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Remembering God’s Assuring Love




In this society which seems to be imploding with division and blind contention, I cling to the comfort I find in Christ Jesus, in knowing who God is.


This chapter of Psalm reads as if it were written only recently, its words so descriptive of modern day humanity.


The highlighted portion of this text is what I hope to leave foremost in your hearts today. For though the first few verses of this chapter describe a scene of hopelessness and a plot in which evil wins, the message of God’s love toward those whose hope is in Him comes shining through!



As a ship lost in the overwhelming storms of the sea, those onboard finally seeing a guiding light beam through the darkest sky, finding new strength which springs forth from within them, and they feel renewed determination to hold on and fight the good fight.


   “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5


“I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
  In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
  The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
  Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
  Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
  How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
  For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
  Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
  May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
  See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!”

Psalm 36


Find comfort, my friends, in this declaration of God’s unfailing love! I pray that your hearts are bathed in it until it saturates every part of your soul with His perfect peace!


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Clothed in Splendor


The clematis vine I planted last year has grown more than I could have imagined  and this spring, showcased a remarkable amount of blooms.


As you can see, it has settled quite nicely in its home under the pergola. In fact, I love it so much, I’m going to plant another one of a different color.


As I thought of a friend of mine who is struggling with health issues, a passage of scripture came to my mind, which immediately made me realize that this simple yet elegant flowering vine not only gifts me with its beauty, but also with an important lesson about life.


Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34


I know it is not in the best interest of anyone to worry excessively. There is enough scientific evidence now to confirm that the stress of worrying is not good for our bodies or minds.


But life is full of ups and downs, trials and conflicts, enough to at least bring concern to our minds now and then. I don’t believe that is any surprise to God. He told us these times would come and to hold fast to the words which He spoke.


This passage of scripture is full of assurance and encouragement, and I find much comfort in it.

Because when I look at that little flower on the vine, I see that my God put so much care and thought into the intricate design of each part of it, shaped it just so, and used His imagination to decorate it with brilliant color.

And as He stated in His words,  if He would take such care to dress the field flowers so beautifully, and water them with the dew, will He not make sure that I am cared for also?


Sure, times of concern will come. Circumstances will sometimes feel overwhelming. I will even admit that sometimes worry overtakes my thoughts and weighs heavy on my mind.


In times such as these, this scripture is a reminder to keep our eyes on God, to continue to seek Him, to press in closer to Him, where we will find strength and comfort, peace and wisdom.


And one more thing about my beautiful, flowering vine… I know that when He was creating it, He had me in mind, knowing that when my eyes behold its beauty, it would remind me of Him and bring warmth and delight to my heart.







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A Feast Fit for Heaven


Do you remember your favorite food from when you were a child? What was your Mother’s best recipe?  You know, the one that you could recognize just from the aromas that drifted through the house, stirring your appetite in anticipation of dinner time.

I bet your Mother, or your Dad, or your Grandma knew what your favorite meal was, and as he or she worked to prepare the recipe, you entered their thoughts and maybe even brought a grin to their expression as they imagined the look of bliss and delight radiating across your face as you enjoy it. And you Moms that are reading this, you know the pride and love I’m talking about when you prepare your son’s favorite food, no matter how old he gets. You present it and watch him enjoy it as if you are looking at your angel-faced, little boy again. Such joy… such infatuation.


I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my Mother was a fabulous cook! The finances may have been limited, but we ate very well! Ask me what my favorites were from childhood, and two things instantly come to mind.

First, her biscuits and gravy. Outstanding! She had it perfected, so much so that at one time she was dubbed among our family as ‘the biscuit queen’. Of course, the scrumptious biscuits provided the perfect base on which to ladle that delicious gravy, which she literally slaved over at the stove, endlessly stirring and stirring until it was just right.

Several years ago, our family gathered for breakfast at Mom’s house, and she made her famous biscuits and gravy. Mmmm! As I savored the flavor, my taste buds strolled down memory lane, and as we feasted, the truth came out.

Yes, my sweet Mama’s true motivation in preparing this family favorite was all because… my brother was attending! Didn’t I tell you? That mother/son bond is a strong one! Well, some would take offense at that, wouldn’t they?! But being that we all were reaping the benefit of my mother’s devotion to her boy, I think we could let it slide.

(I have to stop and laugh here LOL. Of course, we gave Mom a little bit of a bad time, it was priceless! She laughed too and couldn’t deny it. But I assure you, it was all in fun and love lol. There was no offense, just lots of love, laughter, and life. Precious moments that last a lifetime.)




My second favorite-food memory is of the luscious, home-made chocolate pudding… thick, creamy, and served hot right off the stove. We would eat it with plain white bread.


The best part of my chocolate pudding memory is that we would occasionally have it for breakfast. What a way to start the day! I suspect that perhaps on those particular days, when the cupboards were looking a little empty, staples like sugar, cocoa, and milk became a delicious solution, but all we knew was that we felt special.



There is one more feast that comes to my mind… that is the wedding supper that is being prepared in the kingdom of heaven. Will it be a meal of actual, real food? I don’t really know. Perhaps it will be food as it was originally designed, as it was in the Garden of Eden before man was corrupted by sin, and with new, uninhibited taste buds we will savor every flavor in all its intended perfection. Perhaps

But the heavenly food that entices me the most is the spiritual food that will be served, the table piled high with heavenly bounty, fit for a King! I’ll take an extra-large helping of everlasting peace, with a generous side of abundant joy please!

Sitting along side of us are the ones we loved here on earth, the ones who accepted their invitation and went ahead of us, waiting for our arrival. What a precious reunion that will be!

But the best part of the celebration dinner?



Him! The One who is seated there with us… the One whom we adore… our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ, seated in His rightful place beside God the Father. We finally get to look at His face! With genuine delight and love beaming from His eyes, He serves to us, all the promises of the kingdom of heaven… how sweet and delicious each one is! He is overjoyed that we are finally here!




The invitations were sent long ago. I’ve accepted mine… have you?


Here is some help with that.

Peace with God

Growing with God


“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
   To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev 3:19-22 (NIV)