Dark House Hot Coffee

I’m half asleep still.  Rich had to get up at 5 and as I was laying in bed I heard David (my 4 year old) upstairs in his room.  I sighed and went to check on him.  WHY, at 5:30 in the morning did he decide to get up, turn on the light, and get into Caleb’s crib?  I went in and there they were, sitting and staring at me.  I ushered David downstairs for some quality “Daddy time” and then to the couch.  Thankfully the baby fell back to sleep.

I made a pot of coffee.

 Are you ready to read what’s in my mind this morning? 


I had Kathy over yesterday for a little while.  She was sharing with me her devotional life.  She’s been reading and meditating on Psalms chapter 1.  Here are the words to that Psalm, I am changing it to the feminine, just to make it more personal.

Blessed be the woman that walketh not
in the councel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But her delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law doth she meditate
day and night.

And she shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth her fruit in her season;
her leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever she doeth shall prosper.

Quotes from my commentary: 

“Learn how to follow God by MEDITATING on His Word.  Meditating means spending time reading and thinking about what I have read.”

“The “law of the Lord” includes ALL of Scripture.”

“The more I delight in God’s presence, the more fruitful I am.  If I want joy, I make friends with those who LOVE God and His Word.

To PROSPER means that the fruit I bear will be good and will recieve God’s approval.  As a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, I also am to soak up God’s Word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God.

This is what Jonathan Edwards said about His Bible-time: I love this!  I’m going to copy it in the cover of my Bible.

“I had then and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy Scriptures, of any book whatsoever.
Oftentimes in reading it every word seemed to touch my heart.
I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words.
I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence to see the wonders contained in it, and yet almost every sentence seemed to be
full of wonders.”

Another quote:

“I have learned how really precious God’s Word is.  At times of greatest distress I literally ran to it for comfort and strength.  The resources were there and I had the concepts of His love and grace firmly in my mind so that I had a foundation to build upon.  When I touched bottom I found it firm and sure.  I could rest there until I gathered strength to climb up again.”  -From a dying woman’s diary


~Be like a Tree
Planted by the rivers of water~

Sending lots of love to you all today. . . .

0 thoughts on “Dark House Hot Coffee

  1. I’m not sure who you are, but I saw a comment from you on my sister Joy’s site. Your meditations were a word from the Lord to me this morning. Thanks. I enjoy your photography too.

  2. I just just read Psalm 1!  Where did you get the quote from the ladies diary? I love how she talks about running to the Word!
    I can understand why this meant so much to you!  That mug looks familiar! 🙂

  3. Good girl, yes it’s FIESTA!  🙂  The diary quote is from a booklet that Colleen just let me borrow (along w/a bunch of other books) It’s titled, “Heaven and Home Hour 48th Anniversary Memories Featuring Claire’s Corner”.    It was done in the early 80’s.  “Claire’s Corner” was her column in the “H. and H. Hour” News Bulletin–which was usually a note to the readers and a recipe.  Then she found out she had cancer–spread into her bones– and the last part of the booklet is her diary, where she writes about the cancer, the pain, God, etc.  I was especially moved by her account of COMING HOME after being in the hospital for treatment.  She writes about the comfort of having her grown daughters home, the happiness she felt while hearing them laugh, the ablitity to take a shower, the enjoyment of simple pleasures, the delight of going to bed by her beloved husband at night.  The intense appreciation of the sights, sounds, and smells of home.  And the love she felt from friends and family as they cared for her.
    Reading it made me hug my husband and babies and smile at my life.  We are so blessed as children of God.

  4. Very inspiring post.  I too have meditated on Psalms 1 a few months ago.  I like the way that you changed it into the feminine version.  I think it has more impact personally that way.  I’m glad you are enjoying the cookbook/diary. 

  5. Have you ever read the book Sit Walk Stand by Watchman Nee?  It is on Psalm 1.  Is is really good.  After I read your comment last night before bed, I had dreams all night about being at garage sales finding Golden Books…*g*.  I was burdened because I could not get these “good buys” to you. …..As for the sweet boy being in the babies crib….I had to smile.  That is so precious.  Good post.  Another way to meditate on God’s word, I have found, is to speak it back to Him.  Such as….I want to be that woman Father that you call Blessed, to be wise to see the ungodly….That my delight would be on you only….ect. Have a wonderful blessed weekend with your very sweet children.

  6. Just what I needed.  Not the children in the crib…but these wonderful words on God’s Word.  Lately it seems God has much to show me from the Bible and that each sentence seems to be “full of wonders”.  And I have caught myself just resting on one sentence or one verse and gleaning what I can from each word.  Thank you for sharing this with us.

  7. Beautiful post today.  I was just reading that psalm 2 days ago and I love the added thoughts on it.  I also like how you typed it out in the feminine angle.  Thanks.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

  8. Beautiful post my friend, Psalms 1 was the very first scripture that I memorized after I got saved. The picture goes so well with your post, just curious but that isn’t a Skofield KJV Bible is it?

  9. I agree with the rest.  That is neat how you made it feminine.  Ugh…I am so bad at making time to “meditate” on God’s word.  I just run, run, run and work, work, work with the kids and around the house, for my husband…blah, blah, blah…but need to make that the first priority.  I have loved that scripture from the time I was a little girl.
    RYCs…First…My third son, Marcus, is now 2 1/4 (ha!) and was born with a heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  Never heard of it?  Neither had we.  I pretty much thought most people have only healthy babies (at that time).  Of course, I’d heard of down syndrom and such but never really knew this other world existed out there.  Anyway, they found it on my 5 month ultrasound scan and the next day it was confirmed.  That was one long night.  Anyway…HLHS is basically where the left side of his heart didn’t form correctly in utero, the left ventricle, aorta is small, the aortic valve is missing or small, and the mitral valve is missing or small.  So basically he will be living with half a heart.  We chose for them to do the 3 staged surgeries.  He had his first open heart surgery at 5 days, next one at 4 months and 26 days and we are looking to the next one after April sometime, 2007.  It’s not going to be fun but as we’ve learned to do, take it one day at a time and enjoy every minute we have with him.  He’s doing so well!!!  But the outcome is really uncertain because right now the oldest living survivor of HLHS is 23 years old and there are only a few in that age group (outcome %’s are much better as time goes on…if that makes sense).  I know quite a few 4, 5, 6 and some 9 year olds that are doing well but very few (a couple) of 16 year olds, 12 year olds, etc.
    *Sigh*  Enough about that.  Hmmmm…you asked something else…Oh, yeah.  About my business.  It’s called “Shop from the heart” and I sell a huge assortment of items for the home, bath, garden, specialty items, you name it.  They make great gifts and I’m hoping people will do some Christmas shopping through me.  My website is http://www.shopfromtheheart.com and if you would like to order something, just e-mail me at billshari3boys@netzero.net and I will send you a $10 gift card to use toward your first purchase.
    Hope you are having a great day.  And if that IS a Skofield bible, those are the greates!

  10. Sunflower!  Hope it brightened your morning.  I used to chose my mug color based on what matched my outfit (vain thing that I am!), but lately I choose a color that matches my mood.  :  (
     So that was why I couldn’t reach Jude yesterday!  Next time, I’ll try your place!  :  P
    This is one of your best posts ever.  I always want to know what is on your mind!
    Love ya!

  11. I just wanted to introduce myself to you Shanda.  My name is Tami.  I have been checking in on your site for a while now.  I am a friend of gloriousisthyname7’s from Wisconsin.  I feel like I know you after reading you site.  I have 7 month old identical twin girls.  Thanks for the recipes and devotional thoughts!

  12. Sometimes those old familiar passages are passed over quickly because we have read them so often and heard them so much.  How wonderful to stop and really meditate on the words and to ponder all the wisdom they hold.  How alive God’s Word is, and it is new and refreshing to me now as I read it here.  Like hearing it for the first time… 

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