Monthly Archives: July 2009

Psalm 119 ~ Sin and Shin


165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
166 I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.

~~~Ahh, David, how wonderful are your songs and prayers. How steadfast your faith.

I wonder how his everyday life looked?

What do you think?

Hard to Say You’re Sorry?



Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation
and leaves no regret… 
2 Corinthians 7:10

If you want someone to respond positively to a confession, make it a point to acknowledge and express sorrow for how you have hurt or afflicted them. Your goal is to show that you understand how the other person felt as a result of your words or actions. Here are a few examples of how this can be done:

“You must have been terribly embarrassed when I said those things in front of everyone. I’m very sorry I did that to you.”

“I can see why you were frustrated when I didn’t deliver the parts on time. I’m sorry I failed to keep my commitment to you.”   

Adapted from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 130.

Food for Thought

How easily do you say, “I’m sorry”?

There was a pop song back in the 80’s that got a lot of radio play; the title was Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry. The lyrics accurately named the tension of “I really want to say it, but it’s really hard for me to do it.” Does that tension feel familiar? Yeah, me too.

My, how quickly we forget. We forget how incredibly powerful those two little words are — “I’m sorry.” They can defuse a tense situation in a heartbeat. When we honestly express sorrow for what we’ve done, we’re taking the initiative to level things. Rather than looking down our nose at someone, we look him square in the eyes. And it is there, on that face-to-face level, where words like “confession” and “forgiveness” really mean something.

A life lived without regret is a tall order. But being able to say, “I’m sorry” — as hard as it is — is a step in the right direction. So move beyond just wanting to say you are sorry and actually do it.


I have a hard time saying I’m sorry and probably even a harder time realizing I need to say I’m sorry.

My hubby has a hard time, too. Someday we will have world peace when everyone can just  say “I’m sorry”.


Jesus and Parable of Old and New


Son and I are reading through Luke, our church/pastor is peaching from Luke also. [sermons online here]

Can’t quite figure out what is meant by this:

36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.


37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.

38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.

39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

From here

There are three comparisons: (1) new cloth on an old garment, (2) new wine in old wineskins, and (3) no man having drunk old wine desires new. The meaning is very similar in all three, and they stress Jesus’ unwillingness to make the ceremonial fasts of the Old Testament a large feature of the new kingdom, the necessity of finding new “wineskins” (disciples) who would be able to receive his new teaching (as in the call of Matthew), and Jesus’ understanding of the fact that many of John’s disciples (though not all) would prefer the old ways to the new methods of the approaching kingdom.

From here [Matthew Henry]

It was a wonder of his grace that he proportioned their exercises to their strength. He would not put new cloth upon an old garment (v. 36), nor new wine into old bottles (v. 37, 38); he would not, as soon as ever he had called them out of the world, put them upon the strictnesses and austerities of discipleship, lest they should be tempted to fly off. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, he would not bring them by the way of the Philistines, lest they should repent, when they saw war, and return to Egypt, Ex. 13:17. So Christ would train up his followers gradually to the discipline of his family; for no man, having drank old wine, will of a sudden, straightway, desire new, or relish it, but will say, The old is better, because he has been used to it, v. 39. The disciples will be tempted to think their old way of living better, till they are by degrees trained up to this way whereunto they are called. Or, turn it the other way: “Let them be accustomed awhile to religious exercises, and then they will abound in them as much as you do: but we must not be too hasty with them.’’ Calvin takes it as an admonition to the Pharisees not to boast of their fasting, and the noise and show they made with it, nor to despise his disciples because they did not in like manner signalize themselves; for the profession the Pharisees made was indeed pompous and gay, like new wine that is brisk and sparkling, whereas all wise men say, The old is better; for, though it does not give its colour so well in the cup, yet it is more warming in the stomach and more wholesome. Christ’s disciples, though they had not so much of the form of godliness, had more of the power of it.


Any thoughts??



The Home Engineer…..






    t Herapist





    pErsonal shopper

 lauNdry mat


     Interior designer



     Eleven times great than dad

     Roadside assistant



I think this is too hard to read, but my boy did it for me. He loves his summer college class and loves being out of the ‘homeschool’ house.

He is looking forward to fall quarter where he gets to DRIVE to school!!! ARGH!!!!

Musings on…. Muse


Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Psalm 141:3-4


Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 138:7-8


Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Psalm 43:5


I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder [muse] the work of your hands.
Psalm 143:5


I was curious to know what muse meant:

Muse, prim root. Strongs 7878

  1. to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing
    1. (Qal)
      1. to complain
      2. to muse, meditate upon, study, ponder
      3. to talk, sing, speak
    2. (Polel) to meditate, consider, put forth thoughts 


 Translated Words
  KJV (20) – commune, 1; complain, 2; declare, 1; meditate, 5; muse, 1; pray, 1; speak, 4; talk, 5;NAS (20) – complain, 2; considered, 1; meditate, 7; meditates, 1; muse, 2; sigh, 1; sing, 1; speak, 3; talk, 2;      


–verb (used without object)

    1.   to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.


    2.   Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.

–verb (used with object)

    3.   to meditate on.


    4.   to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.

1300–50; ME musen to mutter, gaze meditatively on, be astonished < MF muser, perh. ult. deriv. of ML mūsum muzzle

Related forms:

muser, noun
1. cogitate, ruminate, think; dream. 1, 3. ponder, contemplate, deliberate.
Is this the right word for my blog?

When Brothers Dwell in Unity


A Song of Ascents. Of David.

133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
 when brothers dwell in unity! 
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

~~ I like the phrase ”How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! ”

How good and pleasant this world would be.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the psalms with my son this school year. I’m glad we both got the chance to make it thru and really know what the psalms mean and how they can help, guide and encourage us when needed.

God is amazing!