Sunday, November 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 25:2, 14

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 25:2, 14
"And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Sier, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them."

The footnote says perfect heart = wholeheartedly

"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day."
(Doctrine & Covenants 4:2)

Amaziah may have on the outside been doing what was right but it was the intent of his heart that lead him astray. With this heart it was possible for him to bow himself down before other gods and burn incense to them. It made me ponder on people I have know through the years that seemed so faithful and so obedient and then overnight they left the church. The problem is where their heart was, and that is something no one but Lord can truly know.

"Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart."
(Doctrine & Covenants 6:16)


Day 967

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:9-10

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:9-10
"And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
And the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end."

This made me think about rejoicing in paying tithes. I didn't always do that. I would look at the tenth I gave and wished that money was mine. My heart was far from what it should have been. Now I can understand rejoicing. I am so incredibly blessed, it is truly humbling. As I read of them rebuilding the temple with these funds I marveled at the wisdom and planning of the Lord to take care of the kingdom. If I follow all that he has commanded I am incredibly blessed in my life.


Day 966

Friday, November 17, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 23:6

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 23:6
"But let none come into the house of the Lord, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord."

The part that stood out to me was "all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord". First, I thought of watchmen, the watchmen on the tower. This is the role of the prophet, warning of danger ahead. Giving us the tools that are needed, to be protected of the Lord. I found a video I hadn't seen before that demonstrated the role of the watchmen. I loved how it showed how he can see things far off.


In this verse though it speaks of people keeping watch. What does that mean for me? How do I keep watch? I reflected on the times I have felt a concern when discussions seemed to go off track and opinions instead of the pure doctrine of Christ are espoused. At such times I will try to simplify discussions and bring it back to the pure doctrine of Christ, by reinforcing the basics of the gospel. The basics of the gospel are the anchors that never lead me astray. They fill my soul. I have developed such a love for the simplicity of the gospel, because as I ponder on them mysteries begin to unfold. I know from my own experience that going beyond the mark, only leaves me in the dark. I guess if I'm to keep the watch of the Lord I will warn my brothers and sisters of darkness ahead, by turning them back to the light.


Day 965

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 22:3

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 22:3
"He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly."

This made me ponder on the responsibility and stewardship of a mother. How the Lord counts on us to raise and teach our children in righteousness. Ahaziah had none of that from his mother Athaliah. In fact she taught in contrary to the ways of God. We had a discussion recently in family scripture study on the sins being upon the head of the parents. Though honestly everyone has the light of Christ within them to know right from wrong. Totally cannot judge how unaccountable anyone is. All I know is that I need to teach my children the ways of the Lord or I will account for it.

I recently was reading the Oct 2017 LDS General Conference talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks "The Plan and the Proclamation" and this quote struck me.

"Forty years ago, President Ezra Taft Benson taught that “every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself.” I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Latter-day Saints to stand firm in that test."

I cannot help but think how important right now it is to teach and council our children from the family proclamation, and the scriptures. I truly fear for the coming generation if we fail in this test.


Day 964

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 21:4, 14-15, 19

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 21:4, 14-15, 19
"Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers."

I pondered on the word "strengthened". My strength comes from the Lord, how it is internal, deep inside me that I feel it. Jehoram sought to strengthen himself by turning from the Lord. What was inside of him was rotten and capable of killing his brothers. Seems rather fitting that one so against the Lord had his bowels inside fall out. That must have been a terrible rotting sickness, he would have no doubt who had power over life or death. The Lord will have a cleansed people, in so many ways it comes from the inside out.


Day 963

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:17

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:17
"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you."

This made me think of so many battles I see raging and am told to stand still. Leave it in the hands of the Lord. The people will just fight amongst themselves, just like the enemies that came against Judah. I think many times I am just a witness of my day. Standing still can be a protection. The times I do need to speak, if I trust in the Lord the words do come.


Day 962


Monday, November 13, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 19:1-2

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 19:1-2
"And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord."

How much did I really want to hear this verse, much less ponder on it? It was a hard day where my heart was broken and I mourned for the people that hated God, and abused him. I wanted to crawl into the shelter of my peaceful home and just ignore them. I wanted to clean out my social media contacts and only have contact with those that didn't make my heart grieve for them. Yeah, it's fitting that I read this and see that that's not God's way. There is a reason why I have to endure and not run away.

"Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witness of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life - "  (Mosiah 18:9)

I guess that means do that for the ungodly and those that hate the Lord too. Even if all I can do is be silent and pray for them. Can I just say I hate watching where this is all headed.

Then it was brought to my memory a person in high school that really gave me a hard time. She persecuted me over my religion. I was talking with another friend and we decided we were just not going to be friends with this girl any more. Then within minutes of saying that she called me in tears, and wanted to have what I had. She started taking the missionary lessons, and was baptized into the church. She was faithful until the day she died. She never would have known repentance and the gospel of Jesus Christ if I had been allowed to follow through with turning my back on her. I guess I needed this lesson today, to rethink some terrible plans.


Day 961

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 18:7

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 18:7
"And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so."

This verse made me ponder on good gifts.

"And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ"
(Moroni 10:18)

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
(Luke 11:13)

I pondered on how the king of Israel felt that any of the prophesies that came from Micaiah always foretold evil coming to him. How can a bad gift come from God? What came to mind was these were warnings? Is not a warning from God showing mercy? Warning stops me from going down that road of destruction and pain. If the king of Israel had listened to the warning voice of the prophet and repented, then he could have received blessings instead.

God was going to give his greatest gift, His Son to atone for our sins, what the king of Israel was being given by a prophet was the warning to stop the course he was on.


Day 960

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 17:1, 9

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 17:1, 9
"And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the Lord with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people."

I found a parallel to this story in the Book of Mormon. Alma 48 speaks of Captain Moroni, Helaman and his brethren.

"Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto their words.
And thus they went forth, and the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were free from wars and contentions among themselves, yea, even for the space of four years."
(Alma 48:19-20)

In order for Jehoshaphat to strengthen Judah against Israel he had to preach the gospel to them. Strength comes from within.


Day 959

Friday, November 10, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 16:7-9
"And at the time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horseman? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars."

I wonder what would have happened if Asa had repented of what he had done that displeased the Lord? Being able to take chastisements, humble yourself and repent will soften the Lord's heart. There are examples of that happening in the scriptures. It is so heartbreaking that instead Asa goes into a download spiral after receiving this chastisement. Being chastised doesn't mean the Lord doesn't love you.

"And inasmuch as they sinned they might be chastened, that they might repent;" (Doctrine & Covenants 1:27)

"Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you -"
(Doctrine and Covenants 95:1)

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Now no chastening for present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
(Hebrews 12:6, 11)


Day 958

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 15:2

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 15:2
"And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you."

I know from my own experience that these words are true.


Day 957

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 14:2-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 14:2-4
"And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God:
For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
And commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment."

I sat here longing to see such a cleansing happen to our nation. How wonderful it would be to have a leader of the nation throw out all that was evil before the Lord. But, I know that will never happen. We have laws guaranteeing the freedom of religion. There are too many people that love other gods more than the Lord God. That thought made me mourn.

Then I saw this in a different light. This was Judah, God's chosen people. I can look at this as applying to His church. A cleansing taking place, like the shifting of the wheat and tares to come. The way something is taken away, is to expose it in the eyes of the people, so they remove it from their hearts. I reflected on the conference talks. We have not had a single general conference where such things have not been exposed. We are commanded always to seek the Lord. This last general conference those words were even stronger. Yes, the shifting will come. I believe if I remain faithful and obedient to the counsel and words given by the prophets, I will withstand the shifting that will come, not being tossed by the winds of false doctrine, prepared to stand before my Lord. I pray I will do it.


Day 956

Will This Generation Fail the Test?

I was reading the Oct 2017 conference talk by Dallin H. Oaks "The Plan and the Proclamation" and found this:

"Forty years ago, President Ezra Taft Benson taught that "every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself." I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Latter-day Saints to stand firm in that test."

I believe my generation for the most part failed the test given us by Ezra Taft Benson, that mothers stay in the home, and today I see the results of that failure and the bondage our daughters are in. For we moved the standard from one income supporting a household to two and most mothers are now forced to work. As a mother in Zion I implore the mothers today to not fail in the test for your generation. Teach your children the family proclamation. The coming generation will need it, or they to will find themselves left in bondage by their mothers.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 13:9

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 13:9
"Have ye not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the  Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young  bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods."

As I recently listened to someone that has taken the pure doctrine of Christ and mingled it with the philosophies of man, I could see that Israel had this same problem among themselves too. Sometimes it would be so much easier if a person would identify themselves and their intents, if they did physically cast the priest out. Then you would know where their loyalties stand. It's when they have cast him out of their heart that its the hardest of things to see. People can walk as if in light but be totally dark within.

The only problem is when people have turned to other gods they feel they know a secret that others don't know. Then they seek to share the perversion. How enticing that sounds to the natural man.

"Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you; and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established by Gadianton!"
(Helaman 7:25)

This reminds me again of Elder Ballard's warning in the Oct 2017 LDS General Conference talk "The Trek Continues"

"Be ware of organizations, groups, or individuals claiming secret answers to doctrinal questions that they say today's apostles and prophets do not have or understand.

In some places, too many of our people are looking beyond the mark and seeking secret knowledge in expensive and questionable practices to provide healing and support"


Day 955


Monday, November 6, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 12:14

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 12:14
"And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord."

What I noticed in this scripture was the word prepare. You have to prepare your heart before seeking the Lord. I pondered on how totally clueless I was at one point when told to seek the Lord. I wasn't really sure how one did that. It wasn't until I decided to just be obedient and do those simple things I had always been asked to do. Keep the commandments and repenting when I made mistakes. Pray, fast, go to church, take the sacrament, having personal and family scripture reading. Attend the temple and serving in my callings. I didn't do them all at once. As I was obedient to one thing I desired to become obedient in other areas. The list just began to grow line upon line. The more I sought to be obedient the greater the change that took place in my heart.

It was through the preparation made with obedience that I came to understand what it meant to seek the Lord. It is the preparing part that has to come first. I was in the temple waiting to go into an endowment session when I read this. I decided to look for all the ways some type of preparation was mentioned or demonstrated during the session. It was everywhere. 

In the scriptures there are 430 mentions of the word prepare.

"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors."

Seems like such a simple word, but such a vital step.


Day 954

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 11:16

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 11:16
"And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers."

Israel and Judah are divided, and temple is in Judah. After the Levites are cast out of Israel they come to Jerusalem. Then it mentions the people that come out of Israel too. They are the pure in heart that seek God. It made me think about the shifting. How even if Israel is now divided the sifting that happens finds the pure in heart. The pure in heart will find a way to come and worship God. The pure in heart seek to be at the temple. It made me ponder on the sifting that will happened before the Lord's return. Is part of the sifting happening now? Is part of it those that seek to go to the temple or not?


Day 953

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 10:15

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 10:15
"So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat."

Rehoboam is make king. Jeroboam comes and requests that the burdens place on the people be made light. Rehoboam first counsels with the old men that were with his father Solomon. Their counsel to be kind and please them was sound advice. Yet Rehoboam turns and seeks the counsel of his peers. He is told to make it harder on the people. That is exactly what he does. The outcome is the kingdom splits and Israel and Judah are divided. I pondered on how prophesy is a hard thing. If you don't obey the Lord then what is prophesied will come to pass. 


Day 952

Friday, November 3, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 9:23

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 9:23
"And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart."

I reflected on how I have been drawn to people that had the spirit with them. I just wanted to have what they had, and just be around them. They are the people I have turned to for advice. It was the spirit that made people seek to be in the presence of Solomon and hear him, even if they knew it or not.


Day 951

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 8:11

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 8:11
"And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come."

There is a footnote on My in this verse, in Hebrew "No wife of mine shall dwell." I went back and read 1 Kings 11 where it speaks of king Solomon loving strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh. When he was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods.

It made me wonder how Solomon could have wives that he thought unclean and not able to be in the same city as the temple, yet it was ok for him to be with them? That really is very telling, about what later happened to him.

"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
(Luke 6:13)


Day 950

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:10, 12, 16

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:10, 12, 16
"And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard they prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."

So many thoughts on this. I reflected on temple dedications I have attended and going home afterwards with such joy and gladness in my heart for such a blessing. I could just picture Israel going home to their tents with such feelings in their hearts.

I also see confirmation of what I learned at the Payson Temple dedication and the first endowment session I could attend. Where I knew the Lord came to accept the operation of His temple. That the Lord accepts his temple after the dedication has taken place. I see that pattern also in the Kirtland Temple dedication where several days later the Lord, came to accept it. This is my second witness to my feelings that day.


Day 949

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 6:36

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 6:36
"If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;"

In this chapter Solomon gives the temple dedicatory prayer. When I reached the part of them being carried away captives I reflected on how that literally is what happened to them. They were warned in their dedicatory prayer. I wondered what the dedicatory prayer contained for the temple which I attend?  I found the Mount Timpanogos Temple Dedicatory Prayer and read it. I can't say any warning stood out to me.

I did wonder about these lines. "May its beauty never be marred by evil hands. May it stand strong against the winds and storms that will beat upon it."

I would never want to see this beautiful temple marred by evil hands. I pray as a people we will remain faithful so this blessing upon our temple keeps it protected. The temple was dedicated in Oct 1996 and I don't recall any bad storms since then. It must be in the future. If the temple was blessed to stand against the wind and storms, I couldn't help but wonder how those storms would effect my home nearby.

I loved this promise:

"May it be a beacon of peace and a refuge to the troubled. May it be an holy sanctuary to those whose burdens are heavy and who seek Thy consoling comfort."

What a place of refuge I have found the temple to be. My burdens have been lifted and I have been consoled and comforted there. I thought about the terrible times I went through when I wasn't going to the temple. What a contrast between then and now. How I wish I knew then what I know now. The place I needed to be wasn't where my heart was, and I paid a price for it. How many people do I know around me that desperately need the blessing of peace and comfort in their troubled lives. Their refuge is just sitting on the hill. The thought of them not going there breaks my heart.


Day 948


Monday, October 30, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 5:14

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 5:14
"So that the priest could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."

This made me think about all the times in the Book of Mormon  were people were overcome by the spirit and  fell to the earth. The spirit in the temple must have been so strong that the priest limbs were weak causing them to not be able to stand.

This made me hunt for the story of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon receiving the vision of the degrees of glory.

"By this time in his life Joseph Smith had become so used to looking beyond the veil that it was almost an everyday occurrence. When he and Sidney Rigdon were privileged at Father Johnson’s home in Hiram, Ohio, to have the revelation that is known as section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants [D&C 76], he was so used to the Spirit of the Lord that he did not fall to the earth from exhaustion as Moses had done when he talked with God (Moses 1:9–10) and as he himself had done after the First Vision. In fact we see a little bit of Joseph’s humor in this incident. After the vision closed, Sidney was completely exhausted and had to lie down on the couch. Seeing Sidney’s pallor, Joseph remarked with a smile on his face: “Well, Brother Sidney is not as used to it as I am.” (Juvenile Instructor, vol. 27 [May 15, 1892], pp. 303–4.)"
(The New Era, December 1973, "The Greatness of Joseph Smith and His Remarkable Visions")

I sat and read that whole article it was very interesting.

Here's another witness' account.

“Joseph sat firmly and calmly all the time in the midst of a magnificent glory, but Sidney sat limp and pale, apparently as limber as a rag, observing which, Joseph remarked, smilingly, ‘Sidney is not used to it as I am.’” (Juvenile Instructor, May 1892, pp. 303–4.)"


Day 947


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 4:7

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 4:7
"And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left."

Every time I see the mention of candlesticks in the temple I think of the mention of them in Revelations. I'm not sure of the connection completely. I decided to read every reference to candlesticks in the scriptures. The whole time I read I kept picturing myself walking into the celestial room of the temple in the early morning hours, when it's still dark outside. My eyes are drawn to an end table with a small lamp burning. The glow of the lamp fills my heart and in my mind I hear the song  "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy".

Then I found this verse about candlesticks.

"And thou shalt set the table without the veil, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side."
(Exodus 26:35)

Amazingly, that is exactly where this lamp I am drawn to sits in the temple.

Then I found this verse about candlesticks.

"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light."
(Luke 11:33)

I sat and pondered on what that all means to me. Christ is the light. Candlesticks hold up the light of Christ. That light should not be hide under a bushel, but be beams that light the way back to Him. The prophets act as candlesticks to me, they hold up the light of Christ. I also must follow their example and hold up the light of Christ for others. I cannot bury it under a bushel, or hide it in a secret place. True followers of Christ are his candlesticks. Those candlesticks can come in many shapes and sizes. I think I am one of many lower lights that must keep burning, to help others to the shore.

I love this quote from the story about the song "Brightly Beams Our Fathers Mercy".

"The master will take care of the great lighthouse, but he depends on us to keep the lower lights burning."


Brightly Beams Our Fathers Mercy

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.


Day 946

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 3:1

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 3:1
"Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in the mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite."

What else happened in mount Moriah?
"And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, who thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."  (Genesis 22:2)

It is the story of Abraham and Isaac. Where Abraham was command to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham demonstrated his obedience to the will of God. Then an angel of the Lord called out to him, to not lay his hand on him. "I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not witheld thy son, thine only son from me." The Lord then provided a ram to offer up instead.

How fitting that this first house of the Lord would be at mount Moriah. As Abraham being asked to offer up his only son was a type and shadow to God giving his only begotten son for us. I sat and pondered on how many types and shadows the Lord was giving the people in everything he commanded them to do. Why could they not recognize the Christ and his ultimate sacrifice?

As I read in the remainder of the chapter all the precious material put into the temple, I though of the most precious material given for them. It was the blood of Christ, worth more than any other thing.


Day 945


Friday, October 27, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 2:4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 2:4
"Behold, I build an house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel."

I sat and pondered on the word "This is an ordinance for ever to Israel". The temple today is not the temple of yesterday. There is no sweet incense, shewbread or burnt offerings. I don't celebrate the solemn feasts they had back then. Why is that?  Then I read in Matthew 12 where Jesus and his apostles plucked and ate corn on the Sabbath day, which was not lawful to do. He reminded them of when David ate the shrewbread. Then in verses 6-8.

"But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day."

So what did all these things of the temple in the Mosaic Law point to?  It was Christ, his ultimate eternal sacrifice. In the house of the Lord I make sacred covenants through his ordinances. On the Sabbath Day I renew these covenants through the ordinance of the sacrament. All things point to Christ and covenants I have made to him, through sacred ordinances. I cannot go back and practice the law of Moses, for it is a dead law. It was fulfilled in Christ, and he lives. To do so would deny the Christ and his atonement.

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
(Hebrews 9:14)

We live a higher law now. Nothing really changed, for all of it was to worship Him. I make and keep sacred covenants through the ordinances which point to Him. It is His ordinances that stretch into the eternities forever.


Day 944


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 1:1, 7

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 1:1, 7
"And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee."

In this chapter it tells the story again of Solomon asking for wisdom and knowledge, instead of riches, wealth, honour, life of an enemy, or long life. And God said to Solomon, 'Because this was in thine heart", he would have wisdom, and knowledge, and riches, wealth and honour too.

What I noticed this time is how God knew Solomon's heart. He had been with Solomon and strengthened him, because he was worthy to have the spirit. The Lord then comes to him in a dream, where there are no false pretenses. Only the honest of heart could ask for something so humble. It just made me sit and ponder on the importance of spiritual preparation, and being worthy to have the spirit always to be with me. 


Day 943

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:9,17

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:9,17
"Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I will willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee."

The key to joy is a willing heart. Willing to do the Father's will. I loved these two footnote references.

"For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudingly; wherefor it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God." (Moroni 7:8)

"Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days."  (Doctrine & Covenants 64:34)

I pondered on how the willing heart is truly only known to God. For a man can hide his willingness and what he is thinking from others. The relationship to the Lord and the willingness to do the Father's will is totally a personal one. The blessing come personally too.


Day 942



Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:9,17

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:9,17
"Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I will willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee."

The key to joy is a willing heart. Willing to do the Father's will. I loved these two footnote references.

"For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudingly; wherefor it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God." (Moroni 7:8)

"Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days."  (Doctrine & Covenants 64:34)

I pondered on how the willing heart is truly only known to God. For a man can hide his willingness and what he is thinking from others. The relationship to the Lord and the willingness to do the Father's will is totally a personal one. The blessing come personally too.


Day 942

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9
"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever."

What amazing counsel David gave his son Solomon. This counsel should be handed down from every father to son. I love the phrase "understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts". This quiet part of every person, where their imagination and thoughts lie is seen by God. This must be why he knows the heart of man. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7).

I also love the promise "if thou seek him, he will be found". That is an eternal truth. All I have to do is look and I will find the Lord.


Day 941

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9
"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever."

What amazing counsel David gave his son Solomon. This counsel should be handed down from every father to son. I love the phrase "understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts". This quiet part of every person, where their imagination and thoughts lie is seen by God. This must be why he knows the heart of man. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7).

I also love the promise "if thou seek him, he will be found". That is an eternal truth. All I have to do is look and I will find the Lord.


Day 941

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 28:9
"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever."

What amazing counsel David gave his son Solomon. This counsel should be handed down from every father to son. I love the phrase "understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts". This quiet part of every person, where their imagination and thoughts lie is seen by God. This must be why he knows the heart of man. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7).

I also love the promise "if thou seek him, he will be found". That is an eternal truth. All I have to do is look and I will find the Lord.


Day 941

Monday, October 23, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 27:23-24

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 27:23-24
"But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the Lord had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.
Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David."

This made me sit and think about keeping track of temple ordinances. Some things I count and other things I don't. I have been doing genealogy work for a man for a number of years. I am going through all his books and papers to make sure everyone in his research has had their temple work done. In my report I keep a running total of all the names I have submitted. Simply because its important to him. He once told me he wanted to live to reach 20,000. We are at 19,365 and he's 88 years old and not doing to well. I think he will live to see his 20,000 names submitted.

As I've done this work for him it has made me think about the number of names I have submitted over the years. I have no clue. All I know is my patriarchal blessing says "that through you a greater portion of their work will be performed in the Temples of the Lord." In my near-death experience I saw all of these people and could not see the end of them. At times I am tempted to track them, but I don't feel right about doing that. I can understand how David or Joab would be curious to know a count, but how its better not to.

On the other hand I have felt impressed to keep a log of all the people I personally perform temple ordinances for. It motivates me to try to do a little better each year than I did the previous year. I can see how slow and steady, one drop at a time, much work is being accomplished.


Day 940

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 26:12, 17

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 26:12, 17
"Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord.
Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.
At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar."

A porter took charge of the doors or gates of the temple. I could immediately see this in my day. There is a temple recommend desk at every entry of the temple. I must pass by them in order to enter. I love seeing how the temple has been restored in my day. The only difference is the law of Moses is not longer practiced because it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ's ultimate sacrifice.


Day 939

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:1, 5

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:1, 5
"Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
All these were sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters."

I had never thought about a musician prophesying until now. When I think about the Psalms of David there was prophesy in them. How many times have the words of a hymn been like a seer, opening up the visions of eternity to me. The one song that came immediately to my mind was "O My Father" written by the Eliza R. Snow, "Zion's Poetess". I can understand more so why Brigham Young called her a "Priestess, Prophetess, and Presidentess" of the church. As I sat and listened to this hymn I felt like I was in the presence of angels.


I reflected on my earliest memory of a hymn, hearing the Joseph Smith story told in "Joseph Smith's First Prayer" by George Manwaring.  As a small child it pierced my heart and I knew that story was true. I didn't have to be there to see it. The hymn takes me there.



Oh how my heart loves the hymns. They are a prayer unto God. It has been God's way of opening up his teachings to me.


Day 938

Friday, October 20, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 24:5, 19

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 24:5, 19
"Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and the sons of Ithamar.
These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the Lord, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him."

As I was reading this I kept picturing having to figure out the visiting teaching routes. Sometimes it felt like you were casting lots. Then later you would see how perfect the pairing of companions and sisters they visited would be. The Lord is in control and knows his sheep.

Day 937

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 23:30

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 23:30
"And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even."

As I read of the responsibility of the sons of Aaron it made me think of the scripture that has been on my mind a lot lately.

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;"
(Doctrine & Covenants 88:119)

The Lord told the latter-day saint to prepare to build his temple. It too would be a house of prayer. After this perfect example I need to model my own home. When my house is in order light and knowledge of the Lord will fill it. That is what I am trying to do. I have found a pattern. As I establish my home to be a house of prayer, fasting, faith, learning, glory has filled it and enlightened our minds. Now we are purging and cleaning it and putting our things in order. We are becoming better organized. As the clutter is leaving light in taking its place. It feels so good to have this momentum going. I could not get my family on board to get it cleaned up until we established these other practices in our home first. I am so grateful for the temple and how it helps me find answers within the walls of my own home.


Day 936

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 22:5

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 22:5
"And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death."

David wanted to build the temple but was told not to by the Lord. That it would be built by his son in a time of rest. I love David's reaction. He would gather all the materials together that Solomon would need to build the temple he would never see. I could feel the honor David felt in doing such an important task. He was laying the foundation for another to do this sacred work. It made me ponder on all the foundations over time I have seen laid by previous generations.

The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete. It started with Brigham Young, then John Taylor and finally Wilford Woodruff as the prophet. I wonder how many people started at the beginning of building the temple and lived to see the day it was completed? Each person was vital to the construction of the temple. Just like David's preparation would be vital to Solomon being able to build the temple. The credit isn't only given to the person that finished a task. What the Lord looks for is all the people that worked to bring it to pass.


Day 935

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 21:7

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 21:7
"And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel."

The whole time I read this chapter about God being displeased with David, I wondered how displeased God was with us today? My son was telling me tonight in family scripture reading that he read an article where an atheist said that it looks like we are living in the biblical end times. It is remarkable to me that an atheist could say that and still be an atheist. I do believe God is not happy with the things we are doing, but I also feel he is loving enough to allow destruction to come upon us in order to turn our hearts back to him. I hear a voice of warning from a loving Father, telling me it's a time to get my house in order. This is the time for repentance. His arms are forever stretched out still. 

Day 934

Monday, October 16, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 20:1

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 20:1
"And it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it."

I believe this chapter matches what is happening in 2 Samuel 11. This was the time that all the kings go out to battle and David was not with them. He wasn't where he was suppose to be. Instead he stayed in Jerusalem. And what happened while he was there? He was restless and arose from his bed and walked upon the roof of his house. From there he saw Bathseba washing herself and beheld her beauty. If he had been where he was suppose to be he never would have seen Bathseba and that whole downfall that followed wouldn't have happened. There is a great lesson in this, there is protection in being where I am suppose to be, at the time I am to be there. Shirking my responsibilities does not bring me to a better place.


Day 933

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 19:13

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 19:13
"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the Lord do that which is good in his sight."

Israel is going to battle against the Syrians on one side and the children of Ammon on the other. I love this thought that they will do all they can to be valiant, and whatever the outcome is the Lord's will for them. It made me think of the time I faced a terrible situation ahead of me. I knew I would be either left maimed or dead. All my attempts to stop my car were of no effect. I knew whatever the outcome, it would be the will of the Lord. I prayed "Thy will be done."  I had such incredible peace with that thought. Then at the last moment my car that was sliding out of control into the busy intersection spun and went up the sidewalk. No harm to me or my vehicle. I found that after all I can do, that leaving myself in the hands of the Lord and accepting his will, allows him to work miracles in my life. 


Day 932

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 18:7-8, 11

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 18:7-8, 11
"And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Haarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass
Them also king David dedicated unto the Lord, with the silver and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek."

I pondered on how war was necessary to preserve Israel. Yet the spoils of war were dedicated to the Lord. From them came the brass to make the brasen sea, or baptismal font. I'm sure the gold and silver was used there too. I think this a great example of the behavior that nations that believe in God should follow.


Day 931

Friday, October 13, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 17:11-14

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 17:11-14
"And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore."

As I read this I knew that David's son Solomon would build the temple. Yet, in reading this I could see that it wasn't just Solomon that God was referring too. He would send his son Jesus Christ from the loins of David to establish his kingdom and throne forever. What an amazing promise David was given.

It made me ponder on my patriarchal blessing and how it does mention my children. I wondered if my parent's patriarchal blessings mentioned me?  All I have is my mother's patriarchal blessing so I sat and read it.  I found its mention of me.

"Continue to teach unto thy posterity of the principles of the Gospel and the plan of life and salvation and they shall bless thee for the inheritance which shall come unto them as a result of thy faithfulness and thy teaching, and they as well as others shall heed thy teachings and thy counsel. Thou shalt especially be an influence and power from good therein among those of thy household and thy kindred as well as thine associates."

If it was not for my parents I would never know the goodness of the gospel. I have a priceless inheritance due to my mother's faithfulness and teachings. As I read her patriarchal blessing I could feel her arms around me. I offered a prayer of gratitude to the Lord for the blessing of having a wonderful mother and all she taught me. She has been a great influenced in my life for good. I would not be all that I am if I did not experience life with such a mother. I wanted to be sure that part of her patriarchal blessing was literally fulfilled and it is.


Day 930

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 16:8

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 16:8
"Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people."

So many wonderful verses in this psalm that David delivered. I have so many of them marked. This verse I pondered on the most. As Israel was receiving once again the ark of the covenant and placed it in a tent, it became their temple. I could picture today the blessings of the temple and how all our missionaries must first receive their endowments from on high, before they go to proclaim the gospel. The greatest thanks that can be given to the Lord is to share the joyful news of his gospel with others. It is the most precious gift one person can give to another. As it is shared it shows the Lord how much value is placed upon it.


Day 929

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 15:25

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 15:25
"So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obed-edom with joy."

David and Israel had learned their lesson, that the first attempt to bring the ark of the covenant was not done in a manner pleasing to the Lord. David then instructs them that none but the Levites are to carry the ark. They then make preparations to bringing the ark from Obed-edom to the City of David.

Part of those preparations are singers, music, psalteries, harps, cymbals, lifting up the voice with joy and shouting. The last verse in the chapter says Michal the daughter of Saul looked out the window to see king David dancing and playing. All of this reminded me of the cultural celebrations we have before the dedications of a new temple. The key word in this scripture was "joy".

I also pondered on how following the Lord's directions and doing things pleasing to him does bring joy.


Day 928

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 14:10

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 14:10
"And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand."

This verse reminded me of this scripture.
"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
(Alma 37:36-37)

I then read other scripture verses on "inquiring of the Lord". I read many verses that gave wonderful examples of how inquiring of the Lord directed God's people in the path they should take. Following His counsel protected them. I know it will protect me too.


Day 927

Monday, October 9, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 13:3-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 13:3-4
"And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we inquired not at it in the days of Saul.
And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people."

Uzza died while steadying the ark when the oxen stumbled. At first I had thought it was because he was not from the tribe of Levi that had the responsibility of bearing the ark. When I read this chapter something new stood out to me. The congregation of Israel had agreed to bring it to it to them based on it being "right in the eyes of all the people". What it doesn't say is that it was right in the eyes of God. So this was another reason the anger of the Lord was kindled. Now I see it so fitting that the oxen stumbled causing Uzza's to touch what was forbidden and die. When I lean upon my own understanding and not inquire of the Lord I too can stumble, and cause spiritual death. There was more to this story than I at first realized.

Day 926

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 12:22

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 12:22
"For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God."

When I read about these mighty men and armies that gathered to support and help David all I could see was a host of people wearing yellow vests marked "Mormon Helping Hands". I went online to find some pictures and as I went through them I wept. I don't even have words for my thoughts. There is an army of God flooding the earth today, in more ways than one.








Photos from the "Deseret News".


Day 925









Saturday, October 7, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 11:10

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 11:10
"These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel."

I'm sitting here reading the list of names of the mighty men and have no idea who they are. At some time someone knew them and it meant something to see their names listed here. David would not have been the king he was if not for the mighty men that surrounded him and strengthened him in the Lord. Someday will I hear each man's story?

As I sat pondered on these men I was reminded of Doctrine and Covenants chapters 15 & 16. The chapters are identical except for the name of the person they were given to. What struck me with that fact is that the Lord knew their names. Blessings might be the same for individuals but the Lord still counts them, knows them, and loves them. I might only know the names of the mighty men, but to the Lord he knows them. These names will be written in the Book of Life. May I live my life to be so worthy to have my name written there too.

Day 924

Friday, October 6, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 10:13-14
"So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it:
And inquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse."

Not really sure why I cried so reading this chapter. The story of how Saul died and what was done to his body afterwards is just so sad. None of this ever had to happen. Saul had so much potential and basically threw it away. What an absolute waste. It made me think of the final judgment when everyone will come before the judgment seat of God. How many will feel they wasted their life here on earth, because they transgressed against their God. I just don't want that to happen to me. It's a constant daily battle to be good. I'm so hopelessly flawed. Could I not just be sealed up and made his and never sin again?

That made me think of my favorite hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing". I sat and listened it to over and over again, until it soothed my soul. This version was sung at the April 2016 LDS General Conference and has "the crying man". That is my heart.




Day 923

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 9:13

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 9:13
"And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God."

This chapter tells of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the responsibilities of the Levites and the areas where they are to serve in the temple. I see keepers of the gate and entries, porters, those charged to take in and out the ministering vessels, overseers, makers of ointments, preparers of the shewbread, and singers. As small as they might have thought their individual jobs were, each was important.

This made me ponder on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
12: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
17: If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling.
27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular
28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

It doesn't matter what I have been called to do, it matters how I served the Lord in my calling.


Day 922

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 8:40

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 8:40
"And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin."

Not as many mentions of valiant men in this chapter. Just the one with the sons of Ulam, descendants of Benjamin. I decided to look up in the topical guide all the references for valiant. This one was my favorite.

"And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all - they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted." (Alma 53:20)

I have always loved the story of the two thousand stripling warriors. I found a YouTube video of the Bountiful South Stake that did a recreation of Helaman's 2000 sons, the stripling warriors. It really touched my heart to listen to the music and see these images. It really does take a lot of courage to be missionaries at this time. Some battles are not fought with the spear. I wonder what will be written in the histories about the valiant youth of today?


Stripling Warriors marching, KSL clip and Bednar added


Day 921

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 7:40

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 7:40
"All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men."

This chapter goes over the sons and families of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher. I was really struck with how many times it mentions they were valiant men of might. It made me think of the military families in my day. How generations of men will follow in their father's footsteps and serve in the military. What a blessing it is to nations to have such men.


Day 920

Monday, October 2, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 6:10

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 6:10
"And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest's office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem:)"

I had to go back and count how many generations are listed for Levi. I'm not sure if some have been skipped. It was 21 generations from Levi to Azariah during the time of king Solomon and the first temple being built. It was only two generations from Levi to Moses, not sure if that's right. Probably why verse one says "the sons of Levi".

I sat and thought about how many years it would take for 21 generations to pass. Just picturing the passing of the mosiac law from generation to generation. I don't have anything passed down from my ancestors for 21 generations. What a blessing the written scriptures are to the children of mankind. I can know the fathers, with my heart turned to my Heavenly Father through them.


Day 919

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 5:1

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 5:1
"Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright."

I didn't understand what that last part meant "and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright." I had to go digging for answers. I was reminded that the birthright was the first son of the father. For Israel that was Reuben. Reuben lost his birthright for his transgression that offended the Lord and his father. For that the birthright went to Israel's son Joseph the first born of his second wife. According to John Taylor in "The Order and Duties of the Priesthood, Etc." the "birthright was taken from him and given to the sons of Joseph; and the Priesthood was reckoned after that lineage."

So I gather that the priesthood keys were passed onto Joseph and his sons. When I think of what Reuben lost, it wasn't just a double inheritance of his father, and to rule over the family. He lost the priesthood keys. That makes it more understandable to me why his transgression lead to the loss of his birthright, he was no longer worthy to hold the priesthood.


Day 918

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
"And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."

Another set of genealogies are listed. At least it has some added mention here and there that denotes families. I loved this mention of Jabez. I did wonder what kind of mention I would get in the recording of my family. Would it say "Renee, she loved to read and ponder the scriptures in her heart." I have no idea, but I would want some acknowledgement that I loved the Lord. I pondered on what Jabez asked "that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!" I would want that too. I think I would like to sit and talk with this man and find out more about his story.


Day 917

Friday, September 29, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 3:5

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 3:5
"And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel:"

As I have been reading the names of the sons of David and their descendants I was struck with how incredible boring this would be, if I didn't spot names along the way that reminded me of their stories. In a way its like reading a pedigree chart or family group sheet but only with names.. As a genealogist I love reading them because I know the facts behind them. But, it's the stories that bring the people to life to those that do not know them. I need to do better at writing the stories of my ancestors. It is the stories that will turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. A list of genealogies won't do that.


Day 916

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 2:1-2

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 2:1-2
"These are the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun,
Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher."

The chapter heading says "The descendants of Israel, Judah, Jesse, Caleb, and others are listed."

I was trying to follow these genealogies and it was jumping around. Then I paid attention to the chapter heading and figured out there were multiple family lines here. That leaves me the second time today the chapter heading of the scriptures have given important context to what I was reading. I always read them but it is worth recording how important they are. I think of how challenging it must have been to prepare these chapter headings.

I went back and found the talk by Elder Boyd K. Packer in the October 1982 LDS General Conference talk "Scriptures". He gives the story of the printing of the new edition of the Kings James Bible with footnotes and cross-referencing to the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. Now they were inspired to format the footnotes, and a host of other things.

These are some of the references I found.



https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1982/10/scriptures?lang=eng

The Coming Forth of the LDS Editions of Scripture - Aug 1983 Ensign
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1983/08/the-coming-forth-of-the-lds-editions-of-scripture?lang=eng


Day 915




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 1:1

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Chronicles 1:1
"Adam, Seth, Enosh,"

I was feeling all tangled on the lines in the earlier chapter. Now in Chronicles it is reviewing them. I thought maybe this is my chance to record the genealogies. Since I never have original thoughts I figured there must be others that have recorded them. So I took some time to look for them. Some are really good and I will use them as a reference. Once I was on my path of discovery I realized I was taking more time in a gospel hobby then what was needful in actually studying the scriptures. Maybe in time this would be a path to pursue, but for now I will leave it alone.


Day 914

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 25:7, 12

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 25:7, 12
And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
But the captain of the guard left the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen."

Here are two more groups that did not get carried away into Babylon. There was a son of Zedekiah, named Mulek that fled. The story of this is not found in the bible, but it is in the Book of Mormon.

"And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem? But behold, this is not all -" (Helaman 8.21)

Even the people of the Book of Mormon didn't know Mulek survived until some 300 years after the event. When the Nephites came across his descendants in the land of Zarahemla.

They are all part of Christ's words in John 10:16
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."

The other group that did not get carried away, but were left behind were the poor. There is safety in being the poor and meek of the earth.


Day 913

Monday, September 25, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 24:2

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 24:2
"And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets."

I pondered on how the prophets bring the voice of warning before destruction will come. It is the way its always been, it is the way it will always be. I am so grateful for the voice of a living prophet on the earth today. Following the words of the prophet will bring me peace and protection. Though I might be like Lehi and his family and suffer hard things, in the end it brings me to a better place. Where He wants me to be. I pondered on how truly terrifying it would be to go through these last days without the voice of a living prophet. God has never left his people alone.

It is in this part of the bible that Zedekiah becomes the last king of Judah. It is where the story of the Book of Mormon begins.

"For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed."
(1 Nephi 1:4)


Day 912

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 23:2-3

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 23:2-3
"And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.
And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

This chapter speaks to me on the power of reading the scriptures and the power it has to make covenant with the Lord and keep his commandments. All the false gods were removed from the land as their hearts turned to the one true God.


Day 911

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 22:2

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 22:2
"And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David this father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left."

This is another verse that I have read many times. This time I was struck by the "turned not aside to the right or to the left". Many times I have just pictured being on a faithful course directly towards the Lord and not deviating. This time I thought what does going to the right or left exactly mean?. The left is usually a bad direction, the right is usually choosing righteousness, following the Lord.

So the question came to me, "Can a person go to the right, thinking they are on the course of righteousness, and be lead off course?" The answer to me was an astounding YES!!  You can get swallowed up in a gospel hobby and be lead into forbidden paths. All the time thinking you are becoming more righteous or more knowledgeable than others. Yeah, that's the old pride thing again. I've gotten caught up in that. I've seen others get caught up in that. It is a very real danger. The thing that has saved me is that warning voice, troubling my soul with the course I am on. I had to stop and take stock of where I really was, and acknowledge I was way off course. That means forsaking the path I am on and turning back to the fundamentals of the gospel. It's the basics of the gospel that keep me on the path leading towards Christ. Listening for the still small voice, and following the prophets. It is hard work to not become swayed by the enticing voices that come from either side of me. Even more so when the people have every appearance of being righteous. Being obedient to reading my scriptures daily and looking for the simplicity of the gospel is becoming an insulator to those contenting voices. This gives the verse "..strait is the gate, and narrow is the way" deeper meaning for me.


Day 910

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 21:6

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 21:6
"And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger."

As I began to read this verse it was very familiar, because several other kings had done the same thing. I was reading it rather quickly until I spotted those last few words "to provoke him to anger". Manasseh, Hezekiah's son what taught what was right from his father. Yet, he on purpose did what was wrong in the sight of God, to provoke him. He mocked God. He built up every evil thing and practice to provoke him.

I could picture people today that do that same thing. Mockingly saying "God will strike them dead with lightening", or something along those lines, for their crimes. This put a whole new level on the evil Manasseh was capable of, because he hated God enough to provoke him. I wonder if he "played" with things he shouldn't have because he didn't think they had any value either. Could it be like the foolish child that plays with a ouija board out of curiosity, or the adult that uses taro cards or fortune tellers, thinking it's just for entertainment? When God says don't touch such things there is a reason and warning for it. Mocking God never comes to a good end.


Day 909

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 20:8-9

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 20:8-9
"And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?
And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?"

Hezekiah answered for the shadow to go down ten degrees, time would go backwards. This is exactly what happened. I pondered on the asking of a sign. When a wicked man asks for a sign it brings destruction upon him. In this case Hezekiah was a righteous man and believed in God. He wasn't asking for a sign to believe, he asked so he could worship the Lord at the right time. He wanted a sign to be faithful and show his gratitude in sparing his life. I love that the sign for the faithful was an amazing sign in the heavens. The creator of time controlled time. As Hezekiah life was spared another 15 years, the time on the eternal clock adjusted in a measure.


Day 908

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 19:14

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 19:14
"And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord."

I had several favorite verses I marked in this chapter. But, this  one stood out. The reason for it is because I remembered hearing someone mention in a genealogy class how after doing research on their brick wall they would take their research log and papers and spread them out on their bed. Then they would kneel down in prayer and present it to the Lord. Seeking to understand how it all connected, and what steps they needed to take next. I had never heard of anyone doing that before, but when they said it, I knew it was a truth.

I've never had an opportunity or need to do that. Yet those words have stuck with me for many years now. Popping up at random times so they are never forgotten. Maybe someday I will need to do this. The exciting thing to me today was seeing that this was a truth that is confirmed in the scriptures. I love finding things like this, scriptural evidence as a second witness to what the spirit told me before hand.


Day 907

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 18:3-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 18:3-4
"And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan."

It looks like Judah finally has a righteous king. Hezekiah begins by cleaning out the pagan places of worship. That is something I have been paying attention to each time they have mentioned if the king was righteous or not. There has been a long stretch of those that were righteous but kept the high places. In the end they were not completely righteous. Now there is hope.

What I pondered on was the brass serpent that Moses made. Moses lifted it up on a pole so those that were bitten by the firey serpent could look towards it and live. This symbol represented Christ and looking towards it was looking towards him. Some just wouldn't do it because of how simply an act it was, and so they died. So now we have people not only looking towards the brass serpent, but they are burning incense to it. They are worshiping it, and not what it actually represented. It is a perversion. I sat and tried to think of what I could liken it to in my day. I know there is an example but it wouldn't form in my mind. I can tell it will be something to ponder on in the coming days. All that kept coming to me were those that appear to worship the last days, reading all types of signs for his coming, but in their zeal forget the Lord and their preparation to meet him. They would much rather see the signs of his coming, then see Him. I do believe the faithful will see the Savior before he ever appears to the world as a whole.


Day 906

Monday, September 18, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 17:6

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 17:6
"In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes."

This is the scattering of Israel into the north countries. They were carried away captive by Assyria in 721 B.C. All because they no longer feared the Lord but feared other Gods instead. They were rebellious and unrighteous so the Lord's protection was no longer over them. This is so hard to see happen to once beautiful Israel. With the bad also comes good, for Israel needed to be scattered so the seed of Abraham could bless the earth. You have to scatter seeds before you can gather them.

I pondered on the tenth Article of Faith.
"We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory."

I was just reading an article earlier today that spoke of how unique America was with all the nationalities of the earth found here. You could not say we were just one race or people.

Even with all that I found a quote by President Russell M. Nelson from June 2013. "The gathering is not a matter of physical location; it is a matter of individual commitment. People can be 'brought to the knowledge of the Lord' without leaving their homelands."


Day 905

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 16:2-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 16:2-4
"Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.
But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.
And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree."

As I have been reading through the reign of the different kings I have found it interesting how many times I am told that the king did right or wrong in the sight of the Lord, yet it goes on to mention that the "high places" remained. In these cases it is referencing pagan worshipping and not the holy temple. I have wondered how you can be a righteous king and let the "high places" remain? Maybe they didn't touch them but they gave their people the right to worship how they wanted? I do wonder what Israel would be like if just one of those kings had removed them completely from the land? Then I thought of my land and those that are pagan worshippers. Even if they know they are one or not. I can't remove them. Because they are around me doesn't make me wicked or effected by them. There will be opposition in all things. It seems the message is do what is right and the things of wickedness will have no power over you.

Ahaz not only sacrifices his son by fire, he then perverts the ways of the Lord and changes the method of sacrifices in the temple. This is the risk that you run when you touch the things you're not suppose too.


Day 904


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 15:25, 30

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 15:25, 30
"But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah."

The word conspiracy stood out to me in the last chapter. In this chapter a form of this word is mentioned four times. I noticed that as conspiracy built so did the murders of their leaders, and eventually being made captive by a foreign land. Out of all the things I see happening in the world right now I sure hope that isn't something we begin to see next.

I searched the scriptures and read all the verses that mentioned conspiracy. Interestingly there was no mention of that word in the Book of Mormon. Instead it's called "secret combinations". There are more references to secret combinations in the Book of Mormon than the combined use of conspiracy in the Bible and Doctrine & Covenants. What an odd thing to ponder on today. Feels like a question for a board game on random scripture facts.


Day 903

Friday, September 15, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 14:10, 19

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 14:10, 19
"Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there."

This chapter is on Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah. I have to say the generations and names are beginning to blur on me. Totally wish I had kept a genealogy of all these kings, it would help keep things straight in my mind.

As I read these verses all I could think of is "Pride goeth before a fall", which is actually based on this verse.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."
(Proverbs 16:18)

Destruction, rather it be physical or spiritual comes as an end result of pride. It is a very damaging and destructive thing. The very think I have to work my hardest at. Humility isn't a natural state. It's something that has to be continually worked at. When I think I'm getting close to it, it just left. Sure hope I can figure that one out some day.

I know monitoring it and continually checking myself, on where I stand is helping. Well at least I can tell what my danger signs are and hear when warning bells begin to ring. Yup, you just crossed the line and went out of bounds on that one. What I want is to not even cross that line. Maybe I need supersonic hearing so I hear the warning bells the moment they are triggered, and not when the decibels get unbearable. That's actually given me some good thoughts to ponder on. Maybe its not so bad to hear warning bells if I hear them when I first touch the line. The warning bell is the spirit and that is exactly his role. What I need, is to be able to hear the still small voice of the spirit, before it has to shout. What protects against pride is drawing closer to the spirit.


Day 902

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 13:3-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 13:3-4
"And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazel king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael, all their days.
And Jehoahaz besought the Lord, and the Lord hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them."

I pondered on the anger of the Lord and how he just didn't help Israel. Their enemies were allowed to come upon them. That is how they were delivered into their hands. He didn't bring it against the people, truly they brought it upon themselves. All it took was them to turn back to God and the means to deliver themselves from oppression was given them. I pondered on how I cannot curse God when bad things happen. There is a reason why we suffer, and mostly it so I will turn my heart back to him.


Day 901

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 12:2

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 12:2
"And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him."

I pondered how listening to a prophet or apostle, a messenger of God, it will cause me to do what is right in the sight of the Lord. If I follow strange voices and those that teach of their own doctrine I can be lead astray. Over the many years of sitting and pondering the scriptures, I have come to learn that I am never given an original thought. Things may come to me that I have never heard of, or understood before. They are new thoughts to me. When taught by the spirit I am given eternal truths. These are not original things, others learned them before me. Then soon after I will find a second witness through the words of the prophets confirming what the spirit had taught me. I find it such a marvelous thing. This follows the law of witnesses and is as revelation should be. I find comfort in that.


Day 900

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 11:2-3

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Kings 11:2-3
"But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.
And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land."

Joash must have been a one year old baby when Athaliah rose up and destroyed all the royal princes of the house of Judah. I just had to think of that small child hid in the house of the Lord for safety. Of all the places to hide that is where I would want to be. He was surrounded by priests and protected by them. By the time he is anointed king he is seven years old. I think out of all the wickedness that have filled the house of Judah and Israel it was necessary to raise a child up without corruption. His parents could not teach him evil. Athaliah herself was an example of being raised by evil parents. He father was Ahab and her mother Jezebel. She learned to worship Baal from her mother. Now Joash (or Jehoash) would be raised by those that loved God and worshiped him. I can see the Lord giving him every chance to know how to do right. The rest will be up to what he chooses.


Day 899