Category Archives: Contrition

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

Job 38 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb; When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band; 10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; 11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,And caused the dawn to know its place, 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it? 14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment. 15 From the wicked their light is withheld, And the upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, 20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home? 21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?”

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I Repent.

In the morning, I read these verses, I prayed, “My Lord and God, Have Mercy on My Soul.”

The Terrible God Humbles Me!

Dale Criswell

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Sexual Addiction: No-Nonsense Advice

Featured imageDesire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! (Proverb 19:2, 2011, NIV).

I am 62 years old.  Quite often, I wondered about my youth–how things could have been.

Back then, I would get excited about any new skills that I had developed.  Public speaking was one.

I remembered a time when a pastor asked me to speak to his church.

At the end of the talk, people came to the altar seeking peace.  Because of that one incident, I thought about being a pastor.

At the time, I was on and off pornography.  Now, I believe that I did well at the church because I needed peace.

Now, I am grateful that nothing came of that type of work.

Having a sexual addiction, I fear what would have happened to the people I was to serve.

Now, I am retired; or, as my therapist calls it, “Re-fired!”  The 2014 year has been the best one of my life.

Sobriety has helped me to see clearly.

Now, my feelings from gratitude are profound.

No-nonsense advice: Get Sober.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Thanks,

Dale

Reference

Proverb 19:2. (2011). Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.  Biblica, Inc.®. Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs19%3A2&version=NIV.

My Heart Was Hot

Featured imageIn the morning, I mused, and my heart was hot, burning to the core.

I spoke to God:

“Oh Lord, open my mind to know the days of my life.

Teach me to measure them.  Quicken me to know my end.

God, I am frail.

 Undeniably, my years are breaths, mist, fading.

I am a shadow.

You gaze on me.  Look away from me so my strength returns before I slip away.

Oh my God, I fall short.  Show compassion on me because I know you forgive with unconditional love.”

Dale

My prayer is an adaptation of Psalms 39:  3-6, & 13.

Peace Fills

Psalms 39

3 My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue.

4 “Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.

“Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah.

6 “Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. …

13 “Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength, Before I go away and am no more” (NKJV, 1982, Psalm 39:3 – 6, & 13).

Reference

New King James Version, NKJV.  (1982). Psalm 39:3 – 6, & 13. Thomas Nelson. Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+39&version=NKJ