The Last Word

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Scripture reference;

The Lord Rebukes Job’s Friends

After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore takeseven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. Job 42:7-9 ESV

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Poor Job had been through so much, and on top of that, his “friends” just had to tell him what they thought. They thought they understood, but they didn’t. They should have just kept there mouths shut and treated Job with genuine kindness. However, the Lord had His say in the end.

We go through some rough times here on the earth. Sometimes it is the result of wrong we have done and sometimes it isn’t. We really don’t know, because there isn’t a single day that anybody refrains from sinning, even Christians. We all sin daily in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Even in the midst of the most terrible times no matter what the cause the Lord still hears our cries, and loves us very deeply. He withholds his comfort from no one who calls on Him.

Christian, be of good courage. Lift up your head. Don’t believe condemning words no matter who speaks them.

Dear one, if you are unsure if you are a Christian or you know you are not, but wish to become one…these next few moments provide you with a precious opportunity made possible by the Lord Himself, because He knows who you are and has loved you a very long time…since before He created the earth! Below is a link that will take you to a page that awaits you. It has answers to questions that you might have and even a prayer that you can pray if you are at a loss for words. I am praying for you.

Love,

Theresa

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Such a Time as This

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Scripture reference;

Esther 4

Mordecai Appeals to Esther

 1 When Mordecai learned all that had occurred, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, went into the middle of the city, and cried loudly and bitterly. 2 He only went as far as the King’s Gate, since the law prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King’s Gate. 3 There was great mourning among the Jewish people in every province where the king’s command and edict came. They fasted, wept, and lamented, and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.

 4 Esther’s female servants and her eunuchs came and reported the news to her, and the queen was overcome with fear. She sent clothes for Mordecai to wear so he could take off his sackcloth, but he did not accept them. 5 Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to her, and dispatched him to Mordecai to learn what he was doing and why.[a] 6 So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square in front of the King’s Gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened as well as the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay the royal treasury for the slaughter of the Jews.

 8 Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and command her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people. 9 Hathach came and repeated Mordecai’s response to Esther.

 10 Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to tell Mordecai, 11 “All the royal officials and the people of the royal provinces know that one law applies to every man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard and who has not been summoned—the death penalty. Only if the king extends the gold scepter will that person live. I have not been summoned to appear before the king for the last[b] 30 days.” 12 Esther’s response was reported to Mordecai.

 13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. 14 If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”

 15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, day or night. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had ordered him. Esther 4 HCSB

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I love flowers. Above is a picture of my azalea shrub.  I couldn’t resist sharing it. However, that is not the plant I want to talk about. There are two other plants on my mind today:  my rose of sharon and my blue hydrangea. Here they are below.

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Each one of these shrubs makes beautiful flowers. The hydrangeas are long lasting. You can put them in a vase and they will stay pretty for several days. If you leave them on the bush they will remain for months. They will eventually turn brown, but even then they are pretty. The Rose of Sharon makes lots of flowers, but each one blooms for only one day. They both are shrubs that I appreciate and intend to keep. They do what they were intended to do and that suits me fine. Sometimes the weather can bring storms and unexpected frosts, or I might neglect to water them in the summer and they might die from neglect. They have no control over that. That doesn’t prevent them from performing to the best of their ability.


The book of Esther contains 10 chapters. It starts on page 410 and ends on page 416 in my little Bible; just seven pages long, but it’s just loaded with wisdom…some in the lines and some between them.  If we pray for wisdom the Holy Spirit is able to interpret both. I read through it more than once these past two days and noticed something different each time. So much in that story had to do with people remembering to do what they had been told to do and to do it at the right moment in time… at the moment the Lord appointed. We can go back and read that book, but we already know how the story turns out at the end. When I consider that the people in this account did not know what the future held, it really makes me appreciate the fact that the Lord grants courage at those times we need it most.

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Confessing It All

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Scripture reference;

 1THE WORDS or story of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: Now in the month of Chislev in the twentieth year [of the Persian king], as I was in the castle of Shushan,

    2Hanani, one of my kinsmen, came with certain men from Judah, and I asked them about the surviving Jews who had escaped exile, and about Jerusalem.

    3And they said to me, The remnant there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble and reproach; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its [fortified] gates are destroyed by fire.

    4When I heard this, I sat down and wept and mourned for days and fasted and prayed [constantly] before the God of heaven,

    5And I said, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments,

    6Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to listen to the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You day and night for the Israelites, Your servants, confessing the sins of the Israelites which we have sinned against You. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.

    7We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, statutes, and ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.

    8Remember [earnestly] what You commanded Your servant Moses: If you transgress and are unfaithful, I will scatter you abroad among the nations;

    9But if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts were in the farthest part of the heavens [the expanse of outer space], yet will I gather them from there and will bring them to the place in which I have chosen to set My [a]Name.

    10Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.

    11O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere and fear Your name (Your nature and attributes); and prosper, I pray You, Your servant this day and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was cupbearer to the king. Nehemiah 1 Amplified Bible

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Nehemiah confessed so much here. He acknowledged God and His attributes as he began to pray. He confessed both his sin and the sin of the Israelites. He also confessed that he remembered God’s promise and that he was trusting the Lord to honor it, as he asked the Lord to prosper him and grant him mercy in what he hoped to accomplish.

We might not be be cupbearers to an earthly king, but there is a saying that says even bosses have bosses. We might not be facing circumstances that are identical to Nehemiah’s or even to each other, but we do have some things in common. Don’t we all fail? Don’t our loved ones fail? Don’t we all sin? Aren’t we all able to look around and see things that break our hearts? Let’s follow Nehemiah’s example and just confess our sin, and trust that the Lord will forgive, and ask Him for help to do whatever He puts before us, and believe that He will do that!   :)

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Mixed Emotions

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Scripture references;

Temple Foundation Completed

 10 When the builders had laid the foundation of the LORD’s temple, the priests, dressed in their robes and holding trumpets, and the Levites descended from Asaph, holding cymbals, took their positions to praise the LORD, as King David of Israel had instructed. 11 They sang with praise and thanksgiving to the LORD: “For He is good; His faithful love to Israel endures forever.” Then all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD because the foundation of the LORD’s house had been laid.

 12 But many of the older priests, Levites, and family leaders, who had seen the first temple, wept loudly when they saw the foundation of this house, but many others shouted joyfully. 13 The people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shouting from that of the[d] weeping, because the people were shouting so loudly. And the sound was heard far away. Ezra 3:10-13 HCSB

 1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4 KJV

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They had been living in exile, but were allowed to return. Sacrifice had been restored and the foundation for the new temple had been completed. It was a time of weeping, and a time of shouting for joy….both were happening simultaneously. There are times when everyone at a gathering are in the same mood, and times when we will find mixtures. It reminds me to try to be more understanding. It also reminds me that it is okay if my mood does not rise to the occasion. I can call on the Lord and pour my heart out to Him even in the midst of others who are unaware of what I am feeling. The Lord is good and faithful, and His love endures forever!

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Exchanges: Part 2…(A Reason)

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Scripture references;

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Psalm 37:4-6 KJV

12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13KJV

13 And who will harm[h] you if you are deeply committed to what is good?[i] 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,[j] 15 but honor[k] the Messiah[l] as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason[m] for the hope that is in you. 16However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[n][o] so that when you are accused,[p]those who denounce your Christian life[q] will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will,[r] than for doing evil. 1Peter 3:13:17 HCSB

14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15 KJV

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I think I will share now. When I was growing up I loved language arts.  It was my favorite class. I loved reading, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. I thought diagramming sentences was fun. I always hoped I would get to go up to the chalkboard and diagram one. For some reason all of that came very easily to me.

As long as I was underlining something, circling something, choosing “a”, “b”, or “c”…. as long as I was just filling in a blank, but “writing” scared me to death. Book reports, essay questions, anything that required me to think and express myself, I hated. I liked to write letters to friends and relatives, but they were not graded and they were usually short, and boring. I made a “D” in “American History” my junior year in high school, because our teacher made us answer essay questions on tests like “What was the significance of the Civil War?”.

This was one of the reasons I dropped out of college when I was 19. About ten years ago things began to change. I was learning so much about the Lord at home, and I wanted to talk about that, but the type of church I belonged to at the time was very old fashioned when it came to “women’s” roles.  The women there never shared anything except prayer requests and recipes. I thought I was going to explode, so I started writing letters to Christian friends and relatives that lived out of state. It wasn’t long before I noticed that my letters were getting longer and longer. I just couldn’t wait to find an excuse to write another one!

The next thing I knew I was blogging, and a couple years later (last fall) I enrolled in college as a full-time student. The Lord created a desire to write in me and not long after that He also granted both the ability and opportunity for me to do that!

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Exchanges: Part1…(The Heart’s Desire)

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Scripture references;

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Psalm 37:4-6 KJV

 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:25-26 ESV

14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15 KJV

Solomon Prays for Wisdom

 In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” 11 God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” 13 So Solomon came from[b] the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel. 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 ESV

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Has there ever been something that you hated or feared at one point in your life that later became something that you loved…that you delighted in doing? Please share it. I would love to hear about it!

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Music

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Scripture references;

David Organizes the Musicians

1David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and ofJeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,[a] Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of theLord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all who were skillful, was 288. And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.1 Chronicles 25:1-8 ESV

 30And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30 KJV

18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:18-21 KJV

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My husband plays piano and we both sing. We sing a lot in the kitchen. The Lord gives everyone songs to sing to magnify Him and to make us joyful. Do you have a favorite hymn or song of praise? How about a favorite poem? I would love to hear about it!

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