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"No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs." - Psalm 119:54 (CEV)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

All I Need to Know


Note to self:

When the homework pile waxes and sleep wanes,

When rooms feel utterly empty,

When long good-byes aren't long enough,

When part of me stays and part of me leaves,

When he pokes my exhausted body during my nap just to annoy me,

When all I say is misunderstood,

When the state of my hair is a reflection of the state of my heart

And there just aren't enough hours in a day,

And, for whatever reason, there just aren't meant to be.

Slow.

Breathe.

Ponder.

Read.
"Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD." (Psalm 107:43, NIV)
"The loving deeds of the LORD" . . .

"Loving deeds" . . .

His deeds are loving.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Yes,

At this moment,

This is all I need to know.


Reasons 4010-4121 today,

Still counting,

Holding on to all I really need to know -

Him:

  1. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make those who despised the pleasant land fall in the wilderness (Psalm 106:24-26)
  2. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make the descendants of those who despised the pleasant land fall among the nations (Psalm 106:24-27)
  3. He swore with uplifted hand that he would scatter the descendants of those who despised the pleasant land throughout the lands (Psalm 106:24-27)
  4. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make those who did not believe His promise fall in the wilderness (Psalm 106:24-26)
  5. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make the descendants of those who did not believe His promise fall among the nations (Psalm 106:24-27)
  6. He swore with uplifted hand that he would scatter the descendants of those who did not believe His promise throughout the lands (Psalm 106:24-27)
  7. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make those who grumbled in their tents fall in the wilderness (Psalm 106:25-26)
  8. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make the descendants of those who grumbled in their tents fall among the nations (Psalm 106:25-27)
  9. He swore with uplifted hand that he would scatter the descendants of those who grumbled in their tents throughout the lands (Psalm 106:25-27)
  10. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make those who did not obey Him fall in the wilderness (Psalm 106:25-26)
  11. He swore with uplifted hand that he would make the descendants of those who did not obey Him fall among the nations (Psalm 106:25-27)
  12. He swore with uplifted hand that he would scatter the descendants of those who did not obey Him throughout the lands (Psalm 106:25-27)
  13. His anger is aroused by the wicked deeds of those who yoke themselves to the Baal of Peor (Psalm 106:28-29)
  14. His anger is aroused by the wicked deeds of those who eat sacrifices offered to lifeless gods (Psalm 106:28-29)
  15. A plague breaks out among those who arouse His anger by their wicked deeds (Psalm 106:29)
  16. He is angered by rebellion against His Spirit (Psalm 106:32-33)
  17. He is angry with His people because they did not destroy the peoples as He had commanded them (Psalm 106:34-40)
  18. He abhors His inheritance because they did not destroy the peoples as He had commanded them (Psalm 106:34-40)
  19. He is angry with His people because they mingled with the nations (Psalm 106:35-40)
  20. He abhors His inheritance because they mingled with the nations (Psalm 106:35-40)
  21. He is angry with His people because they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs (Psalm 106:35-40)
  22. He abhors His inheritance because they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs (Psalm 106:35-40)
  23. He is angry with His people because they worshiped the idols of the nations (Psalm 106:35-40)
  24. He abhors His inheritance because they worshiped the idols of the nations (Psalm 106:35-40)
  25. He is angry with His people because they worshiped the idols of the nations, which became a snare to them (Psalm 106:35-40)
  26. He abhors His inheritance because they worshiped the idols of the nations, which became a snare to them (Psalm 106:35-40)
  27. He is angry with His people because they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods (Psalm 106:37-40)
  28. He abhors His inheritance because they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods (Psalm 106:37-40)
  29. He is angry with His people because they shed innocent blood (Psalm 106:38-40)
  30. He abhors His inheritance because they shed innocent blood (Psalm 106:38-40)
  31. He is angry with His people because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters (Psalm 106:38-40)
  32. He abhors His inheritance because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters (Psalm 106:38-40)
  33. He is angry with His people because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan (Psalm 106:38-40)
  34. He abhors His inheritance because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan (Psalm 106:38-40)
  35. He is angry with His people because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood (Psalm 106:38-40)
  36. He abhors His inheritance because they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood (Psalm 106:38-40)
  37. He is angry with His people because they defiled themselves by what they did (Psalm 106:39-40)
  38. He abhors His inheritance because they defiled themselves by what they did (Psalm 106:39-40)
  39. He is angry with His people because they prostituted themselves by their deeds (Psalm 106:39-40)
  40. He abhors His inheritance because they prostituted themselves by their deeds (Psalm 106:39-40)
  41. He gave His people into the hands of the nations (Psalm 106:40-41)
  42. He gave His people into the hands of the nations, and their foes ruled over them (Psalm 106:40-41)
  43. Many times He delivered His people (Psalm 106:43)
  44. Many times He delivered His people, but they were bent on rebellion (Psalm 106:43)
  45. Many times He delivered His people, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin (Psalm 106:43)
  46. He takes note of His people's distress (Psalm 106:44)
  47. He takes note of His people's distress, though they are bent on rebellion and wasting away in their sin (Psalm 106:43-44)
  48. He takes note of His peoples' distress when he hears their cry (Psalm 106:44)
  49. For His people's sake He remembers His covenant (Psalm 106:45)
  50. For His people's sake He remembers His covenant and out of His great love He relents (Psalm 106:45)
  51. He causes all who hold His people captive to show them mercy (Psalm 106:46)
  52. He redeems from the hand of the foe (Psalm 107:2)
  53. He gathers from the lands (Psalm 107:3)
  54. He gathers from the lands, from east and west, from north and south (Psalm 107:3)
  55. He delivers from their distress those who cry out to Him in trouble (Psalm 107:6)
  56. He leads His people by a straight way (Psalm 107:7)
  57. He leads His people to a city where they can settle (Psalm 107:7)
  58. His deeds for mankind are wonderful (Psalm 107:8)
  59. He satisfies the thirsty (Psalm 107:9)
  60. He fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:9)
  61. Some sit in darkness because they rebel against His commands (Psalm 107:10-11)
  62. Some sit in darkness because they despise the plans of the Most High (Psalm 107:10-11)
  63. Some sit in utter darkness because they rebel against His commands (Psalm 107:10-11)
  64. Some sit in utter darkness because they despise the plans of the Most High (Psalm 107:10-11)
  65. Some are prisoners, suffering in iron chains because they rebel against His commands (Psalm 107:10-11)
  66. Some are prisoners, suffering in iron chains because they despise the plans of the Most High (Psalm 107:10-11)
  67. He subjects those who rebel against His commands to bitter labor (Psalm 107:11-12)
  68. He subjects those who despise His plans to bitter labor (Psalm 107:11-12)
  69. Those who rebel against His commands stumble, and there is no one there to help (Psalm 107:11-12)
  70. Those who despise His plans stumble, and there is no one there to help (Psalm 107:11-12)
  71. Those who rebelled against His commands cry out to Him in their trouble, and He saves them from their distress (Psalm 107:11-13)
  72. Those who despised His plans cry out to Him in their trouble, and He saves them from their distress (Psalm 107:11-13)
  73. Those who rebelled against His commands cry out to Him in their trouble, and He brings them out of darkness (Psalm 107:11-14)
  74. Those who despised His plans cry out to Him in their trouble, and He brings them out of darkness (Psalm 107:11-14)
  75. Those who rebelled against His commands cry out to Him in their trouble, and He brings them out of the utter darkness (Psalm 107:11-14)
  76. Those who despised His plans cry out to Him in their trouble, and He brings them out of the utter darkness (Psalm 107:11-14)
  77. Those who rebelled against His commands cry out to Him in their trouble, and He breaks away their chains (Psalm 107:11-14)
  78. Those who despised His plans cry out to Him in their trouble, and He breaks away their chains (Psalm 107:11-14)
  79. He breaks down gates of bronze (Psalm 107:16)
  80. He cuts through bars of iron (Psalm 107:16)
  81. Those who cry to Him in their trouble, He saves from their distress (Psalm 107:19)
  82. He sends out His word and heals those who cry to Him in their trouble (Psalm 107:19-20)
  83. He rescues from the grave those who cry to Him in their trouble (Psalm 107:19-20)
  84. His deeds in the deep are wonderful (Psalm 107:24)
  85. He speaks and stirs up a tempest (Psalm 107:25)
  86. He speaks and stirs up a tempest that lifts high the waves (Psalm 107:25)
  87. Those who cry out to Him in their trouble, He brings out of their distress (Psalm 107:28)
  88. He stills the storm to a whisper (Psalm 107:29)
  89. He stills the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea are hushed (Psalm 107:29)
  90. He guides those who cry out to Him in their trouble to their desired haven (Psalm 107:28-30)
  91. He turns rivers into a desert (Psalm 107:33)
  92. He turns flowing springs into thirsty ground (Psalm 107:33)
  93. He turns fruitful land into a salt waste (Psalm 107:33-34)
  94. He turns rivers into a desert because of the wickedness of those who live there (Psalm 107:33)
  95. He turns flowing springs into thirsty ground because of the wickedness of those who live there (Psalm 107:33)
  96. He turns fruitful land into a salt waste because of the wickedness of those who live there (Psalm 107:33-34)
  97. He turns the desert into pools of water (Psalm 107:35)
  98. He turns the parched ground into flowering springs (Psalm 107:35)
  99. He brings the hungry to live where He turned the desert into pools of water (Psalm 107:35-36)
  100. He brings the hungry to live where He turned the parched ground into flowing springs (Psalm 107:35-36)
  101. He blesses the hungry He brought to live where he turned the desert into pools of water (Psalm 107:35-38)
  102. He blesses the hungry He brought to live where he turned the parched ground into flowing springs (Psalm 107:35-38)
  103. He blesses the hungry He brought to live where he turned the desert into pools of water, and their numbers greatly increase (Psalm 107:35-38)
  104. He blesses the hungry He brought to live where he turned the parched ground into flowing springs, and their numbers greatly increase (Psalm 107:35-38)
  105. He does not let the herds of the hungry He brought to live where he turned the desert into pools of water diminish(Psalm 107:35-38)
  106. He does not let the herds of the hungry He brought to live where he turned the parched ground into flowing springs diminish (Psalm 107:35-38)
  107. He pours contempt on nobles (Psalm 107:40)
  108. He made the hungry He brought to live where he turned the desert into pools of water wander in a trackless waste (Psalm 107:35-40)
  109. He made the hungry He brought to live where he turned the parched ground into flowing springs wander in a trackless waste (Psalm 107:35-40)
  110. He lifts the needy out of their affliction (Psalm 107:41)
  111. He increases the families of the needy like flocks (Psalm 107:41)
  112. His deeds are loving (Psalm 107:43)


(Sylvia's already made it to - past - 10,000!  So amazing to think of who He is like this!)

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6 comments:

Sylvia R said...

Wow, look how far you've counted already! So much for bro's skepticism, huh?
I love that "When the homework pile waxes and sleep wanes..." Chuckle. Hope you can catch up on your rest now and get all refreshed.

Christina said...

Life can really knock us down, doesn't it? His word brings refreshment and restores us. Especially love #4068. May He satisfy all your thirsts. Blessings!

Deena said...

Glad that you are back to writing and counting. I am sure the counting is going on offline everyday. This is such a wonder habit you have.
May the Lord bless you with a peace that passes all understanding as you work through your final.

Mary said...

Hello, Sylvia! So good to "see" you again! I've missed this.

Yes, indeed. Just wait 'til I show him all 10,000 . . . I can't wait to read your wonderful reasons again!!!

It was too good a line to pass up. :) I'm trying, but not much luck so far. It looks like it'll be a busy summer. Many projects going on, but more about that to come.

God bless you, friend!!!

Mary said...

Oh, thank you for pointing that one out, Christina. I think sometimes I get so caught up in counting that I forget to intake what I'm typing, and even if I do, it doesn't seem to stick in my head half as long as it should. What an incredible promise! His Word truly does restore. Thank you so much for visiting, friend!!!

Mary said...

It's good to be back, Deena.

In all honesty, it's been more off than on lately. Many early mornings and late nights working; first on endless schoolwork, now on projects around home. Thank you for the reminder, though. I definitely need to make counting more of a habit than it has been the past few weeks.

May God bless you, as well, friend!

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