Monday, February 24, 2014

Lord, That I Might Receive My Sight

Can you see Keira behind the bushes in these two different pictures?
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18

            The three dogs I was dog-sitting played in the backyard. I walked out onto the deck to check on them.  I saw only two of them.  From my vantage point, I scanned all around the yard.  Still I could see only two.  I worried that the one dog might have escaped through a hole under the fence.  As I walked down the steps, a little motion in the shrubs across the yard caught my eye.  There stood the dog looking directly at me.  She was barely visible because her coloring perfectly blended in with the gray fence and vegetation.  My eyes had been deceived. It so surprised me, I took a picture so I could share the story with the owner.  But, the dog wasn’t visible in the picture either.

            This incident made me realize that the truth can be looking right at us, but sometimes we might not see it.

            Saul of Tarsus thought his perspective allowed him to clearly see the truth and he persecuted and killed the disciples of Jesus.  But, on the road to Damascus, the Lord by His mercy spoke to Saul out of a great light above the brightness of the sun which blinded Saul’s eyes, yet opened his heart to the truth. 

But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose…to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they many receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26: 16a, 18 (KJV)

When Saul was able to see again three days later, he saw aright and went forth as a bold witness and a powerful minister serving the Lord.
Untold misery has been caused in this world by people who think they are seeing aright, and yet they have not turned from the power of Satan unto God.
Then, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, part of our responsibility is expressed in those words of Jesus in Acts 26:18.
Here's another picture of Keira, the same dog.
Jesus said What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?

And the blind man said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.” (See Luke 18:35-41)

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God. I am honored that you have spend part of your day with me.  May God be with you and protect you, and open your eyes to the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.

Monday, February 17, 2014

When the Situation is Bleak and Scary, Where Do You Put your Confidence?

My house spring 2013

After math of February 11th ice storm

In my little part of the world last week, we experienced a record breaking ice storm. I’ve never seen anything like it. Many people are still without power for the fifth or sixth day.

Many of you have even worse weather-related experiences. There’s been enough awful bizarre weather this winter to try and inconvenience most of us. For some people the weather has caused real devastation in their lives. Our hearts go out to them.

The one thing over which we have little or no control is the weather.

The weather doesn’t care about our family background or social standing, our net worth, how educated we are, or any of our other statistics. It levels the playing field so to speak. We all are subject to it.
When the situation is bleak and scary, where do we place our confidence?

I know I have little confidence in myself.  

We are forced to realize that we are at God’s mercy, that God and He alone is in control. God has the ultimate control over us. 

My confidence is in Him.

Am I interested in the sovereignty of God because He is the Great I Am?
Or, am I only interested in Him because of the blessings He provides? For the comforts He gives me and mine?

If I believe that God is engineering my circumstances, then I must also believe that everything is in His hands.

I want to be faithful to Him by trusting Him through the storms.

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

We have to keep the faith, exercise it to build it up, remind ourselves to be loyal to God.

Then, we can say that all is well with our soul because of our faith in Him, regardless of the weather or any other circumstances.

For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 

my little crocus

I am honored that you have spent some of your time with me today on Write Moments with God. I am grateful for you.  Please feel free to leave your comments below. 

And I’d like to ask you to say a prayer for those people everywhere who are hurting as a result of the weather. Even if we don’t know them personally, we can bring them to God who is on the throne of our hearts and the Holy Spirit of God in us will pray for them. Lord have mercy. Our confidence is in You.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work ~ Plus, the winner of last week's book give-away

Wait for the Green Light ~ courtesy of Google image
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

I left my house on time for work praising God for His incredible timing.  I was thanking Him for some answers to prayer wherein I had specifically asked for His perfect timing, and He had clearly come through for me.  I was reminiscing in awe of His faithfulness.  

As I proceeded on my way, an overloaded dump truck pulled onto the two-lane highway in front of me.  I came up behind it rather quickly due to the fact that it was moving as slow as a turtle.  It barely made a bleep on my mind's radar screen; I was so engrossed praising God.  When it dawned on me that this truck was not going to exceed 45 miles per hour,  I looked for a chance to get around it, pass, and travel on my way, in my own good time.  But alas, that opportunity never came.  I felt tension rising.  (Blame it on original sin and my fallen emotions!)  I became impatient.  The flow of praise stopped, and a monologue aimed at the rear of the truck took its place.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

I followed this lumbering truck for at least eight miles on the two lane highway on which I travel back and forth to school each day.  As I sat behind it at the traffic light at the intersection nearest my destination, I realized the irony of the situation. 

I had been praising God for His incredible timing (which was probably a bit silly since God is always on time), and I allowed my impatience with a slow moving truck to stop the praise.  That praise was wonderful.  I needed it.  God desires my praise.  God deserves my praise. Might He have been giving me a few extra minutes so I could praise Him a little longer on my way to work?  And I had squandered an opportunity to rejoice.

When the light changed, the truck moved on, I turned left and just as quickly the impatience was gone.  I thought of it with regret.  With less than two miles to go, God had my attention. . . again . . . and I realized, I have quite a ways to go on life's road.  And it will all be in God's good and perfect time.

Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.  James 1:4

Florida sunrise ~ courtesy of Google image
Thank you so much for visiting Write Moments with God. I hope you enjoyed this meditation I shared with you once before.

I'd also like to thank all of you for visiting and commenting last week when Jane Herlong Jenkins was my guest.  The winner of the signed copy of her book, Bury Me with My Pearls, is Diana Montgomery.
Congratulations Diana. I'm happy for you.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Meet Guest Author, Jane Herlong Jenkins ~ Plus monthly Book Give-Away

Jane Herlong Jenkins

Jane Jenkins Herlong is my special guest today on Write Moments with God.  Jane and I met through our association with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has graciously offered to give away a copy of her newest book, Bury Me with My Pearls, so be sure to leave your comments at the end of the interview.

Humorist, Amazon “best-selling” author and professional singer, Jane Jenkins Herlong finds the funny in dysfunction while entertaining with her comedy and singing (which can be heard on Sirius XM and Pandora).  From the tomato fields of Johns Island, South Carolina to a Miss America runway, Jane’s funny and original Southern stories and her award-winning singing help audiences learn life-skills and the healing power of laughter.

Jane has been married for thirty-three years to Thomas Herlong, and they have a son and a daughter, one at Clemson University and the other at The College of Charleston.

Jane, tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

 Bury Me with My Pearls is my third book.  My first book is entitled, Bare Feet to High Heels: You Don’t Have to be a Beauty Queen to be a Beautiful Person.  The book is humorous and highlights my journey to the Miss America Pageant. My second book is entitled, What Ta-Tas Teach Us. This book is in memory of my sister who had breast cancer. I have been published in Guideposts and Successful Farming, and wrote a newspaper humor column for years.

What’s the best thing about writing?

I enjoy sharing my humorous stories and my faith with others.

What inspired you on your writing journey?

The highest calling in life is service. There is one chapter in my book that addresses the darkest time in my life. I had to turn my pain into someone else’s gain.

Which books have had the most impact on you as a writer?

I read self-help, Christian books; Joyce Meyer, Dr. Henry Cloud, and Jan Silvious are some of my favorites.

Is there one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had from the beginning?

Pay attention to your grammar teacher.

What do you think the Lord is teaching you through your writing?

I am developing the Fruit of the Spirit, forgiveness.

Jane, tell us about your newest book, Bury Me with my Pearls.

My grandmother requested to be buried with her pearls. So many women love wearing them; it's also very Southern. The process of developing our jewels requires faith and surviving tough times. 

Bury Me with My Pearls uses humor and Biblical principles to address the importance of guarding our spiritual gifts and doing the right thing, regardless of our feelings or circumstances. It reminds us to trust God in all circumstances, and then wait for his results.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary ; and they shall walk , and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 

Thank you so much Jane for being our guest today.

You can find Jane on the web at the following addresses:

Now, to qualify for the random drawing for a signed copy of Jane's book:

1.  Leave a comment in the comment box below for one chance to win. Include (1) your email address, and (2) how are you going to share this blog post.  We so enjoy reading your comments.

 It's easy to share this on Facebook.  Just click the button at the bottom of the page.  (Plus, Twitter fans could tweet.  We appreciate lots of shares in order to help us get the word out about Jane’s writing and this blog.

2.  Become a follower of Write Moments with God for an additional chance to win.

Do this by Saturday, February 8th by noon.  I will announce the winner on Monday, February 10th. 

I hope you will participate. That lets me know you enjoy this monthly feature of Write Moments with God. I appreciate you sharing your time with us today. Please come again.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Are You Heading out the Door in your Own Strength? Meet with the LORD First Thing

Morning dew on the rose ~ Google images in today's post

For you shall not go out with haste. Isaiah 52:12a (AKJV)

Do you sometimes catch yourself grabbing a piece of toast, or a muffin, and your coffee on the way out the door in the morning in too big of a hurry for your quiet time with the Lord?

I’ve done that a few times lately, and then realized, I didn’t take those first few minutes of my day to seek His face and all the blessings that go with that.  (Even ten or fifteen minutes can be a refreshing devotional time.)

Jesus is not like a piece of toast you can grab on your way out the door. Yes, I know He is always with us, but we need to seek His mind regarding the day first thing in the morning.

No matter how long I have practiced it—because I have learned what works best for me—I still by-pass that quiet time sometimes.  Inevitably I regret it.  So, here’s some reminders for myself. I hope they’ll help you as well.

><> First thing in the morning, go to the Lord.

Meditate in the quiet stillness of the day. Pray.

Seek His counsel and guidance through prayer and Scripture reading.

When we run out the door and pray on the fly, we begin the day in our own strength.

When we hit the ground running then ask God to bless us, we’re started with things upside down. 

><> First thing in the morning, meet with God.

Seek His counsel and guidance through prayer and Scripture reading.

Receive His mercy and His grace and His blessings.

When I find I’m experiencing too many frustrations, feel unprepared or lack spiritual purpose, I usually then realize I was too hasty to grab the coffee and the muffin and run.  I failed to give God a chance to work in my soul and prepare me to face the day.

><> First thing in the morning, meet with Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

Receive their blessings and a kiss of grace to “Go in Peace” and “Redeem the time for His glory.”

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

My voice shall you hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you. Psalm 5: 1, 3 (AKJV)
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