Saturday, January 28, 2017

Four Affirming Words from God

My Dear Child:

I have four strong and affirming words to give you today.  I want you to write these words down, and more importantly, I want you to write them on your heart and mind.

Here they are:


It is that simple. 

Remember Joshua?  He had followed in the footsteps of Moses for a lot of years.  When Moses died, Joshua was my choice to be the next leader of the tribe of Israel.  When he got the word, he was terrified.  He shook in his sandals, so to speak.  Here’s what I said to him then, and I say to you today.

“Be not afraid nor dismayed.  I your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9)

Even before Moses died, I told him basically the same thing.

“The Lord will fight for you; you just need to be still and be quiet.”
(Exodus 14:14)

It’s the same message and I give it to you for today … I (God) am with you!

Many of you have troubles.  Your nations are divided.  Some of you face the peril of the sword.  Many are hungry for basic food sources.  You have trouble. 

Know this … 
~Even in the grip of hunger pains, I am with you.
~Whether you agree with or fear your current governmental leaders, I am with you.
~Even though you fear for the future of the world with threats of weapons that can reach your shores from afar, I am with you.
~When world economic markets soar and when they crash, I am with you.

I am your God and I will be with you ‘till the ends of the earth.”  
(Matthew 28:20)

That is my promise to you!

Offering Words of
Hope Encouragement
One Word at a Time

Saturday, January 21, 2017

God Only Has Eyes for You

( A letter from God)

My Dear Child:

I love resting my eyes on you … just you.  I remember well the day you were conceived.  I put within you the beginnings of all that you were to become.  As you grew in your mother’s womb, I was watching.  As your head and nostrils developed, I was there. 

Weeks before you actually burst forth into this world, you kicked, you twisted, you turned, as if to say “Let me out.  I’m ready to go.”

And you were almost ready … almost.  You just needed a bit more time in those developmental stages. 

And then you came to be.  Your first cries were magical and musical to your Mom’s ears.  You were finally ready to begin your journey. 

You grew, you suckled, you cried and laughed, and you grew some more. 

And now, look at you.  You are all grown up.  And I am so proud of you. 

I know how you think, I know what you like and don’t like.  I know the deepest darkest secrets of your heart, and I love you anyway.

I watched you last week as you looked in the mirror.  I read your mind.  You wondered, you pondered, you questioned, you fretted.

I want you to know this … I’ve never looked in your mirror and wished that I saw someone else.  You are mine.  You are my finest creation.  Believe that.

Remember this … it is found in my Holy scriptures, in Psalm 139 from the pen of David.

For you, God, created me, my inner being;  You put me together in my mother’s womb.

I give you praise because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are masterpieces, that I know. 

My frame was not hidden from your eyes when I was being formed. 

Your eyes saw my early beginnings as a glob of protoplasm, unformed and free-floating,

Even then you began to order my days.
Your thoughts toward me O God are precious, significant, on purpose.

When I think of you, I imagine all that you could be, if you will only believe in your great potential. 

In my book, in Isaiah 43 I had the writer say this …

Don’t fear; I have redeemed you; I call  you by name; you are mine. 

When you pass through troubling waters, I will be with you.  The rivers will not sweep you away.

When you walk through fire of all kinds, you will not be burned. 
I am your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I have one thought to give to you today.

Offering Words of
Hope Encouragement
One Word at a Time

Saturday, January 14, 2017

God Is So Good

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when I was music minister in churches in Orlando, Albuquerque and Seattle, we sang a song.  It was a simple song.  So simple, in fact, that one might be inclined to skip over it because it is so simple. 

And the song is this …

God is so good
God is so good
God is so good
He’s so good to me

I have to stop and allow my heart to calm down a bit when I think these kinds of thoughts.  You see, I believe what I just wrote and what I just sang in my heart. 

In my sixty-seven years of living on this earth I know one thing … God is good to me.

He has seen me through the thick and thin of life. 
In want, He has been good.
In plenty, He has been good.
In health, He has been good.
In sickness, He has been good.

As time went on, I would make up other verses for this tune.

He answers prayer … He’s so good to me.
Did I ever tell you about the time God sent me $3000?  That was an answer to prayer.

He loves me so … He’s so good to me
When I’ve had moments and feelings of aloneness, I have felt his love and closeness.
When my parents died, I felt His love and comfort.

A huge part of my concept of God is this … He is a good God.  He cares for His children … all of us!

And He is a presence in our time of need.

Psalm 46:1 says

This I know, for I have lived it and experienced it.

God IS so good … He’s so good to me.

Let Him be this kind of reality in your life today.  Invite Him in.

Say the words … He will do the rest.

Offering Words of
Hope Encouragement
One Word at a Time