Truth Or Dare

Truth Or Dare

Truth or dare we used to play a lot when we were kids. We’d have to make a choice whether to tell the truth about something or be dared to do something dangerous or crazy. I always chose to tell the truth but I have friends who might remember they chose climbing the roof at 10 pm instead of telling.  It was all in good fun and back then we didn’t have many deep dark secrets to reveal anyway. The devil will dare you to believe his wild tales. He will try to convince you to confess you don’t believe …

God Goes To Great Lengths To Win His Bride

God Goes To Great Lengths To Win His Bride

I watched an awesome wedding proposal caught on video. It was elaborate to say the least. She thought she was just going to lunch with a friend. He had her family flown across country as well and even his family was present. He hired 40 professional dancers and had the street in front of the café closed to traffic. Probably the best executed event I’ve ever seen. It was magnificent and obviously this guy loves this gal to go to such lengths to win her over. That’s love. Oh beloved, this is God!  You just thought you were going through …

Drink the Word With Jesus

Drink the Word With Jesus

When I get up in the morning I make a pot of coffee. It’s just one of the things we enjoy. Without coffee life can feel groggy. We are prepared. We have at least two large containers of the ground stuff, a great coffee pot and enough cups to let 30 or so people drink with us if we wanted. Along with the extras for coffee such as creamer and sweetener, we are ready to get the best out of our cup in the morning.  We make the coffee the way we like it. It’s become a part of our …

Trials Make The Believer More Beautiful

Trials Make The Believer More Beautiful

As I went into the store to pick up a couple of rotisserie chickens I saw two friends who are sisters visiting. I laughingly said, Hey ladies, blocking the aisle!” They turned and we laughed and hugged. One of the sisters had cancer a few years ago and she is a survivor. As I hugged her I looked and told her that she looks so young. She said sure and we laughed again. But I looked in her face again and truly she looks younger than she did before she went through her trial. God spoke to my heart: When …

Our Infallible Guide

Our Infallible Guide

Danny and I enjoy traveling. Sometimes by car, sometimes by truck and sometimes by motorcycle. In the last 40+ years he’s not gotten us lost one single time. He has an excellent sense of direction.  He doesn’t get turned around.  We’ve had a couple of “discussions” when I was sure he was going the wrong way. Of course inevitably he was right and I was wrong. He’s a trustworthy leader. He’s given guidance on trips with just the two of us. He’s given direction to large groups in trips across the country. I trust Him completely. I do not trust …

For the Road Ahead

For the Road Ahead

Although we’ve taken a few trips, there are special trips we’ve planned for many years. One of these days we’re going to know it’s time and head out. Planning is essential. When you’re on a trip you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. You also need to know what sights you want to see along the way. Without planning it is easy to get mixed up and focus on the things you really didn’t intend to do. Many sights along the way easily become distractions. Distractions steal time, money, focus and joy. We …

Man’s Need for Security

Man’s Need for Security

  During these times of turmoil and uncertainty, we need security, which society is unable to give us. Solomon was a man who had tried wine, women, and apparently all other ways of the world, but had come to the conclusion that nothing the world has to offer can bring peace and security. Many of us have worked hard throughout our lives, and now some are concerned about the little nest egg which was invested, but is giving us almost nothing for the use of our money. Perhaps it would be safer to bury our money, as did some of our ancestors for safekeeping. Many advances have …

David’s Formula for Security

David’s Formula for Security

      A man, by the name of David, who lived long ago, gave us some good advice about how to find security in an insecure world. Perhaps you will remember that he was referred to as a man after God’s own heart, but also he was a man who fought many battles, had a host of enemies, and in a moment of temptation and weakness, sinned grievously against God.  After he committed adultery with Bathsheba and knew she was bearing his child,  he stooped to murder in an effort to cover his sin. However, his guilt weighed heavily on his conscience and even …

Fret and Envy Not

Fret and Envy Not

        The first ingredients in David’s formula are Fret not and Envy not and as was true during David’s tempestuous life, currently we encounter many challenging and discouraging situations in life which cause us concern, frustration, and sometimes even dismay. All around us we see those who show little or no concern for others. Many who take a firm stand for moral and Spiritual values, are slighted or ridiculed as perhaps David was. We may have a problem accepting the inequities of life: we have worked diligently all our lives, but during old age we do not have much of the world’s …

Be Faithful and Delight in God

Be Faithful and Delight in God

I believe including David’s faithfulness as a trait in his formula for security, indicates it is not an inborn trait. Even after faith is exercised, it can grow. A farmer or gardener can not cultivate plants until seeds sprout and come through the ground. Neither can an individual become faithful until after the seed of faith was planted in her heart. So faith planted in the believer’s heart at salvation needs to be cultivated in the believer’s life through service so it will grow. The word faithfulness isn’t listed as part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; however, these traits of steadfastness, reliability, trustworthiness, constancy, and conscientiousness …

Commit Problems to God and Rest in Him

Commit Problems to God and Rest in Him

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived on earth, wrote these encouraging words found in Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”   In these verses we are told to turn everything over to God; when we are able to do so, we have the promise God will direct our paths. Commitment means a complete hands off; God is able to solve my problems no matter how difficult, and all He asks me to do is trust Him with all my …

Wait Patiently

Wait Patiently

I am not a good waiter but this admonition will help me rest in the arms of Jesus while waiting for God’s answer to the problem no matter how insurmountable. It’s much easier, however, to write these words than to live by them. For instead of waiting patiently, usually I focus on my problem, and Satan laughs with glee. So I wrestle with all possible answers, and become so frustrated, it is impossible to focus on my problem objectively. I remind myself of an earthworm whose pathway has become blocked, and it wiggles, squirms, and writhes from side to side in an effort to reach its …