Monday, June 16, 2014


How secure is your home? More secure than my phone! The home security folks have found another way to annoy me. Instead of knocking on the door offering a free security check up, then dismantling my system only to have replaced it with theirs, they now call me 3 or 4 times a day. Am I paying for home security advertising without the benefit of security?

The best security I've found is free. Our barking dogs do help some, but listen to this message from the Lord, via King David. His security is dependable and does not infringe on my privacy. So, let's share the blessing of assurance he sends us. He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. He is that rock of security for all eternity. And it comes with accepting him into my life and following his ways. Nothing annoying about that. How about you?

"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.  For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." PS 27:4-5

Sunday, June 15, 2014


"I am mad as a wet hen, I'm as angry as a hive full of hornets, I'm as angry as a spewing volcano. How angry do you get? Anger is one of our most dangerous emotions. It has damaged relationships and resulted in lives lost. Have you ever wondered if the Lord looses his temper? I know I've done a lot of damage when I didn't wait for his guidance and stepped out on my own. James has warned us about our mouths and mine gets me in trouble when I'm angry, even when it's only for a minute.

God, on the other hand, controls his temper and his anger lasts only a moment. Well, unfortunately, mine lasts a lot longer than that. I stew for a long time. God's favor lasts a life time, but mine only until the next incident. So he gave me the following scripture and not just a word for a day, but a word for a lifetime. Yes, when I'm singing his praises and rejoicing in his blessings, there isn't room in my heart to hold on to anger and disappointment.

"Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning." PS 30:4-5

Friday, June 13, 2014


Does anyone know of a country that needs healing? We must always recognize that God created, the earth, the sky, the rivers, the oceans, etc. If any of these become diseased, all are affected. Healing require cleansing "from all iniquity by which they have sinned against me." It is the Lord who bring good and peace to individuals and to nations.
Yes, many countries need to be healed. Our own precious country, the United States of America,  is in need of healing as is her people. Are you praying for this healing? How will we know when God is answering our prayers. Isn't it obvious? I'm looking for the day when we hear only good, when there is no strife among us, when the peace of the Lord is restored first among, God's people, then nations, and  when his name is praised throughout the world. Are we there yet?
'Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.  'I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first.  'I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me. 'It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.'" Jeremiah 33:6-9

Thursday, June 12, 2014


When you become ill, what is the first thing you do? Call the doctor, call a friend, make a cup of hot tea, call the elders? Do you ever call a friend to confess your sins to each other? Or do you just begin praying for wellness and healing? Have you not heard, "Therefore confess your sins to each other so you may be healed," or "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
I usually forget the part about confessing my sins and just get right down to asking for healing. Why would the Lord suggest we ask for forgiveness first? Well, consider how much of your pain is caused by either your sins or the sins of others. Confessing our sins to another opens our minds to the work Jesus can do for us. It makes sense to me. Now if I can just remember and ask for forgiveness first, then move on to healing prayer. When I ask first for healing, I'm thinking that I'm also being selfish.
" Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:13-16

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Having one of those "down" days? Grab a "happy pill" and keep going. No time to waste. No time to "let down". Have we really become a non-feeling culture? It's not cool to feel depressed. Can't feel too happy or folks will distrust you. Can't disappoint God....he brings us joy. Can't b......

Well, there are times when I do cave in to my feelings. I can't keep the happy face on 24/7/365. So what is my solution to "those days". Sometimes it's hormonal, sometimes it's atmospheric, sometimes it's the news reports, sometimes it just is. But I don't dwell on it. Scripture is filled with happy thoughts and healing prayers. Like that deer that pants for water, my soul pants for my savior and his promises. Then with a prayer and not a pill, my mood turns around. Lifting up his praises is my hope.

"Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God." Ps 42:5

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Do you ever question God's sincerity? In today's mixed up world, it seems that it is hard to decide who to trust. We live by words like "talk is cheap, Actions speak louder than words, Promises are made to be broken, seeing is believing." Part of the problem is not just in trusting in another person, but also in believing. Sometimes it seems we just look for the negative. What do we need to accept proof of honesty and sincerity? Why are we so skeptical? Who can we trust when we need help?
Well, St. John gives us evidence that we can believe what Christ says. His sincerity is unquestionable. God is in him, so we can completely trust in him. Because of this assurance, we can have peace, regardless of what goes on in our godless world. Regardless of the difficulties we face, Christ is there for us. He is believable and will not abandon us. He has conquered the world!
John 16:30-33
The Message (MSG) His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
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Monday, June 9, 2014


Today is the Feast of St Columba, honoring St. Columba, a Celtic saint who founded the monastery at Iona, Scotland. He was born in Ireland and chose the life of a missionary and monastic over the wealthier life he was born in to. He answered God's call to leave his beloved Ireland to spread Christianity to Scotland. This is one of his very beautiful prayers:
" Sometimes in a lowly cell, in the presence of my God,
I stand and listen.
In the silence of my heart I can hear his will,
When I listen despairing people flock to me,
They expect that I can see the answers,
They ask my advice, they say I am wise.
I answer that nothing can deceive me,
If I stand alone and silently listen.
For I am but a servant who is guided by his king, when I listen.
Sometimes in a lowly cell in the presence of my God
I stand and listen."
Good advice for us today to stand and listen.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


Violent winds, tongues on fire, everyone speaking different languages, yet understanding each other. "Run for your life, get away while you can," came the cry from the unbelievers. Awestruck, the believers waited as Jesus had directed them. What was happening? Was this from God? Was it the end, or the beginning?
Would you be running or waiting? Would you be shouting, "Hallelulia, the Spirit Jesus promised he'd send us is here. Praise be to the Lord"? How are you celebrating this glorious occasion? Apparently God wanted his people to stand in unison, regardless of the language they spoke or country they were from. Wouldn't it be great if today we could experience this oneness with God, driven by his Holy Sprit? Are you with us? What is your message?
"When the day of Pentecost [a]had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire [b]distributing themselves, and [c]they [d]rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other [e]tongues, as the Spirit was giving them [f]utterance." Acts 2:1-4

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-DAY. What and Why are we Celebrating Today?

Who knows why we are celebrating D-Day?  It was the beginning of the end of the great war and represented allies coming together for a mass invasion at the beaches of Normandy, France to push the German Nazi's back and end the war. Having taken the Stephen Ambrose tours with the Band of Brothers, we followed the 101st Airborne from their training in Taccoa, GA to Hitlers surrender. So why are we celebrating something that happened 70 years ago? WWII was real, The concentration camps and murder of the Jews was real. We saw camps on our trip. I met folks while living in Europe who lived in these camps as children during the war. While I was concerned with black outs and rationing here (remember the stamps) they were concerned with survival and many were separated from parents and friends for many years or forever.
Yes, WWII changed the world as it was known in the '40's. It inspired some of our greatest musical hits and brought our nation together like never before or never since. Women left their homes to work in the jobs men had to leave behind. We entered this war that had been raging for more than 4 years, so to say, feet first with soldiers parachuting to the ground while others came by sea in boats that were gunned down at beaches like Omaha, Juno and Normandy. 17 year old boys from the US, Canada and UK were on the front lines with little or no protection, but with determination to end this war that had usurped most if not all of Europe under Nazi rule. We visited the bunkers where the Germans machine gunned down our brave young soldiers. The American cemetery there is quite a memorial to those brave young men. Marble crosses and Stars of David represented those who didn't make it off the beaches. Those who lay under the Stars of David were in double jeopardy...they not only represented the hated allied troops, but also the hated Jewish people, but they came to defend all people.
And because of this enormous sacrifice, America's entrance into the great war turned the tide and eventually all of Europe was liberated. We were heroes and our dead are honored in cemeteries across Europe. On our tour, local residents from embattled towns we visited all greeted us with "Thanks for liberating us", especially in Holland. The American GI was a hero. My how times have changed. Now they are spat on and even in their own country, can not get the medical care they need and deserve. Perhaps we need another D-Day. Decision day to honor American patriots. Decision day to bring peace instead of war. Decision day to come together with others to fight world oppression. Yes, the battle is still waging. How soon we have forgotten. Today is a day to reflect on our past and how it has impacted our future. Those of us who were born during the days of WWII and subsequent years remember when Americans worked hard to build this country into the greatest in the world. A lot has happened in recent years. Where are we going, now?
As we come together in celebration of our important role in WWII, let's celebrate it as it was meant to be a victory, but as one that cost lives as well as finances. As the opening of doors to alliances we still honor and a rebuilding of this nation and it's allies into stronger countries offering opportunities for it's citizens never before experienced. And, lest we forget, in this war, God was an important part. Prayers were lifted and God was honored. As has been one wants to be beside an athiest in a fox hole. Times have changed indeed.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


A simple Morning Prayer from Psalm 119:

129 Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


I woke up this morning to a whole new day, a day filled with opportunity, hope and love. Once my feet hit the floor, doubts and fear entered my mind. Everything I need to accomplish today flooded my thoughts. Where did that peace I felt when I first awoke disappear to? Even crawling back under the covers was no help. I was just postponing the inevitable.

Time to go out to the prayer garden and sit with my Bible and meditate on a scripture verse. What shall it be? Today Psalm 27 caught my eye. Having read it, I am confident that what I seek and need most for this day is a deeper relationship with my Lord. In him is my security, safety and confidence to enjoy this day. I have nothing to fear today. God is with me, his Holy Spirit surrounds me and this will be a God inspired, lovely day. I am safe in his tabernacle. Thank you Lord for assuring me of your love and everlasting protection.

" One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." Psalm 27:4-5

Monday, June 2, 2014

Worship the Creator, not the Created

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his." Job 12:7-13
All of life is of God and each life, man or animal, plant or nature, contributes to our knowledge. But it is God who has the wisdom, power, counsel and understanding. Let's not get sidetracked as many so called spiritual cultures have in worshipping the created and not the creator. We learn from the created, but the meaning comes from the creator. It is the creator who is to be worshipped.