Sunday, February 4, 2018


Just like most of the country, this has been a very cold winter here in Tennessee.  In the twenty years I have lived here, I don't remember it being this cold for THIS LONG.  This year, winter is longer. It is colder. It is harder. 

When I was younger I don't think I fully grasped three truths about seasons.

1. I have no control to keep or change the season I am in.
2. Seasons change. 
3. I have to change with the seasons.   

Here's some stuff I have learned. 

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons;"                (Daniel 2:20-21)

When seasons change, I can tend to panic because I don't like change. I fear the unknown.  I finally came to understand that just because I am not in control doesn't mean things are OUT OF control. Just because I don't like change, doesn't mean change isn't necessary.  

And ultimately in every season I must always remember that The Season Changer is God Himself.  And my choice - which He allows me to have - is whether I will trust His love in every season or not. 

I cannot explain the reason that we have seasons of suffering, or seasons of grief, or seasons of pain.  Long ago, I resigned as God's Public Relations Representative. I used to feel it was my responsibility to make God look good to people who thought God looked bad. Who did I think I was?  Only the Holy Spirit can explain the ways of God to someone who is confused. And only to someone who wants His answer. Only His Word, revealed by the Holy Spirit, gives us any true answers.  

I cannot explain the ways of The Season Changer. I can only explain that when I have asked Him, He has been there in the difficult cold winters of life. I can only proclaim that although there is rain, He brings life. Sometimes I can see the growth that results from a difficult time. And sometimes, I cannot.   Although there is pain, He brings healing.  When I have sinned, He has forgiven. What I have destroyed through pride and selfishness.. He has repaired.  When I felt lost, He continued to lead. When I let go of Him, He held on to me.

Why? I don't know why.. except that He is faithful. He is love.
He is in control. 
Even when life seems out of control.  

The only way to make it through each season of life is to put your life in to hands of The Season Changer.  And to ask for the otherworldly faith to endure and believe while you are enduring.

You can choose to believe me.
Or not.
You can choose to call out to Him.
Or not.

In a few weeks, for sure, I will be picking daffodils and putting them in vases all around my house.  This I know before I even see it. 

""Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord"
Psalm 40:4

Friday, January 12, 2018


I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that made me laugh. It read:  
"Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger - except for bears.  Bears will kill you." 

The reason it is funny is because it is so obvious. OF COURSE A BEAR WILL KILL YOU.  

No one posts sarcastic posts on social media about how irritating bear behavior has become. There aren't long articles about the shock associated with their bear-like propensity toward eating people.  There is no pious judgment of the Bear Population on Planet Earth. Nope. They are bears. They are acting like bears.  When we venture in to Bear Territory we expect to be eaten alive. We never expect the bears to change their nature.  Bears will be bears. The End.  

Sometimes...I wonder.....when I see my Christian brothers and sisters so offended at the way sinners continue to sin on earth.. I wonder at their surprise.  I wonder why they are taking the time to express their disapproval of it all.  I cringe at their venomous posts and rants about how evil our society is. I want to ask, "You're surprised?  As if God allowed His Only Son to become sin for us..  because.. because.. why?  Because we are basically nice people who have a bad attitude now and then?"  

Uhhhh.. no.  All of our natural state are separated FOREVER from a HOLY GOD.  WITHOUT HOPE. WITHOUT A FUTURE.  As we sing and praise and worship God together, isn't it because we are so thankful that HE SAVED US?  Doesn't the mercy of God take your breath away?  Of all people on earth, the Body of Christ should be the first ones to have compassion on a sinful world.  To grasp that they are sinning because they are sinners.. just like we were.  

The exasperated exclamations of utter disgust at the diabolical hearts of men and women is sad to me.. coming from the mouths of people called to speak of Jesus.  Their disappointment in our leaders.  Their utter shock that sinners are sinning, and are cold-hearted and selfish, arrogant, rebellious, hard-hearted creatures.  The belief that they are justified in being disgusted by it all. reality...

The World is Acting Like The World

Everyone accepts that when you go in to the forest, a bear is going to want to eat you.The bears are acting like bears.  In the same way - 

The world is acting like the world. 

When we open our mouths... the Good News should be flowing from it.  God already knows the world is sinful - more than we do.  God already sent Jesus to pay for the depravity called humanity.  All He asks us to do is to tell others about His Son. He knows the world is sinful.  The world knows the world is sinful.  
The world is acting like the world.

When we speak we should speak "worthy words."  It should be to say, "Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you.  Jesus is alive and at God's throne right now. He wants to heal you, your heart, your mind. He wants to set you free from the anger, the hate, the jealousy, the rage."

God is LONGING to forgive.   And expecting us to tell them so.
We are the ones who are called to tell them the GOOD NEWS. 

Bears will be bears.
Sinners will sin.
Only God can change a heart.
Only you can let Him.
Why do we keep silent?

OPEN YOUR MOUTH TODAY.. to tell someone that there is hope in Jesus. 

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation."(Colossians 1:21-22)