Oh, I really wish I had read this about 30 years ago. It is a wealth of well-written wisdom that I pray will be very valuable to all who read it. Please be sure to let the author know how much you like it.


“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.  Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory!”  Psalm 72:18-19

The following is a devotion I was allowed to share with students at a recent NCFCA National Open tournament in Spokane, WA.  I hope you find it encouraging.

Iintel have been reading a book by Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, called “High Output Management”.  It is not a Christian book and I don’t know if Andy Grove was a Christian.  This is, as the title suggests, a book on management.

I read a statement in his book regarding the manufacturing process that I found profound enough to post it on Instagram (@blom.jd), which is the true measurement of a quote.  I believe this singular sentence encapsulates a truth that goes beyond the production of widgets or the…

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 32- Humble Faith

This is definitely something I need both to read and to re-read. I hope it will bless you, too. Thanks for stopping by. : )

Settled In Heaven Blog

SIHsTOTT ICON AWTTBDevotional Thoughts From Every Chapter of the Bible

Genesis Chapter 32:

Gen 32:1-32 KJV

(1)  And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

(2)  And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

(3)  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

(4)  And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

(5)  And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

(6)  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred…

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I Dont Have To Worry (Lyric Video)” on YouTube

For those of us like me who are tired of living the weary-worry-life, here is something I hope will give you new hope and strength for the journey ahead. While I was able to find this song on iTunes, I don’t seem to be able to find this video any place else. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Erin Marie McDowell

I’ve personally received and discovered much troubling news…all around…just today (not counting our entire season of it).

And Teddy is on his way to Texas to see his father (very close to death waiting on an organ transplant), mother and siblings.

I was becoming so very upset and overwhelmed (with much legitimacy (if you only knew). So, I cried out to God in a momentary thought (silently)…and this new song came right on time. Thank you, Daddy-God!

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Jesus: No Ordinary Teacher (Part 1)

This is an amazing post. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Jonathan Camac



We would all be dead without it. Consider this. Somewhere along the line, you were taught everything you know and do today.

We all go through a process of learning the bare essentials. The toilet training stage. Learning how to eat and drink. Walk and talk. Then as we walk through life, we begin to understand more complex lessons. Skills like how to read and write. How to tie your shoes. How to cook. How to apologise. How to interact with one another.

Some are still learning those lessons. But truth is, we all are. Anyone who claims to know everything is delusional. The fact that we are in the 21st century, part of society as we know it today, is thanks to our ongoing learning over hundreds of years.

You see, life is a great teacher.

Teaching is part of the fabric of life, and we are students to it


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Patience as a Way of Life

This is something I tell myself I have already mastered. But that isn’t true. This is a good reminder to focus on Jesus and eternity as we interact with others, especially those close to us.


It’s pretty clear to me, that during this time at home here, helping my mom recover from her stroke, God is wasting no time at all, teaching me things.

And not just any “things…” butreal, important,messy things.

Things that should come with an owners manual or an instruction guide.

In other words, things you could find at Ikea.



New York City, if there’s anything that characterizes the Big Apple, it’s the instantaneousness of life in the rat race. You want a sandwich delivered at 2am? It’ll be there in 20 minutes. Need a ride? You’ve got an Uber driver 1 minute away. Everything is efficient. And everything happened 2 minutes ago.

And it’s a good thing, but also a bad thing. Or rather, a bad thing to get used to. And one of the big lessons I’m learning here, is a practice in patience…


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Willpower vs. Wordpower

Mitch Teemley

thThe start of the new year always seems to be about willpower, even for those who don’t make official Resolutions. It’s the time to start over, the time to finally make those dreams come true. For people of faith it’s a time “to break that habit I’m ashamed of” or “to get serious about serving God and others.” Worthy goals…

Of which we almost invariably fall short.

In the Bible, God’s people fall short again and again: “We can’t do this. It’s too hard for us!” they complain. And so, after giving them the final words of the covenant, Moses offers the key to fulfilling it: “This commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach,” he says. No, “the word is very near you: it is in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it” (Deuteronomy 30:11, 12, 14)…

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Days of Praise

This is something I often fall short on, but it is great encouragement. I hope you will enjoy it.

The Life Project

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:1-2

Have you ever just sat back and considered everything God has done in your life? For most of us, we don’t take the time to do this often enough; I know I don’t.  It may be hard to get started, as thoughts about the here and now rush though our minds, as the distractions and demands of everyday life make so much noise that it’s hard to think. Yet as we continue to ponder, as we begin to relax, God’s doings begin to enter our thoughts, and before too long, they push the distractions away.

We might even move on to ponder and reflect upon what God has done in His Creation; the wonder of all it, its grandeur…

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