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your words of encouragement and the pictures had saved me from falling zzzzzzz while reading yesterday and today OT reading. Thank you.

vicky

Hello Everyone,

Mike, thanks for sharing your seasons of "glazed-overness" with the tabernacle descriptions. I have "been there" too---particularly this read through. Sometimes, like you, I am fascinated by the details as you are. Other times, it's all I can do to keep my mind on the text.

I have a friend who read this section of Exodus recently and it really convicted her about her housework (an area she's been struggling with). She found the precision and specificity of the Lord's instructions encouraging to her--that He notices every detail of things. He is a God of the specific details of our lives, the care we take of our homes and our family in even the seemingly mundane and monotonous.

This realization was a great encouragement to her spirit, and it is to me too. It's interesting to think about how God uses His word to speak to us in different ways, during different season of our life.

With regard to today's reading...I love this imagery from today's psalm:

"I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful love
because You have seen my affliction.
You have known the troubles of my life and have not handed me over to the enemy.
You have set my feet in a spacious place."
-Psalm 31:7-8

It lifts my spirit to know that the Lord knows all the troubles of my life and has seen my afflictions. It's kind of like when you share your troubles with a supportive friend--their very presence and compassion alone can be a huge comfort.

I remember there was this mother in the grocery store a few months ago (Aldi where you have to bag your own stuff) and her kids were screaming and falling apart in the checkout (I have "been there" too). I stopped to help her bag her groceries so she could get out of there faster (which she was grateful for, but I think it also caught her off guard and she thought it odd). Anyway, she was sharing that she had a rough day with the children, etc., I told her that sometimes it helps me just to know that someone else SEES me when I am struggling on a day like that. And that's how this psalm makes me feel--to know that God sees our afflictions is a powerful thing--even when He may not choose to release me from that affliction in that moment of time.

I also love that biblical image of our feet being set in a spacious place. It reminds me of the freedom I feel when I stand on a mountain top and can see a long way...or when we visited Utah and the sky was so big, it went on forever and ever! God's freedom and love for us feels liberating like that for me...His presence grants my soul that sense of "spaciousness."

Hi Mike,
I have been following the One Year Daily Bible readings for several months now and reading your blog each day as well. This is my 4th time through the Bible but have just started doing it online. I find reading your commentary each day is opening up so much more in my mind than when I just did the readings on my own. Not only do you bring to mind things I may not have thought of, when you share parts that I also saw as beautiful, that affirmation of another seeing it the same way makes me feel so connected. I do not currently have a group of people to share Bible study with so I really enjoy having this blog with your thoughts and those of the others who leave comments.

I know that this must take you a lot of time each day and I wanted to thank you and let you know how much it has touched my life and brought God's word more alive to me. Thank you for your dedication to this. I am sure you are making a difference in many more lives than my own. You are truly an example of using the gifts God has given you to serve others.

Linda

I am facinated by God's detailed plans for the Tabernacle, the Altar nd the Courtyard. Based on that, I believe our worship life ought to be like that too!

I do seek God’s instruction in my life above love all else, and I too love the beginning of Proverbs chapter 8 with the imagery of Wisdom calling out to all humankind! I pray that I constantly hear the call of wisdom in your life and can live in God's strength and understanding. And I strongly believe that reading the Bible each day in 2009 adds to your wisdom?

Praise God for His Word.

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