Sonshines Journal
Come Learn About God in Your Everyday World

Come Learn About God in Your Everyday World

Sonshine's Journal

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
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What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
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Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
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The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More

The Book of Books

Prov 30 One of my enjoyments, of which there are many, is to browse in the bookstore near to us. I could spend hours reading, browsing, picking out books but when I return home, the book I love most is God’s Word and it is waiting for me each morning as I awaken with wonderful words of blessing. It seems that our author, Agur, also loves to read also love as well as he asks:  “Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What…
Read More

The Secret Garden & The Two Secret Disciples

Some years ago I read "The Secret Garden" to my third graders and they were spellbound. What made it so special was that the garden had a magic key that if found would open the door. A robin digging in the dirt revealed its contents and was indeed the key to a  neglected but beautiful garden. She transformed it into a garden of delight and reunited a father and son. In John 19, we meet the religious leaders who sought to have Christ crucified so they would not be defiled. Yet, two others, who were "secret disciples" reminded  them that this was not “kosher.” These unknowables became notables by their…
Read More

Are You A Procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator or an anticipator? Procrastinators use many delaying tactics to not complete tasks but anticipators move full steam ahead because they are driven by time and details. Joshua is the latter but now after 5 long years of war he is weary. Yet, parenting is never done when you have procrastinators in your family! Procrastinators don’t know how to “un-procrastinate.” They have a to-do list but find other distractions along the way to completion. Satan uses this deadly d to keep us comfortable where we are. He includes fear of the unknown, or you don’t have the right xyz or it is ok to compromise.  He doesn’t…
Read More

What Are You Wearing Today?

The Apostle John recorded the scene in Bethany about the death, burial and “resurrection” of the dear friend Lazarus. It was a gripping story which left us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome. But now here it is a few days later and we find this same Lazarus not in graveclothes but in his “tux and tails” hosting a dinner party. What a word picture of believers who will one day move from the earthly Adam suit into the heavenly Christ-like suit. Zechariah records the amazing word picture of the transformation of the high priest Joshua: “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely…
Read More

Lame Excuses

Jesus has been in Cana and has now traveled back to Jerusalem. He could have chosen any of the city gates to enter but he chose the sheep gate, the very gate that the lambs are ushered in for sacrifices. Grab that thought and ponder it: the Sacrifice enters the Sacrifice Gate. And why has He come? He has come to reveal the heart of the lame man and ours as well. Jesus asks him a simple question; do you want to be made well? And yet the man’s answer reveals his true nature and heart. I have no one, I am friendless. I try but someone else gets ahead…
Read More

The Wind & God’s Plan

The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.…
Read More

The Mom Hat & A Miracle

In chapter 1 the Apostle John asked us to “come and see.” In chapter 2 he asks us to “come and taste.” And what are we to taste but the goodness, lovingkindness, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way John shares that is through a wedding crisis when the mother of Jesus puts on her mom hat. A mom hat is when you as a Mother get vexed over a situation that is out of your control but you know or think you know that Son #1 can solve the problem. And so we can learn much about this interaction between our Lord and his mom and the observers…
Read More

How Are We At Waiting?

A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37 Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because…
Read More

Love One Another? I Don’t Even Like Them!

Jesus gave this commandment:  “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” But what if you don't like the person you are to love? Then what? Do you feel uncomfortable admitting that fact? I do if I am honest and that is an "OUCH."  Beloved this is not rocket science...we all seem to have fallen into this pit!   Remember James and John who audaciously went to Jesus and asked him: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” [Mark 10:35]…
Read More

Praising God!

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John:  “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work. Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us. Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am…
Read More
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