Journal August 24


“The tears… streamed down, and I let them flow as freely as they would, making of them a pillow for my heart on them it rested.”

-Confessions, Augustine


Journal November 11



The Holy of Holies is so holy that only one person, the high priest, could enter. And even that only once a year whith a rope tied around his ankle. Who built the Holy of Holies? How did they feel? Was it not so holy until it was finished and the curtain was hung? 


How long did Solomn’s temple stand? 

Was that the temple in the New Testament still? 




Journal December 8


GOD’S HARVEST – John 4:35-38

“…The question is not whether you should go but where you should go. Wherever he sends you, there you are to be a missionary and an evangelist. 

“You may have to witness in your office. You may have to witness in your home. You may have to witness in your school. You may be saying, ‘But I don’t have the courage.’ Well, God knows that you lack it, but he has promised to supply all your need according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. You may be saying, ‘But I have a family and children to take care of.’ Why should that hinder you? It certainly should not hinder you from giving a witness where you are today. It should not even deter you from work abroad, if that is what God has called you to. Perhaps God will pick you up now and fill you with a yearning to spread His Word in a place you now know only by name (Utah) but will one day come to love with a divine love and regard the place of your greatest labor for him.” 

-John commentary Volume 1, pg 326 by James Montgomery Boice

Journal October 27


Lord you are more beautiful than children, and

Lord you are more awesome than pregnancy, and

Lord you are more precious than babies, and

NOTHING I desire compares with you.



Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return sweet hour of prayer. 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer the joys I feel the bliss I share of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires of htye return! Where such I hasten to the place where God, my Savior, shows His face, and gladly take my station there, and wait for thee sweet hour of prayer. 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer thy wings shall my petition bear to him, whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless: and since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace, I’ll cast on him my every care and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer. 

William W. Walford 1842

Journal September 12




*Baldness on your forehead [for the dead]?

*Significance of “shall not boil a goat in its mother’s milk”?



Observation: When slaves were released after 7 years of service, the owner is to “furnish” the slave with cattle and fruit from the vine. It’s kind of like the slave is getting paid for service.

Journal August 30



Summary: God takes vengeance on Midian because in Numbers 25 the women of Midian convinced the Israelites to worship Baal. One thousand men from each tribe were taken to fight (war). The warriors killed all the Midianite men but brought back all the women and children. Moses got angry at the warriors because the women were the reason vengeance was to be taken. So Moses told the soldiers to kill all of the male children and all of the women who had slept with a man! (This astounds me. I can’t image lining up thousands of people and killing them.) They then took census of the plunder, and gave half to the warriors and half to the rest of Israel. God received one of every 500 from the warriors and one of every 50 from the rest of Israel. 


*Why did God wish to seek vengence to Midian? 

**Why kill Balaam? 

***Moses’ wife was a Midian. Was this the same nation? How did this make Moses feel? Was Jethro, his father-in-law killed? 

****Why was being”clean” so important? Did this prevent possible health hazards?


See Numbers 25.




The tribes of Rueben and Gad wanted to settle in Gilead because it had good grazing land. So, they asked Moses, who reminded them that they were very shortly going to fight for the promise land, and that it had been 40 years. Rueben and Gad promised the other tribes of Israel in the fight for the Promise Land but would leave their wife and children in the cities of Gilead. Moses agreed. So, those tribes and the half tribe Manesseh fought the cities and villages taking them as their won. And settled there. 


*Why settle in a place in which people live? Why not in Midian where they had already conquered?