November – Daily Bible Portions

NOVEMBER’S DAILY PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE

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November 1
Jeremiah 14–16, 1 Thessalonians 1–2, Psalm 119:25–32
Proverbs 25:23–25

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November 2
Jeremiah 17–18, 1 Thessalonians 3, Psalm 119:33–40
Proverbs 25:26–28

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November 3
Jeremiah 19–21, 1 Thessalonians 4, Psalm 119:41–43
Proverbs 26:1–2

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November 4
Jeremiah 22–23, 1 Thessalonians 5, Psalm 119:44–48
Proverbs 26:3–4

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November 5
Jeremiah 24–25, 2 Thessalonians 1–2, Psalm 119:49–56
Proverbs 26:5–6

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November 6
Jeremiah 26–27, 2 Thessalonians 3, Psalm 119:57–64
Proverbs 26:7–9

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November 7
Jeremiah 28–29, 1 Timothy 1, Psalm 119:65–72
Proverbs 26:10–12

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November 8
Jeremiah 30–31, 1 Timothy 2, Psalm 119:73–80
Proverbs 26:13–14

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November 9
Jeremiah 32, 1 Timothy 3:1–4:5, Psalm 119:81–88
Proverbs 26:15–17

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November 10
Jeremiah 33–34, 1 Timothy 4:6–5:16, Psalm 119:89–96
Proverbs 26:18–20

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November 11

Jeremiah 35–36, 1 Timothy 5:17–6:21, Psalm 119:97–104

Proverbs 26:21–22

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November 12
Jeremiah 37–39, 2 Timothy 1, Psalm 119:105–112
Proverbs 26:23–25

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November 13
Jeremiah 40–42, 2 Timothy 2:1–13, Psalm 119:113–120
Proverbs 26:26–28

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November 14

Jeremiah 43–44, 2 Timothy 2:14–26, Psalm 119:121–128

Proverbs 27:1–2

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November 15
Jeremiah 45–47, 2 Timothy 3, Psalm 119:129–131
Proverbs 27:3–4

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November 16
Jeremiah 48:1–49:22, 2 Timothy 4, Psalm 119:132–136
Proverbs 27:5–7

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November 17
Jeremiah 49:23–50:46, Titus 1, Psalm 119:137–144
Proverbs 27:8–9

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November 18
Jeremiah 51, Titus 2–3, Psalm 119:145–152
Proverbs 27:10–12

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November 19
Jeremiah 52, Philemon, Psalm 119:153–160
Proverbs 27:13–15

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November 20
Lamentations 1–2, Hebrews 1:1–2:8, Psalm 119:161–168
Proverbs 27:16–17

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November 21
Lamentations 3, Hebrews 2:9–3:11, Psalm 119:169–176
Proverbs 27:18–19

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November 22
Lamentations 4–5, Hebrews 3:12–4:16, Psalm 120
Proverbs 27:20–22

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November 23
Ezekiel 1–3, Hebrews 5:1–6:8, Psalm 121
Proverbs 27:23–24

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November 24
Ezekiel 4–7, Hebrews 6:9–7:11, Psalm 122:1–3
Proverbs 27:25–27

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November 25
Ezekiel 8–10, Hebrew 7:12–8:13, Psalm 122:4–9
Proverbs 28:1–3

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November 26

Ezekiel 11–12, Hebrews 9, Psalm 123

Proverbs 28:4–5

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November 27
Ezekiel 13–15, Hebrews 10:1–18, Psalm 124
Proverbs 28:6–7

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November 28
Ezekiel 16, Hebrews 10:19–39, Psalm 125
Proverbs 28:8–9

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November 29
Ezekiel 17–18, Hebrews 11:1–17, Psalm 126
Proverbs 28:10–12

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November 30

Ezekiel 19:1–20:32, Hebrews 11:18–40, Psalm 127

Proverbs 28:13–15

Wonderfully, Fearfully Made

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This is what is written,

“You are wonderfully and fearfully made.”

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Have you ever wondered why God used the word, “Fearfully?”

I have! So, I studied that word “fearfully” to understand its meaning.  Fearfully, in the Hebrew language,  is “yare.”  Vine’s Dictionary states the word “yare” means “To be afraid, stand in awe, fear.”  When used of an exalted person, it means “standing in awe.” This implies honor, reverence, and respect for the person. To be “fearfully” made means to be “

To be “fearfully” made means to be “awesomely” made.

God sees you as a masterpiece!  The God of the universe, Creator of every single thing, including us, and He crowns us with glory and honor.  In Psalm 8:4-5, King David declares, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?  Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.”  God Almighty honors and respects us!  Wow!  When I read this definition and understand what it fully implies, it makes me fall on my knees in reverence of Him.  It challenges me to honor him in all I do both publicly and privately.  It keeps me in His word, respecting His commandments, and keeping His commandments, teaching them and drilling those words into the minds of my children.

Therefore, to be fearfully made means to be awesomely made!  The same word we use to describe the awesomeness of God, He uses towards us to describe His incredible creation, you and me!  You and I are awesomely made!

Knowing the powerful words used and it’s meaning behind them should challenge all of us to take our life and use it for good.  Love like never before, and I don’t mean just between those you like but rather love everyone especially those who hate you and do harm to you. God says, they are awesomely made. He honors and respects them. You and I have no choice but to do the same. Yes, I understand it’s challenging and hard to do, but it can be done.

I couldn’t do this to be honest until I get myself to see them as God sees them.  He sees them as awesomely made, so I focus on that, and this keeps me from hating and disliking those who have wounded me deeply.  I can look into their eyes and not feel anything but love and compassion.  I couldn’t do this and neither can you until we realize God’s deep love for everyone up to their final breath.  He waits for all of us to acknowledge Him and revere, respect, and honor Him with our words and actions.

Remember, today, you and those you come in contact with are “awesomely made” with the breath of God in them.  Love people regardless what they have done to you.  Go out of your way to bless them and do good to them.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  I choose to shine in this big world filled with darkness.

Will you join me as we light the way for others to follow?

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Back To Where You Need To Go

Jonah & Whale

“But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.  But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.”  ~Jonah 1:3-4

Do you know what Jonah did?

Yes, he tried to run away from God!  But God sent a huge storm.

You can’t run away from God.

In the Bible, it says God wanted Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach God’s word, but Jonah did not want to go so he went on a boat that went as far away as possible from Nineveh.  So Jonah went to Tarshish, but God sent the storm because He was mad at Jonah for not going to Nineveh so then the people in the boat threw Jonah off the edge.  Then God sent a giant fish to swallow up Jonah, and it did! Jonah prayed every day while he was in the big fish’s belly.  God made the big fish throw Jonah onto the shore of Nineveh.

Jonah knew he could not run from God anymore, and then he went to preach in Nineveh.

Do you see now why you can’t run away from God?

Because God will always bring you back to where you need to go.

 

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Open Your Heart

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Open your heart to Jesus and surrender everything to Him!

Allow Jesus to control your life.

Make Him the center of your focus and your everything!

Read and study your Bible.

Approach it with the right attitude, meditation, obedience, and receptive heart!

When you do this you will experience peace, joy, and overflowing love from our ABBA FATHER; and your life will never be the same again in Jesus name!

Malene Mendoza

Editor, Thread of Hope, Inc.

STOP SCRATCHING PEOPLE’S ITCHING EARS!

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“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” ~2 Timothy 4:3-4

We are never to water down the Gospel, never to undermine or underestimate the work of the Holy Spirit, and never to distort the simple plain reading of the Word of God.  We are not to mix New Age into the Bible because New Age is a mix of religious and spiritual beliefs having to do with mysticism inclusive of phrases such as “Consciousness of Sin” or “Consciousness of Christ,” or “The Greater Consciousness.”  The New Age is a free-flowing spiritual movement and includes the practice of witchcraft – tarot cards, fortune-telling, astrology, horoscopes, crystals, healing runes, and the like – as well as philosophies, rituals, and traditions from various ancient cultures and traditions.

Revelation 22:14-15 tells us about those who are believers and warns us about what happens to those who practice any lifestyle of sin, “Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.  Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.”

Today’s world views have infiltrated the modern churches.  Cotton candied doctrine has replaced sound teaching.  Modern churches have exchanged the Truth of God for a lie.  There are people within the places of worship looking to be made comfortable in their sin, desiring to live whatever way they want without being held accountable.  They are choosing to be willfully ignorant and defiant to the laws of God.  Any church leader and any child of God MUST preach and proclaim the full counsel of God, which means they must preach against sin.  In order for the Issues of Holiness and Righteousness to be addressed, the issue of sin HAS TO and MUST BE addressed.

Repentance and confession of sin to God are absolutely essential, and we are not to take advantage of God’s mercy and grace.  The Scriptures say in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  The first chapter of 1 John speaks about living in the Light, verses 5-10, “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.  So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.  But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts,” and the Psalmist King David declared, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.  You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

There seems to be a misconception when it comes to the Holy Spirit as well.  Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17), “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.  The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”  John 16:5-15 details “The Work of the Holy Spirit.”  Please note verse 8 tells us the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, “And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment,” and verses 14-15 tells us the Holy Spirit points us to Christ, “‘He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.  All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’”  Note the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and points people to Christ.  The Holy Spirit will NEVER take our focus off of Jesus.  NEVER.  The Holy Spirit will ALWAYS point us to Jesus.

Since the Scriptures are God-breathed, it’s important to note, the Word is written to us.  The Scriptures tell us the good, the bad, the best, the worst, the beautiful, and the ugly.

The Holy Spirit also called the Spirit of Prophecy does NOT always give flowery or sugary messages.  We see this throughout the Scriptures which speak of true repentance with humility before God (Micah 6:8), “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:  to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As children of God, we are to read and study the Scriptures and check out any preaching or teaching with the Word of God so we don’t go astray and fall for “doctrines of demons.”  The reason those within the church get deceived is because they are not studying the Word of God for themselves.  The bible is clear on this as well, 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”  DO YOU WANT TO HEAR GOD SPEAK TO YOU?  ARE YOU LOOKING TO HEAR THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD?  NEED A WORD FROM THE LORD?  OPEN THE BIBLE AND STUDY THE BIBLE.  The Word is an Instruction Manual.  The Bible tells you everything you need to inherit eternal life, how God wants you to live, tells you the thoughts of God.  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE?  OPEN THE BIBLE AND STUDY THE BIBLE.  If you leave your bible on the shelf or table to collect dust, you will fall into sin.  “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11), and “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO TELL RIGHT FROM WRONG?  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF WHAT SOMEONE SPEAKING IS IN THE BIBLE?  OPEN THE BIBLE AND STUDY THE BIBLE.  Always pray before reading God’s Word.  Ask Him to show you what His Word is saying.  Ask Him to guide you.  Let your mind be controlled by the Holy Spirit as spoken of in Romans 8:1-17.

The prophet Isaiah had this message from God (Isaiah 50:11), “But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon fall down in great torment.”

The Apostle Paul addressed the believers in Galatia about the false teachers and preachers coming into their midst;  Galatians 1:8 states, “Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.”  The only Sure Foundation for our lives, the only Sure Foundation our faith is built on is Jesus Christ.  Look to Christ.  Look to your Heavenly Father.  Shift your focus, and keep your focus set on HIM!

“Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.  Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.  But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.  If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.  Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?  God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” ~1 Corinthians 10-17

 

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

How Marvelous

marvelous“How marvelous are you, Lord? Wherever we go You are there. You are in the deepest pit; you are on the highest mountain. You are in the desert; You are in the oasis. You are in every storm of life. You are in the deepest ocean. You are in the fire, and you are in the valley. You are with us, and you are for us. Glorious God!  Amazing God!  Awesome in power! In every place and in every season you are with your children. How marvelous are you, Lord?”

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

From The President’s Desk

FROM THE DESK OF

TERESA CITRO

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF THREAD OF HOPE, INC.

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This morning I’m sharing the answer to a question I’ve been privately asked by countless people. Instead of copying my answer a thousand times, I’ll answer here:

Question:

How do you get to do the things you do with the kids? I want me and my family to do the same.

Answer:

I follow God in all He tells me to do.

You might say, “So do I, and I don’t get to do what you do?”

Well, did God tell you to give all your personal things away?  Did He tell you He wanted everything you owned to be given away-car, furniture, dishes, silverware, pots, clothes, jewelry, books, CDs, DVD’s, your house?  All your possessions gone?  Is He asking you to trust Him completely?  Did He tell you a list of things to do that might be innocent enough but no to you?  Did He call you to speak Truth at all costs even if you know what He is asking you to say will get you mocked and hated?

I wrote about this before.  My closest friends and spiritual leaders who have seen me go through it know this very well.  It was funny how I could give away all of my beautiful jewelry, custom made since I designed each piece with the jeweler. I could give my designer bags and the rest away.

Then God told me to give my books away.  I had a collection that meant a lot to me.  I had underlined and wrote on those books pages.  I remember calling one of my great friends and literally crying my eyes out not wanting to give up my books. Silly to many of you, I understand, but to me, it was the end of my personal me!  My kids, as young as they were, saw that!  They helped me load up the back of my SUV, as we drove those books between the library and goodwill. You know how many books I had?  We had built a library in our new home.  We made over 10 trips to deliver those books.  I prayed that whoever read my books God would show Himself to them so they would be blessed by what they read. I cried all the way to those places, as I felt a part of me was gone, my emotional, spiritual, and ideas and thoughts, I wrote in those books as reminders of who I was, how I thought, what I was expecting of God, and what I dreamed about. Yes, all those things, I wrote inside the pages of those thousands of books I read.  I read about 100 books a year. So, yes, thousands of books, I gave away.  But God told me too so I obeyed.  This was one of the hardest things I had to do.

There was a little book, I had in my office, at work, on my desk. It meant a lot to me. God said, “You did not do all I asked you to do?”  I knew exactly what He meant.  It was the book, a very godly book.  I had written personal information like the dates of my salvation and water baptism; this was a gift from my spiritual mentor.  I said, “God, I gave you all my books, please let me keep this one.  It’s so small.  Don’t make me give it back!”  His response was quick, and firm, “Give it back!”  I cried all the way to a family member of this person as she is now in Heaven.  The book had belonged to her, so I didn’t give it away, especially since God told me to give it to the family as it had family value. The person couldn’t believe I was giving it back. He told me, “Please my mom loved you as her own daughter.  Please keep it. That was worse because now I was hyperventilating and crying, but I explained he took it back said, “If you change your mind it will be here for you.”

One week later, a friend whom I had not seen in years sent me a box filled with books. She had no idea, I still have her note.  At the bottom of the box, there was this little book, the same exact book, I was holding on to for dear life.  She said, “I feel silly sending you this book so little you might not be able to read the words, but I was at the store and God told me to buy you this book and send to you.  I don’t know why this book.  If you don’t like it you can return it, or give it away!”  I called her, crying hysterically, unable to talk from crying so much to tell her how God used her to teach me so many lessons. The very book I had a hard time giving away, God gave it back to me. We both cried and prayed together, memories not forgotten, about radical obedience to do everything God says for us to do, even when we don’t want to do them.

So, then, if the point is not clear, let me make it crystal clear. We, my children and I, have made major life altering decisions.  We have chosen to serve God all the way, obeying him at all cost.  No compromises! Serving Him in every way possible. Unapologetically, we will not engage in any bad talk towards those who went out of their way to lie and make us look bad.  We don’t care what is said behind our backs.  Let the lies and bad mouthing continue. We are all about obeying God, keeping his commandments, and living out the Beatitudes. We serve an audience of only one God!

We stand in awe of God. The miracles He’s done for us are grandiose!  Too many to count. We stand in total awe of God.  There hasn’t been one thing He has said that hasn’t come to pass.  My privilege and honor, as a Godly mother, is to teach my children to obey God in all things, to follow Him at all costs, to love everyone especially those who hate them and say all sorts of evil against them, to go out of their way to do good, never hate, never be angry towards those who dislike and hate them, and never wish they were someone else because they do not know the heartache in the lives of other individuals.

Jealousy is destructive and God ranks it like murder.

There was a great price to pay to receive the blessings of God.  Abraham was told by God to leave his country, family, and go to a foreign land.  He obeyed and is known for his faith. He didn’t care who made fun of him, who believed him, or who did or who he didn’t explain to anyone. He followed God.  It’s simple to do the same thing as we keep our eyes on God!

God calls us to do different things.

All lives matter in this case.

We need to pick up our own cross and follow God wherever He leads.

For me and my house, this is our calling to showcase a life of obedience to God.  He replaced double for whatever was taken. He honors true obedience, not partial.  I have no idea where you are, but if you’re stuck, go fast and pray, read his word, and don’t stop until God answers you.  This is how you know you are in the will of God.  It’s no mystery the will of God.  If you are sincere and approach God with a contrite heart, He will show Himself strong on your behalf.

As for me, I’m in a great place emotionally, physically, and most importantly spiritually!

To my God, Lord and Savior I give all praise!

I pray you will be challenged by my answer so you can see, hear, and taste for yourselves how great is our God.  Amen?If you want to identify with my personal life and how I live then you must do whatever God requires of you. This means you don’t act Christian or whatever religion you are only on the day you worship, and if you’re a Christian then you cannot participate in things which are “questionable.”  You cannot have a foot in the church and a foot in the ways of the world. They are completely different worlds.  We, my children and I have chosen to serve the Lord as it is in scripture not by culture.

If you want to identify with my personal life and how I live then you must do whatever God requires of you. This means you don’t act Christian or whatever religion you are only on the day you worship, and if you’re a Christian then you cannot participate in things which are “questionable.”  You cannot have a foot in the church and a foot in the ways of the world. They are completely different worlds.  We, my children and I have chosen to serve the Lord as it is in scripture not by culture.

Living this way is difficult for sure, but God is with us.  What more could we want?

God will repay you for the years the locust has eaten. The great and small locust. That is our God. He makes it be paid back, both leaving nothing behind and double! Yes, God!

The threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil.  Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten…”  Joel 2:24-25