Delighting in God’s “Eye”

God has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV). How does that guidance work?

I loved playing point guard on defense. In the years I played basketball, my job was to stop the forward momentum of the other team’s leader. I could anticipate which direction she would pass the ball by which way her face pointed—where her eyes were looking.

It’s the same with God. Although we can’t physically see Him, we can anticipate which way His face is pointed by what His Word says.

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A Touch of Honey – A Guest Post by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga

Katy here. I am pleased to introduce Dorcas Asercion Zuniga to you. She is a dear writing friend who has a knack for illustrating the Christian life with word pictures. She is also one of the columnists for Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, and contributes regularly to Refresh. May your heart be blessed by her post this week. 

In the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” Mary Poppins gets the children to take their medicine with “a spoonful of sugar.”

Sugar might help “the medicine go down,” but it doesn’t have any true health benefits. There is, however, another sweetener that has been shown to actually be good for you—honey.

Studies show that honey has medicinal benefits. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend honey as a natural cough suppressant. Honey also has the potential to fight bacteria and decrease the effects of seasonal allergies.1 This is a “medicine” that shouldn’t be too hard to get a child, or an adult for that matter, to swallow.

King Solomon was well aware of the healing effects of honey. He wrote in Proverbs 16:24 (NIV), “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

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My Bible’s Birthday

Last week my Bible turned 15 years old. It’s an Indiana Jones Bible. Its leather edges are torn, its pages are crinkled, and its spine has been saved with tape more than once. It has survived 4 years of college, countless trips and adventures, daily quiet times, ink smears, and tears. It graciously accepted my colored pen phase—its verses are underlined, boxed, and starred in bright blue, pink, and purple. Just about every white space has notes, poems, and outlines crammed into them. This Bible has been loved. We’ve been through a lot together.

Do you have a Bible like that? 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

James  A trouble-shooting guide for the Christian life: Apply the wisdom of God to the problems of man.

Chapter 1  Be blessed with faith.

v.1-4  Count trials as opportunities to grow in faithful endurance—in staying power—and to reap all of the benefits that arise from it, moving you toward a more complete Christian character.

v.5-8  Ask God for wisdom when you lack it, without doubting, and you will receive it.

v.9-11  Faith is a great equalizer:  the true riches of the lowly brother and of the rich man both lie in their relationship with Christ. ...

 

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A Prayer for Wisdom and Knowledge

Once a month, I’m going to post on my blog a prayer from the Bible. I have five so far—one written by Paul, one spoken by Jesus, one said by a shepherd, one that was desperate, and even one that was inaudible. The prayers in Scripture are a model for us to know what to say to God and what to ask Him for. The first prayer is one of my favorites, found in Ephesians Chapter 1.  

 

 

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