Christian Growth, Devotionals

For Keeps


I inwardly squirm when I read the shalt not commandments.

I visualize the doctor telling me not to use salt. Instantly, I feel slighted and want to shake that table salt-shaker for all it is worth!

God gives two lists.

One has imaginary header reading ‘Do’ and the other ‘Do not.’ I am not free to disregard any of his commandments.

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s (Exodus 20: 17 KJV).


I don’t often think on that shalt not. We have boundaries. I know that it is sinful to want what belongs to another. Bringing the terms up to current wording I sense that they cover material things as shelter, marriage sanctity, workforce and animals. What’s his or hers is theirs for keeps.

Let this not be said of thee or me…

“He coveteth greedily all the day long (Proverbs 21:26a KJV).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals, Relationships



Handholding is not a new concept; I’m glad that it will never go out of style…

Daddy: “Take my hand; we’re going to cross the street.”

Daddy: “Take my hand; I’ll walk you to school.”

Young Admirer: “Take my hand, I’ll walk you home.”

First Steady: “Can I hold your hand?”

Fiancé to Girl’s Father: “I’m asking permission for your daughter’s hand in marriage.”

Pastor to Bride and Groom: “Please hold hands.”

Husband to Wife during child labor: “Squeeze my hand.”

Lifelong mate to his Beloved as she faces death: “I won’t leave you; hold my hand.”

Heavenly Father: “Child, take my hand.”

Godly Woman: “I see the Lord!”

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel; and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever (Psalms 73:23-26 KJV).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals, Short Stories

Surprises Discovered





Try to recapture childhood excitement…SEPTEMBER 2014 002

It did not take much to make us happy in those days; we searched for hidden free toys in boxes of our favorite cereals. Of course, we liked the trinkets buried within boxes of Cracker Jacks nearly as much as the tasty popcorn. The reason, we all like surprises.

We have three cats that have found their reason for living. They eat. We have them to rid the farm of mice and rats. On a score of 1-10, I rate them#9. Rodents infested this property when we moved here; now, they rarely make an appearance.

‘And what to the cat’s eyes did appear?’

This evening, my husband prepared to feed the cats at the old farmhouse. Taking a nearly empty bag of cat food, he began to scatter it on the front porch. To his surprise, and the cats’ delight a small mouse tumbled out from the bottom of the bag!

How do I weave this humorous incident into a devotion message? Follow me.

Joseph used cunning to waylay his brothers who had sold him into slavery…

“And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, ‘Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain money.’ So he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken (Genesis 44:1-2 NAS).”

Joseph was not vindictive; he forgave the deeds of his brothers.

I forgive the cats for any mouser infractions. With adoration and praise, I thank God for ‘forgiving me’ of my sins.

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Pam’s Penny Candy


Long before there were Super Stores…

Shoppers purchased groceries and more at the mercantile or SEPTEMBER 2014 002general store.

The ‘Mom & Pop’ groceries stores offered basics and old-fashioned friendly service.

In my case, it is not a ‘Mom & Pop’ that I am remembering. It is an ‘Aunt & Uncle.’

My Aunt Dorothy Rice Ford & Uncle Alex Ford owned and operated ‘Rice’s Grocery,’following the death of her father.

Dwarfed in size to today’s Super Stores, it had ample penny candy variety. Making my selections easily occupied me while Mom and Dad shopped for our week’s groceries.

*Tootsie Rolls
*Root-beer Barrels

The Bible is not a Mom & Pop grocery or a Superstore.

It is a storehouse of wisdom.

Peer through the looking glass of Proverbs…

Choose a daily selection from its thirty-one chapters.

My favorite scripture passage is contained in chapter three.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals, Uncategorized

Shell Game

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Life is not a sidewalk shell game; or is it?SEPTEMBER 2014 002

Multitudes are duped, deceived and deluded daily…

The deceived have not done their homework.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6a NAS).”

They exchange truth for error. (Romans 1:18-32)

Who manipulates minds?

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9a NAS).”