Fall Season


Devotion:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything there is a season.  I love Fall!  Today we’ve had really cooler weather which makes it so enjoyable.  My friend Linda came over to walk with me and talk with me.  We walked for over an hour just enjoying the crisp Fall air.  We noticed a few of the leaves turning from green to orange, and a few trees blushing with red.  It was so invigorating.

Did I say; Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year?  I so enjoy seeing the leaves fall like snow to the ground and watching grandchildren run and jump in the great big piles. It’s the best!

Fall is the time of year my dear Mother in Law went to be with Jesus.  Maw Maw’s favorite time of year was Christmas.  She loved decorating and buying gifts for her family but she loved Thanksgiving as well. She enjoyed cooking for her family. I loved being at her house when she made her turkey and dressing.  It was Yummy!  The smells were amazing!

As I grow older; I cherish these memories and enjoy making new ones with my children and grandchildren as well.  The seasons come and go and pass by way too quickly.  I pray my children and grandchildren will carry on these sweet traditions.

God created all things for us to enjoy.  Each season has a reason.  I want to enjoy all of them.  I love being a wife.  I love being a mom to my two sons.  I love being a mother in law to my beautiful daughter in laws.  I love being a grandmother to my six precious grandchildren.

Think of all the roles God has allowed you to fill.  Give Him thanks for every season of life.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for every season.  I love them all.   You created each one with and on purpose.  Thank You for every new one.  I watch to see what You will do.  In Jesus Name.  Amen



The Fragrance of Christ


Devotion:  2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Have you ever been in someone’s house and sensed the presence of God’s Holy Spirit?  I know God dwells in people with His Holy Spirit; however, I’ve also been in places where His presence lingered after they had left the building.

How does that happen?  Some things cannot be explained.  I’ve been in prayer rooms where I could sense His presence lingering or hovering after the intercessor had left the room.

In the Old Testament; God’s presence was found only in the Holy of Holies.  A bell was tied to a rope on the ankle of the High Priest, just in case he came in with sin in his heart.  He would have to be pulled out by the rope. (dead) No one could enter that sacred place except for the High Priest. He’d better be clean of heart.

True Christians are inhabited by God’s Holy Spirit.  We are to be the fragrance of Christ to the saved and the unsaved.  What does that mean?  Christians should never leave a stink behind.  People should know there is something different about believers in Jesus.

Christians are far from sinless however; they should be willing to confess and ask forgiveness quickly.  It’s the Word of our testimony that speaks loudly to those who are watching.  Is there anyone in your life whom God has asked you to go and ask forgiveness?  Ouch, that’s a hard one.

I would encourage you to go to any one who has something against you as soon as possible and make things right.  God will open up doors of opportunity like you’ve never seen before.  That’s who our God is.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I want to be the fragrance of Christ to all that I come in contact with.  May I shed your truth in love always.  Thank You for those You have brought into my life.  I’m so thankful for the gift of each of them.  In Jesus Name.  Amen



The Cross Before Me


Devotion:  Mark 8:34

I stayed up very late and had to get up very early.  The alarm went off for a while; before I came into consciousness.  Still tired; I went to the kitchen, made myself some hot tea and started to unload the dishwasher.  As I began to place the last dish in the cupboard; something fell, grazing my shoulder.

The five pound ceramic cross landed right between my phone and my lap top.  Goodness, my head was spared’ as well as my phone and lap top.  It landed on granite and there was only a chip in the upper left hand back corner.  How in the world it didn’t break into a million pieces, I do not know.  This cross is such a treasured piece; given to me by my long time friend Lee Ann Hopkins.

I believe my shoulder bore the brunt of the gravitational force.  The cross rested inside of another treasure; a rice basket given to me by my sister.  Most every treasure I own has been given to me by a relative or dear friend.  That is why I treasure them.

Still stunned by what had happened; I thought, “Lord, all of life, is about the cross and what’s been done for us.”  When Jesus was taken down from His cross; the Bible tells us He had been beaten beyond recognition.  The line from an old hymn came flooding into my soul. “the world behind me, the cross before me.”  Lord, do I really put the world behind me and keep your cross before me?  I want to.  With all my heart, I want to.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I glory in your cross.  May Your suffering not be in vain.  Thank You for Your gentle reminder that all of life revolves around Your Cross.  It was for me Lord; that You endured the cross, despising the shame.  I will bless Your Name forever.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

Those Were the Days


Devotion:  Isaiah 53:6

I’ve heard many an old timer use the phrase; “Those were the days!”  There’s an old song with a chorus that goes like this…

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.

Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put a new English lyric to the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, literally “By the long road”), composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevsky. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.

If you don’t know it; you should pull it up and listen to it.  Quite a snappy tune; right?  Nothing wrong with singing and dancing.  God placed rhythm within us.  In the Bible; David danced before the LORD with all His might.  I wonder if he was moving to the beat of the drums; as well as the harps, lyres, stringed instruments, and trumpets?

God made us to respond to music.  It’s fun to recall our care free younger years; however, let’s focus on a few of the phrases.  “forever and a day”  It’s true; we were built by God to last forever.   Sin entered the world cutting our “forever days” short.

Then God sent His Son into the world to make a way for us to live eternal life with Him forever.

             Sin brought death.  The Son brought life.

“…the life we choose...”  We get to choose life in Christ with the promise of eternal life with Him or choose to go our own way.

…we are sure to have our own way.  Our verse today agrees with that statement:  “All we like sheep have gone astray; He’s turned everyone into his own way and the Lord has laid on Him (Christ) the iniquity of us all.”  It’s our choice.

We’d fight and never lose.  We are to “fight the good fight”, “run the race in such a way as to win the prize.”  God placed that drive within us.  However;  life happens, sometimes we lose.  Then what?  God is still God.  We get up and go on and He will “renew and restore a right spirit within us.”

My dear reader; it’s His way.  God’s Way.  While we are on earth.  When we go to heaven.  The choice is totally ours.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, You are the Author and finisher of our salvation, our joy, our hope, our peace.  You meant for all to have You living in their hearts.  You desire that no one should perish.  No one.  I ask You who started the work in our hearts to finish well what You started all the way to completion.  I cannot bear for anyone to spend eternity separated from You.  Jesus draw them to Yourself. I ask these in Your powerful Name.  Amen





Gotta Know Your Tools


Devotion:  Job 4:8

We reap what we sow.

Early Thursday morning; I accidentally did a group message .  I had taken a picture of my daddy’s tools and thought I was sending it to my master gardner friend Patty Proffit.  She would not label herself that way; but I would.  At the least; she has a green thumb.  She strategically plans where every vegetable will grow and starts many of them from seed.

I had questions about the names of a couple of these tools, as well as their purpose.    Ever since I’ve known Patty; she’s grown bumper crops of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and squash.  She shares what she grows with many.

I was planning to teach a lesson from Matthew 13; so I thought I should probably know the names of a few gardening tools.  I pulled up Patty’s name on my phone, thought I high lighted it and promptly sent this picture to about ten or twelve of Patty’s family and friends.  The questions poured in.  Then it turned into sheer laughter.

One called a potato digger a rake.  It went down hill from there.  One friend said, You obviously didn’t grow up in the mountains of North Carolina.  I did grow up in the foot hills.  Mercy, I’m without excuse.

My dad was so funny about his garden.  He would barely let us walk in it; much less help him plant, until we got older. I just took whatever tool he put in my hand.  He would show me how to use it and use it I did.

I know what a plow, a hoe, a shovel , a potato digger and a rake looks like.  Any garden tool after that;  I’m not certain of its name.  I failed to recall a pitch fork until I turned it upside down.  It’s a blonde thing.  I’m blonder than I pay to be.

Here’s the most important part of this post.  The gardner must use the right tools to prepare his or her garden.  We must seek to discover our Master Gardner’s plan for our life.  He has left us with His Word and precious Holy Spirit to teach us and train us in righteousness.  He longs for us to bear fruit, much fruit that will remain.

What tool is in your hand?  Go out and use it for the Lord’s honor and glory.  When the seed of God’s Word lands on the good soil of your heart; you will reap much fruit.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, teach me to purposefully use the tools which You have masterfully planned.  I want to bear much fruit.  May I be like Patty who plants and shares her crop with many.  In Jesus Name.  Amen



Devotion:  Genesis 37:14

Today’s post is a bit lengthy; however, I it will cause you to remember why we say O.K.

Are you o.k.? Every time they fall; I ask my toddler grandchildren this question.  Two days ago; some friends of mine experienced tornadoes.  Posting pictures on the internet of fallen trees and downed power lines on Facebook; many asked the question, are you o.k.?

In today’s scripture; younger Joseph was given the mandate to go see if it was well with his brothers, to find out if they were ok. Please read the whole chapter to be reminded of the context.

In your life time; you’ve probably heard that question asked a million times.  In fact; you’ve probably asked that question many times this week.  It’s one of the most used terms in the English language.  As I researched it’s origin; here’s what I discovered on the internet.

“But a new article published in Smithsonian magazine maintains that OK has its origins in early 19th Century Boston—a time when it was trendy for writers to use playful abbreviations. According to the article, celebrated etymologist Dr. Allen Walker Read (1906-2002) argued that OK first appeared as an abbreviation for “Oll Korrect” in a satirical piece on grammar that was published in the Boston Morning Post in 1839.”

Most etymologists agree upon the “Oll Korrect” origin. 

“Oll Korrect”  would have been the Bostonian pronunciation for all correct.  In other words; “It is well.”  There’s an old hymn that conveys this message.  “It is well with my soul.”  I found this back ground information on the author and the songs origin.

“Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. However, they were not strangers to tears and tragedy. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871, and in that same year, much of their business was lost in the great Chicago fire. Yet, God in His mercy and kindness allowed the business to flourish once more.

On Nov. 21, 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers on board. Among the passengers were Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters. Although Mr. Spafford had planned to go with his family, he found it necessary to stay in Chicago to help solve an unexpected business problem. He told his wife he would join her and their children in Europe a few days later. His plan was to take another ship.

About four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, the Ville du Harve collided with a powerful, iron-hulled Scottish ship, the Loch Earn. Suddenly, all of those on board were in grave danger. Anna hurriedly brought her four children to the deck. She knelt there with Annie, Margaret Lee, Bessie and Tanetta and prayed that God would spare them if that could be His will, or to make them willing to endure whatever awaited them. Within approximately 12 minutes, the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantic, carrying with it 226 of the passengers including the four Spafford children.

A sailor, rowing a small boat over the spot where the ship went down, spotted a woman floating on a piece of the wreckage. It was Anna, still alive. He pulled her into the boat and they were picked up by another large vessel which, nine days later, landed them in Cardiff, Wales. From there she wired her husband a message which began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Mr. Spafford later framed the telegram and placed it in his office.

Another of the ship’s survivors, Pastor Weiss, later recalled Anna saying, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”

Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship and left to join his grieving wife. With the ship about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where his children went down.

According to Bertha Spafford Vester, a daughter born after the tragedy, Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” while on this journey.

When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll,

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul

Anna gave birth to three more children, one of which died at age four with dreaded pneumonia. In August 1881, the Spaffords moved to Jerusalem. Mr. Spafford died and is buried in that city.”

So the very next time you ask; or hear this abbreviation spoken; remember the depth of it’s meaning.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I remember to ask people if they are o.k. and may I sincerely mean it.  If Joseph and Horatio Spafford could be ok after the trials they suffered; then I can be o.k. too.  Lord God, You make all things work together for our good and Your glory.  In Jesus Name; Amen.




Light of the World


Devotion:  John 8:12

When I take off my glasses; I cannot read a thing.  The world in front of me becomes quite blurred.  It would be crazy to blame the font on the paper; when my glasses would make it totally clear.

Man’s natural senses are blurred, darkened and flawed by sin.  We must come before the Lord in utter humility; declaring to Him that we are totally in the dark and He is utterly in the light.  He is the Light of the world.  Jesus reveals truth because He is the way, the truth and the light.  It is not His Word that is flawed; it is us.  We all sin and fall short of the glory of God.

We cannot pride-fully blame others, our circumstances or the most current thing weighing us down.   What is holding us back from acknowledging: “In us is no good thing.”?  We must ask God to search our hearts and reveal any sin or darkness dwelling inside of us.  He whose eyes search to and fro, looking for those whose hearts long to be completely His; will shine His bright light on every sin for which we need to confess and repent.

The Light of the World longs to shine forth in and through you.  He who longs to be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path will give you opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel.  He wants others to behold the Light of the World, to invite Him into their hearts.

Just as one candle can spread to many and bring bright light to a huge dark room. Take your light to a dark world and offer to light up lives that are in darkness.

Prayer in Motion:

Light of the World, shine on me.  May Your light shine in and through me to a very dark world.  Forgive me for the times I have hidden my light from those who need to hear the truth of the gospel.  In Jesus Name.  Amen