Creation is full of stunning, magnificent and luxurious beauty. Yes, breathtaking displays of splendor. Humans, animals, mountains, trees, seas, flowers, meadows, springs and waterfalls meaningfully add to the landscape of this great planet earth. All that exists has roles to play, contributions to make and sharing to do. How many times have we read when animals were instrumental in saving lives? How many times have we learned that animals, with their keen senses, alerted people to potential danger? Yes, those are just two examples of roles assigned. Ah, and the vast selections of food choices: grapes, berries, melons, breads, vegetables — oh my! There’s much to satisfy and to delight our varied taste buds. The earth is abundant with the generous gifts of plentiful edibles. We even have foods that are proven to have healing properties. Our Father is so good to us. Psalm 34:8 – KJV, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” No two people are alike; nope,Continue reading »

We’re familiar with certain areas of the country that are known to experience tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as those zones prone to earthquakes. Weather patterns in those regions require stronger construction techniques. Building codes reflect the need for sturdier structures. That increases the likelihood that buildings so constructed will withstand the forces of the weather elements. Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976 — former president Jimmy Carter is its most known participant — builds homes that exceed codes. Habitat’s houses withstood hurricane Ivan and Dennis when less sturdy structures became uninhabitable when those two hit the areas. Kudos to the craftsmanship of volunteers for not yielding to shoddy standards. Habitat uses concrete slab foundations, which make a considerable difference in more than a few important ways. The Habitat volunteers apply tender loving care to their building projects. They understand the significance of solid foundations and quality construction choices. That brings me to our foundations. How sure are we that we’re on rock foundations? We’re prone to get sandy onContinue reading »

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:7, Are you hoping or merely wishing? I heard a quote recently from a well-known preacher and it radically changed the way I live my life. In essence, this is what they said: hope sets the atmosphere that attracts the promises of God. When I heard it, something within my soul awakened and I felt like a teenager being given the keys to their very first car. As soon as you hear the clanging of those metal keys hitting against each other, you desperately want to take that baby for spin; it doesn’t matter where you go, you just want to go and go there fast. It was like I was given keys to a new car sitting in my life’s driveway. Sure, I’ve read Scriptures about hope and heard a great many sermons about it too, but this time felt different. For the first time, I was faced withContinue reading »

Truth is eternal. It never dies; no — truth lives on and channels with solid motions in free flow, fluid movements. Precise motions are its signature style. How many ages have folks sought to stop truth? Have they succeeded? No. It’s impossible to stop truth. Hinder it — yes. Distort it — yes. Hide it — yes. Stop it — never! Hunger and thirst for pure truth. Certainly it can fill. The pursuit of truth is forever a worthy exercise. Satisfying beyond any and all — yes, that is truth. Embrace it — possess it — cleave to it and witness the rewards that stream marvelously from stands of truth. It’s not a weakling. Love is contained in truth. Power is contained in truth. Freedom is contained in truth. Yet, truth itself cannot be contained. It overflows from the fountain of living waters, God Almighty. Jeremiah 17:13 – KJV, “. . . the fountain of living waters.” Truth springs up with its appearances of splendor and magnificence. It’s stunning toContinue reading »

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25: 34-36 A few months ago I took my car to get new tires. While we waited for the car to be ready, my husband and I walked next door the Burger King to have lunch. There were no other customers eating in at the time, as it was about 2 pm on a Friday afternoon. As we were finishing up, aContinue reading »

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the house built on the rock: The man who chose the right foundation and built his house on the Rock found it still standing after the storm, and the man who built his house on the sand lost it because he built on the wrong foundation. But I’m not going to compare those two guys today. Instead I want to present to you another scenario of two neighbors by the sea who both built their houses on the Rock; let’s call them Jack and Jill. Now, Jack and Jill both heard on the morning news that a bad storm was headed their way, and that appropriate preparations should be made. As Jill listened to the announcement, she could feel her stomach tighten as fear began to rise up. Immediately recognizing what was going on, she took a deep breath and forced her thoughts away from the potential damage of the impending storm. It didn’t matter how bad the storm was, it wouldContinue reading »

I love the book of Psalms. If you’re anything like me, you might try to shy away from it because it’s just so big so you might just stick with some of the shorter ones. You know Psalm 23, 51, and 150. Those are great as well but I think right at the beginning in Psalm Chapter 1 we get some good stuff! The very first sentence “Blessed is the one…….” If you’re looking for the good stuff of the bible then here it is! What a great opening sentence that will almost certainly leave you wanting to know what’s next. So, what is next? We see blessings for not doing certain things (v.1). We don’t walk, sit, or stand in places where those who do not love God are. Pretty simple. But what does v.2 say? We get blessed simply for delighting in the Word of God! We are compared to a tree the does not wither. This sounds like a pretty good deal to me. In v.5 we goContinue reading »

The enemy is scheming to knock us down. Satan has a very vested interest in separating us from each other and from Jesus. Satan uses whatever and whoever he can, including other believers. He incited Peter to try and discourage Jesus from the cross, and when that did not work, he got Peter to deny Jesus, hoping that Peter’s shame would keep him from Jesus forever. However, just as when we deny the Lord, He showed Peter the same grace He shows us. Instead of writing us off, He forgives us and, as the Bible says, “remembers our sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV). So when someone you love or another Christian says something to discourage you, don’t be fooled by Satan’s disguise. God has told us “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV) Let Satan’s attacks spur you on toContinue reading »

Why do we, unrighteously call the answers to our prayers coincidence? If you have a brain tumor and you pray and ask God to heal you, and your doctor performs surgery, removing the tumor and finds it to be benign, isn’t that God answering your prayer? If you ask God for healing, and healing is provided through the knowledge and the skill of a surgeon, why do we credit the surgeon and not God, who gave the skill and knowledge? Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV) We want to see blind eyes opened and the lame walk and the dead raised, and we do, but we fail to recognize it. God is the author of all good things. I once had a Sunday School teacher who said to us one Sunday morning that he always wanted to see a miracle, such as blind eyes opened or the deaf regainingContinue reading »

I have a chronic, incurable illness. It causes a multitude of symptoms, with varying degrees in each person afflicted. The two main symptoms are pain and fatigue, sometimes mild, sometimes debilitating. A person’s ability for compassion and empathy only extends a certain distance beyond the end of his or her nose, and each person you know will have a different threshold for empathy. Some may be very sympathetic and genuinely want to hear how you are and how you are coping. Others may ask how you are, but don’t really want to know. There are some who are completely oblivious, and some who really don’t care. And then there are the ones (usually a veritable crowd) who think they understand your pain in the context of “everyone has problems (or pain, or gets tired, etc).” These are the hardest, for me, to have to deal with. And I rarely speak about my condition at length with anyone for two reasons. The first being there is only so much one personContinue reading »

Once upon a time in England one tiny rat caused a whole dike to break. The rodent burrowed through the embankment and caused a tiny bit of water to seep through. Soon however this tiny trickle became a little stream and before long it broke the whole dike. By the time the problem was discovered, it was too late and three million gallons of water flooded the land. Apparently the canal was drained for a distance of seven miles and more than a million fish died. The damage was staggering. And all because of one rat? Yes, one rat did it all. Little things are important. *** We are usually not too concerned when little problems show up at the horizon of our lives. It’s not yet very big and we can still handle it easily. And yet, little things can be the start of big things, especially if we do not take little things seriously. The Bible admonishes us: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself, butContinue reading »