Knowing Your God

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Before our first term in Japan, I was at a ladies’ retreat where the speaker, Mardi Collier, shared her testimony and talked about a study that changed her life. It is now out in book form.  In What Do I Know About My God? Mardi talks about what a difference it made in her life when she began applying truths about God to her circumstances. 

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A Cultural Moment

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In Japan, the housewife generally takes care of the money, budgeting and bills.  The husband gives his paycheck to the wife. She gives him an allowance and then she makes sure all the bills get paid, etc.  In the USA couples usually do what works for them. There isn’t necessarily a standard way to do it.

When you are in a restaurant, it is generally the wife who pays the bill.  I always chuckle when I see my hubby waiting in a line of women waiting to pay our bill.  My husband always chuckles when they lay the bill in front of me.  😉

Here we go again…

This summer as been a very unusual one for me.  Heatwaves, typhoons, floods, landslides, etc.  As Typhoon Jebi bears down on us, this song came to mind.  God gives grace and peace even in the midst of the storms in life.  He is so good!!

Jebi2In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place.
‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, “There is no need to try,
For there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by”
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Chorus:
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

~Words and Music by Mosie Lister

Proverbs

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I have mentioned in the past the What do I know about my God? study.  I started it years ago and it has been life-changing!

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I have my knowing God pages in alphabetical order so that I can find them easily.  If you notice one of the taps in the back, it says Proverbs.  That’s what I would like to share with you today.

Years ago when my children were younger and at home, we were a homeschool family.  Because of what we do and all the travel that involves, it was a necessity.  We didn’t usually take the summer break that others had, but we did have a lighter schedule.  I tried to make the summer school days different from the rest of the year, so it wouldn’t seem like such a chore.

One thing we did during those summer months as a family was to read through the book of Proverbs each month of summer.  Each of us had a theme each month based on what we were struggling with or needed to work on.  I’m sure you’ve heard before that there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs and 30-31 days in each month.  You can easily read the chapter that corresponds with the date.  As we read the Proverbs for that day, when we came to a verse that matched the theme we were working on, we would write it out on our page.

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Although I have read through the book of Proverbs often, it has been awhile since I spent a summer reading with a theme in mind. This post made me want to do that this summer.  I didn’t join in on the group, but I have been reading on my own.  It has proved to be exactly what I needed.

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One thing I have started to do to help me not be so absent-minded is to keep a page at the beginning with possible topics.  That way when I am ready to start again, I can prayerfully choose my next topic.

If you have never read through the book of Proverbs with a theme in mind, I would like to encourage you to do so.  There is a wealth of guidance in those pages.

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“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” ~Proverbs 1

The Little Things

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We serve a wonderful God that cares about the little things!  

I love teacups!!  There were 2 particular ones that caught my eye and I wanted to add them to collection.  Every time I went to the store, I went and looked at them. One day one of them was on sale, so I put it in my cart. After shopping around for awhile, I put it back. I had the money, but there were other things that were more important.

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