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Psalm 34:8

“Oh taste and see, that the Lord is good: blessed is the man the trusteth in Him.” — Psalm 34:8

Couldnโ€™t sleep a few nights ago, and this verse came to mind! Eventually, had to loook it up and study it!

Some key words:

๐ŸŽฏTaste: to taste, perceive

๐ŸŽฏSee: to see, discern, consider, behold, enjoy, joyfully, look one upon another, regard, to mark, view, observe, TO FACE (this makes me think how often in my studies I realize thatโ€™s how He wants us to know Him, face to face!)

๐ŸŽฏGood: good, beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, favor, joyfully, merry, kindly, gracious, most, pleasure, pleaseth, prosperity, sweet, wealth, favored, good in every way, sensual goodness,(as in tangible), intellect goodness, moral goodness, having benefits, welfare, prosperity, bounty. Basically, if itโ€™s any kind of good? Itโ€™s found in Him and His Goodness!!! ALL the things good!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

๐ŸŽฏ Blessed: this one is pretty amazingโ€” blessed, happiness. From a root word meaning to go straight, to advance, to be led, to go, to make progress, to set right, to be made HAPPY!

๐ŸŽฏMan: valiant man or WARRIOR, strong man, to be strong or valiant, to be mighty.

๐ŸŽฏTrusteth: to trust, to be careless (as in having no care!) to confide in, have hope in, take refuge in!

Way better things to be thinking about, as compared to the things we often see around us on social media and especially, the news.

As we โ€˜Tasteโ€™ and โ€˜Seeโ€™ (know Him face to face) that the Lord is GOOD in every way, we are BLESSED โ€”we advance, go straight, are MADE HAPPY, make progress and are set right! We are not only Happy and advancing, we are STRONG, VALIANT, WARRIORS! (A Happy Warrior! Love it!) we are made blessed when we trust in Him, making Him our refuge, having no cares!

I hope this blessed somebody!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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Stores

Batman Says:

Click and “poof” whatever you want is delivered to your home, you don’t ever have to leave again. Some call it convenient, I call it the slow death of “Stores”.

Remember going to the store? It was a trip, a journey where you met people, said hello and actually conversed. It was a time away from the house, sometimes it wasn’t convenient to have to go, others it was just fun. I remember during the summers when I was young (again, none ya business when that was) we would sometimes ride our bicycles the 5 miles down our barren county road to the wooden country store in the middle of the ‘tater’ fields just to get a NeHi soda and sometimes even candy. We sometimes played the worn out pinball machine, sat in the shade and talked to the “old guys” that hung around and we just had fun. Then we rode back home down that lonesome road.

As we got older the trips were made in trucks and we somehow didn’t have time to sit around and talk. And the trips to the “store” became less important. We found more “important” things to do I suppose. Shame, I kinda miss it now that I’m “growed up” supposedly.

I think somewhere along the way from childhood to adulthood we lose a special part of ourselves that if we kept, we would never not want to always see, hear, and visit places and things, and “stores”. Now with modern tech, it’s all too simple to become a hermit and just have anything you wish, dropped outside your front door. I, for one think it’s sad, I’m not saying I don’t use these options here and there, I’m saying we should never stop totally, taking the trip to the store. Giving up the chance to see an old friend, or make a new one, is not worth missing just for convenience.

Take it from Batman, you’re never too old to make new friends and renew old friendships, chances are better for both if you’re out and about as opposed to being a hermit.

No Peach this does not mean I go to town every time you do”

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Over Estimation

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me.” — Psalm 131:1

Peach says:

THIS WEEK I’ve been walking out something I didn’t expect or want, and don’t like. Life can be like that at times. Some things happen and we react and it sets off a chain reaction and you just have to breath and hold on while it’s first developing and then take it all, the whole ball of wax to the Lord in prayer, in praise and worship. He IS our peace. He IS our Father. He will lead us through this earthy mess we sometimes fall into, sometimes cause, sometimes gets thrown on us. And He WILL bring good out of it. Every. Time.

SINCE last Saturday, I’ve been turning over a situation in my mind. Wanting it to be over, to be ‘fixed’, to be better. But, knowing these things take time. I might want my Hallmark movie happy ending ‘PDQ’ but, God’s timetable is not often given to that, because His purposes, in order to fulfill their excellency, refinement, and revelation for us and in us, require a process of time. Far be it from me to try to circumvent the Master Craftsman at His beautiful, purposeful work!

IN THIS situation my muddled prayer is something like ‘Please, Lord, I don’t want to be disrespectful, nor did I mean to be. As we walk through this I want to show honor, without saying, ‘Oh, Yeah, that was no worries,’ but at the exact same time, I want to be clearly expressing grace, absolute forgiveness, and sorrow for having upset them. Not sorrow for my actions, because they were necessary. But, sorrow that it hurt. Where I’m wrong, please show me better ways. Help us navigate this and be stronger in You for it, and BRING others to the wonderful knowledge of You. Thank You that You bring beauty for ashes.’

THE VERSE above I opened with, occurred to me today, as sort of my heart’s cry to the Lord. As I find myself concerned that I NOT be haughty. That I be firm, yet approachable and willing. That I understand, that there IS and WILL BE things and maybe even much, which I don’t understand. But, God does. And He can make it all come to His holy purpose, even if and when I mess up, as long as I surrender it to Him, and believe Him for it. Full stop. My job is to pray and love and believe. And praise Him on the journey, for He is worthy, so worthy to be praised.

Thanks for listening! It is always my hope, that sharing how the Lord is helping, or has helped me and mine, that it can be mana for others on their journeys as well.

God bless! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ham again

Batman says:

Today Peach and I finally did it, we passed our test for General ham operators. We have been steadily plodding (means moving forward, slow but steadily) for a couple months as we study. We found out that we seem to study better together as opposed to each trying to alone. We picked times when we could sit together and put the flash cards up on the tv (mirrored on Apple TV is the technical term I do believe) and answered them together, did the same with practice exams, then we took practice exams separately. Seemed to work really well for us as the last few days it all clicked and we started getting passing scores in 99% of the practice exams.

So today at 1300hrs, at the local county EOC, 4 volunteer testers gave our tests, we thanked them when we were done and walked out of there upgraded.

Only one thing left to do and that’s maybe study and take the amateur extra exam…. maybe after a few days break eh Peach?

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Looking Ahead

Batman says:

What does the future hold? Pretty sure if we could know our future, we would do something to screw it up, it’s human nature.

Peach and I have started to contemplate our future as retirement from a job I have done for over 20 years will in a short 3 more years be over, the job will always be there, I just will no longer be doing it.

Our future hopefully will include trips around this beautiful country we live in to see all it has to offer, fishing, hunting, trapping included. Photography will dominate a large portion of it as Peach and I both love taking pictures of everything. Visiting the ‘kids’ and their ‘rugrats’ will also be a priority. Mostly though, just Peach and I, going through the future as we have the past, together, in love and having goofy moments, all under Gods watchful eye.

I used to worry what the future holds, I no longer do that, with the love of my life along with me, the future can be nothing but an adventure.

…what exit is it again Peach???

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At the Workplace

Batman says:

Ever had that boss or coworker that just has to be right, has to be done their way or it’s wrong or stupid? Welcome to adulthood, where EVERYONE thinks their way is the only way something can or should be done. Yep, I fall in this category to at times, but knowing this I try and see another’s point of view and if an idea is better, then I grudgingly acquiesce to that way, usually after huffing and puffing around a bit.

Now I admit it readily and I am working on doing better at fixing it, but there are some, who no matter what, cannot seem to admit they have the same issues. These individuals are usually in positions that have a direct and proximate effect on others. They are the top of the tier, and those directing and or planning how others will do things. Without fail, they are highly educated, both academically and job field related training, or they have absolutely no job related skills and are in their position do to management training or education.

The common worker, the one that goes out and actually performs the tasks are more often than not, left out of ANY discussions on how the job they do should be done. These ‘expert’ bosses, have forgotten how, or never really did know, how the job is done in real life. They go to academies, they go to conferences, they attend training seminars and come back full of ‘great ideas’ on how the common worker should not only do the job, but how they should act and feel while doing it.

The gist of this musing is hopefully to inspire those that are in the position to make changes, to ask the worker bee, and their line supervisors for input and actually CONSIDER what is said to see if it has merit and not just disregard it out of hand because some class or group meeting you attended said their way was best.

Sometimes the least academically educated person in the room has the most of what 99% of us need and that’s COMMON SENSE.