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Musings on… Proverbs 8

www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+8&version=ESV

Passage is too long to post here, but I noticed a few things the writer is saying about wisdom here:

Wisdom is calling, actually raising her voice. Hear it!

From everywhere her is calling, she calls out to all, the children of men, the simple ones, the fools.

From this  I assume everyone can hear she calling.

What comes from her mouth is right, true, noble, UTTER TRUTH, straight and nothing crooked or twisted in her words.

Instruction >silver

Knowledge>choice gold

Wisdom > jewels

Wisdom dwells with prudence, knowledge and discretion. Hence if we heed wisdom, we too will dwell there.

Wisdom has counsel, sound wisdom and kings, rulers and princes rule by her.

I could go on and on, but go and read for yourself.

Wisdom is where it’s at. find it, heed it, embrace it and love it.

Wisdom was at the beginning and will prevail until the end.

“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
    the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
    at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
    when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
    before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
    or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30     then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.

 

 

~ The Home Engineer

From here

Prayer
Thank you God our Father for giving us every good and perfect gift from above; Jesus Christ.
Your wonders and miricales are too numberous to count… We rejoice in the word of truth you
encourageous with may we seek you day and night, not turning to the  left or to the right. 

Thank you for the forgiveness of our sins… That we would be as obedient children and forgiving toward others. Your word speaks of Wisdom-Does not wisdom cry out, your daughters will cry out to you for wisdom.   And understanding lift up her voice? Your daughters will seek your understanding… Wisdom takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. 

Wisdom, She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: “ To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.   O you simple ones and Daughters of Most High and Holy God, will seek to understand prudence, may your daughters be of an understanding heart. 

To you we listen, for you Lord will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of your lips will come right things; For your mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to your lips Father. 

All the words of your mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. Thank you Lord! They are all plain to your children who seek to understand, And right to those who find knowledge. We sing praises to you our Lord and our King. 

You withhold no good thing from those whose walk is steadfast before you.  Thank you for protecting us under the shadow of your wing.  We thank you for the precious victories you bring.  We wait and hope in your word and in your word put our trust. 

In Christ name we pray.  Amen! 

 

Enjoy Life with the One You Love

 Enjoy Life with the One You Love

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

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Can’t add much to this, eh?

Be a blessing to someone today!

A Time for EVERYthing

 A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

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What we don’t do in this fast -paced electronic society is take time to do any of these things.

Except for being born and dying, we just let these other things maybe, come and go. We really don’t have a hand in how they play out.

What if we took time to really be in focus of all these things, to go out of our way to see these things happen, to make these things happen, rest and revel in these things, to praise the Lord for these things

Musings on … Favorite Part of My Rides

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I went on my first long bike ride today. ON THE HIGHWAY. GOING OVER 50!

It was exhilarating, exhausting and plain old wonderful.

A friend asked me if I wanted to go with him for a ride up to Mt. Rainier.

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And even better news, I’m getting a new bike [new-to-me] Honda Shadow.

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Seriously, riding is one of the few things that make me smile. “Throwing duces” is part of that smile.

I feel like I’m in the club! The bikers club, the big boys club.

That is all.

All is Vanity

 

All Is Vanity

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
    and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
    but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
    there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
It has been already
    in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
    among those who come after.

Yakama Rez thru the Eyes of Our People

It was fun helping at Kids’ Club. The children really enjoyed piggyback rides, and we played tag a lot. Also I am glad I was able to help build the playground at Hope Fellowship. It will be an amazing place for the children to play when it is finished.

Calvin, 17

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When I was a part of the Yakama mission trip team in 2012, I saw the impact Sacred Road’s ministry had on the Yakama youth. I had the opportunity to experience Sacred Road’s weekly ministry to the middle and high school youth of the community.  About  75 youth played games, ate pizza, sang praise songs, and dug into scripture with small groups.  Some of the youth assisted the adults with leading the songs and small group discussions.  It was a vibrant and hopeful atmosphere.  I heard youth share about their relationships with Jesus and how He is their hope and salvation.  Some high school students’ participation with Sacred Road extended beyond youth group to homes in the community where they helped replace roofs and paint homes.  Yakama youth, not just missionaries, participated in the work of sharing the Faith in both word and deed!  I hope and pray that in a generation these Yakama youth will be the primary ones who will be sharing the gospel and impacting their own children and community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dietrich, 36

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During the mission trip, I was blessed to help build a fence and the main sign for the church.  I enjoyed being able to help the church with their projects.  Douglas, our work team leader, was from Mississippi.  Therefore, we enjoyed learning how to do a southern accent while working.  During kids club, I would usually run the jump rope station.  Every day I held the jump ropes while the kids would try the challenge of the Double Dutch.  For some kids, it was their first time; while others were making it to 120 jumps!  It was a blessing to work with the ministry to help provide hope for the children.

Donald, 18

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I found this year’s trip to be a little different for me. Excited to go I had a few mixed emotions upon returning. Part of the trip is geared for new comers. Sitting through orientation, going to the museum and so forth is repetitive but necessary for those coming the first time.

This being the third year it was exciting to see God move through the building of His church. Getting to be a part of service was awesome. Seeing acquaintances that we have made.  Spending time with Thomas, Al, and the Granberry’s. Talking with Chuck, Veronica, Joshua, Jade and Wendell. Being part of something and serving God outside of our home town and ERC which is w hat we are called to do.

I really did not make any new connections with any particular child and I am not sure why. Was it me or the kids? Thomas and Al are grown and Thomas is heading to college. It would be nice to make a new connection to continue helping a child when we leave. To be more than just a one week stay and back to life in Tacoma without a connection. I cherish my relationships made with Thomas and Al.  I sort of missed working at someone’s home, but in that same breath we were building a home for many in Christ’s church. Many children call Hope Fellowship their home.

A highlight outside of serving to our brothers in Yakama is spending time with the kids from ERC that I usually do not know well enough. I see them every week; I walk by, smile and nod. Something about road trips, living in the same quarters, passing the evenings together, talking about the day’s events. Hearing stories about their families, finding out about their talents. Watching some come out of their shell. Not letting them be quiet, not letting them sit on the side lines when we are playing. Now back at home, I can talk with them, we have something in common. We communicate at church and on facebook. I talk more to their parents as well. Al in all, the Mission trip helps me to grow, to open up and love others and to serve God. I am blessed for every trip I have made and I am humbled by what God has given me.

Jim, 54

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White Swan Mission Trip 2014

I was thinking about the trip and I thought it’s not about me, it’s not about playing basketball at the church or talking with the other church kids. It’s about the youth there, talking to them, playing with them. it’s also about what you can do to serve. What you can say to them about God. It was my time there and I saw dirt, I saw houses that needed some repair just like the rez. I want that place to excel. I want that place to lift up their eyes to God. I want them to put their trust in Him. In closing I want that nation to open up their arms wide to all. I hope that one day they can see that even though they have little, they can be rich in the mercy of God. That’s what I have to say about my experience in White Swan Washington.

Joel, 18

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I have loved the past 4 years I’ve been at the rez. I have seen the beauty in brokenness, [more like God's love in brokenness]  I have made so many friends, young and old. The work is hard, hot and extremely satisfying whether we work on a native family’s house or the Hope fellowship Church. Playing with the kids is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. To be up close and personal with the kids at the park, to see the neglect and the abuse is heart wrenching. But to see their faces light up when someone actually wants to engage them and play with them and pay attention to them…priceless. The native youth that help work on houses, churches and playgrounds are so encouraging. They are making a home for themselves, a safe place to call their own and they respect and cherish that space. The Sacred Road Ministry team is one of the most amazing, loving and selfless group of people ever.
Sacred Road ministries is engaging, loving and praying for the next generation of native youth to become whole in Christ.  I pray the new church Hope Fellowship will be a little heaven on earth for the youth and all that attend.

Kristina, 48

 

2014 Mission Trip Debrief

By Luke 

I’ve had the great fortune to be on a mission team for Sacred Road for three consecutive years. Every experience has opened my eyes to the immense poverty hidden so close to home, but also to the capacity for the Church to take an active role in meeting the needs in this community. My introduction to mission work on the Reservation was possibly also my most labor-intensive year there, since our team was working to replace a roof. My experience with construction and demolition work had been minimal up to this point. You could trust me to know which end of a hammer to use- most of the time, but not too much beyond that. In addition, I wasn’t a big fan of heights. Fortunately (in that respect) there aren’t many houses there that are more than one story. In spite of all of this, I was struck by the amount of work our team was able to complete, and with the quality of it. A small group of staff and interns were able to guide a group of volunteers of varying levels of skill and experience, united only in our willingness to improve things, to do a professional level of work in a relatively short time. And this story has been the same every time I’ve been there. Equally impressively, they, and we, have managed to do it without anyone having been injured on a work site. Yes, even I managed not to fall off of the roof my first time around. Clearly, the hand of God is at work here. The following years our team worked on demolition and construction, respectively, at the new Hope Fellowship Church. While this was less personal than working on someone’s house, the work we did there was laying the foundation for a ministry that could bring community, healing, and most importantly grace to many people where it is much needed. It has been encouraging to see the impact our efforts have had. Even though each time I’ve been there a relatively short time, we always leave having made significant progress.

I would, of course, be remiss not to mention my experience with the other arm of the Sacred Road, the children’s and youth ministry. At first, I had a similar level of doubt as to my inexperience with construction. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to relate to the kids there, or if they would trust me. But thanks to the years of work that have put into creating a supportive and safe ministry, it was something that came relatively naturally. It’s a sobering, nay tragic statistic that nearly all of the children and youth on the Reservation have experienced abuse, neglect, or both. It can make you wonder what you could do in the face of such a reality. The time we spent leading activities for the children seems like a simple thing, but it’s possible that this is the only positive influence they have. From what I have seen and from what I heard from the local youth, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting, it’s had a definite impact. Even small gestures can go a long way, and God has a way of multiplying them.

This year a friend and I have had the ability to enter into a sponsorship for Sacred Road. Through this I’ll be able to continue to lend my support from home. I’m very glad that our church has been partnered with a mission program that is relatively close to home. It’s for this reason that I’ve been able to participate. While there’s nothing wrong with going far abroad for missionary work, the increased amount of resources required can make it prohibitive for some, and there are still needs to be met locally. It can be those that are closest that can be easy to overlook. In closing, I consider myself very blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with Sacred Road. It has been my honor to show the love of Christ to, as they put it, our First Neighbors. I also value the closer friendship I have with everyone I’ve gone with. I plan to keep going as much as I am able.

“…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

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So glad to have been with these people on these trips, so glad for the friendships we have made and hopefully for the lives we have touched.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted

Eleven months, and I still don’t know how I am supposed to live without him

A friend of mine who lost her son to suicide just posted this on Facebook. I immediately burst out crying.

Then this came to mind and I looked it up.

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

**15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.**

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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How do we weep with those who weep? If it ok to just do it like I am now? Or should we sit with them in their time, like Job’s friends?

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Do these bible passages that show us how to handle grief, help? Do we really feel God presence when we grieve? Does it depend on how ‘holy’ we are?

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The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
**18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.**

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34

Must we wait until Jesus comes back to ever ‘get over’ the mourning, the grieving of loss? Do we really feel He is near? Do we ever feel His comfort? Maybe in time.

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All of Psalm 119 is good, couldn’t put it all here.

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The Beatitudes

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

**4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.**

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.    12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5

A verse for future comfort. Until then, pain, loss and  sorrow every minute of every day.

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God of All Comfort

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.

Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

2 Corin 1

The God of all comfort… There should be a hymn….

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The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21

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Some of us, more than others wait with such intense hope for this day. Sometimes we long for this day more to see our loved ones than to see our God. I’m not quite sure that is wrong. I’m not quite sure that is right. I do think we should all yearn for this day and lead our lives accordingly.

I love you Tracy, I am so sorry. I can’t even imagine. Please know I do weep with you.

 

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