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 »

Hearts are emboldened with the knowledge that God is ever present and help in times of peace and war. Every season is the season for the presence of the Lord. History is replete with accounts of laudable and heroic actions by brave soldiers at all levels of military service. Their numerous sacrifices shouldn’t ever be lightly esteemed for they give for the good of nations. Countless lives were lost in war; scores of men and women returned without limbs; with little hope, mental instabilities and major uncertainties. Our love swells for what the soldiers gave and for what military personnel continue to give of themselves for common and beneficial causes. I remember, with deep admiration, former NFL player Pat Tillman. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America, he forsook a $3.6 million contract to become an Army Ranger. Do we not marvel at Tillman’s patriotism and dedication to a worthier pursuit than money?! Resources inform us of the various soldiers who greatly contributed to warContinue reading »

Are we able to count the advantages of praise? How refreshing to know that God inhabits the praises of His people. When we lift our holy hands in adoration to the most High, our spirits lift in the exercises as we extol the magnificence of our Lord. Gratitude swells within us as we revel in the joys of praise. It’s a certainty that our praises are never vain in practice when we go before our Father in sincerity and in truth. He delights in our worship and rewards our love and holy movements upward to His blessed presence. What do we do when we don’t know how to proceed? Among other things, we offer God sacrifices of praise. We release our sorrows and do as our Lord tells us — rest in Him because He calls us to cast all our cares upon Him for indeed He cares. We praise God when we know and we praise Him when we don’t know. In season and out of season, we blessContinue reading »

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous andContinue 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 »

Parenting isn’t in the realm of an exact science. There’s no set formula in that exercise. Each child is unique with unique sets of challenges. In spite of Christian lifestyles, why are parents sometimes prone to fret about their offspring? Why is there inclination not to trust God to provide the necessary guidance with child rearing? Yes, the truth is that, occasionally, Christian parents wrestle with believing that God is able — in the most trying of parental circumstances. There can be tendencies to remove focus from God to concentration on the problems. Inhale, exhale. There’s light in the midst of the conflicts, confusion and weariness. We have hope as our anchor. Sinking into despair is never a viable option. We shall rally and keep getting new winds to move ourselves forward. Yes we will. Hebrews 6:19 – KJV, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, . . .” We learn to set wholesome and beneficial boundaries while granting liberties that are responsiblyContinue reading »

Yummy, we have a vast assortment of delicious food to delight our thirsty taste buds. There’s meat, fish, bread, vegetables, and pastries — oh my. Accented with “accessories,” such as sauces, seasonings, and gravies with syrups and desserts galore. Eating is one of our favorite pastimes. We enjoy partaking alone, with our families, friends and co-workers. Yep, food connections have international appeal. We love to eat as we fellowship. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.- Psalm 34:8 – KJV. The sweetness of Jesus is in a class all its own. The delight of His flavor is immensely pleasurable to digest. Indeed, He feeds like no other. All of His provisions are healthy food choices with high potency liquids. Ah, we drink from the fountain of living waters. None satisfies and quenches thirsty souls so well. Filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, filled to the brim. Heavenly provisions are loaded with proteins and meaty, beneficial content. Fine dining at maximumContinue reading »

Life so often throws us curve balls and some folks can relate to “punches” that can suck the wind right out of “sails.” Blows and winds of drama can render us dazed and not always quick to recover. Reality makes appearances that deliver both joys and sorrows. We welcome what’s joyous, but brace against the blustery storms. Heartening is to know that despite the uncertainties and the seasons of tribulation, surely, Christ-dwelling folks are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. – Romans 8:37 – KJV. We have the blessed assurances that God always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. The Lord marvelously moves in the presence of the “beasts.” God bows to none; all bow to Him. High and jubilant praises to Father GOD for our moves that win.

Deuteronomy 28:12 – KJV “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure . . . and to bless all the work of thine hand: . . .” Assorted tangible treasures are on displays that appeal to our visual senses. Diamonds, pearls, rubies and sapphires invite us to embrace the beauty of their allure. We admire the varied artistic creations that “speak” to us through media and personal observations. Houses, cars, gadgets, fashions — the list goes on of things that satisfy our temporal needs, desires and preferences. Yes, things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal – 2 Corinthians 4:18 – KJV. The best resides in the unseen. God lovingly and generously provides pure, precious and eternal treasures. True fulfillment is to dwell in Him — to feast on the meat of His words — and to drink of His living water. We abide in Jesus and glory in the gift of the Holy Spirit. The value of those placements cannot beContinue reading »