Thursday, December 17, 2020


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 4

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A father walks his child from a time of studying holy books in a Jewish library located in Jerusalem at the foot of the Temple Mount, beside the Western Wall. This Jewish father is obviously taking heed to Moses’ instructions.

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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and grandchildren.


Words repeated in a chapter stand out to me. “TAKE HEED” (3 times), “OBSERVE” (3 times), and “POSSESS” (4 times). I believe God wants us to pay attention to Him, carefully scrutinize His Word and our response, and then assimilate (make part of our being) what we are learning. This will equip us to pass on our stories to the next generations, and for us personally, “That you may live” (vs 1)…also, “Lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life” (vs 9). Another reason to TAKE HEED, OBSERVE, AND POSSESS is…”Lest you act corruptly” (vs 16). How about “Lest you forget?” (vs 23). The result of our diligence is found in verses 29-31. This is so important that I’m going to type those verses here for extra emphasis, “BUT FROM THERE YOU WILL SEEK THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND YOU WILL FIND HIM IF YOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. WHEN YOU ARE IN DISTRESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS COME UPON YOU IN THE LATTER DAYS, WHEN YOU TURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD AND OBEY HIS VOICE (FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD), HE WILL NOT FORSAKE YOU NOR DESTROY YOU, NOR FORGET THE COVENANT WHICH HE SWORE TO THEM.” Amen!!!!


Lord God, I can’t do this on my own, nevertheless I’ll give it my best. My best won’t be enough Lord. Therefore, I ask you for sufficient grace to fully “Take Heed,” “Observe,” and “Possess.” Through the Person and work of Jesus, the One who did it right, I pray. Amen!


Telling my stories to my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is a joy for me. Besides, when I do this I’m being obedient to God’s instructions given to us through Moses. As I ponder what story I should tell here, in my mind’s eye I see a framed front page picture from the National Post that I have at home. It’s of Stephen Harper in 2006 (who would be elected Prime Minister in 3 days’ time) holding my great-granddaughter, Noelle Neilson (I’ll put a copy of that picture below). His campaign bus stopped right in front of Noelle’s townhome in Waterdown, Ontario. Meanwhile, I had a book of photographs from the 1948 Stanley Cup Champions, the Toronto Maple Leafs, that I thought Stephen Harper would enjoy, knowing that he’s a BIG hockey fan and was working on a book about hockey. I had prayed, “Lord, I have no idea how to get these historic pictures into Stephen’s hands; can You help me?” Now back to that surprise street visit…Mr. Harper asked Noelle’s Mom, my granddaughter Sheryl, “Who is this child.” She answered, “This is David Mainse’s great-granddaughter.” He responded, “Tell David I’m going to call him next week.” The day after the election, as I was walking into a nursing home to get the “okay” from the elderly couple who had given me the hockey photographs, my cell phone rang. Guess what? It was our new P.M. I travelled to Ottawa and presented him these amazing photos on Thursday that week. No one could tell me that God does not have a hand in even small events if we ask Him to. Hebrews 11:6 says, “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So that’s another story for my great-grandchildren. Noelle is now eleven and more great-grandchildren have arrived since!.

Yours for passing on stories of God’s love and grace,


Here is the photo from the National Post which I referred to above. It was from January 20, 2006. You can click on the photo to enlarge it.


24 thoughts on “Thursday, December 17, 2020

  1. Prayers for Teresa Saccucci from her request a few days ago. Lord God, have Your hand upon her, her household, her family. You know their needs. Holy Spirit, breath of life, blow through them with a wind of protection, in the blessed Name of Jesus. Amen. Also, Lord, we call for peace within Sah’s heart. Wherever she may be at this time, I pray she has reconciled with her family. We face another Christmas season, fellow saints. May it be well in our souls and merry and bright as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thank you God for the gift you gave us. We are truly blessed. In Jesus’ mighty Name, we pray. Amen.

    “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV

    Christmas Classics with fireplace (beautiful songs, wow, back to childhood)
    Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby

  2. I join you in prayer, Beverlee, for Sah. I did wonder about her whereabouts too. Wherever she is God will be with her. Ground covered with snow today. I may have to walk the floors of our condo apartment building instead of outside. It was pretty cold yesterday so my walk was short! I didn’t see a link to the fireplace—carol singing you mentioned. I’ll do a search on line. I did enjoy that video with the blazing fire. Blessings all. Dress warmly for this wintertime!

  3. “So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

    Thank You, Father, for Your Word, and for raising up Godly leaders to help keep us on Your path. We pray for righteous government here, in the U.S. and throughout this world. Until the governments of the world fully submit to You, Lord, we pray that Your Word goes out freely to all people, and the Your will is done to bring people everywhere to You, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  4. Joining in the prayers for Teresa Saccucci, Sah, fellow bloggers, and for righteous government here, in the U.S. and throughout this world. I pray that the Lord will reveal if there is fraud in the U.S. election, before inauguration. I pray that there will be a shaking in the churches.
    I pray for all those that are struggling, that they will find the Spirit of Christmas, and not be stressed over the financial situations, that so many are facing. Let them know that money and expensive gifts are not the reason for Christmas.
    God Bless one and all.

  5. Amen HJR. The magic of Christmas is lost in spending, gifts and material things. Some people don’t even mention the Name of Jesus at Christmas. They don’t have any idea that it is because of Jesus’ birth, that we celebrate.

  6. Hello Beverlee
    For some reason my computer will not allow me to access this link, says it is not secure. www,you refused to connect.

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