A New Direction

A New Direction

Retirement was an adjustment.  My husband was retired from public life but had a growing business he could operate from home.  He was not used to “a now at home all day wife” and I was not used to a husband that hung around all the time.  But that is a story for another day.  Somehow, however, we managed to carve out the togetherness factor and do what was needed to be together and still stay out of each others way. The one thing that seemed to be a constant theme for weeks was a statement for my heart and …

Write the Word 1

Write the Word 1

Write the Word: WORD [Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.]   Do you want your children to be prosperous and successful? It’s not a trick question, but it’s not one we usually discuss in Sunday School or Bible Study. As parents, we do want our children to: Land a good job Graduate from college, or trade school, or whatever training they need, debt-free Pay their own bills Own their own home and pay off their mortgage early When we think on the topic of finances and vocation, other worthy goals might come to mind: some metrics we may associate with “prosperity and …

Write the Word 2

Write the Word 2

    Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.   {Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3}   It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way …

Write the Word Rest

Write the Word Rest

  I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119: 16   Do you find delight in the Word of God? Do you want to? Will you choose to make the Psalmist’s words both your proclamation and your petition? Will you ask the Spirit of God to help you make the Word of God your daily priority? As you and I will ourselves to “not neglect the Word,” our just-do-it commitment will be transformed to delight. Our have-to will become a want-to.  As God’s Word becomes your delight, I’m convinced blessing upon blessing will roll back …

Pray the Word

Pray the Word

Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc. If you are writing along with us monthly, welcome to Write the WORD, Part II. With 150 verses to choose from, there were too many for only one monthly bookmark! Whether you’ve been journaling along with us for months or are just now joining, I pray you will be blessed by these words on the WORD. Inevitably, when I’m challenging others to incorporate God’s Word into their daily lives, I will land in Psalm 119. I can think of no better passage to extol the benefits and blessings of reading …

Pray the Word 2

Pray the Word 2

  Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3       It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. …

Pray the Word 3

Pray the Word 3

      I hope you have been writing and praying God’s Word from Psalm 119. Below is the final set of ten verses, with prayers inspired by this rich chapter. Please join with me in praying God’s Words back to Him for those we love and cherish. Psalm 119: 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Lord, help my children to understand that delayed obedience is disobedience. Give me wisdom to teach them this truth so they will be adults who hasten to obey You and Your Word. Psalm 119: 71 It was good for …

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I love the challenge of starting something new. I have a creative side so no matter if it’s a new project, a new phase in life, a new thought with potential or a challenge when someone says I can’t do it because it’s impossible, I’m up for it. Little did I know that God would use this personality trait for one of the hardest challenges …

Why Play Make Believe?

Why Play Make Believe?

Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example. In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were …

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Parents would never purposely encourage activities that might later grow into hypocrisy, and this is just a thought: but could allowing little girls to play dress up, and little boys to play cowboys and Indians lead to pretense and hypocrisy? However, normal children appear to be born with imaginary minds. That appears especially true of an only child who has no siblings with whom to play, and often they’ll have an imaginary friend. Also little girls enjoy dressing up in their mothers’ clothes, high heel shoes, hats and gloves, and wearing make-up. Then they enjoy attending imaginary tea parties and drinking imaginary tea. Could this wanting to look like adults …

Pretenders in the Church

Pretenders in the Church

Jesus loves You and me for who we are; not what we pretend to be. And Jesus denounced hypocrisy vehemently. After mentioning other woes, He compared the  Pharisees, leaders in the church, as hypocrites. He said they were like white washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside they appear to people as righteous, but on the inside are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. He continued by saying they build tombs for prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous saying, “If we had lived in the …

Really Who Am I?

Really Who Am I?

My desire is to be a true worshipper of God who not one who only pretends to worship and serve Him. But God sees my heart and knows that sometimes, perhaps many times, I faithfully attend church services but my mind and thoughts are filled with cares of daily living. Though I out-smarted Satan and made it to church, he continues to distract my thoughts to other things or people in the congregation. I am disappointed that my friend Susan is not sitting in her pew and wonder why. A tall man is sitting in front of me and that is a …