any excuse for a song

Our scripture-reading habit for the summer (after listening to our song-of-the-day), is to read one chapter of a prophet, then some verses from an epistle, and if we remember, a psalm and a couple of verses of proverbs.  (If it’s a very busy day, we sometimes only read a few verses, or in extreme circumstances or when something more seems needed, we might grab a Max Lucado devotional.)  All of these things are read in The Message, simply because we’ve been reading the other versions for 40 years.  But the epistle verses (Ephesians these days), we do read a second time in parallel with CEV and GNB.  How do we decide how many epistle verses to read?  Just as many as “feels” right–sometimes it’s only 2 or 3, other times it’s more.  Sometimes The Mom gets “stuck” on a certain verse or two that she keeps reading over and over again, each day. 

What she’s been reading lately (like yesterday’s verse), suggests that she should think over all her activities, and decide if anything is frivolous, or something that she’s wasting time on.

Today’s verse is another one to read over a couple of times: 
“Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:20)

And here is what is causing the praise song these days, hanging over the deck where The Mom sits with her coffee:

This tree is called “Green Spire Linden”

Plus, The Mom’s lavender is absolutely “scrumptious”… to the nose, that is!!

Now to close off with a proverb we read this morning:  “The one who knows much says little” (prov. 17:27) ! ;))

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