Saturday, August 14, 2021


Today’s Reading: Job 5-6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


in present day Nazareth, first century life is acted out at Nazareth Village.

In present-day Nazareth, first century family life is re-created at a place called Nazareth Village.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Job 5:17

Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.


The above statement was made by Eliphaz to Job. Eliphaz had a good grasp on truth, but let us remember that the words of Job and his friends are their opinions. They are accurately recorded in the inspired Scriptures as being what Job’s friends said. Our key verse can be considered to be “Truth” because when we compare Scripture with Scripture, it stands the test. For example, we may want to read Hebrews 12:5-11.

In everyday life we know those (maybe ourselves) who are suffering because of the sins and failures of others, or because of circumstances beyond control. Job did not know why he was going through such testing, but in it all he retained his faith in God. Someone has said, “A believer is like tea; real strength only comes out when we are put into hot water.” The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:19-25 about the example of Jesus in enduring suffering. God’s plan is to make us like His Son and our Saviour, Jesus. Suffering temporarily is included in that plan. It is not meant to defeat or destroy us but to strengthen and refine us as gold, purified in the fire.


God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray for strength to endure any suffering that may come to me. I worship You, Lord God! In the Name of Jesus, the One who “learned obedience by the things which He suffered,” Amen!!! (Hebrews 5:7 & 8).


Today is Norma-Jean’s birthday. Happy Birthday my darling wife! Thank you for sticking with me throughout 59 years as of this September 19th. God has allowed testing in your life and you have come through as fine gold. I think that I’ve been a big test for you! Thank you for passing the test and continuing to love.

If you keep reading to the end of the book of Job, you’ll find a happy ending with a family larger than the original one!

Yours to celebrate,


A family birthday celebration for David & Norma-Jean, August 14th, 2017 (their birthdays are on the 13th & 14th). David went home to be with Jesus just over a month later.

17 thoughts on “Saturday, August 14, 2021

  1. Yes happy birthday Norma-Jean, Gods blessing and peace be apon today and every day, of this new year for you. Prosper and be filled with the Joy of the Lord. In Jesus name amen.

  2. Job was a real trouper. We can learn so much from his experiences, remembering that God is in control. Have a great day Norma Jean! (I’ve been singing “He is Able” for a couple of days! Those Sunday School songs were so uplifting and true. I miss hearing them. Blessings on all today.

  3. So understandable that Job was extremely despondent. I pray God helps us to hang on even when circumstances are dreadful and hopeless looking. Praying God will help us to trust Him and honour Him when we can’t see His hand or understand His plans.

    Happy Birthday dear Norma-Jean!!

  4. Happy Birthday to Norma Jean.May God bless your day.

    I still have Luisa’s (Joseph?) and Elanor’s (Edward) husbands on my prayer list.I have “Joe and Joseph” also on my list .Is this Elanor’s Joseph and son??Can someone confirm this?Thank you.It’s close to 30* in the shade here in northern Nova Scotia.May the Father bless your day.
    PS:Hope your back surgery is close at hand,Beverlee.

    • William it is not my son Joseph and Edward is my husband. Maybe you have added Joe and Joseph to your list at another time praying for Luisa’s husband.
      Eleanor M.

  5. I’m very thankful that Ron is still giving us these scripture readings. Thankful too for your parents. happy birthday, Norma Jean.

  6. Happy Birthday, Norma Jean! Thank you for keeping this blog going – it’s a lifeline for me. I have such happy memories of being on the tour of Israel with you and David in 2005 – what a tremendous experience. I recognize the gaunt face of David in the photo – my husband who was one year older than David died of cancer in 2012 and he became so emaciated. Painful to think about it…but my husband encouraged me during his last days to not grieve too much but rather to rejoice that he was now out of His misery and with the Lord…all because of GRACE, precious grace of God. “Thank you, dear Lord and now bless Norma Jean in a special way as she still will miss her dear husband so much and bless her in a new and wonderful way on her birthday!”

  7. Happy Birthday Norma Jean!!!
    I can to the Lord through 100 Huntley St. prayer line Mannny Years Ago.
    God Bless the Mainse Family and my Blog Family.

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