2017 – My One Word – #mydays – how long bitter?

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2017 – My One Word – #mydays – timing

If numbering my days to obtain wisdom, and peace, and understanding and glorifying God is my goal, wouldn’t the fact that HE designs my steps be an amazing answer to this prayer?

Psalm 90:12
12 So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.

I’ve written enough about what Godly wisdom is…by doing a search on The WildBerry Patch, here is what I came up with! Wisdom Posts
In the most recent Itty Bitty Bible Study on Philippians, I talked about the fruit of righteousness, which is very similar!
If that doesn’t work, just type in wisdom in the search bar!I ought to add it as one of my tags!

So, what happened today that effected me? I was a blessed observer to the Lord composing an orchestral symphony of my life!

It started yesterday – with a visit to Gabriel’s vet, and learning how to objectively, or at least MORE objectively calculate his quality of life before we decide to ease him “over the rainbow bridge”.
I became very aware of needing to take into account the good things each day.

 

 

This morning, I intended to be with a friend while she waited for a detective to call about the murder of her daughter. This was an unknown timeframe.
This morning, I intended to see my chiropractor – I thought at 10:30.
This morning, I realized that Gabriel needed to be with me – so I was not going to leave him long, and I needed to find a pair of nail trimmers to ease the discomfort of his VERY long nails.

I left home at 9am, headed to the pet store before the chiro.
I got to Pet Co – and purchased a pair of clippers, and a few other items to give Gabriel a nice spa day.
I got back to the car at 9:30 and realized my appointment was at 11:45. IT’s too early to go in and it’s not long enough to go home and see Gabe, and then come back – so, I canceled my dr. appointment.
(cue the violins to start the symphony)

As I was driving home, the noisy fan(I thought) continued, and the car started to rattle and shake, and lose power! (cymbal?) I had just gotten to the bottom of the hill, and realized the lack of power with an empty turn lane beside me (cue flutes fluttering) and the potential of getting off the road.
(clarinets)
maybe I can get into the turn lane
(oboes)
maybe I can get to the section between the lanes
(cellos)
Maybe I can get into the road towards the parking lots
(basses)
maybe I can get to the dirt parking lot
(Saxes)
looks like I can get into the Bob Evans Parking lot in the rear!
(enter drums and horns!).

I called Jim – told me to stay put and call an uber.
(cue muted trumpet – he was able to answer my phone!)
I called my friend Beth who said “don’t call an uber, I’ll come pick you up” –
(cue violins – this is my friend awaiting the call from the detective)
I called my friend Michele who was dropping her car off, and had to be home by 11 for a conference call.
(cue string section, and wood section)
My friend and server Lisa was sitting at the counter, and I was able to sit with her, and share some of my story about my trips, as well as talk to her about how Jesus is comforting me.
(add some drums – she wasn’t supposed to come in today, but she did because yesterday was so packed, that she thought they may need her)
My friends Michele and Marty showed up earlier, and I was able to treat them to coffee and toast!
(add the horns! they got there at 10:13 – well in time for her to drop me off!)

(pianissimo…)
Now – as we left the restaurant – I got a call….
It’s Beth – she’d gotten the call!
(cue Crescendo – tympani and all manner of percussion!)
IF SHE HAD COME TO GET ME – SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR WHEN THE DETECTIVE CALLED!

(cue melodious music…)
I was tickled that God had handled the timing for Beth….
And I was grateful to my friends, Michele and Marty for bringing me home…
And I started babying Gabriel.

Love being brushed!

(cue more interesting melody, as if something else will happen)
then the Mail Lady came up as I was brushing Gabriel.

(crescendo…)
We talked of our vacations
We talked of our families
We talked of our faith
(cue cymbals and drums and horns)
she shared how her nephew was a struggling person with homelessness and addiction!
(boom boom boom boom crash of the cymbal!)
And I had the information about New Beginnings here in Clermont.
(cue finale)
IF I HAD BEEN AT THE DOCTORS, OR WITH BETH, OR AT BETH’S HOUSE, OR WAITING FOR AN UBER INSTEAD OF MICHELE AND MARTY PICKING ME UP WITH THEIR TIME FRAME – I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HERE WHEN ELIZABETH STOPPED BY, AND I WOULD NOT HAVE HEARD HER STORY!
She left with information about the new beginnings ministry, saying that it was an answer to prayer that she has wanted to work with this type of ministry, because of her family story, and her walk as a Christian! YAY!!!
(And – cue final note!)

Why do I say this started yesterday?
The strange fan sound was there in the Tahoe yesterday as I drove for 20 miles there and 20 miles back, and Gabriel and I were fine.
It didn’t break down with a sick dog in the car, in the summer heat.
My concern for being with Gabriel was part of the urgency for me to get home.

Of course, anyone who has been reading my blogs knows that this timeliness issue has been working in me since last year…and specifically since this year’s one word – #mydays!

(reprise)
In case it’s not clear that today is orchestrated by God – as I was sitting here, I saw the garbage truck drive by – just in time to grab the trash, and run it, and the trash can out to the side of the road to get it picked up!
Yes, the driver/operator saw me run the trash can out…and as he turned around, to come towards our house, he saw me throw a bag of trash into the can…and back away so that he could pick it up. He waved!

Psalm 37:23-24
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

Thanks for joining me in this journey,
In His hands and under His wings,

~Christi
Ps 63:7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

“The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear.
If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation.
If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself.” –
from My Utmost for His highest

I want to thank

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Itty Bitty Bible Study – Philippians 1:3-11

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My thoughts for the Itty Bitty Bible Study group on Facebook. (join if you’d like to get these in fb!) Philippians 1:3-11 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine … Continue reading

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2017 – My One Word – #mydays – first love

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As I said, last weekend really brought me around to remembering what my focus should be, in light of eternity. Psalm 90:12 12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. I turn … Continue reading

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2017 – My One Word – #mydays – cleansing

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Psalm 90:12 12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Honestly folks, I did not think that this was going to be part of my one word this year! Cleansing? BUT…..GOD! This … Continue reading

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Itty Bitty Bible Study – Philippians 1:1-2

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it’s been a long time since I’ve been posting these…and I have no excuse. here we go again! My thoughts for the Itty Bitty Bible Study group on Facebook. (join if you’d like to get these in fb!) Phillipians 1 … Continue reading

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By His Stripes, I am Healed!

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Itty Bitty Bible Study – Ephesians 1:15-23

My thoughts for the Itty Bitty Bible Study group on Facebook. (join if you’d like to get these in fb!)

In the IBBS Ephesians Introduction, I shared my thoughts on Ephesians 1:1-2.
And here are the others up to this point:
IBBS Ephesians 1:3-6
IBBS Ephesians 1:7-14

note from previous post: In my research, I have found some that say that verses 3-14 are all one long sentence.
It is commonly known that the verses, the chapters, and maybe even some gramatical markings were not necessarily in the original texts. The KJV has it split up with colons and semi-colons.
ESV has added periods.

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:15 – 23

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

For THIS reason…WHAT reason?

  • Because of everything he wrote about in verses 3-14!
  • Because Paul wants these followers to succeed in their walk with Christ.
  • Because Paul wants them to KNOW all that they have and are IN CHRIST!
  • And – Because he heard of their FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ,
    and their LOVE towards all the saints!

What does that compel him to do?
GIVE THANKS!
and then, PRAY!

And what does he pray?

18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,

And to that – I go into worship!!!

here are two new ones to me:

What are the things Paul is praying for on our behalf?

  • 18b that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
  • what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
  • 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
    according to the working of his great might
  • 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead
  • and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
  • 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
  • and above every name that is named,
  • not only in this age but also in the one to come.
  • 22 And he put all things under his feet
  • and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body,
  • the fullness of him who fills all in all.

That’s a lot!

I’ve spent a few weeks thinking about this, while my computer has been out of order, my web site has been migrated, and the internet has been having indigestion.

Paul is praying that we would KNOW….all of these things.
I think this is a prayer that we can pray for ourselves, and for others.

I think this is a powerful prayer.

Thanks for your patience!

Thanks for joining me in this journey,
In His hands and under His wings,

~Christi
Ps 63:7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

“The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear.
If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation.
If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself.” –
from My Utmost for His highest

I want to thank

for the ability to search the Bible online.

Some artwork is from me – ChristArtist. It is copyrighted – by me. Please do not share it without my permission.
The same goes for my written work.
Some artwork is from ChristArt – not me! I have purchased a membership, and the art is copyrighted by them.

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Itty Bitty Bible Study – Ephesians 1:7-14

My thoughts for the Itty Bitty Bible Study group on Facebook. (join if you’d like to get these in fb!)

In the IBBS Ephesians Introduction, I shared my thoughts on Ephesians 1:1-2.

IBBS Ephesians 1:3-6

note from previous post: In my research, I have found some that say that verses 3-14 are all one long sentence.
It is commonly known that the verses, the chapters, and maybe even some gramatical markings were not necessarily in the original texts. The KJV has it split up with colons and semi-colons.
ESV has added periods.

Ephesians 1

Moving along in this very long sentence!

Ephesians 1:7-14

7 In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight
9 making known to us the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ
10 as a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in him,
things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance,
having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also,
when you heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation,
and believed in him,
were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,
to the praise of his glory.

IN HIM
Everything is IN HIM! – Remember!

  • vs 3 – blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing
  • vs 4 – he chose us in him
  • vs 5 – adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ(or, IN Jesus Christ)
  • vs 6 – to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

And Paul continues – IN HIM!

7 In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight

 

EPHESIANS 1:7 AMP
7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace

Remission through His blood

The forgiveness of sins

Grace

  • Colossians 1:13-14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Additional verses

Ephesians 1:8‭-‬10 KJV

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven,
and which are on earth; even in him:

Breaking this down:

8 (grace?)which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight]

This seems to first refer to the grace in verse 7
Then…

…in all wisdom. And understanding…
He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure,
which He purposed in Christ,
with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]–
to bring all things together in Christ,
[both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.
EPHESIANS 1:9‭-‬10 AMP

  • Mystery of his will – He shares His secrets with us, like He shared His plans with Abraham!
  • According to his good pleasure – It is HIS PLEASURE to share with us!
  • Which he purposed in Christ – All things are IN CHRIST – and HE is intentional about His plans for us!
  • Regard to the fulfillment of the times – The End times…just like He shared with Abrahamm about Sodom and Gomorrah
  • To bring all things together in Christ – God’s purpose was always about reconciliation
  • In the heavens and on earth. – To be reunited with Him – to walk with Him, not in the garden like Adam and Eve, but in HIS home!

We have been given insight into the end of the story!
The story HE began at creation!

The study of end times is called eschatology. There are plenty of studies on eschatology…
I’ll link a few I like, here.

Back to the verses:

EPHESIANS 1:11‭-‬14 AMP
11 In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny–we were claimed by God as His own],
having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand)
according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].
14 The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.

An inheritance – only heirs get an inheritance –
Predestined – chosen, planned for, known from before the foundations of the world…
vs 11 – According to his purpose who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will – This points to Romans 8:28!

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.

and just for good measure –

Romans 8:29-30
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

This ties in with Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

This reminds me of what I was thinking in IBBS Ephesians 1:3-6

But this whole plan was constructed and conceived because HE loves, because HE loves us, from before the foundations of the world.

My word of the day meditation on February 15th 2017 talks about my choices and HIS plans!
Jeremiah 1:5 talks about being known before we were conceived
Jeremiah 29:11-13 talks about the plans HE has for us.
Psalm 139 talks about being fearfully and wonderfully made

Here is the foundation piece, we love because he first loved us. In addition we are because he first loved us. We will be because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Our past, our present, and our future are all enmeshed in His love for us.
There is nothing about God that isn’t done because of his love.
Because of His great love, we are not destroyed!Lamentations 3:22
When we look at First Corinthians 13 describing What Love Is, it really is a description of God.
Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious, does not rejoice in wrongdoing.
We can go through the names of God and see His love in every name even those that are considered harsh or cruel.

we were chosen for his purpose

For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Back to the verses – why? Why did God do all of this?

Ephesians 1:12 NIV

12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

Referring to those that first believed…

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

And it’s true for those of us that believed since then!


Ephesians 1:13 NIV

When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

We’ve been marked..sealed…set aside for our protection Revelation 7:3. similar to the blood on the doorposts at the time of the Exodus.(Exodus 12:23). Ezekiel talked about those that grieve over sin being marked in their forehead! (Ezekiel 9:4).
We are marked – as GOD’S OWN!!!

Ephesians 1:14AMP
(Holy Spirit)who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.

When someone creates a will, the proof of the promise of the will is that document. In our case, the proof of our salvation is being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Until the end of the story, when we see redemption face to face.
Hebrews 11:1

We can’t see our salvation…but the Holy Spirit, in us, confirms it.

That leads me back toEphesians 2:8-9

We are Saved by grace through faith and that not of your own…it’s the gift of God

This all seems to go around and around…like a song that is building and building…

  • redemption
  • forgiveness
  • grace
  • wisdom
  • chosen
  • plan
  • inheritance
  • reconciliation

Move some of these around, and it’s the plan of salvation – focusing upon the glories of His love for us, and that we are created for HIS praise and glory.

Here’s how I drew it out:

 
I hope you enjoyed this…and here is a song that really put something in perspective:

There is a phrase – you didn’t want heaven without us, so you brought heaven down.
Because of HIS great love towards us…we have salvation.
Everything is because of HIS GREAT LOVE – and HE loves US!

Amen!

Thanks for joining me in this journey,
In His hands and under His wings,

~Christi
Ps 63:7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

“The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear.
If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation.
If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself.” –
from My Utmost for His highest

I want to thank

for the ability to search the Bible online.

Some artwork is from me – ChristArtist. It is copyrighted – by me. Please do not share it without my permission.
The same goes for my written work.
Some artwork is from ChristArt – not me! I have purchased a membership, and the art is copyrighted by them.

I’d love to hear what you think – please leave a comment!
Or choose to LIKE me on facebook, or other social media!
I’d love to stay in touch with you – we are working on email subscriptions…sign up! 
Soon, we will have a gallery for the art I have created by the hand of God.

There are many organizations that support children and families. Here is one that we are blessed to be a part of. Please consider sponsoring a child – the life you change could be your own.

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2017 – My One Word – #mydays – wk8 day 3

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I have started to read the book My One Word by Mike Ashcroft. (the link is added, but I do not have a partnership at this point). Of course, this is still true: Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number … Continue reading

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