John 3:30 “HE must increase, but I must decrease!” “Burning OUT Self” — on Purpose!” “Burnt out” by designconstrained lowest by choice…proves Self Disciplines’ rigorand personal Faith. “How so?” comes the call.“How does Loss become Gain…when my strength has been strippedfrom this long- broken frame? “Look up!” HE replies…“let MY rain drench your souluntil purged […]Read More “Burning OUT Self” — on Purpose!”
Titus 3:9 “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” Avoiding Dispassionate Debates! What’s Love got to do with “religious compassion” for how can “transactional care” replace CHRIST’s? How might “going through motions” achieve HIS affection? The Answer? They can’t…and they won’t. Despite this hard truth, […]Read More Avoiding Dispassionate Debates!
Proverbs 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Let Faith Revive! Insults, InjusticeOffense and Contemptbattle Fairness and Goodnesswith GOD’s Compliments. But! HIS Love conquers;GOD’s got the last wordthus each onslaught of Evilreceives its own curse. So turning both cheeksthough oft gaining Pain…finds our souls lookingupwards because all […]Read More Let Faith Revive!
Psalm 63:3 “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you!” Reflecting our Soul’s Source! What man does to manneed not mirror sin forwe are not required tomimic its steps. So follow not closelythose many paths devilish,for what if no difference ’tweenyours and theirs — seem? See then each imagebefore you […]Read More Reflecting our Soul’s Source!
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from every form of evil!” Escaping Sin’s Quagmire! Sin’s ultimate consequenceis no match for Sovereign love.The grave thus has no hold on me!Eternal freedom mine…as such! CHRIST‘s touch shall then bringRaptures’ height What rescue, HIS redemption…WHOSE blood has set this captivefree with spotless intervention! Let no one try to “out-sin” Gracenor […]Read More Escaping Sin’s Quagmire!
Romans 12:11 “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the LORD.” Doing 3 Things at Once! How we long for YOUR appearingwith the greatest of Impatience…knowing all of Timing followsWHEN YOU say! For “the WHAT” — already known— is that YOU shall draw us home.So we wait with every expectation growing! […]Read More Doing 3 Things at Once!
Mark 16:15 “And HE said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation!” Reflect The KING’s Calling! Each voice cries aloudyet listen we alsoto ONE deep within us;WHOSE NAME calls our own! WHO draws HIS offspringwith Never’s withdrawal…securely assigningour souls to Heav’ns home! So shout to the LORD;return […]Read More Reflect The KING’s Calling!
Psalm 77:12 “I will reflect on all YOU have done and meditate on YOUR actions!” Memories don’t negotiate.What happened can’t be changed.History’s threads — already woven —there remain. So whether brightly coloredthese reflections are…or nay,they cannot be reimagined— nor erased. Yet living in this present, thenlet us sew with Light…so when past these actions are,they’ll […]Read More Our Path’s Pre-Reflections!
John 20:31 “But these are written that you may believe that JESUS is The Messiah, the Son of GOD, and that by believing you may have life in HIS NAME!” First Love’s Renewal! HIS Love and affectionate, graceful Attention embraces those “CHRISTian”in name AND in deed. So because of GOD’s call heard regathering children, there […]Read More First Love’s Renewal!
Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor!” Sovereign Straw Selections! For Comparison’s sake, take a handful of straw. Weigh each piece as if equal…for so they appear. But how we address this mass measurement matters since some seem quite weighty whilst others feel light. So CHRIST’s Light makes […]Read More Sovereign Straw Selections!
Psalm 139:5 “YOU have enclosed me behind and before, and laid YOUR hand upon me.” Best Bound, Well Surrounded! LORD, leave this thorn within mewith this flesh of mine — still plagued;Lest forgetting — I continue in thoseways where Flesh has led! Oh GOD! Permit me thishaving “course-less” gone too oftenwithout YOUR guiding hand or […]Read More Best Bound, Well Surrounded!
Job 34:21 “For HIS eyes are on the ways of a man, and HE sees all his steps!” With Sight Above! Man rattles his sabres;Flesh boasts of its powerwhile discarding the truththat this hour is GOD’s. YESHUA our SAVIOURcompleted HIS blueprintsbefore the first momentof Time had receded! Thus just as HE’s writtenso let us be […]Read More With Sight ABOVE!
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong!” For This Last Mile! With the last ounceof Effort’s — allturns from liquidinto a gas… …where it’s burned asfuel — fully firedthen are we spentwholly for HIM. Up till that Timewe must press on —though pressures riseand pains increase. For […]Read More For This Last Mile!
James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Obeying Traffic Signs! Steven Covey calls the interrupters as those who “listen only with the intent to respond”. So not really listening at all. The opposite is true of those […]Read More Obeying Traffic Signs!
Proverbs 11:25 “The generous soul will be made rich, and those who water will be watered as well.” HIS Hospital Staff! My cry is “Be JESUS!” when wounded souls cry to remind me which course of reaction be mine… …because of the ropes that great sacrifice ties! So may we each follow HIS footprints! For […]Read More HIS Hospital Staff!
Proverbs 30:7 “Two things I request of YOU (Deprive me not before I die): Two First Requests! How many souls withDeception — begin?Instead of with facts, theymove off-ward with Sin… Till, by Dark, consumed!As such, they pretendwhile fooling themselvesand…those who listen. So likewise — Treasure!Grant me just my lotfor soley YOUR willshall suffice, oh my […]Read More Two First Requests!
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the LORD always; again I will say, Rejoice!” Without Self Infliction! How deep our love for the FATHER when deepest our grief and despair…knowing only HIS heart can re-rescue our ownin these hours — so absent of Care! Not such as given by Evil whose every embrace proves this point!Rather solely […]Read More Without Self Infliction!
Psalm 107:20a “HE sent HIS WORD and healed them…” HIS Healing Infusions! Medicines “left behind” create questions. At times, since their value may worthless now seem. When those who once took them — now with HIM; so what further use is there for their prescriptions? But! Such benefits still can bring health to our souls […]Read More HIS Healing Infusions!
1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the LORD and HIS strength; seek HIS presence continually!” At Dawn’s First Light! Beginning the day,whether late or on schedule,requires proactive submission. First coming to CHRIST,with hearts which are listening,is far more important than speaking. Before requests making,Grade every petition with silencefirst pondering glory! For GOD’s story assignedneeds no words than […]Read More At Dawn’s First Light!
Psalm 145:3 “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; HIS greatness no one can fathom.” HIS Powerful Praise! Powerful Joy with Bench pressing Gladness…tears veils of darkness;and fuels great Compassion. Fueling heart lifting actions, so thoughts of GOD flourish; dispelling Life’s shadows through Praise song expressions. Where Psalms sung most zealous o’erwhelm the […]Read More HIS Powerful Praise!
Psalm 95:1 “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the ROCK of our salvation!” Elbowing Ahead! What encouragement those arein CHRIST;The Body who speaks of HIS NAMEwith great reverence! Whether knee or a hand makes no difference, no mattersince their voice is lifting the LORD’s…with great praise! […]Read More Elbowing Ahead!
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the LORD GOD, WHO is and WHO was and WHO is to come, The Almighty!” In that Measureless Moment! These days blend, uniting, togetheras one. No more…stand alone — separate — set apart — None! With blurred dotted lines, so they merge with each other.No […]Read More In that Measureless Moment!
Proverbs 30:12 “There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth.” Once a Pharisee… Talking over, not under; interrupting atwill with one’s voice and their words — contradicting… …so no credence they gain! Nay, Respect is most absent. Yet louder and bolder such souls — “Self!” proclaim! […]Read More Once a Pharisee…
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I with them.” The (Re)Gathering Body! When shall our loved onesagain gather with us; whowill willingly come withoutPressure’s advance? Or how much Persecution isneeded — reminding —that we must drawn as HISfabric— together? Dwell in Unity, yea! Side-by-side,hand-in-hand…Lifting up one another […]Read More The (Re)Gathering Body!
1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of GOD’s varied grace…” Sent Other-ward! Royalty’s Heightsacrificedfor our lives…Hallalujah! Love’s load wearingCross bearingGrace sharingSAVIOUR… is CHRIST soley!Ours — onlyanswer toprayer! So live holygive fully,love wholly —others! As HIServant surely sent in your service, Whitney Devotional: Matthew […]Read More Sent Other-ward!
Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” No Victim nor Foe! Daily putting down Pridewhich gets picked up too quickly,both attacker and victimare found within Self. So sure of our truths whichare separate from Scripturethere […]Read More No Victim nor Foe!
Exodus 8:32 “But Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also; neither would he let the people go.” Changing the Same! Are we intolerant of the lessons Pain teaches? Is it’s presence shunned quickly — no matter the hour? What of those warnings GOD sends as Discomfort— proposed? Are such moments defined just the same? […]Read More Changing the Same!
James 1:19 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…” Preemptive Communications! With one hand covering overmy mouth — intervening…So no speech nor one word canbe heard without speaking. Yet! Such little involvementis frequently witnessed…whenSelf first says these thoughtsand rejects wiser thinking. Save for all […]Read More Preemptive Communications!
Proverbs 27:19 “As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man!” Love’s Face — Forward! Buildings over the years change as my face has in the mirror. Once favorite stores have now become shells of what once was… …so often disguised with face lifts, hiding wrinkles and scarring. But one face […]Read More Love’s Face — Forward!
1 John 4:19 “We love because HE first loved us!” Sharing Love First…with SIght! When you look in the eyes ofsomeone who’s silentwho can’t speak of their grief norwhy Pain fills their heart…then there’s draining of Hope.Both of theirs and your own…for you cannot share Comfort’s embrace. Thus our gaze in return feels bothhollow and […]Read More Sharing Love First…with SIght!