We’re sometimes challenged as to when to talk, and when to be silent. There are seasons when we need to speak/express, and seasons when we need to be in zip formation. Awareness and doing, of course, are two different things. All of us have opened our mouths and said things out of season then came to regret our spoken words. Once the expressions are released, they can’t be erased from atmospheres. They’re out and doing whatever . . . . Sure, we can apologize, and on occasions, be forgiven, but truly, we don’t forget. Fall outs from such circumstances vary; they can be unpredictable. I’m not able to count the times that I’ve misspoken and regretted. Other folks share those sentiments. There are some folks who have chronic “foot in mouth disease.” Yep, people with haphazard running “faucets” on regular rotation. There’s hope, though, because positive change is possible. I’m deeply grateful to have learned to curb my tongue and expressions, and to engage with others who are wise inContinue reading »

There is a wonderful worship song that poses the question, “Mary did you know?” It’s a well done song that I have been singing parts of for weeks, and as I was playing it mentally, I began to wonder, as I have before, if Mary even knew what she was getting into? We know the angel came and talked with her before she became pregnant with the Son of God, but, in thinking of it, I wonder how much she really understood? Maybe she was completely focused on the conception and what kind of a reaction that it would cause both in her personal life and in the community in which she lived. While it is true that both Mary and Zechariah sang of great things in their respective praises, Mary in Luke 1:46-55; “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for theContinue reading »

People often talk about the dark days before Christmas and depending on where you live in this world that is a true saying. Where I live the temperatures usually drop, the days are short and you can’t appear on the streets unless you are bundled up in several layers of clothing and like most Christmas lovers I am hoping for a white Christmas. But these days are a good illustration of where we are spiritually as well. In the Spirit, we must bundle up to protect us from the cold winds of doubt that seem to sweep this present world with strong gusts of unbelief. And then—in the heart of the darkness—there is a star. A sparkling star that pierces the dark night and that leads the way for all who wish to follow it, to the stable of the newborn King. It leads to a place of hope, forgiveness and peace with God. Like the Catholic Bible puts it, “Peace to men of good will.” * That is anContinue reading »

In the Bible, we read where God promised Abraham a son. Genesis 16:19 – KJV, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” Abraham was beyond ninety five years old and Sarah was ninety when they had their covenant son, Isaac. Abraham was old, too, when Hagar bore Ishmael. Talk about waiting — wow! David was anointed king years before he performed in the role. He experienced challenges while he waited, challenges that included King Saul, who became his ardent rival. Saul was in hot pursuit of him. At one point, David hid from Saul’s relentless onslaughts. Saul’s son Jonathan befriended his father’s enemy, David, while David waited for change to come. David had opportunity to slay Saul but he spared his life because David declared to him in I Samuel 24: 10 – KJV, “Behold, this day thine eyes haveContinue reading »

Oh, how challenging it can sometimes be for us to trust and wait. Expectation sits within us as we wait. What we wait for varies. Some folks are waiting for healing, enduring the episodes and bouts. Some folks are waiting for financial relief, which can certainly strain mentalities. People wait on suitable mates hoping for matrimonial bliss and steadfast contentment. Job expectations are another facet of waiting, as are college acceptances. Scores of youth claim, “I can’t wait to move out on my own.” If they only knew . . . . Often, it’s a matter of how we wait — our frame of mind and spirit. Attitudes make meaningful differences in regard to waiting modes. Dispositions run the gamut in our pause seasons. Groups of folks do well and trust God while needs and desires are pending. Calmness is their choice. Other folks are antsy while waiting and don’t reasonably handle periods of waiting. Nope, being on hold often isn’t delightful in comfort terms. But, wait we must. It’sContinue reading »

It’s astounding to read in the Bible, and to know firsthand about the miracles that were/are performed. Jesus, in his consistent loving posture, had compassion on folks and did remarkable miracles among and for people. He multiplied fish and bread to satisfy hunger. He turned water into wine at a wedding. He raised the dead, healed lepers, opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, and called forth Lazarus, dressed in grave clothes, from the dead. Yes, he heard the voice of Life and returned to the land of the living. Food miracles, drink miracles, bodily, spiritual, and mental healings. Wow, wondrous love actions continue to come our way from our Lord. Yes, worldwide miracles and healings continue to land in our midst and in us, as well. The Lord equipped his followers to perform miracles and healings, too. What grand deeds are done in the name of the Most High. They appear in assorted sizes and on manifold levels. Our gratitude reaches deep for the wonderful works of God.Continue reading »

Precious friendships are a joy to experience. Yes, loyal friends are true treasures. Relationship connections add much richness to our lives through the assorted variables. Gratitude flows for the joys of friendship engagements. No friendships, though, top the bond with our best friend, the Lord. Proverbs 18:24 – KJV A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

The awesomeness of God cannot be measured. It’s impossible to measure our amazing Lord. Wonders abound. The love and moves of God cannot be fully comprehended. Magnificence is plentiful in the presence of God. It’s glorious in countless ways to feel, to know, and to observe the motions of the Almighty Creator of us finite beings. High and jubilant praises extend to the Most High. Psalm 150:6 – KJV Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Music is instrumental in dazzling our heart strings. It manages to delight, comfort, inspire, and encourage us. The Master Maestro is God Almighty, who splendidly orchestrates in harmonic rhythm. He never misses a beat and is always on key. We all have our favorite songs, melodies, and lyrical treats. Yes, and we have our preferred artists, as well. Moments for instrumental sounds arrive, as do moments for upbeat, lively melodies. Our moods have occasions when we desire and welcome the benefits of soothing music, too. All races, cultures and types of people enjoy music. We certainly have that in common on a global scale. Music is used to unite and to aid in reconciling differences. It also “speaks” love languages in an array of ways. Yes, indeed music comes into play in remedial fashions. We’re so grateful for the musical professionals who entertain and engage us with their musical gifts. They work, in earnest, to advance their crafts. Appreciation extends for what they invest and share with us of theirContinue reading »

There aren’t enough hours in the day to tell the vastness of what we are thankful for from our Most High, Creator, God. His love and generosity is boundless. Gifts, in their many forms, can be spectacular as can the views that are placed all over the “globe.” We’re grateful for the stunningly appealing gifts, but ALL gifts from God are to be appreciated. We’re blessed with air, water, fire, this great planet earth and its plentiful resources. Family member treasures and valued friendships add to our rich benefits. Yes, loving, quality relationships are certain “vessels” of endearment. We’re given animals — yes, precious creatures great and small. The greatest gift that we’re given is love. Living in the splendor of the incomparable assurances from God Almighty is joy, peace and security indeed. It’s impossible to count the manifold ways that God provides. His stream of supplies is endless in flow. We ride the ebbs and flows of the tides aware that our Lord always knows what’s best for usContinue reading »

It’s by God’s design that roses have petals and thorns. Those flowers are some of the most beloved that we’re blessed to enjoy. The smell of roses is a nose filled treat. Yes, inhaling their richness is indeed scented pleasure. Roses remind of the beauties of life with thorns in the scenic view. The joys of life, though, transcend the thorns that accompany it. Rosy awareness, indeed. Song of Solomon 2:1 – KJV I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.