I’m back – finally!
Since December 2019 (my last consistent posting) this bog has been “come and go”, as I have come and gone.
From US to Brasilia
Quarantine in Brazil
Return to states before flights were closed
I am sick with Covid-19
Quarantine in Miami
Three months before I test negative
To Portland, OR just before Christmas
Still fighting results of Covid
It is now February, a good friend in Brazil is going to start doing the posts, for I need help.
NOW – I want to return to one post a week – finally.
So – here we go.
A reminder: There is no sequence to these posts.
They are simply thoughts, lessons learned in daily life for you to apply if they are valuable to you.
So – here we go.
Psalms 25 – Is This Reality?
Belo Horizonte, MG Brazil – 1975
I am sitting on the stairs, going up from the living room to the dining room. The house is quiet- which is rare.
I’m in somewhat of a daze as thoughts race through my mind.
WHAT is happening in my life, in my home? I don’t know, but it is NOT good! Too much stress, arguments even among my children and certainly between my husband and I!
“Lord, I need more understanding. Please help me!”
My Bible is setting on the stairs beside me. I open it idly and start reading.
The words hit me – I stop.
I start reading again, this time with all my attention.
Most of these words are for me!
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, I give my life to you.
2 I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.
4 Show me the right path, O LORD;
point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O LORD.
8 The LORD is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
9 He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
10 The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
11 For the honor of your name, O LORD,
forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the LORD?
He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity,
and their children will inherit the land.
14 The LORD is a friend to those who fear him.
He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the LORD,
for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.
16 Turn to me and have mercy,
for I am alone and in deep distress.
17 My problems go from bad to worse.
Oh, save me from them all!
18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
19 See how many enemies I have
and how viciously they hate me!
20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
21 May integrity and honesty protect me,
for I put my hope in you.
22 O God, ransom Israel
from all its troubles.
Do these words of David challenge you as they do me?