Monday, October 12, 2015

Nothing is something when abiding in Him

"Rest is not idleness, 
and to lie sometimes on the grass 
under the trees on a summer's day, 
listening to the murmur of water, 
or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, 
is by no means a waste of time."
-John Lubbock, 1894


Sometimes, as Believers, we think we are doing nothing, as we wait for the LORD in our situations.

But waiting is something.  

It is crying out to Him, thinking on Him, His Word, and what it means to Him and then for me.

"Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
Colossians 3:1-3

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."
John 15:10

"the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked."
1 John 2:6

A Beautiful Thing


when seasoned with 

grace and godly wisdom,

is a BEAUTIFUL thing."



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dignity in Womanhood

1Peter 3:3-6
"Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 

but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 

For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Revived! Fields of Flowers!

"I will walk at liberty, in freedom, for I seek Your precepts."
Psalm 119:45

Once I was lost...but now I am saved!

Glory to God!

The Holy Spirit NEVER gives false alarms. NEVER.

Abusers ALWAYS Work to Make Us Look Bad
by Jeff Crippen

"Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good? But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God. For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty. Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you." (Job 15:1-6)

I don't know if Elphaz was an abuser as we define the abuser or not, but certainly he was abusing Job here through false accusations. At minimum he was an ally of Job's enemy (Satan) duped into thinking Job was guilty of sin and was being punished by God.  But we can learn at least two things from Eliphaz' biting words of "counsel" here:

Abusers always, always, always work to make their target look and feel guilty. Job is righteous, but Eliphaz lays it on him, heaping on load after load of accusations. "God is against you, Job. You are lying. The mess you are in is the result of your own evil doings. You are condemned by your own words."
What abusers accuse their victim of is the very evil THEY are guilty of doing. Eliphaz, not Job, is the one here whose "iniquity teaches his mouth" and who "chooses the tongue of the crafty." Eliphaz' accusations are true in an ironic way - they apply to HIM.  
Abusers want to have power and control, and they know that people who lack self-confidence and who are weighed down with guilt and blame and shame are much easier to control than someone who sees the truth clearly. So put-downs are the name of their game, the currency in which they deal.

And this can help us identify an abuser.

If you are in any kind of relationship with a person who (you have to think carefully about this to get through the fog)...with a person who regularly makes you feel guilty, shamed, and blamed, then at minimum that person is an unsafe person to relate to. At worst they are an abuser. We aren't talking about a true friend who wants to help (for your own welfare) by pointing some problem out in your character, nor are we speaking of a police officer who tells you that you are guilty of running a red light (when you did). No, the person we have in mind is the person who feigns to be a friend or who claims to be a Christian, but who (in contrast to most all the other people you know) "hits you in the gut" with his words right out of the blue with a fair degree of regularity. And you thought they were just trying to be a good Christian by telling you these things, right? So you believed them. You wore the guilt trip they wanted you to wear. You looked bad. You looked guilty.

Just what the culprit wanted.

We need to develop a kind of "wisdom radar" that alerts us to these kinds of people so that we come to understand exactly what it is they are up to. And then do whatever we can to get out of relationship with them. How many church members who claim to be Christians need to be called on the carpet here, exposed for all to see, because "the poison of asps is under their lips" as Paul says?  How much grief and trouble would be replaced by joy and peace if this kind were put out from among us?

And by the way. That "wisdom radar" really is already installed in our ROM operating system that the Lord gives EACH one of His genuine people. It is called the Spirit of God in us, the Spirit of truth exposing the spirit of error and evil. Unfortunately through false teaching and naivete, many Christians today treat the warnings of the Spirit in them pretty much like a car alarm.  "Warning, warning...beep, beep, beep....Oh, never mind, some knucklehead must have set off your car alarm. Disregard."

The Holy Spirit NEVER gives false alarms. NEVER.

*Thank you to Jeff Crippen*

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hug everybody while you can!

I will not play tug o’ war.
I’d rather play hug o’ war.
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, 
where everyone giggles 
and rolls on the rug,
where everyone kisses, 
and everyone grins, 
and everyone cuddles, 
and everyone wins.

Shel Silverstein

“Here’s The Thing”,
 page 96,

"Hug everybody while you can. 

squeezy hug. 

A grunty hug. 

A real hug."

 by Rebekah Teal

Monday, October 5, 2015

So, how well do you bounce?

Life is not about 
how fast you run 
or how high you climb, 
but how well you bounce.
—Tigger (A. A. Milne)


Colossians 1:15-23
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, 
visible and invisible, 
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

He is also head of the body, the church; 
and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, 
so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself
having made peace through the blood of His cross; 
through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

And although you were formerly alienated 
and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 
yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, 
in order to present you before Him 
holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

*if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, 
and not moved away from the hope of the gospel 
that you have heard,*

which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, 
and of which I, Paul, was made a minister."

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Let me share it with you...

This week I spent time with a precious, retired pastor and his wife who are in their 80’s. They have practically “seen it all”, but our continually, corrupting culture is wearing at them, as well as it is doing so with us.

This gentle man came out to say 'hello' to me, and then began to share that he was reading through Romans and how it struck him again how precious this book is to him.  

“Let me share it with you”,  he said, meanwhile, relaxing in his chair and closing his eyes to concentrate. 

Slowly, he “walked” through Romans with us…the necessity of the gospel of Jesus…our desperate condition showing our need of the Savior…our justification by faith in Jesus…our victory over sin because of the Savior.  It was all the doctrines of the Christian faith.

I was relaxed and mesmerized by the familiar words and his gentle way of preaching.  It was a 'break' from the chaos of this world which is all around us.  He reminded himself, plus his lovely wife and I, of what our reality is in Christ, even though we are living in the craziness of this world until He returns.

Praises to our God and King!

"This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your Word has revived me!"
Psalm 119:50

Let's keep reminding ourselves and each other while it is still today.

"But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin."
Hebrews 3:13

Revived! Sunsets!

My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.

Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.
Psalm 119: 25,40

A Universal Language

"Kindness is the language

which the deaf can hear 

and the blind can see."
Samuel Clemens

A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Let us lay aside every encumbrance!

“Don’t let yesterday 
use up too much 
of today.”
Will Rogers
Hebrews 12:1-3
since we have so great a cloud of witnesses 
surrounding us, 
let us also lay aside every encumbrance 
and the sin which so easily entangles us, 
and let us run with endurance 
the race that is set before us,
 *fixing our eyes on Jesus*, 
the author and perfecter of faith, 
who for the joy set before Him 
endured the cross, 
despising the shame, 
and has sat down at the right hand 
of the throne of God.

*For consider Him*
who has endured 
such hostility by sinners against Himself, 
so that you will not grow weary 
and lose heart.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Abiding in the LORD

?! How is this done?!  

?! How can we abide in Him when everything is chaos?!

*Think on Heavenly things (Colossians 3:1-4), 
then contemplate His word (How did Bible people trust Him? How do people we know trust in Him when they have terrible issues?), 
and when all seems “black” then continue to trust as a child would in Him in all things, even, and especially when it seems impossible to go on.  

This is work, -not for sissies-, but for those who truly desire to draw closer and closer to Him. 

live in, 
draw near to,
take to oneself, 
keep on, 
go on, 
carry on,
waiting, remaining, hopefulness, ….

*Abiding is restful, peaceful, calming, there is anticipation in Him, hope in Him, complete trust in Him…

Abiding is not flippant, nor magic, there is no formula, you can not “turn it off and on”, …

Abiding is an effort of your mind and will, but it is spiritual work as you learn to trust Him more and more, no matter what is happening in your life.

John 15 -Abiding-
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 
6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 
8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. 
10 If you keep My commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 
17 This is my command: Love each other.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 
24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 
25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 
27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

Galatians 2:20  -Abiding-
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Colossians 2:6-7  -Abiding-
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him
7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 3:1-4  -Abiding-
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

My advice:

As a child, “keep on, keeping on”, and do it for Him—glorify Him!

Abiding: Waiting on the LORD

Psalm 27:14
*Wait for the Lord;
 Be strong and let your heart take courage; 
Yes, wait for the Lord.*

Waiting.  It seems like nothing, but it is something.  

Waiting is huge.  

Waiting is trusting the LORD.  

Waiting is great anticipation as we seek His face.

Waiting glorifies the LORD.

Waiting is not sitting still, but is very active in our inner being, using a lot of energy.

Waiting builds up our faith because we trust Him, and trusting Him more and more even as we seemingly “see” no answers

Waiting builds up our faith so we are stronger in our faith.

Waiting is not nothing, but it is something!

Hebrews 10:35-39
35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence
which has a great reward. 
36 For you have need of endurance
so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
37 For yet in a very little while
He who is coming will come, and will not delay.
38 *But My righteous one shall live by faith;* 
And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, 
but we are of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

Habakkuk 2:1-4
 I will stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.
3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him;
*But the righteous will live by his faith.*

Romans 1:16-17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, 
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, 
to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; 
as it is written, “But *the righteous man shall live by faith.”*

So what does this mean to all of us who love the LORD?  

We need to continue to stretch our faith muscles in trusting and waiting, knowing that He is not slow in hearing us, nor answering us.  

*He will answer us in His time and in His way*——even if the answers are not what we expect.  

Even so, we need to be at His feet in obedience trusting Him.  We need to walk by faith even when we can not “see”. 

May we glorify Him as we wait!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Have you been thrown away?

…disowned, marginalized, discounted, hated, lied to, lied about, judged unjustly, treated worse than an enemy… 

Humanly, we are so very hurt by any of this unjust behavior, and then, exponentially so, when the people who disown us are from our own families.

Do not lose heart, dear ones!

There is One who will never throw you away.  He never lies and never plays games with you.  This One will never discount you, disown you, or marginalize you.  He is the One you can count on no matter what is happening in your life, even if what is happening is unjust from other people, especially your own family.

You may feel alone, but you are not alone. The One and Only God is with you, even when you do not feel He is, even when feel you are a horrible sinner.

Read His Word, soak it in often, preach to yourself.  You are precious in His sight!

1 Corinthians 8:6
 "...yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him."

John 1:12
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name"

Colossians 1:12
"giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light."

James 2:5
"Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?"

1 John 3:1-2
"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

Just like my father


Thankful for a wonderful earthly father.

Praising and glorifying the LORD for Him as my heavenly Father!

Monday, July 27, 2015

To a Child Who Inquires

How did you come to me, my sweet?
From the land that no man knows?
Did Mr. Stork bring yo here on his wings?
Were you born in the heart of a rose?

Did an angel fly with you down from the sky?
Were you found in a gooseberry patch?
Did a fairy bring you from fairyland
To my door — that was left on a latch?

No — my darling was born of a wonderful love, 
A love that was Daddy’s and mine.
A love that was human, but deep and profound,
A love that was almost divine.

Do you remember, sweetheart, when we went to the zoo,
And we saw the big bear with a grouch?
And the tigers and lions, and that tall kangaroo
That carried her babe in a pouch?

Do you remember I told you she kept them there safe
From the cold and the wind, till they grew
Big enough to take care of themselves? And dear heart,
That’s just how I first cared for you.

I carried you under my heart, my sweet,
And I sheltered you safe from alarms;
Then one wonderful day the dear God looked down,
And I snuggled you tight in my arms.

by Olga Petrova from The Best Loved Poems of the American People.

Monday, July 13, 2015

An Ode to Yesterdays

I remember the bologna of my childhood,
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer; or shop.

The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn't need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends in the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

I remember the shop on the corner,
Where cookies for pennies were sold
Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it....I'm just getting old?

Bathing was done in a washtub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mama pressed everyone's 'duds'.

I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
And we hadn't much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.

... Author, Unknown


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Revived! The Moon and the Stars!

Last night we saw the beautiful full moon through the mist, and I marveled at how intricate the creation is.  

The same God who created is the same God who saves sinners through Jesus.  He has once again gently reminded me how He holds all of this life in His hands.  

Trusting Him anew!  I am revived again!

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!


Trusting God! and "wearing my sorrow with obedient grace!"


Sometime, when all life’s lessons have been learned, 
And sun and stars forevermore have set,
The things which our weak judgments here have spurned,
The things o’er which we grieved with lashes wet,
Will flash before us out of life’s dark night, 
As stars shine most in deeper tints of blue;
And we shall see how all God’s plans are right,
And how what seemed reproof was love most true.

And we shall see how, while we frown and sigh,
God’s plans go on as best for you and me;
How, when we called, He heeded not our cry,
Because His wisdom to the end could see.
And e’en as prudent parents disallow
Too much of sweet to craving babyhood, 
So God, perhaps, is keeping from us now
Life’s sweetest things, because it seemeth good.

And if, sometimes, commingled with life’s wine,
We find the wormwood, and rebel and shrink,
Be sure a wiser hand than yours or mine
Pours out the potion for our lips to drink;
And if some friend you love is lying low,
Where human kisses cannot reach his face,
Oh, do not blame the loving Father so,
But wear your sorrow with obedient grace!

And you shall shortly know that lengthened breath
Is not the sweetest gift God sends His friend,
And that, sometimes, the sable pall of death
Conceals the fairest boon His love can send;
If we could push ajar the gates of life,
And stand within, and all God’s workings see,
We could interpret all this doubt and strife, 
And for each mystery could find a key.

But not today.  Then be content, poor heart;
God’s plans, like lilies pure and white, unfold;
We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart, —
Time will reveal the chalices of gold.
And if, through patient toil, we reach the land
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest,
When we shall clearly see and understand,
I think that we will say, “God knew the best!”

May Riley Smith

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Protecting your purity in dating

Please check out,  23 Guidelines to Protect Your Purity in Dating, Eternal Perspective Ministries, by Randy Alcorn:

"First of all, remember that if you plant purity today, you will reap a rich harvest, free from shame and guilt. And, by the grace of God, you’ll look back on your life not with regret, but with joyful gratitude. Sexual purity is ALWAYS in your best interest. Be smart, not stupid, and you’ll enjoy the best God has for you!"

He then has 23 guidelines with explanations and scriptures to help you think and discern, for example:

2. If you’re a Christian, only date Christians.

You won’t marry every person you date. But the person you marry will be someone you dated. God says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers . . . what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

4. Choose dates by character, not just appearance.

When we judge people by their appearances, often we turn out to be dead wrong—and meanwhile we may have made foolish choices.

7. Realize your date is your brother or sister in Christ—not your “lover.”

...A rule of thumb is, don’t do anything physically you wouldn’t do with your brother or sister...

ending with number 23:

23. Count the cost of impurity.

and then:

"Rehearse in advance the devastating consequences of sexual sin and you’ll be less likely to commit it. Even a forgiven person must deal with many consequences to his sin. God removes guilt, but He doesn’t always remove consequences.

God forgives when we sincerely repent, but if we sincerely repent we will show it by taking necessary steps to avoid temptation."