Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book Review: The Voice of the Psalms

One of my favorite books of the bible is Psalms. So, I was really excited to receive and read this version of The Psalms from Thomas Nelson Publishers. After reading it I have mixed feelings about this version.

Things I liked:
This is kind of "The Message" meets "The Amplified Bible" (both of which I am a huge fan. The language is more contemporary and lends itself to an easy read. I like that includes several different reading plans. It would make a nice daily devotional.

Things I didn't like:
If you are not using this as a "devotional" book then I feel like it can be a bit difficult to naviagate. While I like the commentary and footnote approach (as used in The Amplified Bible) it kind of got in the way of reading the actual Psalm. Another thing that I didn't love was the some of the language. While it does make for an easier and culturally relvant read it offers too much emotionalism. I also didn't love the fact that they replaced "Lord" with "Eternal One". Albeit HE is the Eternal One but I don't see how changing the wording enahnces it's relevance.

Here's a sample:
Psalm 23:1-3 - The Eternal One is my shepherd. He cares for me always. He provides for me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He washes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.

Two Thumbs up for use as a resource or devotional.
One thumb up for use as a primary bible translation.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I've been sick pretty much since August. The main causes are environmental from my classroom. I can't really explain how run down and defeated one feels after being sick for so long. Every time it seems things are getting better they get worse. But fear not dear friends, this post is not meant to be a pity party. It is in fact meant to be a declaration of the goodness of God.

The enemy takes the opportunity to kick you when you're down. To whisper lies that you begin to struggle with as you try not to believe them. But I'm here to declare that the devil is a liar!

Thanks to some God time and a dear friend praying me I know the word of the Lord for me (and you) is THIS IS NOT MY PORTION! SICKNESS IS NOT MY PORTION! This is the circumstance I am in now but what the enemy meant for evil MY GOD will turn into good. Out of this season will flow new songs of healing and hope. I will "Sing to Him a new song...For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice" (Psalm 33:3-5). HIS justice will prevail. I don't need to fight in my own strength. I will not bow to the plans of the enemy. THIS IS NOT MY PORTION!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How'd they do it?

This post is a day late but worthy of posting anyway. Yesterday the power went out at school from 9:40ish to the end of the day. No power meant no computer, no smartboard, and no copier. Technology is a crucial part of my daily routine and instruction, especially for math. So I found myself having to get creative with the materials I had. That meant creating an Addition Bingo game on the fly. It was WAY to windy and cold to take the students outside so inside recess it was. It was really amazing to realize exactly how much I depend on technology to deliver my instruction. How did teachers teach before computers and copy machines? Boring lectures and reading from a textbook?! Blah!

What I learned: Always have an emergency stash of work and games in case of power outage! :)