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OK, so it’s been more than a week. But here I am, and with much to be thankful for!

Today I’m praising God for a new job – yes, a new job! I start on Monday. I’ve had a great part-time job for a few months now, but it was really only meant to be temporary and I’m getting excited about what God will bring with new opportunities. I’m also thankful for my current job. My colleagues and supervisor have been truly awesome. I’m thankful that the saddest part of leaving every job I’ve had has been leaving the people. If you’ve ever worked with me you can know that you are missed…*group hug*…okay…moving on…

As I type this I am oh so thankful for the sound of the rain pouring down on the roof. It makes a pinging sound as it hits the coverings for the vents in the bathrooms. It’s sort of coming and going, but we’ve definitely been getting more of it during the past month which is a welcome change.

I’m not sure how tangible this might seem to others but I’m also feeling really blessed by God’s presence with me in the last week or so. Provision and answers to prayer – even for the little things – and really good time spent reading the Bible alone and with friends. I’m still making my way through Genesis, but I’m relishing every moment. This morning it was Chapter 26 leaping off the page. I love, love, love the way the Bible lives and breathes and takes shape before my eyes. Perhaps I’ll get around to sharing more of this with you soon. 😉

I would also like to say a special praise to God for friends who pray. Praying friends, you are awesome! I’m so thankful for you. Truly God has not made us to walk this earth alone.

If this is all just a little too enthusiastic for you please forgive my exuberance. It’s getting late and I’m sleepy and that’s just where my head is.

So how about you!? What are you thankful for today? How has God shown His greatness to you over the past couple of weeks? Are you reading anything exciting in your quiet time alone with Him?

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I just LOVE diving into scripture and discovering depths I never knew existed. This morning I was flipping through the Psalms. When a verse caught my attention I decided to check out KJV with Strong’s to see if there was more to the words than met my eye. For general reading I like the NIV translation but so often it doesn’t come close to capturing the meaning of the original text. What follows is my cut and pasted rendition of Psalm 65 – NIV, KJV, and a bit of my own paraphrasing as well. It doesn’t read so smoothly, but hopefully it gives the opportunity to dwell on some phrases and revel in their richness.

Psalm 65

Praise awaits {or “waiteth for”} you, O God, in Zion {The word translated “awaits” means “silence, still, repose, still waiting.” Think of the pregnant hush in the music hall before the first note sounds, an electric silence, something beautiful ready and waiting to begin.}; to you our vows will be fulfilled.

O you who hear prayer {The word translated “hear” means “to hear, listen to, obey, to hear with attention or interest, understand, give heed, consent, agree, to grant request, yield to, to be regarded, summon, to cause to be heard.” Our prayers “summon” the ear of God. Not only does he hear but he gives us his attention, is interested in and understands us. Moreover he responds – heeds, consents, agrees, grants, yields, regards…obviously God is sovereign and doesn’t just give us everything we ask for, but there is a connotation of responsive action inherent in this word “hear.”} , to you all men {or “flesh” – all living things!} will come.

Iniquities {perversity, depravity, guilt, consequence of or punishment for iniquity} prevail {are strong, powerful, mighty} against me : as for our transgressions, you will purge them away {to cover over, make atonement for, make reconciliation}.

Blessed is the man {or woman 😉 } you choose and cause to approach {come near to, enter into, draw near to} you, that he may dwell {settle down, abide, establish, fix} in your courts {putting that together you could say, “cause to enter into you and be established in your courts”}: we will be satisfied {sated, fulfilled, surfeited, have in excess, enrich – not just filled, but over and above what is needed} with the goodness of your house, of your holy temple.

You answer us with awesome {to fear, revere, honor, respect, be afraid, terrify, to cause astonishment and awe, be dreadful – I think sometimes the word “awesome” in our culture doesn’t quite capture the depth of meaning} deeds of righteousness, O God of our salvation, who are the confidence {or “hope,” trust, refuge, security – but I particularly like that word confidence, it sounds so strong and sure} of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are far off upon the sea.

Who by your strength set fast {set up, be firm, stable, firmly established, fixed, be enduring} the mountains; being armed {encompassed, equipped, clothed – not just as one carrying a weapon, but completely surrounded by it} with power {or strength}. Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult {murmur, rush, roar, confusion} of the people {or nations}.

Even those who dwell in the uttermost parts {end, border, boundary}, are afraid at your tokens {distinguishing marks, miraculous signs, omen, warning, proof}: you make the outgoings {act or place of going out or forth, issue, rising, place of departure} of the morning and evening to rejoice {be overcome, cry out, shout for joy, to cause to ring or sing out}. {I LOVE this last phrase – actually the NIV states it beautifully – “where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy” – but it hardly captures the full meaning. The rejoicing is not only at sunrise, when night fades away, but at sunset AND sunrise – morning AND evening.}

You care for the earth and water {give abundance to} it. You greatly {exceedingly} enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water: you prepare {establish, make firm, make ready, provide for} them grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench {saturate, cause to be intoxicated} its ridges and settle {go down, press down} the furrows {furrows, cuttings}. {This last bit probably carries a bit more meaning for the farmers out there. After a little searching online I discovered that press wheels are used in modern-day farming to “pack the sloping sides of a deep furrow and assure accurate control of both planting depth and proper soil coverage over the seeds” and that use of press wheels significantly increases crop yield.}

You soften {cause to melt} it with showers {copious showers, as bringing fertility, of prophetic influence} and bless its crops.  You crown the year with your bounty {goodness, prosperity}, and thy paths drop fatness {of fertility, of blessing}. {I LOVE that part! So different from the NIV, although “your carts overflow with abundance” is nice too. “Thy paths drop fatness”…it’s like “your ways drip with blessing and are expansively fruitful.”}

They drip upon the pastures of the wilderness {or NIV “the grasslands of the desert overflow” – it’s like the African savannas when the rainy season comes and literally causes the desert to overflow, bringing life and abundance and turning the wasteland into rich green grassland – prime for grazing}: and the hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks {also like the African savannas after the rains come}; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

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