I wonder what various types of things the folks mentioned in the Bible did to have fun. What types of recreational activities did they indulge in to unwind? They did play; it says so in the Bible. One place that play is expressed is in Exodus 32:6 – KJV, “And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” I can imagine them playing hide and seek. Likely, they engaged in competitive sports. We don’t read where Jesus played. Is it reasonable to believe that he did? Probably, Jesus did fun things to balance his life on earth. If he engaged in competitive games, my guess is that he always won. Really, can we visualize Jesus not coming in first every time if he competed? Or it could be that he let others win from the standpoint of earthly perspective? We can only speculate, but I do believe thatContinue reading »

In the Bible, we are told to “Fear not.” Why? It’s because the Lord is at the helm. When we trust and obey righteous precepts, fear has no place. God fears nothing and no one. Be not afraid. Rest in the truths of the Lord’s amazing assurances. Deuteronomy 31:8 – KJV And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

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.

There’s so much richness in truth — so much power in truth. Living truth is replete with strength, courage, joy and much more that’s beneficial. When love and truth are in partnership, nothing transcends that duo, which comes to us from the Master of love and truth, God, our Creator. The Lord grants us pure things that are beyond comparison with anything or anyone else. Love and truth are enormously vital. 1 John 3:18 – KJV My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

What pleasure we have in the gift of laughter. God knows that we sure need it. Hearty laughter releases and delights. Yes, our lives do need lightness; laughter is one way that we achieve it. There are levels of laughter, chuckles, robust forms, giggles, and cackling laughter. Indeed, we sometimes need to laugh. It sure adds benefits to our well being. Psalm 126:2 – KJV Then was our mouth filled with laughter, . . . Proverbs 17:22 – KJV A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Recently, what I consider, a spectacular thing happened to me. I was standing outside a store and a negative thought entered my mind that could have landed me in a place of depression. Immediately, there came a flock of birds flying above where I stood. My guess is that it was about thirty of them. Their altitude wasn’t real high; they were pretty much straight above my head. As I watched the aerial splendor of those birds, these words came to me, “bird cavalry.” I smiled with deep gratitude to our Creator, God. Also, those words put me in remembrance of the old western films/series when the good guys needed reinforcements. The cavalry men would come to the rescues right in the nick of time. Those scenes were so exciting to view. I strongly sensed that the Lord had sent that bird cavalry to rescue me from the negative thought that sought to creep into my spirit. A flood of thankfulness rushed into me as I continued to look aboveContinue 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.

Veteran’s Day will soon be upon us. There aren’t enough ways to thank the many men and women who’ve sacrificed for the common good of nations. Soldiers have trained, planned and entered battlefields to defend and protect causes of countries. Families, in certain aspects, “enlist” with their military loved ones. Yes, family members sure do their share of training, planning and sacrificing, too. Often, they’re uprooted and moved to foreign places. Pros and cons are associated with geographic and cultural changes. Transitional processes do help to mold attitudes and sensitivities, which can aid in developmental strengths within spirits, hearts, and minds. I love watching those videos that show soldiers who return home to surprise their loved ones. The love that flows among them is such a joy to observe. It’s a visual treat to see the various creative ways that are used to pull off the delightfully loving surprises. Gratitude extends to veterans, and to the active military personnel. What they give is immeasurable. From the privates to the generals,Continue reading »

Moments of awe occur when we receive comfort from our Lord. There is no signature style that’s comparable to how God renders comfort. We can visualize lying our heads on the shoulder of the Most High, and unloading our burdens with no misgivings about unreasonable judgments relative to our conditions. We can rest in the care of our Lord — confident that we’ll get the aid that satisfies our needs. Nothing is too hard for God, and that knowledge is among many comforts that provide solace from the Almighty. Psalm 71:21 – KJV Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Jeremiah 31:13 – KJV . . . for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

Thirst for God is immensely pleasurable. Ah! How refreshing is it to quench our thirst for godliness? Our cups run over in gratifying measures. We can’t contain all of the lovely provisions that reward for righteousness. Yes, our thirsts are quenched as we live in company with Christ and the gospel truths that teach, admonish, encourage, and prove the well placed words in Bible content. We drink, in gratitude, the multiple flavors of biblically based answers. Ah! Matthew 5:6 – KJV Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.