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Faith Friday – How Great Thou Art

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A man was walking home from church in Sweden and listening to the church bells ringing when he was amazed by an approaching storm. Living in Florida, I think I know a little how he felt. Even yesterday, I left my house under bright blue skies but within a few miles I was in the pouring rain. Not even ten minutes later, the sun was shining again.

This is how the night in Sweden was described

Nature was at its peak that radiant afternoon. Presently a thundercloud appeared on the horizon, and soon sharp lightning flashed across the sky. Strong winds swept over the meadows and billowing fields of grain. The thunder pealed in loud claps. Then rain came in cool fresh showers. In a little while the storm was over, and a rainbow appeared.

That beautiful scene inspired Carl Boberg to write the poem that eventually became the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”


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“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
~ Luke 19:40

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Faith Friday – In the moment

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Do you replay conversations in your head as much as I do?

I am usually regretting all the things I didn’t say. Sometimes though, there are just conversations that make me smile or laugh because the memory is so good. Those times when someone truly listened to me, when me felt heard. Or even more so, those times when I read something or hear a message and I know it was meant just for me.

That feeling gives me a .0000001% perspective on what it must have felt like for the disciples when they realized they had spent hours traveling down a road with Jesus after his resurrection.

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:32

How many times do I miss the importance of the moments in front of me because I am so worried about what is coming next? This week my goal is to pay attention.

Faith Friday: Thank You

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Short, sweet, and to the point this Friday. I am so thankful for each of my friends and family across the country and (because of diabetes) even across the world.

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.”
~Philemon 1:4

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Faith Friday: He is close

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As I was reading one of my favorite blogs about a family serving in Haiti a few weeks ago, I ran across a verse that I had not noticed before. It has been stuck in my head ever since so I thought it would be good to share.

The verse is from a book in the Old Testament book of Nahum. Nahum was known as a prophet and as you can tell, his writing style was very poetic.

The Lord is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.
~ Nahum 1:7

I think it is interesting that it says “when” trouble comes, not “if” trouble comes. I also really appreciate the reminder that God is always close – even in those difficult times.

Have a great weekend!

Faith Friday – strength of my heart

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A few of the comments yesterday in my Diabetes Art Day post mentioned that they had never heard the verse before that I involved in my artwork.

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
~Ecclesiastes 4:12

I have been going to church for as long as I can remember, and I think sometimes I take that for granted. When I was contemplating my art project I knew I had a bunch of extra pump tubing, and realized I could braid it. As I was working, that verse immediately came to mind.

I think it is a perfect example of the power of the diabetes online community. By ourselves we can feel defeated and alone, but together we are strong and “not quickly broken.”

My faith is central to who I am, and there are many other passages in the Bible that mean a lot to me. I am going to try to post one every Friday with a short explanation. Hopefully someone else will also find some encouragement in them.

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The Psalms are mostly the work of a man named David. That man had a crazy life! He was a shepherd who fought a giant, had to escape and hide from a king who was trying to murder him, later became king of Israel, committed adultery and conspired to have the woman’s husband murdered, and had a son who rebelled against him and tried to kill him and take over his kingdom.

When I am happy, sad, frustrated, angry, or any emotion in between there is usually a Psalm expressing the same feelings.

My favorite chapter in Psalms is chapter 73. I have referred to it on my blog before but wanted to explain a little bit more of the story. The author is looking around and watching all these people who are doing evil things and continuing to prosper. They’re healthy, they are “always free of care,” and have all the money they could want. He is frustrated that while he tries to do the right thing “every morning brings new punishments.” Then he is reminded that eventually all will be made right and that God is there for him no matter what.

It is a reminder that I often need to see. When I was in Israel in 2005, I had (as much as they could fit of) the passage engraved in Hebrew on a ring. The ring and my medical ID are the two pieces of jewelry that I am never without.

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
~Psalm 73:26

Psalm 73:26

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