Wisdom — Psalm 51:6

Stephen Nielsen

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,

And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom (Ps. 51:6).

God desires truth (honesty) in my innermost being; and there He will make me understand wisdom.

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Wisdom — Psalm 37:30

Stephen Nielsen

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

And his tongue speaks justice (Ps. 37:30).

The righteous man will speak wisdom, then and also justice.

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All eyes on Georgia and Nevada

Stephen Nielsen

My eyes are closely on these election races to keep Republicans in power. We need both the Senate and the House. It is so close. Down to the end. We can pray, but we have to leave it up to God. His plans are final. The nations may fall, but each person is accountable for himself. We do whatever we can and leave the rest to God. We pray for those in power as God wills it. And we pray for peace in the world and for our own holiness. We live in this world and do all things without grumbling so that we may prove to be blameless children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse world; and we live to appear as light in the world, always doing good (from Phil. 2:14). We are so thankful that He has rescued us from the domain of…

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Seek Wisdom from Above and He will Make Your Paths Straight

Stephen Nielsen

Seek wisdom from God and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

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Rooting for the Underdog

Stephen Nielsen

Booker T. Washington

I previously wrote an article on African American slavery, and some of the topics I am planning to blog on. This is a topic that I have been quite interested in lately—I’m not sure why. But I feel that God is calling me into it. The more I read and think about it, the more I feel called. I guess I just like to root for the underdog. And the African American, esp. those who came out of slavery were that. Lately, in my reading, I have seen how they have made great advances as they came out of slavery, even though treated very badly: with lynching, segregation (in the Jim Crow era), being treated so badly by whites, poor working conditions; etc.

And there were a few that were heroes like Ida B. Wells, who dedicated herself to an anti-lynching crusade and made…

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Enjoying God’s Goodness: the Seasons of Life

Stephen Nielsen

There’s nothing like a crisp cool autumn day to mediate on all that God has provided, to reflect on His goodness and mercy, and to dream of what is to come. God will be good in all the seasons of life.

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Weeping Willow

Stephen Nielsen

Away from me, all you who do evil,

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;

the Lord accepts my prayer (Ps 6:8-9).

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Update: Been thinking about …

Stephen Nielsen

I have been thinking lately about the subject of African American Slavery. What an evil thing it is to enslave another person and to treat them so badly. It’s hard to understand. For a while now I’ve been thinking about reading and writing on the subject–just mainly to try to understand it, how it was. I found a textbook entitled, The African American Experience: A History. It’s quite informative and I’m learning a lot. I’m planning on blogging through it. So far I have these ten topics:

  1. Slavery in Africa.
  2. European involvement in slavery.
  3. Slavery moves to America. Why?
  4. Slave ships
  5. Why black slave were preferred over others
  6. What was the white man’s attitude toward black slaves? Racism.
  7. The process of slave trading.
  8. How were the slaves generally treated?
  9. Why was there such a great demand for slaves in America, especially in the south?
  10. Slaves fight back.

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Making Changes

Stephen Nielsen

Cleaning up.

Changing Colors.

Going with the flow.

Changes in seasons is sometimes hard, but at the same time it is adventurous and fun. It brings new hope and a chance to experience new grace and peace–and to feel His contentment and mercy as we have so many times before.

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Little Fish in Creek

Stephen Nielsen

I’m always looking for new things to photograph. I got a kick out of seeing these little fish near the shore of this shallow creek.

I said to the Lord, what are you teaching me now from these little fish. He gave me this thought: These little fish have no idea that I am delighted in them; yet the Lord uses them to delight me and allows me to see His glory in them. In the same way God may choose me and allow others to see His glory in me, even though I am not aware of it. They may see how I do my work so expertly and with care (I am a house painter). They may see how God has gifted me and how He has caused me to love my work and how I move along so effortlessly in the stream of life–like a little fish…

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