His Disciples Believed


The chairs by the pool must have looked inviting.

My husband decided to try one out.

He looked comfortable and relaxed as he reclined in the early morning sun.

It could have been different, however, if he had chosen a chair that was broken or weak.

Collapsing onto the concrete deck, an unreliable chair could have caused him great harm–if he had been putting his trust in it to hold him up.

I have two friends who do not believe in God.

To be honest, that scares me.


Because I really do care about my friends and the thought of them standing before God someday, after having rejected Him here on Earth, is more than I can comprehend.

Both of my friends are putting their trust in something false–a belief that there is no God.

If I think of this in light of a damaged poolside lounger, my friends are putting their trust in something broken.

Even though it looks good, when it is time to put all their weight on it, it will collapse from lack of strength.

If my atheist friends are trusting that everything will just somehow be "okay" when they die, that is cause for great concern on my part.

When Jesus miraculously turned water into wine, people believed in Him:

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. —John 2:11

God is evident in every facet of existence, and existence in itself is a miracle.

I pray that someday my friends would believe.



His Disciples Believed



The chairs by the pool were probably inviting to some of the guests.

My husband decided to try one out.

He looked comfortable and relaxed as he reclined in the early morning sun.

It could have been different, however, if he had chosen a chair that was broken or weak.

Collapsing onto the concrete deck, an unreliable chair could have caused him great harm–if he had been putting his trust in it to hold him up.

I have two friends who do not believe in God.

To be honest, that scares me.


Because I really do care about my friends and the thought of them standing before God someday, after having rejected Him here on Earth is, more than I can comprehend.

Both of my friends are putting their trust in something false–a belief that there is no God.












That’s what love is.

Is there love in my heart?

Is there love in yours?




If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. –I Corinthians 13:1-7



In Such a Way


The sunrise over the ocean was laden with a mix of orange, cream and gray.

There was a slight chill in the air; just enough to warrant wearing a thin jacket.

Suddenly, something caught my eye.

A lone streak of light passing through the glowing sky.

It was an airplane trail, made bright by the approaching sun.

A determined-looking runner was heading the opposite direction, jogging near the water’s edge.

Paul speaks of runners in 1 Corinthians 9:24-26:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last for ever.  Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

Am I running aimlessly or am I in strict training, running in such a way as to win?




We’re Squinting




The sun was rising in a silent, golden mist.

Leaving for work a little earlier than usual had given me the opportunity to see these few moments of beauty.

I decided to take the time to photograph the farm across from our home before the heat of the day swept the fog from view, taking with it the surreal impression of dreamlike existance somewhere far, far away.

When the moisture in the air creates a blanket of haze, it can be almost impossible to see beyond a certain point.

Clarity gives way to an altered impression.

When the warmth of the sun clears the atmosphere, it is then that we see clearly what is before us.

I Corinthians 13:12 from The Message reads:

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!


There are countless times in our lives when we squint at those things we cannot understand.

We ask God, "Why?"

As we peer into the mist, we are offered only a partial focus on life.

Only God’s eyes can percieve with perfect sharpness.

One day, our understanding will be refined.

Until that time, we must trust Him…

even in the mist.




The Lord Is Near





Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

–Philippians 4:4-9






In Times of Trouble




Sometimes, I don’t make the best choices.

This was one of those times.

Trying to find a good place to pull off the road so that I could take some photos at a railroad crossing, I chose an open area that didn’t seem associated with a home entrance.

No problem.

No problem except the area was sandy.

VERY sandy.

Returning to my car after taking my anticipated photographs, I found that the wheels on the car would only spin, remaining stationary as they dug deeper into the sand.

What to do?


Pray and begin looking for information online with my phone on how to drive out of sand.

I didn’t have much time to consult the internet before a car pulled up behind me.

A friendly man came up and assessed the situation.

Then, another car pulled up behind his, and yet another.

It may have looked like I was drawing a crowd…..

But actually, that wasn’t true.

God was drawing the crowd to me as He answered my prayer.

With three men pushing the car, it was free from the confines of the sand within moments.

As the men walked away, I called back to one of them, letting him know of the prayer.

His response was one that defined him as a Christian.

God had brought help and He had brought it quickly, even bringing at least one other believer to my aid.

God is real.

He hears our prayers.

Are you stuck in the sand somewhere?

It’s time to pray.


God is our protection and our strength.
       He always helps in times of trouble.

—Psalm 46:1




But You Were Washed




What have you been in your life that you are ashamed of?

There’s no need to make a list here of the possibilities.

You and I are well aware of our failings.

The fact is, what we used to be doesn’t matter—if we know the forgiveness of God.

If we are forgiven, we have been washed.

We have been sanctified.

We have been justified.

And all of this in the name of Jesus and by God’s Spirit.

We are forgiven.

We are free from shame…..





And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.–I Corinthians 6:11



Anyone Who Claims




It was a truth I had known for a long time.

But yesterday, as I listened to someone speaking, it was brought to my attention again.

Each of us wants to feel important to God.

And, of course, we are.

Yet, when we think of someone who seems less than desirable to us—an annoying neighbor, an angry boss or perhaps a family member we are at odds with—it seems we can forget the fact that God loves them just as much as He loves us.

Since we are forgiven by God, should we not want others to know this forgiveness, as well? Shouldn’t we care about those that seem difficult to us?




Blessed Is The One




When others think of you, do they recall that you walk "in step" with those who love God?

Do they consider you as someone who makes decisions based on what He would want?

Do they think that your best friends are those that cause harm to others?

Or do they recall that you care about God’s guidance in your life?

Do they think that you spend time in thoughtful reflection concerning His will?

What kind of example are you to those who are in closest contact with you?

Each day brings new opportunities to choose God’s way—– in everything that we do.



Blessed is the one
   who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
   or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
   which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
   whatever they do prospers.

–Psalm 1:1-3


The Prudent




It was a beautiful time of day to be outside.

I was busy snapping pictures when my friend began to speak a series of sounds without really forming any words as she looked a few feet ahead.

Trying to figure out what she might be seeing, I asked her if it was a snake.

It was.

Walking around to get a look myself, I stayed well away, using a zoom lens to photograph it.

Being quite large around the middle, it was commanding a serious amount of respect from me.

I wanted nothing to do with this snake, since I could not tell from a distance if it was poisonous or not.

My friend and I left him and walked away.

Proverbs 27 tells us:

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
   but the simple keep going and suffer for it.


We had definitely come upon possible danger and we knew it.

Leaving was the right thing to do.

This could certainly apply to other areas of my life, as well.

There are times that we are confronted with spiritual danger.

A temptation.

A poor decision.

When we recognize the danger, we should walk away.




Hiding Place



I had just left a friend’s house.

Rain had been the theme of the afternoon as I drove home from work with low visibility and small hailstones bouncing from the hood of my car and my windshield.

Now, the sky was only threatening rain with a long tunnel shaped cloud stretching across.

Driving just a few houses down from my friend’s, I stopped in front of a lake to get a better view.

Threatening, yet majestic, the white and dark billows were changing form at a determined pace.

Making a decision, I got into my car and drove home.

King David wrote these words in Psalm 32:6-7:

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
   while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
   they will not reach him.
 You are my hiding place;
   you will protect me from trouble
   and surround me with songs of deliverance.

There are certainly times when I look before me and view the dark, billowing clouds in my life.

Clouds rolling in with uncertainty.

Winds of doubt.

Hailstones of fear pelting at my window.

The pouring rains that chant, "What if…….?"

When this happens, I just need to go home.

Home to God.

He is my hiding place.

It is He who will protect me and those that I love.

Look around you—are circumstances more than you can withstand?

Maybe it’s time to come home—–to God.





So In Christ




But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

  —I Corinthians 15:20-26





Where Morning Dawns




The alarm awakened me while it was still dark.

Getting ready for work and taking care of "before I can leave" chores, I noticed that the sky outside the window was pink.

This was enough to cause me to do something that I normally do not do—

I walked into my front yard and then to the side by the street, across from the farm…

with rollers in my hair.

The possible embarrassment I could have encountered, even at dawn, was not enough to keep me away.

The sun’s prelude to arrival was spectacular, heralding the coming of a new day.

A new beginning.

Another chance.

Something within us wants to know that it’s possible to try again.

When we allow God to change our hearts, renewal becomes a way of life.

It is a joy that lives deeply within us, testifying to the never changing truth that God forgives and allows us to start again.

Look out your window tomorrow morning–

Let the scene before your eyes be a reminder of God’s great love for you personally as you begin another day in fellowship with Him.



Those living far away fear your wonders;
   where morning dawns and evening fades
   you call forth songs of joy.—Psalm 65:8



Hurry To My Place



I would hurry to my place of shelter,
   far from the tempest and storm. —Psalm 55:8


Where is your place of shelter?

Physically, you might consider your home as a shelter.

Emotionally, being in the presence of a spouse or close friend might be your choice.

Spiritually speaking, how would you answer the question?

Would you find refuge in a church building?

Perhaps it wouldn’t be a specific place at all, but instead, a connection with God.

A time of prayer.

A time of reading the scriptures.

A time of running back to God for guidance and protection amidst confusion and conflict.

No matter what form the "tempest" may be taking in your life right now, you can run to God for shelter.

He is bigger than any storm.

He provides divine safety and calm as you draw near to Him, trusting Him—

even as the winds are howling.




The Continuing Debt




I am not very fond of that word.

It speaks to me of obligation.

Usually, an obligation that I wish I didn’t have.

Most of us think of debt as being monetary, though it can certainly mean so much more.

If I buy a home and agree to pay for it over a course of several years, then I have the house to live in and I owe the bank for what I am already enjoying.

If someone gives me a home and I have no obligation to pay for it, then I have the house to live in and I need not pay anyone for what I am enjoying—it was a gift.

Yet, with a gift, gratitude rises from the heart.

With sincerity, I would likely purpose to show gratefulness to those responsible for my gift.

Romans 12:8 exhorts us in this way—

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

God has given us our very lives.

We are certainly to love Him.

In addition, He wants us to love each other as though we were showing gratitude to Him.

A continuing debt to love others isn’t a bad debt at all.

In fact, it’s one we wouldn’t want to live without.



Wherever You Go





It was the first time I had visited the train station.

When I arrived, smoke was still coming from the steam powered locomotive.

Cut wood was stacked high, ready to be consumed for the next journey.

Looking on the departure board, I could see the ticket prices.

I made a decision right then; I wanted to take a trip soon…

You see, I have only been on a train once before.

I’m ready to ride again.

I know that wherever I go, God will be with me.

In the Old Testament, God spoke to Joshua:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. –Joshua 1:9

We may not be setting out to possess lands in which to raise our families, but as children of God, He is always with us.

If we get on a train, He is there.

If we fly in a jet, He’s there, too.

If we book passage on a cruise, He’s beside us all the way.


Isn’t it comforting to know that He will never leave us?


Grace, Mercy and Peace






The elder,

   To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—  because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:

  Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

  It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.  And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.  And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

—II John 1:1-6



A New Way of Thinking





"You can talk to her all you want, but she’ll never change…."

"He’s been like that as long as I can remember. Why don’t you just give up?"

Chances are, you have probably heard statements like these before.

Negative, "why bother?" statements that can cloud our thinking and direct our attention away from the power of God.

I saw something today that sparked my interest.

Walking along the outside of a building, it caught my eye.

A healthy plant, standing tall in the sun.

And this is unusual because……?

Because it was not growing and thriving in a normal place.

In fact, the chances that it would be doing so well there would usually be slim.

Yet, here it was—thriving on a metal roof.

Not in a flower pot on a metal roof.

Just on a metal roof.

I must admit, I still don’t understand how this is entirely possible.

Somehow, there surely must be some soil on the roof, but how did it get there?

I may never know the answers to the "whys" about it all.

I must accept, however, that the plant exists and is growing.

If I had been asked about the likelihood of such an occurrance, I would have been doubtful—-

At least until today.

We may feel that the hearts of those we care about are too hard for seeds of change to sprout and grow within them.

All things are possible with God, however.

Seeds of love, forgiveness, acceptance, belief and gratefulness can produce a vine from which great fruit is harvested, even when they are planted in the hearts of those whom we may feel are unlikely candidates.

In the Old Testament, God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel concerning His people:


I will give them a desire to respect me completely, and I will put inside them a new way of thinking. I will take out the stubborn heart of stone from their bodies, and I will give them an obedient heart of flesh.—Ezekiel 11:19


If you are praying for someone’s relationship with God, don’t give up.

Remember, God can cause a plant to grow—

even on a metal roof.



Be Transformed






Flamingos are elegant looking birds.

Their curving stature and rosy color sets them apart from other birds.

Flamingos gain their blushed, coral appearance from the beta carotene in their food supply.

Consequently, a pale colored flamingo may be suffering from improper nutrition.

Quite literally, what they consume actually affects their appearance.


What do I consume?

What do I allow in my life on a regular basis?

What does my mind take in?

Does it have any affect on me?

What if I chose to read the Bible every day?

What if I listened to music that honored God?

What if I sought out mature Christians to listen to and converse with?

What if I spent time in prayer?

Most definitely, there would be changes.

Changes that would be visible.

Visible in my countenance.

Visible in my actions.

A transformation would be occurring.

Romans 12:2 states:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Like flamingos, those who are being transformed by the renewing of their minds will be set apart from others.

No longer conforming to the world, there is a difference.

If I had "spiritual" feathers, I wonder what color they would be?





Turn the Whole Animal


Our words.

They can bring harm.

They can bring healing.

They can bring sorrow.

They can bring joy.

Our words.

How would God want us to use them today?




When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.  Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.  Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. –James 3:3-5



Without Complaining or Arguing




I knew that I was facing a challenge.

Driving along on the highway, my thoughts turned over and over as I contemplated it.

A song was playing on the radio as I drove.

I wasn’t really paying attention to it, however.

Suddenly, my mind seemed to "tune in" to the words that were being sung.

"The Voice of Truth says, ‘Do not be afraid.’ The Voice of Truth says, ‘This is for My glory.’ Of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.’"*

This was for me.

I felt that God was telling me that I didn’t need to be afraid and, in fact, the challenge that lay ahead was "for His glory."

Driving on a little bit further, the radio announcer selected a passage of scripture to read.

Although I don’t know what version of the Bible they were quoting, I recognized the passage as one that I had previously memorized:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God… from Philippians 2:14-15

This was also for me.

I was not to be afraid.

The challenge was for God’s glory.

I was not to complain.

I was not to argue.

God was with me, giving me guidance and instruction at a time when I was in need.



God is aware of everything that we face and He is ready to face it with us.

Are you being confronted with a challenge today?


 *The Voice of Truth~Casting Crowns





Christ Has Indeed



At the Easter service my family attended this morning, we participated in something unusual.

Unusual, but beautiful.

Beautiful, and inspiring.

The congregation gathered out on the lawn by a wooden cross.

Freshly cut flowers were placed on it.

Anyone who wished to do so had been given an opportunity to purchase a butterfly in memory of a loved one.

We had purchased one in memory of our son who was killed in an accident.

It so happened that yesterday was his birthday.

This year it came right in the middle of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

When the pastor directed us to do so, everyone opened a paper container and released their butterfly.

Watching them fly off in freedom, no longer held to existance as a lowly caterpillar, reminded us of the promise of resurrection and new life from Jesus, who was raised from the dead that first Easter morning.

If you know Jesus as your Savior today, there will be a time when you are no longer held to existance in the body you now have.

You will one day be released from its bonds, released to fly off in freedom throughout eternity with an imperishable body, alive in Christ……. forever.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

–I Corinthians 15:20






Christ Died For Us




You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.


 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


–Romans 5:6-8





Darkness Came Over All the Land



I had never been to a service like the one I attended this evening.

It was a time to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Being Good Friday, the emphasis was on Jesus and His suffering for us.

The scripture passages that were read and the songs that were sung were intended to focus the congregation on what had taken place so long ago.

A wooden cross stood at the front of the sanctuary with a mirror placed where the two planks of wood intersected.

From where I was seated, I could see the faces of some in the crowd reflected in its glass.

Toward the closing of the service, the lights faded to darkness.

Those in attendance followed the speaker in silence to a cross outside.

The purple cloth that was draped upon it was taken down and replaced by a black one as we stood still, embracing the unspoken.

Dark clouds passed swiftly overhead as a cold wind blew sharply through the crowd.

Death was not the victor on the day Jesus’ crucifixion.

Although the evil of darkness appeared to have won, all was not as it seemed.

We know the end of the story.

On Easter Sunday, the black drape will be removed.

God’s power will be proclaimed and we will once again celebrate the victory of new life in Christ.


The light of God has conquered the darkness of this world.


Bread of Life




It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.  No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

  I am the bread of life.

  Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” —John 6:45-51








The cross with the purple drape stands near the road for all to see.

It is a reminder of what Jesus suffered for us.

It is a reminder of who we are.

If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior,

we are the redeemed.


In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace  that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. —Ephesians 1:7-8



A New Heaven



I had forgotten about the sail boat race.

Driving by a lake, I remembered that some friends would be participating in the event.

On the spur of the moment, I changed plans in order to stop and take a few photographs.

The early morning light was beaming across the water.

The wind was carrying the sails with quite a bit of strength, with the speed of the craft just ahead of me as a testimony.

Two people were aboard the gliding, silent boat as it passed.

The lyrics to a popular Christian song mention sailing.

The words are very meaningful to me:

When we step across the line
We can sail across the sea
To a city with one king

My own personal interpretation of the words are that there will be a day when the world as we know it will end.

We will either die and stand before God or Jesus will return and we will all be transported—-either way, we will "sail across the sea" to a city with one King, Jesus.

The lyrics go on to say,

Oh, tonight could last forever
We are one choice from together
You and me

If the decision you have made about God—to accept His forgiveness or to reject it—could be final tonight, then your decision would stand……forever.


This very night could last forever.

If I am forgiven, since I have asked God to forgive me of my sins and I have believed in Jesus, His Son, I will be in Heaven with Him.

But what about you?

I may never have personally met you.

You may be my dearest friend.

You may be someone in my family.

You may be someone I work with.

You may be a neighbor.

We are one choice from together.

You and me.

Will we be in Heaven together one day?

Or will we never see each other again?

I have made my choice.

The decision is now yours.

I want to be with you.

Know that, deeply within your heart.

Know this, more—-

God loves you with such an immense love that He sent Jesus to die for you on the cross.

Will you be together with Him one day in Heaven?

He wants to be with you.

Why not talk to God right now.

Tell Him that you believe and that you are sorry for the things you have done that were displeasing to Him.

Ask Him for forgiveness.

Tell Him you want to be with Him forever.


Step across the line!

We can sail across the sea to a city with one King.

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.–2 Peter 3:13


*City On Our Knees by Toby Mac


The Feet


As I was driving home this afternoon, I heard someone on the radio speaking about the importance of sharing faith in God with others.

Somehow, in the myriad of thoughts that occurred to me as I listened, I began to consider wanting to share about Jesus to the point of it just overflowing from a person’s life.

Almost immediately, I thought of an animated movie I had seen from a few years ago.

It was about a penguin who was born with a distinct urge to dance—-mostly with a series of skilled tapping rhythms.

So driven was the young penguin to move about as he did, it was quite difficult for him to hold it in.

It was as if he just had to be dancing.  (Happy Feet, 2006 Warner Bros.)

What if we were like him, but instead of dancing, we wanted to share about Jesus?

What if it was difficult for us to hold it in?

What if we had the distinct urge to tell others about Him?

The prophet Isaiah wrote:

How beautiful on the mountains
   are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
   who bring good tidings,
   who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
   “Your God reigns!”–Isaiah 52:7


How beautiful do we become to the people that we have shared the good news of Jesus with?

How beautiful are we to those that we have spoken openly to about the peace and salvation of God?

What would it be like if talking about God to others just seemed to overflow from us?

Wouldn’t we have "happy feet," too?