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Praise the Lord Sunday – Be a Firmly Planted Tree

It's so easy to get caught up in what's going on around us, and to allow words and actions that hurt us to make us bitter. This is a constant struggle for me. I try to be the best me possible, and just don't understand the actions of others sometimes. The truth is we never have to let what others do or say sway us. We can choose to be like a tree firmly planted and fed by the word of God. Verse four says the wicked are like the chaff, which . .

BLESSED [fortunate, prosperous and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers),

but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and his law [his precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.  

And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does he prospers [and comes to maturity].  

The wicked [those who live in the disobedience to God’s law] are not so, but they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgement, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous, For the LORD knows and fully approves of the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.   Psalm 1  (The Amplified Bible)

Praise the Lord it’s Sunday!  I haven’t posted because the illness I unintentionally gave my husband came back to me.  The bad news is I hardly remember yesterday.  The good news is it didn’t last as long this time.  So, today we are taking it easy trying to get well.

I have some more good news.  Next Sunday after church we are going to pick up baby Dominic.  We are kitten-proofing the house and putting kitty toys together today.  I’m really excited.  I’ve been watching Maine Coon videos.  These cats are so sweet and funny. Be sure and look at the slide show below.

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I have some more good news that I had intended to share Friday.  I spoke to my school advisor.  I’m not sure whether I explained this before or not, but I have an MBA and an MPA, but when I decided to pursue my PhD in Theology I had to start over because it is a different type of degree.  It’s okay though.  I love it! I started classes in November 2016.  I only have six more classes plus my practicum and I will have my Bachelors degree in Theology.  Then, I only have six more classes plus more practicum and I will have finished my Masters Degree.  Then, I can begin working on my PhD.  It sounds like a great deal of work, but this is encouraging news to me.  On top of that, I volunteered to work at a hospice youth camp, but now it looks like I will have an opportunity to shadow the hospice minister for practicum hours.  So, I’m really excited about that opportunity.  Please keep me in your prayers that I may be a comfort to others.

The Bible verses today are from Psalms 1.  One of my adopted sons, Stephen, gave me Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind, Psalms and Proverbs for my birthday (Hachette Book Group, 2017).  I love it.  It’s the perfect size for me to carry in my purse everywhere I go.  So, I have been reading Psalms very slowly and meditating on its meaning.

One thing Joyce says in the book is that we should meditate on God’s word and concentrate on trying to be more like what is described.  It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s going on around us, and to allow words and actions that hurt us to make us bitter.  This is a constant struggle for me.  I try to be the best me possible, and just don’t understand the actions of others sometimes.  The truth is we never have to let what others do or say sway us.  We can choose to be like a tree firmly planted and fed by the word of God. Verse four says the wicked are like the chaff, which the wind blows away.  We don’t want to be like the husks on the ear of corn, or the exterior covering on grain.  The chaff has no substance.  When we are firmly planted in God’s word we will prosper.

Join me today in planting yourself firmly like a tree in the word of God.  God bless you.

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