About Stephen Hufman

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.

Learning to Praise

Grand Canyon at sunset

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim (shout praise to) you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.” Psalm 89:14-16

Learning to acclaim Jesus allows me to walk in the light of His presence, and rejoice in His name all day long.

Jesus, my creator.
Jesus, my redeemer.
Jesus, my protector.
Jesus, my shepherd.
Jesus, my king.
Jesus, my counselor.
Jesus, my righteousness.
Jesus, my rock.
Jesus, my Alpha and Omega.
Jesus, my peace.
Jesus, my Lord forever.
Praise God!

Dancing Before the Lord

Clouds blossoming in the blue sky.
Do they portend rain?
Or are they just dancing before the sun?
I don’t know, but it is joy to watch.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

…Beside Still Waters

In the turmoil we encounter God invites us to be still before Him. This is a much needed gift for our current times.

God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Do not be distraught if His peace is not immediate. This is a process that takes time. That is why Jesus spent a whole night praying, He knew what was coming.

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

I invite you to meditate on the majesty of God and His promises. So that in time you can say with confident joy—it is well with my soul.

He leadth me beside still waters, Psalm 23

The Sun Breaking Through

Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:8

“… put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:7

As we face uncertain times, put your hope in the Lord and His unfailing love.

Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:4

No matter what trial you face, bow in awe before the Lord, for His love through Jesus Christ is unfailing, and will endure forever.

Prayer in the Woods

Have you ever thanked God for prayer? Think about it, the Creator of all, who is the Alpha and Omega, the King of kings and Lord of lords, invites us to commune with Him in prayer. It is beyond my ability to comprehend… yet this privilege is given to me. Sometimes I fail to show up… yet this privilege is not taken away. At times I pray with a wrong attitude… yet this privilege is God working in me, not to kick me to the side, but to bring me closer to His side. Thank you Lord for the gift of prayer.

A Vortex of Praise

When I find myself trapped in the vortex of worry—
The pandemic, climate change, an aging body.
I feel like life is going down the drain.
Then I remember God created me for this exact time in history.
He knew all my days when He formed me in the womb.
I know He loves me and has good things for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
He is with me, so my heart takes courage and rejoices in the hope I have in Him.
His Holy Spirit guides me and will transform my anxiety to trusting in Him.
So that I might be able to test approve His will.
His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2).
In Jesus the vortex of worry becomes one of praise.
 

Impatient Patience

Waiting to get there.

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

Waiting is very hard for me. In fact it borders on the impossible. But in Psalm 18:35 it says that God stoops down to make me great. Now that changes things and to my surprise, waiting becomes an encounter with God.

My day is as good as the amount I let God into it.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

His goodness plots the course of the sun and clouds to create a beautiful scenes. Though the beauty of the moment is fleeting, His goodness and love are everlasting.

Thank God His love is not limited by my ability to put it into words or be there to take a picture.

It is greater than my imagination.
It is not measured by what I deserve.
It does not stop when I wander off,
but seeks me out and brings me back.
I cannot diminish it,
but I can increase it by receiving His love and giving it away.
It surrounds me like a shield,
and guides me on the right path.
God’s love gives me freedom to be all that He created me to be.
His love washes over me and will never leave nor forsake me.
I don’t have to worry about tomorrow,
because God’s love and mercy will greet me like the sunrise with beauty and glory.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.