No Ocean


Devotion:  Revelation 21:1

I had not given much thought to there being no ocean in heaven until Lynn Gilmore pointed it out to me.  It’s stated in the above passage.  A little book given to her by our mutual friend Sharon Cranford stated there will be no need for salt in heaven.  Heaven needs no preservatives.  It is that perfect place created for us to forever be with our LORD.

There will be fresh living water, a river flowing through heaven.  Can you imagine the beauty?  There is something so comforting about the sight and sound of a river.  I have pictures of bodies of water all over my house.  If I will take the time to gaze upon them; they remind me to “Be still and know that He is God.”

Heaven is the place God has gone to prepare for us.  Many people speak of their mansion in heaven. I just know we will be given everything we have need of.  I’m not concerned about my house in heaven; I’m just thrilled to get to come face to face with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Can you imagine seeing Him for the very first time?  It leaves me speechless.

We have the sweetest relationship with our Savior now.  He is with us always.  We hear His still, small voice and yet to think about being with Him for eternity is so amazing.  I’ve heard the statement made about people who are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good.

I believe we should be heavenly minded enough to keep our eyes on the prize of Christ Jesus, our Redeemer.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I do love the sound of the earthly ocean; however, your river that makes glad the city of God will be so beautiful that we won’t even miss anything we had on the earth.  I thank You for the gift of the ocean here on earth but look forward to the day of seeing Your heavenly river.







Glorify God


Devotion:  Romans 15:5-7

We sing about it.  We pray about it.  We teach about it, but do we glorify God on earth as He is glorified in heaven?  Is it possible to glorify God in our daily living?

Honestly, we bring glory to the Lord through our words and our deeds.  We can glorify Him by what we eat and what we drink.  There are many ways to bring honor and glory and blessing to our God.

The Bible says, “Whatsoever we do; do all to the glory of God.”

Let’s ask ourselves if we bring honor and glory to Him in how we live and move and have our being?  Do I fly off the handle at every little thing?  Do I act differently around the people who have wronged me by giving them the cold shoulder or the silent treatment?  Am I careful about what I watch and what I read?

     We must search our hearts with these hard questions.

Will we choose to bless the Lord at all times?  A former pastor of mine used to say; “Well, won’t that just bless your heart?”  I would get so tickled because he would only ask the question when someone had said or done something hateful.  However; there is an element of truth to his question.

Jesus said; “Blessed are those who men have said all manner of evil against you falsely.”  He didn’t say it would be easy or feel good.  Our Lord just wants us to love others the way He loves us, unconditionally.  We glorify Him when we respond as He would respond.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh Lord my God; I want to glorify You at all times and in all circumstances.  You are worthy to be praised, honored and glorified every single day of my life.  May I glorify and bless Your Name both now and always.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Remembering Dr. Billy Graham


Devotion:  Romans 10:9-10

His earthly passing brought more t.v. coverage than any king or priest in this century.  He humbly served the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  His name…Dr. Billy Graham.

I was blessed to have three of my six grandchildren over the week-end.  As we got in the car to go to church on Sunday morning; I asked if they knew why flags were flying at half mast.  Neither of them knew why; so I proceeded to inform them.  (Well one of them is only two years old.)

I said a great man went to heaven last week.  He won more people to Christ in this world than any other man of the last century.  I explained to them Dr. Billy Graham’s simple gospel message.  Some have referred to his message as easy believe-ism.  I, on the other hand, do not agree with that.

The Bible says the message of Jesus Christ is so simple that even a child can understand it.  Christ message is plain and simple.  “You must be born again.”  “If you confess your sins; He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  “Confessing with our mouth and believing in our hearts that Christ died on the cross and was resurrected, you will be saved.” 

         While Billy was preaching, teaching and writing;                     millions came to Christ, not thousands, millions.

He would preach a twenty-thirty minute sermon, extend an invitation to his audience and the isles would flood with people wanting to invite Jesus into their hearts.  How do you explain that?  There is no explanation other than God by His Holy Spirit anointed His chosen vessel, Billy to preach to the world.

I heard one friend say,  “A great soldier has fallen.”  I want to agree with Billy who said, “I have not died.  I just changed my address.”  He was humble and always above reproach.  The media even though they tried, could not find any way to lay fault or blame on this godly servant of the Most-High God.

I heard another friend say, “We are at the end of a great era.”  There is no one to take Dr. Graham’s place.  It certainly appears that way.  He’s definitely a hero of the faith to many.  What a legacy for those of us who’ve been blessed to watch his life and to hear his sermons.  May we pass along the great truths of his messages to those who need to hear.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for loving our world enough to send us Billy Graham.  Thank You for all those whose lives were eternally changed by receiving the Christ he preached.  Oh God may I go and tell my little corner of the world about You, with Billy’s passion and simplicity.  I thank You Lord for Billy’s life and legacy.  Our world is changed forever.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.



Peace With God


Devotion: Philippians 4:6-7

Can we truly have peace with God that surpasses all understanding? This week we talked about soul rest.  Today we are on the subject of peace.  Jesus said, “My peace I give you, not as the world gives, so I give you.”

In this world; peace looks like having all the stuff we want.  A huge bank account.  The latest and greatest car, the nicest, biggest house.  The coolest clothes. Perfect health. Thinking fame and fortune will make us happy and keep us satisfied.  It won’t.  It can’t.  Why? because all these things will leave us empty and still be longing for more, when what we need is more of God, to know Him better.

God promises “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to Myself. ”  Oh God, draw me, draw this reader nearer to You, blessed Lord.  I long for Your peace, not the peace that the world gives but the peace that Jesus alone can give.  No one, no-thing can compare to the peace of Jesus.  He longs to rule and to reign, in our hearts.

Jesus loves You more than anybody ever can.  He longs to be Your dearest Friend.  The Bible says He sticks closer than a brother.  If you have a relationship with Jesus; He will “never leave you nor forsake you.”  He is “Emmanuel, God with us.” With you.

This grace that Jesus offers is sufficient to supply this immeasurable peace.

Could it be that peace and soul rest is synonymous, that you can’t have one without the other?  Is it possible to walk in peace and soul rest in the midst of horrific trials and tribulations?  I submit to you that it is possible.  “All things are possible to him who believes.”

The Lord says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me,… for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  I desperately long for you and me to climb into His yoke and go with God.  Precious one, don’t you see?  He is with you always.  Open His Word, talk to Him.  Be still and know that He is God.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord God, Your Words are powerful.  Oh Jesus, help me to believe them and receive them for myself.  May I take Your yoke upon me and go with You.  More than anything; I long for Your will and Your ways to be accomplished in my life. Thank You for giving peace that the world does not offer.  Today I receive Your peace.

Soul Rest


Devotion:  Matthew 11:28-30

What in the world is soul rest?  Can we possibly obtain this before we die and go to heaven? If we believe today’s scripture, yes we can.

Are we willing to get in a yoke with Christ?   What does that look like?  I believe it’s wanting Him above what He can do for you. If we get into the yoke of Christ; He will lead us in the right direction.

He says in Philippians I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.  Does that scripture conflict with today’s verse?  Absolutely not.  Scripture only explains scripture.  The Bible only affirms and confirms the truth.  It never contradicts itself.

We can do things with a peace and calm that only Christ can bring.  It does not mean there’s no work involved.  It just means God is with you.  Look full into His wonderful face.  Gaze upon His Word.  Allow His ways that are higher than yours to seep into the marrow of your bones.  You will become Jesus strong.

Listen for the sound of His voice saying; “This is the way.  Walk in it.  Go with Me.  Stay with Me.  Hear My Words given for you.  Read them as if they were written just for you.  They were.

Climb into His yoke and then trust Him fully.  He will provide and multiply where there is little.  He will bring peace in the midst of your storms.  He will give His angels charge concerning you to bear you up in all your ways.  Your soul will find the rest for which it is longing.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord of heaven and earth.  I need soul rest.  I know I can find it alone in the One who came to provide that for which my soul longs.  Today, I am climbing into Your yoke.  May I learn from You more than ever before.  I trust You, Jesus.  It is in Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen.


Truth Will Set You Free


Devotion:  Genesis 1:27

While babysitting my grandchildren;; I had on the Megan Kelly show.  I heard a mother say; “My motto has always been, “The truth will set you free.”  My ears perked up when I heard this quote directly from the Bible.

But then I realized she was talking about her transgender daughter.  Each one of these early teens was saying; “Be who you are.”  Honestly, it made me cry to think of how the truth is being distorted.  Right at the time children are so impressionable; their bodies are changing, this lie comes in the form of truth and is being poured out into their minds and hearts.

Let’s go back to the beginning when from the dust of the ground, God created man.  From man’s side, He formed a woman.  He told them to go and bear fruit; i.e. children.  Oh and let’s see what God has to say about a man lying with a man.  That’s right, God calls it an abomination.  (Leviticus 18:22) We think we are beyond obeying God’s Word.  It’s so sad.

These precious young people are believing the lie the world has told them.  We are God’s creation.  We are meant to be heterosexual.  Male and female God created us.

For those of us who have chosen to believe the truth and reject the lie; we are to love these dear ones but tell them the truth in love.  No screaming.  No yelling.  Just be who God created them to be, fearfully and wonderfully made, in His image, for His honor and His glory.

Prayer in Motion:

God, help me to reach out to these people through the love of Christ Jesus.  They first need a relationship with the One who created them to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.  Jesus, please send me to be a Truthteller.  I know You love them where they are but desire to have them hear the Truth that will really set them free.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Healed and Restored


Devotion: James 5:14

Hospice has been called in for my sweet friend Lynn.  Lynn is fighting the good fight and at some point will hear; well done thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Master.  Some close friends, sisters in Christ, went to pray for her on a Sunday afternoon.

We anointed her with oil and offered up prayers to Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals.  It is by His stripes that we are healed for eternity and for the present.  I believe He still brings healing to sick and broken bodies.  He will either heal now, later or in eternity.  That is not a lack of faith; it’s just praying; “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

In today’s scripture, James asks “Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up.”  We must decide if we believe this or not.

I’ve witnessed healings for now and healings for eternity.  Jesus says we will do greater works than Him.  What?  He also promises “Faith the grain of a mustard seed can move mountains.”  Another promise from God’s word:  “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  “Where two or more are gathered in my name; there I will be in the midst of them.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to pray mountain moving prayers versus faithless prayers.  We serve a God who is still able to heal and restore.  We serve a God who sits at the right hand of the Father, ever interceding for us.

Would you offer up a prayer of faith for Lynn Gilmore?  She along with her friends and family are praying for “now healing.”  We believe God is able to restore and heal.

Prayer in Motion:

Jehovah Rapha, we are crying out for now healing, for Lynn Gilmore.  Jesus, You know her and You are interceding for her at the right hand of the Father. She needs a touch from her Maker; her Redeemer and Friend.  Just one word from the Word of Life and she will be made new.  It is by Your stripes we are healed, so we offer up this prayer to the only One who can bring healing.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.