The Fruit of Choice

“What is my go-to fruit?” I said aloud. Mangos and papaya weren’t in my thoughts. My eyes again searched the page: “And the Lord God planted a garden…and…the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree the …

You’re Clean

    After living in Asia for 20 years, I became quite accustomed to taking my shoes off before entering a home. We even had a “xie gui” outside our apartment door full of indoor slippers for guests.    The problem was that when I returned to America, I still wanted to slip out of my shoes in front of …

Faithing it

  So what does your daily time with God look like?   Intense? Sporadic? Non-existent?   While in Asia, I remember hearing of a particular girl who had come to do summer missions. The culture hit hard and she was immobilized with anxiety. Day after day, she spent almost all of her time locked in her room with her Bible.  …

A Note from Him

Dear, dear child,   Turn aside and look at Me. Rest your face in My Hands. Stop the busy-ness and breathe.   I want to talk to you. Yes, you. Be still and know.    I came to renew. Including you in that work makes Me extremely full of joy.    I know your weaknesses. Don’t worry about them. They …

Wisdom is Revealed

  As amazing as human knowledge is, there are deeper things known only by God.    “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)    The secret things (“cathar” in Hebrew) are those that have …

Source of the Spark

Have you ever thought about the fact that you can be “enriched in all speech and knowledge” and yet not be a spiritual person?   The Corinthian church was. Paul praised them for there knowledge in one chapter and then had to admit their lack of spirituality a few paragraphs later.   We are much the same, don’t you think? …

The Life Connection

  Because God is Spirit, interaction with Him must also be in spirit. “His voice will always speak to us Spirit to spirit: His Spirit to ours” (Hungry For More, chapter 4).   Since we are physical beings, interacting spiritually with the Father grates against our natural understanding. It seems so difficult because all of our other relationships begin either …

For Your Obedience

  Have you ever noticed that we know far more than we obey?   We spend years storing away knowledge that we have yet to put into practice. Our heads are fuller than our actions display.   Granted just doing stuff for God can never make us holy. The whole purpose of the need for deeds is just to show …

The Difference Between Knowing and Being

  My girls are together this week. That means that all three grandsons are together as well.    And I am 8000 miles away.    That means that my interaction with my grandsons must be relegated to a flat screen. As wonderful as the computer is, an image just isn’t the same. It’s not warm, sticky and moist like the …