Sunday Psalms 10

Psalm 10

Father, why do You hide from Your people? Evil is everywhere. Seize those who are scheming and dishonest, prideful, saying there is no God. Why do You let people prosper who curse You, are dishonest, arrogant, deceitful, oppressive, full of lies, sinners, murderers of the helpless and innocent? Why do You let them think You don’t see them?

Father, we need You to act! You see everything. Stop the evil! Take control!

Other nations will die out, but You are the Alpha and Omega! You will always be King!

I know You hear. Strengthen us! Let Your law and justice rule our land and this (Your) World!

Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the English Standard Version.

Food Friday – 7 Can Vegetable Soup

Come join us at Grammy’s Grid Food Friday (one of my favorite linky parties). This recipe is one of my easiest, favorite meals. My hubby, Ray, likes it served with peanut butter sandwiches. You can find more ideas for meals and recipes on the Dinner 4 2 page.

Sunday Psalms 9

Psalm 9

Thank You for all You have done! You are the only ONE worthy of praise. You have judged my cause worthy and kept all enemies away. Their names will never be remembered.

You established Your throne for justice and judgment. Your decisions are and can only be right. You are the safe place for the oppressed. All who know You trust You. You are with all who seek You.

Sing His praises! Tell His story! Rejoice in His salvation!

The LORD has judged the nations. The wicked sat their own trap and got caught in it.

The wicked and all the nations who refuse to follow the One, True, God will be sent to hell.

The LORD has not and will not forget the poor and needy.

Show Yourself, LORD! Man doesn’t even come close to You!

Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the English Standard Version.

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Perfect Gifts

During the Christmas season, we are often focused on gifts. Giving and receiving. Let’s look at gifting in a little different way today.

What is the one thing you’re passionate about and do better than anything else?  It could be your life gift.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are God’s creation and that He has specifically given us talents and gifts, that He ‘prepared in advance’, to use for the good of all. Although we want to connect this verse specifically to the Spiritual Gifts of Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 it is much more than that.

I think our life gifts include the spiritual gifts as well as talents, abilities, and skills that are part of what makes us unique.

In Exodus 35:30-35, we are told that God gave two men specific skills and talents for building the temple. They were to teach these skills to those who wanted to help with the project. In the 13th Century before Christ, (during the Exodus) He already had a plan and had given people the ability to carry out that plan. He’s been giving specific, unique gifts, talents, abilities, and skills to His people (us) ever since.

Among the life-gifts God gives are many that help the local church function. Talents and skills such as musical abilities (composing, singing, playing instruments, performing), crafting (painting, building, sewing, designing, needle arts), home skills (cooking, cleaning, arranging, gardening), business knowledge (budgeting, accounting)… There are so many more and God wants them used for His glory!

I want to encourage you not to get wrapped up in false humility concerning these talents. When we say to ourselves or others that ‘I’m not as good at this or that than ________________’, we deny what God has given us to use in our worship of Him.  It is good that we recognize the talents of others but we have special gifts, talents, and skills of our own. God wouldn’t have given them if He didn’t expect us to use them.

Your life gifts are needed! Use them!

My prayer for you is that your Christmas and the year to come are filled with GOD’s amazing grace, love, and blessings!


This post was originally written on December 9, 2020, and titled Life Gifts.


Do not be silent!

Witness that the LORD is King!

Show your love for Him!

Each Friday, Kaitlin, over at Five Minute Friday, sends a prompt that we can use to write for 5 minutes and then post on the FMF Link-up. I often choose to write a haiku and this one came very easily. I hope you enjoy it. Come join us! Marie