Musings from a promise-collector

Archive for August, 2010

Departing for Israel

In a little less than an hour, we will be in the truck on our way to Atlanta. I’ve never actually flown to or from Atlanta, so that in itself will be a new experience. But the really exciting part is where we’re leaving Atlanta to fly to – Israel! I will hopefully be able to post a few updates while there, to keep everyone informed of what we’re seeing and experiencing. But, if I don’t get many posts written there, you can count on all sorts of info and pictures when I get back!

Can You Hear Me Now?

Did you know that God still speaks? And did you know that anyone can hear Him? Jesus says that His sheep hear His voice. Even sheep who are not yet in the fold can hear His voice. If you can say “baa” you qualify as a sheep. (John 10:1-21)

Not sure you’ve ever heard him before? Let’s take a little test to find out!

1. Have you been invited by Jesus to receive Him?

2. Do you ever have a verse of the Bible “jump out” at you when you are reading? Do you have verses highlighted because they seem to be just for you?

3. Are you ever moved by a worship song into a deeper place of worship? (more…)

Isaiah 7:14 Promise – God with us

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Imagine living in Israel over 2,000 years ago. Your husband works hard to make a living farming, but sometimes the ground is so unforgiving. When you are not tending to the children, you are weaving garments to sell at the local market. It isn’t much, but every little bit helps. But you are thankful for all that the Lord provides. After all, He has provided for your people for centuries. Sure, there were times of darkness and hardship, but the Lord has always come through for your people. He has given you the land you live in, the Promised Land. He has sent judges, prophets, and kings to guide, direct, and lead. However, it has been a long time since He sent a prophet.You are starting to wonder if the Lord forgot about His people. (more…)

Dreams of Israel, Memories of Turkey

With only a week until we leave for Israel, I find myself thinking a lot of the trip I took to Turkey in January 2003. I traveled with a group from college to Istanbul, the 7 cities from Revelation, and the Island of Patmos (Greece). It was a life-changing trip, so put it mildly. Ephesus was by far one of the highlights for me. It is the most well-preserved city of the 7, with bath houses, homes, temples, a library, and amphitheater. But the part that made my head whirl was that I was walking on streets that the Apostle Paul himself walked on. In Acts 19, we read about how Paul went into the city and preached. Eventually the idol makers started to lose business because of the people converting to Christianity, and this caused a riot. We read: 29″Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.” The riot went to the theater – the very theater in my picture. The theater that we entered, climbed the steps, then sat as a group and sang praise songs and hymns. The disciples had to keep Paul from entering the theater, because they feared for his life. The funny thing about the riot, is that some people were shouting one thing, some another, and some people didn’t even know why they were there (vs 32)! I’m guessing that they just figured that something exciting was going on and they didn’t want to miss it!


The Wedding Dress Experience

What is it about a big pile of white tulle and lace that cause women to gush with “oo’s” and “ah’s”? Something about the beading and bustling causes a bond in women. But this is exactly what happens when women walk into a bridal store. And I had my first experience with gown shopping today.

My friend, and daughter of the family I’m living with, Dani (Daynee) is very recently engaged, with a wedding date of mid-December. She just got back last night from being in Arizona for 2 weeks (where she was proposed to), so all of us ladies were off to the store today to begin the gown search. It was busy in the store when we arrived, so we had to wait for a bit for a consultant – so we enjoyed looking through the magazines at dresses, earmarking the pages with gowns Dani like, and quietly critiquing the gowns we saw on other girls. One dress in particular we agreed totally did not flatter the girl wearing it, but yet she was trying on veils with it, while we’re thinking “why isn’t her mother telling her that it’s not the most flattering dress on her figure?”, but… I suppose to each their own. It is your wedding day, after all, so you should be entitled to wear whatever you want. (more…)

Isaiah 4:2-6 Promise – Steadfastness

Isaiah 4:

2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. 3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. 5 Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

Steadfastness: -adjective, 1. fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.  2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.  3. unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.  4. firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.  5. firmly fixed in place or position. (more…)

Feed the hungry for free!

All throughout the Bible we see commands to feed the hungry around us. But it is such a large problem in our world, so where do you start? If you’re like me, you wish you could do more to help the needy and hungry, but aren’t sure how. Or, don’t have the resources you’d like to do the things you wish. Well, you can feed the hungry for free – it only takes a little brain power!

There is a wonderful website that I stumbled across a while back that increases your brain power, and rewards you for answering correctly by feeding hungry people around the world. As you answer correctly, it also increases the level that you are working at. You can choose between different subjects such as vocabulary (which it is defaulted to start at), math, languages, art, grammar, geography, etc. (more…)

Isaiah 2:2-5 Promise – The Lord’s Temple

Isaiah 2

2 In the last days
the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.

3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (more…)

Isaiah 1:18-20 Promise – Forgiveness, Obedience

The first promise I came across in Isaiah is in chapter 1, verses 18-20. The book starts out rather distressing. God is telling His people that they do not know him, that they have rebelled. He tells them that their outward deeds of sacrifices and rituals are no longer pleasing to Him because their hearts are far from Him. This chapter doesn’t end on a happy note either, but in the middle, when it seems like He is on the brink of walking away from them (so to speak), we read this beautiful promise:

18“Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool. (more…)

Promises in Isaiah

Recently I have been reading through the book of Isaiah. It is an amazingly rich book of God’s loving pursuit of His bride, Israel. The Bible is full of promises; and many of them are found in Isaiah. I am going to be high-lighting some of these promises that I’ve been reading in a new series of posts.

I thought this would be a good idea, since my blog name is all about the promises of God. (Which, if you are curious about and haven’t read yet, you can find the reasoning behind my blog name in one of my other previous posts.)

I hope you enjoy!

That Gut Feeling

Do you ever get that gut feeling that something just isn’t quite right? Or maybe that it is very, very wrong? I believe that God gives us that discernment to keep us safe, and that it is wise to listen to it. I very recently had an experience with just such a gut feeling.

I have been looking recently for a new part-time nanny job to supplement my support-based ministry job. Just a little over a week ago, I received an email from a man that said he found me on  This isn’t unusual, because I am registered on that website, and I have been contacted by other dads – but when it came time to interview, it was with both the man and his wife. I began to email this man, to gather information to determine if the job would be a good fit for me. The more we emailed, the more I began to get a feeling that something wasn’t quite right. There was nothing in particular that was necessarily ‘wrong’… but something wasn’t sitting right in my spirit (or gut, if you will). His questions began to sounds more like things you’d ask on a first date with someone. And the amount that he was willing to pay seemed too high. He talked about his two daughters more like objects than people. The way he worded things was just plain strange. I started to get suspicious. I shared the email with Andrea on Friday in the ministry office, and she thought it sounded all too weird as well. (more…)

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