August was a stressful month for me.
My mechanic was unable to do an inspection and repair on my vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances, and I had to scramble to find someone else who could squeeze me in before the end of the month on a day that would fit my schedule. They ended up needing my Jeep for two days, partly because my engine light decided to turn on for them. At least I was already planning on working from home the second day anyway.
Every single person at my workplace took a vacation at some point in August (including myself). My boss actually took two trips. Which meant that for a week-and-a-half, as his Lead Developer, I had to field his emails & phone calls, manage & delegate tasks to my coworkers, and try to keep up with my own tasks. Thankfully, there were hardly any phone calls, and no real emergencies to handle. Continue reading
A verse-by-verse commentary on Psalm 1
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
True joy and success belong to the one who is dedicated to uprightness. He does not listen to every piece of advice, but weighs it carefully in wisdom, choosing not to act upon the promptings of the foolish or wicked. He does not stand for what is wrong, but boldly stands for what is right. He does not make friends with those who mock the truth – rather, he is mocked and rejected because of his stand.
We left off in 1 Samuel 20 with David learning from Jonathan that his relationship with Saul was not going to be restored and his life was in serious danger. After a tearful farewell of his best friend, David fled. Chapter 21 picks up the story by charting the beginning of David’s travels.
The first stop is at the tabernacle, which at the time was in the city of Nob. Continue reading
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psa. 139:23-24).
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults (Psa. 19:12). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psa. 19:14). Continue reading