I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
Isaiah 28:21 says,
“The Lord will rise up.He will be
rousted to do His deed; strange is His deed. And to do His work; alien is His
work.”(ESV)Strange & alien
indeed!We often find ourselves
believing that when God works, things will run smoothly, when the truth is
God’s work often seems strange and alien to the way we think things should
go.But the good news for writers is
that God’s strange & alien work makes great stories!
“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarm -leaning,
leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.”These words were penned by Alisha Hoffman in 1887.Where in the Bible did Alisha get her
inspiration? Where do the words, “the everlasting arms” appear? They appear inDeuteronomy 33:27 which says, “The eternal God is a dwelling place and
underneath are the everlasting arms.”
The book of Lamentations is poetry based on the Hebrew
alphabet, which consists of 22 letters. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of Lamentations
have 22 verses, each starting with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Chapter 3 has 66 verses with each Hebrew letter repeated 3 times before moving
onto the next letter. The last chapter, chapter 5, is written free style. An
interesting note: Chapters 2, 3 and 4 reverse the order of the Hebrew letters ayin
and pe so only chapter 1 follows the usual sequence precisely. Why?
Perhaps only God knows.
Good Advice: In
Nehemiah 5:7, Nehemiah says, “And I
consulted with myself...”When I
first read this verse it struck me as funny.But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was wise statement.In the prior verses, Nehemiah is
distraught.As he contemplates what to
do about his situation, he consults with himself…good idea!Perhaps if we spent more time consulting with
ourselves and less time acting without thinking, our lives would run more