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Friday, July 31, 2015

What is Certain in Life?

8 thoughts

Many blue moons ago, while Doris Day sang:

“The future's not ours to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be"

my friends and I wondered, hoped, and planned a future ripe with knights in shining armor, picket fences surrounding swing sets, and exciting careers in exotic places...unconcerned that armor conceals the real knight and exotic places rarely sport wooden fences and jungle gyms.


Fast forward several decades and the world is a scary place...

The jet packs and Rosie the Robot maids that we all assumed would be the norm by now have been replaced by terrors abroad and on home soil...dishonest leadership...nonexistent accountability...and disregard for creation.

We never discussed this in home ec class...

Hell and damnation were reserved for the vilest of sinners...while the rest of the population would just float along in a sea of tranquility and blow bubbles from wands dipped in the imagined squeaky cleanliness of their noble lives...not a care in the world.

But we know that’s just not real...

What is certain is - 

We will
  • have struggles
  • grow weary
  • feel pain
  • lose loved ones
  • not understand
  • reach a breaking point
  • want to give up
That is life in our post-paradise world...


there are promises...

more promises than the “might happens”...and “will happens”...and “already happened”...and the “happening right now”...

When you have to step off the shore of supposed safety and venture into deep waters...and the buoys and life preservers are hidden behind the darkened clouds of a world gone mad...and arms flail and feet slip and heads threaten to go underneath the unrelenting current...

look up...

the Father’s strong right arm reaches down,

the Savior lifts up,

and the tide turns as the Spirit rushes in.

"Victory is the place
where our breaking point
becomes our turning point."
— L. Burt

What is certain in life is this - 

we will...


God does


so much more than we can imagine...

Victory is certain for a child of God.


Monday, July 20, 2015

When You Just Need a Bluebird

7 thoughts

She had birthed her babies in the safest place possible.

Hand-built with love...used for decades of spring and summer seasons...the birdhouse was a haven for bluebird families.


Unreachable by cats, snakes, and other predators...her nest was secure.

One evening, winds from the north tore down southward...trees bending, snapping, falling...buckets of rain pouring...and the metal pole that supported the birdhouse swayed.

She comforted her young ones and assured them they were safe and protected and that she would be right there with them...thru the storm.


Suddenly, the wind force was so strong that the top of the birdhouse flew back on the hinge and the nest was exposed to the driving elements...and everything else.

Mama bluebird did what she knew she had to do...spreading her wings to completely cover her babies...she became a shield of protection...all...night...long.

Morning came and still her tired body and wings lay across her little ones...risking her life for theirs...never forsaking...

What sacrificial love from a tiny bluebird of happiness...



Such a sweet story...

but if you are storm soaked and the night is endless and sometimes the furthest thing from your mind is where happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow...


Then remember this...

On that day that was dark

with boulders crashing

graves opening

and sacred veils ripping from powers unseen...


life blood dripping from His wounds

living water pouring from His side

arms stretched wide from east to west...

He became
the impenetrable shield
between the child
and the storm...

His blood covers everything

as sacrificial love that never fails...

conquers the darkness

and brings JOY

that can’t be defined with words

but must be experienced with the heart...

and that outshines

the rainbows 


and sun...

That’s where I want to fly, Dorothy... 

That is what the Scriptures mean
when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him