Curses Into Blessings

Today is Monday, February 27, 2017. Eleven days until our Glen Rose weekend!

Quote of the Day

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Word of the Day

Shunpike ~ a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway.

Today is Kahlua Day. I learned something today. Kahlua was invented in 1936 by Pedro Domecq. It is a mixture of rum, vanilla, corn syrup, and coffee. I’ve never drunk it straight, but I know I love it in the fudge that C makes every Christmas.

There aren’t enough words to tell you how much fun we had in The Secret Chambers Escape Room yesterday! As noted yesterday, we did the Cthulhu Chamber room, where our objective was to find five idols and the Necrinomicon, thereby stopping the arrival of Cthulhu and his wrath. We had 60 minutes to do this. We completed the challenge with nine minutes and twenty-four seconds remaining, with a minimum amount of help from the room attendant, who was playing a role in the mystery, as well (albeit from outside our locked room). We were also complimented by the staff on our “energy” as we worked the challenge. There were at least five different boxes that we had to unlock, some with up to three locks on them, some combination, some keyed. There was also a fireplace that we had to open, as well as a secret upstairs chamber that had to be unlocked. Drawers had to be opened, phone and typewriter puzzles solved, and a crazy skill game involving a clock. The clock game and the upstairs chamber both required at least two participants. We all worked together very well to solve all the puzzles. We will definitely go back soon for the Pirate Chamber.

After the escape room, we decided on Riscky’s BBQ on Camp Bowie for lunch. It was a scrumptious conclusion to our outing for the day. We even got some bread pudding to take home for dessert, which we at as we watched a couple of TV shows that R & J like. It was a wonderful day.

Today, of course, it’s back to the “grind.” And I will, unless providentially hindered, finally make it back to band practice.

Oh! I almost forgot! Here’s a picture that a staff member of The Secret Chamber took after we finished.
cthulhu-escape-room

Thirty-five days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 103:20-22
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 
Psalm 70:4
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Psalm 30:12
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. 
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!

Psalm 111:1-4, 7-9

(From The President’s Devotional)

“No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the LORD. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the LORD forever, because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. But the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loved you.”
Deuteronomy 23:3-5

“Our God can turn curses into blessings.”
Habits that we have learned from others, in some cases even parents or other family members, negative character traits, can, in the hands of our God, “be molded for our good.” Evil spoken against us, lies, attacks from enemies, can become our weapons, when shaped by the hands of our Father.

We have no reason to fear any “curses” spoken against us by anyone. Our God is more powerful than any words spoken against us. “He alone can turn curses into blessings.”

“Dear God, I hand over to you all the things spoken against me. I know that you know what to do. Amen.” ~ Joshua DuBois

Father, I confess that I have experienced anxiety over words spoken at work. I confess the sin of not trusting in you to make things right, to vindicate me. I know that you are in control of all things. As I continue to do the job you have placed me in, give me the strength and faith to do it to the best of my ability for your glory and your glory only.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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