Amos 9:13“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; When the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved.”’ (NAS) Trains are a common way of travel in Italy. Trains can traverse the Mediterranean coastline from France to … Continue reading Collecting Italy
Psalms 37:37 “For the person of peace will have a posterity – a legacy.” Purpose in life. We all want to be known for making a difference in someone’s life, in our world, and in our community. In the darkest of nights we wonder if what we do makes a difference to the God of … Continue reading Leave a legacy
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Satisfaction is fleeting. Our desires are ever expanding, and contentment is brief when we are busy making a living and not making a life. Happiness and blessings seem to be interconnected. It is easy to be happy when we … Continue reading I can’t get no satisfaction….
Psalms 22:26 “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied.” Stress. Chemotherapy. Fear. Chronic Illness. Affliction is a terrifying word. I have friends who are experiencing all of these afflictions right now. Joblessness or fear of losing their jobs create sleeplessness and lack of appetite. Stress of illness and injury causes them to struggle to physically … Continue reading Eat and be Satisfied
Psalms 91:16 “With a long life I will satisfy her and let her behold My salvation.” Living a long life has changed over the centuries. Only a hundred years ago, many more people died in their 40s than now. Now if someone dies in their 60s we say “they were so young.” Only when someone … Continue reading When I am an Old Woman…..
Job 6:3 It (my sin) would surely outweigh the sand of the seas. On a cold wintery Colorado day, I am transported to Gulf Shores, AL in my mind. The beach rolls away from the houses just far enough that you are isolated on the sand. The clarity of the water meets the brilliance of … Continue reading Alabama – Gulf Shores
Psalms 37:23 “The steps of man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way.” Winter hiking is an adventure of caution. Even when there is no visible snow or mud, the ice collects in the shadows. If you are talking to your partner or your dog, you only have two feet and … Continue reading Ice Hiking Carefully
Psalms 37:21 “… but the righteous is gracious and gives.” Walking with a borrowed dog is a delight if they enjoy hiking and do not have your own ‘dawg’. They do things differently, and you always have to be more vigilant as you enjoy an off leash hike. Will they bother other people? Will they … Continue reading Borrowed Dogs
“Thou has given her ‘her’ heart’s desire and Thou has not withheld the request of ‘her’ lips.” Paraphrase Psalm 21:2 “And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 What does it mean to have desire? Appetite, wants, wishes, cravings? A deep longing that is placed in your heart? Wishes for … Continue reading Heart’s Desire
“and keep the instruction of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, [and] his commandments, and his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn yourself. ” I Kings 2:3 … Continue reading Facing the Sun/Son