Be Always Ready to Plant …

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… whenever the wind of the Holy Spirit blows. I’ve known her for many years. We’ve shared many significant life experiences. Graduations. Career moves. Weddings invoking Your name, Lord. It wasn’t until this week that I knew for sure… She doesn’t yet know You. We were in a car for 90 minutes. Just the two of us. Make that three…You were so clearly there, Lord. She spoke about her first child. Four years old. Attending a private, Christian pre-school. Learning about You. Ah, the sweet faith of a child! So open. So eager. So receptive. What precious stories she recounted about this wee one… exclaiming that You, Lord, have created… Read more »

I Said It… But I Didn’t Really Mean It

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Lord, Lord, Lord… These are times that try — i.e., test, challenge — our souls like never before. As a culture, we have been drifting (running?) away from You for decades. Our values (and hearts) shifting away from what You hold dear so we can embrace what we desire apart from You. Why are we surprised when we see what fills our headlines — and breaks our hearts — on a daily basis? I recently talked with a dear brother in Christ. A pastor, actually. He was discussing one of the major shifts taking place in our culture. An issue of sexuality.. and how to find unity where there is… Read more »

Wet & Wild! (Whew!)

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First thing this morning, I asked what You wanted me to write about today, Lord. Something that would give You glory. I didn’t realize Your answer would come through a God-encounter. Of the (almost) Life and Death kind. We decided to go fishing before church. Before most people were even awake. When fish (if we could find any) would certainly be ready for breakfast. We started at our favorite large pool, where two rivers meet. Recent rains had elevated both rivers, but not as bad as we’ve seen before. Wearing our chest waders and fishing boots, we entered the waters and crossed without incident. Regrettably, that place turned out to… Read more »

Surpassing The T-Rex Defense!

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Can anyone of movie-going age honestly say they were not the least bit intrigued by the premise of Jurassic Park, Lord? That dinosaurs could be brought back to life to interact with humans today? Intrigued, maybe… but not eager. Perish the thought!¬† ūüôĀ¬† ūüôā¬† Certainly makes a thrilling (and lucrative) storyline, though… Amen? I’ll never forget the hair-raising scene in Movie #1, when two stars are nose-to-nose with a T-Rex.¬†Literally. The Archeologist Hero urgently whispers The T-Rex Defense: “Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move!” Turns out The T-Rex Defense was true. Good to know, next time I see a live T-Rex. Which hopefully, Lord, will be… Read more »

When Time Stood Still

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For me, time had stopped. Or at least, my watch had. I went to the jewelry department in Sears. I didn’t even know Sears had a jewelry department. I had gone there for a different reason altogether. But I also needed a watch battery. The sales associate helping me raved about their jeweler. So there I went. He was serving another customer. I waited patiently. Might as well do some looking nearby, right? This was a shopping center, after all… ūüôā I turned around… and saw something money couldn’t buy. Time had indeed stopped. In that little corner of Sears. In a way that filled my eyes with tears. A… Read more »

Felling Every Giant

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In this new blog, Sundays are Son-days with You, Lord. Reflecting on one of the many God-encounters You and I have shared in the previous week… hoping it will bless others, too. Like this one… She had always towered over everyone and everything around her. A HUGE Blessing. But now she was dead… a Clear and Present Danger. A 70-foot pine tree. She stood on the wooded hill behind us. If she fell on her own, she could take out our house OR the well that supplied our water. The only way to ensure she missed both was to take her down ourselves… dropping her between the two. Piece of… Read more »

The Sore Throat Revelation

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It has been one full week since severe pain first gripped my throat, Lord. Pain like I have not felt before. Making it hard to swallow… and hard to speak. Hard to take in nourishment. ¬†And hard to give it out… in spoken words, at least. Not moving into my head or into my chest. Just isolated to my throat. I thought I knew its source — a dear friend I had seen in the community, who was complaining of a respiratory bug. He may have been a factor. But now, I realize… there was more to it. I had been “treating” the soreness with Three A’s. ¬†Aspirin (to relieve… Read more »

The Politics of Fear… and HOPE!

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Oh, Lord… How amazing it is to see the hardening of so many people’s hearts! ¬†I see them and hear about them in nightly news broadcasts… and all over social media. The raw footage of protesters expressing their free speech. Regrettably, many who are doing so with violent rhetoric and violent behavior. The quiet, yet fervent, assertions of others that we are headed for The End of Civilization As We Know It. The news anchors who pour gasoline on these fires. Ostensibly, because of the outcome of our national election. ¬†But closer to home, I see what is happening in the minds and hearts of people I personally know and… Read more »

Reaching For The Stars!

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I must have gained a new level of Healing, Lord. ¬†By Your grace, of course. ¬†How else could it have happened? You have given me a Message to share. ¬†Some dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ have challenged me to venture far beyond my comfort zone. ¬†By taking the initiative to search out and contact people with… Star Power. Famous people I have never met. ¬†People with national spheres of influence. ¬†People who, ordinarily, would never give me even the time of day. And here’s the thing: ¬†I am not afraid! ¬†¬†ūüôā “When you are brought befoe synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what… Read more »

The Power of A Near-LIFE Experience

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She wasn’t supposed to be here. ¬†Gianna Jessen. I just “met” her yesterday for the first time. ¬†Through a video of her testifying before a government body in another country. She had been in the womb for 7.5 months when her mother sought an abortion. ¬†Her amniotic sac was injected with saline solution, which should have killed her baby¬†within 24 hours. ¬†Instead, Gianna was born alive. ¬†Weighing less than three pounds. She should have been burned… blind… dead. ¬†She wasn’t. ¬†Nurses rushed her to the ICU in the adjacent hospital. ¬†The abortionist was not present at the time… where he could (would) have used other means to complete his work…. Read more »