Delightful Inheritance

Icicle Ridge from East Leavenworth Road

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6

“I have a delightful inheritance.”
One guaranteed by God’s strength,
not mine.
In that assurance,
I rejoice.
Through His grace I know I’ll partake in it.
By His grace I am brought close to Him.
Jesus will never leave me.
This knowledge is too wonderful for me.
From His grace God fills my day with His goodness.
The promise of His grace imbues my tomorrows,
with His love and mercy.
The joy of my salvation spreads out to eternity.
I rest in His peace.
What a delightful inheritance.

Cure for Lifeless Living

When life gets you down and living begins to look lifeless—

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11

Let the Holy Spirit give your life… LIFE.

Standing on High Places

Sawtooths, Cascade Range

With words and poems we aspire to heights unreachable. With the grace of Jesus, we are given the ability to stand upon them.


It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
He causes me to stand on the heights.
Psalm 18:32-33

The Difference Between a Blessing and a Curse

What a difference the sun’s reflection makes.

The difference between a blessing and a curse is whether it draws us closer to God or leads us away. Grief is considered a curse, but if we draw closer to God through it, then it becomes a blessing. Success is regarded as a blessing, but if it draws us away from God, it is a curse.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing. Psalm 16:2

A Long Way Off

The Puget Sound

The reason I sometimes fail to pray Is that God appears to be a long way off. The reality is I don’t comprehend the power and purpose of prayer. The purpose of prayer is to commune with Jesus, to spend time with Him. As I do that, I refresh my awe at His power, love, and mercy. Worship and praise follow when I draw close to God. Humble worship stops me from asking God to tag along in what I want to do, instead I fall at the feet of Jesus and desire to follow Him.

“Come near to God and He will come near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:8-10

There is a River

Whitewater on the Icicle River

There is a river,
arising from the throne of God.
Where those who plunge into its cascading current
shine forth with the glory of the Lord.
All our shame and sorrows are dashed upon the rocks.
The shadow of darkness yields before its tumult.
In its sparkle, the beauty of the Lord will be the light of life.

There is a river,
of living water that will never run dry.
The clear water brings nourishment to produce wonderful fruit:
Fruit of God’s goodness
Fruit of God’s love
Fruit of God’s peace
Fruit of God’s kindness
Fruit of God’s faithfulness
Fruit that makes all creation rejoice.
to the praise of the Lamb upon the throne

There is a river,
of holiness, righteousness, and justice.
The proud cannot stand,
the impure cannot defile.
All ungodliness is crushed in the surge
Never to be heard from again.

There is a river,
flowing with the love of God.
Streams of grace giving water,
to heal our broken lives,
to wash away our stains,
Bathing us in the hope of the glory of God.

Jesus is the river,
in which we can dance, one with the water.
Splashing in God’s joy over us,
and roaring with creation,
our joy in Him.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
the holy place where the Most High dwells. Psalm 46:4

… we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1

Misplacing Hope

The Son is coming

If you have been distraught over recent events, it is time for a hope checkup. It starts with a sober, honest evaluation of where your heart is.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Where is your treasure? Your hope? Is it in some political outcome, social situation, or economic recovery? Only when we admit our hope is misplaced can humbly come before God and ask for forgiveness and put your hope in the Lord Jesus.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:22-23

Having your hope in anything other than the Lord will cloud your vision and fill you with darkness. 

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6

You can ask God for assistance on this. He would love to help.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

Breaking the Silence

Sounds in the forest. Does anyone hear?

Do you ever pray and think God is not listening…

When I am worried and I pray, but my anxious thoughts continue.
When I am tired and I pray for strength but continue to feel weary.
When I am filled with grief and I pray but continue to cry.
When I am afraid, and I pray but only hear my racing heart.

Lord, are You listening?

In my anxiety, God helps me to rely on His peace.
In my weakness, God helps me build my faith in Him.
In my sorrow, God cries with me and draws me closer to Him.
In my fear, the fear of God triumphs and burns away the dross.

When I think God is not listening,
I am the one who is not listening,
for He is at work in me.

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13

A Winter Reflection

Icicle River on a cold Winter morning

All the days ordained for me 
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:16

Truth and assurance for the past year and for this coming New Year. Coupled with “Give thanks to the LORD for He is good and His love endures forever.” My heart rejoices in God my savior and the days He has given me.

Fear

Looks like trouble ahead

King David had fears, and often talks about his struggle with them.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear? 
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

David then lists his fears and lays them down before the LORD asking—“whom shall I fear?” He makes a choice to bow before God, not his fears.

Like David I ask the question, what do I fear?
Sickness and disease.
Injury or loss in my family.
Relapsing into old harmful habits and wrong ways.
Not being strong enough for future trials.

This past year has been all about fear. But God knows what we need and sends us this proclamation—

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:9-11

To all my fears, the Lord proclaims—Merry Christmas!

For in the day of trouble 
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.  Psalm 27:5

As I lay each fear before the LORD, I say with David, “He will keep me safe.”
Give thanks for the LORD is good, and His love endures forever. Yes indeed, Merry Christmas!