Monday, August 14, 2023


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.

10 thoughts on “Monday, August 14, 2023

  1. Thank You, Father, for wanting us to be honest, with ourselves, with others, and with You. Job was honest. Help us to be also, I ask in Jesus’s name, amen

    Happy Birthday, Norma-Jean!

  2. A beautiful picture of David & Norma-Jean. I had GREAT difficulty in reading the blog today. The print was so small on both my Tablet & Smartphone. I hope it won’t continue like that. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Yes Doreen. I sometimes get too full a page where sliding the bar on the bottom has to be continually done to be able to see all of the wording.

      Love the pic of David & Norma-Jean also.
      God bless each and every saint, amen.
      It’s not easy being a Christian I find. Job certainly had the right idea to stick with it. Much peace and joy comes into my life when I just think to myself “What Would Jesus do?” when a situation needs to be handled.

  3. I agree the writing was very small today.
    Update on my husband Edward, they changed him from chemo pills to injections, then he developed a fever and was in hospital for 5 he starts another week of injections so we have to see how it goes. If it is too much for him, the oncologist says she is okay with him just having the blood tests and the transfusions, when needed. He would have a better life but it would be shorter.
    I am going to the hospital with him very Day this week as he wants me to be with him.
    I read the blog everyday and when I have more info I will let you know.
    I would value yours prayers to make the right decision.
    Blessings to all Eleanor.

    • Blessings on you and your husband Eleanor. I went through the same thing with my husband but I have peace knowing he is with the Lord. I just spoke to a neighbour who just returned from her treatment. It is a long journey (& she lives alone). Praying for Edward and for my neighbour Lily. Blessings all.

  4. Praying for you, Eleanor and your husband. I too went through similar with my husband and he too wanted me by his side through it all. Praying for the right decisions and peace for all. A friend of mine was going through something similar and the dr wasnt sure about his decisions and he said i am in a win win situation. Stop the treatment and enjoy better quality of life, that is a win, if its shorter, i am will be in heaven and thats a win too.
    May God be with you every step of your journey
    Prays also for Doreens neighbour as she travels this journey. Ensure her she is not alone

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