A Summer of Psalms

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This old lady is having a difficult time discerning true news from the fake news lately, especially on Facebook!  I see posts about how Pope Francis said this or that and I’m appalled at the idea that he could have possibly said any of it.  Well – good ol’ SNOPES.COM.  I should just check stuff out before sharing some of what I share.  I get all my friends in a tizzy and then find out none of what I’ve posted is even fact!  Ugh!  Lying lips and deceiving tongues!!!  When did people start getting their jollies by posting horrific lies about good people?  It’s horrible and I, for one, refuse to share it anymore.

I’m sure all my Facebook friends are very happy to hear that!  🙂

In this environment of fake news and made up stories, what are Christians to believe?  God’s word is clear – we are to believe the ever-loving and never-changing Book that has sustained us through the worst days of our lives – the Bible.  As we read His word and pray to Him, He is faithful to us even if we feel distressed about the lies and deceit that are all around us in this day and age.  We have to come to terms with the fact that there are people who mean to distract us from the truth – and God’s people need to pray to Almighty God for discernment!  There are fake news stories in media that at one time could be trusted because they only printed or reported the TRUTH.  That is no longer the case.

It blows my mind that there are people in the world who write false stories.  We had one thing drilled into our heads in journalism class, and that is you check sources and double-check them.  You make sure that what you are writing is real, true, factual.  Journalistic integrity is dead, folks!  We live in a society of fog now.  Nothing can be believed and everything has to be fact-checked before re-posting.  Take nothing at face value.  Their deceit means we need deliverance.  God is faithful!

The lesson for Christians today is to pray, pray, PRAY!!!  Ask God for discernment because you need it – and I need it!  It’s fairly benign in a social media setting – I mean if I share something that ends up to be false, I’ve had some conversation with my friends and end up deleting the post and saying NEVERMIND to everyone in embarrassment.  No harm, no foul (except I feel for the poor Pope.  Yikes!)  The reason I keep such a close eye on those stories is, I’m sure one of these days the story will not be fake news – and when that happens, I don’t want to be asleep at the wheel.  Does anyone else feel that way?  We know things will get worse – not to be all gloom and doom – but hey…  just speaking the truth.

The good news is, in the midst of our mess, our LORD has a message for us!  It’s our job to listen, stay alert and awake for HIS voice…  that’s the only voice that matters!  Got fake news?  Got fake friends?  Got fake anything else?  Got troubles???

Isn’t it amazing that a Psalm written so long ago can speak to our hearts and minds today?  That’s the awesomeness of God.  He was there, but He is here, and He will be there!  Omnipresent.  It blows my mind, but it comforts my mind at the same time.  Isn’t God great and good?  Yes, He is.  ALL the time!  🙂

READ A BOOK DAY

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According to the Online Slang Dictionary, the term “book it” means to move very fast. But I could be wanting a room in another town for the night if I’m taking a trip – so I would have to “book it”. Isn’t slang fun… and confusing?

Well all of that nonsense was to introduce READ A BOOK DAY, which has nothing whatsoever to do with moving very fast or making reservations. This is a holiday that was began by a librarian, one we suspect was encouraging youngsters to read books. It was first observed at the end of the first decade of the 2000’s.

I take a book almost everywhere.  Books are the perfect entertainment:  no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.  What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.  – Stephen King

Don’t feel pressured to read an entire book today, but hopefully this day will remind you to read a certain passage of a favorite book. Maybe this would be a good day to look at some of your favorite Bible verses or read from a book of poetry. My favorite poet is Lucinda Berry Hill. I use her devotional book, “Coffee with Jesus” every day.

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To order this devotional, go to:
http://www.lucindaspoetry.webs.com/

I may be telling tales out of school, but there’s talk of a second cup of coffee with Jesus! Shh… don’t tell.

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Some other ways to celebrate this day may be to volunteer to read to children or give a book to a children’s school library. How about hosting a book reading party. What ever happened to book clubs? When did we all get too busy to get together to talk about a book?

Times have changed but I must admit I miss the old days. These days we not only have print books but e-books as well. I’m sure they count on this Read a Book Day. The idea is to encourage reading, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Books open up a whole new world to young and old alike.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.  – Harper Lee

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to relax and read today. It’s good for the soul and mind. 🙂