Walk and Not Faint

“For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.”~~Wallis Simpson

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is dessicate, “to dry thoroughly; dry up.”

Today is Chocolate Caramel Day. I’m not a big fan of caramel, myself, but I love chocolate.

We had a really good day at work, yesterday, so everyone got off on time. That’s always nice on a Friday. I picked up dinner at Taco Bell on the way home, and we ate that and watched TV for a while, after which I played Fallout 4 for a few hours. That’s pretty much it. No great excitement at the Bickleyhouse, yesterday.

Rachel and Justin are coming down, this evening, and we will have dinner with them.

I think I forgot to mention that I have been asked to fill in on keyboard for our worship gatherings for a couple of weeks. I was hesitant to agree to do this, but decided to go ahead. It’s been a while, and they use accompaniment tracks for the music, anyway, so I’m not really sure why they want a keyboard in there, as well. I haven’t practiced the music, yet, but I have all the charts printed.

On this date in 1971, an earthquake in Peru set off a chain of events the completely obliterated the small mining town/camp of Chungar. You can read the rest of the story at History.com.

Today’s birthdays include:

1590–William Bradford, Pilgrim and first Governor of the Plymouth Colony
1813–David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer
1848–Wyatt Earp, American lawman and gunfighter
1860–William Jennings Bryan, American statesman
1873–Max Reger, German composer
1894–Moms Mabley, American comedian
1916–Irving Wallace, American novelist
1928–Patrick MacGoohan, American actor
1928–Hans Kung, Swiss theologian
1933–Philip Roth, American author
1936–Ursula Andress, Swiss actress
1946–Ruth Pointer, American singer, Pointer Sisters
1947–Glenn Close, American actress
1952–Harvey Weinstein, American film producer
1955–Bruce Willis, American actor
1969–Gary Jules, American singer/songwriter
1988–Clayton Kershaw, American baseball player

Gary Jules, a singer songwriter, turns 47 today. He is perhaps most well-known for his cover of the Tears for Fears song, “Mad World.”

Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rhandy Rhoads, Joanne Weaver, John DeLorean, and Sir Arthur C. Clarke are among notable deaths on this date.


(From Praying With the Psalms)

Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Psalm 36

The one who plans mischief on his bed, in verse 4, is, ultimately, paralyzed, in verse 12, “unable to rise.” “God, the salvation-maker, expands his presence majestically through a light-flooded world, sharing abundant life with all who come to him.”

“Thank you, Father, for waking me to this day in which your light exposes the stingy cheapness of sin, and at the same time, reveals the wild, open beauties of your love in Jesus. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

In today’s reading, “The Way of Abraham in Faith,” Chambers quotes Hebrews 11:8, in which it is said of Abraham, he went out, not knowing where he was going. There are many times in Scripture where the personal relationship with God is marked by separation. Abraham was told to leave his country, his family (his failure to completely obey this command resulted in the whole mess with Lot, his wife, and his daughters in Sodom and Gomorrah), and everything he knew. The emphasis here, though, is the fact that Abraham did not have a clue where he was going.

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.” This is difficult for us, in this age, because we always want to know where we are going. Chambers also says that one of the biggest snares in faith is this thought that “God is sure to lead us to success.” This is a pervasive belief in the Christian culture of this day. I guess it all depends on how you define “success.”

We must focus on the one who is leading, not on where we are going, or even what we will be doing. This is what “faith” is all about. And the emphasis of the life of faith should be not so much the mounting up with wings of eagles, but more the walking and not fainting (Isaiah 40:31).

Father, I pray for the vision that follows without knowing. I pray for the faith that is confident that you, the one who is leading, will never lead me astray. Help me to focus on you as you lead me on this path. Help me to walk and not faint.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.