It's another a la carte post:
----Summer gives me the gift of time off since the library where I work closes down during the month of July. Morning time reflection and reading the Word become unhurried and sweeter. Today I took a dunking in a pool of verses from Psalms 89. (Can you tell my senses are focused on staying cool in this stifling heat wave?) Two references drew my pen to the notebook, writing them down as a way to prolong their impact in my thinking.
"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all the day long; and exult in your righteousness." v. 15 ,16
Acclaim in the Hebrew means shout as in a battle cry or shouts of joy, trumpet blast. It's something to be learned! I let out some whooping and hollering, just to practice, I guess. He is so worthy of that kind of exclamation and as I walk in the light of his presence there are certainly occasions for shouts of joy. I rejoice in my Father's name; to do it consciously all day long is my desire. Exulting his righteousness means lifting it up high and being proud of God's high standard of honesty and integrity.
----It's a season for more reading in the books I have stashed in piles for such a time as this. Today I'm keeping company with Called to Controversy, the biography of Moishe Rosen who founded Jews for Jesus. He became a Christian through the influence of some Gentile friends who were very anxious to share the Gospel with him. Moishe let them know 'Jesus talk' was off limits. The friends respected his request, continued to offer friendship and prayed fervently for him. After a time, the Gentiles moved out of Moishe's area. but continued to pray for him. Several events and relationships in Moishe's life were bringing him closer to a personal faith. The praying friends, now at a distance, felt compelled to ask another friend who still lived in Moishe's town to go to his house and visit him. It was a God-appointed time and Moishe and his wife became believers.
I'm impressed with Moishe's humility and honesty. He also is driven and determined to reach goals such as acquiring the best methods for street preaching, or reading about how to tend roses at a new house they moved into. When someone in leadership offends him, he decides to learn from it and stores it away as an example of what not to do when managing.
I'm about half way through this book and looking forward to continuing to follow this interesting story.
----It's my husband's and my anniversary today. After 16 years I am grateful for a man who loves me unconditionally and treats me with kindness and support. We hope to go to dinner and have some movie time to celebrate tomorrow.
----The previously mentioned husband returns home in an hour and the house is begging for some pickup. This writer's disarray of resources next to the computer, chores left dangling because blogging couldn't be interrupted, and her mind lost in word formulation needs to be packed up and pushed neatly aside. Now on to an evening with friends!