How inspiring it is to read, in the Bible, assorted accounts of courage. Great reading indeed. Of course, one of the all time favorites is what we read about the showdown between David and Goliath. From a natural standpoint, the odds were against David. Goliath disdained him. Yes, he underestimated the small in stature young man. Obviously, Goliath had more in height and in his experience as a warrior. David, though, had power from Almighty God, who no foe can defeat. David was confident that he’d gain victory over his giant foe. The lad, David, was certain that he had, in his spiritual arsenal, the ultimate reinforcement. How impressive is it that he hasted and ran toward his enemy – 1 Samuel 17:48- KJV? David didn’t hesitate, cower or retreat. He went full throttle to handle the business of his God. Goliath uttered threatening declarations about his perceived triumphant posture. Yes, he talked the talk, but the Lord saw to it that he didn’t “deliver the goods.” David was theContinue reading »

Click hee to read “One What did Mary know – Part One” We know God’s ways are higher, His intellect greater, and his plan better. The Bible says we cannot understand everything now; our minds are not ready to or capable of embracing the full of the plans and thoughts of God. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians13:12 (KJV) It stands to reason, Mary did not know everything there was to know, the ministry, the mockery and the cross. How could she bear that knowledge and still be His mother? He was her Savior and her baby boy. If she had fully comprehended Jesus and the Master’s plan, she would know Jesus was God in the flesh, and, perhaps, she would have been in too much awe to care for Him. Just as the Lord does with us here on earth, she knew as knowledgeContinue reading »

The Rock of ages lives eternally. The Rock of ages pours forth love in abundance. The Rock of ages surrounds us with care. The Rock of ages teaches us with solid lessons. The Rock of ages sees all with awesome eyes of glory. The Rock of ages heals, delivers, and rescues. The Rock of ages is a strong hold. The Rock of ages does expansively beyond what we can ask or think. High and grateful praises to the Rock of Ages, the King of glory – Psalm 24:7. Psalm 28:1 – KJV Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; . . .

It’s a super relief to know that God doesn’t superficially judge by the outer images of people, but by the content of our hearts. Yes, the heart is the center of our beings and much is weighed from that central location. We live in a society where, for the most part, outer image is given major importance. The state of that is of deep concern because so much superficiality dominates. Desperation is the “order of the day” for scores of celebrities who feel pressured to meet beauty “standards.” They nip, tuck, alter, succumb to eating disorders, obtain unnecessary surgical procedures, and other means with aim to satisfy the industry trends for outer beauty. It disturbs me that pressure has so many folks inclined to chase the fads and, often, unrealistic expectations of others. Truly, it can become a vicious cycle of not measuring up according to what’s been instilled in the mindsets of so many celebrities and those who aren’t celebrities, as well. Insecurity levels are huge on a globalContinue reading »

Bespectacled Calvert, a fervent lover of the Lord, does janitorial work at a posh office building in Bethesda, Maryland. He loves his job but lately he’s questioning his usefulness to the Lord. Today is Calvert’s weekly fellowship with his friends and fellow laborers in the Lord, Josh and Peter. The trio meets at the Harmony Café in Suitland, Maryland. Calvert slides his wiry frame into the booth beside portly Peter, the eldest of the chums. “Guys, I’m having doubts about my usefulness to the cause of the gospel. I wonder sometimes if I’m doing effective service for the Lord.” Peter reassuringly places his hand on his friend’s shoulder. “You sure are, Calvert. Consistently, your light shines for the glory of God.” Calvert shrugs. “My confidence has taken a hit. I yearn for it to be restored.” Josh adds, “We’re around you often, Calvert, and witness your steady walk with the Lord. Your doubts are unfounded, man.” “Thanks, guys,” Calvert murmurs. Peter slaps the table. “Let’s pray,” he offers. The friendsContinue reading »

David was the due time man arranged by God to topple Goliath. The other men present ran from the giant man. 1 Samuel 17: 24 – KJV, “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” David stepped forth and put things in perspective. His own brother misunderstood, and thus unwisely rebuked him for his action plan. Regardless, David wouldn’t allow misunderstanding, distractions or the fears of others to move him from his mission assigned by God. Before his due time with Goliath, David had been prepared by God for this eventful day with the giant man. In particular, we read of two prep actions; David slew a lion and a bear. Yes, by the time he had to face Goliath, David was indeed ready for the epic battle with the uncircumcised Philistine. When Goliath laid his eyes on David, he mocked and disdained the holy man of God for David was a youth and certainly of much smaller stature thanContinue reading »

Amber and her family have moved to Evergreen Lane in Tampa, Florida. Geographically, they love it but emotionally their hearts are deeply attached to the east coast where extended family remains. Job duties called Trent, Amber’s father, to Tampa; responsibly, he answered the workplace need. In the laundry room, pony-tailed Monica, clothed in a red and white polka dot sundress, hums along with the low playing classical music on the radio. She taps her flip flop clad narrow foot to the tune of the soothing music. Smiling as she folds Trent’s assorted basketball uniform shorts, Monica thinks of his passion for the game. “That husband of mine loves his basketball nights.” Dressed snappily in her blue denim capris and tie-died tee shirt, lithe Amber enters the laundry room. “What’d you say, Mom?” She rests her three-fingered hand on the warm dryer. How’d that hand matter come to be? Amber was born minus her pinky and index fingers. Monica cheerfully answers, “Oh, I was absorbed about your dad and his basketballContinue reading »

Precious senior citizens are certainly assets. They add such richness to families, communities, workplaces and elsewhere. Theirs is a vast wealth of wisdom and knowledge plentifully loaded with benefits. Stories weaved by senior level beauties are genuine gems that attach themselves to the corridors of our hearts. Doses of experience and humor pour from the traveled chambers of the elderly and mature. Captive audiences lean in to breathe in the lessons generously deposited into our eager ears. Wow, the history that they weave and spin throughout the atmosphere. Triumphs and tragedies — dips and rises — so interesting — we’re captivated. Oh, we so value the contributions of seniors. Golden touches from them teach, encourage, discipline and remind that hope is indeed a certain reality. They bring to “tables” the gainful attributes of maturity, awareness and patience. Truly, our planet is better because of the placement of seniors. Quality living is here for us to observe and to use as positive examples. I cannot imagine thriving without the presence ofContinue reading »