When God’s Word Goes Haywire {Operator Error}

P_20181111_130112You know how it is when you’re clicking around online and you visit a website link looking for information and up pops that 404 Error message?

I was stuck in a rabbit hole kind of like that recently, stewing for weeks over an issue (always the battleground for me, the ol’ noggin) and could not seem to get past it. I had worried the situation to death, played scenarios over and over again about a particular Terrible Thing that I needed to pray against and it wouldn’t go away. I woke up with it on my mind and went to bed mumbling about it in my prayers.

There was spiritual warfare going on like crazy, fighting principalities and powers, pushing back that stupid devil/destroyer/stealer. I was in a battle for sure.

So~one night in the shower--the land of ‘aha’s’, we all know this, right?–I heard the first half of John 10:10 running through my head, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy….” and the next thing I heard was the Holy Spirit saying, “Um, there’s the abundant life part. You forgot the rest of the verse.”

The problem with memorizing Scripture, if I may be so bold, is that sometimes the wrong parts stick. I’d been so uber-focused on the steal/kill/destroy part of the verse in John that it had overshadowed completely the fact that God is a good and abundant God.

He is aware of what is needed and able to take care of those we love. He is not blind to what’s going on in our lives and the lives of others. He’s not caught by surprise with the challenges we face. He is rich in mercy, lovingkindness and grace. And he’s like superpowerful, to use the theological term, capable of accomplishing what seems impossible.

So, in my head, I made up a counter-ditty for the God Team.


The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus comes to heal, build and give joy.  Heal, build and give joy. That’s what He does. That’s what He’s all about. That’s who He is, what His character contains. Resurrection power, unending love and unlimited resources.

I’d like to work on memorizing t h a t.

Here’s a picture I made in case you need to remember, too. heal, build and give joyThis week look for Scriptures as you read that focus on God’s capabilities, his care and his concern. See how it turns your prayers around and then let me know how it goes;  I’d love to hear about it.

Just Because #9

“Seek, inquire for, and require of the Lord while He may be found: 
[claiming Him by necessity and by right]; 
call upon Him while He is near.”
Isaiah 55:6 the Amplified Bible


Just Because #7

“He that dwelleth (‘yashab’–to sit down, remain)
in the secret place of the most High
shall abide (‘stable and fixed’)  
under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 91:1
When God brings a challenge and a trial,
it always produces a deep work 
of his healing and love.
I processed the work with watercolors and God gave me this picture.
It’s been my meditation all week.
Linking with Emily for Imperfect Prose

Just Because #6

New, Amazing Things

“Then you will know which way to go,
since you have never been this way before.
But keep a distance of
about a thousand yards
between you and the ark;
do not go near it,” Joshua told the people.
“Consecrate yourselves,
for tomorrow the LORD
will do amazing things among you.”
Joshua 3:4,5
walking on a new path this season? I am.
Wanting to remember to
stay close to God’s presence and let Him lead–
He is going to do amazing new things.

Just Because #4

I began these Scripture posts as an outflow of my time in the Word throughout the week.  It could be from a message at church, a passage in our Women’s Bible Study, something I’ve been studying through the year or some verses I’m camping out in to commit to memory. (Ephesians Chapter 1–I’ve been there all year 🙂
The main reason, tho’ is to remind myself and you, my readers to remember and refresh–we are lost without the compass of God’s Word showing us the right direction to go, encouraging us along the way that God’s love never fails.
And why did God so love the world?

Just Because.

19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them].
So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.” 
Revelation 3:19,20 Amplified
We were visiting my son’s church a few weekends ago and heard their young, anointed Pastor Daniel preaching a series from Revelation about John’s letters to the churches.
For many years, this ‘behold I stand at the door and knock’ Scripture
has been used for a salvation verse.
But it is not–it’s written to Believers–me and you. I want to get better at listening for that knock.
Don’t you?