"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Friday, November 30, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 30

"The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures." Proverbs 30:17 NIV

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 29

"When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan." Proverbs 29:2 NIV

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 28

"When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order." Proverbs 28:2 NIV

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 27

"As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man." Proverbs 27:19 NIV

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.”
Psalms 122:6

 
                I am not the most faithful in praying for Israel. This is something I will change. Though our prayer lists are always long, we should never forget the things God has specifically commanded us to pray for—the nation of Israel is one of those.
                In Zechariah 2, God calls Israel “the apple of His eye.” In Genesis 17, God established His covenant with Israel. Though scattered across the world, God promised in Ezekiel 11: “’Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”
                Do you pray for Israel? Do you urge our politicians in Washington to give strong support to Israel when their enemies come against them time and time again? In the passage in Zechariah, God say, “’for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—I will surely raise my hand against them…’”
               Christians did little to stop the Holocaust of World War II when over 6,000,000 Jews were put to death. If we fail to support them, God will raise His hand against us. We must support the Jewish people as those God chose out of all the nations to be His chosen people.
                If you’re like me, you pray when there is a major uprising of the Palestinian terror organizations against Israel. But our prayers need to be every day.
                Palestine has never been a country. Israel has existed since Genesis 12 when God promised Abraham that He would give him the land He would show to Him. I am convicted that I do not do all I should to support and pray for God’s chosen people—the people to whom He gave the Scriptures, and from whom He chose to bring forth His Messiah, Jesus Christ.
                As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us not forget the people He wept over before His death: “’O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…”  
               Let us make a point to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” and for those who have kept safe the word of God so we might have it today.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 26

"As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly." Proverbs 26:11 NIV

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 25

"Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control." Proverbs 25:28 NIV

Saturday, November 24, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 24

"A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers." Proverbs 24:5, 6 NIV

Friday, November 23, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 23

"Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 23:17, 18 NIV

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

 
            “I can’t do it. I don’t feel like getting ready for the holidays this year. It’s too much work.” Following an illness and a medical procedure, with one more procedure looming in the near future, the thought of the hustle and bustle of the holidays was more than I wanted to think about. I was so tired.
            “Just take one thing at a time,” my husband said. Don’t try to do it all at once. “You don’t have to do everything either. Let some of it go this year.”
            It’s easy to lose sight of what we’re celebrating. This year, a major chain store is opening its doors in the evening so that “Black Friday” shopping can begin earlier than midnight when many stores open. Everyone wants more than their share of the pie—and I don’t mean pumpkin pie. So what do we have to be thankful for?
             The “first Thanksgiving” Americans typically refer to, took place in the fall of 1621, following their first successful harvest, a point, they reached, not without terrible trial. They arrived at Plymouth in December of 1620, too late to plant and with little time to build shelter. Three months at sea in difficult, crowded conditions took their toll. They began dying of colds which turned to pneumonia and consumption. In January, the thatched roof the “common house,” where many of the sick lay, caught fire. By February only five men were healthy enough to shoulder the burden of caring for the sick. In all, forty-seven people died, leaving only three families intact, yet they held firm to their faith.
             The official proclamation, naming the fourth Thursday of November as a day of national thanksgiving was set forth by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Lincoln cited “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come… peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict…”     
            He went on to say, “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
            My attitude needed readjustment, perhaps yours does also. Set aside the busyness, and take time to contemplate the blessings God has given, even in the midst of trial, and give thanks.

 References:
Marshall, Peter, and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory. Copyright 1977 by Peter J.
            Marshall, Jr. and David B. Manuel, Jr. Published by Fleming H. Revell a division of
            Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pp. 125-136.



© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 22

"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." Proverbs 22:9 NIV

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 21

"The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." Proverbs 21:1 NIV

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 20

"Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel." Proverbs 20:15 NIV

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
 
              “I can’t do it. I don’t feel like getting ready for the holidays this year. It’s too much work.” Following an illness and a medical procedure, with one more procedure looming in the near future, the thought of the hustle and bustle of the holidays was more than I wanted to think about. I was so tired.
              “Just take one thing at a time,” my husband said. Don’t try to do it all at once. “You don’t have to do everything either. Let some of it go this year.”
               It’s easy to lose sight of what we’re celebrating. This year, a major chain store is opening its doors in the evening so that “Black Friday” shopping can begin earlier than midnight when many stores open. Everyone wants more than their share of the pie—and I don’t mean pumpkin pie. So what do we have to be thankful for?
               The “first Thanksgiving” Americans typically refer to, took place in the fall of 1621, following their first successful harvest, a point, they reached, not without terrible trial. They arrived at Plymouth in December of 1620, too late to plant and with little time to build shelter. Three months at sea in difficult, crowded conditions took their toll. They began dying of colds which turned to pneumonia and consumption. In January, the thatched roof the “common house,” where many of the sick lay, caught fire. By February only five men were healthy enough to shoulder the burden of caring for the sick. In all, forty-seven people died, leaving only three families intact, yet they held firm to their faith.
               The official proclamation, naming the fourth Thursday of November as a day of national thanksgiving was set forth by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Lincoln cited “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come… peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict…”           
              He went on to say, “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
                My attitude needed readjustment, perhaps yours does also. Set aside the busyness, and take time to contemplate the blessings God has given, even in the midst of trial, and give thanks.
 References:
Marshall, Peter, and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory. Copyright 1977 by Peter J. Marshall, 
               Jr.and David B. Manuel, Jr. Published by Fleming H. Revell adivision of Baker Book House
               Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pp. 125-136.
 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 19

"He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers." Proverbs 19:8 NIV

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 18

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 NIV

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 17

"Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool—how much worse lying lips to a ruler!" Proverbs 17:7 NIV

Friday, November 16, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 16

"The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice." Proverbs 16:10 NIV

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 15

"The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor." Proverbs 15:33 NIV

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 14

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 NIV

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov, 13

"Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner." Proverbs 13:6 NIV

Monday, November 12, 2012

Obey Your Rulers

“By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes
govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.” Proverbs 8:15, 16

           Many are happy the election is over; many are disappointed in the results. No matter what your political leanings, the presidential election last week affected every US citizen, and the whole world watched. This is Election Day in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The results aren’t known as I write, but one thing is certain, God is in control.
          We live in a nation which truly is a melting pot of nationalities, religions, and political ideas. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a democracy. The United States of America is a Democratic Republic. It is not ruled by the people, but neither does the government hold all the power. The government is divided into the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The people vote for elected officials, but when it comes to the president, the Electoral College comes into play. It was established to keep the people from having the whole say and mob rule resulting, but the government can’t aside from the will of the people, thus leading to a dictatorship.
          As Christians we differ in our political leanings. We have should have a unique understanding though, which should keep us from fear and despair, no matter who the winner is. Our faith and our hope rest in Jesus Christ, not in the government of men.
          If thoughts of the future strikes fear in your heart, remember what God says about government. He is in control. Yes, we vote, and God sometimes gives us what we need rather than what we deserve. Sometimes He gives us exactly what we deserve. This has been a problem for Christians from the beginning. When the Pharisees asked Jesus whether or not they should pay taxes to Caesar, Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. He upheld human government.
          The apostle Paul told Christians to obey the government, in Romans 13. He said, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” We are to obey those who govern us.
          No matter what your feelings about the election, commit yourself today to pray for our leaders. Do not allow yourself to give in to despair or worry for the future. Trust God to care and provide for you and your family.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 11

"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure." Proverbs 11:14

Saturday, November 10, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 10

"The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out." Proverbs 10:9

Friday, November 9, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 9

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life." Proverbs 9:10-11

Thursday, November 8, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 8

"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her." Proverbs 8:10, 11

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 7

"My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye." Proverbs 7:1-2a

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 6

"There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
Proverbs 6:16-19

Monday, November 5, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 5

"My son, pay attention to my [God's] wisdom, listen well to my [God's] words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress [Satan, liar] drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword." Proverbs 5:1-4

No Fear

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6
               “Make them stop! I can’t see where we’re going!” The ride to the top of the wooden rollercoaster in Elitch Gardens in Denver provided a breath-taking view. When we started down the first descent, I couldn’t breathe at all. My glasses flew over my head. I was certain I was going to die without seeing what killed me. I spent the entire ride yelling, “Stop!”
                I am about as blind as can be without my glasses. The thought of being left helpless is frightening. Whenever I peer over the edge of a mountain cliff or bridge, my hand instinctively goes to my glasses. When something lies ahead, but we can’t see it coming, it’s a frightening feeling.
               Joseph had no idea what lay ahead as he lay in the cistern, wondering why his brothers hated him, fearing he would die, knowing his father would grieve. It is usually a blessing not to be able to see the future. However, we would miss out on many experiences, and spend our lives in fear if we knew what was ahead.
               Spiritual blindness is just as frightening as physical blindness. However, we can gain spiritual insight through daily time reading the Bible, so that we know the One who does know the future. When we have confidence that God is in control, we have no need to fear. The present may be full of trial and uncertainty, but God is holding us with His everlasting arms.
               I can remember my blind grandmother holding the handrail and counting the hallways which led to my grandfather’s room in the nursing home. I never remember a word of fear from her. She spent her days by his side, usually with her crochet in hand, making potholders so she had something to give to people.
              As Christians we have something to give to people who are spiritually blind, insight into the mind and heart of God, hope based on our understanding of His love. We are to trust Him with all of our hearts, so we must become acquainted with His heart. When we know Him, He is able to make our path straight.
              Our country faces uncertainty, with an upcoming election, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It can strike fear in our hearts, but with spiritual insight we have no need to fear. God will make our paths straight.

 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 4

"Wisdom is supreme; therefore get [God's] wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." Proverbs 4:7

Saturday, November 3, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 3

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5, 6

Friday, November 2, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Nov. 2

"For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it." Proverbs 2:21-22

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."
Proverbs 1:7

2MefromHim Proverb of the Day - Nov. 1

"[S]ince you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—" Proverbs 1:25, 26