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Erin (6intow) Raised in a Christian home, my faith became personal early on and grew immensely during high school and college. God has blessed me with an amazing, godly husband to lead our home and six kids ranging in age from four to seventeen. I love homeschooling, blogging, and sharing my faith with others. I look forward to walking through the Bible together this year and learning all that God has to teach us. I love that His Word is rich and living, and always fresh and refreshing.

Job 15-17; Revelation 14

Job’s friends got it right at first, they sat with him for a week without talking. However, they couldn’t help themselves and had to open their mouths and show they weren’t as wise as their initial actions showed.

Job lets them know how he feels as a result of their “comforting” words in chapter 16, “miserable comforters are you all.” A great reminder to speak the truth in love.

In summary of these few chapters, Eliphaz gets up and says what we often wish were true. If you live a good life, you won’t deal with messy, depressing, hurtful situations. But,

The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,

through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. (Job 15: 20)

So, unfortunately, as much as we try, sometimes we’ll make mistakes and God will have to let us have it. So, Job, fess up, what did you do? Job replies that he didn’t do anything. He’s a good guy and for unknown reason God’s just out to get him. He’s lost all hope and thinks he is about to die. Both sides of this conversation show a deep reliance on human intuition rather than God-grounded thinking. Granted, they didn’t have any written Scriptures to go on at the time, so they have a way better excuse than us for speculating.

Fast forward from one of the earliest stories in Scripture to the time yet predicted in the future. From the depressing outcry of a human man to the throne room of God. Revelation 14.

I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,
3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.
Is it any wonder that our human speculation often falls short of God’s plan? Even with this vivid description my mind swirls as I try to imagine that throne room. The throngs of people, the presence of holiness, the clear standard of right and wrong.
Lord, even when I can’t understand, help me to trust You completely. Help me not to keep trying to fit Your infinite ways into my finite box. Thank you for your patience and your awesomeness that is beyond comprehension. Can’t wait to worship at Your feet fully aware of all You are ~Amen
Erin (6intow)


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Ezra 7-10; Psalm 97; Revelation 4

Hate Evil (Psalm 97:10)

Recognize God’s awesome holiness (Revelation 4)

Repent completely (Ezra 9-10)

It all ties together. We cannot simply go about our day and occasionally offer a penitent prayer for the “little mistake” that we fell into. We rationalize and excuse instead of repenting and seeking change.

For a while I was in a habit of soul-searching for areas needing confession and I would pray through my offenses, even seeking out scripture to arm myself for future temptation. But, how often, if ever, has my sin driven me to my knees, physically flat on my face before God crying out for His undeserved forgiveness?

I need that perspective. Hate sin and repent of it genuinely and passionately. Ezra shows us how it’s done. Torn robe, hair pulled out, on his knees, outstretched hands (Ezra 9:3-5):

As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled. Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat appalled until the evening sacrifice. And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God

His repentance is physically undeniable. His emotions overwhelm him with tears, regret, sorrow. Not just a little internal battle, this is all out, external, visible war. His repentance shows an obvious spiritual angle as well as he clearly verbalizes his faith in God, “And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this.”

God is our Savior, we are sinners. Repentance needs to happen. Initial repentance leads to salvation, continued repentance leads to greater fellowship and sanctification.

However, I also notice that it isn’t just a personal, penitent outpouring. He gets up and takes action. Gathers people around, makes big changes. Over 100 people ended up getting divorced! That will carry lifelong ramifications. That’s taking a stand for obedience, and recognizing that their marriages had been a blatant act of sin against God’s clear command. Am I willing to remove sin from my life in such a visible, public way? Rarely is our sin a private matter, and repentance might at times need a public venue as well.

Dear God, give me that clear view of Your Holiness that stirs my heart to repent in a distinct turning from what is wrong. Help me to hate that sin that robs what should be Yours. Help me not to be blind to my sin or try to harbor it. I want to follow you unhindered and be ready for service without baggage. Continue Your work in my heart, dear Lord! ~Amen


Erin (6intow)

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Haggai; Zechariah 1; Psalm 138; 1 John 2

Even in this week set aside for giving thanks I have a hard time resonating with the Psalmist. In my season of unanswered prayer the thankfulness is a bit forced, the gratitude almost artificial.

Why is the provision, the transformation slow to come? Doesn’t God care?

My request is certainly far from selfish, but am I asking too much?

Much wrestling, much scripture meditation, much emotional prayer.

Keep reading, continued study.

Prayers change. Pastor James MacDonald reminds, “We ask for smoother paths when we should ask for stronger shoes.”

I know the theology, but do I believe it? In the times of Haggai they faced a fifteen year delay in the completion of the temple, but now it was time to again get to work. We don’t always know the reasons or have the advantage of a broader perspective on “delays” in our own lives, but God’s promises and admonitions can carry over just the same.

Haggai 2:4-5 says, “Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.

I just need to be faithful, keep working.

I John 2 reminds me where the reward is promised. Not this life, but the one to come. “And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.” And, a few verses later, “ And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

Christianity isn’t about the easy days. We like to soak up times of worship and blessing. Godly teaching and time in His Word loudly proclaim that He is with us, but sometimes our life events scream louder the lie that we’re all alone. It can appear to be a losing battle in this lifetime.

Choosing to listen to that still small voice. Choosing to set my gaze on Him. Choosing to work even when the working is hard. Choosing to believe the promises and their fulfillment in the life to come. You only live twice.

Dear Lord, thank for Your Word, so rich with promises. Thank you for wrestling with me through the questions and the struggles. Continue Your work in and around me – give us stronger shoes, steady faith, and continued perseverance. ~Amen

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Ezekiel 37-39; Psalm 87; John 13

Love – so misunderstood.

It’s been cheapened to bathroom stall graffiti and sung about until crooners were hoarse. However, only God shows us what genuine love looks like.

Ezekiel 37:26 says, “ It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore..”

Love is faithful, unchanging, generous, peaceful, patient.

The Bible says so much about love outside of the oft quoted, but rarely lived out I Corinthians 13.

In John 13 Christ shows love in His living once again. Of course His death was the ultimate act of love, but we don’t have to die for someone to love them. Christ demonstrated. With his torturous crucifixion just hours away and the emotional toll mounting, He poured Himself out again. Washing, cleaning away dirt, refreshing the tired, well-used feet of the disciples. The simple gesture had a profound motivation, “34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Our love should be unmistakable (not obnoxious or showy, but clearly noticed by others). Humble. Serving, Selfless. Constant. Faithful. Dependable. Generous. Costing much.

God’s display of love throughout the Old and New Testament often stops me in my tracks and brings much introspection. Am I loving like that? He doesn’t love me simply for my own benefit, for the warm fuzzies I get in a dark season. He loves, so we can love each other. Not in a lackluster, “I’ll pray for you” kind of way. Real love.

When I don’t want to, when my own burdens are overwhelming, when needs are great (or small), when the occasion arises. Over and over again. Loving with no expected return, as an instrument of God’s great love.

Love as Christ loved – in my home toward my family; in my church toward fellow believers; and even out into the world living the message of hope. I think we all know what love looks like, but we want to check a box and say we did it. Debt paid, no more love owed today. Hmph. Doesn’t work that way. Christ owed us nothing, yet He gave everything. That’s the enduring nature of love. It never quits pouring out.

Precious Savior, thank you for showing me what love really looks like. My human wisdom would have defined it much differently. I pray that I would love with such passion and consistency that the world may know you more. ~Amen

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Jeremiah 1-4; Psalm 130; 2 Cor 9

From Jeremiah 2:

  • I remember the devotion of your youth,
        your love as a bride,
  • they went far from me,
    and went after worthlessness
  • went after things that do not profit.

Love Psalm 130 (all the Psalms of Ascent, really), want to quote the whole thing, but here from the closing verse:

For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.

15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:15

I sin, He saves.

I stray, He calls.

I stumble, He forgives.

I doubt, He remains.

I cower, He shields.

I wander, He calls.

I squander, He loves.

No matter how far I walk down the wrong path or how confused my thinking becomes, God’s constantness holds steady. His standard remains the same, my salvation secure, His forgiveness plentiful, my hope eternal.

Israel witnessed God’s redemption and power fighting on their behalf. Yet, when He didn’t meet their immediate needs, they began to look elsewhere and left their first love. With a passion they pursued God until things got either challenging or too comfortable. Either extreme drove them to look elsewhere. Instead of honoring God they sought after worthless things, unprofitable things.

I do the same. He paid a horrific price for my salvation. Yet, when He doesn’t resolve what I rationalize would be so easy for Him to fix, I question. Couldn’t He so easily heal this relationship, this illness, this situation? If God is as powerful as He has proven throughout history (both my own personal history and the history of the world), why doesn’t He change this now? The age old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” with a little twist. Similar to the question, “How does a good God allow suffering?”

The questions show our man-centric theology. Our salvation is not about us. Our worship and living is not about our personal gratification. All is an expression of an eternal, infinite God’s grace, mercy, love, and glory. In His graciousness He continues to teach, to grow us, to open our eyes to His infinitude. This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. One day we’ll see face to face and it will all fall into place.

Father God, You have been so patient this week as I’ve struggled, wrestled through Scriptures and prayers toward a deeper understanding of You. Thank you for gently teaching, quietly listening, and then responding profoundly through a myriad of encounters. Salvation and grace are truly an indescribably gift, and I humbly thank you all over again for doing that initial work nearly 40 years ago and continuing to sanctify me by Your truth, the only truth. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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Isaiah 53-55; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 15

More than one Messianic Jew looks to Isaiah 53 as the first stepping stone toward their conversion, or the final bridge.

I know someone personally that shared how her friend (he is now her husband) asked her to listen to something from the Bible as he read. He read from Isaiah 53. He gently asked about whom she thought the passage spoke. She rolled her eyes and said, “Obviously it refers to Jesus the one you say is the Messiah. So?”

He showed her where he had read from and she couldn’t get saved fast enough. This prophecy written hundreds of years before Christ’s birth so clearly depicted Jesus’ life once she heard it on its own. It was so obvious when the power of Scripture opened her eyes to it.

Isaiah 55:11 says:

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

The power of the Word is often forgotten in this modern age where we feel that we need showy services, attractive programs, and seeker friendly outreaches to draw in the unsaved and have any chance of their conversion. At our church this weekend we heard a powerful testimony that reminded us that God’s Word alone has the power to save. (Click here if you want to watch this story of God at Work) A former gang member became a Christian right in his jail cell as he simply read through the Scriptures. No one needed to explain it aside from the Holy Spirit. God’s Word would not return void.

I see it in my own life. My salvation came at an early age and I can’t necessarily say the Bible spoke to me personally much before that time, but throughout the 35 years since then you could probably graph how much time I’m in the Bible by the fruit seen in my daily walk. Why do I think I can grow without it? Why do I fall into seasons of neglecting that quiet time?

Thankfully, right now God has been faithfully calling each day and I’ve been hungry to respond, to start each day with Him. I’ve been swallowing huge chunks of Scripture each day and it is rich. Not that the days are easy or carefree by any means. I’m still this side of heaven after all. But, the perspective is life altering. Just like 1 Corinthians 15 wraps up, “58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Lord, keep calling, keep growing me through Your powerful, written Word. ~Amen

Erin (6intow)

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Isaiah 30-32; 1 Corinthians 5

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. ~Isaiah 30:18

Too busy to pray. Too busy not to pray.

I feel like the first statement is often true, but the more I walk with Christ, the more I realize the second statement is more true.

As Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

Three hours??? Yet, God waits for me to stop and spend that kind of time with Him. When I wonder why the days seem so rushed, so unfulfilled, so unprioritized, so out of balance, so predetermined, I really need to stop and pray. No, I don’t have time to spare, which is exactly why I must.

Otherwise, it’s too easy to try to trust in my own instinct, preparedness, calendars, texts, plans, and decisions. What if I really spent hours in prayer? How much would God cover before I even had to figure it out? Can I make that kind of bold step?

What about those prayers for salvation for lost loved ones? How genuine is my desire for their salvation if I pop their name on the end of an unrelated 15 minute prayer? How much do I really believe God will change them?

He longs to be gracious to us. He wants to answer. He wants to bless beyond all we could ask or imagine. Am I longing for Him? God is justice, but I need to get myself mentally prepared to recognize Him at work, not blinded by all this world has offered or put in place. Sitting at His feet, listening to His Word, watching Him move.

Lots of introspective questions as I read through these passages today. What is the focus of my faith? Does my daily agenda validate that?

Father God, I don’t come to You often enough or long enough, and I repent of that lack of priority in my own life. Please forgive me, and help me to keep removing those unproductive disruptions from my life and spending as much time in Your Word and prayer as I possibly can. Not neglecting the tasks you have for me to do, but first grounding myself so I can do them for Your glory. ~Amen.


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