Sharing Myself – #Weekend Coffee Share

 

If we were having coffee, I would try sharing myself and my week with youI would acknowledge that this is really late as it is Monday evening after dinner, long past the weekend coffee share, and I am drinking a diet coke instead. It’s been a really rough week and weekend for me. First, my computer has not been working well and has been down a couple of times. Seems the mousepad on the laptop is sticking and not working and no matter what I do to clean it, I can’t get it to function much better except for an hour or so and then it is back down again.

If we were having coffee or diet coke, I would tell you that I have been ill also. I have a flare of my fibromyalgia with lots of pain in my back and abdomen and hips. Add to that my usual pain I have from arthritis in my knees and hips and all I want to do is take my pain medication and sleep to escape the pain. It’s not much of a life when I am having a flare up like this so I just take it a day at a time, pray, take my medication and sleep and blog what I absolutely have to blog.

If we were having coffee or diet coke, I would tell you that part of the reason for the flare up is emotional because I found out last week that I have to foreclose on my home in Florida. My ex-husband and his friend, John have been staying there but it has developed a serious leak under the slap part of the house and will cost way too much for me to fix it. This is expecially true because I am losing $1100/month from my disability next month so all I will have to live on is my Social Security check monthly. I have a small amount in savings but that is just for emergencies to pay for medicine at the end of the year when Medicare won’t pay because I’ve hit the gap period. So my gift to myself is a flare up of my fibromyalgia.

If we were having coffee or diet coke, I’d tell you I need to keep this short tonight since both my computer and I are not doing too well right now. I hope that your week has been a pleasant one and things are going well for you.

See you soon.

Susan…  

                             

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Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 – Bible Study 2/26/16

Tonight we discuss the 9th Chapter of Ecclesiastes.

In review of Chapter 8, Solomon continued to discuss wisdom. It is as if wisdom was his god rather than God. In verses 8-9, Solomon reminded us that we have no control over some of the most important parts of our lives such as weather that affects us daily or the day of our death. In all of this frustration, we must trust God as we go through life so it’s easier to be humble when you submit to authority. In Chapter 9, Solomon speaks of destiny from a human and worldly perspective in v 1-3 seeing a common destiny for all-DEATH. In v 4-6, he speaks of being dead and considers the fate of the dead (not at all from an eternity perspective) and concluded that death nullifies everything for everyone. This is why he keeps using the term ‘under the sun’ because it refers only to our time here on earth. In v 7-10, Solomon again determines the futility of life and says to enjoy life, married life and work hard because that is all there is. In v 11-12, he says we are doomed and everything he has discovered leads to a dead-end because we all will die. Solomon ends the chapter with v 13-17 giving a story of a poor wise man who saves his small town from destruction by a mighty king but isn’t even remembered for it, only the wisdom, not the man. 

Questions:

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 9:1-3. Have you ever seen anyone die? How has your faith affected your feeling about death.
  2. Read Ecclesiastes 9:7-10. What is the message behind the literal message in these verses? about eating, working, and success.
  3. Read Ecclesiastes 9: 11. What does the Bible mean and say about “chance”? What role does God have in providence?
  4. Read Ecclesiastes 9:12. Did anything unexpected happen to you this last year? What do these unexpected events teach us?
  5. Pray and meditate on one of the verses that spoke to you this week.

See you Tuesday,

Susan…


Ecclesiastes Bible Study

  A study of Ecclesiastes from the book by Josh Hunt, Good Questions Have Small Groups Talking  EcclesiastesWe will read 1-2 chapters per week and answer some questions related to what was read. I will post twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays usually. You will need (1) a plain lined notebook to answer your questions and (2) your own Bible. You may want to use Biblegateway to check other versions or if you don’t have a Bible or have questions about your interpretation.

 

Blessed Be The Name: Jehovah Nissi-Lord My Banner 2/25/16

 Devotional/Study: Jehovah Nissi-Lord My Banner

 The last two sessions we discussed Jehovah Rapha, My Healer, Part 1 and 2 learned about Jehovah Rapha (also called less often Rophi) which was first spoken in Exodus 15: 26 when God spoke to the Israelites after they had been captive by the Egyptians and their physical healing. In pt. 2  we  focused  on spiritual, emotional, and relational healing which God also does. Tonight I will speak about Jehovah Nissi (also spelled Nisse) meaning Lord My Banner.

Tonight: Jehovah Nissi-Lord My Banner

Jehovah Nissi was first spoken of in Exodus 17 when God instructed Moses after the Israelites fought the Amalekites in battle.

14 After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). 16 He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now[c] the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”

A banner was a flag or banner carried by the banner carrier into battle when one army was fighting another. The Israelites only fought because they were attacked while getting water by the Amalekites, so they were defending themselves as they were told by the Lord to do. If you have time, read the whole chapter 17 which is a very interesting chapter. Being able to say Jehovah Nissi means we are part of God’s army. As Christians, God wants us to identify ourselves as part of His army. We are to love others as God loves them. We are to follow God as He wants us to. And last, God is our beacon, our light that shines above all the chaos and confusion we may face.

 

Questions For You

  1. Read Psalm 60:4. Why does the banner of the Lord need to be displayed in this scripture?
  2.  Read Psalm 20:5. How can we honor the Lord with our banners today?
  3. Read Isaiah 59:19. What is the requirement for us to se the banner of the Lord raised up against our enemies? What part of the Trinity will lift the banner (standard)?
  4. Pray and meditate over one of these verses of your choosing above.

Prayer

Dearest Lord God, You are Jehovah Nissi, Lord My Banner and I trust you fully. You are healing my daughter, Jehova Rapha.  You are my Lord, my Adonai, my Jehovah Jireh, my Jehovah Rapha and I will love you forever. You are holy and righteous. I watched the Republican debate tonight and was very disappointed in all the lying and bickering going on. Please heal our land Lord. Praise You.  Amen.

See You Monday,

Susan…

 


 

For this Devotional and Study the following References will be used:

  An 11 Book Series was written by  Burton Rager but only one book, The Trinity is  used for reference 2/1/16 only to discuss the Trinity before we begin the study/devotional on The Names of God. For the remainder of the study/devotional, I will use the book, Blessed Be The Name A Bible Study of the Names of God by Terri L. Main.

Ecclesiastes Chapter 8 – Bible Study 2/23/16

FYI: I am sorry that this is late being published. My computer broke last night and I had to have my son-in-law help me fix the “mouse” tab this morning. Susan

Tonight we discuss the 8th Chapter of Ecclesiastes.

My Notes

In Chapter 7, Solomon discusses the wisdom of life. It is a longer chapter of 29 verses. He still is depressed and speaks about meaninglessness, fools, and the wise man, but spends more time discussing the wisdom of life and the difference between being wise and being smart or knowledgeable. In verses 11-18, Solomon describes wisdom from a biblical perspective. Tonight, in Chapter 8, Solomon continues to discuss wisdom. It is as if wisdom is his god rather than God. In verse 2 he speaks of obedience to the King. I can’t help but wonder if this is a two-fold meaning to “king”…him as the king and God as the King, but that is not spoken of in our study text. It is just a thought of mine according to the wording used in verses 2-8 because Solomon describes an angry King as in an angry God who has deserted him because he has backslid and worshiped idols from his concubines. In verses 8-9, Solomon reminds us that we have no control over some of the most important parts of our lives. We have no control over the weather that affects us daily. We have little or no control over what may be considered the most significant day of our earthly lives—the day of our death. Sadly, Solomon informs us that when we do have authority (8:9), we use it to hurt others. In all of this uncertainty and frustration, we must trust God as we go through life so it’s easier to be humble when you submit to authority. Solomon emphasizes the “fear” of God three times in 8:12-13. The inevitable conclusion is that this is the only way to live one’s life. In verse 15, Solomon encourages us to enjoy life and be merry since you can’t change the present, the past, or the future, you might as well trust God and be content. Life is short and then you die. Why make this life miserable? In the ending two verses, 16-17, Solomon wraps it up saying that discovered that he could not discover. God’s great knowledge and immensity overwhelmed him. Solomon is not alone. The more we work and think through various quandaries, the more we ought to recognize that we are humble parts of God’s plan and can’t discover a thing. What we really need is to stop striving and straining and to return to simple faith in God.

Questions:

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 8:1. Whose face comes to mind in this verse?
  2. Read Ecclesiastes 8:12-13,15. What does “fear” God mean? Is it possible to fear God and enjoy life also?
  3. Read Ecclesiastes 8: 16-17. Have you encountered the mystery of unjust triumph or unfair consequences? What lessons have you learned from these?
  4. Pray and meditate on one of the verses that spoke to you this week.

See you Friday,

Susan…


 

Ecclesiastes Bible Study

  A study of Ecclesiastes from the book by Josh Hunt, Good Questions Have Small Groups Talking  EcclesiastesWe will read 1-2 chapters per week and answer some questions related to what was read. I will post twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays usually. You will need (1) a plain lined notebook to answer your questions and (2) your own Bible. You may want to use Biblegateway to check other versions or if you don’t have a Bible or have questions about your interpretation.