19 May: Catalytic Pain

When a catalyst is introduced into pain it becomes “catalytic pain”, and today’s chapter shows that it either drives us to destruction, cripples us, or pushes us toward our only source of recovery…

READ 1 SAMUEL 1  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


In 1990, we were living and working on board the M.V Logos II, when I first bought Max E. Anders book, QuieTimes. It covers 365 chapters of the Bible in a year and on May 19th it covers the story of Hannah. Years went by and I had almost forgotten my prayer and promises over our son’s life. When he was seventeen, Michael moved back to his ‘first home’, to work as a deckhand aboard the Logos II. Then, on May 19th 2008, his Chief Engineer (and our close friend) passed away unexpectedly. Then the ship’s doctor, Captain and our Michael all passed away from us within 18 months.

So today’s date, and Hannah’s story, will remain for me a catalyst for the memory of joyful gain and exquisite pain. In grievous despair, Hannah turned to God. [v10-16]  So the question for me today is: When utter misery hits, and something or someone seems to rub salt into the wound, will the anger, confusion and grief be a catalyst for dragging me to destruction? Will it pin me to a stand-still? Or will it become catalytic pain propelling me towards to the One who created me to be like Him?

Read More? …CLICK on “19 May – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the God who sees and hears? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Glory to You, God in the highest heaven! And on earth, peace to those on whom Your favour rests. [Luke 2:14]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray God’s Grace on Ethiopia[b]
  • Your Country: Doctors and Nurses
  • Yourself: Victory over Temptation
  • Your concerns for today
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! [Psalm 84:8]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

As I go about my day today, help me to remember that the fear of You, Lord, is the beginning of wisdom. And the knowledge of the Holy One, is understanding. [Proverbs 9:10]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Preserve my soul, Father God, for I am godly; save Your servant who trusts in You, my God. [Psalm 86:2]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Serving Others

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” [Galatians 6:10]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/ethi/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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