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.

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 »

In the Bible, the name of the mother of Moses isn’t given. The act — Exodus 2:3 — that she did resulted in Moses being brought into the care of the daughter of king Pharaoh. The king’s daughter paid wages for a woman to nurse Moses unaware that that woman was his mother. Moses grew in the house of Pharaoh, learned the ways of the Egyptians, and became the main man who God used in the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. The deed of Moses’ mother set essential “wheels” in motion on behalf of the people of Israel. In the book of Judges, Chapter 4, we read about the brave actions of Deborah, the prophetess who judged Israel for a season. I love reading about her role as a judge. She issued instructions and was instrumental in the execution of the tasks necessary to assure victory. She was a woman on a mission that indeed got accomplished, of course, with the hand of God in theContinue reading »

Tributes are indeed fitting for the godly, noble and courageous women mentioned in the Bible. We read about precious, Mary, the mother of Jesus and her dear cousin Elizabeth who gave birth to John the Baptist. John baptized Jesus and we read in Matthew 3:17 – KJV, these words spoken by God, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I wonder what it was like for those two women to raise Jesus and John. Imagine those spirited households! Certainly, God knew who’d make the best mothers. We don’t know whether John was an only child of his parents. The Bible does tell us that Jesus had sisters and brothers. It had to be strikingly interesting to raise the Son of God in the home with siblings not charged with such awesome missions to accomplish. Huge admiration swells for Mary’s role in the rearing of Christ Jesus. Of course, Joseph had a vital role, as well. Elizabeth’s role was an important one, too, with her husband ZachariasContinue reading »

We are approaching the first Monday in September, which in America and Canada is Labor Day. In the USA, it became a federal holiday in 1894 as a tribute to the achievements of American workers. Appreciation extends to the many people who have made and who now make valuable contributions to work places. Indeed, there are many folks who regularly sacrifice to provide services to others. Years ago, manual labor was more prevalent. Some workers toiled in intense heat on farms, in mines, and in factories. Lots of muscle work was put in to do the assorted jobs. Such continues but the numbers in such fields have diminished. In high and low places, laborers perform, often in dangerous environments, to accomplish necessary tasks. Currently, computer usage has replaced much that was done manually. Yes, things have changed considerably in the labor markets. The Bible tells us in Mark 6:3 – KJV that Jesus was a carpenter. It says, “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother ofContinue reading »

My heart is wounded to know of the folks who battle with addictive behaviors. There are gambling addicts, shopping addicts, food addicts, drug addicts, alcohol addicts, social media addicts, and addicts in other addictive categories. A percentage of Christians are in those numbers, as are their loved ones. In August of 2011, a well-known pastor was found deceased in a New York City hotel. Despite his mother’s efforts to keep the cause of death from public disclosure, a court ruling allowed the results to be publicly released in 2013. The subject pastor had shared about his past struggles with drug addiction. Many folks didn’t know that those struggles for him weren’t in the past. I can only imagine how he wrestled with his destructive habit. Likely, he was torn about the double life he was living. Was he ashamed to seek professional help? Perhaps he did . . . . Was he seized with fear relative to being exposed, and thus, kept suffering “in the closet”? My guess is thatContinue reading »

Sorrow came to visit, and grief sought to consume him – It was challenging to escape the inner turmoil – Remedy? He helped his neighbor – Reaching out to help eased his sorrow Widowed and lonely What did she do? She wallowed awhile then unselfishly, she “kissed” her self-pity goodbye – In she went to soothe neglected elderly folks who welcomed her in earnest – She adds the Lord’s light whenever she visits the assisted living home – Truly, helping others helps her Retired and bored – Bingo and golf aren’t enough to fulfill – Seeking, seeking more to complete his mundane life – Ah ha! He found more to satisfy – How so? He’s now a volunteer for the church bus ministry Yes, giving transpo drives folks and fuels his inner “engine” Yes, indeed, helping others gives plenty joyous gains. Certainly, helping others helps us.

In the Bible, we read of how Jesus went about helping others. He healed, ministered, fed, encouraged, and taught. He exhibited love, patience, and wisdom throughout his engagement with all sorts of folks. Even when Jesus wasn’t shown love, respect and appreciation, he remained loyal to God and gospel truths. We marvel at how the Lord solidly stood strong in the midst of various sentiments, expressions and spiritual postures. The Bible shares that Jesus helped by raising the dead, healing the sick, lifting spirits, and rebuking unwise choices. He cast out demons, as well as restored sight and hearing. He multiplied and fed fish and bread to thousands of folks, and at a wedding, Jesus turned water into wine. Yes, he abundantly helped. The Bible also shares that Jesus gave his life for folks to live lives more abundantly — John 10:10 – KJV — The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they mightContinue reading »

The joys of birth are astounding – How wondrous the accounts of elated parents upon arrival of their precious newborn treasures – Immense happiness abounds Multiple births bring joy in plurals Twins, triplets, quads, and quints – Pleasures upon pleasures upon pleasures . . . Oh my! Butterflies appear in splendid beauty from their cocoon spaces fluttering as we gaze in delight – They are gorgeous in their transformed states – Isn’t it great that thanks to our Lord we are transformed by the renewal of our minds? The bliss and freedom of new births transcend all others – Renewed we are – born again to truly thrive We learn to live more abundantly with mental, spiritual and physical contentment, Love flows, and peace rests within us as we embrace how God so graciously ushered us into pure horizons through gospel messages where we learned to be born again and fulfilled in truths – Ah, such utter delight!

Once again Memorial Day approaches. Service men and women are vital to efforts and actions to benefit global interests. Appreciation is abundant for the bountiful work and sacrifices made by the scores of folks who perform for the well being and protection of people worldwide. The armed services are full of brave, dedicated and honorable soldiers and officers. Privates up to the levels of generals perform admirably with diligent commitment to their duties. There are specialists and elite force personnel who contribute considerably to the missions that need to be accomplished. Salutes galore extend to the men and women who show up, on the regular, for the good of we the people. They come from varied backgrounds, cultures and religions. Despite their differences, they perform in unison in the armed services. Bonds develop and some friendships become lifelong engagements. Marriage happens, also, among the military ranks. Yes, love connections indeed manifest in the midst. The children of service parenting often benefit from travel advantages and sometimes live abroad with prolongedContinue reading »

The sunshine comes out everyday The sky is always blue The clouds stay away There is no sign of rain The roads are always clear The traffic kept at bay Every light stays green Nothing bad will ever happen to you Or me The doctor says we’re in good health The kids stay well behaved They all excel in school College is already paid Absent are the days of Earthquakes, tornadoes And hurricanes Smooth sailing for The rest of our days I bow to one knee As you take this ring Only for the Better For the Worse? No… Things will never change