Dear Jesus

Dear Jesus,

Today is your birthday and I have pondered what to give you, but what do you give someone who has everything and really doesn’t need anything? On the day you were born, I recall you were given gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh by the Magi, the Wise men from the East. They came to honor you as you lay in a manger, a little bitty thang, all wrapped up in swaddling clothes. Who, but your Father, knew that you would grow up to be such a humble, loving and honorable man? Not even your mother knew the height and the depth of your love! How special you were; how special you continue to be all these years later. I know your Father is proud of you. You are such an obedient son and in your lifetime, You have given so much. Continue reading →

The Grace to Let Others Be

Happy Weekend to you and yours! I am still praying for rain for a good number of lakes and rivers in Texas are less than half full. Please continue to pray with me for rain.

I must say that this T&P is more for me than anyone. My most recent prayer has been for God to change me for I have been convicted of needing some modifications in my being. Friday morning, after praying, I opened up Charles ‘Chuck’ Swindoll’s book “The Grace Awakening” and found myself reading Chapter 8 “The Grace to Let Others Be”. As I read, I had to laugh because my God is faithful, (He always gives me what I need) I just didn’t think He would speak so directly to me, so quickly. Continue reading →

Something Heard

Sometimes you hear something, and it sticks to you. Maybe it’s because the message is good; maybe it’s because the speaker is remarkable, or maybe it’s because it is the right message, at the right time, and you were meant to hear it. Maybe that why Scripture says “faith cometh by hearing” (Romans 10:17).

Today, I heard a message – actually I caught the tail end of the message yesterday and so I went to Focus on the Family and listened to both parts 1 & 2. The message is from Rob Parson, Wales attorney turned author, and speaker, on family issues. He is a great story teller, and his stories were funny and memorable.  Parson speaks of many things in this two-part series. In one instance he speaks of prodigal kids and how as controlling as we can be as parents, (as it relates to situations and circumstances regarding our prodigal) sometimes it is just not our battle to fight. Sometimes no matter how well one has reared their beloveds, they make their own choices. Parson’s most poignant directive – we (parents) must keep the porch light on: They will return home. I needed to hear that for my porch light has been on for a few years.  Continue reading →

Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner

It is indeed a different day. It is as Charles Dickens wrote in the Tale of Two Cities:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only …”

If I ever allowed myself to become envious, I would envy the God given talent to write with such grace and poignancy in an effort to paint concise scenes such as the above. I often wonder how a writer such as Dickens, or Taylor Caldwell (my favorite author!) would script my character. How would I look on paper; what words would the writer choose to bring my character to life … now that is indeed a thought, but back to the thought at hand …

While shopping at Costco the other day, I noticed my cashier (a ‘young’un’) wore a “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do) bracelet. Sooo, while checking out I asked him, “So what would Jesus do about Caitlyn Jenner?” His response, “Everything I have learned about being a Christian says that Jesus would love her, and we should love her too; not judge her or condemn her, but just show her some love.” caitllynHmmmm that was an unexpected and totally refreshing answer. I was humbled and so responded, “How true, but we as Christians often times forget how much Christ loves.”   Continue reading →

A Mother’s Love

Hoping this day finds you and yours quite well and filled with great joy this day. Time seems to be passing truly fast. Mother’s day 2014 seemed like it was just yesterday and here it is again.

Joyce Meyer remarked today in her radio broadcast that she could not preach what she preaches had she not learned from the furnaces of affliction. As it relates to family, especially children, I must say that for me the burning of the fires of affliction mother's loveregarding a prodigal child, or children, is the most difficult testing of patience and unconditional love. For me it is harder than financial loss because the momentary (and I must say momentary because this I truly know … I serve God who is able to restore: Joel 2:25I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” and reconcile and works all things out together (Romans 8:28 ) for the good of those who love him and serve him) loss allows for an opening of the condemnation of one’s heart, and the condemnation comes in the voice of … you must not have been a good mother, or, you must not have shown enough love, or, it must be me for why would they act the way they do, or,  have I done what scripture says in Colossians 3:21 “exasperated my children so that they have [lost] heart.” But I recall 1 John 3:20-21 and my hope is renewed “For if [my] heart condemns, God is greater than [my] heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if [my] heart condemn [me] not, then [I] have confidence toward God.” (Hallelujah!)   Continue reading →