Thursday, April 29, 2010

Update and devotion (Pr 29, Ps 34, 2 Sam 4)

First the update. I went to the neurologist yesterday with some symptoms of MS. After the exam he stated he thought I probably have TIA's instead of MS. TIA's are mini silent strokes. They are caused by blood clots that don't stay stuck in the brain, but cause issues while passing through. Tomorrow I have an MRI and then Monday I have an ultrasound on my neck and heart. I see him again in 2 weeks for the results and to find out what we will do from there, assuming nothing urgent shows up on the tests.

Ok now to the devotion for the day.

Pr 29

:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Lord, help me to listen before I speak.

Ps 34

:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.

See that word trusteth? Present tense!

2 Sam 4

:1-8 Some of Ishbosheth's (Saul's son) men slew him and brought his head to David. Jonathan's son was 5 years old when Jonathan died. His nurse dropped him while running away and he became lame.

:9-12 David had the men killed that slew Saul's son.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pr 27, Ps 33, 2 Sam 3

Pr 27

:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Ever been wounded by a friend? I have, and it hurts alot. But here it says they are faithful wounds.

Ps 33

:20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield.


2 Sam 3

:1 The war between David and Saul was long. But David's house grew stronger and Saul's grew weaker.

:2-5 David had children during this time.

:6-13 Abner made himself strong in Saul's house during this time. Abner wants to meet with David. David says only if he brings Michal to him. Remember Saul gave her to someone else even though she was David's wife. Abner went into Saul's concubine.

:14-15 David tells Saul's son he wants her back and he gets her from her husband.

:16 Her husband follows and Abner sends him home.

:17-21 Abner tells the tribes following Saul to make David king. That the Lord already has.

:22-23 Joab returns from a fight and they tell him Abner was there.

:24-27 Joab asks why he sent him away in peace. Joab sends for Abner without David knowing and kills him for killing his brother.

:28-30 David hears about it and says it is all on Joab. He had no part in it.

:31-34 David has everyone mourn Abner.

:35-36 The people wanted David to eat but he says not till the sun goes down. It pleases the people.

:37-39 David says these people are hard to rule over and that the Lord will reward the evil doer according to his wickedness.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pr 26, Ps 32, 2 Sam 2

Pr 26
:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goesth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Ever hear the saying it takes two to argue?

Ps 32

:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Praise God this is me!

2 Sam 2

:1-3 The Lor told David to go to Hebron.

:4-7 David was annointed King by the men of Judah and is told who buried Saul.

:8-10 Abner doesn't agree and makes Ishbosheth, son of Saul, king. Judah follows David and the rest followed Saul's son for 2 years.

:11-17 Abner and David's men fight and David wins.

:18-23 Asahel followed Abner. Wehn Abner told him to stop and he wouldn't Abner killed him.

:24-32 Joab, Asahel's brother, went after Abner. When the fight is over Joab had 19 men plus his brother missing. Abner had over 300 missing. Joab goes to meet David.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pr 25, Ps 31, 2 Sam 1

Pr 25
:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink;
:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

We are called to love everyone, especially the ones who make it difficult.

Ps 31
:1 In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me not be ashamed: deliver me in Thy righteousness.

2 Sam 1
:1-12 David finds out Saul and Jonathan are dead. An Amalekite brings him Saul's crown and bracelet.
:13 -15 David has him killed cause he said he killed Saul.

:16-27 David mourns Saul and Jonathan.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pr 24, Ps 30, 1 Sam 30 and 31

Today I finished 1 Sam and start 2 Sam tomorrow.

Pr 24
:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Wow just the thought of foolishness is sin.

Ps 30
:2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

This is my prayer.

1 Sam 30

:1-3 When David and his men returned home the place was burned down and their wives and children were taken. The Amalekites were responsible.

:4-6 The people were upset and wanted to stone David but he encouraged himself in the Lord.

:7-8 David sought the Lord about going after them and was told yes.

:9-11 David and 600 men went after them but 200 were weak and had to be left at Besor.

:12-15 They find an Amalekite who was left in a field cause he was ill. He tells David they burned down his town. David asks if he can find them and he says yes if David will swear to not turn him over to them or kill him.

:16-18 Only 400 escaped. David recovered his wives and all they had taken and more.

:19-25 Some of the 400 didn't want to share the spoils with the 200 who couldn't go but David said they would all share equally.

:26-31 He shared with the elders of Judah and others also.

1 Sam 31

:1-13 Just as Samuel had told Saul, he and his sons were killed by the Philistines.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pr 23, Ps 29, 1 Sam 29

:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Every try to speak to a fool? Or someone acting foolish? It does no good.

Ps 29

:11 The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Lord I need Your strength and peace today.

1 Sam 29

:1-7 David goes out with Achish to battle Israel with the Philistines. The Philistines question David's loyalty and even though Achish trusts David he tells him to return home.

:8-11 He tells David to leave at first light with his men. David obeys.

Pr 15, Ps 28, 1 Sam 28

I did this back on the fifteenth but never posted it.

Pr 15
:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Lord help me to have a wise tongue.

Ps 28
:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.

I need His strength today, and everyday.

1 Sam 28

:1-2 Achish is going out to fight with Israel and wants David's help.

:3-5 Saul gathers with Israel against the Philistines and is afraid.

:6-7 He seeks the Lord, but He doesn't answer. He tells his servants to bring a woman with a familiar spirit to him. After Samuel died Saul had all the people with familiar spirits and the wizards put out of the land.

:8-11 He disguised himself and went to the woman at night. She asks if he is setting her up to die because Saul had sent them away. He tells her she will be safe and to bring Samuel to him.

:12 When Samuel comes she knows it is Saul.

:13-19 Samuel tells him that tomorrow the Lord will give Israel to the Philistines and Saul and his sons will die.

:20-25 Saul hadn't eaten and was weak. The woman feeds him and his men before they leave.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I have been MIA for a while and may still be for awhile. I am seeing a neurologist next week to begin testing to see if I have MS. I would appreciate any prayers you would send my way. Thanks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Comment Moderation

Due to some links to objectionable material being left on my comments, I am now doing comment moderation. How sad that people have to do things like this. I will approve the appropriate comments as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pr 14, Ps 27, 1 Sam 27

Pr 14

:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

I want to be a wise woman and build up my home. But you know the saying, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak? Well my flesh can usually find something else to do. Don't get me wrong, I do the usual every day things, but somethings just don't get done as often as they should. Today the Lord is speaking to me that for today, for me, this verse means my home needs a little extra attention. I need to do the dreaded DUSTING. Yes, I admit it, I don't like to dust. And I am actually sitting here sneezing just thinking about it lol. But dust I will. So all you dust bunnies, do us both a favor and hop away now while you can.

Ps 27

:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Wait on the Lord. Now that can be easy sometimes, or really hard. Just as when I am waiting at the doctor's office or at a red light. There are times when a long wait seems short, and when a short wait seems to take forever. Depends on my attitude I suppose. So today, I chose to wait patiently on the Lord. Wonder what He has in store for me? I am waiting for xray results from the doctor. Maybe that is what the wait is about today?

1 Sam 27

:1-4 David goes to Gath and Saul seeks him no more.

:5-7 David stayed in the country of the Philistines for 16 months and asked the king for some land.

:8-12 David goes out against the Philistines and destroys everyone in the area he goes to so no one can tell the king what he is doing. When asked by the king he says he went out against Israel.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pr 13, Ps 26, 1 Sam 26

Pr 13

:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

As a person who struggles with weight, the only thing I desire to be made fat is my soul. How does that happen? By feeding it with the Word of God.

Ps 26

:8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth.

Do I really love where the Lord dwells? He dwells in me if I am born again. How do I take care of my body?


1 Sam 26

:1-3 Saul goes after David again.

:4-David hears Saul is again after him

:5-8 Abishai wants to kill Saul when they find him sleeping and all of his men are also sleeping.

:9-10 David won't let him. David says Saul is the Lord's annointed and that he will die according to the Lord's plan, not by David or his men.

:11-12 David takes Saul's spear and water. No one knows as they are in a deep sleep caused by the Lord.

:13-17 David calls out to Abner once he and and his men are far off and says he didn't do his job to protect Saul. Saul hears and knows it is David.

:18-20 David asks Saul why he is again coming after him.

:21-Saul says he has sinned again and that David can return.

:22-25 David lets Saul know he has his spear and gives it back and they again part ways.

Unto Thee O Lord

Pr 9, Ps 25, 1 Sam 25

Pr 9

:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Ps 25
:1 Unto Thee O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
:2 O, My God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

I LOVE that song!

:4 Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.
:5 Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me; for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.

Do you ever have a hard time waiting for God to speak to you about a situation, or for Him to act on a situation? I do unfortunately. But I am getting better. He is still doing a work in me praise God!

1 Sam 25

:1 Samuel dies
:2-13 David sends someone to talk to Nabal, Abigail's husband and he refuses them water and food, he is not nice about it.
:14-17 One of the servants tells Abigail how David's men protected them while they were caring for the sheep. They had previously told Nabal but he didn't care. They tell her David will be coming to deal with Nabal.
:18- 38 Nabal means fool - Abigail goes to meet David with provisions. She tells him to not take venegence and to remember her when the Lord makes him king. Ten days later the Lord takes Nabal.
:39-44 David takes Abigail as his wife. He also took Ahinoam for a wife. Saul had given David's wife Michal to someone else.

Pr 7, Ps 24, 1 Sam 24

Sorry I have gotten behind, I will catch up here and hopefully get back on track.

Pr 7
:2 Keep My commandments, and live; and My law as the apple of thine eye.

Ps 24
:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

1 Sam 24

:1-4 Saul rests in the cave David and his men are hiding in and David cuts off a piece of Saul's skirt.

:5-16 David calls out to Saul and shows him the piece of cloth. Tells him the Lord delivered him to David but he didn't kill him.

:17-22 Saul says he now knows that David will be king and leaves.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pr 6, Ps 23, 1 Sam 23

Pr 6

:2 Thou are snared with the words of thy mouth, thou are taken with the words of thy mouth.

Be careful of your words, you may have to eat them. You WILL have to answer to God for EVERY word out of your mouth. Would you use the same words if Christ were standing next to you? If you have Him as your Savior, He hears them. OUCH.

Ps 23

This was my mom's favorite chapter.

:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

That covers it all doesn't it?

:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Have you ever spent time in a green pasture? I used to spend time as a child laying in one watching the clouds. It is one of the few good memories I have from my childhood. It was so peaceful there. Even after being stung by a yellow jacket, I still returned every chance I had to that place.

If you have never really read and thought about the verses in this psalm, I encourage you to do so, there is so much love and encouragement in the verses.

1 Sam 23

:1-5 David seeks the Lord before going to battle. When his men say they are afraid, he sought the Lord a second time. When God gave the same answer they went out and defeated the Philistines.

:6-14 David hears Saul knows where he is and asks the Lord if Saul will come and destroy the city. The answer is yes, so David leaves. Saul continues to search for David when he hears David has left.

:15-19 Someone tells Saul where David is hiding.

:20-29 David continues to avoid Saul with the Lord's help.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pr 5, Ps 22, 1 Sam 22

You get two posts today. I read and took notes yesterday, but never got around to posting them because of church and Easter.

Pr 5

:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Ps 22

:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Ever feel as though God is far away? You moved not Him.

:11 Be not far from me: for trouble is near: for there is none to help.

God is always there to help. Why do we usually try to do things on our own and then when that doesn't work out we call for God to fix the mess we have made? Why don't we call for His help first? Then things would go well from the beginning.

1 Sam 22

:1-2 David's family and anyone unhappy with Saul join David.

:3 David asked the king of Moab to keep his parents while he worked things out.

He honored his parents.

:4-8 Saul hears David was found. He is upset that his servants didn't tell him about Jonathan helping David.

:9-13 Doeg tells him about David going to the priests and they helped him.
Saul calls the priests who helped to him.

:14-17 the priest defends David and Saul orders the priest and his family killed. None of his servants will kill them.

:18-20 Doeg kills the priest and family. One escapes and fled to tell David what happened.

:21-23 David takes the responsibility for what happened to the priest and his family. He tells him to stay with him and he will protect him.

Pr 4, Ps 21, 1 Sam 21

Pr 4
:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Guard your heart carefully.

Ps 21
:13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise Thy power.

1 Sam 21

:1-11 David goes to a priest and gets bread and the sword David took from Goliath.

:12-15 David pretends he is crazy so they won't know it is him.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pr 3, Ps 20, 1 Sam 20

Pr 3

:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction.

Because He is our Father and loves us He disciplines us.

Ps 20

:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses: but we will trust in the Name of the Lord our God.

1 Sam 20

:1-4 David tells Jonathan Saul is trying to kill him, but Jonathan doesn't think so.

:5-16 Jonathan is going to question Saul about David.

:17-23 Jonathan tells David how he will let him know if he is safe from Saul.

:24-33 Saul tells Jonathan he will kill David.

:34-42 Jonathan tells David to flee.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pr 2, Ps 19, 1 Sam 19

Pr 2

:2 My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide My commandments with thee:

See the little word if? We are given a choice. It would have been so much easier for US if God didn't give us free will. But He wanted us to CHOOSE to follow Him.

:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

Verses 1-4 give us what to do if we want verse 5.

There are more verses that say what we get for doing what God commands.

Ps 19

:1 The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth forth his handiwork.

:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

1 Sam 19

Verse 1 has Saul asking Jonathan and his servants to kill David.

:2-6 Jonathan tells David and tells him to hide. Then he speaks to Saul on David's behalf. Saul swears he won't kill David.

:7-10 David goes to war with the Philistines again. Saul tries to kill David again.

:11 Michal warns David

:12-17 Michal helps David escape and then tricks Saul's men. When he finds out he is upset with her.

:18-20 David goes to Samuel and tells him what is happening. When Saul sends messengers to take David, they begin to prophesy instead.

:21-24 Every time he sends more men they do the same thing. Finally he goes himself and ends up prophesying and stripped.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pr 1, Ps 18, 1 Sam 18

Pr 1
:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Lord please give me knowledge.

Ps 18
:3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Thank You Lord for saving me.

:28 For Thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

At the end I will post a video about our candle.

1 Sam 18

:1-8 Jonathan's soul it says was knit with David's. Saul resents when the people say Saul has slain thousands and David ten thousands.

:9-14 Saul is jealous of David and trys to slay him but God protects him. The Lord's Spirit had left Saul and gone to David.

:15-20 The daughter that was supposed to marry David was given to someone else, but Saul's daughter Michal loved David.

:21-24 David is hesitant about being son-in-law to Saul

:25 Saul wants the Philistines to kill David so he doesn't have to.

:26-27 David kills 200 Philistines instead of the 100 Saul asked for.

:28-30 Saul is more afraid of David when he sees the Lord is with David.