Prayer Note #12

A Prayer for a Confusing and Distracting Time You are Lord of my life.  You are the Lord and Master of all things everywhere and at all times.  I confess and profess this deep and towering truth. But I don't always live it out.  I know that you are Lord of me and of everything.  … Continue reading Prayer Note #12

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Prayer Note #11

A Prayer from the Winter There is a beautiful, pristine, white layer of snow covering the ground, trees, roofs, every surface.  You've sent us a lovely winter gift, though I know that it can be hardship for some. Still, it is beautiful to look at -- a sort of purity, an unsoiled and unspoiled scene.  … Continue reading Prayer Note #11

Prayer Notes #10 — Knowing and Doing

A Prayer about Knowing and Doing Father of my life, Shepherd of my soul, you have made me, and you know the purposes you have for me in this troubled life.  Raise me above the troubles and struggles, so that I may see the purpose you have for me. I won't pretend that it is … Continue reading Prayer Notes #10 — Knowing and Doing

Bible Notes #3–Exodus 13:17-18

"When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near.  For God said, 'Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.'  But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea.  … Continue reading Bible Notes #3–Exodus 13:17-18

Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

  "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself cursed other."  Ecclesiates 7:21-22 [ESV] Have a thick skin!  Don't take personally everything people say.  Don't be quick to take offense.  If we are slow to take offense, … Continue reading Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

Bible Notes #1– Jeremiah 8:6-7

This passage contains an interesting and powerful contrast.  Sinful human action is like a war horse, charging into battle.  What is such a charge like?  It is determined and direct.  It is forceful, intent on driving through every obstacle.  It is directed by a distinct purpose, the fulfillment of the rider's own intention.  It is … Continue reading Bible Notes #1– Jeremiah 8:6-7

Backyard Notes #4

He (or she) seems quite at ease and dignified in the photographs of him strutting across our front lawn.  I have only the pictures to go by.  I was at work during his visit.  My son took the pictures.  That our imperious visitor was a Cooper's hawk was plain almost immediately.  What made his visit … Continue reading Backyard Notes #4