This Week's Focus

Investigate my life, O God
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I'm about;
See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.

Psalm 139:23-24

Scripture and Quotation References

The words italicized in my blog are either verses from the Holy Bible, a summary of scripture, or a quotation from a Bible teacher.  (Except for Day 2 in my description of memories)  Below the references are given in order of blog post.

Day 1: Under the microscope
1.  Beth Moore suggests the root of jealousy is fear in  A Heart Like His:  Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David.

Day 2:  At microscopic level
2.  The story of King Saul's jealousy of David is found in 1 Samuel 18.  
3.  Other references to jealousy (both good and bad)  I looked at include Acts 5:17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:3, 2 Corinthians 11:2; Exodus 20:5; Joel 2:18, Zechariah 1:14, 2 Corinthians 11:2.
4.  Quote about emotions from A Heart Like His by Beth Moore, pg. 36
5.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23.
6.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Day 3:  Is there a cure?
7.  But if we confess our sins to Him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.  1 John 1:9
8.  You always reap what you sow.  Galatians 6:7-8

Day 4: Sponge days
9.  Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  Psalm 139:1

Day 5: A sprout
10.  You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence... Psalm 16:11

Day 6 and 7:  A psalm (song-prayer) for...
11.  Opening quote from  Life Application Study Bible (NLT),explanation, p.819

Day 8:  "Love is a verb"
12.  The concept of love languages is presented in the book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman.
13.  Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each another, let us show the truth by our actions.  Our actions will show that we belong to the truth... 1 John 3:18-19

Day 10:  Even there
14.  God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way.  Genesis 1:31
15.  The story of Moses and the Burning Bush is told in Exodus 3.

Day 12 and 13:  Ripples
16.  From the story of the Woman at the Well found in John 4:1-42.  Verses 13 and 14 say, "Jesus replied, 'Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.'”

Day 14:  wrestle, cont'd
17.  "... I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13

Day 15:  immersion
18.  These italics are another exception.  From the Seabird song, "Don't You Know You're Beautiful."  Can be heard at

Day 16:  blossoms
19.  In Him we live and move and have our being.  Acts 17:28

Day 17-20:  restoration
20.  I will restore the years the locusts have eaten.  Joel 2:25

Day 21:  who made thee
Another exception:  the poem is italicized to distinguish it from my thoughts.
21.  Abide in me...John 15:1

Day 21, cont'd:  tuning in
22.  My sheep recognize my voice...I know them and they follow me.  John 10:27

Day 23:  alive
23.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5
24.  ...and the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.   Galatians 5:22-23

Day 24-25:  sleeping in
25.  If I ride the wings of the morning...Psalm 139:9
26.  Let me rise in the morning and live always with you...Psalm 139:18 (Msg)

Day 26-27:  linked
27.  Shouldn't I despise those who resist you?...Psalm 139:21
28.  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you...Psalm 139:23-24

Day 28:  sitting
29.  Be still...Psalm 46:10

Day 29:  I remembered
30.  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him...Psalm 68:4.  Hallelujah is a Hebrew word that literally means, "praise YAH."  Yah is a Hebrew name for God, YHWH.  I love this further description from Wikipedia:  "However, "hallelujah" means more than simply "praise Yah," as the word hallel in Hebrew means a joyous praise, to boast in God, or to act madly or foolishly." (like running around yelling, "God melts!" :))   The second part, Yah, is a shortened form of Yahweh YHWH, sometimes rendered in English as "Jehovah". "