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I married well and have five children. I live and travel in Peru, S.America. I teach. write. blog. read. listen to music. make art... in addition to the myriad of responsibilities that otherwise occupy my time :)

2 Samuel 10; 2 Corinthians 3; Ezekiel 17; Psalm 60 & 61

Sometimes the whole world seems like it’s upside down, like everything is spinning out of control.
The bad guys win, while the good guys are poor, get sick and even die.
It seems all messed up.
It is.

Then faith steps in to steady the wobbly.
A sure faith is needed to believe that in spite of appearances, all is not out of control.

I read and He whispers, it isn’t over yet.

“And the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
Ezekiel 17:24

He whispers, you belong to me, I’m making you ready.

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

He whispers, remember to hope, to call to Me, to wait

Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I
,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.”

Psalm 61:1-2

My God,
Strengthen the eyes of my faith, to see that when things in this world seem out of control,
knowing that You see it too, that You are in fact still in control, and that You are not finished yet.
When the bad guys seem to win, help us to trust that it’s not over yet.
When we sink to the end of ourselves, remind us to call to You and there find refuge.
Lead us to the Rock that is higher than we, from there help us to see You working in the details;
transforming little us to the image of Your Son, ready for glory.

amy in peru

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1Samuel 24; 1Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 3; Psalm 39

I am a sojourner with You… a guest.

Hmmm. Often I am tempted to think that each day belongs to me. That I am the master of my moments.

Do you ever feel that way too?

Other times I get caught up dealing primarily with the urgent, and afterward find myself reeling to regain balance in the quiet between storms. Sometimes, when things are difficult, I cope my way through; waking up when they are over, exhausted. Those days…
When I am there, I can’t help feeling the futility of this way of life. I cry out…

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”
Psalm 39:4

Remind me again how all of life is just a breath, a shadow. the turmoil is but for a moment.
Remind me that You have made my days… that You are the Master of them.

I close my mouth. I look to You. I wait.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.”

All that I have is Yours.
My time, all that is precious to me, is Yours.
I am a sojourner here. a guest.
Give me strength to hold my peace,
to wait for You, the Giver,
In whom is all my hope.
To please You is my sole desire.
Please, Lord make it so.
My hope is in You.
Amen.

amy in peru

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1 Samuel 9; Psalm 22; Jeremiah 46; Romans 7

From deep, deep down when desire nearly drowns in dread
when I am desperate for You…
When I can’t see, and I can’t hear You. ( taken from Ps22:1-2)

Yet you are holy…” and I choose to remember.

I will remember what YOU have done.

“In you our fathers trusted… and you delivered them.
To you they cried…and you rescued them.” PS.22:4-5

When I am desperate, depressed. When all despise me.
I feel alone, and I can’t find You.
When I am daunted by their doubt… (verses 6-7)

“He trusts in the Lord, let Him deliver him;
let Him rescue him for he delights in Him.” Ps22:8

I will remember what You have done for me.

“Yet YOU are He who took me from the womb;
YOU made me trust YOU at my mother’s breasts,
On YOU was I cast from my birth
and from my mother’s womb YOU have been my God.” Ps22:9-10

Oh Father,
Some days will be dark and dreary.
Deal tenderly with us. We want to see Your face.
Help us remember what You have done.
Be our everlasting delight. For,

“He has not hidden His face from Him, but has heard, when he cried to Him.” Psalm 22:24

Oh how desperately we need You…

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Judges 17; Acts 21; Jeremiah 30 & 31; Mark 16

This guy was about to learn what I learned in kindergarten from the song “Oh, you can’t get to heaven, on roller skates…” and it’s accompanying silly verses:

“…a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.  In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Judges 17:5-6

God will not be just another good luck charm.  We might do what is right in our own eyes, adding an appearance of religiosity to the mix, but we cannot expect to appease Him into prospering us (read what happens to Micah in chapter 18).

But in contrast, neither is living a sacrificial life a guarantee that you or I will prosper according to this world’s definition…

“…When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of Jesus Christ.'”  Acts 21:13

Christ never promised his disciples an easy life.

But as I come to the Father according to His prescribed instruction, through the only Mediator, I am given a hope that is absolutely sure… an eternal prosperity:

“Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all who oppress them.  Their prince shall be one of themselves; their ruler shall come out from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me?  declares the Lord.”

And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

Jeremiah 30:20-22

One day God will prosper His people.   You and I must make sure we are one of them!

“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry.  I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”  Jeremiah 31:13

“He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

He has already completed the work to make our hope sure by sending his Son, the Prince of Peace, who came in flesh, out of the midst of Israel, “Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen; he is not here…” (Mk.16:6)  He is able to draw near to God on my behalf having made peace through His blood.

Father,
I trust in the blood of Christ,
and I am waiting for You.
Thank you for Your Spirit in the meantime.
I can’t wait ’til that day when You will come and dwell with us.
Help me to remember to look for the prosperity that will never perish, spoil or fade… every day.

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Deuteronomy 27-28:19; Psalm 119:1-24; Isaiah 54, Matthew 2

God’s words are important.

Obey be blessed, disobey be  cursed.  Clear and simple.  (Deut. 27 & 28)

God’s words are precious.

With my whole heart I seek you!  Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.  My soul is consumed with longing!  Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.  (Psalm 119)

God’s words are gracious.

“In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.  (Is. 54)

God’s words are true.

…for so it was written by the prophet.
…this was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet.
…then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah.
…that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled.  (Matt. 2)

God,
You are our Maker.
We are sojourners on the earth.
You are the God of the whole earth.
We want to seek You with our whole hearts.
You are the Lord, our Redeemer.
We want Your words to be our delight.
Teach us.
Deal bountifully with us that we might live and keep your word.
Amen.

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Deuteronomy 12, Psalm 97 & 98, Isaiah 40, Revelation 10

To whom then will you liken GOD?

…would you compare HIM with worthlessness? the work of our own hands?

Even the best we could make… wood that is costly is overlaid golden, chained in silver, crafted with skill… an abomination cast in order to see and to touch… it. will. not. move.  worshipers of things shall be put to shame.

…would you compare HIM with one of us? the work of His own hand?

Even the best of us… like grass withers, like flowers fades, even the whole lot are but a drop in a bucket, dust on the scales… nothing. In comparison, less than nothing and emptiness. weary. weak. wicked.

Haven’t you been told, and heard and known?

Get you up to a high mountain!  Lift up your voice with strength, say…

“Behold your God!”*

The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth* and everything in it!
He does NOT tire, nor grow weary, with understanding unsearchable, He gives power and increases strength, His right hand has worked salvation for Him.

He has done MARVELOUS things*…

measured the waters in the hollow of hand, stretches heavenly curtains and spreads them tent-like over us, the world is lit up by His lightnings; the earth sees and trembles …mountains have been moved and will melt like wax …brings the mighty to an empty nothing …He blows, they wither.

He created the hosts, brings them out, calls them by name, not one is missing.
As shepherd, He will tend His flock, gather the lambs, carry and gently lead them.
Those that wait for Him shall renew strength, mount up, run, walk and not be weary.

Rejoice!

Behold, the Lord God comes with might, his reward is with Him*…
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together…
The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!*

Oh God, how we DO rejoice! How we must!
We rejoice because we know and love You.
Our hearts sing that we are Yours!
We worship, for You are our God!
We can’t keep from making joyful noise!
For You have made known Your salvation,
revealed Your righteousness for all to see,
You remembered your steadfast love!

“Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and all who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
before You, for You come to judge the earth.
You will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.”*

Come Lord Jesus, we are waiting.
Amen.

amy in peru

*Is. 40:9 — Is. 40:28 — Ps. 98:1 — Is. 40:10 — Ps. 97:1 — Ps. 97:7-9

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Numbers 34, Psalm 78:38-72, Isaiah 26, 1 John 4

The life and love of God made flesh…

who dwelt among us*

which we have heard,

which we have seen with our eyes,

which we looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life –

the life was made manifest*…

placed tiny in a mother’s womb,

born a helpless babe,

a firstborn growing boy with a heart that pumped and lungs that filled;
doing the things that boys must do.

He looked with eyes that really saw, spoke words that went straight to the heart and walked on feet that got dirty. He sat when he was tired, was thirsty and drank, hungered and needed to eat. He slept and got up early and knelt down to pray. His lap held children, his hands touched lepers, the blind, the deaf , and lifted a dead child to life.  He got angry, he spoke, he marveled, he suffered, he cried, he loved…

He died.

He rose.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us…

God sent His Son into the world.*

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.*

God You ARE love.
You love abides in me as I abide in You.
Because of this I have confidence for the day of judgment, and will not fear.
I have come to know and believe the love You have for me.*
I love because You first loved me.*
Perfect Your love in me as I love the people You love.

Oh Lord, we wait for You;
Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
My soul yearns for You in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks You.*

amy in peru

*Jn.1:14; 1Jn.1:1-2; 1Jn4:9; vs11; vs16; vs19; Is.26:8-9

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