Rejection arrived in painful doses — We didn’t order the prescriptions; they manifested anyway We gulp from the grip that rejection dispenses — It feels like a stranglehold — until . . . In season, hope magnifies and speaks — “Uncover your heads, dear ones — Rewards are packaged in the rejection episodes “Lessons are contained in the properties of your wounds — Lessons to prepare for new and pleasant victories “Hope is here to “arrest” rejection and to teach from what it delivered “Collect yourselves — Straighten your drooping shoulders — Stand erect with heads up and know that there are indeed escape routes “Get ready to ride the splendid tides of relief and freedom — Surfs up!” Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, . . . Hebrews 6:19 – KJV

Grief is at the door. No invitation was extended so why is it at our door? Why is it a necessity? Why the “rude” interruption into our blissful lives? Grief enters. We have no choice about its presence for this season in our journey. Oh, grief, we implore you to delay your strikes at the core of our hearts. Silence is the “reply.” Instead, it lowers the “hammer” that pounds to the core of our beings. Tears flow as our bodies quiver with sorrow. We plummet in depths of depression. This must be until … Lo, we see slivers of light in the midst of the shadows. As we focus, it broadens and breaks the yokes that attempted to “strangle” our steadfast postures. Coping mechanisms kick in and we’re encouraged. Jesus, you’re a rest for our weary souls. Your presence is water in our dry lands. Yes, living water to quench our parched thirst Thank you! We’re anchored in hope and assurance that grief shall exit in this trying timeContinue reading »

Doubts and fear you can do without. They are not your friends. Their advice is never valid. They tell you to run and hide. You are no longer cared for and protected. And that can be a terrifying feeling. It has been said that the power of the devil is rooted in fear. But we have nothing to fear because we have Jesus, who called the devil the father of lies. But the One who cannot lie has promised to look after you. God will not leave you alone in times of darkness. Once a group of laborers was ordered to cut down all the trees in a certain section of a city park and started their work with zeal and enthusiasm. However, soon they came to a certain tree that was housing a robin’s nest. The mother bird, sitting on her eggs, appeared to be terrified. “We can first cut down the other trees,” said the foreman, who had a soft heart. Two days later, still busy cutting downContinue reading »

‘God now commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to Him’ ~Acts 17:30 NLT We have all done wrong. Why do some Christians today say, “You sinned and you must repent?” It’s because in the Holy Bible, God says he hates sin. Ever since the man and woman sinned, it caused all of us to be separated from Him. The only way we can reconnect with God is by repenting: saying I’m sorry and turning away from sin: the wrong in our life. He loves us and he tells us to live the godly way by dying to self: not wanting to do the sins any more. Every day we live, people are losing hope, people are self-hurting themselves by cutting or have long term depression, some waste their lives doing things that wreck their bodies, many people even believe they will never amount to anything because of the wrong they did. The sins that we have done, it should never allow us to think we canContinue reading »

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Elemental Gifts from God — Fire and Earth

Fire elements come
compliments of the consuming fire
God, the SOURCE of power
and all elements
air, fire, water and earth —
Yes, the fire of God
blazes eternally
in unsurpassed glory and magnificence

Fire ignites
It glows
It burns
Fire spreads
It warms and
generates essentials that aid
in manifold ways

The Bible tells us
the earth is the Lord’s
and the fulness thereof —
What a precious gift from God
that we get to inhabit
this great planet earth
Grounded we are
on its soil
walking, running
dancing, skipping
on the surfaces of earth space —

We live here in gratitude and joy
we meet and conquer
our challenges on this
rich earth —
We plant and water
aware that God
provides the increases —
What a wondrous place
we get to plant our feet on
and live in love, joy and contentment

Earth grows our food,
roots our history,
provides our present,
plans our future —
Earth replenishes —
It recovers and regroups
Ah, the splendor of its gifts
all from the hands of God —
Yes, the earth is the Lord’s
and the fulness thereof.

Thankful, we are to be
earth dwellers and
to be recipients of its
vast wonders.

This is a promise of complete restoration from complete agricultural devastation from locusts, originally made to the Israelites by God through the prophet Joel. The words above are only part of the verse; here is he rest: I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. Joel 2:25 Although this message has a near physical application in the promise of God to His people Israel to restore the land and all the crops lost by the locust plague, it also has a spiritual application. This is what I love about the Bible. It is personal and private; it heals and restores. If you seek out commentaries regarding this passage, you will undoubtedly find those who denounce that this is anything other than what it appears on the surface, but your heart, and mine knows better. In the words of Mark Hall of Casting Crowns: The word is alive And it cutsContinue reading »

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. In 1873 Horatio Spafford wrote this powerful hymn. Spafford was a wealthy businessman who lost his wealth in 1871 in the Great Chicago Fire. Coming hard on the heels of this blow, his four daughters were killed in a shipwreck while crossing the ocean, sparing only his wife. As he himself was crossing the Atlantic shortly thereafter, he wrote these words as the Lord gave him utterance as he passed near the scene of the tragedy. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. He is speaking of the act of Jesus on the cross, as the pardon for all who are bound for Hell lest they accept His pardon. Even though things are going wrong onContinue reading »

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Rest

“Wagons” are circling
in whirlwinds of uncertainty –
We choose to rest

Family member hospitalized
mystery surrounds us –
We choose to rest

Military duties call away
our offspring
unclear what to expect –
We choose to rest

Job prospects don’t
deliver as promised
Back to ground zero –
We choose to rest

Pastor resigns
most didn’t see it coming –
We choose to rest

We act from God’s guidance
doing what’s deemed fit and best
while we rest in the everlasting arms
of our Creator who gives rest
to whosoever will — let us come
to rest.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 – KJV, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Yes, rest — indeed.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 When David sinned with Bathsheba and was finally exposed by Nathan the Prophet, he said, “against you and only you have I sinned” speaking of and to God. But what about Uriah? And Bathsheba? Didn’t David sin against them also? Breaking God’s law/commandments is sinning against Him. Is it true then when we break a rule that we are sinning against God and God alone? If a friend who draws me into an argument, and in anger says things that are hurtful, hasn’t he sinned against me and therefore, owes me an apology? If he does not admit to or recognize his behavior as sin, isn’t he in my debt? Not necessarily. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19 Consider this carefully. I know the Bible also talks about sinning against others and makingContinue reading »

I had a dream, a wonderful dream. I must have been in a palace for everything around me shone with glory and splendour. Crystal goblets of wine were filled with the best wines and when the meal was served, I could hardly believe my eyes. All my favorite dishes were present and my mouth started to water. Then there was the command, “Eat and be happy.” So I ate and was happy. When the desserts came in I could hardly take another bite, and then… …I heard the alarm clock. It was six in the morning and I awoke in my little corner in the attic. With a frustrated sigh, I slammed my fist on the alarm clock and crawled out of bed. My stomach was growling and I moved my weary body to the kitchen. No kingly meal awaited me there. No exquisite dishes, no wines, no desserts…Nothing. Thankfully, I still had a package of oatmeal. *** The food in our dreams is just like the real thing. ItContinue reading »

A jack of all trades but a master of none? What’s that? Science fiction writer Jack Heinlein gave us his definition. He said, “A man should know a bit about everything, but he doesn’t need to be big and important to be happy. He just needs to know the basics. It’s the small matters that count. For example, any man should be able to change a diaper, and should know how to plan an invasion. He needs to know how to slaughter a pig, how to steer a boat and what is needed to build a house. He should be able to keep the books, make a movie, write a book and set a broken bone. He needs to comfort the weak and the dying, listen to commands without offense and leads his men into battle. A man needs to be able to work alone and should also be able to work in a group. Specialization is not necessary. That is the work of insects.” *** How do we measureContinue reading »