Sunday, July 17, 2016

I recently posted something on facebook and I got a distressed response from someone I love very dearly. We do respond to the world condition in vastly different ways. In her loving way she was trying to tell me to not be so political, not to be so hateful and offensive. I understand her position, as I often feel the same. But the truth is that posting the news isn't hateful, it is the news, what is happening. Yes it is offensive, what is going on in the world. Yes I do occasionally make comments, I simply feel it is irresponsible to stick my head in the sand.

Her post prompted me as I was thinking about my response, to think about my friends, all of them. I wonder if there is some way to get them to begin to post their thoughts and prayers regarding  the events of our day. A place where they can post their fears and prayers, ideas and maybe even solutions.  It would have to be a safe place. A place where arguing and retaliation, cursing and fool hearty comments  were not allowed.

But would they do it?

Perhaps not. Perhaps I shall take a different approach. Instead of posting the news, maybe I shall write about it.  Yes, "A today I read…" type of posting.  I will make it my goal to talk about my hopes and dreams for this country, my people. I will talk about how it makes me feel.


Lord God, help me know if this is the right thing to do. In Jesus Sweet Name I pray. Amen

Friday, July 1, 2016

Morning Bible Study...Running Scared?

I have been studying in the books of Daniel and Revelation this year. I recently began looking at Revelation in earnest.

As Pastor Jon Courson likes to say: Revelations  in not a hard book to… find. But he also says that it is not a hard be to understand. Well so far I agree with him.

Yet, one of the first thing I noticed when I started reading this book totally took me by surprise. I have read Rev. 1:1 many times. I just never saw it until now.

"The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him…" NIV

So do you see it? Perhaps you have seen it before and already dealt with it.

The revelation which God gave Him? Why, Jesus is God. What could He not know. What, why must God (presumably the Father) need to give Him what He surely already  has?

Do you here my panic? LOL

Sometimes when we already know something and it is presented in a little different light we can get thrown off, become a little confused.

That’s what happened to me, for a minute. You know when you run into things in the bible that you don't understand, or even things that might scare you, take a deep breath. Step back and remember God is still God and He's got this what ever your this maybe.

After all of these years I don't know exactly why the Lord brought it to my attention now. But, since He did I imagine He wants me to look at it.

The first thing to do when you run into one of these sticky situations is to
  1. Take that deep breath.
  2. Step back.
  3. Kneel down
  4. Pray.

And that my friend is exactly what I did. God has given me, us, His Holy Spirit. He is our Friend and Comfort. One of His jobs is to teach me, remind me of all of those things Jesus said.

It's funny how it works but, as I prayed scriptures began to come to mind.

Philippians 2:3-8 "…Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped , but made Himself nothing,…"

Then Hebrews 5:8 "Although He was a Son He learned obedience from what He suffered…"

And Matthew 24:36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Then taking those words the Lord so aptly gave me, I looked up the scriptures and began to study in earnest. Only something really neat happened. I found myself really studying not just for studyings sake, or even to show my self approved, but I began to study to get to know my Lord better, to become on more intimate terms with Him. Needless to say, He responded. He always wants to talk with His children.

So what did I learn about God revealing things to Jesus? It is really quite simple. You see When God decided way back before time that He would come into this world to save me and you, He knew even then that it would be necessary for Him to do this as a man. Never losing His deity, he came and limited Himself. Somewhat like a father who may find himself wrestling on the floor with his young son. They are wrestling, putting moves on each other, but dad, well dad is holding back. So when God manifested Himself as that little bitty baby born in a manager, He limited Himself to the same limitations you and I have. Even being so limited He lived a sinless life and was able to give His life for my ransom, your ransom.

Being so limited, once He returned to the right hand of the Father, all those things He had limited, denied Him self, He through the Father restored/revealed them to the Son.

And there you have it in a nut shell.


Never panic when it comes to Gods Word. He wants to bless you through it. Every bit of it. Good night and God bless.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I think I am back!

My last post was in 2012, 4 years ago now. Wow! Nelia texted me tonight and asked if I was still blogging. (Hang my head in shame) Well my sign on still works, so I guess that was a hint for me to start blogging again. Perhaps this time it will stick.

A lot has happened since 2012, I returned home to help with my mom, she has since gone home to heaven. Miss her still. It was a  year ago June 19th. Before she passed I was diagnosed with cancer. Yeah that's what I said, diagnosed with cancer, me! Can you believe it. Me either. Double mastectomy on August 17th, 2014. Yes I have had the reconstruction. So, I am home now. I live on my sister's property in the house she built for my mom. She has been so good to me. It is amazing.She's amazing.

Before I left for Mexico, the Lord had given me a Psalm to memorize (yeah can you imagine me memorizing anything). It is Psalms 116. It is a beautiful psalm, but it is verse 7 that holds me.
It says;  "Be at rest once more oh my soul, for the Lord has been good to you." I am not sure what version this is . Most versions including NIV and NASB say "Return to your rest..."

Anyway, however you want to say it, I am reminded how much He loves me, how good he has been to me. Yes, I can rest in that. God Bless and later taters.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chutzpah and Tikkun olam


Last night I watched an amazing documentary on Israel. Though they spoke of many things including chutzpah (which is audacity), what caught my eye was the final phrase Tikkun olam, which means repair the world.

This week has been a multitude of insights from the Lord, and I don’t know where to start.

He has had me all over the OT. So I guess I should just start with the beginning, which is not where I began.

But, for the sake of simplicity, let’s go:

We read in Genesis 2:16-17 where God speaks to Adam:

…”You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

And then further down in Genesis 3:1:

Now the serpent was more craft than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made, he said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”

Like Eve, from the beginning you and I have the truth laid out before us, regardless of how it has been spoken into our lives.

Yes, verses 16 and 17 were spoken to the man. But it would be folly to think that these words were not spoken into Eve’s life – whether by the voice of God, or by her husband.

You see, it makes no difference how God’s Word is spoken into your life – Truth is Revealed!

Even in creation, which is spoken of in Romans 1:20

But you and I have the very Word of God

John 14:6 says, I am the way, the truth and the life

Rev. 2:7 encourages us "He that hath and ear, let him hear ...I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Like Eve, it is not the good we have been given that holds our attention for long. No we actually will begin to take that glorious good and take it for granted. Then rather than living joyous and thankful lives we indulge ourselves with discussions of our lack.

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the tree in the garden.But, God said that we must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and we must not touch it, or we will die.”

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:1-5


You see, having convinced ourselves of the good of self-indulgence, for whatever the reason, we are swallowed up, we are trapped by our sin.


Whether you are reading of these things for the first time or the hundredth time, we all have revealed before us the Tree of Life –  as well as the way of rebellion, following our own indulgences...which lead to death. (Romans 6:23)

Like Eve we have chosen our own way. And we know, our eyes are opened, it is death!
Face it, there is nothing you can do about it!
BUT WAIT! The second half of Romans 6:23 is “...the gift of God is eternal life.”
No, there is nothing you can do!

But God has, since the beginning, God has provided the way.

Our answer lies in the the Tree of Life, which is Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our answer lies in Christ alone!

God understands what it will take to save you, even the very end of Himself. This is why He has sent His own Son that He died for me, and you.

              That He would suffer and even bare for eternity the scars of that suffering in His body!

 Scars inflicted by my,
                                        by your self-gratification – self-satisfaction – self-aggrandizement.

Sister, whatever it is that you desire above Him –it will be your eternal death – yes you will surely die!
Whether like Adam you walked into it with your eyes wide open,
                                                       Or
Like Eve you were deceived about the very nature of God……….. Today is the day!  Confess and Repent!
I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I John 4:15 continues with “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he is in God.
Repent ladies  and receive His forgiveness, and live!
I started this message by referring to two Jewish words, chutzpah and Tikkun olam. Though both are really cool sounding, and in the case of Tikkun olam, right sounding ideas, let me say it is with audacity that mankind has tried to repair the world.
Let me say also that we have failed.

Oh yes we like to blame God, but in that garden ,that good and right garden, even in our own lives today, He has never denied us the Way, the Way which would truly repair the world.

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life

If you have never come to the end of yourself, and acknowledged before God that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and you so desire salvation today, begin by calling out to Him now.
Join me as I pray:
Father, Abba,
Today someone may read these words and feel within their heart the longing and desire to surrender their lives to you. I pray O King and Creator, that You do what only You can do and lead them in that one and only way. That they might repent of their sin and rejection of Your Son Jesus Christ. That they may receive Him into their life. Father. I trust that as by Your Holy Spirit You have begun this good work of salvation in their lives, that You will also complete it. I pray You will lead them to a good bible believing church, that they may grow in the knowledge and grace of Christ Jesus. Amen



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Submitting to God's Timing

Well Ladies if you weren't at Beth el Baptist Church inHouston today, youmissed a couple of pretty good messages, and some awesome singing. Sherry Bohannnon sang a beautiful song. I will get back with you on the name. But it was so beautiful.

The theme of our message today was “Submitting to God’s Perfect Timing!”

The very title of this message suggest that:
      You know Christ as your personal Savior. You have a personal and intimate relationship with Him. You spend time in God's Word, daily. You spend time in prayer, daily. You recog nize His voice when He speaks, and you obey Him.  (Check out  John chapter 10)

That being said, I suppose we have all spoken those infamous words; “When Lord? When?”

Waiting on the Lord isn’t a new subject.

I’m just not sure that we appreciate the importance of waiting.

Maybe the reason is we just don’t like to wait. Waiting makes us anxious.

Why is that?

Doesn’t God’s Word say, be anxious for nothing, but in all things…

Many years ago, when I was a child, time was such a huge thing for me. From one weekend to the next, seemed like forever. Preparing to leave and to journey anywhere, the store, the doctor’s office or going on vacation, was always preceded with, “When are we leaving?” and then as we started down the road, “Are we there yet?”

I was impatient and my parents timing didn’t always move fast enough for me.

How different would our journey’s together have been if I had instead been trusting and thankful.

As I started this devotional I had to ask myself, how much this attitude has changed as I became a mature christian.

While considering this I reread two stories in the bible, so ­­I would like you to join me for a little exercise that I did with myself.

There you are, sitting in the cool shade of the elm tree, can you feel it, the wind gently blowing on your tear stained face. You are remembering the early days of your marriage, when you and your husband spoke with excitement and eagerness of the family you would one day have.

He was so sure that he had heard the voice of God saying

 “…I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust then your offspring could be counted.”

Knowing that he was a godly man, you trusted his leading. More important you trusted God.

But that had been so long ago. You have since floated in and out of depression.

If you could just have a baby!

“When Lord?” You cry out in your heart. “When? I am getting too old to carry a baby, and my husband hardly looks at me any longer!”

 As the endless tears begin to flow again, It is then you open your tired, aging eyes, and see her, young and beautiful, made to bear children, and you have an idea…..
Now lets move from the elm tree, to the office:

There you are sitting again. This time you are at your desk. With so many fears and worries laying heavily on your mind, you began to pray, “Why, God, why is this happening to me? I have loved You so much. Even when my mother died so young, Even when my brothers disowned me, tried to destroy me, I trusted You. Not only have I loved you and trusted you. I have always obeyed you.

You blessed me, by giving me this job. But now it looks like I am going to lose it! The boss is coming on to me. He’s married and he isn’t a believer. I know he’s going to get rid of me if I keep saying no.

Lord, I can’t afford to lose this job. It seems like I take one step forward and two steps back in life. When is it going to get better? When?” you ask as you open your eyes, and see he is standing there in front of you. He’s not a bad looking man, and he is very nice to you. And you begin to think maybe this is God’s will, surely he doesn’t expect me to lose what he has given….

You may recognize those two scenarios, as being borrowed from the bible. In each of these circumstances, which I modernized a little bit, in each of these circumstances, I can see what I perceive as valid reasons for becoming impatient, and not wanting to wait on God to do something.

Psychology tells us impatience is a decision making problem.

And I agree with that.  Whether you have waited hours, weeks or years, many a bad decision has been made because, for whatever the reason, someone couldn’t wait any longer.

For the Christian our decisions and the outcome of our decisions is the result of our ability or inability to not just to wait, but to wait on God.

What’s more, our ability to wait on God is directly related to our belief system, our faith.

But, It is also directly related to the world. We are often distracted and our faith is weakened by what we allow into our ears and our eyes, and ultimately our hearts and our lives. Once this occurs we begin to grow anxious. (Anxious that we didn’t hear right, anxious that we misunderstood, anxious that we will lose something, miss out on something, anxious that God’s goal isn’t our goal)

We know the outcome of both Sarai and Joseph’s response to waiting for God’s timing, but I want to do some dissecting just the same.

But first let’s take a look and dissect someone elses story. I am sure you remember King Saul.

Go with me to I Samuel 13:8 - 13

8. And he tarried seven days according to the set time that Samuel had appointed; but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

9. And Saul said, bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

10. And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made and end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

11. And Samuel said, “What hast thou done?” And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

13. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly; thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord, thy God, which he commanded thee…

Prior to our text, we learned that a battle was brewing between Israel and the Philistines.  Samuel, the man of God, was well aware of the war and ensuing battle. He had said to King Saul that he would return on a specific day and offer the required sacrifice to God.

Saul an Israelite knew the law. He knew the requirements and He knew the prohibitions about who could and could not make sacrifices before the Lord. Yet as he saw his troops disappearing, as he heard of the thousands of Philistine troops gathering, as there was no sign of the man of God, his faith began to falter, and he became anxious.

He needed to do something! This is war! Waiting could cost us everything!

This moment was not a total surprise to Saul. God had been preparing him all of his life for this job. Philippians 4:6 tells us to trust that whatever God brings us to, He will bring it to completion.

I am not saying that Saul knew of this specific event.

But God, who had shown Himself to be trust worthy over and over, was working in Saul’s life. God was teaching him principals of obedience and trust. Saul should have known another trial was coming his way.

Saul needed to be at the place in his life where he understood God had called him to this crisis. 

He also needed to be prepared for God’s outcome, whatever it would be.

Now we are getting somewhere. Isn’t that why we grow anxious and panic? We aren’t sure of God’s agenda. We are not sure where He is taking us.

When we enter such circumstances and times, when the pressure is on, the clock is ticking, the world and your emotions are saying you have to act, you have to do something….let me caution you to wait for God.

Although every specific situation that comes into our lives is not specifically written into the bible, the principals to live by are in there. Our circumstances do not surprise God. He has given us all we need, to know what to do.

 His character, His principals do not change because we have entered panic mode. Stop and wait submit, surrender to God’s timing, regardless of the cost!

Now let us look at Sarai and see how this applies to her life.

What did she know?

1.      She knew her husband as her lord and master. Like it or not ladies your husbands are your head. He is the leader of your home.

2.      She knew God’s Word through her lord; it had been made clear to her.

3.      She also knew she was getting old, her body told her so. Like Saul her feelings/emotions were screaming in panic, something had to happen.

I know that she had waited a lifetime. God knew that she had waited a lifetime.

By all that we know in the worldly realm of things, Sarai was not going to be a mother.

And had God not spoken into the life of her husband, maybe seeking out a surrogate would have been the right thing for her, or adoption.

But God Himself had nixed the idea of adoption, when He told Abraham his servant Elieazer would not be his heir and when he said his son would come from his loins. (Gen. 15)

If Sarah had been patient and waited a little longer she would have personally had God’s Word on it that she would be the one to bare Abraham a son. Gen 17:16.

But she began to doubt, lose faith, and become anxious, because by the world’s standards she was out of time. She was beginning to think that God might not give her the desires of her heart. Hadn’t the promise been made to Abraham?

Since she was now using the world’s standards of timing, and she had begun to doubt God’s Word as revealed to her husband, it was easy for her to look around and see that the world had its own solutions for this type of situation.

There is nothing that comes into our lives that surprises God. Not our barrenness, or our captivity, nor the world.

And when these things do touch us, He is trustworthy! Still,

Like Saul we are often distracted by what is going on around us. Let’s go back and look at it through his eyes again.

He is in the midst of a war. The war isn’t going well. The appointed time arrives and God hasn’t shown up, and neither has God’s man.

Ladies, that phrase should resonate with some of us.  “…God has arrived and neither has God’s man!”

So what do we do? Usually, we do the same as Saul. We start to look around and figure out how to handle things ourselves. How do you think women’s’ lib was born?

But as we turn our eyes upon the problem, on the seeming lack of solution, we are turning our eyes to a worldly view of the problem and worldly solutions.

As Saul looked around, he saw his troops panicking and deserting him. He saw they needed to see something that would bring them back, to where he needed them. He needed to do something that would inspire them to victory.

Wait a minute! Did You hear that “..he needed to do something that would inspire them to victory!”

Is that what he thought?

When waiting on God, and it seems that God hasn’t shown up, Saul felt, Saul believed he had to do something to inspire his men to victory?

Is that what he thought he was waiting for Samuel to come and do, to motivate and to inspire?

Are you beginning to see the problem?

The offering that Samuel would make is not related to how it would make the people, the soldiers feel.

It was to honor and acknowledge God. It was about obedience, It was about trusting God!

Ladies, He is our Victory! Even when it looks like defeat!  Do you remember Calvary?

Do you remember the tears and the fear?

Do you remember the victory?

And what of Sarai?

Every day, she saw the bony old fingers of the women in her camp, pointing at her.

Every day, she saw, or imagined she saw her husband’s disappointment as he looked at her aging barren body.

She could only see what at this time appeared to be empty promises from a distant God.

Saul seems to have placed his faith in a man, Sarai seems to have placed her faith in tradition and her own understanding.

 Ultimately they both placed their faith in themselves and their ability to devise a way.

But let’s finish up by looking at Joseph. Joseph who doesn’t try to make things happen. Joseph who is willing to suffer all things according to the  will of God. Joseph who chooses to walk up right before the Lord even if it means prison or death. Joseph who chose to surrender to God’s Timing.

You see we talk about submitting and committing, that keeps everything in our control.

When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, he could have justified in his mind, much like Sarai and Saul. He could have justified by saying my master is a eunuch. He has made all of the servants in his house eunuchs, except me. Perhaps this is Potiphar’s wish, surely he knows I am young and healthy and his wife is beautiful. Maybe this is why God placed me here!

But no, Joseph who had long ago surrendered himself to God’s will for his life looks passed the things, the lies of this world.

He looks past his own aching loins and loneliness.

He sets aside his anxious feelings, knowing that God has spoken into his life, and will complete the work He has started.

He doesn’t look at what the world sees. He looks only on the character, the face of his God.

God would be offended if I slept with another man’s wife.

Joseph a son of Jacob had less of the law than Saul did. Yet he knew the requirements and expectations of God from his father.  He knew the prohibitions about premarital sex and adultery, again from his father. Oh wait a minute, his dad had two wives and two concubines. But still he knew. 

Joseph was not  looking for an excuse to go his own way.

He had surrendered his life to God, and if doing it God’s way meant prison or death, then so be it.

What does Joseph know?

A Slave has no life of his own, if his Master doesn’t speak or answer, the slave does only what he has already been told, otherwise he stands and waits!

So what about you, my sisters? Are you waiting on something? Are you being tempted by the promises of the world as you wait?

Is the clock ticking? Are you feeling panicked? A decision has to be made!

I will leave you with

Sarai, who in her old aged bore a son to her husband Abraham. I leave you with Joseph who was second only to Pharaoh and who saw his brothers and his parents bow down to him.

I leave you with the words of David who surrendered to God and His timing and ultimately replaced Saul who failed to trust in God’s perfect time;

The Words in Psalms 27:14 simply say:

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.










Monday, April 2, 2012

The Secret You May Have Missed Principal #7

Ladies, this is the last message from John 4. I wanted to draw out something that you may have missed. Sometimes we overlook the plainest message in front of us. The secret to a living walk with the Lord, is sharing.

This loose woman from this drunken town made a difference in her life, as well as in the life of the place she lived, Sychar, drunken town that it was.

Look at verse 26 through 30. Jesus said to her.  I, Who speak with you, am He....Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling people, Come! See a man who told me everything that I ever did! Can this be the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One?  So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.

Did you see it? She left her water jar and went!

That which had driven her into the heat of the day, that which she once thought would quench her thrist and wash her over and over again, no  longer held her in bondage.

She left her water jar to go and share the Living Water of Salvation.

There is nothing in the life of a believer that should come so easily as saying. Come, to my church, hear of Christ, who has changed my life! I do not understand it all, but one day He spoke to my heart of all I have ever done. He showed me that I am a sinner, and knowing in my heart that He was correct, I said, Yes! I am! He then showed me that as I am guilty of sin, there is a penalty that I owe. A penalty I could not afford to pay. I agreed with him that I was destitute and could not pay. Then I rejoiced when He said, Come to Me! For I have already paid. Come and see this God that has provided a lamb in His Own Son. Won't you Come?

Now, no longer a loose woman, enslaved by alcohol or sex, or whatever else may have held you or me in bondage.

Now and forever, a child of the King.
The Secret You may have missed, Principal #7 Share what God has done for you. Just do it! Just open your mouth and say, Come to my church, and hear of this Christ who has truly changed my life.

See as you walk in, and share the Truth, see the chains of bondage fall away.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Principal Six found at the Well in Sychar

Hello and thank you for coming back. Today's message is a little shorter than the other two. I thought I might try to stetch it out a bit. But as I spent time with the Lord, I realized, simply that I shouldn't.

Anyway, As I reread John chapter 4 I kept going back to verse 19: "The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a Prophet." (Amplified).

As this drunken sinful and loose woman from a drunken town would not be driven from the well, spoke with Jesus, she began to get a glimmer of the light of Whom it was that she spoke with.

I think I kept going back to this verse because I had heard it said that this statement was the woman's attempt to draw Jesus away from her sin.

That maybe so, except she had already confessed to Jesus. Agreed with His assessment of her life.

Now she seems to have that growing desire in her heart to worship, as Jesus said, "...you samaritans worship what you do not know." John 4:22

And, how could she, how could we not, desire to worship, to truly worship, when IN His revealed presence? Even when we just don't know, just don't understand...

You know Jesus didn't stop there. He also said to this thirsty woman, "...a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

So let me ask you, when was the last time you sat down with the Father, allowed Him to pour His Word over Your life,

                                      Reveal your sin,

Then as you come into agreement with His assessment of your life,

and with joy umexpressable in any other way, simply Worship Him?

So I will end with principal #6 for removing the shackles from your life.

Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Worship Him on your knees or upon your face. Worship Him as if He is your God.
                                      That is who He is.

God Bless you my Sister's in Christ. I covet your prayers.