Exploring life's adventures through words - every day has a different flavor. What's in store for today? I have to dip my hand in the jar to find out.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The wicked don't consider God - Psalm 10

When I was reading this Psalm, it's all about 'the wicked man' and all that he does that is evil and all that he doesn't do - consider God, His laws, or anything. I read this whole Psalm and thought of Isis. I read it again and partway through thought, "This could be me! I am capable of being this wicked!" In my mind, I think, "No wayyyyy, that could never be me! I could never do such evil to people!" But I know that the sin my heart and mind is capable of doing is far beyond the wicked things I could ever imagine. If I did not know God, or turned from Him completely ["How could I EVER?!"], evil could take over. Satan could take over me and I could bring harm to others.

NO, THANK YOU! LORD, RESCUE ME! He already did - Praise the Lord!!! Hold me close, Father. I want to seek Your ways, follow Your laws, for all you've created and stated and all you have to come for me is for GOOD. I trust You. I love You.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

He never forsakes those who seek Him - Psalm 9

This Psalm is a mix of praise to God for His power, justice, judgment, and being a refuge along with humbling before Him for His power to judge righteously, destroy the wicked and have mercy.

10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Verse 20 really resonated with me in this place and time. There are so many bad and wicked things going on the world, the wars happening with Isis and in Gaza. Those not seeking the one and true God are lost in sin. They think they have power and are in control. They are causing so much pain and suffering, and the root of it is selfishness, greed, and a deep, deep dissatisfaction and unfulfilled, empty feeling. What's missing is the Lord, redemption, receiving grace, and turning from sin.

19 Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. 20 Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know they are but men.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Father as Creator - Psalm 8

I love when I come across a verse that I recognize from a hymn, worship song, or movie! Silly, but it just brings a big smile to my face. :)

"Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"

"What is man, that you are mindful of him?"

I love this Psalm, as I've always been enamored with God as the CREATOR of EVERYTHING. Every piece of creation shouts his glory and magnificence and power! It's mind-baffling and incomprehensible how things work together, both in and of themselves as well as with each other. Weather patterns, ocean currents, trees growing, the diversity of animals (and insects...yuck :) ), the freakin' human body!

It's all so unbelievable to me how *amazing* His creation is. I'm. In. Awe. So humbled by His power...and yet His care FOR ME! AND YOU! Above all of that creation! Wow.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Staying true to what is good and right - Psalm 7

We certainly go through tough times when we KNOW what we are sticking to is good and/or right, though people or circumstances rise as obstacles to what we are pursuing. Even when those obstacles seem so convincing or cause us to doubt our stand in some way, with the Lord as your shield, He can protect you from anyone or any thing.

Recently, I took my 18 month old to the doctor for his 18 month checkup. He happened to have a pretty bad cold/cough at the same time. The doctor asked to do a strep culture, even though he didn't have any of the typical symptoms of high fever over 101 or white spots in a devastatingly sore throat. The rapid strep culture was positive (92% accuracy), and he had an inflamed ear. With his already challenged immune system with severe food sensitivities, I was extremely reluctant to go the route of antibiotics, which wipe out most of the good bacteria along with the bad. Also, the doctor pointed out there could be ingredients in the medicine that he could be reactive to, as well. The doctor told me I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Take the antibiotics to kill the strep virus (which in rare cases can cause consequential health problem if not taken care of) but likely worsen is food sensitivities and weaken his immune system further to more illness...

Long story short, I filled the prescription but quickly researched how I can use the essential oils I have to treat strep and a pending ear infection. Different essential oils from botanicals (God's creation, after all!) have natural, powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties (and MANY other properties/benefits). I followed that protocol strictly the rest of the afternoon and through the night. If he was worse in the morning, I would start the antibiotics. I prayed prayed prayed for his immediate healing. I felt in my gut SO BAD about giving him the antibiotics, knowing what I know about how detrimental they are for the rest of your LIFE, in fact, aside from all the present issues I knew would ensue.

In the morning, he was SO SO much better from the cold/cough symptoms; he seemed to feel like a brand new baby!! I praised God so much and kept up with the EO protocols for a full 10 days (just like antibiotics) until we got the second strep lab culture result (which was taken at 7 days post-diagnosis) that it was NEGATIVE for strep! Much more relief and praise and tears in thankfulness to God than my baby was delivered from illness without all the pressures to resort to the medicine.

SO this deviates a lot from the point of Psalm 7 overall, but what I took from it was most relevant for what happened in my life recently. If I'm right, Lord, please stick by me and defeat my enemies. If I'm wrong, lead me to the truth. Praise Jesus!