Recently, I read about a 90-year-old registered nurse, Florence Rigney, our nation’s oldest working nurse. She continues on her job of caring for others. A video was posted honoring her and her long term service. Ms. Rigney was crowned, given a bouquet of flowers and had a letter read to her sent, in her honor, from the governor of the state of Washington. Wow! What an inspiration. Also, I read headlines about 103-year-old, Loren Wade, who waters plants at a Kansas Walmart. Stanislaw Kowalski, at 104 years old, ran a 100 meter race! Seniors are such treasures and often don’t receive sufficient love, honor and respect. Salutes and cheers extend to the elderly and how they inspire. Psalm 92:14 – KJV They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Abundant admiration spreads to the countless volunteers who share their love and care worldwide. Scores of them sacrifice for the good of others. Their genuine smiles are adored and appreciated. Their loving hugs are medicinal to the lonely, bereft, and hopeless folks located all over this planet. Volunteers run the gamut from professionals, to housewives, children, the rich, the poor and the physically and mentally challenged. Yes, a variety of people types lovingly and cheerfully pitch in with their meaningful and often, sacrificial thoughts, words, and deeds. Many thanks for how volunteers enrich our great planet earth. God smiles and delights in love motions on vast and assorted levels. Luke 6:38 – KJV Give, and it shall be given unto you; . . .

We walk in the “garden” of wonders filled with the loveliness of our “views” of love, joy, peace, contentment and freedom. We “inhale” God’s promises with multiplied glee. This garden is replete with the enjoyment of righteous bliss. We linger as we inhale/exhale the countless beauties contained in this garden of variety. Weeds are observed. Wisely, we understand that they too have purposes. Nope, we don’t disdain them because our Master placed weeds here as contributors to our seeds and limbs of growth. The splendor far outweighs what the weeds accomplish. Yes, the richness contained in this place of precious wonder is filled with magnificence. Time spent in God’s garden is well worth it — indeed! Psalm 1:3 – KJV And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We enter a resource of plentiful truths. Inside are brilliant treasures. Splendid views are arranged in precious order. Lessons are stacked in rhythm with the past, present and future. We’re enveloped in love, encouragement, inspiration, hope, justice and plenty more to aid in our challenging journeys. Water is here. Trees, plants and mountains are here. Animals, homes, jewels, fruits and bread are here — oh my! The spread of delights enrich us immensely. Where have we entered? What is this resource? The Bible that, for ages, has aided in our awareness of God, Jesus, and the ways of righteousness. Yes, contained in it are manifold, magnificent offerings and treasured lessons — authored by the Master of love, the SOURCE, Most High God, who lovingly gave us Jesus, the bread of life. John 6:48 – KJV I am that bread of life. Hebrews 10:7 – KJV Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  

We have seasons when the noises of life aim to distract and to dislodge us from our solid rock stances in the truths of the Lord. The mental “chatter” can be unsettling if we allow it to interfere with the peace that passes all understanding. The “valves” can sure be shut off by the knowledge of, and acting upon the gospel truths. Noise isn’t the master. How do we choose to handle it? Let us count the ways — beginning with God and the words of Christ . . . Yes, it’s a certainty that we can mount up with wings . . . Psalm 93:4 – KJV The Lord on high is mightier than the noise . . . Isaiah 40:31 – KJV But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

How many times have we waxed lamentable about what we perceived were failed relationships, job opportunities, deals, and projects? Relationship endings can be some of the most challenging hurdles to overcome. They often penetrate to the core of our beings with gut wrenching emotional attachments. Whew! A friend of mine was widowed and awhile afterwards, she began to date. She was compelled to end two relationships for a few reasons, but one of the main reasons was because the men didn’t sufficiently respect or appreciate her. Ceasing to engage further with those two relationships provided an advantage because eventually she met a prize of a fellow who adores her. Years ago, an employment agency sent me to work for a woman who proved to be unsavory in her employment practices. I clearly remember my first day there. She read from the Bible to me. Witnessing that action gave me measures of peace that all would be well in her employ. Admittedly, I was gullible back then. In time, I gainedContinue reading »

There’s a knock at the door It opens — Joy enters and floods our space Not just any joy but ultra joy, super joy, inescapable joy We taste it and it moves us to ecstasy Where did it come from? Only the Most High can deliver appetizing pleasures at such elevated heights Joy envelops us, circles us delightfully — We marvel and revel in the pure pleasures of indescribable joy We gleefully partake of the joy offerings — Yes, gulps galore Woo wee, taste and see — The joy of the Lord is our strength No opposition can prevent the presence of joy — in season.

In him who is the source of my strength I have strength for everything – Philippians 4:13 All power, force, energy, and strength have a source. Learned men, of all areas of knowledge, have been seeking and debating the ultimate source of power and life, itself. Without a source, without a core, without a generating element or catalyst power can not be sustained. True power and strength can not be maintained for long- it is empty and lacks essential substance. Faith gives us access to the source of true power- God Himself. God is the undiminishing source of power and strength- and life, itself. The power of God is constant and steady; it is the force which continually sustains and upholds the living world. It is the source and wellspring from which we are replenished and renewed. That God is the source of all life and power is not a teaching from the leaders of churches and men of a different age. It is part of what God revealed aboutContinue reading »

Robust laughter pleasantly interrupts our glum moods — It came suddenly, driving a stake in the heart of depression — Yes, it triumphed over the gloomy drama A new table has been set with lively and vibrant dishes — The cups are full of delicious juices Opposition reared its ugly head — Merry hearts laughed in the face of adversity — Oh, yes they did We’re now feeding on ample portions of glee — Smiles are spread all around the table — “Pass the butter, please.” The Bread of life occupies front and center giving us plentiful joy at this fine dining experience with laughter on abundant display We swallow, digest and enjoy the appetizers, full courses and — yummy the giggling desserts that tickle our fancies — The hilarity is contagious We’re present at a laughter rainbow spread Colorful rays of hope are indeed on the menu. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: . . . John 6:35 – KJV Then was our mouthContinue reading »

“The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled” (Isaiah 2:17) “Can I talk to you? It’s important,” said the young man who approached me with a big smile. Talk to me? Why? It looked suspicious. What did he want? I had to admit he looked sort of friendly, but whatever he wanted, I was not in the mood. Suddenly I noticed he carried a Bible and then I understood. He was talking about God. He was converting people, and I was to be his next victim. No way. Not me. “You know God?” he asked when he came close. He seemed genuinely happy, but since I was not, I could not let him get close to me. I looked at him with an air of self-righteousness. Who was he to know what I needed? Had he read the Tibetan Book of The Dead, as I had? Had he studied meditation and yoga as I had? I was even highly experienced in the use of mind-altering drugs.Continue reading »

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Friendship Delights – Part Two

Days ago in Rest in Hope, I posted Part One of “Friendship Delights” that shared about the bond of David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Another favorite bible friendship story is that of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah became widows, as did Naomi. After her husband passed, returning to her homeland, Judah, was Naomi’s mission. Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they’d go with her to her people. Naomi discouraged them both, but Ruth persisted. She said to Naomi these words from the book of Ruth 1:16 – KJV, “. . . Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” How touching is that love, loyalty and devotion?

Naomi convinced Orpah to return to her kinfolk, but Ruth refused to be deterred. Off she went with her mother-in-law to a destiny of which she likely had no foreknowledge. Upon reaching and settling in Judah, Ruth listened to her mother-in-law’s wise and timely advice. Subsequently, Ruth gained Boaz as a husband and he gained a jewel of a wife. Ruth conceived and birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Little known is that, according to the genealogy in Matthew 1:5, Rahab, the harlot, — Joshua 2 — was the great-grandmother of David.

Ruth 4:18 – KJV:

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:5 – KJV:

. . . And Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

Note: The spellings of the subject names differ in the Old and New Testaments.

I end this with a salute to my nearest and dearest best friend, Arnetta, who has passed on, but memories of her remain solidly in my heart. Ours was a proven and treasured friendship — indeed. The photo that accompanies this piece is of Arnetta and I from “back in the day.”