I received a really sweet noted from a saint at the church. She laughed at how she wrote the word "blessing" so many times in her letter. She said as she read it over, she was struck that she sounded like all she was saying was "blessing." She said she realized it was because of the Upper Room. She was reading the daily devotion, and the Scripture and the devotional thoughts that followed repeated the word "blessing" nine times.
Thanks for the blessing!
In Bible study today, we were in Isaiah. I have really been living in Isaiah 8, off and on for a few months. Back into it not only bc of the Bible study, but be Chad Brooks talked me into reading the Prophets during Advent! Well, there is a section in chapter 8 where Isaiah is prophesying against people who consult oracles, mediums, etc. He says that we should look to the Scripture instead:
"When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn."
And then, what generated the most discussion was this passage, Isaiah 28:23-29:
Listen and hear my voice;
pay attention and hear what I say.
When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?
Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?
When he has leveled the surface,
does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place,d
barley in its plot,e
and spelt in its field?
His God instructs him
and teaches him the right way.
Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is a cartwheel rolled over cummin;
caraway is beaten out with a rod,
and cummin with a stick.
Grain must be ground to make bread;
so one does not go on threshing it forever.
Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it,
his horses do not grind it.
All this also comes from the LORD Almighty,
wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom."