Sunday, December 4, 2016

You Never Have To Walk Alone

My grandson Charlie with his Dad my son in law James Viebrock

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

The promises of God have empowered many a believer to walk through adversity, disappointment, and grief, yet no promise is as comforting as the promise of God’s abiding presence in the life of the believer.

The Lord does not promise that our lives will be care-free if we choose to follow Him. The supreme case in point is the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief. The Scriptures bear witness to Jesus’ humanity and courage; and above all, to His love of the Father – even when He was subjected to hatred, torture, and death. Jesus’ life was devoted to doing the will of the Father, and He followed God’s will to His death on the Cross.

Those of us who belong to the Lord need not fear or despair, because He is with us and will walk with us every day through every circumstance. The psalmist has said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4a)

It just so happened that I wrote the above devotional one morning expecting what I thought would be an average day. It was anything but—that evening our family experienced a shocking unexpected death of a loved one.  I look back at these words days later and marvel at the message God graciously put on my heart. It’s a message we all need to receive.

Knowing that I don’t walk alone is a comfort. Knowing that the Lord is with me gives me the grace to trust in His promises and the courage to face every day.

My grandsons, Nathan and Jonah.

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God. I appreciate you. I pray that all who read these words will be blessed.  May you find encouragement here.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Providence of Almighty God

Sunset on Lavender Field courtesy of Eileen DeCamp
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 RSV

These are the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ. What a beautiful promise to cling to in the midst of troubling times.  I need to read this often.  And what led me to meditate on this?
I admit I am one of the vast majority of Americans who harbor serious reservations about our presidential prospects.  In fact, I’ve fretted over it for months and frankly fear disaster in November.  I’ve read insightful political commentaries about those who are “looking for a savior.”  But, we must remember ,that indeed, there is only one.

The powers of worldly dominion are unconscious of God, are they not?  Or, they are blatantly defiant of God.  Do they care a whit about what God thinks about most matters?  And yet, we look to them.  So much of our security and peace of mind is based on the civilized life we live, apart from our faith in God.  Should it not be the other way around?

God is Almighty. He is working out His plans.  Do we trust Him?

Christ trusted in the will of His Father and submitted to the providential order of God.

Consider when He stood face to face with Pilate.

Pilate therefore said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above…” John 19:10-11a

When I read those words of Scripture the other day, I had to meditate on Jesus’ words. His words are TRUTH.  I thought of the providential order of God behind everything.  I wondered if I have come face to face with that reality.  The rest might be little more than a farce on the world’s stage that creates chaos in our lives.  We must go on with God, rooted and grounded in Him in spite of the chaos.  God’s kingdom is not of this world.

But we need to also continue in prayer, remembering Timothy’s words concerning intercessory prayer for ecclesiastical and government leaders (See Timothy 2:1-7).

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7 KJV

Photo Courtesy of Eileen DeCamp

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I hope you have found a bit of encouragement to strengthen your heart.  Feel free to share your thoughts. Take His peace.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Breakfast with Jesus -- Guest Post by Jeanette Levellie -- Plus Book Give-Away

Jeanette Levellie 
I'm glad you are visiting Write Moments with God. I'm pleased to welcome my friend Jeanette Levellie, pastor's wife, mother, speaker, and Christian writer. She is sharing a devotional with us today.  Then, I want to tell you a bit about her newest book, Shock the Clock. (Interesting concept, don't you think?) She's also giving away a signed copy.  So, enjoy.

Breakfast with Jesus
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11, NIV

After he turned the TV off, my husband asked, “How did you like Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
            “Okay,” I said, “although it seemed a bit shallow.”
             “Did it? I thought it held a valuable message. A selfish, aimless man finds meaning in laying down his life to help a girl more selfish and aimless than he. In the end, she realizes she can only be satisfied by committing her life to someone else.”
            “Well, when you put it that way…”
As believers, we were created for a higher purpose than living to please ourselves. When we focus on what we see in the mirror, how we feel or what we want, we remain empty. We’re too small to fill the world, even our little corner of it.
            God’s image in us compels us to serve. We find fulfillment by our commitment to relationships.  First, to the Lord Jesus Christ and then by loving service to others. As we surrender to Jesus, fellowship with Him in prayer and the Word, His nature takes the place of our pride. We discover hidden gifts and talents, which we share with others, leading to deeper fulfillment.
No greater joy awaits us than the overflowing heart of a fully abandoned life.

Find your joy in fellowship with Jesus and service to others.

Thank you Jeanette for that.  I always find your writing uplifting.  
Jeanette has written several books of devotions and humor, which I found to be very enjoyable. Check them out on her blog or Amazon page. Today I want to tell you about her newest book, which really speaks to issues faced by so many of us. 

Help for Time-challenged Creatives and Everyone Else

Unlike other time management programs, Shock the Clock is a unique approach that empowers you to focus on your strengths and minimize your weaknesses to make the best use of your limited writing—or other creative time.  Author Jeanette Levellie (and her zany artist son) shares practical tips and creative insights that will enable you to say “no” with confidence, delegate with grace, and find your car keys.

Includes time management tips from:
o   New York Times Bestselling author Cecil Murphey,
o   Award-winning novelist Jody Hedlund,
o   Director of Professional Writing Department at Taylor University & author of 54 books Dennis Hensley

Jeanette has offered to give away one free signed copy to a blessed winner on my blog! To enter to win, please connect with Jeanette in one or more of the ways listed below, then comment which way(s) you chose. This contest will end at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 11th. I will announce the winner here on Monday, June 13.

Connect with Jeanette:

Twitter: @JenLevellie
Thanks again for visiting Write Moments with God.  Please visit on June 13th for a new devotional, plus give-away announcement.  May you find the encouragement and strength you need in your everyday moments with Him.  'Til next time.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Ordinary Business of Life

This lovely BLUEBIRD is courtesy of my talented friend, Eileen DeCamp.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

It’s been some time since I wrote for this blog.  What I thought would be a brief hiatus turned into several months.  I didn’t expect the long absence.  However, all this time I’ve been busy about the ordinary business of life, doing the duties that lie nearest.

I’ve asked the Lord a couple of times over these last few months, why I’m not writing as I intended.  No answer came, but still I had peace about it because I am certain that God engineers my circumstances.  I abide in Him, in family matters, in health matters, business matters, in spiritual matters, and His grace abounds. I do my best to cooperate, so to speak, with God.

But, I intended to write regularly for this blog.  The thought comes that maybe that’s not what God intended. At least, not just now, or in that manner.  Isn’t it possible that God intended for me to be doing exactly what I’ve been doing?  He said, “Follow me”; He said, “Feed my sheep”.  I’ve been ministering to needs in ways other than writing.

The thing is, we are apt to tie ourselves up, and God as well, by our own expectations and intentions.  I think sometimes when God upsets or overrides our plans, it is because we are in danger of making our programs an idol, some ego-centric self-fulfilling plan, that’s maybe a bit out of alignment with harmony in Him. When all the while He simply wants us to follow Him, wash some feet (see John 13:5), and serve Him through the duties that come to us in the ordinary moments of life.

There’s no need to sulk or be impatient about it.  I chose to remember the calming assurance that all things work together for good for those who love God.  After all, my fondest desire is, to be the called according to his purposes.

One of my sweetest distractions, my granddaughter Evie.

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today.  I appreciate you.  January 4th I began a new job as adjunct English instructor at a community college.  It's given me more time to pursue my projects, so I hope to write more regularly again for Write Moments with God.  I welcome your comments.

'Til next time.  May God bless you, encourage you, and keep you safe in your daily walk with Him.