Things are rather hectic in my neck of the woods lately.
So I've decided to *re-vamp* the look of "Bible Pick 'Ems"…make it a little "shorter and sweeter" for now…
If you recall, these were my original thoughts about "Pick 'ems":
I know it probably isn't "spiritually PC" to randomly open the Bible and expect to find a meaningful verse – it opens the door to the whole "out of context" dilemma. (And...you might just find yourself in Leviticus!!) But, I decided that I wanted to do this, along with my regular reading through the Bible. The way I figured it, I wasn't *testing* God – in other words, "prove something to me, Lord" – I was *trusting* God – "show something to me, Lord." After all, don't we know that His Word is living, breathing, and powerful?!
So, I'm pickin' every day – letting you know what was going on with me that day – and then I'm going to sum up the *theme of the week* that I think God was impressing on my heart.
Hope you're as blessed as I've been!!
MONDAY – (Feeling overwhelmed and tired...) "Then the Spirit came into me and set me on my feet." (Ezekiel 3:24)
TUESDAY – (Problems, problems, problems...) "O our God, hear your servant's prayer! Listen as I plead…O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair…We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear…O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay…" (Daniel 9:17-19)
WEDNESDAY – (Feeling alone...are You there, God?) "But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them." (Isaiah 52:6)
THURSDAY – (After living in my home for 28 years, I'm really panicky and sad to leave...) "The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:19-23)
FRIDAY – (Wondering if I'm really doing the right thing...) "Then I heard the LORD asking, 'Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?' I said, 'Here I am. Send me.' And he said, 'Yes, go…'" (Isaiah 6:8-9)
SATURDAY – (In spite of all that's going on, and all the things I'm feeling, I know God is near...) "I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises…let all who are helpless take heart…I prayed to the LORD and he answered me. He freed me from all of my fears…In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all of my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him."
(Psalm 34:1-2, 4, 6-7)
Well…ahem…I think God was speaking directly to my heart about moving. The emotions I have felt this week have been complex and difficult.
But through it all, I keep praying, and God keeps answering me.
His Word speaks...
I do well to listen.
What has God said to YOU this week?
"When in doubt, search God out!"