Another Day

His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.  Rays of light flash from His hands, where His awesome power is hidden. — Habakkuk 3:4 The sun nestled near  the rising mountains, the great gray mountains  peach-kissed by warming  rays, just as it has been since dawn’s creation, and I count each day  I’ve lived, eachContinue reading “Another Day”

Witnessing Grace

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. —1 Peter 4:10 Light breaks just beyond these aging limbs, this kindly tree with its split bark and thinning canopy is still offering a single  cascade of  fuchsia blooms— morning’s gift of dewy blossoms—Continue reading “Witnessing Grace”

Grace Rolling in Like Waves

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. — Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 There are those moments  when you bathe in humility,  not the kind that stings because you are embarrassed,Continue reading “Grace Rolling in Like Waves”

Entering Thankful

“…that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. Oh Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever!” — Psalm 30:12 With too many and too much, we often fail to be thankful. We have become a people who feel entitled to all we desire, even in gluttonous amounts, indulging on everythingContinue reading “Entering Thankful”

Letting Go

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. — Romans 1:20 (NLT) Unburdening my bones, letting go the unnecessaries we hold as if life wouldContinue reading “Letting Go”

Surrender

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. — James 4:10 What gentle love  does our God pour  down upon us?  What kind expression  does His Spirit bestow?   What strong protection  does our Father set  in hedges all around us?   It is the perfect charity  of grace,Continue reading “Surrender”

Thorns in Our Flesh

Moses stumbled in his speech, a cry of I can’t raised before God, and I relate well to that doubting demeanor; I carry my own why-not and not-me reasons, a quiver of debate strapped to my back, my sharp defenses pulled taunt and shot from a distance, but God doesn’t ask for our excuses, justContinue reading “Thorns in Our Flesh”

Layers

No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God’s garden bloom not only double, but sevenfold; they are continually pouring forth fresh fragrance.  — Charles Spurgeon Fragrance held within  these gentle folds  that I hold, cool  and silken petals hidden within  my enclosed palm; but such beauty  is better unfurled  in aContinue reading “Layers”

Shade of Silence

Quietude, which some men cannot abide because it reveals their inward poverty, is as a palace of cedar to the wise, for along its hallowed courts the King in his beauty deigns to walk. —Charles Spurgeon Sometimes I sit in the shade of silence, a corner or some placed removed from the common area, aContinue reading “Shade of Silence”