Nahum, you know that book of the Bible-the one where you think to yourself, where is that book again? Isn’t that how we feel when the pastor says, now turn in your Bible to Nahum or _________-insert any of the minor prophets from the Old Testament?
Last night, we babysat our four young grandsons so that their mom and dad could get a much-needed evening out. Putting four young boys to bed is a challenge, but oh, how I love the conversations we have when the lights are finally put out, and we are giving them the last kiss goodnight. As is usual, last night, more songs were requested.
Do you want to supersize that? I imagine, if you are like most of us in America, McDonald’s supersize fries, and an extra-large drink pops into your head. McDonald’s came out with this supersize ad campaign in April of 1992. But by 2004, they were phasing out this option as they decided to simplify their menu and offer some healthier choices.
This verse has been taped to my kitchen window above my sink for a couple of weeks now. I was finishing reading through 1 Corinthians when it jumped off the page to me one morning. Does that ever happen to you? I usually try to pull myself out of my bed early before the kids wake up for a quiet moment with just coffee, God and His Word and some birds that interrupt the silence with their backyard music. And while I don’t feel this every day, some days, it’s so clear to me what God wants me to see and hear in His Word.
About a year ago, my husband and I were at the Cove in Asheville for a conference. As always, it was a fabulous time of teaching, worship, and fellowship. If you have never been there-you must go! But on this particular evening, our speaker began with these words…
We live out on some land and so at night it gets to be what we call “country dark”- no street lights, no significant light coming from the closest neighbors- just complete darkness. The only nights we have good light are those of a full or harvest moon. And because it’s so dark, if you have to venture outside to close up the chicken coop or really for any other reason, any bit of light is a profound blessing.
No matter where you stand concerning our political world today, if you are a believer in Jesus, then this is a Psalm that applies to you. It only takes a cursory look to see that the world is chaotic and tumultuous. Our world’s condition reminds me of pieces of a puzzle thrown onto a table looking for some kind of order. And this chaos and disorder can easily drive us to become fearful. We can be fearful that the problems the world is facing are just too big. And we can start to believe that God’s hand of protection might not be enough!
Camp 2020 (otherwise known as Oma/Papa Camp) has just concluded for our 3 grand-kiddos from out of town. Boy, did we have fun! And boy, are we tired! There is a reason God makes us do the parenting thing during our younger years. We swam twice a day, did all kinds of crafts, painted t-shirts, baked and decorated some really fun little Bundt cakes, put together a fairly hard puzzle, ate Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes…you get it…we were busy! One of the favorite crafts for the girls was making friendship bracelets. I found an easy to follow video which taught me how to make these cool bracelets which in turn let me teach my 2 granddaughters how to make them. At least 10 or 12 bracelets were made in just a few days. For those of you with 6-12-year-old kids or grandkids who like making things, I have attached the video link here to teach you how to do it.
Have you ever prayed about something just knowing God would answer this particular prayer powerfully? You come away with a complete assurance that the Father was happily nodding in agreement all the time you were praying. That the request was a done deal, the moment you asked?
The words resonated with me immediately and intensely. I don’t know how you are feeling right now, but I have been overcome and overwhelmed at times with all the noise from this crazy world we are living in. Pandemics, masks, protests, riots, anarchy, elections, school openings or closings, murders, gloves, vaccines, crime rates…I can go on and on. I know you could add some to my list. And all this stuff is occurring outside my home, in the world around me. Inside my home, I have been working on a book, preparing for a Facebook Event, thinking about the coming months’ schedule, worrying about a sniffle or a cough, and getting groceries in a way that is anything but normal.