Christian Growth, Devotionals

Still in Preschool

I have an affinity with the Creator. I am in awe of His ability to create masterpieces. Think about it, He is an artisan in a vast array of fine arts.

He paints vibrant orange sunsets and uses white for wispy clouds with wide open skies as canvas. We step back to take a closer look and know He has granted us an unforgettable privilege of viewing the work of the Master.

The sculptor in Him formed majestic mountains. He added a final touch of color to increase a dramatic effect. Some He covered with green trees yet others are nearly red with jagged rocks.

Music is in the heart of Him. He plays hushed melodies with wayward winds, eye-openers through the songs of birds, and lullabies with rolling waves reaching shore.

He is the most deserving of all for the Pulitzer Prize. His word is not contained in simple newspaper, book, E-book, or audio-book form.

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people (Jeremiah 31: 33b NIV).”  

As a writer, I am still in preschool. I worship at the feet of the living Word.

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God (John 1:1 NIV).”








Peek and Poke

Many men and women thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking, not me. It is a chore and a necessity; only on very rare occasions do I get my kicks in the kitchen. I have never won any blue ribbons but my easy to please husband usually pushes away from the table with parting words, “Mighty fine!”

Some cooks and chefs strictly follow recipes to the minutest detail but multitudes who have achieved recognition through their craft wing it. They add a pinch of this, a dash of that and one for good measure. Seldom do they fix it exactly the same way twice, which makes it difficult to share the recipe with friends. Perfect timing is also a talent.

A timer device may be handy and even used, but nothing is reliable as peeks and pokes. Cooks open the oven door or lift lids to take a sneak peek at their work in progress. They need to check to see if their food is finished cooking. They poke it with a fork or toothpick and estimate the time of completion. Even confident cooks repeat the process when baking a cake; in disappointment, they sense the need to pop it back into the oven.

Writers often feel the same disappointment when working on an article or a book. They are anxious to complete the task and to bask in the accomplishments of perfection. Yet, sometimes we have to deal with discouragement, stay in the kitchen and pop it back into the oven. “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times (Psalm 12:6 KJV).” Seven times an artisan popped silver in the furnace. Patience paid off!

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Buddy Row

Enos Strate was no dipstick! The shy southern deputy had a head on his shoulders and eyes for Daisy. He lit up when he saw her and bent over backwards to please her. Enos worked for Roscoe and had a tough row to hoe. He balanced walking the straight and narrow path while working for a crooked boss.

Unpaved back roads and paths through open fields were no obstacles for the skillful driver. If he had passengers in the patrol car, he’d give a shout. “Buckle up! Hold on Buddy Row!” They’d fly through the air and bounce back down on all four smoking wheels. No one had injuries in the fictional Hazard chase scenes. Reality is not always so easy on those involved in wrecks.

Life often propels us at supersonic speed. God holds out His protective hand and in a still small voice might whisper something much like “Hold on Buddy Row!” Will we heed the warning? “holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain (Philippians 2:16 RSV).”





Christian Growth, Devotionals

Point A To Point B

“The shortest distance between two places is a straight line”. I think I’m having a math class flashback. It’s logical but why do freeway designers and engineers build so many winding roads and dangerous curves? Go figure.

If I plan to travel from point A to point B, I simply trust the judgment of those who have mapped out the way. Okay, so first I have to identify my place of departure, alias point A. Then I verify my destination and tag it point B.

Guess you get the point. Is it possible to begin at point A, reach point B and yet be right where you started without a u-turn? Before you are totally confused let me clarify my point. “They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion (Psalms 84:7 NAS).”

I’ve had days when I went from weak to weaker and ended up at exhausted. It’s nice to know God provides a departure he labeled strength and a way to arrive at the final destination of strength.  Final point: Christ is my strength. (Philippians 4:13)