From my readings tonight…….

Bless the Lord , O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord , O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord , all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the Lord , all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord , O my soul!

– Psalm 103 ESV

The fun never ends.

First day back to work after vacation – and the power goes out! They actually closed the host store for a bit, everything was down. I heard some hydro guys were working on a pole and there was a huge bang before the power went out. There were no sirens though, so let’s pray no one was hurt. Luckily I’d already gone through my incredible amount of emails.

The text for today’s Day by Day was James 3:1-12.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” – James 3:1-12 ESV

There’s a lot packed into that little passage, isn’t there? Really, I of all people know of the destruction that not holding your tongue can bring. I think that after Day by Day, I’ll study James using what I’ve learned from Adam and Women in the Word.

We took little man to his class tonight, and afterwards I took the dogs for a walk around the neighborhood. Stopped by the dog park, first time in a couple years. It was a nice night. I watched the flashes of lightning now and then far off and enjoyed the quiet and the walk. I just made it home before it started pouring, and by just, I mean it started raining as I came up the driveway!

There goes the thunder. I better make my tea.

I’ve read a couple more chapters of WotW and will read a couple more tonight. Updates on that to come.

Goodnight all.

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Dog Park

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Haven’t been to the park for a couple years. Let’s not run, let’s sniff everything, then pee on it.

Watch “Epic Funny Cats Jump Fail 2014-2013″ on YouTube

Epic Funny Cats Jump Fail 2014-2013: http://youtu.be/QScxSMWOT-c

Just to make you all smile.

Watch “From The Inside Out -For King and Country” on YouTube

From The Inside Out -For King and Country: http://youtu.be/nLySeYOYcFg

We were just listening to this in the car and I really wanted to share it!

“From The Inside Out”

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still your mercy remains
Should I stumble again
Still I’m caught in your grace
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart, in my soul
I give you control
Consume me from the inside out
Let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out

Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

Women of the Word by Jan Wilken

I just devoured the first 47 pages of this awesome book. It’s really teaching me several things.

I, too have been guilty of not understanding that the Bible is a book about God and not about me. I now understand that in order to really love Him, I need to let my mind lead my heart instead of the other way around.

“The path to transformation runs from the mind to the heart, and not the other way around. ” – pg 31

My bad habits in approaching the Bible are definitely “The Personal Shopper Approach” and the “The Telephone Game Approach”. Why? Probably because I haven’t been taught any other way.

I want to strive for Bible literacy in my life. It matters.

“When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected. Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environments we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel. Home, church, community, and country desperately need the influence of women who know why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. They desperately need the influence of women who love deeply and actively the God proclaimed in the Bible.” – pg 46

I am so looking forward to learning how to study the Bible and become a woman who is Bible literate!

More to come.

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I am not a wuss……….

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We got back from camping and they both are wet from their baths. They’re cold.