Genesis 3:14-19  King James Version (KJV)

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.


     Eariler today I was talking to a friend who was a former customer many many years ago.  She had suffered from anxiety for some time finally to discover her thyroid level was way too high.  She made the statement of how she had suffered needlessly all this time.  I pointed out that although we don’t always understand the reason, there is a reason for our suffering.

     God didn’t have to allow Satan to tempt us, didn’t have to create a plan for our salvation, didn’t have to allow us to have free will, but without free will, real love wouldn’t be possible.

     We suffer, and Jesus most of all, for the sake of love.

Joshua 1:6-11

     These verses are those chosen by Our Daily Bread today.  It is an appropriate set of verses for me today in a way which I will explain below.


Joshua 1:6-11 King James Version (KJV)

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.


     I find myself making a transition both in my personal life, having recently ended my term of community custody and entering into a new set of freedoms, and with my business having recently added consulting and web authoring services.

     Like Joshua and his people following him, I am facing a time of much uncertainty and the only thing I can know with certainty is that God is with me, even as he was during my time in solitary confinement in prison.

 

Home Page – Nanook’s Nook Blog

     After about a decade of neglect, I finally decided to rework my personal home page.  Having just completed a WordPress based website for interlakechinatours.com, I decided to use WordPress for my home page as well.  And since Nanook’s Nook blog was already on WordPress, it seemed to make sense to incorporate it into the new WordPress home page.

     So I thought this should be easy, I’ll just export from the old and import to the new.  One minor problem, the export / import did not adjust the locations of all the uploaded data to the new place it would reside.  I couldn’t think of a really elegant way to fix this in the database, so I finally took the easy, but not most efficient, way out, using a mod_rewrite RewriteRule.  So the blog is back up fully functioning with pictures and all.  I’m still working on my home page.

Proverbs 10:18-21

Proverbs 10:18-21 King James Version (KJV)

18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.


     These verses so apply to myself as well as almost everyone I know, although these days it’s often the fingers via social media, e-mail, and the like rather than the tongue, but the effect is the same.

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)

121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


     This is so spot on to my current situation which is economically very uncomfortable.  I wonder often why the Lord allows or perhaps requires us to go through these times.  Perhaps it’s to help us develop our empathy but surely we needn’t suffer every crappy thing that has happened to every human being ourselves.  I lack the courage to help others when I am unsure my own needs will be met and I seem to have difficulty developing the faith I need to know that they will.  Sometimes it’s difficult to separate needs from wants.

 

Getting Old

John 21:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.


     We’re all going to get old, unless we die young. With age often comes various infirmities. Sucks!