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November 21, 2011 Journal Entry & Scriptures

Psalm 51 – written by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed. David confesses and repents – a great prayer when convicted of sin. An example of the correct response of the heart!

Psalm 51:6 Surely You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Psalm 51:9-12 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 71:20-21 Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth You will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

Psalm 81 – another psalm of Asaph v 1-5 Reminds God’s people to observe the celebrations which honor God and bring to mind His love, deliverance, provision, and mercy. v 6-7 God says “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.” v 8-16 God says, “Hear, O my people, and I will warn you – if you would but listen to me, O Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. I am the Lord Your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. But My people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If My people would but listen to Me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before Him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the Rock I would satisfy you.”

In Psalm 81, I see that God truly loves us and wants to bless us abundantly. He says to open our mouths wide and He will fill it. He wants to warn us and speak to us – if we would just listen! He has delivered us, restored us, protected us, provided for us, blessed us with His very presence – yet we get busy with everything else and forget Him. He says to us, “I am the Lord your God,” not “the” God, but “OUR GOD.” He desires our love, our worship, our reverence, our attention – so that He can fill us with more, more of Himself. He is the only one who can truly satisfy us – mind, soul, spirit, and body. If we continue ignoring Him, rejecting Him, and choosing our way over His, then He will turn us over to our own stubborn hearts to follow our own devices – O Lord, please, NO! I know there is nothing good in us and apart from God and if we are left only to our own devices, plans, schemes, desires – the only outcome ends up in destruction, devastation, desolation – evil and death. There are more ways to die than just physical death. We can lose our mind, relationships can die, our spirits dwindle and perish when we do not seek God.

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November 19 & 20, 2011 Prayer & Scriptures

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and forgiveness and understanding and for all the chances and lessons that You have given me – for where You have brought me from and for where You are taking me. I know that I can trust You to complete the good work which You began in me.

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.

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November 18, 2011 Scripture and Journal Entry

Psalm 18 is great. There are so many good verses in this psalm – here are just a couple of my favorites: Psalm 18:1-6 & 16-36 & 46-49

Psalm 18:28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:35 You give me Your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great.

Psalm 18:36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

Psalm 18:46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!

Psalm 78 Asaph is saying that we should tell our children all the praiseworthy things God has done – His power and the wonders He has done. He is saying that we should pass on to all generations, the decrees and laws that God set forth, and His great deeds so that our children will not turn away from the Lord, but they will trust Him, remember His deeds and His greatness and will keep His commandments. He says that if we teach our children of God’s laws, deeds, wonders and love, then they will not be like their forefathers – a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him. Then, Asaph goes on to give examples of how God’s people turned against Him time after time and how God performed miracles for them and provided for all their needs, and even their wants, out of His love for them. Yet, even though God  proved His love and care for them, they still did not trust or appreciate God. His anger burned against them and He showed His power by striking down the sturdiest of them, the young men. In spite of all this, they continued to sin. In spite of God’s wonders, they did not believe.

Psalm 78:34-39 Whenever God slew them, they would seek Him; they eagerly turned to Him, again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter Him with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to Him, they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time He restrained His anger and did not stir up His full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Then, v40-64 of Psalm 78 goes into more detail of God’s wonders and His people’s rebellion. Finally, v 65-72 tells of the Lord, once again, showing mercy to His people and then choosing a servant, David, from the sheep pens, to shepherd God’s people.

I would like to focus on v34-39 of Psalm 78 for me to remember and constantly check my heart and be sure that I am not just running to God in times of distress or trouble. I’ve got to praise You, Lord, in the good and in the bad times. There is no time when you are not with me! You are ever-present! I never want to find myself, where I once was, like the people described in these verses. Yes, they knew God’s wonders, His laws, and He loved them, showed them mercy, provided for them, delivered them, and disciplined them. But they didn’t truly believe and trust God. They eagerly ran to God when trouble came, when He reminded them that they needed Him. But, as He gave to them even what they wanted, not only what they needed, they became content, satisfied with what they had, and forgot to honor God, to remain loyal, and faithful to Him. They would say the right words, get God’s attention, get what they wanted, and then sit down and go back to the attitude that they were doing okay, and God would be there “if they needed Him.” O Lord, forgive me for being this way in my life. I see now that is one way I kept drifting so far from You, to places in my heart I dared never go – places I didn’t dream existed within me. Lord, I wish to dwell with You forever – to cherish time with You, hearing from You, praising You, and honoring You with all that I am. And praise You, Father – in v38 & 39 – it says that even though Your people continually forgot to honor You, You were merciful! You forgave their sins and You did not destroy them. You remember, Lord, that we are flesh, weak – Psalm 103:14 – You know how we are formed – You remember that we are dust. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and forgiveness and understanding and for all the chances and lessons that You have given me – for where You have brought me from and for where You are taking me. I know that I can trust You to complete the good work which You began in me.

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November 17, 2011 Journal Entry

I read “Finding Strength in Scripture” by Corine Gatti on and she gave scriptures to help deal with anxiety, depression, and feeling out of control. She said, “Let the Word of God soothe your mind and let Him take the wheel today.” She shared Psalm 10:17, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 4:17, and Psalm 46:2.

From my reading of my Bible: Psalm 17:2 May my vindication come from You; may Your eyes see what is right.

Psalm 17:3 Though You probe my heart and examine me at night, though You test me, You will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. — That is a very bold statement that David makes in this prayer. Here, I believe that David is talking about that his motives are all clear and his heart has an attitude that reverences God and that he has made a firm choice, a conscious decision and choice to keep his lips from saying anything untrue or harmful. Also, it is interesting that David says in the above verse, that God looks at our heart and examines our motives, our desires, our attitudes about everything, our plans, and our feelings – at night. I am thinking about how many nights I have just gone to bed and worried about all kinds of things, allowed myself to be filled with regret as I poured over the mistakes of my past, and wondered aimlessly what if this and what if that? How many times have I gone to bed and not had a thought at all for my God, my Savior, my Redeemer? Psalms 4:4 says: In your anger do not sin’ when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

I have tried to make bedtime, a time to reflect and to pray and to listen to the Lord, but all too many times I end up being too tired or allowing myself to be distracted. Also, when laying down for the evening to fall asleep, it seems natural that we go over our day in our mind, or we plan for the next day, or we daydream and scheme about something we want to happen or something we want to have.

Lord, please help me to remember that You are always with me. Abiding in You is not a once-in-a-while occasion. You are an ever-present God! May I always, especially as I lay down for sleep, examine my heart, mind, soul, and flesh and turn all of me toward You. And as I search my life and align myself with You, may I also, be silent and listen and hear from You.

Psalm 17:7 Show the wonder of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 17:15 And I – in righteousness I will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.

Psalm 37:32 and 33 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the Lord will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

Psalm 77:14 You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples.

Psalm 107 has several examples of how time after time God’s people turned away from Him and experienced trouble and sorrow – each time they went their own way, they found trouble, despair, hunger, thirst – and each time they finally cried out to God, He was there! He lifted them, saved them, fed them restored them, loved them! Every time, He was right there when they returned to Him and cried out to Him. He not only heard them, He helped them! Psalm 107:43 says, “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.”

Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.

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November 16, 2011 Scriptures and Journal Entry

Psalm 16:2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.”

Psalm 16:7-8 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. (Last night I was dreaming of singing praises to God and I awakened feeling so full of indescribable joy.) I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, (AMEN) with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Psalm 76:4 You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains covered with game.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they who maintain justice, blessed are they who constantly do what is right.

Psalm 106 goes on to describe many times the sins of God’s people through history and how God delivered them time and time again. Psalm 106:43 Many times He delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. v44-45 “But He took note of their distress when He heard their cry; for their sake He remembered His covenant and out of His great love He relented.

Psalm 136 = His love endures forever!!

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord works out everything for His own ends, even the wicked for a day of disaster.

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

Jeremiah 5:25 Your wrongdoings have kept these (blessings) away; your sins have deprived you of good.

Titus 1:16 & 16 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but  by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.