Cover to Cover-Week 34

Wow…I can’t believe that it is week 34…if my counting is accurate…that means only 18 more weeks before the end of the year…yikes…and 18 more cover to cover weeks of reading.

I have been in a bit of a summer time funk…dragging my feet that school will begin soon yet also looking forward to the fresh start that depicts autumn…I have also been a bit scattered in my readings…but I am reminded of what I heard Beth Moore exhort back at the beginning of August…there will be times when we are tempted to give up…in the middle…we lose our vision…but those are the times where we need to be more deeply in the Word so that we can keep pressing forward and regain our sight…and get to the end…(my paraphrase completely)

So…I am pressing forward…despite a few missteps…I will finish reading through the Bible chronologically…and I pray that wherever you are today that if you are reading  cover to cover with me that you will keep on…and if you are not that you are digging into the Word regardless…He speaks to us…and for that I am filled with gratitude.

This week we have been reading in Psalms, Jeremiah and Lamentations…Lamentations is a dirge…from the tearful Jeremiah…

I love Riverdance…you can make fun of me…my family does all the time but with lots of love mixed in…I just love the music…and my friend Kim says that I must have some Celtic blood in me…I believe I do…I love the joyous music and the feeling it evokes in me…but I also love this one piece of music that is a lament…the music in my opinion is achingly beautiful…for those who are without hope…a dirge is just plain sad…but to those who put their expectation in the finished work of Christ…a dirge can be sad but ever hopeful.

Reading Lamentations this week was sad but hopeful…I am posting a couple of those such verses:

“Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children,”

Lamentations 2: 19

The years that I spent with Moms In Touch…this was one of our theme verses for our children…I love the thought of pouring our hearts out like water…such a great verse as our children start school inside and outside our homes.

“I remembered my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.”

Lamentations 3: 19-26

Verse 22 of the above scripture is so familiar…but I love that we need to remember…recall to mind God…when we consider God we have hope…and we are reminded that each day He has new mercies…compassions…that never fail…they are our example of manna…enough…plenty for each day…each day’s offenses…each day’s failings…each days trials…

A lament is a heart cry…in Jeremiah’s case it was a cry for the people of God who had a broken relationship with Him…what is our lament today?

What are we crying out to God about…the war…hunger…poverty…the abandoned…the orphans…the lost…

We can pour our hearts out before God like water…and He will hear!

Oh…and guess what…I found that lament…from Riverdance and now I know it was also in Braveheart as well…how fitting!

Have a blessed week…you can read many other posts that seek to recap the wonders of God’s Word here at Bev’s…and please pray for Bev and her husband as they have followed the Lord to Austin, Texas…

Until next week,

Helen

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5 thoughts on “Cover to Cover-Week 34

  1. Therefore I too have great hope! What an amazing reminder left in the midst of great trials. Blessings to you this week. (Oh, I love Riverdance as well. This piece was gorgeous.)

    Karen

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  2. I am convicted as I read your great post! I too often cry out to God about things that concern me and my family, I need to expand my vision!

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  3. You did it! Pressing on in Him. I just read today’s Scripture readings and posted about them. I love the Riverdance music, too. We will finish well the race He has set before us. Still praying for you to feel better! Love, Annette

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