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Friday, April 30, 2010

Week 18 Readings

April 30
2 Samuel 19:31 thru 20:26
Psalm 7
2 Samuel 21:1-22
1 Chronicles 20:4-8


May 1
2 Samuel 22:1-55
Psalm 18


May 2
2 Samuel 24:1-9
1 Chronicles 21:1-6
2 Samuel 24:10-7
1 Chronicles 21:7-17
2 Samuel 24:18-25
1 Chronicles 21:18 thru 22:19


May 3
1 Chronicles 23:1 thru 25:31


May 4
1 Chronicles 26:1 thru 28:21


May 5 
1 Chronicles 29:1-22
1 Kings 1:1-53


May 6
1 Kings 2:1-9
2 Samuel 23:1-7
1 Kings 2:10-12
1 Chronicles 29:26-30
Psalms 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Both will be Delivered

2 Samuel 15:1 thru 17:14

A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell David, "All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!"

"Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!" David urged his men.
2 Samuel 15:13-14

When David heard of his son's rebellion, this warrior king does the most remarkable thing...

he packs up and runs for his life.

Could this be the same David who defeated Goliath with only a sling and a stone?

The one who God anointed King of Israel?

The one who God prospered like no other?

The one who was the man after God's own heart?

The one who wrote, With God's help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes. Psalm 60:12

And now, he's running?

The first place we see him come to after fleeing the palace was the Mount of Olives; the place where people worshiped God...

and David prays.

Did David know that hundreds of years later his very own descendant, Jesus Christ, would come to that same place and cry out to God for strength?

Was Jesus thinking of David as he prayed that starry night so long ago?

Both will be delivered.

One through death on a cross and another through the death of his son.

But if they both could speak to us today, I know they would instruct us to not walk in the fear of our foe, but the faith of our God.


David would later write...


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Week 17 Readings

April 23
2 Samuel 6:12a
1 Chronicles 15:2-28
2 Samuel 6:12b-16
1 Chronicles 15:29
2 Samuel 6:17-19a
1 Chronicles 16:1-43
2 Samuel 6:19b-23

April 24
2 Samuel 7:1-17
1 Chronicles 17:1-15
2 Samuel 7:18-29
1 Chronicles 17:16-27
2 Samuel 8:1-14
1 Chronicles 18:1-13
Psalm 60

April 25
2 Samuel 8:15-18
1 Chronicles 18:14-17 
1 Chronicles 6:16-30, 50-53, 31-48
2 Samuel 9:1 thru 10:19
1 Chronicles 19:1-19

April 26
1 Chronicles 20:1
2 Samuel 11:1 thru 12:14
Psalm 51
2 Samuel 12:15-25, 5:14-16
1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 3:5-9

April 27
2 Samuel 12:26-31
1 Chronicles 20:2-3
2 Samuel 13:1 thru 14:33

April 28
2 Samuel 15:1 thru 17:14

April 29
2 Samuel 17:15-29
Psalm 3, 63
2 Samuel 18:1 thru 19:30

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Blast from the Past

1 Samuel 30:1-31, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Chronicels 10:1-14, 9:40-44, 2 Samuel 4:4, 1:1-27

I wrote this post a year ago after reading a great book about our scriptures for today.  Hope you enjoy!! 

Nobody welcomes trouble and hard times. But these difficult moments in our lives are more than just hardships we have to endure; they are the catalysts that propel us forward, strengthen our resolves and can make us the kind of men and women other people want to follow.

Last night I had a great conversation with my teenage son. These moments are rare because, you know, I’m old and out of touch with reality, that is until some issue arises that needs a mom’s wisdom.

I am trying to help him handle a situation with grace and as I was giving my thoughts and advice last night, out of the blue, he said IT… to me! I could not believe it. I thought our relationship was different than other mother-son relationships.

I know it ALL. Doesn’t he know that? I know that.

But still he said it. And today his words are still echoing in my ears, “Mom, you just don’t understand.”

WOW! Me? I don’t understand?

I understand way better than he knows. You see, he’s never been 36, but I have been 17.

Right now he is living in the state of I’m-the-only-one-dealing-with-this.

Oh, Tyler is definitely not the first boy to go through the things he’s dealing with. But this is going to serve as another footer in the foundation of his life.

Difficult times are not fun, easy or even anticipated. But if we grow through them, they can serve us instead of master us.

I just finished reading What To Do on the Worst Day of Your Life, by Brian Zahnd, based on the tragic loss and then recovery at Ziklag. Throughout the entire book you see God’s hand in the life of David and all of these moments would one day serve him well when he becomes King.

Although this story takes place 3000 years ago, the steps David took to recover all the enemy stole are the same steps we need to take today to overcome all of life’s daunting obstacles. David’s story is a timeless model for how to encounter God’s restorative power in the midst of deep tragedy.

Today I would love to encourage you to read this book and discover for yourselves what David did on the worst day of his life.

Until next time, to all the moms out there, I feel ya when your little darlings look at you and say, “Mom, you just don’t understand."

Oh, and they will say IT.


p.s.  I would love for you to share your thoughts and the lessons you learned on how David responded in 1 Samuel 30.  What would you have done?
 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Week 16 Readings

April 16
1 Samuel 22:1-2
Psalm 57, 142
1 Chronicles 12:8-18
1 Samuel 22:3-23
Psalm 52
1 Samuel 23:1-12


April 17
1 Samuel 23:13-29
Psalm 54
1 Samuel 24:1 thru 25:44


April 18
1 Samuel 26:1 thru 27:7
1 Chronicles 12:1-7
1 Samuel 27:8 thru 29:11
1 Chronicles 12:19
Psalm 56


April 19
1 Samuel 30:1-31
1 Chronicles 12:20-22
1 Samuel 31:1-13
1 Chronicles 10:1-14
1 Chronicles 9:40-44
2 Samuel 4:4
2 Samuel 1:1-27


April 20
2 Samuel 2:1 thru 3:5
1 Chronicles 3:1-4a
2 Samuel 23:8-17
1 Chronicles 11:10-19
2 Samuel 23:18-39
1 Chronicles 11:20-47


April 21
2 Samuel 3:6 thru 4:12


April 22
2 Samuel 5:1-3
1 Chronicles 11:1-3, 12:23-40
2 Samuel 5:17-25
1 Chronicles 14:8-17
2 Samuel 5:6-10
1 Chronicles 11:4-9, 3:4b
2 Samuel 5:13, 4-5, 11-12
1 Chronicles 14:1-2, 13:1-5
2 Samuel 6:1-11
1 Chronicles 13:6-14

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Killing Giants

1 Samuel 17:32 thru 19:17
Psalm 59
1 Samuel 19:18-24

Oh I pray you have been staying faithful to your Bible readings.  Although I have not written anything in a couple weeks* I fo-sho have been enthralled with where our adventures have been leading us.

Today we land on the little story of a little stone landing in the middle of a really big head.

I absolutely LOVE reading about David, the man after God's own heart.  And the battle with Goliath is one of the most famous battles in all the Word of God.

A couple take-home truths for us today:

#1 We can do anything God has called us to do (Philippians 4:13).  Therefore, we must develop more confidence in God's Word to us than we do in the opinions of our giants yelling at us.

#2 David defeating Goliath reminds us to measure the size of our obstacles against the size of our God.  When we measure our obstacles against our own strength, we will always feel overwhelmed and defeated before the battle even begins.

David was younger, weaker and smaller but because of his confidence in a BIGGER GOD, his pebble hit like a boulder.

#3 David acknowledged the active and living God.  He said in 1 Samuel 17:26, ...Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?

We are often intimidated in our battles because we are not certain of our faith.  You must remember that you don't stand in victory because of your faith.  You stand in victory because of your God.  Faith in faith has no power, but faith in a living, active God moves mountains...

or in this case...

kills giants!

Hope you have a great Wednesday!!




* I have been very busy lately getting our home ready to sell.  Doors are opening for us to finally move closer to our church, CCA.  This EXCITES me.  I will be glad to settle back into a routine of blogging but I think the next few months are going to be a wild adventure for our family.  I will keep you posted.  I would just like to ask for you to agree with us in prayer that everything goes smooth with the sale of our current home and the building of our next. Thanks!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Week 15 Readings

April 9
1 Samuel 1:9 thru 4:11


April 10
1 Samuel 4:12 thru 8:22


April 11
1 Samuel 9:1 thru 12:25


April 12
1 Chronicles 9:35-39
1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18
1 Samuel 14:1-52


April 13
1 Samuel 15:1 thru 17:31


April 14
1 Samuel 17:32 thru 19:17
Psalm 59
1 Samuel 19:18-24


April 15
1 Samuel 20:1 thru 21:15
Psalm 34

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Week 14 Readings

April 2
Judges 7:1 thru 9:21

April 3
Judges 9:22 thru 11:28

April 4
Judges 11:29 thru 15:20

April 5
Judges 16:1 thru 18:31

April 6
Judges 19:1 thru 21:25

April 7
Ruth 1:1 thru 4:12

April 8
Ruth 4:13-22
1 Chronicles 2:9-55
1 Chronicles 4:1-23
1 Samuel 1:1-8