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Trusting in God

I Gok Dong, ROK, January 1986

A couple of posts back I suggested Scripture meditation as a response to anxiety. One Bible text has really been a help to me through the years as I’ve meditated on God using the text. I didn’t know it at the time but I was training my heart and mind to trust God.

The picture above was discovered recently in an old photo album. I took it while on a morning walk back in the 20th century using a film camera. It was January 1986. The reason I chose it for this post is the tree. It’s a village in South Korea. In the distance is the NakDong river. Here’s the verse for your consideration:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

whose trust is the LORD.

He is like a tree planted by water,

that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when heat comes,

for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought,

for it does not cease to bear fruit.

(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

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What defines you? Learn from UVa coach Tony Bennett…

Watch what dignity, strength and humility look like.

Be careful what you let define you.

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Reminder when it’s tough…

Life in this broken down world is full of circumstances that pull us down. It might news that a friend is unwell, or a child whose bad decisions have gotten them into struggles (several of my friends are in this boat) or we just can’t make ends meet financially.

It is in these times that the discipline of meditating on Scripture would serve us well. (Note, where Eastern Meditation focuses on emptying, Scripture meditation focuses on filling.)

Meditating on Scripture is not easy because it’s not busy. It’s about the process of stopping, focusing, and dwelling on the Lord using His word.

I’ve been meditating on certain scriptures for over a decade. Admittedly, mine is more reactive than proactive. I use it to return me to a focus on Him when I stray in focusing on the world. And I do this as often as I need to.

Process? Simple.

Identify Scripture that lift you to Him.

Sit still, and SLOWLY read the text over and over (as though you were trying to memorize it but just to dwell, not memorize). If you’re like a friend of mine you might pace (I’ve been known to do this on the treadmill at the gym).

Don’t study. Just slowly read the text over and again. Ask your Father in Heaven to make the truth of the Bible clear to you as you read it.

For me, whenever is practice this, I am filled and encouraged. It may take you a few times to figure out how this process works best for you, but the key words are quiet, focused, unhurried and listening.

Below are three texts to get you started.

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalms‬ ‭123:1‬) ESV

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalms‬ ‭57:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

I’ve put them in a Google Doc for you to open and look at on your phone. They are spaced out so that the only thing on your screen is the Scripture. Click Here

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Duke 56 – UVa 61 on April 2

Here are my totally ACC biased, unscientific, based on almost nothing picks for March Madness:

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The McCheyne train (reading plan) just took me through Colossians 3. Significant words for me.

Thirty-eight years ago this month I was faced with these verses:

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

As I considered those words as a twenty-something I knew I was stuck in that old self Paul speaks of. I had no means to change. I had been taught the truths of God in regular conversations for almost two months. I had learned that God loved me and wanted to bring me to himself, but that I to come to Him. The Bible has made it clear to me that I needed Him to change and that He would change me. He would empower me to…

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

So, I reasoned, what more do I need to know to receive this free help? This new life? This new standing with God in Jesus?

My conclusion? Nothing more do I need to learn. Christ had done the work. All I had to do was ask.

So I believed.

No fireworks, just me and God: Him hearing and continuing the work he already begun through the man He sent to talk to me.

Like the Philippian jailer who asked “How can I be saved?” I asked God to save me and begin the changes in me. He did, and He continues.

Thus began the journey and thus it continues… in the power of God through His Grace and Mercy.

Thanks be to God.

To the glory of God!

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:8-10, 12-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬


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In my travels last week I took time to see two beautiful and historic train stations: Los Angeles and Seattle. Here is the waiting room in King Street Station (1906) in Seattle.

And here is one of the waiting rooms in Union Station (1939) in Los Angeles.

Back in the day these were nice places to wait for your train.


We’re often not so good at waiting. The ability to wait must be cultivated. It can actually be quite good for us.

I sent a reminder to some young friends recently. Some of us not-so-young might profit from it too:

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalms‬ ‭27:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

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Someone wondered if their notifications were going to their spam somehow because they hadn’t heard from the blog in a while. I said no, I’ve been through a quiet season. There’ve been no notifications because there’ve been no posts.

Took the photo somewhere over to Rockies as I flew home from Seattle yesterday.

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