A physician in Family Medicine for the last 35 years, now concentrating on writing and photography. My intention is to encourage and strengthen people in the Lord. In all things I hope to be pleasing to Jesus who has given me so much. The photography is all taken by me. I use a Canon 5D mark 3, and Canon G10.
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
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
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.
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!
In my life feelings have their way, when they’re up—I’m up when they’re down—I’m down. Sometimes they go in opposite directions. That’s why God has me walk by faith and not sight. To make feelings follow… instead of lead.
Jesus is my source of joy not my feelings.
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. Luke 2:10
I took this photograph not realizing someone was watching me. It was not until I came home and looked closely at the photograph that I saw the bobcat watching me from behind a tree. It is the same for life. Many times we face trials feeling we are alone, that God is attending to others things or doesn’t care. But we are wrong, and only when we get home will we see that the Lord was watching over us the whole time.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
I can’t hold nor completely understand the Love of God in Jesus Christ. What I can do is praise Him for the glory He has shown me.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:2-5
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Psalms 36:6-7
I find even these psalms do not do justice to the love we have in Jesus. But like the seals in the photo, that doesn’t stop the fullness of His love being poured out to me. Truly, His love is better than life.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1
This verse repeats frequently throughout the Psalms. Two reasons for this come to mind. First the psalmist wants to emphasize that God is good and you can trust Him. Secondly His love is endless and doesn’t fluctuate. I need to hear this over and over because I am like a child awakening from a bad dream—I need repeated reassurance from the Lord God. So read the rest of Psalm 118 it is one of my favorites and when you come to the end, you’ll discover your own pot-of-gold.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:29
Hope is knowing of wonder yet to be seen. Of rivers, of mountains covered in green.
Hope is scent of joy yet to come, Of love in a family together as one.
Hope is courage in this covid blight. Hope is God’s hand holding me tight.
Enduring great trials hope will sustain, When anchored upon God’s holiest name.
So I can rejoice even in sorrow, For hope assures of a better tomorrow.
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15
Therefore, we who have fled to him (Jesus) for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:18-20
Words can send a blessing. The same words can send a curse. I love you is a blessing. I love you if… a hidden curse.
Words can tell the truth. The same words can be a lie. Often we don’t know which is which, Only time will break the tie.
How do you avoid being taken in? Caught in a sugary trance. Look at the fruit in their life, Good fruit is not by chance.
-by Stephen Hufman
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’