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And they who know Your Name….

img_5414As a teenager I became somewhat familiar with the Amplified Version of the Bible because Mom had it around and used it in her daily personal Bible study and prayer time each  morning.

Nowadays, there are so many newer versions out that Christians don’t see or hear mention of the Amplified Version often.

During the ten years our young and growing family lived in Sucre, Bolivia, a large, old, beautiful and intensely historic town in the southern highlands , we belonged to a wonderful outreach to crosscultural workers that was called “Reader’s Service”.  “Reader’s Service” would send us big mailbags full of used books for a nominal fee.  These used books – some very well-used! – were donated to a large warehouse, by people in U.S. and Canada who no longer had a use for them yet still wanted to make them available to others, especially families serving overseas where access to public libraries and/or access to books in general in the person’s heart language might be limited or completely nonexistent.  This was our situation during those ten years.

We LOVED Reader’s Service and, a couple times a year when the books arrived, it was like Family Christmas!

Early in our family’s Reader’s Service Sucre years, they sent us a battered, tiny, tatter-jacketed Amplified Version New Testament, which, following in my life mentor-mother’s footsteps, I used in my morning “quiet time” with God for at least a couple of years.  After that we moved,  and, a few years after that we had a major yard sale when our daughter graduated from high school in Bolivia.  We lost the book.

Recently, on my beloved Kindle device, I downloaded an electronic version of the Amplified and this morning, traveling, was using  the Amplified Version of the Psalms in my daily quiet time with God.  This verse stood out for me and gave me strength and comfort:   Psalms 9:10  “And they who know Your Name (who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy) will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You (on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity). (Ps. 42:1).”

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