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I would love to pray for each of you by name. I'd also like to be assured that people are doing this study on our website. So ... would you please write just your first name and your state in a comment below? I'll start with mine so you can see one done. I would be Sharon from New Hampshire. Feel free to invite friends to join us and DO make sure you read carefully our Getting Started post. Thanks. Read more »

Getting Started - Summer Study June 1-28

Welcome! I am so glad you decided to join us on our Sweet Selah Summer adventure! I’ve long been curious about the little word, “selah,” that is found in the Bible. No one is absolutely sure what it means, but most scholars think it means to stop and ponder. That’s because it is derived from a word that means to “weigh” something, determining its value. So … I have prepared short readings for us each day from passages of the Bible that have that little word in them, starting June 1st. Our assignment will be to ponder together why that selah is there. We’ll also choose one verse from the passage to copy out for the day, and then will write a short response to […] Read more »

It’s a Celebration!

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. (Mark 2:18-19 NIV) It’s not supposed to be a chore. Yet … how often do we view it that way? We think to be a good Christian we “have to” pray and read the Bible every day. Approached like that, time with God is regarded with a bit of dread and maybe embarrassment that we even feel this way. Sadly, it’s often simply left undone. Everyone agrees in […] Read more »

Dandelions and Buttercups

See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6:28b-30, 33-34a NIV) Sometimes we just get too busy to notice. Life presses hard. Worries crowd our minds and trouble our hearts. It doesn’t even take a big […] Read more »

Dear Dad

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV) Dear Dad, I knew this would happen. I brought the chairs back out onto the little deck our Bible study group built for you, and now I’m crying and blowing my nose. Not a super attractive sight. I miss you extra today. I’m sitting where you used to sit for hours enthralled with the great outdoors. I’m wearing your sweater. You know the one. The super warm, super old and comfortable olive green one we called “Old Faithful.” The thick red-and-black checkered blanket covers me warmly […] Read more »