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friendship – A Poem

This weekend I will be visiting with old friends and family as well as seeing friends at church on Sunday. As I thought about what I was going to write for Thankful Thursday, I decided I wanted to express how thankful I am for friends new and old, those related to me by blood and those who are connected to me by shared experiences and faith.

I decided to write this as a double acrostic because friendship is something that is with us from the beginning of our lives to the end.

friendship
f
or all my life it’s been my belief
rain or shine, whether near or far
images of love on my heart like graffiti
each memory together reveals love
needing each other to bear our burden
daily desiring friends to be around
sharing our experiences and lives
hoping to be together to our last breath
images of love on my heart like graffiti
painted far beyond skin deep

* * * * *

Note: It seems I have twice submitted this poem for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night. So that I don’t forget and link it again I’m adding this little link back to dVerse.

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My Redeemer Lives and Gives Me Rest

The year 2012 has not started out that great for me the health arena. I’ve been feeling terrible and still don’t know for sure what the problem is, though hopefully will find out later this week.

Yesterday in particular I was feeling exhausted and weary, at my wit’s end. Then today, two things came to my attention that were an encouragement.

First, before church this morning I read the next 3 chapters of Job on my Bible reading schedule, chapters 17 through 19. In chapter 18, Job’s “friend” Bildad essentially tells him to quit talking about his innocence because it is clear that he is among wicked based on what God has done to him. Bildad is sure he knows that Job’s loss of family and wealth, as well as his physical ailments, are God’s punishment for Job’s wickedness.

Job then responds in chapter 19. He admits that God has struck him down, but still maintains that it is not as a punishment for any wrongdoing. Then Job says:

 21 “Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy,
      for the hand of God has struck me.
 22 Must you also persecute me, like God does?
      Haven’t you chewed me up enough?

 23 “Oh, that my words could be recorded.
      Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,
 24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead,
      engraved forever in the rock.

 25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
      and he will stand upon the earth at last.
 26 And after my body has decayed,
      yet in my body I will see God!
 27 I will see him for myself.
      Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
      I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Job 19:21-27 (NLT).

I was encouraged by this passage for two reasons. One reason is that I realized how blessed I am to not have friends like Bildad. Instead, I have friends who are understanding and encouraging, who do not persecute me and tell me my physical ailments are a result of my sinfulness. The other reason is that it reminded me that my Redeemer lives, that Jesus will stand upon the earth in the end and that I will yet see my God. This current trial is only temporary but life with Christ is eternal.

The second thing that came to my attention was during the sermon at church. We are in week two of our pastor’s sermon series on mixed messages. The topic today was Trials, Tribulations, and Trouble.

There were several points to the sermon message, but the one that resonated with me today was the point about how hard it is to carry our burdens alone, and how that sends the wrong message to those around us. The world says we should suck it up and bear our own burdens. But the Bible tells us to help carry one another’s burdens and to rely on God to help carry our burdens.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV).

As an illustration of this point, our pastor had a glass of water. He asked what happens if you try to hold up a glass of water. The answer is that the longer you hold it up the more tired your arm gets and the glass feels heavier and heavier. But if you hand the glass to someone else and they carry it for you for a while, and then another friend steps in to help carry it, then the burden is easier to bear.

A prayer for my health was included in our Prayers of the People and I had several people ask what was going on after church. They all agreed to pray for me and encouraged me. I felt the weight of the burden of my health concerns lighten, knowing that others are helping to bear my burden in prayer. I was also encouraged by the reminder that Jesus is there to help bear my burden as well.

My Redeemer lives and He gives me rest when I am weary.

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Blogging – A Poem

For my last Thankful Thursday of 2011, I thought I’d write a poem about how thankful I am for the opportunity to blog and the technology that makes it possible. I am also thankful for my fellow bloggers, this wonderful community that I have become a part of over the past two years.

[Note: Imagine my surprise when I went to dVerse Poets Pub during lunch today to find a wonderful article by Gay Cannon about couplets in poetry! So I linked this one. :) ]

Blogging

Words once rambled in my head,
cluttering my mind like rising bread

I might dump them on a journal page,
where they’d grow dusty and dim with age

Lonely, they were, with no one to read,
no one to ponder the thoughts I’d freed

Enter the Internet and WordPress blog platform,
allowing my writing to fly, be transformed

Sharing my faith in Jesus and His grace,
what a blessing it is to seek His sweet face

Telling the world the truths I had learned,
the mercy God offers, wholly unearned

Still only words on a page it might seem,
until there were readers, fulfilling a dream

Now I was sharing my ideas, each thought,
considered by one a search engine brought

Then there were comments posted in reply,
a dialogue started between readers and I

Soon my new friends, all heaven-sent,
offered truth, faith, and encouragement

Brothers and sisters in Christ, worldwide,
friends in whom my fears I can confide

New readers, future friends, daily connected
as the circle of believers grows as expected

The Holy Spirit drawing us closer each day,
using the Internet in a most awesome way

Strengthening His church as together we meet,
praising in cyberspace, His plan is complete

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV).

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Seven “Layer” Bars for Recipe Friday

The recipe I want to share today is not one I made up or new by any means. But it is special to me and so I want to share the recipe and a few stories about it.

My last two years of college I lived off campus with three other women. We called ourselves “the Hug House” because no one could get in the front door without a hug. One of our favorite recipes at the Hug House was Seven Layer Bars. We made them frequently and a batch would seldom last more than 24 hours, with or without company around (partly because we were all so concerned about the edge being perfectly straight, we had to keep re-cutting the edge). They were perfect for busy college women because they are so easy to make.

I’ve often wondered at the name, though, because in order to actually have seven “layers” you have to count the melted butter. A more accurate name would be Seven Ingredient Bars, but that’s not quite a catchy. But whatever the name, it has chocolate, nuts, and coconut, so how can you go wrong?

One of my earliest blog posts even mentions Seven Layer Bars and two of these three roommates. You can read about it in my post titled Love as an Action Verb. After the incident recounted in that post, I came home and discovered in talking with my son that he had never had Seven Layer Bars! I couldn’t believe I had never made them for him, and so the next week we made some together.

We hadn’t had them in quite a while, though, until this past weekend. My father-in-law and I were talking about what I was going to make for our big family gathering. He said he had recently learned of these great new bars, which he proceeded to describe. It didn’t take long for me to realize he was describing Seven Layer Bars. So I decided that is the dessert I would make for our gathering. I figured if there were leftovers that would be fine because I would gladly eat them. I didn’t need to think about that at all because every last Seven Layer Bar was gone before everyone left on Saturday evening!

Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients (aka layers):

½ cup butter
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Slice butter into several pieces and place in a 13″ x 9″ pan. Melt butter in the oven. Remove from the oven and swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Spread graham cracker crumbs evenly over the bottom of the pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut all over the top. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until coconut is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into squares.

Note: To make graham cracker crumbs, place several graham crackers at a time in a large zip-lock back and use a rolling pin to crush into crumbs.

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Hiding My Weakness No More

As I prepared and cleaned house for family to visit this past weekend, I had my iPod playing with some of the newest (to me) music I have put on it. That included Sanctus Real, the band that opened for Casting Crowns when I saw them recently. They are a great band and I’m really glad I bought their 3 CD Anthology.

One song in particular brought tears to my eyes and really spoke to me. It’s called “I’m Not Alright.” I think pretty much everyone could sing this song, but most of us won’t because we are afraid to admit our weaknesses and brokenness. When someone asks how we are doing, the pat answer is “alright” or “fine.” Often that is not the truth. But because “fine” is the socially acceptable answer to “how are you” we never know how others truly are doing. We assume we are the only ones hurting, the only ones struggling and in need of strength and comfort, because everyone else is “fine.”

Satan would love for us to keep up appearances, because then we aren’t there to help each other or to encourage each other to lean on Jesus for strength and comfort.

But I’m here to say I’m not alright. I can’t get through this thing called life all alone. I need my Savior and I need other people. I also want to encourage you to hide your weakness no more.

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Psalm 20 – A Prayer for You

I’m still going in order with the Psalms, and the next one that I’ve not posted before is Psalm 20. It is a wonderful prayer that I lift up today for all my family and friends, including all you of my friends who read this today. The Lord will be faithful to answer this prayer in the way that is best for you all, and when He does we “will life up our banners in the name of our God” and give Him all glory and praise.

Psalm 20

    For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
   may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
   and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
   and accept your burnt offerings.
                         Selah

4 May he give you the desire of your heart
   and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
   and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

 6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
   he answers him from his holy heaven
   with the saving power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
   but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
   but we rise up and stand firm.

 9 O LORD, save the king!
   Answer us when we call!

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Traits of a Friend: Faith, Hope, and Love – My Tuesday Three

I was going to write that I decided to do something a little different for My Tuesday Three today, but then I realized there was no answer to the question, “different from what?” This blog theme has already involved so much variety – from three blogs to three quotes to three people and more – that one more variation is not really something different from what I’ve done before.

Today’s post is a testament to my friend Holly who is a fellow ACLEA (Association for Continuing Legal Education) member. She was actually one of my very first ACLEA friends and was one of my co-presenters when I was on a panel at my first ACLEA meeting seven years ago. Holly is a truly amazing person and something she said to me the other day got me thinking about this blog post. As I thought about what I would write and how it could fit into My Tuesday Three theme, I decided I wanted to share three things about her.

First, Holly has incredible faith. In spite of, or perhaps as a result of, some serious challenges in her life she trusts completely that God is in control and has a purpose for her life. Several years ago, on the plane ride home from one of our ACLEA conferences, she suffered a severe brain injury that eventually required brain surgery. The injury – on top of her MS – took away the little bit of hearing she still had in her right ear. Every day she faces challenges that would cause some people to give up. But to meet her you would never guess because she is so outgoing and full of joy. She credits her faith and her God with sustaining her through it all and says that she is incredibly blessed.

Second, Holly is a beacon of hope. She is a shining example of always looking towards the future with expectation that God has a plan and that whatever He has planned will be a blessing. Even though she has MS, she is not anxious about the future because she knows God is with her. Even if tomorrow brings another life-threatening surgery, she has the hope that when she dies it will not be the end. It will simply be her appointed time to go home.

Third, Holly is one who lives a life based on love. The thing she said to me yesterday exemplifies this. We were headed to dinner in a small group when a homeless person approached us asking for a few dollars. I gave the woman $2 that I could easily get to in my wallet, and we headed on our way. Holly and I began to talk about this and she said she always tries to provide a hot meal or some other help when she sees someone in need like that. She said, “I always think how blessed I am that how could I not help someone else?” She has shared other stories with me of how she has shown the love of Christ to others. But she never tells these stories in an attempt to brag, but out of a genuineness that is born of true love.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV).

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People Who Loved – My Tuesday Three

There have been a lot of people in my life who have been instrumental in helping to develop my faith in Christ. Without some of them, I would have been one of the lost youth of our nation that I wrote about yesterday. Today I want to highlight three people who were there for me when I needed them most, even though I didn’t always know or understand what was happening.

The first person I want to highlight was named Clarissa. I don’t remember her last name, and I haven’t seen her in 35 years, but I wish I could thank her for what she did for me. When I was a kid, my parents didn’t take me to church. But in the sixth grade, Clarissa invited me to go to her church youth group with her. Before long I was attending the Wednesday night youth group, a Tuesday night Missionettes groups (kind of like Girl Scouts), and church and Sunday school every Sunday. My dad would take me to these events and drop me off, and one of the parents would take me home. I even attended a four-day camp with the Missionettes group. I came to know who Jesus was both from the Bible lessons I received and the love of the members of that congregation.

At the end of the seventh grade my family moved two states away. Although I corresponded with some of the friends I had made there, after a while I lost touch. I didn’t make any friends in my new town who were interested in church, and I lost touch with God as well. But a seed of faith – a very large seed – was planted in my heart by Clarissa and her church family.

The second person I want to highlight was named June. I met her many years later. She was married to someone my husband worked with, and she sometimes babysat my young son when I was trying to get some work done. During this time I was struggling with major depression and had been for six years. One day, when she was babysitting my son and I was sitting at my computer trying to write a memo, I thought to myself that my husband and my son would be better off if I was dead. I felt like I would never be free from depression because I’d been treated by doctors for so long with no relief.

June found out about what I was going through, and she invited me to a women’s Bible study at her church on Tuesday mornings. It was hard to go, but June kept at me and she encouraged me to go whenever I was feeling down. The women in that group were a Godsend. They prayed for me and with me, and they loved me even though I was a mess. It was during the time that I attended this weekly Bible study that God showed me what was needed for healing of my depression. It was through things the women prayed out loud for me and encouragement they gave me that helped me to understand that anger that I was holding tight to and guilt that I was afraid God would never forgive that was the root of my spiritual depression. I’m not sure I would be here today if it was not for June, who helped to water the seed of faith and help it grow.

The third person I want to highlight is my friend Lee. She is the most exuberant and encouraging woman of God that I think I have ever known. When our son was about four, my husband decided he wanted to attend a Lutheran church because he had been raised Lutheran, instead of the Nazarene church where I was attending Bible study with June and going to Sunday services. One of the first people who welcomed me at the Lutheran church we started to attend was Lee. She invited me to a Thursday evening Joy of Living Bible study, and always encouraged me in the years that study ran.

Lee was there for me whenever I needed someone to talk to, and she would always insist on praying for me right then and there if I told her of a problem I had. I remember one time when I was really struggling with a particular sin I just couldn’t seem to deal with, even though I had prayed about it many times. It wasn’t something I could bring up at Bible study. But I could tell Lee anything and she would never judge. So I called Lee and she prayed through it with me, and encouraged me to trust in Jesus to give me strength to overcome. And the amazing thing is that He did! Although we do not currently attend the same church, Lee continues to be one of my very best friends and someone I can call no matter what.

These are just three of the many Christians who have encouraged me and helped me to grow closer to Jesus. They have inspired me to do what I can to be an encouragement to others. Pondering My Tuesday Three, I realized that you never know when your encouragement of another or inviting them to do something with you might be just the thing they need to help them along their journey towards faith in Christ. Your kindness might be the lifeline that they need. You might be the instrument of Jesus’ saving grace in their life.

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Are the Youth of Our Nation a Lost Generation?

Last Saturday I was getting ready to go to the farmers’ market with my friend when a song by P.O.D. called “Youth of the Nation” came on my iPod. As I listened, I knew that this song would be the basis of my Music Monday post. It’s not a happy song. In fact, it brings tears to my eyes almost every time I hear it. But it has an important message.

WARNING: This post includes discussion of some disturbing things about kids today, and the video of “Youth of the Nation” includes graphic and disturbing photographs.

It seems more and more these days the news is filled with stories of violent or suicidal kids. Just last week a 17-year-old boy in Florida bludgeoned both of his parents to death with a hammer, then locked their bodies in their bedroom (having dragged them there from the kitchen), and threw a party for a bunch of his friends. Though there hasn’t been a school shooting in the news this week, the last one wasn’t long enough ago to be called a distant memory, and there have been more such shootings in recent years than I like to think about.

Also last week, I saw the story of how the authorities had found the remains of a 13-year-old boy who had been missing for 2 years. Before that, his parents had verbally and physically abused him and forced him to spend his days in a dog cage without food or water. Although social workers had been notified that this was happening, on visits to the home they had found no problems. No one missed this little boy in all that time. Then, of course, there is the case of the murder of little Caylee Anthony that has dominated the news for weeks during the trial of her mother. Even if Casey Anthony didn’t kill Caylee, it is appalling to think that she did not even report her child missing for over 30 days.

These cases have made the news, but they are not isolated cases. They are just the stories the media has chosen to highlight. But every day there are children in our nation who are feel lost. Some are abused by their parents, siblings, or other relatives. Others are bullied and degraded by their peers and teachers. Some become so angry about their abuse that they become violent, or they are so distraught by the thought that no one cares that they become suicidal.

My son actually has a friend at school who has confided in him that he is severely depressed and often thinks of suicide. This kid says he is an atheist, and he doesn’t seem to believe that anyone loves him or cares, not even his parents. My son asking about how he is doing may be the only lifeline this kid has. I have wondered more than once of this kid is the ticking time bomb at my son’s school.

Of course, there are a lot of good, well-adjusted kids in our nation, too. My son and a lot of his friends are among them. But I have to wonder what makes the difference? And why does it seem that there are more violent and suicidal kids than there were 50 years ago? I think this is a question that we have to ask because many of our youth are on the verge of being a lost generation.

The other day I had a conversation with a dear old friend of mine (and when I say old, I mean she’s almost 90) that for me shed some light on the answers to these questions. She said that when she was a little girl, church was their life. Everyone went to church and all of their activities, such as dances and potlucks, were all church centered. Everybody loved Jesus and everyone looked out for each other.

For so many kids today, it just isn’t like that anymore. Either their parents don’t go to church, or if they do it’s just a Sunday thing. We have become a society of such self-centered people that we can’t see when a kid is lost or hurting. We don’t get to know each other and we don’t look out for each other. We certainly don’t make a big deal about loving Jesus. So many other things take precedence over a relationship with God, and even over real relationships with each other.

But I suppose such self-centeredness isn’t really new. It stems from our sinful nature, which has been around for a long time. It’s just that we’ve forgotten that the cure for our self-centeredness is to put Christ at the center of everything. Or perhaps we’ve even forgotten that self-centeredness is something that needs to be cured.

When parents let self-centeredness rule their lives, they fail to put Christ first and they fail to put their children second. They forget to tell their children that they love them and that God loves them. In such an environment, children don’t know love, and without love they cannot thrive.

So what do we do about this? Well, here is my challenge to all the Christians who read this:

  • Tell your kids that you love them every single day, not just by what you do but with words.
  • Tell your kids that God loves them, and get them involved in church youth activities that will help to nurture their souls.
  • Encourage your kids to invite their friends to church youth group activities, even if the friends aren’t Christians.
  • Pray for your youth ministers and directors. They are on the front lines and often have opportunities to minister to your kids’ friends in a way that you never would.
  • Ask your youth ministers and directors what you can do to help, and tell them you appreciate all that they do.
  • Pray for the youth of our nation, that they would find Christ and not end up a lost generation.

The youth of our nation need faith, hope, and love. Without these things, we will continue to see a rise in the violence and loss. The final verse of “Youth of the Nation” asks some hard questions:

Who’s to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say It don’t take away the pain
That I feel inside, I’m tired of all the lies
Don’t nobody know why, It’s the blind leading the blind
I guess that’s the way that the story goes
Will it ever make sense? Somebody’s got to know
There’s got to be more to life than this
There’s got to be more to everything I thought exists

These are the questions many of our youth are asking as they see the violence around them. They need to know that there is more to life, that Christ came so that they could live an abundant life. They are being led by the blind. Those of us who see God’s love, who know of Christ’s sacrifice, need to show them the way. I am thankful that bands like P.O.D. do just that in their music (not all of which is depressing like this song). But we all need to step up and help a lost generation find love.

Again, the photos in this video are pretty graphic, and the song style is hard rock. I’ve posted the lyrics below the video if you don’t want to watch the images in the video.

 

“Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D.

Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would’ve known
Cause I didn’t kiss my mama goodbye
I didn’t tell her that I loved her, how much I care
Or thank my pops for all the talks
And all the wisdom he shared

Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday, the same routine before I skate off to school
But who knew that this day wasn’t like the rest
Instead of taking a test I took two to the chest

Call me blind, but I didn’t see it coming
Everybody was running, but I couldn’t hear nothing
Except gun blasts, it happened so fast
I didn’t really know this kid though I sit by him in class

Maybe this kid was reaching out for love
Or maybe for a moment he forgot who he was
Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was, I know it’s because

We are, We are, (we are) the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) Youth of the Nation

Little Suzy, she was only twelve
She was given the world with every chance to excel
Hang with the boys and hear the stories they tell
She might act kind of proud, but no respect for herself
She finds love in all the wrong places
The same situations, Just different faces
Changed up her pace since her daddy left her
Too bad he never told her she deserved much better

Johnny boy always played the fool
He broke all the rules so you would think he was cool
He was never really one of the guys
No matter how hard he tried, Often thought of suicide
It’s kind of hard when you ain’t got no friends
He put his life to an end, They might remember him then
You cross the line and there’s no turning back
Told the world how he felt with the sound of a gat

We are, We are, (we are) the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are) Youth of the Nation

Who’s to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say It don’t take away the pain
That I feel inside, I’m tired of all the lies
Don’t nobody know why, It’s the blind leading the blind
I guess that’s the way that the story goes
Will it ever make sense? Somebody’s got to know
There’s got to be more to life than this
There’s got to be more to everything I thought exists

We are, We are, the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are, we are) the Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are, we are) Youth of the Nation
We are, We are, (we are, we are) the Youth of the Nation (the Youth of the Nation)
We are, We are, (we are, we are) Youth of the Nation (Youth of the Nation)
We are, We are, (we are, we are) the Youth of the Nation (the Youth of the Nation)
We are, We are, (we are, we are) Youth of the Nation (Youth of the Nation)
We are, the Youth of the Nation
We are, Youth of the Nation
We are, the Youth of the Nation
We are

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Psalm 46 – Be Still; He Is God

The verse for our Women’s Retreat this weekend was Psalm 46:10, one of my favorites. So I decided to post Psalm 46 for Psalm Sunday.

This verse often comes to mind when I am trying to pray but can’t seem to keep my mind focused. It’s a reminder from God to still not only my body, but my mind as well, and remember He is in control and He will be exalted in all the earth.

Our retreat was wonderful! We had two session on Friday night, along with a potluck salad dinner. I met some women I didn’t know and learned more about some I did. We started Saturday morning with a little bit of chaos as the first session leader was late so a last-minute switch in the schedule was made so that Session 4 preceded Session 3. But we all agreed that this was God’s doing, because Session 4 was the session in which we were supposed to close our eyes and listen to the sound of waves at the ocean (provided on a CD in the retreat pack). We were to meditate on our Psalm 46:10 verse and try to be still and know that He is God. It really was the perfect way to start the day!

As I copied and pasted this Psalm I noticed that the word “Selah” appears 3 times in the Psalm. The meaning of this Hebrew term is unknown for sure, but based on how it is placed in the Psalms, especially those that have notations at the beginning for the director of music, is seems to indicate a pause or interlude in the music. That is what we learned to take this weekend, pauses or interludes in our life to be still and know that He is God.

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.

 Selah

 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 Selah

 8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”

 11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 Selah

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