"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."~from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

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On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging, rather than edit each one. So if you clicked here from somewhere else and ended up with the post unavailable or error, I am sorry but this is why. It'd be too much work for me to go back and fix them. There's an explanation on 7/19/17 as I'm still learning.

Sunday, October 1, 2023


[I apologize for so much explanation for a simple modification of less blog posts.]๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š BUT...

Before I begin this new section of "52 Weeks with Jesus", I want to let you, the reader, know that I plan on doing a shift in my blog posts for this last quarter of the year. It's a new season and I have now completed three fourths of the year but plan to change my format. 

I have weekly shared these blog posts on Sunday evening for that week's devotional reading & the scriptures. Since it is not my own writing of 52 Weeks with Jesus, I do not share much of James Merritt's content. However, not only have I enjoyed each week with Jesus as I read James' book, but I have found that by reading this devotional book it's really true it does what the cover/subtitle says, because I fall "in love with the One Who Changed Everything" - Jesus, more & more (if that's even possible) every day as I spend each one with Him, spending time with Jesus does that; so I would encourage you to do the same and read the actual book or through emails.

I write all of this to let you know that after three-fourths of the year have now passed, it doesn't seem like my blog posts have done this for you (as the reader) like the book has for me, because I don't share the wonderful words of the author himself or much about the actual devotional. I noticed the decline in readers or comments I have received, although I am still thankful for you who may be reading incognito (without comment that lets me know you have read it - lol). I do understand that I probably have not adequately given you enough in my words, yet I hope I piqued your interest in this book or I've encouraged you to sign up for the weekly emails from James Merritt and Harvest House Publishers. My weekly blog posts seem to have not been as interesting as the book, so I guess I have not done this excellent author the literary justice due him and his clever way to engage key aspects of Jesus cleverly that do make you draw closer and want to know Him in yet another role. 

So, I will no longer be doing a weekly blog post for the remaining weeks of the 52 as I did for the first 5 sections; and the shift in my format is just to share one main one for each of the last 3 sections on: (6) Jesus, the Helper; then (7) Jesus, the Leader; and finally (8) Jesus, the Overcomer. I still will be reading one each week as I have done so far; continuing to enjoy being WITH JESUS. I believe HELPER for October is just what I need to prepare me for the rest of 2023! 


This blog post features


the Helper

 for October


Section 6 includes (weeks 40-44) 
Jesus, the Helper
followed by
 Jesus, the Leader
(weeks 45-48)
and then finally
 Jesus, the Overcomer
(weeks 49-52)

October - Section Six: Jesus, the Helper
The Thirst Quencher
41. A Most Valuable Treasure
42. A Gracious Judge
43. Always Available, Always Accessible
Our Best Friend

November - Section Seven: Jesus, the Leader
45. The Standard of Greatness
46. A Servant First
47. The Victor
48. Commander in Chief

DecemberSection Eight: Jesus, the Overcomer
49. The Passion of the Christ—the Rest of the Story
50. His Grace, My Place
51. The Warrior Rises
52. Dead Man Walking

For most of my life, I have sought Jesus as my Helper through the Holy Spirit.
So, I guess what I'm saying is I think of the Holy Spirit in this role,
more than Jesus, although most certainly Jesus is our Helper
and calling on His Name is the greatest help.

Yet, I have always known Jesus, as my Best Friend! (#44) He's yours, too!

SCRIPTURE READINGS for the Weeks of Chapters 40-44:

40. John 4:1-42; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1-5; John 7:37-39; Rev.7:14-17

41. Mark 10:17-22; Romans 12:1-2; Titus 3:4-8; Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Ezekiel 18:4-9

42. John 8:1-11; 1 John 1:5-10; Romans 6:15-23; Matthew 18:15-20; Ephesians 4:29-32

43. Mark 5:25-34; Hebrews 4:14-16;Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:35-42

44. Luke 19:1-10; Luke 7:31-34; Matthew 9:9-13; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Micah 4:6-7

These are the subtitles/segments of each devotional in Chapters 40-44 
(listed after the title of that devotional)

October 2-6

40.The Thirst Quencher : "Messy Mess Ups"; "We Should Know that Jesus is Waiting to Meet Us"; "Someone Wants to Meet You"; "We Should Believe that Jesus is Willing to Accept Us"; "We Should Rejoice that Jesus Wants to Change Us"

October 9-13

41. A Most Valuable Treasure: "Losers Who Win, Winners Who Lose"; "A Rich Young Ruler"; "Desire the Gift of Eternal Life"; "Determine the Cost of Eternal Life"; Decide to Pay the Price for Eternal Life"

October 16-20

42. A Gracious Judge: "Caught in the Act "; "For the Broken"; "Come to Jesus, He Will Give You Grace"; "Confess to Jesus, He Will Remove Your Guilt"; "Commit to Jesus, He Will Lead You to Goodness"

October 23-27

43. Always Available, Always Accessible: "Close Enough to Touch"; "Encountering One Who Helps"; "We Need to Give Hurting People the Addition of Our Presence"; "We Need to Give Hurting People the Attention of Our Minds";
"We Need to Give Hurting People the Affection o
f Our Hearts"

October 30 - November 3

44.Our Best Friend: "Rejected by Others"; "Reasonable Rejection"; "We Must Be Attractive to Those Who Feel Rejected"; "We Must Be Attracted to Those Who Feel Rejected"; "We Must Be Attentive to Those Who Feel Rejected"


"Lord, Teach me to see others the way You see them - as being worthy of time, attention, and living water. Show me, this week, who is thirsty for You." (40)

"Lord, Everything I have is Yours. Open my eyes to the way I've held my goods and my life back from You. Lord, I surrender all.(41)

"Lord, show me where I am in this story of Your grace. Transform my life as I turn away from whatever sin is keeping me from You."(42)

"Lord, give me the faith of a woman who believed in Your power to heal, and allow me to minister in Your name to those who hurt." (43)

"Lord, give me Your vision to notice and care for those who are rejected. Help me to move toward those that You love on the world's fringes." (44)

"One of Jesus' most endearing qualities was the way He proactively pursued the outcast and outsider. HE WAS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE, not just the privileged. HE WAS A MASTER FOR THE MASSES, not a rabbi for the rich. Jesus sought out those that society avoided, mocked, and ridiculed. HE WAS WILLING TO HELP ANYONE at ANY TIME, even if they didn't realize they needed Him. Jesus' most scandalous encounters reveal His role as a HELPER of the helpless, and the hope of the hopeless, all the while changing the way we see others and ourselves." ~James Merritt, intro to section 6, Jesus, the Helper.

Thank You Jesus

for all Your Help and sending us

the Helper from the Father

(John 15:26-27 ERV) and (John 14:16)

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