Category: Peace

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

Time flies when you become so wrapped up into daily life. I was going to start devotions in June but so much has happened since before then.  Needless to say I have not posted since May. I woke up tonight realizing six months just flew by and I haven’t posted anything. Thanksgiving was wonderful being with my family. It is a memory I will cherish. Food? More food than you could imagine. Desserts that makes a diabetic squirm. Everything was very delicious but most of all it was just being around family. Seeing everyone have such a great time. I felt a little nostalgic as we all took our turns getting our pictures taken.  Knowing that maybe a hundred years from now our relatives will be looking at these pictures like we look at the old pictures now, “who is that?” Of course, technology has advanced so that people are tagged and history might not be lost to those in the future.

It is coming up for another holiday to spend time with those we love. Christmas! I have such wonderful memories of Christmas’ past. I remember the Bible that my sister Joyce gave me, my first archery set, my first cassette recorder, dolls (in fact, I still have the little dolls that my brother Steve gave me for Christmas when I was 12, all tucked away safely), clothes, and so many more things that have been used and discarded.  I remember the Christmas trees that were all trimmed with lights, ornaments, and garlands.  I remember the smell of pies as Mom was baking in the kitchen expecting different ones to come for the festive season. From time to time I get out the cassette that I recorded of one of the Christmas’ when Angie and Jerry got their first bouncy horse. I was able to capture Eric, Steve and Dad in the background. The most precious memory that I captured is when Mom sat in the living room quoting scriptures. I miss Mom and Dad and now Bonnie during these holiday seasons.

The hope of this season is that families around the world are able to create lasting memories of the interaction of love between each other.  Gifts are a benefit but it is the relationship between each other that last. Things come and go. Can I remember every gift I received? No! Can I remember precious moments of family? Yes! Now days the technology helps us capture these precious moments in more clarity. Just whip out that smartphone and start snapping or recording. In the midst of all the picture snapping do not forget to give your loved one a hug or a kiss or both. Of course, the greatest gift is that Christ Jesus our Lord was born so that salvation could be made available to all people. The thought I leave with you is that you don’t let Christmas come and go but carry this love in your heart all year round. Merry Christmas! God bless everyone.

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Psalm 85:9-13 (KJV)
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps
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This is a poetic love store of an individual who is filled with sin and meets God on his path through life.  As he travels he suddenly stops because the glory of God is shining down upon the land. Fear grips his heart because he is only robed with unrighteousness and he has just encountered God who is a consuming fire. In a moment his life could become only memory of existence whose soul is filled with sin and darkness. Standing there waiting for the judgment to be pronounced but instead this almighty, fierce God swoops in and embraces him with mercy. Why? The individual’s reverential fear and his openness to speak the truth of his sinful life but desiring to be saved stirred the compassion of God. God reaches out and robes the individual with his righteousness and fills his heart with peace. This encounter changes everything. The path is no longer filled with uncertainties because with each step he takes it is filled with the goodness of the Lord. His right standing now orders his steps and the path is no longer filled with darkness but a warm light. He lives a life of abundance because the blessings of love, joy, and peace are always flowing. Be robed with the righteousness of God and receive your blessings today.

Morning Devotion 01/31/2018

Morning Devotion 01/31/2018

Psalm 119:17-20 (KJV)
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

The Psalmist loved the commandments of God that he wanted to live a full life, just, so he could keep the law. His request is that the Lord would show him all the wonders of the law. His reference of being a stranger in the earth is symbolism of a pilgrim who needs direction. The commands and precepts of the Lord are his charters and guides to lead him on this earth. There was such a desire to know the commandments of the Lord that he felt his soul breaking. Why would this kind of desire consume a man’s life as if the commandments were the lover of his soul? In knowing the laws of God then you understand more about God. The commandments are like loving God with all your heart, mind, and soul. It is a love affair of communication and emotional stimuli. When you are in harmony with the laws of God then you have success and prosperity in all areas of your life. It is when you want to live your life aside from the law that you walk aimlessly like a wanderer having no direction. It is in the laws of God that you can live a life that is full of joy and peace amid a world that is full of chaos and despair. The Lord shared His written commandments to give direction but there are some unwritten laws of application that can take you on a journey that is amazing. It is a journey of increased faith and believing. It is when you can wake up every morning knowing that something amazing is going to happen today because the blessings are flowing from the lover of your soul. Receive your blessings and live the full life you are meant to live.