Mirror – Beautiful

1 Chronicles 17

Did you know that 1 Chronicles 17 and 2 Samuel 7 are companion chapters?
I didn’t until today, specifically. 
Today, as I began to read I said to myself, wait this reads like what I read a few days ago.  
So, I checked, and yes 1 Chronicles 17 and 2 Samuel 7 mirror each other. 

Even though the information mirrors one another, the account was fresh today. 
A different portion lifted off the page today. 
Here, let me share it with you. 

I encourage you to either pick up your own copy of Scripture or use this LINK and read verses 16 – 27.  Beautiful.  Absolutely beautiful.

David got the news, you are not going to build a House for Me. 
He took it in stride and went to sit before the LORD. 
And he began to talk to the LORD. 
He said to Him what my daughters and I have said often. 

16 Then David went in, sat before Adonai and said, “Who am I, Adonai, God, and what is my family, that has caused you to bring me this far?   source 

And as I kept reading:

19 Adonai, it is for your servant’s sake and in accordance with your own heart that you have done all this greatness and revealed all these great things.   source

Have you ever read anything so beautiful?

IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS VERY OWN HEART — and for the sake of His servant, HE has done these things. 

Is GOD good to you? 
Now you know why — simply because He is GOD and He wants to and because He is GOD, He can NEVER want to do less than GOOD for you. 

As I close, please be sure to read verses 16-27. 
You don’t want to miss the beauty, the wonder, and the awe. 

In particular — let us shout this not only with our voices but our deeds:

20 Adonai, there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you — everything we have heard confirms that.  source 

Love, Kathie

Sunday Evening, Monday Morning

It is later on Sunday evening than I would like for it to be for me to be opening a blank page to write for Monday morning, and at this keystroke, I am wondering what can I say. What can I write that will start your day or come alongside later in the day or even the evening with a word of encouragement? 

How was your weekend? 
Did you spend it with family and/or friends?
Did you celebrate the people in your life that you love?
Did you give thanks for them?
Did you laugh? Did you cry? 
Did you watch birds and squirrels? Even a hawk or two? 

Did you pray? Did you enjoy JESUS?

If you did — you had a blessed weekend!

    for he is coming to judge the earth.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation!
Gather and rescue us from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.” source 

Indeed our GOD is coming. 
Amen and amen.

Not Just a Writing Prompt

Windows and sunshine. 

I’m not kidding.
This very sight is one of the things for which I give thanks – often.
Not just today as a writing prompt. Even though it is. 

How lavishly fortunate we are to have a place, a roof over our heads with walls and windows in all our rooms to let in that glorious light from the sun that warms and comforts us, that helps grow our foods, that gives us much needed Vitamin D to ward off diseases. 

Today, we live in a place of extravagance, and yet with all our extravagance without sun, moon, air, and water – we soon would not be at all. 

Could we today give thanks for the common things; things that we have closed our eyes to; things that we only miss when they are gone? 

So. For what are YOU giving thanks today? 

Just in case you are interested 48 times in the KJV we find give thanks referenced. 
Here are a few and a link for the rest. 

A Smack to the Head

Approximate reading time: 2 minutes

JT and I were pleasantly enjoying some errand running this afternoon in our area of Sweet Home Alabama when I noticed a banner erected on the lawn of a church. I honestly don’t recall the name and even if did, I wouldn’t tell you.  🙂

So the banner read: Contemporary Worship.

And like a friendly smack to the head my internal word police hit me with this:

That sign just shouted to me this is not about JESUS, this is about you. We are catering to You! 

And it didn’t stop there. That smack to the head went on to say:

Worship is not about style, music, contemporary, traditional or any other such description. Worship is obedience. It’s about ascribing delight in and honor to, with elated gratitude that, GOD would even let us love and adore Him!

Now, what am I supposed to do with that I ask you?!

2 Kings 17:36 (TLV) 36 but only Adonai, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm—Him will you fear, and to Him will you bow down and to Him will you sacrifice.  source

1 Chronicles 16:29  (TLV)29 Ascribe to Adonai the glory due to His Name. Bring an offering and come before Him. Worship Adonai in the splendor of holiness.  source

Matthew 14:33  (KJV) 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. source

Luke 24:52 (KJV) 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy source 

Revelation 22:9 (CSB) But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”  source

For the remainder of the 188 references to Worship found in the KJV, click HERE.

Selah ~ ~ ~