Monday, August 22, 2016

A Lamp Unto My Feet ~

"O Lord You have searched me, and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are
acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my
tongue, but, behold, O Lord, You know it all together." (Psalm 139:1-4) 
These words have brought comfort to me over the past few weeks.
I love that the Lord knows all about me, even my sitting down and rising up.
I have missed visiting with you but needed the time away from
the computer as my Vestibular/Labyrinthitis decided to flare up.
My therapist has been having me do some exercises that really set it off 
and it seems as though I have been doing more sitting down
 or lying down rather than rising up. Ha!
Our Lord is good and gracious, with a compassionate heart during our times of need
and I praise His Holy Name for His unfailing love and concern.
This inner ear/balance disorder keeps me ever so close to my Savior's side
and therefore, my heart rejoices with thanksgiving 
for His ways are perfect and marvelous.

Nearly a month ago my husband and I enjoyed special time 
with each of our grandsons who belong to our oldest daughter.
Each one of them wanted to earn some extra money while with Gamma and Pa,
so we found ways in helping them to in-large their bank accounts.
One of the boys helped me organize and clean the shed and there
I came across these lamps that hung out on the back deck of my parents home.
When dad and mom had their estate sale I purchased the lamps hoping to find a special place 
for them in our own home, but had forgotten them.
 When I came across them I was reminded of the Scripture verse
that speaks about the Word being a lamp unto our feet,
a verse I have tucked away in my heart for years
claiming the promises as I walk daily with my Lord.
 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105) 
"Light" God's Word provides illumination for us to walk with out stumbling.
Webster Dictionary says for the word stumble ~ "to blunder morally."
The word blunder put a curiosity in my thoughts and I just had to look it up. 
"A gross error or mistake resulting from stupidity, ignorance, confusion, or carelessness."  
Yikes! Those are pretty strong words.
God's Word is a lamp and a light, it shows us what is amiss, and will be dangerous;
it directs us in our way.
 It is a lamp which we may set up by us, and take into our hands in order to give us direction.

"For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light;
and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." (Proverbs 6:23)
 The commandment...the teaching...discipline.
All of these identify the Word of God, which provides
the wisdom which leads to an abundant and eternal life.
The commandment is a lamp that is kept burning
with the oil of the Spirit.
God's goodness and grace through His lamp and light
will beautifully guide our feet and our path
keeping us from error.

"The entrance of Your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple." (Psalm 119:130)
The use of God's Word was intended to give light, that is, to give understanding. 
As we journey through this land, a world that can seem dark at times,
the Spirit of God enlightens our understanding giving us light to direct our path way.
From the "entrance" of God's Word we are given light.
The very first verse of the Bible gives us discoveries of the origin of the universe,
and without the light the world would be in utter darkness.
Once the Word of God enters into us, and has a place in us, 
it enlightens us; we then begin to see when we begin to study the word of God. 
God commands us to study His word ~
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workmen
that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth." (2Timothy 2:15)
God's Word is trustworthy, completely true and without error. 
"Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold,
yes, than fine gold." (Psalm 119:127)
We must love ALL of God's commandments and esteem them to be right and just.
They are all that they should be, and no fault can be found with them;
and we must love them because they bear God's image
and are the revelations of His will.
Oh that we would love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength
making the Word a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path
 so as to not stumble carelessly through this journey He has set before us.
Dear friends, we have all that we need in the Scriptures
and God's Word is greater than all the fine gold this world has to offer.
May it become the center of our lives!

Precious Heavenly Father,
we are without excuse as we walk this path You have laid before us,
for we have Your Word, the Bible, to in struck and guide us.
Illuminate our way with Your Word as we faithfully
look to You in directing our lives. 

Be Joyous!
~ Debbie ~


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great post Debbie! Jesus is our Light in every storm, in our daily living, always and forever.

I hope you will soon be feeling much better with your ear/balance issue.

Love your lanterns.

Have a good week ~ FlowerLady

mari said...

Dearest Debbie...I am sorry that you are not feeling up to par, yet your words sound so cheerful and joyful :0)

Our Lord is our LIGHT!!!

Darkness is everywhere, both figuratively and non, yet as long as our eyes continue to be fixed upon our Father, ... LIGHT breaks through the clouds.

Feel better sweet lady :D


Melanie said...

So happy to see you hear, Debbie but I'm sorry that you are suffering from the vestibular labyrinthitis. (I probably destroyed those words with my spelling!) I understand vertigo and how it can curtail a whole lot of what we want to do. I'm praying for you.

Your post is so timely. When I realize that scripture is "God breathed" and His words to me, it makes me feel much more aware If I go contrary to what He says. And again, you have to read the Bible to know what He is saying to us or we don't have light on our path. Thank you for sharing this.

The lamps are beautiful To me, there is something so simple and yet so beautiful as oil lamps. Have a blessed week.

Simply Linda said...

{{{Debbie}}} what a sweet post and I pray that you get to feeling try to have a beautiful day, friend.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Debbie! Praying for balance!
I love it when people with sweet voices sing Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet! Such truth, such beauty!
Have a great week, friend!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi sweet friend! I'm so sorry that you haven't been feeling up to par with your inner ear imbalance. However, what an enLIGHTening post you've shared with us on God's holy word. My daily prayers are with you, Debbie. Love and blessings are sent to you....

Linda said...

Dearest Debbie, I am so sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling very well. I have had a few episodes of Labyrinthitis, so I totally comprehend! I love the Scriptures in your post as well as the photos, and how you incorporate God's Word here. Love and hugs to you.

Debby Ray said...

There you are my sweet friend! I have been missing you and hope that you are better! One of the therapists where I work has expertise in vestibular therapy. Have they been successful in re-arranging the crystals in your inner ear? I imagine that can make you feel terrible...BUT I'm so glad you are getting some relief. I absolutely LOVE those adorable lanterns! Isn't it fun to come across something we had forgotten we had? Perfect for this post! Have a wonderful week ahead, Debbie!

LV said...

What a wonderful and inspiring message. Thank you for sharing and wish you better days ahead.

Cheryl said...

Dear friend, I can't thank God enough for His precious, Holy Word. I think of how it has been handed down through the ages and all who have suffered and even died to preserve its purity. We are SO blessed to be able to hold it in our hands and pick it up and have eyes to read it and minds to understand its truths. May we never forget how precious it really is. And to have the living Word of God dwelling within us through His precious Holy Spirit is joy indeed! To walk with Christ is the greatest gift we could ever be given in this life. Thank you for the sweet encouragement I found here today! So nice to visit with you!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Thank you for sharing with us today Debbie! I loved seeing all the lanterns; and reading the scriptures and your thoughts about the "light" of God.
I appreciate you friend, and hope you will be feeling better soon~ Hugs, Karen O

Sandi said...


This was good to read, Debbie. I hope your ears are doing better. Praying for you!

hobbyloes said...

You had a good time with your grandsons, hoping you feel better soon in balance.
I like Psalm 139 and 119 about the commandments.
This is a wonderful post to read.
Wish you all the best.

NanaNor's said...

Dear Debbie, love the verses and pictures! Praying that the issues you mentioned are healed by the powerful name of our Savior.
May your time with grandsons be blessed.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful post and how nice that you are encouraging us while you don't feel well. I know your strength is in the Lord and He will see you through this flare up. (( )) Hugs to you!

Linda Walker said...

Oh dear Debbie,
I am so sorry that you have been ill. I had that very same ear problem quite a few years ago. I could not leave the house! I did not know that it can recur...never, ever want that to come back! Prayers for a very speedy recovery!

Another lovely post! How lovely the lanterns are that belonged to your parents and they tie in so nicely with the particular verses you posted.

Get well and I will be thinking of you!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dearest friend, I am sorry that you aren't feeling 100%! I am sending up some prayers for you right now. We all need you feeling awesome! Your devotionals are such a wonderful thing to read and savor.

Hope you are back to your perfectly fine self very soon. God bless. Hugs. ♥

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What wonderful treasures from your family home! Thank you for sharing these lovely lamps with us, along with God's Word so aptly depicting that True Light that comes only from God. Apparently your little lamps were just waiting for you to rediscover them at the appropriate time to illuminate our hearts and minds from God's Light on our pathway. Lovely post... Thank you!

Sylvia said...

Debbie,I do hope you are feeling better these days. I have been off blogging a while since I have just got a new computer and getting use to it. I just now am reading this post. I love these verses, and reading them again now has really brought clearer understanding as you write about them. I love the lamps,they go so well with the verses.
Hugs and prayers for you dear Lady,

Christine said...

Debbie this was a light filled post & such a blessing to know that God is a light to our paths even in times of distress!
The lamps are all so pretty & will be precious to you as you see them in your home!
God bless with healing at this time.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Dear Debbie, oh how my heart goes out to you, such a difficult thing to go through! I have had bouts of severe dizziness before, and I cannot imagine having them continually. You will most certainly be in my prayers! Thank you for sharing such an encouraging post about the Word of God! Oh how dear His word becomes, more and more each day! How I love to turn the pages of His word, and find the peace, wisdom and truth hidden there that the world is searching frantically for. It is a light and a lantern indeed to our paths! Such a beautiful parallel you drew between the lanterns you found, and the word of God. I pray that the word of God grows and multiples in our heart through this difficult time, and that the blessings of the Lord become rich and beautiful to you! Many hugs to you today dear friend!

Camille said...

What treasures those lamps are! How good the Lord is to us to give us these tokens of His care over the smallest details. I am glad you were able to purchase them from your parent's property, Debbie. I love how certain things or circumstances of life will jog our minds and turn our attention to spiritual application...the Lord's Word is precious, and we are so blessed to have access to it. May we truly be found hiding it in our hearts and living by it day after day. Hugs to you! Camille

Karen said...

This is a beautiful and encouraging post. You are always a blessing!

Summer said...

Thanks for the encouraging words ♥ Hoping you will be feeling better really soon ♥

Mildred said...

Praying that you feel better soon. Your parents lamps are very unique and beautiful and I love the verses you have shared.

Weekend-Windup said...

God is there with everyone to do all their needs. It would be nice time to be with grands.

Celestina Marie said...

Dearest Debbie, What a beautiful post you share and one perfect for us all. Yes, God is our light and our salvation. Without him life would be drifting like a ship without a sail. Those words, from one of my beloved old hymns.
Thank you always for sharing your heart. You seem to write just what I always need to read at the moment. What a blessing you are my sweet friend.

Prayers you feel better soon with the Vestibular Labyrinthitis. Rest and take care. Have a nice weekend.
Love and hugs sent your way!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for visiting my blog. I'm sorry you've had a flare up with your illness. It can be terribly frustrating, I know. I like the scriptures you chose for this post, and can relate well to them. What lovely treasures you found with these lanterns. Thanks for sharing. ~ Abby

Robyn said...

Finally I have a moment to visit with you, dear friend.
Your strength, perseverance and beautiful soul shines through even during your toughest moments, Debbie. I love that you show us how to see passed the pain and embrace what God gave us.
The lamps are beautiful and I'm glad you had fun with your grandchildren. Little boys are so much fun!
Have a beautiful Sunday and thank you for allowing my day to start off with joy and sunshine. Love to you!

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