Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Spotlight: Psalms Alive!

In response to God's prompt, "I want you to bring the Psalms alive," David Kitz wrote, psalms alive! connecting heaven and earth

Kitz has written a fabulous book which brings many verses in the book of Psalms to life.

It's a book which captivates the emotions felt at the time the Psalms were first recorded, as well as the emotions experienced by us today. Kitz shows the reader how these verses apply to life today and how we can honour God with these scriptures. 

Kitz is a retired teacher, an ordained minister, an author, a story teller and a gifted drama presenter. His performances have brought many scriptures alive to audiences in Canada and the United States.

Each day I read through a chapter of this engaging book. Kitz relays personal information, historical background and scripture from the Psalms. He has a way of connecting with the reader and holding the reader's interest. 

One chapter became my favourite, Chapter Nineteen. 

It is titled The God Who Stooped Down. This is a delightful, laughable, memorable and a permanently, bookmarked chapter in my book. 

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Nineteen, The God Who Stooped Down.

"....Who is like the LORD our God , the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? 

You might have a picture of yourself like this. You know the kind. It is less than flattering. It provides a great view of your backside as you are bent over...

I know what to do with photos like that. I toss them in the garbage. Erase them from the hard drive....

Who wants to embarrass himself or herself and then keep the evidence for posterity? Apparently God does. 

Why would the exalted One, the enthroned One stoop down? How undignified. 

But our God stoops down. If the truth be told he does worse than that. 

The Lord doesn't just stoop down. He plays in the mud. 

I'm not sure how the LORD justifies His behaviour. From a perfectly logical point of view, it simply does not make sense. After all, I would hardly call the LORD's first experience with mud sculpture a glowing success. Sure, Adam looked handsome, enough and Eve was pretty sweet but that breath of life idea was a complete disaster.

And what thanks did God get for his efforts?  The dear little mud clods disobeyed Him.  ....But then, I suppose that's what you get for stooping down and playing in the mud." 

To learn more about this Canadian author and his books you can follow the links to his websites. 

 David Kitz

 I Love the Psalms

Monday, February 15, 2016

Being Content

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,

whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:12 

Photo credit: JennyEBurr  Village photos.

Sometimes I wonder if I have learned the secret of contentment.

In being content, no matter what is happening around me or in my life. 

The kind of contentment which Paul is speaking about in this verse is a contentment which he achieved despite his circumstances.

Being content when everything is going well seems like an easy task. 

Do I take contentment for granted when life is good?

When my world seems to be messed up and hurtling out of control can I actually be content? 

Can I still thank my Heavenly Father when chaos and uncertainty preside? 

Am I able to be content in all of my circumstances?

Not complaining. Not whining.

Not being miserable or angry.

Not being irritated or nagging.

No impatience. 

No negativity.

Just being content. 

Looking for the good.

Leaning on God.

Trusting God.

Acknowledging, that I will be content no matter what happens. 

Content with what I have.

Content with what I don't have. 

Simply being content.

My goal is attain contentment every day. 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me with my goal to be content each and everyday. Content with all that you have given me and content with what you know I do not need and what I do not have.   In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Your turn. Do you struggle with contentment? How do you rise above the mess and find contentment? 

Other By His Grace posts which might interest you:
 Love Is
Grumble, Complain
A Most Ungrateful Heart