Thursday, June 29, 2006



As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat; winter and summer, day and night. Gen 8:22 CEV

In the first book of the Bible, early on, God establishes the principal of seedtime and harvest. And then in the New Testament, we are told this principal of sowing and reaping is extended to the unseen realm as well:

Those who sow to please their sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; those who sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Gal 6:7-8 TNIV


Every action we take is a seed sown that will bring a harvest in due time. Some seeds sprout quicker than others. Some harvest times come long after the seeds are forgotten. But the principle is certain: we will reap from what we sow. That which is motivated by our selfish desires cannot bring forth anything good; that which is corrupt can only begat corruption. On the other hand, seeds sown in faith and obedience will result in a good harvest, a harvest of spiritual blessings.


There’s one more thing that needs to be said about seedtime and harvest: the more we sow, the more we reap, whether good or bad. What we give out will come back to us. If we are generous with others, they will be generous to us. The measure with which we scatter abroad is the measure of our return.

Remember this saying, "A few seeds make a small harvest, but a lot of seeds make a big harvest." 2Co 9:6 CEV

Photo by Stu Seeger @Flickr

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


"The miracle you need in your life
is on the other side of your worship."

--Vicki Yohe, worship leader
Charisma June 2006


Saturday, June 24, 2006


Only God is perfect;
Only God can perfect.


Friday, June 23, 2006

I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006


To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do much more than we can ever ask or even think. Eph 3:20


This scripture tells us that God wants to do more - much more - for us than we can think or ask. What is beyond thinking? I recently heard Graham Cooke ask this question. I thought it was a good question. What is more than thinking? His answer was: "dreaming." God wants to do something for us and in us that is higher and more awesome than where our thinking can take us.


The image in this photo has an "other-worldly" appearance. Like it, we are to be extraordinary, rather than ordinary. We are to be something special in the earth. Something that reflects the glory of God. We cannot get to that place through our own devices, our own thinking. Dreams take us beyond our intellect and touch the hidden man of the heart (Prov 3:5). What if there is a part of God's glory waiting to be manifest in the earth that only comes through dreams? Sometimes he ignites dreams through images in the night and sometimes he puts secret longings and desires in our heart, and we call those longings dreams. Through dreams he works in us to will and to do what pleases him. (See Phil 2:13.)


Joseph in the Old Testament had a dream that brought much opposition and adversity in his life. Dreamers aren't often understood. That's why it's important to be sure your dream is from God before you commit to it. When I'm not sure my longings and dreams are from God, I ask him to give confirmation and I search his word to see if my dream is scriptural, while I continue to pray for clarity. I ask myself if the fulfillment of my dream will bring God glory. Often I discuss it with someone I trust, someone who knows the Word and the ways of God. Someone who won't kill my dream just because it is bigger than I am, just because it hasn't been done before.


After due consideration, if we know that we know that God has put a dream in us, let us hold it fast and not let the naysayers steal it! Let us trust God to bring it forth. Eph 3:20 tells us that it is his power working in us that will cause the "so much more" to manifest. If we stay close to him, he will take us beyond ourselves. And that's not just a good thing, it's a God-thing!


. . . it is God who works in you
to will and to act
in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Phil 2:13 TNIV

Be energetic in your life of salvation,
reverent and sensitive before God.
That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you,
God himself willing and working
at what will give him the most pleasure.

Phil 2:13 TMB


Monday, June 19, 2006


My writing is usually for both men and women, but I just stumbled on a beautiful online magazine called Christian Women Online that I want to share with my women readers. It is subtitled CWO: Uniting Women of Faith. The layout and photography are professional; the writing is excellent. Some of the articles really hit the spot for me and others didn't but might appeal to you. Scripture references abound.

Regular columns include:
  • DysFUNctional by Darlene Schact who writes wittily about family and life
  • Wind Scraps by Shannon Woodward: my personal favorite
  • Me and My House by Kim Brenneman speaks to large families
  • Book Buzz with Heather Ivester reviews Christian books
  • Home and School is by Ann Voskamp, mother and home schooler
  • Bonnie's Kitchen offers simple ideas and recipes that make every event an occasion
Recipes and inspiring children's stories are included in this e-zine. Scrapbooking with CWO is, obviously, for scrapbook enthusiasts and Blogging with CWO is for bloggers. The last includes a blogroll of Christian women bloggers. And each month a different blog is featured as "Blog of the Month."

The theme of the June issue is Father's Day. Reflections of Our Father's Love, by Sarah Lantrips was selected as the winner of a recent writing contest. Her article is a heartwarming testimony to our Father's keeping power and love.

To check it out: click here.

Once there, click anywhere on the top to enter. You'll then be greeted by a letter from the editor. After that, scroll down to find this month's features. On the left you will see groupings of specific articles and offerings. Be sure to click on Who We Are.

Wherever you click, you'll find something good!


Saturday, June 17, 2006


"Stress is a choice, because whatever the 'trigger event,' we always choose our own response."

--John G. Miller
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, p. 26

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ROMANS 14:19
Bringing Peace to Ourselves and Others

. . . we must always aim at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another. Good News Bible

So let us . . . definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another. The Amplified Bible


Monday, June 12, 2006


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Ps 119:105 KJV

God's word will show us where we are (a lamp unto our feet) and where we are going (a light unto our path.)


When approached prayerfully and in concert with the Holy Spirit, God's word will open our eyes to what is really going on in our current circumstances; we'll see truths we may have missed on our own. We will receive wisdom and insight that make difficulties "doable." We'll receive vision for the future that will keep us on the path of our destiny, even when darkness surrounds us.

Spirit can only be known by spirit--God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing . . . 1 Cor 2:15 TMB


Making a habit of reading his word with the help of the Holy Spirit will bring us out of confusion by bringing clarity to our understanding of who He is and who we are in Him and to Him. As to our destination: He doesn't show us the entire path, but he does give us enough to keep us going in the right direction, even in the dark of night.

Photo by Claudia West, Creative Commons License 2.0

Friday, June 09, 2006


Do you know Eddie Smith of the U.S. Prayer Center? Eddie circles the globe in order to equip God's people in areas of prayer, spiritual warfare, spiritual mapping, deliverance, leadership and other Christian disciplines. He is the author of many books and articles and is a "writer's coach."

He is also blogging now. In an article entitled Living in Timelessness, he has opened a window into heaven. If you want to peek in, follow the link below. If the lord has called home someone you love and you are still feeling the loss, you will be comforted by Eddie's insight.

Check it out: click here.