More Millie

Filed in PersonalTags: Cats, Pets, Photos

Millie is getting more comfortable with her new surroundings:

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What is this plastic thing you're always playing with?
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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I will stand on the plastic thing, so you can't use it.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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I like it much better after you put the catnip in.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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I was taking a nap; why did you wake me?
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Please get that thing out of my face!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

OYB February 7

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 26, Exodus 27
NT: Matthew 25:1-30
Ps: Psalm 31:1-8
Pr: Proverbs 8:1-11

Today´s notable verse:

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Psalm 31:3 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on Proverbs 8:10-11 above, Are you seeking God’s instruction in your life above all else? Do you agree with this Proverb that wisdom is far more valuable than riches? Is reading the Bible each day here in 2006 adding to your wisdom? Are you seeking to do more than just read the Bible this year? Are you diving into further study of the Bible? Are you allowing your study of the Bible to transform you? Are you allowing the Bible to change how you think, act, and live? Are you allowing the Bible to give you godly wisdom? Will you accept God’s free gift of Biblical wisdom each and every day of your life?

I remember from a previous study of Proverbs 8 that what strikes me about this chapter is the the presence and inter-changeability of the Holy Spirit for wisdom. This revelation was powerful to me, in that it reinforced the work of the Spirit in our lives; when we have the Spirit, we truly have God's Wisdom directing our lives - when we yield to it! I have in my life this very second all the Widsom of God, in the person of the Holy Spirit. How it must grieve Him when I choose to act in my own understanding rather than rely on the Widsom He wants to impart to me - much less, when I act intentionally contrary to that wisdom.

Wisdom is certainly more valuable than riches; for one, with God's wisdom, we gain a Godly perspective on what is truly valuable, and also how to handle those things of value with which God entrusts us. Without a doubt, the more time I spend in the Word, the more I am transformed. More and more, I am exposed to my own iniquities, and presented with the choice to think, decide, and act according to my sinful nature or according to God's will and wisdom. On that measure, I gain a greater understanding of God's grace, as I all too often yield to my sinful nature, rather than rely on the still, small voice of God's Spirit, who directs my path - if only I choose to let Him.