Wednesday, December 30, 2015

He's the Lily of the Valley

One of my favorite songs is "He's the Lily of the Valley". One verse says:

"He will never, never leave me, 
nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill."
Charles Fry

"I...will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst"
(Zechariah 2:5).

Nations once built walls to keep their enemies out. Think of all the expense that it cost to build the Great Wall of China. It is useless today as far as national security is concerned.

In our own strength, we cannot store up enough food, stash enough cash, or afford enough insurance to protect ourselves from the troubles of this world.

The only safe place we can ever be is the center of God's will, leaning on Him, listening to His heartbeat. His ways are higher, and He is still on the Throne.

Father God, May we soar so high in Your Spirit that when the enemy looks for us, he is blinded by the Son.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Remembering Mother

Hands that pulled up anklet socks
and buckled leather shoes.
That rolled my hair in pin-curls
for Sunday morning do's.
Homemade cakes they baked and iced
for family and friends.
They hung out clothes upon the line
secured with wooden pins.
Mother's hands were full of love;
gentle was her touch.
Her hands were busy dawn 'til dark
because she loved so much.

I wrote this in memory of Mother, Peggy Williams

Your love has given me much joy and comfort...
your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people.
Philemon 1:7

At Christmas time we miss our family members who have gone on to Heaven, and treasure wonderful memories.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Inch Your Body

Kaedyn called out to me:" Come here, Nana, and let me inch your body."

"WHAT?!" I wondered.

I came around the corner to see her holding a tape measure.

"Stand here against the door frame and I will inch you and see how much you've grown," she said.

Tomorrow is my birthday, so she thinks I should have grown taller! (Wider maybe?)

Me...sixty years ago.
I still have the same hair-do!

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Warmth of God's Presence

The kitchen was the warmest sunniest room in the house where I grew up. The alarm clock on the kitchen shelf would buzz and soon I would smell bacon frying and hear the coffee pot percolating. I'd park myself by the heat vent, waiting for Mother to put breakfast on the table.

About this time of year, we'd get the big Sears Roebuck Wish Book in the mail - the one with the toy section! My sister, Mildred, and I would sit together by the heat vent and take crayons and circle every toy we wanted. Talk about positive thinking!

As I remembered that warm scene and our childhood hopes, the Lord reminded me of all the promises in His Book! I think I'll get out the red crayon and underline all my favorites: especially the warmth of His presence.

In Your presence is fullness of joy,
 at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. 
Psalm 16:11

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sweet Hymn Story

Born on September 2, 1809, Lydia Baxter wrote many songs and poems, but only one hymn that was widely known. Though she was sick and confined to bed much of her life, her home was known as a gathering place for friends who came to her for encouragement.

Lydia was fascinated by the meanings of names, but the name that meant everything to her was the name of Jesus.

Whenever she was questioned about her cheery disposition despite her physical difficulties, she'd say, “I have a very special armor. I have the name of Jesus. When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent, I mention the name of Jesus, and the devil can’t get through to me anymore."

Here is a verse from her hymn

Take the name of Jesus ever
as a shield from every snare.
If temptations 'round you gather,

Breathe that holy name in prayer.

Precious name, O how sweet,
Hope of earth and joy of Heaven.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Best Is Yet to Come!

A family at church was planning the funeral of their grandmother. They shared the story with the pastor that when they were kids, the large family would gather at Granny's for Sunday dinner. Granny had just enough silverware for the number of relatives, and she would remind them: "Clear your dinner plates, but hold onto those forks!"

Before she served them a slice of her homemade cake, she would have them hold up their fork and say, "The best is yet to come!"

In his remarks at the funeral, the Pastor paid tribute to life filled with love, and reminded them, "The best is yet to come!"

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Nice Touch at Christmas

Last week at the Christmas luncheon for the senior citizens, we had a huge birthday cake for Jesus. We sang Happy Birthday to You, and at the end, a dear saint added, " And many more!!"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Carols in the Mall

I remember a little girl with the voice of an angel singing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" at Lenox Square Mall (Atlanta) back in the 60's. Our school choir was invited to sing that night. As her voice, so clear and sweet, filled the mall, a hush came over the busy shoppers.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel 

 Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, 


Matthew 1:23

Monday, December 7, 2015

Prophet, Priest, and King

I read that the three gifts presented to Jesus by the Magi were prophetic.
Gold represents His Kingship.
Frankincense speaks of His priestly anointing.
Myrrh reminds us of His sacrificial death.

I thought of these lyrics:

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.
John Newton

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Prayer Request

Please pray for my precious missionary friends who are serving unreached people groups and translating the New Testament into their languages. There has been much unrest in the country where they are ministering in the past few months. I pray for their safety and that God's Word will be received by those hearing it for the very first time.

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 
Luke 1:30-33

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Little Red Wagon

God is teaching me that I have to stand up for what is right, even if it costs me.

Bob Norcross told this illustration: When he was a little boy, he got a shiny red wagon for Christmas. It was just what he wanted and he pulled it all around the neighborhood. One evening, his father came home from work, and asked his son, "I didn't see your wagon in the garage. Where is it?"

Bob whimpered, "Somebody stole it."

With a stern authoritative voice, Bob's father told him , "Go get your wagon NOW!"

At that moment, Bob decided He would rather face the neighborhood bully, than the displeasure of his Father. He recovered his wagon!

I admit that I struggle with confrontation and am tempted to be too passive.

My prayer is that I will learn what it means to fight the good fight of faith, believing that, as I obey God, my Heavenly Father will make a way for me.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Amazing Testimony

Testimony from a persecuted pastor in India:

In May 2014, the anti-Christian government came to power in India’s general elections. Persecution had always been bad in our region. Now, the persecutors were suddenly in highest seats of government. Things worsened quickly.

Last month, many of our pastors were beaten while preaching inside their churches, as Hindu mobs stormed in and attacked the congregations. The police came. Instead of doing justice, they arrested 
one of the pastors for “insulting Hinduism.” The charge was false. He hadn’t said a word about Hinduism or any Hindu deities: he spoke only of Jesus. 

The arrest was in one of the most mafia-infested, criminalized cities of India. Only the most dangerous offenders end up in jail. The police threw our pastor in jail, in a crowded cell with dozens of murderers. “Whom did you kill?” several asked him when he’d slumped into a corner. 

“Nobody,” was his shocked reply. 

“Then what did you do?” 

“I was preaching,” he said. This confused them. They asked if he’d been preaching politics. He said no, he’d been preaching Jesus. They said they knew nothing of Jesus and asked if he would tell them.

He did and God’s glory swept in. For the next two weeks they had what our pastor called “revival meetings” every day. All the inmates and several of the guards gave their lives to Christ. This terrified the authorities. To prevent further problems they kicked him out of jail! 

When our pastor was arrested, I wept and prayed every day. I’m a mom, and I can’t help but worrying for our people like I would for my own kids. I saw him a few days after his release and asked if he was ok. I’ll never forget his answer. His face radiant, he said, “I’m ready to go back to jail any time!

[This reminded me of Joseph's response when he forgave his brothers:]  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20

Friday, November 27, 2015

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 Message

I was blessed by this verse today! Thought I'd share it with someone else who might need it, too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Singing for Joy

At a nursing home outreach, a nurse wheeled a man into the fellowship hall that had not joined us before, staying by his side the whole time.

I asked if anyone had a favorite song. The man began to sing: "Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art". Both his nurse and the other residents shed tears of joy, and started singing with him.

The nurse explained that the only words he had said since coming to the facility were, "Go home".

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You because You have redeemed me.

Psalm 71:23

Sunday, November 22, 2015

God of Love

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
I receive newsletters from missionaries that I met in Kansas City who are now serving in the middle east and in northern Africa. They tell of many who are turning to Jesus Christ and hungry for God's Word. These people see the injustice and cruelty every day. I pray that they know the one true God  -  the God of Love.

Father God, You alone are our refuge and our strength. May we trust in You in these troubled times.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanking God

"It does not matter what your circumstances are, the instant you begin to thank God, even though your situation has not changed, YOU begin to change. The key which unlocks the gates of heaven is a thankful heart; entrance into the courts of God comes as you simply begin to praise the Lord."
Francis Frangipane

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise:
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting;
And His truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jesus, Be the Center of My Life

Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises
shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it,
a sense of God's wholeness,
everything coming together for good,
will come and settle you down.
It's wonderful what happens
when Christ displaces worry
at the center of your life.
Philippians 4:6

Monday, November 9, 2015

Getting Offended

One morning, I was having a wonderful time in God's Word, when I was interrupted by someone who said something very cruel and untrue about one of my family members. In an instant, I went from cloud nine to the pit! I felt like my whole day would be ruined.

I was still furious when my grandchild arrived for a visit. She noticed my open Bible beside my chair and began intently turning each page. "What are you looking for?" I asked.

"I want to see Jesus!" she told me.

"My Bible doesn't have pictures," I explained. She kept turning and found a slip of paper that I had tucked between the pages a while back. She handed it to me. In my own handwriting, it said, "Don't become offended!"

Later I thought about the fact that all of us have done wrong. All have been guilty before God. All of us have a choice to stay bitter or accept the peace Jesus has provided.

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5 Amplified

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Praising God - A Full Time Position With Benefits

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me,
bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with
lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Psalm 103:1-5

I read the inspiring book WAR ROOM this weekend, based on the Christian movie in the theaters now. It's a story of an elderly woman who spends time in her Prayer Closet, which she calls her War Room, and the many benefits that follow - far greater than her expectations.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Praying for Our Nation's Leaders

Psalm 130:7

I am praying for leaders to be elected who know right from wrong and are willing to stand up for righteousness according to God's Word.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Walking Trail

I had never turned down this street close to where I live before this week. It was a wonderland - the colors were so rich. This was the day before the steady rain and wind that brought the leaves down. Today they carpet the walkway like a slip and slide.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I Will Guide You With My Eye

I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Psalm 32:8
When my son Caleb was alive, we made regular visits to his heart doctor's office. At age 3, Caleb's only words were Dada, uh-oh, and 'darsh', which meant "rewind that cassette tape ASAP!" The doctor would be amazed at how I knew what Caleb wanted by looking at his eyes. He would say, "You two are so in tune!" Caleb rarely had to cry for attention, because I could anticipate his needs.

I was thinking about this promise from the Psalms:
The Lord says: I will guide you with My eye.

Lord Jesus, thank you for guiding us with Your eye.  I pray that I will pay attention those things that are dear to Your heart.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Waiting Expectantly!

In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;
In the morning, I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

This past week, six year-old Kaedyn was at my house working on a Fall leaf project. We could not find her pencil box that held her Crayola markers. She said we could pray and ask God to help us. 

"We need to hold hands while we pray," she told me. She asked God to show her where it was, and she thanked Him in Jesus' name.

She stood up with a big smile fully expecting to see the box. And she did!! It was behind her stack of library books on the dresser hidden until that moment.

What an awesome God!

Friday, October 23, 2015

How Great Are You, Lord

Great is Your love,
Reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness
Reaches to the skies.
Psalm 57:10

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Garments of Praise

We are made in the image of a beautiful God, but our culture makes us feel "less than" if we don't fit a certain mold. Most of us obsess over "store-bought" beauty because we feel unsettled as we compare ourselves with others.

Mike Bickle wrote: "The glorious news is that the beauty of God is not just something He possesses—it is something He imparts through redemption to his bride."

David prayed that God would "beautify the humble with salvation" (Psalm 149:4). The Message phrases it this way: "Because God delights in his people, He festoons plain folk with salvation garlands!"

Thank you, Lord, that when we come knocking at your gate, at the end of ourselves, you not only receive us, but you honor us with beautiful garments of praise.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Savoring the Beauty!

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
From "OCTOBER" by Robert Frost

Friday, October 9, 2015

All Who Are Thirsty

For I will pour out water on the thirsty land

And streams on the dry ground;

I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring

And My blessing on your descendants;

And they will spring up among the grass

Like poplars by streams of water.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Knobs

I live in the Ohio Valley where I have a view of  a high ridge called "Floyd's Knobs".

It is beautiful in the autumn when the colorful hardwoods are cloaked in mist. And it is a peaceful sight as I walk in the evenings with the sunset glowing behind the treetops.

Something about that ridge, standing on tip-toe, reaching for the clouds, makes me think of one of the songs of David that the people sang going up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles: .

I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
Psalm 121

Monday, October 5, 2015

Still Waters

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Treasures for a Rainy Day

As I was driving early one morning, I passed a lush lawn with all the lawn sprinklers going full force. What was unusual about that is that the skies were pouring rain and had been  for a couple of days!

It got me to thinking about Noah. He had a word from God to build an ark on dry ground. For years, Noah preached and warned people of the flood. They laughed and scorned. When the rain came, the Bible says that the fountains of the deep came forth, too. Sort of like those sprinklers in the rain. The water came from both directions at once.

Once a precious young man spoke over me at the house of prayer: "God is storing up treasures in you for a rainy day." I took that to mean the "Day of the Lord" that is prophesied in Joel 2. God says He will send the former and latter rains at the same time. In the last days, when it seems troubles are coming at us from every side, as Jesus warned in Matthew 24, He will also pour out His Spirit on those who are being saved. He will bring in a great harvest of souls.

How exciting that we have been chosen to be alive on the earth at this time in history. Keep praying for those who are coming to the Lord. He is storing up His treasures in them for a rainy day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beautiful Weather for a Walk

View from my afternoon walk along the Ohio River

This is the Bible passage the grandchildren are learning this week.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10 NIV

I have been enjoying a daily devotional book by Corrie ten Boom. She wrote:
"Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible 
which you have learned by heart."

Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn Morning

Opening the curtains to the morning light
Out in the backyard I spy
The bright orange leaves of Autumn
Against a brilliant sky.

Rays of sun caress my face,
Fingers of a loving hand.
A tiny bird is trilling her praise
Like a piccolo in Heaven's band.

Leaves scurry along the ground
In the cool refreshing breeze.
God whispers how much He cares
Just to put my mind at ease.

Karen Rice

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Memories

When I was a child, on Sunday afternoons we'd all pile into the car and go for a drive out in the country. At that time Alpharetta was small, but the neighboring communities were tee-niny! While sightseeing in Shakerag, Ocee, Crabapple, or Frogtown, folks we didn't even know would throw up their hand and wave.

Weather was nice in Georgia in the early fall. We were close enough to walk to Sunday night service. We might stop at Brady's filling station and get a bottle of Coke out of the ice-filled cooler. Then we would pause to gaze up through the colorful branches of the row of towering maple trees that lined the church property.

Fifth Sunday night was Hymn Sing. People in the congregation would call out the page number of their favorite hymns. I liked it when we sang in harmony acapella.

The day would end with a family or two dropping by our house for Mother's pound cake and coffee.

On the seventh anniversary of Mother's death, I am especially thankful for family and restful Sunday afternoons.

For You, O God...have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere, and honor Your name.
Psalm 61:5 Amplified

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Pilot Light

My grandparents would turn off the pilot light of their gas heater in the summer. So every Fall, as soon as there was a chill in the night air, they would call Daddy to come and light the pilot. At first I could only see a tiny blue flicker, but when they would turn up the heat, I would hear a whoosh and the heat would come up through the floor grate until it was red hot. Before long, the den and kitchen would be toasty warm. When we came in from playing, we would stand over that floor furnace and hold our hands out to warm them.

The pilot light reminds me of God's Holy Spirit that comes to live in our hearts. I know that I was forgiven of my sins and saved when I accepted Christ as a child. All of us who have been forgiven and put our trust in Christ have a flame burning within us, but I want to be available for the Holy Spirit to fan the flame.....enough so that others will want to draw near and feel the warmth of God's love.

John the Baptizer said, "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
Matthew 3:11 ESV

Last of Summer - First of Autumn

Kaedyn has fun arranging her fall decorations on the dresser top. We have also been making luminaries from white lunch bags. I love the changing of the season and the cool breeze!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Precious Thoughts

How precious also are Your thoughts to me,
O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:17-18

Friday, September 11, 2015

Light Dawns

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Psalm 112:3 NIV

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thank You for Your Prayers

Cameron got back to KC Saturday and will share the highlights of his trip with us soon. Thank you so much for praying. God really blessed his time in Nepal!! Please continue to pray for the orphans and widows and the Christians who are ministering to them.

Friday, August 28, 2015


Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Photos from Nepal

Before the mountains were born,
 before you gave birth to the earth and the world, 
from beginning to end, 
you are God. 
Psalm 90:2 NLT
Cameron is leading worship and teaching piano to some of the young people there. He says to thank you for your prayers.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Praying for the Children

I received a video of Cameron and the children singing, "Hosanna In the Highest", at the orphan's home. He asks for continued prayer for many children who lost parents during the earthquake, and some parents who are just not able to care for their children because of the loss of home, jobs, and health.

Cameron and his friends will meet with new Christians who are willing to pastor house churches, to study the Word. In the photos I saw, the pastors are so young. Please pray for them as they take a bold stand for truth and minister to many hurting people.

Thank you.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sing Praise!

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, 
and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, 
and Your faithful every night.
Psalm 92:1-2
I took this photo on a cool spring morning at Longview Lake in Grandview, Missouri. When I lived near there last year, I would enjoy my morning devotional time and the bright sunlight reflecting on the water.
One morning, I decided to go early to see the sunrise. It was so cloudy that the sun's rays never peeked through! I felt that the Lord was telling me, "I am the same, yesterday, today, and forever. When it's cloudy or sunny, a good day or a bad day, I am with you just the same."

This verse also came to mind:  
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; 
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 
Psalm 112:4

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cool Morning in Indiana!

I feel a lot more like walking with the cooler temperature and lower humidity! I see the prettiest butterflies and birds, but they scoot away as soon as I get close!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.
He has sent redemption to His people.
He has commanded His covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is His name.
Psalm 111:1a, 9 NKJV

I am getting updates 2 or 3 times a week from my son. He is helping at the orphanage today, and will travel out in the countryside tomorrow. He is meeting workers from several different organizations who are helping those affected by the earthquakes. He asks for continued prayer for their safety.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Listen now, you who know right from wrong,
you who hold my teaching inside you:
Pay no attention to insults, 

and when mocked,
don't let it get you down. 
Isaiah 51:7-8 Message

 I read a testimony today online about a teenage girl who boldly witnesses for Christ in a country where it is against the law. My friend asked her if she was aware of the consequences. She answered that it would be an honor to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ.

Cameron made it to his destination!! Thank you for your prayers.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This is the day the Lord has made!

It was refreshingly cool and dry this morning with a nice breeze. I was inspired to go for a walk at the park!

This afternoon my son Cameron leaves on his trip. Thank you for your prayers. Please pray for the orphans in Nepal and those who work with them.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fearless Confidence

We know that people are suffering persecution for the name of Christ around the world. The apostle Paul suffered for the sake of the Gospel and encouraged us with these words:

For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were imprisoned, and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, in the knowledge and consciousness that you yourselves had a better and lasting possession.

Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
Hebrews 10:34-36 Amplified

Monday, July 27, 2015

Find Rest My Soul - I Will Not Be Shaken

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; 
My hope comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
Pour out your hearts to him,
For God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lighthouse in the Storm

I see your tears.
I listen to your prayers.
Whatever situation you are in,
Whisper My Name.
When your strength is gone,
I will lift you up in my strong arms.
I am your high tower,
Your lighthouse in the storm.

by Karen Rice

The name of the Lord is a strong tower
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Friday, July 17, 2015


Isn't it funny how easily we can misunderstand each other?

One hot summer day, Daddy was on the porch and I heard him yell in an urgent voice, "Karen, get me ice water!"

I must have been about 6 years old. As quickly as I could, I opened the freezer, loosened the cubes from the metal ice tray by running it under warm water, climbed up and got a glass out of the cabinet, and filled it with ice and water.

The whole time, Daddy was saying, "Hurry up?"

"Wow, he's really thirsty!" I was thinking.

I rushed the ice water out to him, and he smiled and shook his head. A wasp buzzed around him as he asked again, "Karen, get the fly swatter."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2:11-14 NASB

A Bible teacher that I admire is Joel Richardson. You can hear him teaching on The Return of Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Hope, on his blog: Joel's Trumpet.

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