What Will This Day Bring?

Will it bring good news or bad?
Will it be fruitful or wasted?
Will it strengthen my faith or my doubts?
Will it bring peace or unrest?
Will it give me opportunities to be compassionate or angry and demanding?
Will it encourage me to forgive or judge and condemn?
Will it open my heart to God’s goodness or will it make me turn away in despair?

This day will provide choices. My responses will decide the rest.

Come and See

And God said to me, “Come, and you will see.” John 1:39

Come and see how to forgive when forgiveness seems impossible.
Come and see how to trust when there appears to be no hope.
Come and see how to believe regardless of the scorn from unbelievers.
Come and see how the hard things in life are made softer through faith.
Come and see how beautiful I have made this world and all My creation.
Come and see how often I will carry you, hold you, and kiss your tears.
Come and see, My beloved child, how much I love you.

A New Year's Prayer

Lord, lead me to toward a healthier lifestyle with diet and exercise.
Lord, lead me to write the books you inspire.
Lord, lead me in prayer for our world, our country, for all in desperate need of your help, and especially for those with whom I disagree.
Lord, lead me to acts of kindness toward all your creation without pausing to judge who is worthy and who is not.
Lord, lead me closer to you.

Beside Restful Waters

I have always loved Psalm 23, the green pastures and restful waters. Those have taken on new meaning in our new home. A few steps in any direction and I can sit beside gurgling creeks or still ponds, surrounded by verdant pastures.

However, even in Idyllic surroundings, life can become complicated and worrisome.

Since the year 2009, I have been without health care insurance and have put off preventive exams due to the expense. Since turning a certain age and I now have insurance, my doctor has scheduled the tests. My brain went into overdrive. What if?

Streams in the Desert quoted 1 Samuel 7:12: “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

He has helped through financial struggles, health issues, and personal challenges. He has provided compassion, strength, wisdom, and a miracle or two. Will he not continue? 
“For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me.”

Christmas Optimist, Pessimist, Idealist, or Realist?

We idolize the holidays, believing this special season changes the entire world and everything and everyone in it. Like Chuck Griswold, we become overly optimistic, believing in the ideal of the perfect family Christmas. Life is built on the imperfect, and we are usually greatly disappointed for one reason or another when our expectations are too high or unrealistic. Then we become pessimists at best and Scrooges at worst. I suggest something else - a true Optimist. An idealist who recognizes and acknowledges flaws, but chooses to focus on what is right, rather than what is wrong.
In the well known story, two boys were placed in separate rooms. One filled with every imaginable toy, the other with manure. After an hour observers went to each room to see the boys' reactions. Sure enough, the Pessimist could only complain. Nothing was right. Every toy had a flaw or defect. Noting this, the observers moved to the next room. To their amazement the Optimist was busy digging in the manu…

What Would You Have Me Do, Lord?

Every so often we writers get into slumps and question why we write. Does it matter?
I fell into this trap yesterday. Re-editing the three books in my series for inclusion into a set, has been more daunting than I expected. It has also been humbling. How could I publish such drivel? Who would want to read it? So, why bother?
Unlike other times these thoughts have plagued me, I turned to prayer, asking God what He would have me do. He answered.
As has happened before, I have confused my listed readings and read one meant for another date, and there was my answer.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach if they have not been sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things? B…

Holding Tighter or Letting Go?

“The first author of beauty made all things,” Wisdom 13:3.Author, that caught my attention. This theme continued in the rest of my devotions. 
Psalm 19: “There are no speeches nor languages, where their voices are not heard. Their sound has gone forth into all the earth: and their words unto the ends of the world.” Verses 4 and 5.
What author doesn’t hope that will happen to them? 
Then came the words, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life, will save it.” Luke 17:33
I am wallowing in grand dreams of becoming a best-selling author, and God brings me up short.
In my devotion, Living Faith, Author Amy Welborn, asked how we intend to lose our lives for God. This isn’t meant in the literal sense, as in physically dying, but in what we are asked to lose in order to follow God’s plan for our life.
Writing takes tremendous sacrifice. We spend hours in solitary confinement sitting at a desk with pen and paper, laptop, or computer. One of my former cowork…