“Stop A Thief!”

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“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” John 10:10

Life lessons have the funniest way of coming to mind. And when children are involved, it can be downright hilarious. One day I had a lot of trash and recycling to take out because it was cleaning day (ha, as if everyday isn’t cleaning day). I couldn’t carry it all so I had to make two trips. First, I took out the trash and placed it in its receptacle. As I came back in the house, standing at the door in some sort of karate position, like she wanted to attack me, was my nine year old (at that time). I believe I just smiled and proceeded to get the recycling. After delivering it to where it belonged, once again, coming back into the house, there was my daughter again, in her homemade-karate-ready-to-attack-mode. I said, “What are you doing?” She responded, “I thought you might be an intruder.” Why she thought that I will never know, but her actions and words, though done and said in fun, really stuck with me.

We have a lot of things, people and circumstances that try to intrude on what Christ has already secured for us. But, how diligent are we to stand against them to protect that “abundant life?” Do we stand at the door, in position, to fight against any who seek to rob us of this joy?

Complacency seems to be the motto for most. Many discuss and debate for change, yet, it is often a road that goes unpaved. Oh, we complain about it. We become filled with rhetoric of the “If it were me . . .” statements. But, do we actually do anything about it? No. We accept things as it is.

The case gets even sadder when we realize our “abundant life” is at stake. Through Christ we have an overflowing promise doled out to us, but it is often picked away by thieves a little at a time until we have nothing left. That same complacent spirit that has invaded the world tries to take over our view of our promise and lulls us into an accepting attitude.

I will tell you this that kind of an attitude will get you robbed over and over again. The only way to stop a thief is to proactively protect what is rightfully yours. 1 Peter 5:8 admonishes us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” The word vigilant screams at us to be on guard!

Both of these verses point out the main thief, the main initiator, the ring-leader of the robbery ring is the devil. Those things, people and circumstances I referred in the opening are often the tools he uses to steal from us. Sometimes we think of how much better my life would be if it weren’t for these things, people and circumstances. A lot of the time that part is not going to change but how we respond makes all the difference in the world.

1 Peter 5:9-10 discusses this. “Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you!” The word “resist” reinforces the idea of constantly being on guard against the thief and not giving him access to your possessions. While being “steadfast in the faith,” gives us that karate chop of defense. It fortifies us in Him and gives us the endurance to keep on fighting. “Knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren,” opens our eyes to the reality that we are not in this alone. We are not the only ones struggling. Sometimes, that realization alone, gives us the motivation to keep on pushing forth.

Here’s the really beautiful part, “The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Effectively putting you in the position to “stop a thief.” The abundant life is ours, but there are also some who want to steal it. Our job is to “resist” and to remain “steadfast in the faith.” When we do that, it is God who perfects us, establishes us, strengthens us and settles us! Now, that’s the karate chop that will keep intruders at bay!



“There’s More Than One Way”

There’s more than one way to be a champion. 

There’s more than one way to use your gift. 

There’s more than one way to make a difference. 

There’s more than one way to create change.

His original design for your life may not look like everyone else’s.  For some to stand with their own earthly measuring rods to compare may have not taken into account the uniqueness that makes you, you.  It may look quirky to some, but to God, it looks like you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” (Psalm 139:14). 

You are not a cookie-cutter fabrication of the rest.  Nor are you a tired remodel of the “best.”  Just the best you is who you are with your offerings to the world.  So go ahead and step out in the way He has planned for you.  Show them what you have to bring to the table matters.  Show them (despite the sometimes judgmental stares) your voice, your calling, and the workmanship He has sown in you with great care. 

There’s more than one way to do a lot of things, but there’s only one way to be – that’s you! Show them you.

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Live This Day As If It Is Your Last!

What if this were the last day we had on this earth? How would we live? What would we do differently right now? Who would we cherish spending time with the most, . . . and so on?

This thoughtful article asks us to think on this question and declare, “I will live this day as if it is my last.
And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.”

That’s about the sum of life. The past can’t be undone, and as Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” (Matthew 6:34, NASB). Therefore, thank God for this day and life it to the fullest!

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And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping? First, I seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hour glass? Will the sun rise where it sets and sets where it rises? Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them? Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole? Can I become younger than yesterday? Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused? No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

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“It’s Coming!”


“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall
speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
it will not tarry,” Habakkuk 2:3, KJV

I’m excited!!!! It’s coming!!!! It can’t hold off too much longer!!! It’s almost here!!!

I see something that has me positively giddy.  BUDS!!!  That’s right, tree buds!  Oh, does it get me worked up.  When I see those pretty little things start to form on the end of barren tree branches it sets my soul soaring because I know spring is just around the corner.  The season has to come.  It can’t hold off forever no matter how dim and dismal the weather may seem right now.

This anticipation is much like our spiritual lives.  We know the promises of God.  We read them daily in His Word.  We have rehearsed some of them.  Bound them in our hearts.  Hold with a death grip onto them.  Yet, they are not here at this moment.  But, it’s coming!

Often times the branches of hope in our lives can seem so barren, as if no fruit or leaves will ever produce on them again.  Dry and lifeless things just blowing in the wind with the storms.  But, it can’t stay like that forever.  There is hope on the horizon that the promise of new life and productively will once again blossom, bringing to pass the vision that God has for you in your life.

The Bible tells us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  We don’t know why we often seem to be in a holding pattern but we can be assured that during the process God is working out His purpose in the midst of it all.

“Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come!”  When God appoints the process to be done and the vision plan to initiate, it CAN NOT hold off.  It has to COME!  I know, I know!  It’s the waiting part that’s hard – tell me about it!  But as a mother carrying a child, the vision has to be birthed when the term is up.  It can’t stay in that holding pattern for long.  It has to come forth.  It’s coming!

Do you want to know something else?  One day I heard the birds chirping.  A sure sign that Spring is on its way.  Pretty soon I’ll be planting flowers and such but right now I’m giddy over the fact that’s it almost here.  It’s coming!

What are you waiting for today?  The Bible says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly,” Psalm 84:11.  God is not our magic genie but He is a promise keeper.  “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,” Deuteronomy 7:9.  If it’s in His will and we are doing what we are supposed to be doing – It’s Coming!

We have a hope to hold on to today.  Though we may not see it at this moment, the signs are around us – It’s Coming!  “It will surely come and will not tarry!”  Don’t Give Up!


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“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day,” Proverbs 4:18, KJV

For those living on the east coast, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic States, yesterday was a glorious day. The weather was absolutely wonderful. We had a chance to feel the warmth of the sun. Instead of donning scarves, hats, and gloves, we had a chance to open the windows and let the fresh air in. It was a taste of something better than the dreary season we previously faced.

I would venture to say that this world is in a dreary season no matter what the temperature is outside. But you and I, we bring a taste of something better in the midst of all the gloominess. We are like the sun breaking through the clouds giving people a glimpse of hope. Our lives are as a “shining light” showing people a better way to live.

Turn on the local news in any city and most likely it is riddled with violence, tragedy, and suffering. Very rarely are there any good deeds or acts of kindness spotlighted. It seems the longer the world remains the tougher times get. The epidemic of sinfulness that began in the Garden of Eden keeps spreading and infecting men and women everywhere.

Oh, but the “just.” Those who are made right in the eyes of God, we don’t walk the way of the world. We glow differently! We sport in our being the essence of the ultimate light, our Lord Jesus Christ. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” (John 8:12, KJV). We have the “light of life” and we shine!

Proverbs 4:18 goes on to tell us that we shine “more and more unto the perfect day.” While we are in Christ we are getting better and better, and as a result, our light should be shining brighter and brighter. How else would this world ever get a break from always viewing the dreariness of life if we don’t shine?

Our “paths” make a difference. The things we do and the things we say show people something wonderful that they’re not used to seeing. The way we carry ourselves and our dispositions make people wonder, “What’s gotten into you?”

The light of Christ, that’s what! I can’t help but to shine!

When we shine people become attracted to us like a magnetic pull. The more they see the more they may want to know what makes you glow. Then, they in turn may want to learn how to glow, too.

Our temperatures are predicted to reach 73 degrees here today and in the 70’s all week until Friday.  Awesomeness!  Whether we have sun or not, warm or cold temperatures, you can be that ray of light shining in someone’s life today.


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“Do Your Best!”


“Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” – Madeline Bridges

In Matthew 25 there is the parable of the talents. Some were productive and some not. The ones that were the master blessed with even more. The one that wasn’t lost everything.

We only get out of this life what we put into it. “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully,” (2 Corinthians 9:6). I believe this principle applies with every area of our lives.

Too many are looking for blessings without putting their best foot forward. Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

God honors the diligence of those who work to put their best foot forward. “For the labourer is worthy of his hire,” (Luke 10:7). He rewards those that do their best. Whether in the parable of the talents or in Colossians 3:23, when we do our best we can look forward to reaping the best. “The best will come back to you!”

If you don’t like what you have been reaping, check to see what you have been sowing. Have we been half-stepping or have we given it our all, “as for the Lord?”

Life can be overwhelming sometimes. Ask God to help you deal with your daily schedule and the works that you have to do and DO YOUR BEST TODAY! Don’t let your talents go to waste!

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Elderly Wisdom: Dedicated to those who have tested the waters before us.

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One of the greatest treasures I had afforded to me when I became a born-again Christian was the elder mothers of the church.  These beautiful women of God were literal “mother hens.”  They fussed over you to make sure you felt loved and welcomed.  They also helped to care for your soul and life, advising on everything from child care, a strong prayer life, respecting your husband, and yes, even your appearance.

Many balk at the idea of it today but these women with their wisdom were beautiful lights of God shining the way for the next generation.  Sadly, we don’t see very much of this “mothering” anymore.  Is it because they are absent or is it because the next generation is so rebellious, and in their own proposed “wisdom” refuse to hear and be led?  Maybe it’s a little of both.  Whatever the cause there is a definite void in the spot they used to fill.

Elderly wisdom is a treasure unlike the words we read in books.  It’s a life of experience that takes time to sit with you and care for you just to invest in your future.  Elderly wisdom has seen it all and has been through it all and can show you the paths to walk that they have already tested ahead of you.

Their words are not to be shunned or taken lightly with a roll of the eyes.  With a life well lived, they have nothing to lose by telling you the truth of how it is and how it should be.  Deaf ears be wary of missing their words for it may be the sentence where you find hope, healing, and direction to stay on the right path.

When Rehoboam, in the Bible, rejected the advice of elderly wisdom (1Kings 12:8), and rather heeded the advice of his buddies whom he grew up with, the kingdom divided and the people went astray. 

The Bible tells us, “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding,” (Job 12:12).  They have fruit in themselves that has been tasted and tried and can pass on the good seed of it.  Therefore, they are deserving of our respect and honor (Leviticus 19:32) for their years of life and service to God’s people.

To all the elderly, those old loving mothers and wise men, who helped me to be what I am today – Thank you!  I love you and miss you dearly.  Your years were, and still are, a treasure to be held by all.