ESPECIALLY during day to day activities when I am otherwise preoccupied.

I guess you could say this was a real AHH HAA moment for me...

I can dwell fully with Christ Jesus by meditating upon and thinking upon the Word of God throughout the day - for the Word of God IS the very flesh of Jesus.  

Oh the manifold benefits of dwelling with Christ Jesus!

When we meditate upon the Word of God, we are continually putting on the new self, daily being renewed.

and have put on the new self, 
which is being renewed in knowledge 
after the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:10

but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, 
that by testing you may discern 
what is the will of God, 
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2b

Oh how wonderful it is to know that when we dwell with Christ, through meditating upon His Word, we are continually putting to death the old man and being remade in the likeness of our Creator...

...our minds are being renewed to know the will of God; to know what is good, acceptable and perfect.

continue to live your lives in Him,  
rooted and built up in Him, 
strengthened in the faith as you were taught...  
See to it that no one takes you captive 
through hollow and deceptive philosophy, 
which depends on human tradition
and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:6b-8


As I mentioned earlier, I struggle with "breath prayers" because I am either hyperfocused on the daily  task at hand or distracted by being pulled in different directions.

I tend to focus more when I am reflecting upon the Word of God.

In no way am I discounting prayer - by any stretch.  I certainly do pray!

It is just for me, dwelling in the Word made flesh, serves as an actionable plan for my own spiritual walk, and I would imagine for many of you as well.

Excitedly, I pondered all that the Lord had shown me during my devotion and Bible reading time a couple of nights ago.  (In the next week or two, I will be sharing more about how nighttime Bible reading has revolutionized the quality of my time in the Word.)  It was then that I decided to daily make note of a stand-out verse or Bible concept that spoke to me the night before and then, record it on my Aida Reminder App. - an app that allows me to set hourly reminders throughout the day.  (You can find the app here.)  

Every hour of the next day the Bible verse I choose to meditate upon the night before will light up my smartphone's lock screen with a pop-up of the verse.  This way, no matter where I am or what I am doing, I will be able to glance down at my phone when the notification alert sounds, which btw has a nice melodic sound  :-) , bringing the verse to my remembrance for thinking upon and meditating upon...

With every hour that passes, I find I am thinking about the verse even before the next alert pops up!   The more I think about the verse, the more I will put feet to the verse.

But be doers of the Word, 
and not hearers only, 
deceiving yourselves. 
James 1:22

This Book of the Law 
shall not depart from your mouth, 
but you shall meditate on it day and night, 
so that you may be careful
 to do according to all that is written in it. 
For then you will make your way prosperous, 
and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8


I am excitedly anticipating how the Lord will work through this meditation tool which will help me to actively dwell with my Lord and Savior throughout my busy days.

I hope you too will find this reminder app helpful for increasing the times throughout your own busy days to think upon the Word made flesh.

God promises that the more we dwell with Him in His word, the more we will delight in the Wonderful Words of Life, and the more joy we will experience on our pilgrimage.


Your words were found, and I ate them, 
and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, 
for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16



The Way of the Righteous

but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night
Psalm 1:2


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