I just wanted to let you know that I have added a new addition to my site! On the Middle East News page, you will now find a newsletter focused solely on what's taking place in the Middle East.
Yay! It has finally stopped raining, and the sun is shining once again. Thankfully, the rain brought in a “colder” front, but not as cold as I had hoped for. I’m praying my Florida “winter” is not over as quickly as it began. My hair, and pre-menopausal self, needs cooler weather to stay around a little while longer.
For now, though, I am reveling in a quiet, undisturbed morning. Not sure how long it will last, but I’m crossing my fingers that I can at least finish my writing before any interruptions. It’s funny because I never used to be a morning person, but having kids definitely changes that. I love and prefer the mornings. As I sit near my favorite window, listening to chirping birds, I am reminded that mornings fly by way too fast so I don’t want to waste my precious quiet time with meaningless tasks.
But I, O Lord, have cried out to You for help, and in the morning my prayer comes before You!
Like the Psalmist, I have found that the morning is a great time for prayer and for listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit. By the way, God still speaks, we just don’t listen well. Today, I want to be a listener. I hope you do too. I can tell you from personal experience that listening is a skill that needs to be cultivated. When I taught 4th grade, my little students struggled with listening. They wanted to be heard first and foremost. And I’ve found that as an adult, I haven’t changed much when it comes to speaking vs. listening.
So today as I was getting myself ready, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to hear. And in that moment, He began to speak to me about seasons. Earlier this week, the Lord challenged me with the words: “It’s the season for singing!” And I have definitely run with that theme. But I have yet to focus on one key word: seasons. Right now, in South Florida, it is the “winter” season, and I chuckle a little when I write these words because it’s nothing like the winters of Central Ohio. But we try. Since moving here in 2000, I have finally adjusted to what I call the two seasons of South Florida: hot and hotter! Even through Christmas, I ran the air conditioner, and I actually turned it on briefly yesterday because the rain made it feel so humid in my house. If you didn’t grow up here, Florida seasons take some time to get used to.
So what’s all this talk about seasons? Well, first you need to know that seasons change. There’s even a famous song about this, and the words come directly from the Bible (hint: Turn, Turn, Turn- by the Byrds):
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
I think ol’ King Solomon would be proud to know the words he wrote, thousands of years ago, became a pop sensation especially since our secular world does not embrace Biblical teaching. If you are from the U.S., then you now have this song in your head, don’t you?
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The last two days have been especially rainy in South Florida, and the constant drizzle, accompanied by gray clouds, has a way of making me feel a little down in the dumps. I’m not sure how I survived Central Ohio winters because the gray days were never-ending! I’m crossing my fingers that all of this rain brings another cold front.
So after running errands in the icky rain and cleaning up around the house, I finally had a chance to sit down and write. Since I’ve been given a theme for the New Year, I was debating what scripture to highlight. For a few days now, I’ve had a familiar verse in the back of my mind, but every time I went to write about it, my thoughts veered in a different direction. But I think today is the day.
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O.k. so this morning I was doing the very thing that I shouldn’t: looking at my mountains and wringing my hands in worry. Yep. Just like that old proverb goes: as a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool to his folly (Proverbs 26:11). Sadly, I have been like that dog. My morning routine these days is perpetual worrier who returns to her mountain and sees the words IMPOSSIBLE written across it. It’s probably why the Lord is speaking so much to me about singing these days.
Do you realize that music (and singing) are powerful spiritual weapons? The prophets, priests, and kings of Israel all understood this!
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Sing to Your Mountains
This morning I found myself meditating on the words, “The God who sings over me.” I know I wrote about this subject yesterday, but sometimes I just need to linger on a topic a little longer in order to hear the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.
And these are but the outer fringe of His works; how faint the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?
Are you listening for the faint whispers of our God today? If so, you will one day understand the thunder of His power! Beloved before you can experience the thunders of the Almighty, you have to get quiet before Him. I know. I get how hard it is to quiet a restless soul. Really, it’s just so easy to get caught up in the frenzy (and stress) that each new day seems to bring, and listening to the whispers of the Almighty becomes next to impossible. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has a way of wooing His children back to the shelter of the God who sings over you.
So today, I decided to do a word study on two words: “Over Me,” and as I glanced at a few Scripture verses that contained those words, I discovered something powerful. And the discovery process begins with a question, “Who is over you?” You will find that there really are only two answers to that question.
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The Bible records specific events that will take place during a time period called the Tribulation. How close are we to this time? According to many Bible prophecy experts, the Tribulation could begin at anytime! How will you survive? Check out my book for the answers to all your questions!
Oh my goodness, don't you just love this title? When it comes to the Lord, I am like the weeping prophet Jeremiah. And when I imagine the God of Heaven singing, it overwhelms my senses. But I gotta be honest with you. I DID NOT wake up singing this morning. Nope. I was in too much of a hurry because I had a dreaded jury duty summons (that I almost forgot about) and a courthouse to get to.
However, once I arrived at the Courthouse, the wait to get inside was long, and in the cold nonetheless! When I finally got to the jury room and realized I had a “get out of jury duty free card,” I jumped on it. It’s funny because I’ve always wanted jury duty and never got called for it, and when I finally get a summons, I don’t want to do it. Why? Because it’s not a sure thing, and who wants to wait around in a crowded jury room to see if you will be chosen or not?
So I’m home, and it’s still cold in South Florida! But I love it because my hair is cooperating, and I don’t need to run the air conditioner for a few days. Sadly, it will be back to humid and hot soon enough. Right now, though, I am enjoying some much needed quiet time and worship music via Pandora through my Roku.
I want to start from where I left off yesterday because the promise recorded in the book of Zephaniah is on my heart:
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
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The God Who Sings
Brrr! It’s cold in South Florida this morning. But I’m not complaining. Since I grew up in Central Ohio, I can take a cold snap now and then. Secretly, I wouldn’t mind if it stayed this way for the next month or two because South Florida humidity wreaks havoc on my naturally curly hair, and I end up looking like an overgrown poodle most months of the year. Oh well. I guess that’s the price you have to pay for so much sun shine, right?
But, all weather (and hair) talk aside-the reason I’m up this early is three-fold: First, I was shivering, and my covers were not doing the job. Also, I could hear the T.V. blaring in the living room because my 12-year-old son NEVER sleeps in-ever! But the real reason I stayed awake, instead of falling back into dreamland, was because of the happy little song bird that was serenading me outside my window. Yep! In January of all seasons, that sweet little bird was singing away- and rather loudly I might add. For a few moments, I drew the covers over my head and just listened to the same melody over and over which brought a half smile to my grumpy morning face and made me forget, for a second, that I was freezing.
As I buried myself under two sets of covers, and debated whether I wanted to physically get out of bed to turn on the heat, I began to wonder why the bird was singing the same note over and over. But, before I could go any further with my thoughts, an answer to my question flooded my thoughts: “It’s the season for singing!” I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me something important which encouraged my lazy (and shivering) morning self to get up. Minutes later, clothed in socks (which I never wear), a warm sweater, long pants, and a hot tea in hand, I was ready to share what I knew God was putting on my heart this 24th day of January.
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It's the Season of Singing
Throughout the ages, people have tried, and failed, to name the coming Antichrist. But what does the Bible teach about this man? Find out in the following slideshow (and stop naming every Tom, Dick, and Harry, the Antichrist) !
Have you read the headlines lately? Everyday it seems like our world is in chaos . So what are we to make of all this?
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Blessings in Messiah Yeshua!
My name is Beth Frisby, and I have a passion for God's Word. As an educator, my heart is to teach the Bible especially the book with a blessing- Revelation.