Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pictures of God

Pictures of God

Got a picture of God somewhere?  Most pictures of God are locked away in our individual minds. 

Perhaps some of us have (or have had) these kinds of images of God.

~The God who leans over Heaven’ banister, shouting and pointing at you or me, calling us out on a foul or two.

~The clip-board God, walking around, watching, marking down on His clip-board all our faults, our missteps, our harsh words and wrong deeds.

~The folded-arms God, who has turned a deaf ear to our cries and pleadings simply because we didn’t say the right words, say ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ enough to suit His tastes.

~How about the all-white God, who despises anyone else of another color.


Allow me to present a different, a gentler picture of God.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His mercy endures forever.”
(Psalm 136: 1)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
(Isaiah 43:2)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
(Psalm 46:1)

May the God of grace and peace be present in every situation you face today.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Friday, August 10, 2018

Don't Believe What You've Been Told

Don’t Believe What You’ve Been Told

My Dear Child:

You have been told a lot of stuff in your years of living.  Just for the record, I want to set the record straight.

Here's what you have been told.

The world is doomed.
There is no hope.
Mankind is weak, self-interested, myopic.

You can’t make good choices for yourself.
You let others do the thinking for you.
You can't do that.

You can't go there.
You can't say that.
You can't think that.

You are weak.
You are inadequate.
You are a nobody.

Leave that alone. You don't know what you're doing.
Only the strong survive.
You're not pretty enough.

You're born on the wrong side of the tracks.
You're the wrong color.
You speak the wrong language.

You didn't go to the right university.
You don't have a badge of authority.
You live in the wrong neighborhood.

Well, that is probably enough.

Here's what I want to tell you.

I am here. 
I am watching over you. 
I've never once abandoned you or your world. 
I've never taken a nap or dozed off.
I am not casting your fate to the winds.

I have a plan for you.
I care about everything you care about.
I have this incredible capacity of love for you.  I've said this in countless ways. I've had writers, poets, singers, philosophers, teachers and many others try and communicate to you about my immense capacity for love, yet, somehow, the message still escapes many. 

And so, my patience and grace continues.  I keep searching for more singers and writers, poets and philosophers to keep drumming this one theme. 


You value yourself in pennies.  I see you as diamonds and precious jewels. 

You think you are wasted, dried up, a shriveled specimen of humanity. I see you as one with immense potential and great possibilities. 

You simply need to believe in the unique and beautiful you and in your God who doesn't make mistakes. 

I shall tell you again. 


Will you accept my love?

Your God, Your Papa, Your Abba

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where Is Hope

Where Is Hope

Some wise thinker once wrote … “Man can’t live four seconds without hope.”

And so, we seek for hope.

Mankind seeks for hope.  The native Afrikaner seeks hope.  As does the pathfinder in Australia, the weathered old woman in Moscow, the hungry street beggar and the rich business man who just invested a large fortune on the next greatest idea.

Hope abounds.  And in what do we hope?

Where is the greatest source of hope?

The greatest source is found in the God who goes with us every day.  The supreme being who watches our every step.  The one of which the scriptures say, “He never slumbers or sleeps.”

He, God, gives wisdom in every step, peace for every trial, and His presence in every situation.

May you experience the hope and comfort God offers you today.

Be encouraged.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration