Sunday, May 31, 2020

Our Words are Heard


“I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. 
A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Dan. 10:7-12 NIV).

Read Daniel 10:1-14. I love this passage, especially verse 12. Daniel had fasted and prayer for three weeks and we pick up when the angel arrives. Hmm. When the angel arrives. When we seek to gain understanding and humble ourselves - our words are heard. Our words are heard. The angel then explains why it took so long- he had to battle. When we humbly seek understanding from God, when we seek answers, we can wait-our words  are heard. True, the answer sometimes does not come when we want, but the answer is always on time- because of God’s time. 

We turn to God. We cry out to God. He doesn’t miss hearing our tears. Rest assured. Our words are heard - in spite of the virus. Our words are heard - in spite of unrest. Our words are heard - in spite of fear. Our words are heard- in spite of confusion. God hears. enough for now.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hold On

Mark 1:12&13.
“At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”

This testing of Jesus was right after he was baptized. He was sent by Holy Spirit into the wilderness, and was tempted by Satan. Go back and read Luke 4 for a better picture.

Jesus was tempted, tried, and remained true to who he was. When it was done- angels ministered to him. Many times we feel overwhelmed by what we feel is a testing, a tempting, oh but be clear - if God allows it, we will make it. If he didn’t allow it, we can stand against it. The best way is to listen, and follow Holy Spirit’s guide, and that is always our way out. 

We don’t need to know the why of it, but we need to know God in it. It doesn’t matter what is thrown -stay focused, be clear, and watch what God does. He’ll do it even in our own crazy mess when we turn to him. Don’t let guilt, or fear keep you from  focusing on what God is doing. 

I can’t imagined being with the wild animals, with no food prepared, and Satan in my ear. Oh- that’s where we are today. We are placed with crazy all around us, needing the food of life, and Satan tempting at every hand. And yet, we make it. Now that’s not the proper exegesis of this passage- but I just got that. Hold on, stand, and watch what God is doing. enough for now.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Seek Good


In Amos 5 there is a call to repentance. The reoccurring thought: 4b “Seek me and live.” 6a “Seek the Lord and live.” 14a “Seek good,  not evil.” 15a “Hate evil, love good.” This call stands today. As believers, we are to seek him, seek good, hate evil. I think sometimes we get confused on what is what and on if “it’s okay that we slide on it.” We don’t serve a God who slides. He is clear, we must be clear. Let’s just focus on the positivity of his truth, and resist the negativity of evil. If we did just that, then we would witness great change. enough for now.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

To Mothers

To all mothers: Mothers who delivered, who did not deliver, who saved, who kept, who watched for, who prayed with, who prayed over, who held sacred secrets, who cried with and cried for. To mothers who loved, and were loved. Who loved but were not loved back. To those who have almost lost hope, almost given up- hang on. 
 
Blessings of joy and relief to you all today. If no one else wishes you joy - I do. Happy Mother’s day to all even if you can’t get out, can’t see your family. God’s love is bigger than this virus. Blessing of God’s peace and rest today. enough for now.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Trust

Trust, watch. That’s it. It’s already done. Enough for now.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Be Strong

I’ve been listening to older gospel. And I marvel at how down through the years the Lord has been good to me. As I am listening I am reminded that as God had it before, he still has it. He still keeps me. He still provides. And so I keep watching- watching what he has done, is doing, and for what he will do. And I am encouraged, I am strengthened. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Eph. 6:10). enough for now

Sunday, April 19, 2020

On Your Walk

After the resurrection two of the followers were were going along the road to Emmaus. Jesus walked with them as they told the story of all that had happened. They didn’t know who Jesus was. 
And even as he opened up scripture to them, they didn’t know who he was. There is so much in this. 
It was not until they had invited Jesus in to stay that the knew who he was when he broke bread. And when they recognized- he was gone. 

Don’t miss him in the events of the time. Don’t  get so caught up that you can’t see. Don’t miss him because your focus is elsewhere. Invite him in on your decisions, your conversation. Listen, watch. enough for now.

Please read Luke 24:13-35. 

Friday, April 10, 2020

This Day

This grand day. Yes it may not feel like a grand day. This grand day is ours to live, to share, to care. That is what makes this day grand. enough for now.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Think

This is a time for our repentance. This is a time for renewing our walk. Yes, in all of the crazy- God is. It is crazy but we don’t have to go crazy with it. Find a scripture you can stand on. Repel all negativity. Rejoice! Rejoice! Blessings of peace to you all. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”(Phil. 4:8). enough for now.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Celebrate Life

                                                                               
On this Palm Sunday we celebrate- not like the disciples and crowds celebrated that day. It was a celebration! But we celebrate what happened that began the last earthly week of Jesus, and forever changed the world. That day marked the beginning of our way to life itself. It marked the beginning of our being forgiven, of our being released from a death that we could never handle. Oh my God they didn’t know what a week!  And today we know, we celebrate- what a week! 

Celebrate! It doesn’t matter where you are. You don’t need palms wave your hands in celebration of life!  F.G? Sampson used to say, “I’m not gonna let no rocks speak for me.” Rocks can’t speak for me. We celebrate life- because of Jesus!  Shut in, shut up, it doesn’t matter, he is still Lord! He is still the way maker, promise keeper, light in the darkness. Praise him for all he has done! enough for now.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Anchor Holds

There is a song I love, one of many, “The Anchor Holds.” I like the Carribean version by Judith Gayle. The anchor holds though the sea is raging. Come on. Raging all over, the only quiet place, the only place of peace is in God. This is indeed a different place, a different season. And yes, this too will pass. 

But what do you hold to? How do you hold? Is it so tightly gripping? Or is it holding like a child that knows there is no falling the loving arms of a parent? There is a reassurance that God does have us. That we can be still and listen. No, we don’t blatantly move but we reasonably move with no fear  while watching what God is doing. If quarantine flattens the curve, then do so for others, for yourself. And in that moment of quiet spend time resting in God’s peace. The anchor holds. enough for now.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Be Still


This morning I didn’t turn on gospel music. I just listened to the quiet. The Psalmist begins with, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Then he invites us into an understanding in vs 8, “come and see what the Lord has done.” 

And our passage, vs 10! “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”   

It is sad that we have been invited to be still, but haven’t done so. And now we really must. Not for what the world is doing,  but to watch what God is doing. 

In this stillness we find our peace, we find our rest, we find our creativity, we find ourselves. And we find our resolve to trust what God is doing . . a. God is with us. Oh, that’s verse 11. Be still. enough for now.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

More

Aren’t you tired? Then be still and listen. God is bigger than this storm. Things are crazy but you don’t have to be crazy with it. God is so much more. Yes take precaution. And then watch what Bod is doing. enough for now.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Who Do You Say?


“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:15,16)                                      

Each day we live out our lives answering that one question-  Who do you say I am? We answer by our actions toward others and ourselves. Or actions will cause us to walk more in what is truth, what is positive because he is truth, he is positive. How are you waking? “Who do you say I am?” enough for now. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Don’t Let It Get You

Do you know how hard life tries to get you down? Don’t let it. Watch what God is doing. My new word is “Crazy will happen; but you don’t have to get crazy with it.” Don’t let it. Keep watching what God is doing. enough for now.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Day by Day

Day by day we meet new challenges. Just when you thought it was going well, and junk crops up. It happens. Junk happens. It’s part of the challenge. It's how you handle the junk that shows you who you are. You do know you are larger than the junk. If you are listening - you can handle it- you will get past it - you will survive. And you will be stronger, wiser. Don't miss the joy of this adventure because you are worried about challenges - you will never live. And he promised life more abundantly. enough for now.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Each New Day

Each new day we can learn something else. Each new day we can see anew. We can recognize the awesomeness of what God is doing in our life. Too often we forget that each new day is a present to be unwrapped in joy. It is not promised. Let that sink in. 

Accept this day as special for you. Open your eyes and see. Open your heart and feel. enough for now.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Celebrate

Celebrate something larger than a new year. Celebrate that because of God’s great love for us his compassions are new every morning!  Celebrate daily that right there. That celebration will remove negativity. That right there. enough for now.