My Stroll Down Memory Lane

Memories of a Centenarian Scripture: “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the surface of  the earth…” Genesis 1: 1-2 One October morning Doris Mitchell Lisemby sat at her desk and looked out the window of the apartment.  As the sun cast its first radiant rays across a small lake beyond the apartment, the sun appeared beyond tree tops in the distance. While viewing that impressive and almost breath taking scene, I wondered where the time had gone! It seemed only yesterday that I was a young woman with my life and dreams before me. It was an unusually beautiful morning with …

We Begin Our Stroll

Memories of a Centenarian Scripture: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: because You are with me…” Psalm 23: 4 I opened the front gate, and began my stroll down a narrow trail which meandered through majestic pines and deciduous trees in the forest. I noted nature was beginning to clothe herself.  Former bare branches were now decked with vibrant green foliage.  In the distance, I saw a gnarled old dogwood tree adorned with pretty white blossoms, which added to my enjoyment. Stepping briskly over a trickling stream, I enjoyed the alluring fragrance of wild pink …

Continuing My Stroll

Memories of a Centenarian   Scripture: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness.” Psalm 23: 1-3 Continuing my leisurely stroll, I marveled at God’s Omniscient ability to decorate my awesome environment with amazing beauty and tranquility. I wondered if the Garden of Eden had been more beautiful than my woodland paradise.  Beginning to feel a bit fatigued, I sat down on a log near my trail. Soon I heard rustling of dead leaves on the ground, and looked up just …

Time: Another of God’s Blessings

Memories of a Centenarian    Scripture:  “Redeeming the time: because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5: 16 Returning our thoughts to my seat on a log in the forest, while sitting there I had been so enthralled with the superlative beauty of God’s splendor around me, that time passed rapidly. And I remembered that at age one hundred plus, I am completing my next book titled “Making Life Count”. Though I have not lived a life of fame or fortune: God is leaving me on earth for some purpose, and although advanced age brings some limitations, God has continued to bless me with an alert mind and an ability to use …

God Created You and Me

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You: for I am  fearfully and wonderfully made; my soul knows it well.” Psalm 139: 13-14   Long before I was born, God knew who my parents would be, the color of my skin and eyes, where I’d be born and when and where I will die. It is no wonder the psalmist could praise God, and I also praise and thank Him, not only for forming my body, but for providing a way of escape after my became tainted by sin. After I was blessed with a new born child, held him in my arms, and he …

God’s Creation

Scripture tells us in the beginning God created the world and everything in it. What an amazing, all powerful God to take a huge mass of dark void and in six days create this once perfect world. There is some debate as to the length of the day at that time, but since no time lapsed between each day, and each day’s creation begins with and, this appears to indicate each day was created consecutively one after the other. And note that God spoke the world into existence. And we need to remember there is a difference between creating and …

God Creates the Sky

God Creates the Sky Genesis 1:6-8 “And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters that were above the firmament and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven, and evening and morning were the second day.”   Remember still water is everywhere, and as already indicated God is all powerful, but He is a God of order and it is difficult to imagine His being surrounded by water while creating the world and everything in it. Then on day two He performed one of many amazing acts: He separated the …

God Creates Land and Seas

  While preparing these devotionals I did research, and some commentators presumed to give their explanation of how God achieved His amazing feats of creation, but I do not presume to known. However, with my vision a gift from Him, I enjoy beauties of the earth and space above earth we call sky. The many things I don’t understand, I accept by faith based on the few words we are given in the Bible about creation. And scripture tells us that on the third day God gathered together water into one place, and said let dry land appear, and it …

God Creates Sun Moon and Stars

  Genesis 1: 14-18 “And God said let there be lights in the huge space of sky: let them separate day from night; let them serve as signs to mark seasons, and days and years. Let them serve as lights in a huge space of the sky to give light on earth, therefore, that happened: the larger light ruled by day, and the lesser light ruled by night. God also made the stars. He place the lights in the sky to give light on earth, and to rule over the day and night, and to separate light from darkness. ‘But …

God Creates Sea Life and Birds

Genesis 1: 20-23 “And God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly moving creatures that has life, and fowl that fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, and the water brought forth abundantly after his kind, and every winged creature after his kind. 22. And God blessed them saying, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply on the earth. 23. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.” As always God performs His creation …

God Creates Animals and Man

  Genesis 1: 24-28; 31 “And God said, “Let the earth bring forth every living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping things: the beasts of earth after his kind, and it was so. 25. And God made the beasts of the earth after his kind, and saw that it was good. 26. And God said, “Let us make man after our likeness, and let him have dominion over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the air, over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 27. So God created …

BARA: Creating Something from Nothing

                                                                          In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1: 1-2 Before God began His miraculous work of creation, the earth was described as “formless and empty.”  In other words, there was nothing there. The word …