Monday, August 26, 2013

Let Us Not Be Weary

Google image ~ reminds me of my daddy plowing the fields

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  Galatians 6:9 (KJV)

A close childhood friend came for a visit last weekend.  We’ve known each other for over forty years, but seen each other rarely over the last twenty-five.  As we shared memories, stories about our families, and our jobs, decades of personal history lived anew with brilliant fresh meaning.  Childhood dreams might not have been realized, yet life has been rich. Our reunion was particularly refreshing due to this unexpected perk: I could see that perseverance and patience had paid off.  Our labors had not been in vain.

We all get weary.  Sometimes we are physically exhausted; sometimes we are mentally exhausted and rather frustrated with the way our lives are going.  Maybe the daily routine has become a drudgery which never seems to lighten up, getting harder with each passing day.  In a career where we once felt inspired and dedicated to doing good, maybe now we are feeling used up. I was battling such feelings when my friend came to visit.  But as we talked about raising our children, our struggles and our accomplishments, the precious fruits of our labors came into focus.

 Even when we are connected to meaningful relationships and endeavors, many circumstances and outcomes are not what we want them to be, and our patience is tested.  In retrospect, it’s easier to see that, in spite of life’s struggles and pains, we can have confidence in God’s promises.     

A farmer labors and hopes for an abundant harvest in a season.  In a matter of months, he gathers the fruits of his labors.  Believers labor and hope for an abundant harvest as well.  Fortunately, we see some fruits in this lifetime; others we will see in Eternity. 

God has promised in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we live each day, doing those things that we know we need to do, our confidence can be in the integrity of His word. Our labors are not in vain.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15: 58
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Today's devotional is an excerpt from my devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea:  Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  I hope it was a blessing to you. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

God's Solution for Let-Me-Tell-You-What-He/She-Did Moments

Photo courtesy of Jeanne Henriques ~ Collage of Life

Fret not thyself because of evildoers…. Psalm 37:1

My daughter called.  In an exasperated voice, she started the conversation with “let me tell you what he did."   I listened and gave my advice, which amounted to “don’t worry—don’t you fret because of evildoers. God is in control.” 

Now, that would be all well and good if I myself had not just had my own let me tell you what he/she did moment.  Boy, did I feel convicted.  The truth is, we will always have to deal with fiery darts from the evil one.   I don’t think there is any way to totally avoid it.  Direct attacks come to us or we suffer the fall-out as we try to help others deal with someone else's evildoing.  Sometimes it’s to be expected—the saying hurting people hurt others comes to mind--and sometimes it catches us totally off guard from unexpected sources.

Fret not.  This is basically a commandment.  Fret not.  This  should  be our reality.

Webster’s defines fret as “to be peevish, unhappy, or discontented; worry." In Psalm 37, David shares wisdom gleaned from his lifetime of experience walking with God and his experience with evildoers.  In this beautiful Psalm, he tells us three times “fret not…”  He gives comforting explanations and instructs us in a better way to be.

Fret not…
Trust in the Lord
Delight in the Lord
Commit your way to Him
Rest in Him
Cease from anger
Depart from evil
Wait on the Lord

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Psalm37:37

Such encouragement!  Let our confidence be totally in God and trust Him completely.  
So, the next time you suffer from someone else’s evil deed, and you have a “let me tell you what he/she did” moment, stop and recall David’s words.  And what’s more, Jesus said,

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  John 14:1 (NIV)
Some of my favorite things ~ courtesy of Eileen DeCamp
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Be of Good Courage: He Will Strengthen Your Heart

My grandson Gabriel

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and

heard my cry.  Psalm 40:1

A friend asked for prayer for her elderly father, who had undergone exploratory surgery.  She was awaiting the diagnosis.  My heart goes out to her.  I know it is hard to wait, especially under those circumstances.  But waiting is part and parcel with living. 

Wait on the cake to bake, and the soup to cool; wait on the paint to dry and the crops to grow.  Wait on a diagnosis.   Wait on the baby to be born.  We’re all in God’s waiting room.  We trust we will see His goodness because we trust in God's love and infinite wisdom.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Psalm 27: 13 (KJV)

Our human frailty gets the best of us too often, and we wait impatiently, worrying over the outcome, with doubts and fears, practically having a tug of war of wills with God.  His timing seldom matches up with our own.   His ways are not our ways.  But we know it’s a waste of time and strength to run ahead of God or try to force His hand.  In our heart of hearts, we desire His will for our lives.

Don’t lose heart or hope.  Be encouraged.  Submit to God’s will and His perfect timing.  Paul told believers “having done all stand”.  (See Ephesians 6:13)  God’s promises are true and we can trust in His perfect love. 

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the

LORD. Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)
 Baby Gabriel this July at the beach
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Compassions New Every Morning and Mercies Never Failing

Photo courtesy of Eileen DeCamp

During my walk this morning, my thoughts were marching right along with my steps.  I’d prayed about many things, and now different concerns were coming to mind.  Not unlike the day before, and the day before that.

Life is a moment by moment on-going process, and the Christian’s walk is a moment by moment choice to take God at His Word. 

Whether today’s struggle is with laundry, or paying the bills, or my waistline, or something much more serious--no matter what today’s struggles--chances are tomorrow will have more concerns and struggles, and maybe many of the same.  There’s nothing new about that.  But, praise God, His compassions are new every morning.

As a Christian, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a child of God, I can trust God.  He is faithful.  I can count on Him for never failing mercy.   I need to reach out to Him and take advantage of all that He has provided.

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 22-23 (KJV)

His compassions are new every morning because we need a fresh supply every day.  Like the manna in the desert, God knows it’s a daily necessity for His children.  He understands our hearts, and our minds, and all our concerns and our needs, great and small.

Moment by moment, step by step, He is faithful.  Walk with Him.

Great is thy Faithfulness by William M. Runyan is a beautiful hymn made popular in years past by the Billy Graham crusades.   I hope you’ll enjoy reading this faith-filled affirmation of God’s faithfulness. 

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“

  Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

  “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! 

Photo courtesy of Eva Marie Everson
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Be Rich in Good Deeds, Generous and Willing to Share

Beautiful photography courtesy of Eileen DeCamp

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  1Timothy 6:18 (NIV)
Thinking back now, it seems a bit ironic.  I was sitting in the drive-through at the bank when a shiny luxury sedan caught my eye on the street which runs perpendicular to where I sat. It was followed close behind by another equally beautiful top of the line vehicle, then another, and another.  Just at the moment I surmised there must be a spectacular car show up the road, a motorcycle cop sped along side and another followed at the rear.  I realized then I was watching a funeral procession of someone who had been very rich. 
You’ll have to excuse my irreverence, but I thought “well, you can’t take it with you.”
There won’t be any luxury cars in heaven.  But the fact that the cars caught my eye in the first place probably says something about a preoccupation with appearances and material possessions.  I suppose I like luxury items as much as the next person.  It’s good to remember that ultimately our soul’s estate is all that counts. 
We should let nothing in our lives or our livelihoods put a hold on our relationship with God.  Our relationship with Him is our most important asset.  What’s done for the Lord and His glory will endure, and our treasure will be laid up in Heaven.
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:19 (NIV)

Jeanne Henriques life on the farm @ collage of life

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Meet Kimberley Payne, this month's featured guest

Kimberley Payne -- motivational speaker and author
The first Monday of every month, I love to introduce to my readers a guest Christian writer.  Today, Kimberley Payne is our guest. Her writings relate to raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences focusing on building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live their lives to glorify God. 

If you'd like to know more about Kimberley and her work, please visit her website at  Kimberley's books are available as e-books, so she will be giving away a kindle e-book download to one reader who leaves a comment and follows the directions at the bottom of the page.

"Those Closest to Us" is a devotion from her book, Where Life Meets Faith.  This collection of 52 devotional articles, which explore life challenges and building a relationship with God, is a tool for Christians seeking to develop a deeper faith walk.

Those Closest To Us 

I remember reading that you become most like the seven people you spend the greatest amount of time with each day. Ten years ago, I commuted to a job forty-five minutes away and spent eight hours with my co-workers. We had staff meetings together, enjoyed lunch together and even shared coffee breaks together. Outside of this, I lived with my husband and had a friend rooming with us in the basement. So these were the most influential people around me, and according to this study, these were the people I would become most like. 

This disturbed me somewhat because I did not respect some of these people. Some had values that I questioned and others had different lifestyles. Yet would I become like them? In the Bible it says, “A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 12:26 NIV). I can see the wisdom in this proverb. When I surround myself with Christian people who share my value system, they can urge me on to become a better person. If I esteem and respect those closest to me, I can aspire to be like them.  

I recently took that advice to heart and invited a woman I admire to be my mentor. She accepted and we have started a beautiful relationship. I respect her work as a writer, her values as a Christian, and her skills as a mother. There is much that I can learn from this woman. 

However, there is someone else that I can learn from. Someone who not only understands my sorrows and pains, but who overcame them.  Someone who walked the talk. Someone who was perfect. Jesus.

If I want to be more like Jesus every day, He must be one of the seven people around me daily. Of those seven, He really should be the one I spend the most time with. That’s not too difficult considering that I can call upon Him at any hour, anywhere, for anything. I can talk with Him in the wee hours of the morning or during coffee break or before I close my eyes for sleep. I can read about Him and write to Him. I can join others and study what He has to say in His Book. 

Consider with whom you spend the most time day in and day out. Now consider that these seven people will have the most influence on you. Have you chosen wisely? 

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7NIV).

                                                  Jeanne Henriques ~ Collage of Life

Thank you Kimberley for sharing that devotion with us. It makes me more thoughtful about whom I want to spend my time. I hope readers will leave you a comment below.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

The Kingdom of God is at hand ~ How Will You Respond?

Sardis Methodist Church ~ the first church I attended as a child

Recently I read a chapter from a famous memoir—I won’t mention which one.  The author writes about his childhood experiences as a church-going.  Eventually, he stopped going completely because he never felt the excitement and peace that others exhibited.  He wrote that he never felt “saved”. 

This scenario has stayed on my mind. I’ve wanted to write something for you about this, but struggled with how to write it without sounding “preachy” or superficial.  I know I’m not a preacher;  I just read and study my Bible.  But please bear with me because I will not have peace until I write about this.

This story saddened and disturbed me because apparently intellectually this person believed in God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was a silent observer.  Our churches are full of silent observers.  I dare say, countless people sit silently observing in church services and never feel “saved”, never quite get what all the excitement is about. 

I want to make two crucial points which I think of as first steps toward God.


Our emotions have no effect on the reality of God.

Our feelings have no effect on His sovereignty.

Whether I have the faith to move mountains, or I’m as weak as a newborn,

Whether I’m full of joy, or in the throes of sorrow,

God is God; He is still the Great I Am.


We cannot let our emotions (our temperaments, our history/baggage) be a barrier to coming to Christ and accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior.

God’s sovereignty requires a personal response from each of us.

It is our individual responsibility to actively respond to God’s word and His offer of salvation. 

So, I say, grab hold to Christ’s offer of salvation.  If you believe it, confess it with your mouth.  Ask God to soften your heart and enlighten your mind.  He will and you will be on the way with Him by your side and in your heart.   Please follow the link and read what the Apostle Paul had to say in Romans 10: 8-10.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13

I leave you with Jesus’ words as recorded by Mark:

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.  Mark 1:15
Google image of a Florida sunrise
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