A Prayer from Psalm 26

I found this brief prayer below on my computer today, written back in 2015. It seems like a random psalm to pray through, but I probably wrote this when we passed Psalm 26 in our church’s Bible reading plan. I love it that we can turn God’s Word back into prayer and praise to Him.

This psalm reminds me of Psalm 1, giving instruction on how we should sit, stand, and walk (26:3-5), which really is to say that God’s Word gives guidance for every aspect of our lives. And as Psalm 139 reminds us, God knows when we sit down and rise up (139:2). He comprehends our path (the way we walk and go) and our lying down and is acquainted with all our ways (139:3). What wonderful knowledge (139:6)!

PRAYER:

Praise you, Lord, that you are a merciful Redeemer (v.11). You show us the way to walk and to go, a path that leads to life. May I trust in You without wavering, and may my foot be on a level place that it might not slip (v. 1, 12). May I have a sturdy trust in You, my faithful God. Examine me and prove me; try my mind and heart (v. 2). Keep your lovingkindness before my eyes, help me walk in your truth (v.3). May I bless you in the congregation, proclaiming with a voice of thanksgiving, and declaring all your wonders (v. 6-7, 12). May I walk in integrity (v. 1, 11). In Jesus’ name, who has made these things possible, Amen.

Book Review and Giveaway

9780802419194This summer, I went through a new Bible study on prayer called On Bended Knee: Praying like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings by Crickett Keeth. Crickett is the women’s ministry director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, where I grew up. She is also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, where my husband earned his Th.M. So we have many mutual connections which helped stir my initial interest in this study. I’ve also been impressed with the growing number of Bible studies being offered by Moody Publishers (where my husband also happens to work!) and have enjoyed using them over the last few years as resources to dig into God’s Word. Read more

A Salvation Story

Let me tell you a story. It’s a good story, a true story.

In the beginning, God created all things—the heavens and earth, the far-flung galaxies, the deepest oceans, the highest mountains, the farthest lands, the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky and the animals of the land—and he did so with precision and order. And then this wholly other, indescribable and perfect God also created you and me. So vast and big; so personal and near. This Creator God cared about relationship with us.  Read more

The Voice of God

From the earliest pages of Scripture, we are confronted with the voice of God.

In the first chapter of Genesis, we see repeated again and again, “Then God said…” (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29). And Genesis 1:22, 28, “And God blessed them, saying…”

Whatever God said, God did. God acted and created based on his word, his voice. What an incredible Creator God is revealed to us! We see Him immediately as reliable, as One who keeps His word. And what power is this that can speak and create from nothing? We see God’s majesty and might. Read more

The Faithfulness of God

Mom and me

The following is a guest post from my mom, Karen Meadows. I’m so glad she finally agreed to write something for this blog! 


October 22nd.

For the past 49 years, this date has been indelibly inscribed in my mind. As I am going over our study of Ruth in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) this week, I was struck by how fitting it is that we are studying this particular book at this precise date this week. It was on this day in 1969 that my husband, Thomas, died in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work. So, studying the life of Ruth really hits home to me. Read more