That’s right, your amazing feet. They are marvelous body parts that we give too little credit and probably too little attention to. And yet without them, we would have no support or balance.
I was reminded of their immense value last night when I got home from work after spending 12 hours in my black, (very stylish, of course… ha ha ) “combat boots”. Seriously, from 7:45 AM to 7:45 PM I wore them. AND, while at work from 1:00-6:00 PM, I was literally on my feet the whole time. No sitting, only walking, and standing.
When I walked in the door after work, I couldn’t get my poor size 8’s free fast enough. Ahhh, relief! What ever was I thinking when I left in the morning, or was I even thinking at all?
Well, that night, I thought alot about feet and their overlooked importance to us. (as mine were throbbing severely)
Lets talk about feet, shall we? Do you realize jus’ how amazing they are built and what they endure for us?
Did you know that:
You have 8,000 nerves in your feet, more per square centimeter than anyplace else in your body
Your daily walking cause your feet to experience forces totaling tons, actually equaling a fully loaded cement truck
Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight
And when you run, up to 5 times your weight
There are 28 bones in your feet, a quarter of all the bones in your body!
You have 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet
there are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet that are capable of making a half pint of sweat a day
Your feet are AMAZING! Their design is a masterpiece able to withstand and adapt to uneven surfaces. Able to flex and twist and carry you wherever you choose to go.
These finely tuned pieces of machinery have two important functions:
Both of which require stability during your walk, run, jumping, balancing, climbing or any number of other activities that you do. Without your feet, your life would have no support or balance.
By the time you are 50 years old, the average person will have walked 75,000 miles and sustained sprains, strains and possible fractures. But your feet got the job done for you. One stat even said that if you walk 8-10,000 steps a day, that makes 115,000 in a lifetime; or equal to 4 times circling the globe.
And the hero is – YOUR FEET.
Add to these astounding facts that the bones in your feet don’t actually harden until your 21, and that these natural shock absorbers grow totally new toenails every 6 months, (slower than fingernails, which grow .01mm a day) and I think that we have established the fact the you have amazing feet.
Our feet stand us up.
So the next time you’re wondering if you can take a stand, or feel like you are lacking the support that you need – consider your wonderful feet. You are standing, and you do have support!
When you are evaluating your life and wondering if things are in the right balance for you – consider your feet.
Our dependable feet- constant for support and balance, our unsung hero’s for allowing us to stand up.
For the past four months, there has been a sense in the Spirit that we are on the edge of something; a break through, a release, a new and powerful outpouring, taking on some promised land, if you will.
Actually, on December 10, 2020, I wrote this in my Bible –
” I sense in the Spirit we’re at a point of preparing to cross over into new territory.”
That was confirmed by others that very day, and since then it has been boiling and brewing more and more in people all over the world. Perhaps you are even one…
What does that mean, get ready to cross over?
Well, for starters, it is based on the story of Joshua in the Bible.
In Joshua 1, we find that Moses has died, and along with him, perhaps the hopes, expectations, faith and trust of the nation of Israel. After all, he was the one who went up on the mountain and spent 40 days with God- AND LIVED. He is the one who received the commandments. He is the one who had led them through the Red Sea and all those nasty plagues in Egypt. He was the one that God talked to God and then delivered the message to Aaron. Moses was THE MAN of GOD.
He’s dead now tho, what now? Imagine the confusion in this conflicted people. Really, what do we do now?
They recognized that they were at a crossroads. They knew they had to cross into the land they were promised. They were aware their journey had not yet been completed. That now was a valid fear and worry for them.
“What do we do now?” may even express what you have been feeling lately. “Where do we go form here?”, “What’s next?”. Perhaps for you too, fear and worry have crept in as you realize the precipice that we are standing on and the danger that lies ahead.
Returning to Joshua 1, we see what the response was to that concern and fear.
“After the death of Moses… the Lord said to Joshua… Moses is dead. Now then, you and all these people get ready to cross over the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them…”
God spoke. He spoke the obvious – Moses is dead. (duh) Then He told them to get ready to cross over because He was going to give them the land He had promised to them.
When they didn’t know what to do or what was next, God reminded them that His promise is true so get ready to cross over and see it fulfilled.
When we don’t know what to do because the old ways are done with, God’s promise is that He will give us the new land if we prepare and cross over.
There are some very powerful statements made in Joshua to Joshua and the people of Israel and those words need to resonate in our heart and minds as well. These are the days for them to ring loud and clear and dispel any fear and unbelief.
These are the things for us to be believing and practicing if we are to cross over from the old ways into the new days:
Check them out:
I will give you every place where you set your foot Joshua 1:3
No one will be able to stand against you Joshua 1:5
As I was with Moses so I will be with you, I will never leave you or forsake you Joshua 1:5
Be strong and courageous Joshua 1:6
Be careful to obey all my law Joshua 1:7
Do not turn to the right or to the left Joshua 1:7
Keep this Book of the Law on your lips Joshua 1:8
Meditate on it Joshua 1:8
Be strong and courageous Joshua 1:9
Do not be afraid or discouraged Joshua 1:9
For the Lord is with you where ever you go Joshua 1:9
My friends, something wonderful in the Spirit realm is about to explode upon us, upon the Earth. God has promised it, we are expecting it. But we must be spiritually awake, spiritually hungry & spiritually empowered to both see and participate in it. This is the call of Joshua and the Joshua generation of believers.
Gone are the days of quietly sitting in family gatherings, or silently enduring community planning meetings, or phone conversations denying the power and relevance of the Christian message. Gone are the days of quiet believers letting go of opportunities to speak the Word, return the focus to God and His abilities and stand up for what is right and just.
It is time to cross over!
It is time to take the cross over into every relationship, every meeting, every conversation, every idea. It is time to cross over. Prepare yourselves, get ready, delay no longer. It is time to cross over.
That means, for those of us willing to accept that challenge, that:
our personal faith is growing, not diminishing
we recognize the Lordship of Jesus in our every day life and that He is with us
we may grow weak or faint, but find our courage and strength in Him and His Word
voices may tell us values are changing, but we are holding to the absolute truth of the Word of God
we talk about the Word, we think about the Word.
we are strengthened by Him
we find courage in Him
we know He is with us, no matter where we go or what happens
These are mindsets for the believer and I hope for you.
Times are changing. Our country is changing. Views are changing. It appears that the old is dead and gone.
But I refuse to let go of God’s standard, His promises and His end game. It is time to cross over!
The river is at flood level, it seems impossible and beyond human achievement to cross now, I know. What do we do? What’s next? The old is gone? We’ve never gone this way before. This is new territory.
There is in you, a ray of His Word, a splinter of of truth, or a wealth of Word. It is time for you to release it. Let it out, everywhere you go, in every setting. Let it out. Cross over that barrier and be strong, courageous, the Lord is with you.
Speak hope, speak life, speak truth, speak strength, speak faith. Step through that barrier and into a new season. Cross over. You have it in you, let it flow out of you.
It matters little the storehouse of Word that is in you now. What matters much is how you are using and sharing what you do have. Please, don’t think that you have nothing to share, or that you are not a qualified vessel to say anything at all. We all are to share what we have, our own personal story, and when we do, more will be given to us. But it is true that “to whom much is given, much is required.”
It is time, my friend, for those that call themselves believers to cross over. To break free from fear and begin sharing the message of the Gospel, the message of hope, the message of life where ever they go. He is with us. Be strong and courageous. He is with you.
Keep your eyes and hearts open. Along your path He has placed ones that need what you have. Don’t pass them by, don’t overlook them. They need exactly what YOU have. It is time to cross over.
Be strong and very courageous, get ready to cross over.
While recently reading a passage in an ancient manuscript, the linguistic comment stated that a certain portion of it was a “hapax legomenon”.
Now, I confess that I’m old enough to have valid reasons for forgetting things I have learned, so I don’t know if I learned what a “hapax legomenon” is and forgot it, or if I slept through that English class in middle school, high school and again in college or if I honestly never learned it. (Yep, it’s the teacher’s fault. ha ha)
Do you remember what it is? (It has nothing to do with legos. :-))
“hapax legomenon is an expression that occurs only once within a context: either the written record of an entire language, in the works of an author, or in a single text.”
Ohhh, got it. “One and done. Only said once. One hit wonders.” – my mind quickly translated and applied.
Here are a couple examples from literature, then we will move on to more fun ones…
flother – a synonym for snowflake used by Shakespease
honorificabilitudinitatibus – another one of the Bard’s words, who knows what it means
nortelrye – used by Chaucer, it means education
satyr – we have heard it, but it occurs only once in Shakespeare’s writings
So, you get the point.
Now, for the fun “one hit wonders”. Be they songs or inventions, these are people with only one big success to their name. They are human hapax legomenons, if you will.
Do you recall these one hit wonders?
Devo’s song – Whip it. Or The Weather Girls song, “It’s Raining Men”?
How ’bout this one from the 1981…
Emo Rubik had only one hit as well, and who hasn’t played with his Rubik’s Cube?
Did you know that the Rocket Chemical Company was trying to invent a degreaser for rockets and on the 40th try, they came up with a useful solution – they called it WD40. We have nothing else from them after that, but I bet you have a can of WD40 nearby, don’t you?
Required reading for all is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. She made Atticus the protagonist of the century, and yet, THAT book is her one hapax legomenon.
Being a child of the 60’s, let’s go to 1969 and pull out one of my favorite one hit wonders. This one by Norman Greenbaum.
Here’s another favorite from 1985 and the band Aha.
It is amazing that most of us, if not all of us have heard of these one hit wonders. And yet, that is pretty much the only thing that the artist is known for.
Crocs, the shoe belong in that category. So does penicillin. Some even say that President James K. Polk is a one hit wonder because although he only served one term, he is the only president said to have fulfilled all of his campaign goals. Now THAT is a statement!
Winnie the Pooh’s author, a well known scholar, A. Milne, had a hard time finding work and writing again after his children’s book. Seems that “they” didn’t think that it was very scholarly.
So we can see, whether a songwriter, with the number one, one hit wonder of ALL TIME, Los del Rio’s Macarena,
Or one of the world’s richest people – “Notch”, the no name developer of the one hit wonder “MINECRAFT”, there is no shame in being a hapax legomenon.
Truly, folks, we are not expected to do everything well. We are not expected to even do many things well. But each of us can find one thing, just one, that we can do well. May your world be a better place because of the one thing that you bring to it.
May YOU be (at least) a one hit wonder, a human hapax legonmenon.
This phrase has been playing over in my mind and heart for days now. Why? Join me with your thoughts for a moment.
We would probably simplify it to say, “Don’t you know?”, right? When do we use this phrase? Do we use it?
It seems to me its usage hinges on the context of sharing something I know with you in case you don’t already know it.
For example, you might say, “Don’t you know, the chili will be done in 15 minutes”, because I think it will take hours before it’s done. (Don’t judge, this really happened, right sister?)
Or maybe, “Don’t you know you’ll wind up paying twice as much for it if you buy it there?”
In any case, it is the focus phrase for today, don’t you know?
“Do you not know” is a phrase used 46 times in the Bible, in 22 different translations. 17 times it is used in the Old Testament and 29 times in the New Testament.
I’d like to focus on a few of those.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…”
What a tremendous truth to have verified in our minds and be reminded of. God is ruler over everything! He is enthroned over it all! He is in charge! Period.
It is also very powerful that Isaiah asked 4 questions of us, the reader, before he reminded us of the fact. He is reminding everyone of what they may have been taught, or heard, or told or understood. But he is also taking the opportunity to say, hey, I know this and I wanna make sure that you know it too, just in case you don’t.
God is in control–just in case you didn’t know or forgot.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Yet again, the prophet, Isaiah nails it. That same God who is ruler over all, Isaiah says, He does not ever tire out – because He understands everything. Therefore He gives strength to those who do get tired and power to those who grow weary, knowing they don’t get it and don’t understand it all.
God doesn’t get tired, understands everything and gives us strength when we are weary – Just is case you didn’t know or forgot.
” Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him? the Lord asks. “Do you not know that I am everywhere?” the Lord asks. “
These questions, written by Jeremiah and his scribe, were asked by the Lord – powerful interrogatives for sure.
Just is case you didn’t already know, Jeremiah says, the Lord God is everywhere. No one can hide from Him. No matter who tries or who thinks differently, no hiding on God, cuz he found you long ago.
God is everywhere – in case you forgot.
” Test yourselves to discover whether you are true believers: put your own selves under examination. Or do you not know that Jesus Christ is within you, unless you are insincere?”
2 Corinthians 13:5
This time Paul picks up the phrase with the charge to test yourself to see if you are a true believer. Only you and Jesus can make that determination, so be sincere, he says. Examine yourself to see if Jesus Christ is in you.
In essence, he is saying look guys, you are demanding proof that Jesus is speaking through me, examine yourselves, your life, your words. Is He speaking through you?
Jesus lives in you, but examine yourself for proofs– don’t you know?
In each of these settings, the question posed is to a. verify that you know it or b. remind you of what you may have forgotten. How are you doing with your responses? Good reminders, right?
There are 2 more times worth mentioning.
In James 4:4, he says,
” Do you not know that being the world’s friend (that is loving the things of the world) is being God’s enemy?
And John, the beloved wrote –
“Because you are saying, That I am rich and have increased in riches, and have need as to nothing, and do you not know that you are miserable, and pitiful, and poor, and blind, and naked?”
These last two passages pose strong challenges to the hearer and reader. Again, they are personal and can only be determined by you and the Lord.
The message is clear however, in case you didn’t know:
you cannot be a friend of the world and love God
some may think they are rich and need nothing but they are miserable and pitiful
May we verify all these truths mentioned here today as alive and active in our life. And if they are not, please do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to embed them in you heart and mind and allow them to flow from your words and actions.
Let faith rise up as you grab these truths and establish them in your life.
Don’t you know that life is exciting when you walk in all that you know of Him?
“an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution”
Has complacency set in? Is nonactivity the norm? Have you become more sedentary? Are you struggling to talk yourself (back) into exercise, and adventure? Is it time to break out?
It sure was for me, and today I did (again)!
You see, our brain NEEDS change. It is designed to grow new cells (neurongenesis) even in our older life. Our brain has a great capacity for change (neuronal plasticity) and in fact physically changes in adults that are learning a new skill.
That is why it is so important, no matter our age, that we keep escaping the rut of daily life and break out. Try new things, foods, restaurants. Find ways to engage your brain again, maybe a new location, activity, puzzle or recipe.
Today I broke out. I got in my car and drove to an unfamiliar place that I had heard of, parked and started exploring. A brand new location stimulated my brain through the use of every sense. I saw things I’d never seen before, heard new stimulating sounds, touched and felt unfamiliar textures and I smelled the fragrances of nature.
I witnessed the creativity of people, and experienced the fear of the unknown.
And all the while my brain was exploding with stimulation and growth, along with neural pathways and electrical impulse activity. My brain was celebrating adventure. My brain was happy. My brain was challenged and creativity was unleashed all because I broke out.
Every one of us NEED cognitive and social engagement for our own mental health. All of us, at one time or another need to break out.
Need some ideas for breaking out? Here are a few:
engage in physical activity of some kind
learn a sport or dance step
learn an instrument
learn a language
take a class
arrange flowers, garden
try a new food or restaurant
take a different route while driving
use your opposite hand to brush your teeth
chew with your eyes closed and listen
listen to new music
Most people hate change and boredom. Yet change is what we need for a healthy mental outlook. So whatever it takes for YOU, find the time and break out. You will feel the surge of inspiration, energy and clarity.
I used to have this picture of faith as being like a pair of glasses that we put on to see things differently, from God’s perspective, but that’s not really accurate. Faith is more like the default of our personal hard drive that has been intentionally built and added to.
Faith is the CORE processor of our heart and thereby directs every issue of our life. Every.
We are told in Luke 1:37:
“Nothing will be impossible with God…”
Luke, the doctor
I believe that word, don’t you?
I am struck however, that although nothing is impossible with God, pleasing God without faith is impossible.
Let that sink in. It is absolutely impossible to please God without faith. No way ever, in anything that we do, will we ever please God if we do not have faith. Ever. Faith is the CORE processor of our heart and directs every issue of our life – or it should.
Faith is an active trust in God and His Word. There is no such thing as “blind faith” because faith is anchored to trust in something (someOne) that we cannot see and an unwavering confidence in the promise of His presence and promise. It is all the evidence we need to prove what is still unseen. (TPT Heb. 11:1)
Faith is an issue of the heart and not an external thing we “put on” to see things differently. If that were so, then when I take off, those “faith glasses”, I no longer see clearly what I should. But with the heart core tethered to the Word, then it matters little the external issues, because my heart is set on Him and His Word and I shall not be moved.
There is much seeking to destroy our faith, but stated another way, there is great opportunity these days to confidently display the faith that keeps us, and in doing so we are pleasing God. By adhering to faith in all we do, say, think we are really, truly pleasing God.
To muddle through life’s encounters and daily routines without faith, is not pleasing to God. In fact, we are not pleasing Him. How many days have been wasted like that? How much power and encouragement, answers and wisdom has been lost, because our CORE was not set in faith?
We know that Hebrews 11 in the Bible is known as the faith chapter and in it are listed “heroes of faith”. It is from this chapter we read about the impossibility of pleasing God…
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
In this chapter over 18 people are mentioned as having faith, their exploits are listed, the prophets are listed, “people” are credited with faith, as are women. In fact there are at least 50 incidents of faith listed that cover every spectrum of life from basic assurances to jeers, to family blessings, imprisonment, to discovery, to justice, to wisdom and revelation, and more.
I want to present what I call FAITH’S 50 to you, for you to see just how far reaching faith is and how it touches every imaginable situation. It truly is the CORE processor of our heart and directs every issue of our life.
Hebrews 11:1-40, FAITH’S 50(what faith provides and in what situations you will find it)
moves us to better places (Abel)
keeps instructing beyond death (Abel)
takes us to the next life (Enoch)
pleases God (Enoch)
opens up revelation (Noah)
motivates obedience (Abraham)
unleashes discovery “
strengthens immigrants “
enables God’s miracle (Sarah)
offers God everything (Abraham)
blesses children (Isaac)
prophecies over grandkids (Jacob)
opens eyes to the future (Joseph)
prompts hope (Moses’ parents)
guides choices (Moses)
helps us keep sacraments (Moses)
opens up impossible situations (people)
pulls down walls (Joshua)
provides escape (Rahab)
quenches firey flames
strengthens the weak
empowers for battle
routes the enemy
sawed in half
killed with sword
we are invited to join these “heroes”
to live in something better (for us)
and better than “they” experienced
together with them our faith is perfected!
I realize that this is a long list, but it is my hope that in it you will find instances that you can relate to that will reset your faith CORE, so that you too, will please God with your faith.
We are all journeying in our faith walk and find ourselves in differing situations needing our faith. Let your faith muscle be exercised in these situations, let that tiny mustard seed of faith be watered and grow into a mighty tree. Let your voice be joined with the disciples as they said, “Increase our faith.” Luke 17:5
With greater use comes greater faith and greater confidence. In the hard times, in the happy times, when pressed and emptied and when full and overflowing – may the CORE of our heart be pleasing to God as we walk in faith, in all situtations.
These are exciting times to be alive! We stand on the brink of a tremendous visitation and outpouring of God, and those who live by faith will not just be on the front row but be used by God, because they please Him with their faith.
Sometime back, I created this category for my blogs (The Asaph Files) with the sole intention of using it to make known information that I have collected that I feel is important for you to know about. Whether or not you are in the loop on the issue or unaware of it, my intention is to shed as much light on it as I can. So that you too, can speak up.
HR 5 – The Equality Act
U.S. Representative, David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island of the 117th Congress has authored this bill that has already passed the House on February 25, 2021, and now is in committee in the Senate.
Here is the cover page of the Bill THAT I HAVE READ in entirety. Phew…
After reading the whole, dang thing, it is clear beyond a doubt that what this bill is proposing to do is CHANGE THE LAWS of America. Many very specific laws are addressed and particular sections are highlighted for language change, with the specific language that must be amended in the previous law.
Here’s an example-
This happens dozens of times in HR5. Civil Rights Laws are being rewritten with the stroke of a pen with this bill.
Here is the stated purpose of HR5 –
to define sex, sexual orientation and gender identity
expand the definition of public accommodations to include places and establishments that provide exhibitions, exercise, amusement, gatherings of displays, goods, services or programs
allow the Department of Justice to intervene in equal protection actions in Federal Court
prohibits an individual from being denied access to shared facilities, including rest rooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms that is in accordance with their gender identity
All under the banner of nondiscrimination protections provided for all LGBTQ people.
According to Theo Santos from the American Center of American Progress –
“The Equality Act would meaningfully expand civil rights protections for many Americans and advance treatment for LGBTQ people, women, people of faith and people of color. It’s time to extend these benefits of equality to all.”
Center for American Progress
Now, I’m for freedom for all and as you know, I believe all men (and women) are created equal. I just happen to believe there is a better, more permanent way to achieve equal justice for all under the law, other than HR5.
Because here’s what HR 5 would really do –
redefine sex under civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity – overriding basic biology along with millennia of tradition
make it illegal to distinguish identity from biology thereby prioritizing transgender people over women
erases sex as a distinct legal category
forbids policy makers from ever making a distinction between male and female ( which is necessary of course for providing safety and equality of the sexes)
thrashes the Civil Rights Acts of 1964
guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
threatens constitutional freedoms by eliminating conscience protections for employers, doctors, educators, & religious groups
have the government dictate how Americans think about gender and sex
use the Department of Justice to punish those who violate the government imposed beliefs
violates constitutional freedoms and weaponizes civil rights laws
expands the scope of accommodations to any establishment and opens them up to liabilities for discrimination claims
biological males will be allowed to participate in female only activities
all single sex spaces will be open to both sexes and adds sexual orientation and gender identity
doctors and counselors could be punished for violating their conscience in gender identity treatments
undermines parents rights
After researching from many different sources, I created this list with the data I gleaned from: The Wall Street Journal, The Heritage Foundation, Congress.gov, and AmericanProgress.org
This bill would not only drastically change the country that I live in and love, but more importantly it would seek to reshape and redefine the very nature of mankind. It would discard our Judeo Christian foundation and belief in God creating male and female with the intent of them becoming one to reproduce and steward the Earth.
It would threaten faith based organizations and expose them to federal prosecution. It would stigmatize long held, virtuous and godly views about sex and marriage and the sanctity of life.
In fact, discrimination would be the law of the land.
I do not want to live in that America, that is why I am speaking up.
I cannot remain silent.
I urge you to do the same and join me in writing and calling your government representatives and speaking out against this bill and its passage.