In some denominations, the wives of pastors are called “First Ladies.” Often, people perceive those roles as glamorous, and there are some women who covet being wives of pastors for reasons that aren’t necessarily for the love of God. The positions do have their “perks,” but the true roles of the wives of pastors are to love God first, and to support their husbands in the homes and in the missions assigned by God. When the marital unions complement the calls of ministries, those are indeed harmonious placements. Positive matrimonial team choices benefit in manifold ways. Outside the realms of balance, the wives of pastors can be lonely and neglected women. There have even been reports of them being abused by their husbands. Misunderstanding the wives of pastors is another issue of concern. Some church members knowingly and unknowingly put stress on them. There are folks who have unreasonable expectations of pastors, their wives and families. Inconsideration comes in to play in various circumstances. Occasions manifest when some folks crossContinue reading »

Orange County is the locale for the edible meeting. The orchard folks have been looking forward to the oral feast. The summit was called by the fruit delegation to address the increased disconnect between fruits and vegetables. The fruits earnestly desire a better relationship with the vegetable community. Attendees pour into the Strawberry Field Arena. Early participants snatch the prime front seats. Turnip, cauliflower and watermelon rows fill up quickly. Bananas peel in and slide by grape clusters. Veggies roll in and take seats across the aisle from the fruit ensembles. Peas and carrots are side by side joined by green beans. The row is plenty colorful with the combined mixes. Lights are lowered. The fruity speech is about to begin. Honey Dew Melon strides center stage and approaches the lectern. He speaks in love with eloquence about the need for unity. Initially, all in attendance aren’t on board, but as the speech continues, nods throughout the assembly are observed. Honey Dew emphasizes that the body has a need forContinue reading »

Scriptures are from the King James Bible. Our Father has loaded us with multiple benefits from His vast treasury of provisions. He gave His beloved Son, Christ, to sacrifice for our salvation. What love indeed. We’ve also been blessed with the gift of the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5, “. . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” The Holy Ghost is power. Unquestionably, we need power to forge ahead to accomplish our tasks, from the smallest to the greatest. Yep, power charges get us through our days. The Holy Ghost is a witness. Acts 5:32, “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” How many times have we received witnesses that we’re on the right track? How many times have we received witnesses that we made wise choices? How many times have we been warned by the witness of the HolyContinue reading »

Assorted wheels churn in the vehicles of change. Start your engines. Here we go. We prefer changes that please our surfaces rather than those that unsettle our inner securities. Ugh! With those types, we sometimes express things like, “Do I have to?” We’re prone to be disappointed when uncomfortable changes violate our protected spaces. We just don’t want to go there. How many times have we resisted changes — then later been grateful for their appearances? Yeah, AFTER the facts? Life swings us in numerous directions. The outcomes often reap rewards that we didn’t anticipate or expect to be positive. Patience sure comes into play with the change formations. Changes, though, have balances weaved into them. The feel good ones come and their opposites show in due times, too. We have portions of both, which makes our journeys more bearable. The Lord never allows us to experience more than we can bear. He holds the balancing instruments and He wields them with masterful precision. Whew, what a relief it isContinue 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 »

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 »