Don’t Think About It

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.” – Lee Iacocca
(BrainyQuote)

The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is jamboree. You don’t hear that word much, these days. It means, “a carousal; any noisy merrymaking,” or, “a large gathering, as of a political party or the teams of a sporting league, often including a program of speeches and entertainment.”

Today is Go Fishing Day. I’ve got some friends who would definitely go for that. Of course, for them, most days are Go Fishing Day. If you are the fishing sort, please check out my friend’s web site, Brando Bait.

We had a really great roast for dinner last night. Last weekend, C said that her step-dad had some steaks that he wanted to give us, so we stopped by after church to pick them up, thinking we would have steaks and baked potatoes for lunch. It turns out it was a roast, not steaks, and it was frozen. So it needed to thaw and then cook for a couple of hours. We decided to hold off on it, put it in the refrigerator to thaw, and then decided that we would cook it yesterday, after we got home from work.

So I got it out and prepared it for cooking. C stopped by a store on the way home, and picked up some potatoes to make mashed potatoes. I cooked the roast for about one hour and forty-five minutes. It was right at perfect medium-rare temperature. After letting it stand for about fifteen minutes, I cut into it. It wasn’t quite as tender as I had hoped, but the flavor? Oh, man! Very possibly the best tasting roast ever. C’s mashed potatoes, as usual, were stellar.

And well the roast should have tasted spectacular. It was from Rastelli Market. C’s step-dad said he got it from a home shopping network. She googled the place and finally found that the roast we ate (and we still have about half of it left) was $99!! I seriously hope he didn’t pay that much for it! I guess we won’t be buying one any time soon.

After I finish this blog, today, we will be going to visit my mother. Since my dad passed last year, we have been going to see her around Father’s Day. Perhaps that doesn’t make sense, but I don’t care. R & J will be hanging out with us after we get back home, then tomorrow, it will be just the three of us.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah.
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

Psalm 82

God has delegated his “judicial authority” to humans on the earth, but, as we all know, they (we?) frequently abuse it. “Judges who do not learn their jurisprudence from a just God trample the needy instead of defending them, and exploit them instead of delivering them.”

“‘Tie in a living tether the prince and priest and thrall, bind all our lives together, smite us and save us all; in ire and exultation aflame with faith, and free, lift up a living nation, a single sword to Thee’ (G.K. Chesterton, ‘O God of Earth and Altar’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Don’t Think Now, Take the Road

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”
Matthew 14:29-30

When Jesus told Peter to come to him, Peter immediately got out of the boat and started walking on water. He did not think about the waves, “he simply recognized his Lord and stepped out in recognition of Him, and walked on the water.” But then he began to look at the waves and think about them. Down he went.

“We step right out on God over some things, then self-consideration enters in and down we go.” If we are recognizing Jesus in the circumstances, we have no business worrying about how God engineered those circumstances. Regardless of the circumstances, we need to keep recognizing Jesus and maintaining our complete reliance on him.

When God has spoken, do not debate, even for a second. As soon as you do, “it is all up.” We begin to wonder and doubt; maybe it wasn’t God speaking (now, as a disclaimer, here, we definitely need to be sure that what we thought we heard God say lines up with Scripture). As soon as we hear God speak a word (assuming that we are on solid spiritual ground), we must step out in reckless abandon.

Father, help me to listen for when you speak to me. When you tell me to do something, let me not look at the surrounding circumstances and come up with a list of reasons why that won’t work. Teach me to hear your voice when you speak, and not doubt or wonder. Teach me to step out, recognizing you and believing you. I want to “walk on water” with Jesus.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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