Once again, the Lord has blessed us with another year. Yes, more opportunities to be thankful, productive and helpful. It’s precious indeed to be gifted with more time to live for the glory of God. We have so much to be grateful for as we continue our lives. High and jubilant praises to the Lord, Most High. Some folks have relocated. Others have given birth to new lives. Yes, adorable babies have entered families. Job changes have happened for select people. Adventures of all sorts are on the horizon. Expectations are ripe. The joy of the Lord is our strength. “. . . for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10- KJV. Truly, his grace is sufficient for us. “. . . My grace is sufficient for thee: . . .” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 – KJV. This time of year lots of folks make resolutions about weight loss, exercise plans, eating healthier, ceasing to procrastinate, etc. One great purpose of pursuing is to keep GodContinue reading »

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40 – KJV. That scriptural section is a favorite of many. It says so much. Yes, the emphasis is on love, caring and sharing — attributes that are deeply necessary. Jesus represents all of that and more. I’m immensely grateful for the people who cheerfully help “the least of these.” Truly, doing so does it unto Jesus. There are countless homeless people who yearn for arms of love to embrace them with generous actions. It matters less how they arrived in those circumstances. What really matters is to wisely help them by showing them Jesus through reaching out in ways that penetrate spiritually, mentally and physically. James 2:17 –KJV tells us, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Elderly people often need help navigating during their golden years. Continue reading »

Once again we’re soon coming on December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ – yes Christmas. The Bible account of his arrival is deeply cherished by Christians. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph traveled and reached Bethlehem where the Lord was born in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Wise men were guided to look upon the newborn Saviour. They lovingly and generously came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Repeated readings and sermons about the birth of Christ haven’t dampened the beauty of that rich event shared so splendidly in the Bible. Some church bodies have a custom of early morning Christmas services. Attending helps parishioners to be reminded of lifestyle priorities. Love and service to Christ transcend our material holiday activities. Yes, the hope of glory stands way beyond all the rest. Colossians 1:27 – KJV, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,Continue reading »

We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school. How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows? Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes haveContinue reading »

His family abandoned him, so sad for William indeed — He mourned in utter heartache — He cried out, “Why, Why?” His fragile soul couldn’t grasp the reasons he had to go elsewhere from the place he knew as home — William prayed fervently as his hope slipped away Many nights he sobbed, restless in foster care being sent from place to place until . . . Hope arrived in the embrace of godly folks who chose to love him and bring him into their home He joined a happy unit lonely no more — Loved abundantly with brothers and parents and pets afoot, too. Yes, home sweet home — Hope restored.

We live in an age when things expire quicker than some of us can keep up. I’ve had instances when comfort and ease have been attained relative to usage of particular computer software. Too often when I reach that level of “cruising” through, the tech folks roll out yet another upgrade or advancement that installs me back in learning mode. Typically, I hold on to what I gained ease of operation in UNTIL the techies render something inoperable UNLESS I upgrade. The expiration manifestation once again rears its “head.” I’m super delighted that God never expires. Yes, Almighty Lord is current yesterday, today and forever. It’s great comfort to know that he is ever present with incomparable thoughts, expressions, and actions. Nothing is too hard for God. We can rest assured that when we consistently purpose to align with godly precepts, the Lord provides our needs and gives us the desires of our hearts. My spirit soars with gratitude for the greatness of God. Wow, the delight is enormous. Yes,Continue reading »

The famous hymn writer Ira Sankey was once visiting someone living in the slums. When he was done and was on his walk home, he got to talk to a little girl who was sitting on the steps of a dilapidated shack. “Are you living here?” Sankey asked her. “I do,” the girl answered with a happy smile, “It’s not very nice here, but my father is building a new house for us over the hills.”| A new house over the hills? A beautiful thought came to Ira as he realized that on this earth we all live in the slums, spiritually speaking, but soon we too will move to our new house, just over the hills. The conversation served as the inspiration for one of Ira’s famous hymns, “I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop.” “I’m satisfied with just a cottage here below, A little silver and a little gold. But in that city where the ransom will shine, I want a gold one that’s silver lined. I’veContinue reading »

He was kind Handsome Swept me off my feet I fell into his arms Then They came to arrest me Caught in adultery A deed against the law Punishable by Death As people throw stones Dragged into the middle of a crowd Some Man was speaking Interrupted I hid my face from Him Everyone found out what I had done There was nowhere to run My reputation tarnished My life about to be gone The Rabbi said not a word Simply wrote on the ground The crowd stood in anticipation I waited with no defense for myself He gave the command For the first stone to be thrown By the one who had never sinned In their own life before One by one they fled No stone was thrown My Lord stood there alone He saved me from the Law Because I was still alive He let me go Can a person’s life really change For the better He changed mine Because I’d received A Love and Forgiveness I neverContinue reading »

This is the particular season that my heart especially goes out to retail workers, Christian and otherwise. Lord, please grant us the patience to shop with awareness of the stress levels of retail workers. We need to be mindful to flow in love while we stand in lines, browse and search for what suits us. The Bible teaches about gentleness, kindness, and courtesy. Galatians 5:22 – KJV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Colossians 3:12 – KJV, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” Increasingly, some shoppers are inconsiderate and unruly. I’m super grateful for those who have compassion for the long hours, frazzled nerves, sacrifices and challenges faced by the many retail workers, particularly doing the Christmas holiday season. Also, I have a deep appreciation for the services rendered by the retail population and what they have to deal with on a regular basis from all sorts ofContinue reading »

Imagine you are on a rugged mountain path that’s winding its way up, higher and higher. It is snowing, and the cold is stinging your eyes. For a moment you rest, holding on to a sturdy fir tree, but you realize it is not a place where you can wait for too long, as the temperatures have dropped so much that you can hardly feel your fingers. You have to go on, but it is a treacherous journey. You can barely see the road ahead, and the dark abyss is near. You have a map, but what good is a map in weather like this and the markings on the road have disappeared because of the snow. You just have to struggle on and hope your sense of direction won’t let you down. What worries you the most is that this is only the beginning of the journey. The hardest part still has to come. What’s more, daylight is fading, and soon you’ll be surrounded by darkness. But you areContinue reading »

Often repeated have been the account in Matthew 14 about Peter walking on water to Jesus. When his faith wavered, Jesus was there to rescue Peter. We have all had those seasons when we needed to be saved from one thing or another. I so love that Peter had such trust in the Lord that he walked on water, albeit, briefly. Peter faltered, but it is still immensely impressive to me that he even went to the extent that he did to join Jesus on the water. The Lord continues to rescue us from our various circumstances. Gratitude flows. I love reading and hearing reports of rescues done by caring people. Strangers are often participants in rescue situations. Recently, there was a police officer who appeared on the Steve Harvey talk show. He was there to be honored for going above the call of duty. The officer responded to a traffic accident report. The woman involved experienced damage to her car that rendered it inoperable. She needed a vehicle toContinue reading »