I am grateful for peace with You! I am grateful that You were pleased to go to such extraordinary lengths to bring peace between You and all of us. The most extraordinary lengths that have ever been extended at any time!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. – Luke 2:10-16
Me: Good morning Jesus!
Jesus: Good morning Jon!
Me: The angels said to the shepherds, “… you will find”. Did they have to search many animal shelters in Bethlehem? Did they have to poke around the ox and donkey lots of strangers? Were they risking being accused of being thieves, creeping around in the dark?
Jesus: I cried for them when they came by. The other shelters were silent.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
I am grateful for the day at home and the chance to reflect on the glorious benefit of the eternal stability of God to those who rely on Him.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:4
Down toward the end of the time before Jesus’ arrest (which, from this, we know He clearly saw coming) we see this protective heart of God revealed at work in Him on our behalf.
Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’ Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Luke 13:31-35
I am grateful, Lord, for revelations of Your majesty! In the eyes of the one who dares to examine the smallest part of Your mighty works, You leave no doubt of Your power. Nor will the one who seeks refuge in You fail to understand that You are strong to save! You overcome those who hate us on Your account. You draw us close to You in safety. Blessed are we, in You!
Keeping a promise, today will complete a short series on making a doll bed for my granddaughter. Here is a link to the previous installment.
The four mortised bed posts are seen in the photo above, and four identical cross pieces are required with a matching tenon cut on each end. I did not capture a picture, but all of these have to have a slot cut on the inside centerline to inset the plywood that makes the closed head- and foot-boards. It is tempting to want to cut this slot with the dado blade on the table saw, and that could work for the cross pieces where the cut extends from end to end. For the bed posts, the slot is limited to the area between the mortises. I cut these slots 3/16″ deep with 1/4″ straight router bit. Because it is really difficult to get a saw setup to match the router setup exactly, I cut all the slots with the router. These can be done with only the top and bottom guides to keep the cut in the center of the board. One just has to be careful not to cut past the mortise on the posts.
The picture above shows the glue up of the foot-board with the plywood captured in the slot. One should always test fit all assemblies without glue. Once satisfied that it goes together correctly, then add glue to the mortise and tenon joints only. The plywood inset floats freely in the slots, allowing for expansion and contraction with humidity and temperature without splitting or cracking.
The bed rails in my design are painted angle iron. I welded a bracket on the end to take a screw to hold the whole bed together. This allows the bed to be broken down flat for storage. It would be perfectly acceptable to make these out of wood, but then I would not have gotten to practice with my new flux wire welder! Besides, I had the angle laying around from a previous project. The bottom deck is the same 3/16″ plywood that is inset in the head- and foot-boards.
The side rails are made from the same 1×2″ oak as the rest, except they are ripped in half to give a 3/4″ by 3/4″ finished cross section. In between five vertical 3/8″ dowels are glued in to complete the rails. Holes for the dowels were drilled using a drill press, so the depth is easily controlled. The rails are mounted to the head- and foot-boards with dowels that are glued into the rails but not into the bed posts. This arrangement allows for disassembly for flat storage.
Finally, the finish (after some light sanding) consists of two coats of a simple wipe-on poly. I like this type of finish for items that get wear and tear because it can be refreshed to deal with scratches with a light sanding and a new coat.
All of 1 Peter 1 is an incredibly rich tapestry of the Life prepared for us: conceived and planned by the Father, purchased in blood by Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, stretching across history, predicted by prophets, and announced by first-century preachers; concerning grace, peace, fullness, mercy, hope, protection, salvation, eternal life, joy, praise, honor, love, glory, revelation, belief, faith, angels, and mysteries.
I am grateful for the grace that enables us to enter in to this magnificent journey with God, and to stay the course, if we are willing.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LordrequireofyouBut to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly withyour God? [Micah 6:8]
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. [Romans 12:2]
And without faith it is impossible to pleaseHim, for he who comes to God must believe that He is andthatHe is a rewarder of those who seek Him [Hebrews 11:6]
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. [Mark 10:18]
Therefore you are to beperfect,asyourheavenlyFatherisperfect. [Matt 5:48]
Good morning Father!
Good morning Jon!
One could get the impression that You want us to seek to walk with You, having faith that You can change us into what You want us to be.
Imagine that… Have you considered how Jesus’ words about no one but God being good squares with these other verses telling you not only to be good, but to be perfect?
I believe Jesus was trying to convince us that we are incapable of being good enough on our own to live up to the standard required to have a rewarding relationship with Holy God. I have often wondered, though, about Jesus question “Why do you call Me good?”, since He is good.
The answer to “why” is because He is God and I Am good. The one he was questioning did not get that, either.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy and that is what you are. [1 Corinthians 3:16-17] This is the secret to the paradox in these verses we are considering together. Having accepted Jesus and received the Spirit, you can say with Paul:
But if while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. [Galatians 2: 17-21]
So then, you have grace to walk with Me while you are submitting your life to the transforming power of the Truth. You still have the choice today: be transformed by the renewing of your mind, or destroy the temple of God with the things of the world. If you did not have this choice, would I have given you so many helps to aid you on your way?
Thank You Father, for patiently explaining the scriptures and for sharing Your heart to save us. Thank You for the grace to walk in Christ that all is not lost at any misstep! I love You!
You are welcome! I love You! I have gone to great lengths to show you that I Am your loving Father.
We read in the Bible Gateway “Verse of the Day” from Job 19:25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” Some say that Job may be the oldest book in the Bible, that it is marvelous poetically and contains rich words and forms not found anywhere else in scripture. And, at least Copley in hisGatherings in Beulahposits that Job may have lived before Abraham. Yet, here You were making known to Job the day of salvation!
The need for a Savior is known to Us. Was known to Us, from your temporal perspective. Even at the end of time, your need for your Savior will persist. Even as at the last He will take His stand on the earth, you will be standing in Him, for His redemption, with its focus at the cross on your behalf, sends its power both backward and forward in all eternity such that no one is beyond the reach of the efficacy of the sufferings of the Christ and Jesus’ love makes salvation available to everyone who chooses to seek refuge in Him while he may.
How can one offer adequate thanks, or all the praise that is due God in light of so great a gift? Help me to live in such a way as to cast no shadow obscuring the brilliance of what has been presented freely. Let my short-sighted behaviors be reined in and let my choices be guided and empowered by You! I love you! Thank You for seeing to it that we have such a mighty witness to this salvation by God’s word and by Your witness, even within us! I love! You