In the Midst of Fear

Tree gnome’s fearful face

My fears can get pretty big at times. That is why I need a fear that will push aside all the fears of life. Paul, in Acts 9, encountered the fear that pushed everything in his life aside:

He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” Acts 9:4-5

We all need the fear of the Lord in our lives.
Fear of the Lord helps me to do what God wants, even when I don’t understand why.
Fear of the Lord lets me face trials and know He reigns supreme. He will bring me through it.
Fear of the Lord gives strength to my faith.
Fear of the Lord gives hope to any situation, no matter how dire.
Fear of the Lord empowers my prayers, for I know nothing is impossible with God.

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name. 

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:18-22

Where there is Fear there is no room for fear.

The Joy of My Salvation

Exuberance

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You. Psalm 51:12 NLT

What a wonderful prayer.

I know the verse says Your (God’s) salvation, and I have put “my” in there. Truly it is God’s salvation of me, but now it is my joy also. This joy struck me as I was praying this morning—God’s salvation, my salvation allows me to commune with Him. That when I pray for people, the mighty power of God will be brought to bear for good in all situations, no matter how dire. Prayer with real purpose is part of the joy of Your (my) salvation. How good is that?!

Resurrection Sunday

He is risen!

We celebrate the day that God put His Life into life.
The day His infinite power brought everlasting goodness.
The day the light of His glory pierced our darkness.
The day His ultimate sacrifice infused us with joy.
The day hope replaced our hopelessness.
The day of our new beginning.
The day of music and laughter instead of sorrow.
This first day of our forever with Him.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  1 Peter 1:3-4

Old Familiar Moon

The earth and heavens await the rising of the sun

I look up and see the moon,
so familiar I cease to wonder.
Today is Good Friday,
so familiar I cease to bow.

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,…” Ephesians 1:17-20

On another note, my latest book is now out, “The Arrogant Death of Dr. Jones.” An allegory to show the importance of faith, hope and love.

“There must be some mistake!” Dr. Jones screamed when he felt the sudden crush of a heart attack.

At the peak of his medical career, the heart of Dr. Jones teeters on a knife’s edge between life and death. As the medics administer CPR, he finds himself transported to a gray mist. There he is trapped by his arrogance. His skin burns if he tries to approach the glorious light of heaven. But closing in from the shadows is the horrific stench of hell.

Crying for help, heaven sends three of his former patients. People whom he had discounted as worthless. They become all that separates Dr. Jones from his arrogant death…

Will he listen?

Humble Lichen

Lowly lichen brightens the bark on a Ponderosa Pine

God opposes the proud , but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5

Humility is an overlooked essential ingredient in grace.

Without humility, you do not know your desperate need for God’s forgiveness. You remain in denial. – “I’ve done pretty well with my life.”

Without humility, the shame of your life keeps you from grace because you don’t deserve it. – “How could God forgive the unforgivable?”

Without humility, you will not accept God’s grace because you won’t submit to the authority of Jesus in your life. – “I want to be in control.”

Without humility, you’ll want to somehow earn God’s grace. – “I’ve never taken anything I didn’t earn.”

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-19 NLT

You can’t generate humility. Even here you have to ask for God’s help.

Ascribe to the Lord

Jesus forgives me,
When I can’t forgive myself.
He redeems me when I feel unredeemable.
The Lord lights my life with His mercy,
When all I deserve is the darkness of my ungodliness.
Only by faith can I accept God’s grace and mercy.
Which He holds out for me to receive.
For the Lord rejoices over my redemption,

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1

Nothing is impossible for God.
The Lord guides my steps into righteousness,
Even when I can’t see because of my shame,
Jesus will rescue me from all my enemies,
even when I am the enemy.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1

I fall at the feet of Jesus for He has done great things for me.
His glory brighter than the sun.
His mercy greater than all my shame,
His righteousness surrounds me,
His love breaks the strongest chains,
His faithfulness never fails,
His power and goodness are everlasting and will never diminish.
His love is better than life,
His love gives life to my life.

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, 
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; 
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Psalm 29:1

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