Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Goodness and Mercy

It is through the Son, at the cost of his own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth. For God had allowed us to know the secret of his plan, and it is this: he purposes in his sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfillment in him. And here is the staggering thing—that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share... Ephesians 1:7-11a 
A dear friend since my college days passed away yesterday. He was a Vietnam veteran, a wonderful Bible teacher, husband and father. I will always remember his teaching on Ephesians 1, that impacted my life as a young college student at GSU.
He had suffered from dementia for the last two years. I remember that one of his favorite songs was "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and I will feast at the table set for me."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rock of Ages Cave


Granddaughter Kaedyn visited Squire Boone Caverns recently with her first grade class. This is a photo of Rock of Ages Cave. Squire Boone was the brother of Daniel Boone. She was fascinated by stalagmites and stalactites. but most interested in the grist mill, and the candle and soap making.

Over Memorial Day weekend, her family moved to a town twenty miles away. I felt sad that she would not be near enough to drop in and visit me often, but I had to be happy for her when I saw how much she is enjoying her new back yard!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Indiana

Indiana has had four different plants as the state flower in its history, including the Carnation, the Tulip Tree Flower and the Zinnia. The state’s most recent choice, adopted in 1957, the Peony, thrives here in southern Indiana.

Even though I have been in Indiana for 27 years now, I live very close to Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Louisville.
View of Louisville KY from Indiana



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

I heard a former prisoner of war in Viet Nam tell how he spent lonely years in captivity praying and remembering Bible verses and songs he learned as a small child.

Thank You, Lord Jesus for Your promise that: "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26 

I pray for those whose loved one died in the service of our country, and also those who are serving today and for their family members who await their safe return. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Christ's Love

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:35,38 NLT


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Being Stretched

I think it harder, Lord,
to cast the cares of those
I love on You, than to cast mine.
We, growing older,
learn at last
that You are merciful and kind.
Not one time
have You failed me.
Lord, why fear that you'll fail mine?
Ruth Bell Graham

When my oldest child left home, I couldn't stop crying. As I sat in my porch rocker, I watched a mother robin working feverishly to feed her baby who was as big as she was. It wasn't long before he left the nest. The Lord spoke to me, "It's a good thing for Carl to grow and stretch his wings, too!"

Now my oldest grandchild is graduating and going to college. I trust that the Lord will guide and guard her steps.


His Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonizing longings which never find words. And God who knows the heart’s secrets understands, of course, the Spirit’s intention as he prays for those who love God.

Romans 8:27 Phillips NT

Beautiful Reflections

When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills,
it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region,
earth being so intermixed with sky,
and gradually transformed into it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

My first plane trip was in 1969 from Atlanta to Detroit. It was a thrill to look down at the rivers and farms beneath me. I spent ten weeks in different towns in Michigan, helping with Vacation Bible Schools, many times in backyards or camping areas. I have great memories of the kids we met that summer.

Our last week was in Munising with a view of Lake Superior. Such unforgettable sunsets there. But the most amazing sight was when we boarded a small plane and flew over Lake Michigan just as the sun was rising. The lake reflected the sky so perfectly that I couldn't tell where one ended and the other began.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heaven Came Down


You didn't want Heaven without us,
So Jesus, You brought Heaven down.
What a Beautiful Name (Kari Jobe)

In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God. 
He was in the beginning with God. 
All things were made through Him, 
and without Him nothing was made that was made. 
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:1-4

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jehovah Shalom - The Lord Our Peace

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1-2 NLT

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prayer for Our Leaders

  1. Pray that they would realize their personal sinfulness and their daily need for cleansing of their sin by Jesus Christ.

  2. Pray that they would recognize their personal inadequacy to fulfill their tasks and they would depend upon God for knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to do what is right.

  3. Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles, trusting God to prove them right.

  4. Pray that they would resist those who would pressure them to violate their conscience.

  5. Pray that they would reverse the trends of socialism and humanism in this nation, both of which deify man rather than God.

  6. Pray that they would be ready to sacrifice their personal ambitions and political careers for the sake of this nation, if yielding them would be in the best interest of their country.

  7. Pray that they would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as the source of their daily strength, wisdom, and courage.

  8. Pray that they would restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness and righteousness to the office they hold.

  9. Pray that they would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this nation.

  10. Pray that they would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions they make.  (Written by Pastor Charles Stanley, Atlanta, GA)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Greater Is He

Peace does not come from being indifferent to what is going on in the world, or being so selfish that I don't care about the hurting people around us.. Peace comes from being confident that God loves me, and clinging to the truth that, "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Amazing Love

“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” A.W. Tozer



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Hands

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.

By Karen, 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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fragrance Favorites



 Yardley Soap Ad:
"The soap that’s kept women in hot water for 200 years—
and they’ve loved every minute."

Now that my granddaughters are teens, I was thinking about the fragrances I loved when I was their age. I usually got perfumed soaps, lotions, and dusting powder for presents from my grandmothers.

I also loved White Shoulders, Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God's Sunrise


Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God's Sunrise will break in upon us,
shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.

Luke 1:78-79 Message

Monday, May 8, 2017

While We Pray

God's angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste,
open your eyes and see— how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Psalm 34:7-8

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunny Sunday

The smell of wild roses and honeysuckle were in the air today.
One of my neighbors gave me a daily devotion book by Kay Arthur.
I loved this verse today:
We have this treasure in earthen vessels.
so that the surpassing greatness of the power
will be of God and not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Brook

The brook after all the rain this week.
This is how it usually looks!

It seemed like a good day to re-post my poem that was inspired by this little brook.

I stand on the footbridge 
Listening to the gurgling brook
Rippling over rocks, then
Disappearing around the bend.
Not knowing where it began 
Or where it ends
Or all the gaps
It fills along its way
Sometimes a trickle
Sometimes overflowing.

People see our hearts,
God's grace flowing through us
In dry times and storms
When we get it right
And even when we mess everything up, 
Amazing!
How our Father turns things for good.
We'll never know all the lives we'll touch
Because of His river of life.

Karen Rice


Friday, May 5, 2017

I Am His and He Is Mine

Heaven above is softer blue;
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen!
Birds with gladder songs overflow,
Flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know as now I know,
I am His and He is mine.
George Wade Robinson

 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
 then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:2-4

When I gave my life to Jesus, as a child, I remember I was baptized in autumn, and I noticed the beautiful colors of the maple trees as if I had never seen them before. When I got home, I looked into the mirror on our bedroom dresser, and thought to myself: I am a brand new person in Christ. He has been faithful through all these years.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Still, Still With Thee

Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

An author, crusader against slavery, and mother of six, 
Harriet Stowe woke at 4:30 each morning to 
"see the coming of the dawn, hear the singing of the birds,
and to enjoy the overshadowing presence of God."

She was inspired to write the hymn
Still, Still With Thee
while reading Psalm 139
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God...
When I awake, I am still with Thee!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Simple Blessings

Let your servants see what you're best at,
The ways you rule and bless your children,
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God,
rest on us, confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes, affirm the work that we do.
Psalm 90:16-17 Message

As I look back over the years, there are special memories that bring me joy. They are not major events like awards or winning the sweepstakes... Just simple things like sitting on the glider on the screened porch with my sister during a summer rain shower, of Daddy whistling as he shined our shoes for Sunday school, of the sounds and smells of mother cooking supper, or of getting a sweet card in the mail.

I believe God wants me to live as if one of those memories is going to happen today. Maybe my simple act of kindness might become a special memory for someone else.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lamplighter

Many years ago, before the electric light bulb was widely used, the cities used to hire lamplighters to go about the streets at dusk and light the gas lamps. This is the chorus of a song about The Old Lamplighter that Mother used to sing:

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

I remember how inky black the night was when the electricity was out all over town during a storm, and you couldn't see moon or stars for the heavy cloud cover. 

In the Psalms, David must have been remembering how God brought him through storms and dark times when he wrote this verse:


For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

Remembering in prayer the storm victims of this past weekend.

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