When the Lord repeats words or phrases in the scriptures, we should take heed and listen. He clearly wants us to pay attention to whatever He is trying to impart. When the Lord so graciously and remarkably repeats certain verses, or a verse to you personally via different means, then our ears perk up, do they not?! This happened to me recently. I read a handful of devotionals each morning and one of them had this verse that I looked up and starred. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
I read this on a Sunday morning, and that same afternoon in my dad’s worship service at his facility, this verse was the Scripture reading for the day! My ears instantly perked up, and I thought to myself, I might want to memorize this verse, as it is being repeated to me the same day I read it. The Chaplain at my dad’s facility, her name is Diane ( this Godly woman is seemingly filled with a joy that overflows, more on this in a later blogpost) was joyfully remarking, “God sings over us! Think about that… the Creator of the universe! There will be no more shame, we will be free to respond to his love!” (This is not an exact quote but very close, she was imparting to us how amazing that is, that the God of the Universe will be singing over us, that He delights in us!) Humans who are but dust, a “mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14b) Doesn’t that just blow your mind? It does mine! Then, why do I continue to be so down in the dumps? Is it current circumstances? The dreaded time of a women’s life that begins with an “M” and ends with a “pause”? Am I stuck in the horizontal and need to be more vertical? Probably a mixture of all the above. Perhaps that is why the Lord repeated to me that He is with me, that He is mighty to save, that He takes great delight in me, that He will quiet me with His love, and that someday He will rejoice over me with singing. If that doesn’t humble you and make you awe-struck I don’t know what will. Thank you Lord for this reminder! Thank you that you are with me.
In mid-March, Kansas declared that schools would close for the rest of the school year. Other states soon made the same determination.
Very quickly we started hearing terms like “Shelter at Home” and “Social distancing.” “Quarantine” was a word seldom heard these days…until now when we hear it daily.
The words “Pandemic” and “Plague,” although foreign and strange to the younger generation, engender memories giving rise to fear in the minds and hearts of the oldest among us.
Businesses and churches closed,
The economy faltered,
Violence at home is increasing,
and Deaths from the virus are reported daily.
Many of us have only seen times like these in movies or read about them in books.
and Discouragement is on the rise, exacerbated by the news reports and accompanied by weather fluctuations from cold and wintry to mild and spring-like and back to wintry again.
And we are all wondering, "How long???"
Nothing is certain except that nothing is certain.
I always love it when I read those words “But God” in my Bible. Often they follow bad circumstances or evil, offering hope to a situation that would otherwise seem hopeless.
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
What do you do when you lose a beloved pet? Kelly Sue shares her and her husband's journey through their grieving process of losing their beloved dog, Gidget, and how Barkin Dogs Rescue found them not one, but two new pups to adopt and love!
I will never forget the excitement I had going into a meeting with one of my professors, Dr. J back in grad school. I had the idea of launching a Christian clothing business from way back when and he had a side business that helped start-ups. I came prepared with all my notes, my hand-drawn ideas scribbled into a notebook from years ago and a prototype of a zip-up hoodie that had embroidered crosses and verses stitched all over it. I was so excited! See, Dr. J, now this is what I’m talking about! See this cool hoodie??!! It’s a nicer, higher-end product that I really think people would buy! He, of course, has far more knowledge than I and he is asking questions and pondering it all…thankfully not anything like “Shark Tank”; I would never have survived that type of questioning. He was genuinely being a kind fella and hearing me out. At the end of our meeting (as I am walking out) he asked me to write a “Theology of a Hoodie.” K…. hmmm….ok. That’s it? What on earth does he mean, I thought? I also thought, are you kidding me dude, you know full well how many books and papers we must write in graduate school and now you are asking me to (for fun) write a theology of a hoodie?!
Well, here it is almost 8 years later. (BTW I still do not know exactly what he was asking for, however, I have a far better understanding of hoodies after creating and selling them for almost 3 years now). “Theology” means a theological theory or system” I am going with just the theory or system; my guess is that was what he was asking for?
So, here is my brief explanation of how the system works, at least in my case.