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Friday, September 22, 2017

Picking Up the Pieces

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Every time I look at images of the storm-ravaged areas in Florida and the Caribbean, I feel a leaden weight in my stomach. Houses, stores and other buildings have been reduced to a pile of match sticks - at least that's what they look like to me. And I can't even begin to imagine what will happen to Barbuda and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and Mexico. The list goes on and on. 

As I thought about all this, I leafed through a book by Max Lucado. Now this gentleman is one of my all-time favorite Christian authors. I have received lots of comfort and inspiration from his writing, but this book GRACE For The Moment had been sitting on my bookshelf untouched for quite a while. This morning as I turned the pages, reflecting on the effects of hurricane Irma, a header jumped out at me.

A Complete Restoration

And in his own inimitable way, Max begins with the words, God loves to decorate.

Say what? What happened there with Irma was not decoration, it was destruction. But a couple lines down, Max writes, "portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace." Comforting words, profound words expressed as only Max Lucado can do it. But as I read further I saw that he wasn't speaking about physical restoration, although God can and does do that as well. He is talking about inner restoration of the soul, of the mind until we become fully attuned to Jesus Christ.

Sometimes in order to restore, God may chip away a little bit here or there, or sometimes, according to Max, "He's been know to gut the whole west wing."

Friends, some of you may have lost more than the west wing. You may have lost everything, but God loves to decorate, He loves to restore, He loves to replenish.

Here are some promises from His word:

 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.Psalms 71: 20

 ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’Isaiah 44: 26

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  1 Peter 5: 10

There are many more such promises in God's Word. And He keeps every one of them.
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Friday, September 01, 2017

A Prayer For Texas

In times like these it's difficult to find the right words. My prayer is that this passage of scripture will bring some hope and comfort to the people of Texas. God bless you.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Mediterranean Love Plan - Book Review

Are you at a point in your marriage when you feel like the spark has left, never to return? Before you think about heading to the divorce court, you should take a look at The Mediterranean Love Plan by Stephen & Misty Arterburn. But this book is not just for marriages that are in need of saving. I believe every marriage can benefit from Stephen & Misty's practical and God-ordained principles for preserving marriage.

Using examples from Mediterranean countries known for being the most romantic in the world - Italy, France, Greece - the couple discloses secrets that have helped them maintain the passion in their own marriage and which can do the same for yours.

Here in a nutshell are the secrets:

  1. The Secret of Attunement - Connecting with and focusing on each other every day, from the heart. 
  2. The Secret of Playfulness - Laughter and fun in marriage.. 
  3. The Secret of Savoring Food - Cooking, serving and savoring food together 
  4. The Secret of Enjoying Beauty - in nature, culture and in each other
  5. The Secret of Creativity - working on projects together
  6. The Secret of Health and Longevity - getting enough rest, exercise and healthy food and growing in faith.
  7. The Secret of blending the Sacred and the Sexual - enjoying sex the way God intended 

I highly recommend that married couples and those about to be married read this book together. You will be so glad you did. And right now there's an exciting giveaway that will make it even easier to get your hands on a copy of this book.

Here's the link:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Darkness Over Light

If you read last week's post, you may notice that it is a reversal of this post. This is one of the things that never cease to amaze me about the craft of writing. Sometimes things just seem to fall into place with no help from the author and at other times, nothing seems to work. But let me stop rambling and get right to the point. Tomorrow, Aug. 21 is the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

What’s going to happen?

According to weather forecasters, scientists and other experts, the moon’s shadow will block out the sun completely for less than three minutes. When I read that, I was immediately reminded of this post where I wrote about the sun being darkened for three hours. 

I don’t know exactly what a solar eclipse will look like, but the idea of the sun, that blazing ball of gas which God created to sustain life on this earth, being shut out for any length of time is unimaginable. This is not going to be like a cloudy day or a rainy day. The light of the sun will be blocked out for a period of time as the moon’s shadow makes it’s way from one coast of the United States to the other. 

Some may tie this to Bible prophecy, as it might very well be, but since I know very little about the subject, I will leave it up to those who know to throw some light on it (no pun intended). But call it what you will - a scientific phenomenon, Bible prophecy or a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence - I think it’s the hand of God at work. And if He’s issuing a warning, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will help us heed that warning. 

The psalmist says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

If you are fortunate to be in the path of the total eclipse, or you plan on traveling to see it, I trust that you will reflect on the magnificence and greatness of the One who created this great light for our benefit and for His glory. Be sure to wear your glasses and drop me a line to let me know what it was like. 

Just in case you have not come across any predictions concerning the eclipse, here's a video I picked up on You Tube. As you watch it, please ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Light Over Darkness

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1: 5

In light of what transpired in Virginia this past weekend, I have decided to use bits of a past post and quotes to show how relevant the above verse is. People who came out to show hate and divisiveness reacted violently to the peaceful protests from the opposite side. As a result, Heather Heyer, a young woman who stood up against this divisiveness, lost her life and many people were injured.

This should never have happened.

Despite the torches used on Friday night and the bright sunshine on Saturday, there was darkness in the hearts of many. But God's word says, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it"  (John 1: 5).

Here's an excerpt from an earlier post:

 According to Dylann Roof, his goal was to see the races separated. He wanted us to return to the days of segregation. And that's Satan's goal. He is all for division. He hates to see people, especially Christians, united. He divides families, friends, relatives, even nations. But instead of division, we saw on television people of all races and backgrounds hugging each other and mourning the senseless murder of the saints. This tragedy has brought unity in a way that has even crossed political lines.

 Many people have spoken and demonstrated their abhorrence of what took place this weekend. As happened in Orlando and South Carolina and Ferguson and other parts of the United States, whenever evil forces try to divide us, people come together in a greater show of love and solidarity. 

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  John 3: 19. 

There will always be those who will choose darkness over light, hate over love and division over unity, but thank God, they are in the minority. 

Paul says, " But where sin increased, grace increased all the more" (Romans 5: 20).

Let's thank God for His grace and for sending His light into the world, a light that the darkness can never overcome. God bless. 


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Friday, August 04, 2017

What can you do for others?

Do you sometimes wish you could do more for others? Some people seem to have a knack for doing for others. I'm proud to say my daughter is one of those. She is always picking up someone from somewhere, taking an elderly person grocery shopping or just visiting them to see how they are doing. And she thinks nothing of it. She does it cheerfully and willingly, despite having a busy schedule of her own and a home and family to look after. Karon lives what Jesus instructed his disciples to do when he spoke about His second coming. He said the King (referring to Himself) will say to the people on his right:

"I 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 : 36)

And the people will answer Him, "When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" (v 39)

Jesus continued, "And The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" ( v 40).

Jesus went on to teach that He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels' (41).

This is a serious thing. You can get thrown into hell for not looking after the sick, or visiting those in prison or feeding the hungry? According to Jesus, you can because it shows you do not have love. 

The apostle John put it this way:  "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death" (1 John 3: 14). 

He continues,  "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth" (v 18). 

Is there someone you can show love to today? God bless.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Best Part of My Day

As a writer, I receive a lot of emails from other writers and coaches about ways to succeed in the writing business. Lately, I have been following some posts on how we can makeover our mornings to be more productive.

In her posts, the coach advises that writers make a “game plan” of what they want their morning to look like. That way, she suggests, we will be able to set the tone for a productive day. I agree with everything she says. Whenever I oversleep, my morning routine – prayer, Bible reading and morning walk - gets messed up and I feel lost.  I hate when that happens.

The Bible tells us that Jesus had a morning routine too. He knew the benefit of rising early to commune with His Father and get His leading for the day. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1 : 35). Seems like even his followers knew He rose early because Luke tells us, “and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple” (Luke 21: 38).

Even the psalmists spoke of rising early. "Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early" (Psalm 57: 8).

:O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" (Psalm 63: 1)

What is so special about the early hours of the day? In the early morning when there is little or no activity going on around you, your mind is fresh and uncluttered and you can focus better. However, it goes deeper than that. God commanded the people of Israel to honor Him with the firstfruits - the first - of their substance, i.e.. anything they had – produce, livestock, everything.  The firstfruits were “holy unto the LORD,” (Ezekiel 48: 14) and were to “cause the blessing to rest in thine house” (44: 30).  Later, in the New Testament, the apostles Paul and James referred to the early Christians as the firstfruits of Christ, and Christ Himself is referred to as the firstfruits of the dead.

We honor God with the firstfruits of our increase in the form of tithes and offering. In the same way, we can honor Him with the firstfruits of our day. The very first thing we ought to do before we do anything else is to commune with our Heavenly Father. When we do that, we “set the tone “ for our day. We come away feeling refreshed, energized and ready to face the challenges of the day. Try it.


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