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Hi,

Just wanted to say that I'm doing the one-year bible this year as well, and that you have a good thing going on this page! All the best!

Matt 13:22 also stuck out to me this morning! I realized that all too often I crowd God out of my mind with other thoughts or from the "busy-ness" of life. I also find myself too often wanting that wealth. Wanting a bigger house, a nicer car, etc. I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and will take care of all my needs and that all that "stuff" is a want, not a need. I'm sure if I got that nicer house or car that I would still want a nicer house. Such a nasty cycle that Satan will try to get us into.

I have been following along with you just the past couple days, but think I could get addicted...

What really hit me this morning was that Joseph was faithful in whatever task was put in front of him by being faithful to God first. The really amazing thing is that his daily tasks were usually pretty mundane, administrative tasks, supervising the palace guard, ho hum, here we go again. However, by maintaining integrity in everything he did, when a big "God task" like withstanding unbelievable temptation and pressure or interpreting the dreams of the Pharaoh came up, he was ready. And beyond that his daily faithfulness was part of something that was so much BIGGER than he could ever know. (I can hardly wait to read how he saves a nation and his brothers and father from famine!)

Thanks!

Matthew 13:18-23 (The Message)
18"Study this story of the farmer planting seed. 19When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn't take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person's heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.
20"The seed cast in the gravel--this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. 21But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
22"The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.
23"The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams."

This relates to all of us One Year Bible followers. The seed is the Word of God. If you haven't already seen or felt some resistance to continuing with the reading everyday, you will. The encouragment of this passage is: if we will receive the Word, it WILL produce a harvest beyond our wildest dreams. That part of it has nothing to do with us, it has everything to do with God's Word!! Our part is to receive the word, God will do the rest!

I was just blessed this morning by hearing a song by Mercy Me: "My Heart is Spoken For". I think that Joseph must have had some of those truths in his heart, he seemed to have a sense of who he was -- who he really belonged to.

Child of the Risen Lord,
Mark

I enjoy reading the One Year Bible and use it's daily Scriptures as personal insight for that particular day. It is amazing how many days my life and the Scriptures match up exactly and I get just what I need. Then, when I read the blog I get to reflect more on what I have just read. Thanks for the time and effort behind what you do for your fellow-readers!!!

Psalm 17:8 "Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of thy wings."(NAS)
"Protect me as you would protect your own eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings."(NCV)

Wow! Keep me as the apple of the eye, protect me as you would your own eye...Isn't that tenderness to be protected by God in this way. God is trustworthy so we are supposed to put all of our confidence in Him. No matter what the trials we are going through we are not supposed to lean on our own understandigs.

David's prayers always reveal his trust in God. So that should inspire us today to put our faith and trust in God's hands.

Genesis 39:1-41:16
One of the things I noticed in this reading of the passage is that Joseph will not receive any praises for his abilities. He understands that the gifts, talents and abilities he uses in whatever he sets his hands to do, God has given to him and he informs everyone on that fact. He is enslaved in a country that knows not the God of his father, he is in a country that finds it detestable to eat with Hebrews (Genesis 43:32) yet he doesn’t hide who he is and the God he serves. Joseph is a man of conviction and not one of preference; although he is a young man, he is a mature man. Maturation does not come by age it comes by the accepting of responsibility, and responsibility is our response to our abilities.

What I see in this entire story is timing, timing, and timing. In the fullness of time … Joseph stepped into the role and purpose God had planned for him. Joseph tells the cup-bearer in chapter 40, 12"I know what the dream means," Joseph said. "The three branches mean three days. 13Within three days Pharaoh will take you out of prison and return you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. 14And please have some pity on me when you are back in his favor. Mention me to Pharaoh, and ask him to let me out of here. 15For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I'm here in jail, but I did nothing to deserve it."

Joseph states the meaning of the dream with such certainty he pleads his case of injustice before this man God has just given hope to through Joseph. He knows that he will be released and serving the Pharaoh. Yet three days latter, in the excitement of his release the cub-bearer forgets about Joseph and remembers him no more until two-years latter when the Pharaoh too has a disturbing dream. Joseph’s appointment with his destiny happened when it was supposed to happen and it wasn’t supposed to be two years before. So too are our appointments to the things God has set for us. We may be in a horrendous situation, serving time for things we did not do; yet, like Joseph, we are being trained in the cultural, politics and customs and protocols to take leadership in a nation that knows not our God. He, Joseph, was at the right time, the right place no matter how unfair, uncomfortable, or unrighteous it seemed to him.

These passages, this story is Proverbs 3:3-6 in action
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.


Matthew 12:46-13-23
We, man, establish relationships by DNA, by genetics. We glory in having a famous ancestor; we celebrate tracing our family line back to the Mayflower and beyond. We celebrate and cherish ties to famous people who have left legacies and made imprints in our history books chosen and written by other men. Yet Jesus says he relationships are forged by one’s willingness to do the will of God, His Father. His brothers, sisters and mothers are those who do what they see the Father, His Father, do.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8) In the Hebrew, the word meditate means to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak To “understand” the Word of God, we must keep ever before us God’s Word. We must bring it back up to our memory, like a cow chewing her cud. I know that this understanding does not just come by reading scripture or listening to sermons because I know of atheists who study the bible. I know people who have great oratory skills and can appear to pray the paint off of walls and who can preach a good sermon, yet sadly they don’t believe in God. This understanding that is mentioned in verse 19 of the 13th chapter, or lack of understanding, I believe, can only come by pondering, thinking over, and studying the Word of God over and over again.
This diligence is what brings the 30, 60 and 100 fold return on the seeds that we allow to be planted in our hearts.

I also have taken note that there is a “true” acceptance (13:23) of the Word. So if there is a true acceptance, then there has to be an acceptance that is false as well as the acceptance that is in-between.

Psalm 17:1-15
In reading this Psalm I realize that knowing what I know about David, this Psalm must be referring to Jesus. David had sin in his life; David missed God’s commands. Although David was a man AFTER God’s own heart he did not have a heart like God because he was a man with many flaws.

1 O LORD, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from an honest heart.
2 Declare me innocent,
for you know those who do right.

3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found nothing amiss,
for I am determined not to sin in what I say.

The only man that this Psalm truly fits is the Man, Christ Jesus, The Son of God. But because I walk, and God sees all those who have called on the name of the Lord though the lens of His Son, we can walk and take to heart this wonderful Psalm.

Proverbs 3:33-35

This section of Proverbs shows no better reason why walking in the light of God’s Word is a desirable and most valuable thing.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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