Once again we’re soon coming on December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ – yes Christmas. The Bible account of his arrival is deeply cherished by Christians. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph traveled and reached Bethlehem where the Lord was born in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Wise men were guided to look upon the newborn Saviour. They lovingly and generously came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Repeated readings and sermons about the birth of Christ haven’t dampened the beauty of that rich event shared so splendidly in the Bible. Some church bodies have a custom of early morning Christmas services. Attending helps parishioners to be reminded of lifestyle priorities. Love and service to Christ transcend our material holiday activities. Yes, the hope of glory stands way beyond all the rest. Colossians 1:27 – KJV, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,Continue reading »

We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school. How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows? Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes haveContinue reading »

We live in an age when things expire quicker than some of us can keep up. I’ve had instances when comfort and ease have been attained relative to usage of particular computer software. Too often when I reach that level of “cruising” through, the tech folks roll out yet another upgrade or advancement that installs me back in learning mode. Typically, I hold on to what I gained ease of operation in UNTIL the techies render something inoperable UNLESS I upgrade. The expiration manifestation once again rears its “head.” I’m super delighted that God never expires. Yes, Almighty Lord is current yesterday, today and forever. It’s great comfort to know that he is ever present with incomparable thoughts, expressions, and actions. Nothing is too hard for God. We can rest assured that when we consistently purpose to align with godly precepts, the Lord provides our needs and gives us the desires of our hearts. My spirit soars with gratitude for the greatness of God. Wow, the delight is enormous. Yes,Continue reading »

This is the particular season that my heart especially goes out to retail workers, Christian and otherwise. Lord, please grant us the patience to shop with awareness of the stress levels of retail workers. We need to be mindful to flow in love while we stand in lines, browse and search for what suits us. The Bible teaches about gentleness, kindness, and courtesy. Galatians 5:22 – KJV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Colossians 3:12 – KJV, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” Increasingly, some shoppers are inconsiderate and unruly. I’m super grateful for those who have compassion for the long hours, frazzled nerves, sacrifices and challenges faced by the many retail workers, particularly doing the Christmas holiday season. Also, I have a deep appreciation for the services rendered by the retail population and what they have to deal with on a regular basis from all sorts ofContinue reading »

Often repeated have been the account in Matthew 14 about Peter walking on water to Jesus. When his faith wavered, Jesus was there to rescue Peter. We have all had those seasons when we needed to be saved from one thing or another. I so love that Peter had such trust in the Lord that he walked on water, albeit, briefly. Peter faltered, but it is still immensely impressive to me that he even went to the extent that he did to join Jesus on the water. The Lord continues to rescue us from our various circumstances. Gratitude flows. I love reading and hearing reports of rescues done by caring people. Strangers are often participants in rescue situations. Recently, there was a police officer who appeared on the Steve Harvey talk show. He was there to be honored for going above the call of duty. The officer responded to a traffic accident report. The woman involved experienced damage to her car that rendered it inoperable. She needed a vehicle toContinue reading »

Veteran’s Day is approaching. It’s upon us on November 11th. Major salutes extend to the many veterans who contributed to the causes of our nation’s interests. We sure do need military personnel to aid in the advancement of our united matters. My uncle is a veteran as is my father. Love and honor flow for their service to our country. We who haven’t experienced armed forces actions can never fully understand the experiences and the camaraderie that soldiers hold dear. They invested blood, sweat and tears in the varied activities. Certainly, it isn’t an easy living being subjected to constant uncertainties, threats, and sacrifices. Also, military family members endure through the variables of their loved ones in the branches of service living. Of course, there are joys and triumphs included in the mixes. Lifelong friendships occur, celebrations happen, and great connections result. Also, the bonuses of being exposed to unfamiliar cultures and locales prove advantageous. Yes, it’s beneficial spiritually, socially and professionally to engage with various classes and culture. InContinue reading »

Thanksgiving Day is ahead Once again, we prepare to gather, to eat heartily to reminisce, to relax — Ah, joy is in the air The Lord delights in hearts of thanksgiving – Gratitude flows in abundance We have so much to be grateful for – daily We live, we breathe we work, we play – Truly, thanksgiving is in motion on the regular Prayers of gratefulness – Food spreads – full bellies, shared memories, status catch ups – Yes, joy is in the air Love manifests in amplified doses – Robust laughter rings out in households Warmth is spread in abundance – Kisses, hugs, and smiles make cherished appearances – Joy is indeed the air Precious moments are once again revealed on the celebrated day of Thanksgiving Above all – daily — to God be the glory.

One of the most heartwarming accounts in the Bible is of the good Samaritan. Many other folks and I adore that story. It reveals that the man in need was rejected by a priest and a Levite, but helped by a good Samaritan. Luke 10:33-35 – KJV But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Beautiful feelings rise within when I recall the numerous occasions when good Samaritans have assisted in emergencies, and with different needs and desires. Reminders such as those bolsters hope in humanity.Continue reading »

International aid stretches to many regions. Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, has a ministry, “Samaritan’s Purse.” They give abundant outreach to provide for the needs of people in war-torn, economically deficient and weather damaged areas. Samaritan’s Purse provides evangelistic training, medical, education/literacy, construction and feeding programs. They also have a program called, “Operation Christmas Child.” Joyce Meyer World Missions has an international ministry outreach called, “Hand of Hope.” It provides free medical and dental care among other vital services. Haiti is once again in dire need of aid due to Hurricane Matthew. Disaster relief is in motion for that area and others affected by Matthew. Rebuilding is an enormous task. International help is essential to restore stability to the subject regions. It is deeply heartening to know that caring, skilled and qualified folks are willing to assist and follow through with performances that considerably impact in meaningful ways. Global helpers fill critical needs, and much gratitude flows for what they do to spread care through multiple actions on behalf of needyContinue reading »

Autumn is on the horizon A time to reap what’s been sown Seasonal changes occur – Leaves gain new colors and flutter from the trees Coolness arrives in our mornings Pumpkins display their artistic carvings Hay rides fill with gleeful children Candy apples delight our eager taste buds The Lord tells us that we reap what we sow – Yes, we learn the truths in that message – Throughout the Bible we read of the realities of consequences reaped from sown acts of good and evil Splendid changes are on the horizon for those who chose closeness to God Indeed, it’s a win win choice of direction Harvest time is ever present in the kingdom . . .

We are appointed to be diligent laborers in the “vineyards” of the Lord. In Matthew 20 – KJV, we read about ungrateful laborers and how the householder dealt with their dispositions. In Matthew 21 – KJV, beginning at verse 28, we read about the man and his two sons. One son informed that he would not work in his father’s vineyard. Afterward, he repented and went to labor there. The second son agreed to work in the vineyard but was a no show. The first son did the will of his father. Sometimes we reach spiritual, mental and physical postures where we grow weary. We have our seasons, too, when we don’t feel sufficiently appreciated. The Bible, though, empowers us with this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:58 – KJV, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Glory to God, too, that we’re comforted by a favorite verseContinue reading »