[hazlenut pizza is just different]
I am currently sitting at work distracted from my studies of Psychology, as if that's hard to believe, and quite without my Handy-Dandy Notebook -- white with black swirly-things and green pages with tear stains and different hand writings from the same hand and often the same pen.
Am I lost?
Mostly yes, but I hurt my finger anyway so typing might prove to be easier.
This question is almost worthless.
Paul is incredible; I'm sure I've made this point before. I've been reading in Romans, but I feel that's not what needs to be written. However, if you're looking for some major inspiration check there. You'll definitely be knocked off your feet. You might even bruise your knees.
Speaking of Thanksgiving [haha] you could probably read all of the Psalms and rejoice in every way possible, but I was searching in a little bit different place. I basically read the whole Bible at the same time...I go wherever it takes me. Lately I've been piddling in Samuel [both of them]. First Samuel was brought to my attention because it talks of two best friends -- David and Jonathan...which is a completely different note that I won't start right now.
I was flipping through second Samuel just chillin' and waiting for something to catch my eye. Many of you who have seen my Bible know that it's marked .. a lot. If something really speaks to me, I'm going to find something to underline it or highlight it so I can stumble across it later or memorize it, etc. [and my Bible smells yummy--thank you Magnolia Blossom spray .. NAN]
I came across the 22nd chapter of Samuel -- "psalms of thanksgiving" it says in my Bible above the chapter.
The first verse says that David said this to the Lord when he was delivered from his enemies and from Saul.
"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer:" [go listen to "My deliverer" by Chris Tomlin] "The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield and the horn [strength] of my salvation, my high tower [strong hold], and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence." [Strongtower - Kutless] "I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies." [Psalm 121] "WHen the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me:" [Job] "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears." [Psalm 23] "Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth." [Job 26:11; Psalm 97; James 2:19; Isaiah 64:2 & 66:5] "There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also and came down; and darkness was under his feet." [can you imagine?!?! I mean, think about it...he came down and is so powerful...darkness was under his feet...and we are His children!!! surely we, also, walk above the darkness in the light and presence of the one true God! hallelujah!!] “And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. And he made darkness pavilions [canopies] round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.” [this part’s really good…gives me chills every time] “The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice” [it only takes one whisper from Him and everything obeys. Mark 4:39] “And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited [vanquished] them. And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils. He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;” [woah…just woah…He came down from heaven and took us, brought us out of the dark seas of our sins] “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.” [I don’t know how many of you have heard of Charles Johnson, a gospel artist, but he sings a song called ‘I can’t even walk without you holding my hand’—go listen to it] “They prevented [confronted] me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay [support]” [have you ever just fallen into His embrace? His everlasting arms…] “He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me” [wait a second, He delights in ME?!?!?! … God doesn’t make mistakes and He’s proud of His creations...He loves us even though we’re weak] “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands he hath recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgements were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.” [didn’t he tell us to keep the commandments?] “I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity” [go read James] “Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the forward [devious] thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury [shrewd]. And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.” [ohh yay I like this part] “For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I lept over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” [His yoke is easy…remember?] “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet [the feet of deer]: and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.” [our strength comes from him, alone] “Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip. I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them: and turned not again until I had consumed them. And I have consumed them and wounded them, that they could not arise, yea, they are fallen under my feet.” [Psalm 23 again] “For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.” [David and Goliath] “Thou hast given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. They looked, but there was none to save: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not. Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth: I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad. Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen a people which I knew not shall serve me.” [Psalm 37:25] “Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. The Lord liveth: and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,” [vengeance belongs to the Lord] “And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou hast also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed forevermore.”