At the King’s Command: Soul-Where Relationship is Sealed

At the King’s Command: Soul-Where Relationship is Sealed

While young, I wasn’t a fan of fishing.  Probably because of the wiggly worms and the hooks that stuck in my foot more times than in the mouth of fish.  But I loved Daddy, and he liked to fish. My father insisted I bait my own hook. “Can’t catch a fish if you can’t bait your own hook,” he’d tell me.  After several attempts and words of encouragement from him, I’d finally manage to get a few slips of the hook through the worm.  Then, with the pole in hand, I’d head to the water’s edge. A few mishaps taught …

At the Kings Command: Mind-Where Action Is Considered

At the Kings Command: Mind-Where Action Is Considered

One of my grandsons has an uncanny ability to draw you into a conversation and build a visual world inside you that is much different than the one you’re actually in. One day, while in preschool, he went with my husband and me to the barber shop.  It was a small block building that set just off the highway with a cluster of trees behind it.  “There’s a bear in them thar woods,” He said. “There is?” “Yes. And it’s gonna come out to scare us.”   He thrust his chest out and bared his paws.  “And then it’s gonna run …

At the King’s Command: Heart-Where Interests Thrives

At the King’s Command: Heart-Where Interests Thrives

My Texas sisters really know how to throw a party.  It was my birthday and what a surprise! The house was decorated luau style.  There was even a Tiki Bar for the kids in the backyard.  The grill was fired up and the table overflowed with shish kabobs and salads.  The display was a huge cocktail glass shaped cake that one sister had baked. Guests wore leis. They handed me a grass skirt and coconut bra to wear over my regular clothes. The kids wore party hats and coconut bras, too.  They danced throughout the living room as the adults …

At the King’s Command: Strength-Where Force Is Intentional

At the King’s Command: Strength-Where Force Is Intentional

Two of our grandchildren were born thirteen hours apart.  I wasn’t able to make it to both birth celebrations, but my husband did. He scrambled from one hospital to the other, one hundred thirty miles away, showing his sincere desire to welcome them into the world.  The challenge to be with each baby seemed to set a precedent. The two children battle for his attention. Fascinated, we’d watch the babies as one crawler would immediately notice if the other climbed onto Pepa’s lap.   As fast as their little body could move, the youngster would wriggle across the room to claim …

At the King’s Command: Embracing the Edict

At the King’s Command: Embracing the Edict

Picture a lovely bowl sitting on a table, filled with chunks of Gala apples tossed in a crisp Waldorf salad.   Next to it sits a hot Granny apple pie waiting to be sliced.   Rich caramel coated Jonathan apples pierced with a stick and rolled in crushed peanuts line the counter next to the stove where a pan of blended Baldwin and Winesap apples simmers, filling the room with a mouthwatering aroma. Chosen from the harvest for their strong core, seed, flesh, and stem, each different apple variety bursts with flavor and the combined results is a lavish banquet.   Just as …

At the King’s Command-The Edict

At the King’s Command-The Edict

My mother loves the McIntosh variety apple.  She says it’s full of flavor, easy to digest, and bakes well.  When they’re in season, she loads up.  I can be sure she will send some home with me because she knows I agree – they are delicious. What makes it good is everything under its skin.  The fruit thrives with a strong core, seed, flesh, and stem.  Properly grown and harvested, it’s pleasing to the taste buds.  Just as God intended. In similar fashion, everything good about us is under our skin in impalpable life sources created by God; wholly designed …

Prayer for Unity

Prayer for Unity

Ephesians 4: 1-6  “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” As I prayed this morning for families, …

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

“May your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” [Matt [6:10]] MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME Matthew 13 contains seven parables Jesus told to describe God’s Kingdom, all based on everyday life in the first century. The one that caught my attention this week is the parable of the yeast: Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.” [Matthew [13:33], GNT] YEAST FOR THE WORLD As Christians, we’re called to be yeast for …

Faith in the Battle

Faith in the Battle

  As Christians we have ways of combating the devil’s evil plans for making us miserable: We can humbly pray and ask God to let us resist the enemy. We can remember the promise God make to us that He wouldn’t put more on us than we can bear. We can put on the armor of God. “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the …

Faith in Believing

Faith in Believing

I can’t fathom how an atheist makes it through one day, much less a life time. It’s also difficult to understand how someone that believes in God but hasn’t made Jesus Lord of their life can make it through a day. I know Jesus and I struggle, but only because the devil is fighting against me. I always win with Jesus. After Jesus was crucified, He appeared to His disciples when they were meeting behind locked doors. They were filled with joy. Jesus showed them the holes in His hands and the wound in His side. One of Jesus’ disciples, …

A New Storm, Another Opportunity

A New Storm, Another Opportunity

  There is a significant difference between living my life on purpose and aimlessly moving through life without direction. I chose to embrace living my life with purpose. I am committed to this primary purpose of being a disciple and a follower of Jesus Christ.  Only then do I get clarity about my purpose in God’s kingdom. God does not call all to the same choices or life paths.  However, He does call us all to follow Jesus. Our spiritual journeys are about serving a God who is good, about knowing without a shadow of doubt that through Christ’s finished …

Embrace Your Who

Embrace Your Who

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 1[39:14]a) Fat! Ugly! Not enough! Worthless! I slammed the mirror onto the countertop. Who could love someone like me? Tears welled up and spilled over onto my cheeks. Uncontrollable crying was my pitiful comfort. From my adolescent years to just about a year ago, these lies plagued me. Other people’s opinions formed my self-judgments. Comparison of my faults with their successes further ingrained these lies. Satan proudly began to laugh as he patted himself on the back for his success. Another woman discouraged … decimated. One less servant focused …