What to do this Season

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The season ahead is a busy one and I want to keep myself centered on Jesus.  I read this the other day, Jude 21,
“Keep yourselves in God’s love 
as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ 
to bring you to eternal life.”  NIV

Then I looked up the definition of ‘keep’ and was astounded at the results.  This is no ordinary four letter word–it is full of action; you’ll see what I mean.
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‘keep’-verb (from Dictionary.com

1.     to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own

2.

to hold or have the use of for a period of time:
3.

to hold in a given place; store
4.

to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements, 
a promise, etc.:to keep watch; to keep step.
5.

to cause to continue in a given position, state, course, or action:

to keep a light burning; to keep a child happy.
6.

to maintain in condition or order, as by care and labor
7.

to maintain in usable or edible condition; preserve:
8.

to hold in custody or under guard, as a prisoner:
9.

to cause to stay in a particular place; prevent or restrain fromdeparture:
10.

to have regularly in stock and for sale:
11.

to maintain in one’s service or for one’s use or enjoyment:

to keep a car and chauffeur.
12.

to associate with
13.

to have the care, charge, or custody of:
14.

to refrain from disclosing; withhold from the knowledge of others:

to keep a secret.
15.

to withhold from use; reserve; save
16.

to hold back or restrain
17.

to maintain control of; regulate:

to keep the peace; to keep your temper.
18.

to maintain by writing:

to keep a diary.
19.

to record (business transactions, daily occurrences, etc.) regularly:

to keep records; to keep a list of visitors.
20.

to observe; pay obedient regard to (a law, rule, promise, etc.).
21.

to conform to; follow; fulfill:

to keep one’s word.
22.

to observe (a season, festival, etc.) with formalities or rites:

to keep Christmas.
23.

to maintain or carry on, as an establishment, business, etc.; manage.
24.

to guard; protect
25.

to maintain or support:
27.

to take care of; tend:

to keep a vegetable garden.
29.

to remain in (a place, spot, etc.):
30.

to maintain one’s position in or on:
31.

to continue to follow (a path, track, course, etc.).
32.

to maintain in active existence, as an assembly, court, or fair.
noun
40.

board and lodging; subsistence; support:

to work for one’s keep.
41.

the innermost and strongest structure or central tower of a medieval castle.
                             (I think THAT one is my favorite)
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November 3rd kicks off a new season of meditating and memorizing God’s Word.
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3 thoughts on “What to do this Season

  1. WOW! With all those applicable definitions for the verb, “keep,” we could camp for a long time in that one little verse from Jude! Thank you for this concept-rich post, Jody!

  2. I love this Season, but it is a good reminder to plan to keep calm and lean in to Jesus.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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