Isaiah 51:1 – Look To The Rock

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. (Isaiah 51:1 ESV)

My husband has spent the majority of his adult life as a coach. He has mentored many, many athletes through football, baseball, basketball, and track. He also spent most of his younger years as an active participant in each of these sports. I guess this gives you some insight into the fact that I am married to a “man’s man.”

Not only is he a gifted athlete and coach, but he is also large in stature. He’s a pretty hefty guy who could send shivers up and down the spine of an all-you-can-eat buffet manager.

We have been married almost 47 years, and I consider him to be my rock. I know he’s always there to catch me if I fall. Well, he is “my rock” after the first 15 minutes of a crisis.

Let me explain. For some reason known only to God,

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Psalm 139:13-14 – You Are Wonderfully Made

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)

What is it about your personal self that you would change if you could? All of us have something; that one thing which, if we could re-do, would make us SO much happier! For me, it’s my hair. Apparently my sweet Aunt Mary, from whom I received one of my names, also gifted me with her baby-fine hair!

For those of you who have “good” hair, let me explain. Baby fine hair is soft, silky, and STRAIGHT! It can be curled, but it takes MUCH effort, time, and hair product to do so. Baby fine hair can be combed into almost any style you like, and will look great in that style……for about half an hour! Then it falls flat. On a bright, sunshine-y day, with just exactly the right amount of non-humidity, it might last for a couple of hours!

I say all that to say this: So many of us are dissatisfied with something about ourselves. Some things can be changed (like my weight problem), and others are here to stay (like my hair). We just have to learn how to live with and deal with them.

I prefer to believe that there is a divine design to our complete selves. It is no accident when

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Jeremiah 4:18 – Figgy Ricardo

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart. (Jeremiah 4:18 ESV)

My husband and our boys were building a deck when his mother stopped by and brought a large bowl of freshly picked figs. The boys had a couple each….but their dad ate….and ate….and ate the figs. Jokingly the middle son chided, “Dad, you might want to slow down there.” Dad’s reply (in his best male macho voice) was, “Obviously you don’t know how to eat figs, boy!”

Later that night we had a dinner guest who stayed to visit for a while after the meal. As she departed, the door had barely closed behind her when Dad popped the handle on his recliner, leaned forward out of his chair onto his knees and then began to roll on the floor, holding his stomach and moaning. I ran to his side yelling, “What’s wrong?! What’s wrong?!” His reply, “I’m stopped!” Long story short, the figs were doing their work and he was paying a painful price.

Now, most folks might not

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