He Is Not Here

He is not here; He has risen!

From Luke 24:6
As I got up from the pew to exit the church, I noticed a banner displayed in a corner to my right. 


An empty tomb. 

A stone rolled away. 

A dazzling light. 

Jesus is alive!

He is victorious over death. 

He is victorious over all evil. 

What does that mean for us?

If Jesus is standing with us, what power is there that can defeat us?

In every moment–when trouble comes–Jesus is standing with us. 

We must remember: Jesus is victorious!

The Eyes of the Blind

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;

–From Psalm 146:8
Most of the windows in our home have interior blinds to cover them. 

When the blinds are raised and the clear glass of the window is exposed, it’s easy to see what is right in front of me. 

When the blinds are down and closed, I don’t know what’s there. 

A snake could be sitting on the outer window sill—just inches from me—but with the blinds down, I wouldn’t be aware of the danger.  

I know that God can heal someone who is physically blind. 

I believe He can also bring spiritual sight to someone who has “blinds” in front of them. 

Satan would like for us to be unaware of the deception and danger he is putting in our path. 

With carefully constructed blinders of disappointment, bitterness, selfishness and hurt, we can fall prey to believing that there is no danger to us in our present condition. 

We cannot see the venomous snake on the window sill. 

We do not notice the poisonous spider. 

We cannot see the true outcome of our rebellious choices or notice the destruction taking place in our lives. 

God has the power to remove these blinders, giving us a clear view of where we  are. 

With the truth becoming exposed, we can then make a conscious choice for what is best. 

Innermost Being

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”

—John 7:38


It seems that I have been noticing birds a lot lately.

This afternoon, my husband was watering a section of our yard that had very little grass.

Having recently planted grass seed in that area, he wanted to make sure it had enough irrigation to grow.

I watched a mocking bird fly up into a tree just past the water that was shooting up in streams from the hose on the ground.

As he sat there looking at the water, I was able to get a few photos of him.

As believers of Jesus, rivers of living water flow from us.

Our lives are different.

Other people are watching us.

At work they see us, talk to us, notice how we respond to everyday situations.

At school, at the store, at a ballgame, in church, on a train, in a grocery store line.

Our families watch us at home–at the dinner table, at the family reunion, when we are tired, when we are energetic, when we are happy, when we are sad.

Are they seeing the rivers of living water?

Through everything that happens–as believers of Jesus, we have the opportunity to show that living water is flowing from our lives.





Be On Guard

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

—1 Corinthians 16:13


The Eastern Bluebird stood on the apex of my neighbor’s roof.


Being aware.


Sometimes we have to get to the very top of our circumstances–above them all–and look at things from an eternal perspective.

We have to be on guard, for temptations and difficulties surround us.

No matter what, we know we can stand firm in our faith.

God is in control.

Because He is and we are not, we can be courageous.

Our strength comes from Him.






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He Covers the Heavens

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

    make melody to our God on the lyre!

He covers the heavens with clouds;

    He prepares rain for the earth;

    He makes grass grow on the hills.

—Psalm 147:7-8

I could see the tall cloud mass in front of us as my husband and I drove down the highway. 

I found out later through a weather warning and a good look at the radar that the storm was about an hour’s drive from us. 

Towering so tall, the clouds were likely to bring hail and 40 mile per hour winds. 

Looking at the sky with the clouds so massive, I am reminded of God’s power. 

He creates the clouds and sends us life-giving rain. 

Thank You, Lord, for providing for all our needs. 

A Rope or a Bucket

In the book of John, we find an account of Jesus speaking with a woman.

Jesus had left Judea and was on a return trip to Galilee.

He went through Samaria as He traveled and He came to a village near land that Jacob had given to his son, Joseph—-

Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”  He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?  And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

(John 4:6-12)

There are so many aspects of this passage to consider.

The generosity of a father in giving his son a well.

One people group not wanting to associate with another.

God’s gift of living water.

Jesus’ willingness to speak to a Samaritan woman.

What I am pondering now is the woman’s question to Jesus when He says He would give her living water:

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?  And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

She didn’t know yet that Jesus was the Messiah.

She didn’t know yet that He could do anything.

She didn’t know that He was speaking of something other than water that she could touch and see.

Not knowing that, she points out that He does not have a rope or bucket.

She wants to know where He is going to get this water that He speaks of.

She questions how He could be offering something better than what has already been made available.

I do know who Jesus is.

I know that He is the Messiah.

I know that He is God’s Son.

I know that He is the Savior of the world.

Yet, if Jesus tells me that He will provide for me throughout my life, do I question just how He will do it?

Do I have doubt in my mind, not believing that He can do anything?

Do I think somewhere down in my heart that He doesn’t have a “rope or a bucket” to meet the needs I have at the moment?

I would like to think that I would not feel this way, but sometimes, doubts and fears creep in.

When this happens, I need to remember to pray.

As I do, He will assure me of His love and His ability to do more than I could ever imagine.

Jesus will calm my fears, each and every time, giving me faith to trust Him.

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Your Light Has Come

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth

and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you

and His glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

—Isaiah 60:1-3

As for me, many years ago, a light came into my heart as I accepted Jesus as my Savior.

Darkness covered me–a thick darkness that separated me from His forgiveness.

A darkness of unwillingness to give my life to Him.

A darkness of doubt mixed with fear and shame.

Yet, the love of Jesus rose up in my heart one day and the brightness of salvation came to me.

In asking for forgiveness, I received it from Him.

In desiring His divine guidance for my life, He gave it.

By asking Him to be my Lord, He became just that.

Do you know Jesus today?

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In Quietness and Rest

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

I spent time yesterday just being at the ocean’s edge, watching the waves come and go. 

Occasionally a group of pelicans would fly silently overhead. 

Lying down, I could see jet streams from time to time streak across the cloudless blue sky above me. 

It was windy and cool. 

Walking barefoot into the shallow water the cold water moved sparking sand past me as each wave receded back into the sea. 

It was good to be quiet. 

I read from the Bible and from a book on praise. 

I have found that I need quietness. 

Time to listen. 

Time to rest….

Trust in the Lord

The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years.
I have read that the place God had designated for them was less than two hundred miles away, making their journey’s length a matter of weeks.
Certainly not forty years.
All the reasons why they ended up in the desert so long might be summed up into one observation: they didn’t trust God.
God had displayed His great power to them many times, yet somehow, they didn’t trust Him completely.
Whatever the “desert” in my own life might look like, I know I don’t belong there.
It may be His choosing for me to go through a season on the way to the main destination, but I don’t want to be stuck on the journey, never really arriving where He wanted me.
I know that I must always do three things: Listen. Consider. Obey.
These three must be done over and over throughout my life.
I should listen for God to speak, then consider what I have heard, discerning what action I am to take.
This requires thought and prayer.
Finally, I am to obey, trusting Him.
There is an old hymn that speaks to this: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. —Proverbs 3:5-6
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The Bronze Snake

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.


—John 3:14:15



Easter is coming.

A time to remember what Jesus has done for us.

Eternal life—

Is there anything more important than where you will spend eternity?








Out of the Same Mouth

Larger than life. That’s what they were.

On the manicured lawn near an art museum, I noticed a very interesting work.

It portrayed gigantic pencils placed together at different points.

Writing implements are tools with which we communicate our thoughts to others, releasing what is in our minds to the world outside of ourselves.

Like pencils, our tongues can communicate our thoughts to others, releasing what is in our minds to the world outside of ourselves.

It is up to us if we communicate positive, uplifting thoughts or negative, destructive thoughts.

I’m not sure what idea the artist wanted to communicate with their giant pencil art.

I do know that the power of a pencil in someone’s hand is far greater than what is conveyed by its size.

So it is with the tongue.

Though small, it has much power.

James 3:10 reads, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

We have the power to uplift and encourage.

We have the power to tear down and dishearten.

How will you use you words today?

How will I?




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So He Returned

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 

—Luke 15:20

I am fascinated by the night sky. 

Space has always intrigued me. 

When I was about nine years old, I remember doing a science class demonstration of how the planets revolved around the sun. 

Tonight, my thoughts turned to Pluto–

the farthest planet from the sun. 

I also thought of Mercury–the closest planet to the sun. 

I decided to do a little research on the two. 

The side of Mercury facing the sun gets a bit warm. 

800.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 

That makes sense because it’s close to the sun, which is its source of heat. 

Then there’s Pluto. 

Lonely Pluto. 

It is so very far from the sun. 

Just how cold does it get on Pluto?

About -380.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 

380 below zero?

It’s hard to even comprehend how cold that is. 

Cold, of course, being the absence of warmth. 

God is our source of life. 

God placed the planets in space just as He wanted them to be–some close to the sun, others farther away. The planets had no choice in the matter. 

We, however, choose to stay close to God or to drift away. 

Sometimes, we even choose to run away. 

Where does that find us, then?

When we run from God, we find ourselves farther and farther away from the only thing that matters–our relationship with Him. 

Cold and lonely, isolated and barren, we end up in a place we never planned to be. 

If we had chosen to draw closer to God–our source of life–the warmth of His presence would permeate every aspect of our being. 

God calls us. 

He wants us to be close. 

It’s our decision. 

Unlike planets, we can change our minds. 

If we find ourselves far away from God, we can turn around and go back. 

Like the story of the prodigal son in Luke , chapter 15, God is waiting for us to return home to find His love and forgiveness. 

Heartache Crushes

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.—Proverbs 15:13
Happiness and heartache can be like two channels on a television. 

With just a touch of the remote, the channel we are watching can change, just like that. 

One second its politics and world news and the next second it’s sports or a cooking show. 

Happiness and heartache can come just as quickly. 

Knowing that we all deal with both realities, how can we best help others when heartache strikes?

Praying and asking Jesus to show us what we can do is always good. 


Showing true concern. 

Pointing the hurting friend to Jesus.

Praying with them. 

Writing an encouraging note or card. 

Recently, someone took the time to make a card for me as an encouragement. 

They drew hearts on the front and coloured them red. 

Reaching out to those around us with the love of Jesus is a testimony to His faithfulness. 

Small acts of kindness mean a lot. 

Is there someone you know today who has a crushed spirit?

Is there something Jesus would have you say or do to comfort them?

The Lord Forgave You

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

—Colossians 3:13
When we do not forgive, the weight of another’s actions becomes increasingly heavy upon our shoulders. 

Anger and bitterness cannot share the same heart space with love and compassion. 

Our hearts need to be whole and set to a perfect oneness of peace with God and with others. 

Like the petals of a rose bud opening more each day, God’s forgiveness opens to us each moment. 

Fragrant and beautiful, it releases us from the debt of our mistakes. 

May we offer the same to those around us….

A New Life

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

—2 Corinthians 5:17

My husband and I bought the large plant with its multicoloured leaves and proudly brought it home to our front yard. 

Purchasing a large decorative container, I placed it there with some potting soil. 

Shortly afterwards, it looked ill. 

Moving it from one spot to another didn’t help. 

I watered it a lot. 

As I recall, that didn’t help, either. 

So, I stopped watering it and allowed the rain to give it moisture. 

Finally, it seemed that it was a lost cause. 

I gave up. 

Being busy and not really concerning myself with the yard, I forgot about the plant which looked like barren sticks protruding from the large blue pot. 

This afternoon, I took a few moments to sit outside in the sun. 

Casually looking over to the area in front of our house, I noticed the plant in the blue pot. 

New green leaves were coming out on the lifeless looking branches. 

It had not died, after all. 

Even though I had given up on it, all was not lost. 

Sometimes we give up on other people in our lives. 

We try to help them through difficult times. 

When one thing doesn’t work, we try another. 

But after awhile, it’s easy to just give up and forget about them, isn’t it?

Even though we may forget them, God does not. 

When we fail to have compassion and love, He still does. 

When others look like barren branches, He still sees life within them, and all they can be through His strength. 

Make Music

Make music to praise the LORD, you faithful people who belong to Him. Remember His holiness by giving thanks.

—Psalm 30:4

I saw him among the branches of the tree in my front yard.

The sun wasn’t far from setting and the blue jay was perched high.

Wanting just to be quiet and calm while enjoying a few moments outside, I listened to the various birds sing and tweet as they prepared for nighttime to fall.

When the birds sing, they make music.

They are able to do so because God gives them that ability.

With each chirp and call, they testify to the greatness of their Creator.

I want to praise God with my voice and with instruments as I make music, giving thanks.

That is possible because He gave me a voice and the ability to play instruments.

Thank You, God, for all that You have done for me. All praise belongs to You.

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With Good

What do we do when bad things happen? It could be as simple as the washing machine breaking.

It might be as difficult as a loved one becoming ill.

It might be as devastating as a divorce.

It might be as confusing as an unforeseen job loss.

How do we respond?

Do we see the difficulty ahead of us and angrily run straight ahead to fight?

Although that might be the common and natural response, is it the best one?

Is it the response that God would be pleased with?

Romans 12:21 reads:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


If we have a response of evil to battle evil—that is the opposite of choosing God to battle the evil for us.

If we can just stop and consider that God is right there with us when the bad things happen, we can remove the pressure of thinking we are personally responsible to combat them alone.



Through Him

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

—John 1:3

The condensed water droplets on my cup reflected the white fluorescent light above me. 

I noticed the array of tiny circles and the patterns they had formed. 

Such perfection and design!

Through Jesus, all things were made. 

They are made perfectly. 

Through Jesus, all people have the perfect opportunity to live with Him forever. 

Get Insight

How much better to get wisdom than gold,to get insight rather than silver!

—Proverbs 16:16

It was a small thing, really. 

I wanted to wash dishes so I began running the water and squirting dishwashing liquid into the water. 

Something wasn’t right, though. 

The sink wasn’t filling up with water. 

Checking further, I found that I had neglected to put the stopper in the drain. 

The water and the detergent were simply flowing down the drain, missing my purpose for them entirely. 

I know I need wisdom. 

Being a wise person surely means more than having money. 

Sometimes, I can imagine that my efforts–though good intentionally–are flowing down the drain. 

If that’s happening, I’ve probably not remembered something—I need to pray about those efforts and see if I have forgotten to ask God if that’s what He wants for me right then. 

Doing what God wants is worth more than silver or gold. 


 2 Corinthians 1:20

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

We make promises. 

We promise to love when we marry. 

We give a ring to signify the promise. 

God loves us. 

All His promises are true and will never be broken. 

We do not wear a ring to signify His promises, but we know that Jesus came to  pay the penalty for our sin, offering us new life. 

The promise of new life is to those who believe in Jesus as their Savior. 

Such love that He has for us!!!

That the Hawk Soars

Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,

Stretching his wings toward the south?

—Job 39:26


Today, I looked out my back window and saw a red shouldered hawk in the misty rain.

Taking my camera out into the back yard, I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible as I sought to photograph him.

I have come to recognize their call, as it is distinct and loud.

Beautifully marked with an array of patterned colors in their feathers, they seem to project a stateliness as they perch.

God has made thousands of creatures, both great and small.

Each one is to His perfect liking.

I watched the hawk fly down to the ground and back up again.

The rain was increasing, so I finally left him to welcome the evening without me.

God tells the hawks what to do–where they should fly, how to build a nest.

It’s not by my understanding.

There are times when I don’t understand how God is working in my life or the lives of others, but I know that His ways are not my ways.

I am limited.

He is limitless….





But I Am Trusting You

But I am trusting You, O Lord,
    saying, “You are my God!”

—Psalm 31:14


There are trustworthy people in this world.

But people can fail.

You can.

I can.

We may expect the best of others, rarely being disappointed.

Yet, we know deep down that no one is perfect.

God, however, is perfect.

If we trust Him, He cannot fail.

He is our God.