He Will Be Faithful

Faithful to complete it.

A missing petal reveals room for
new growth.



The truth is, every follower of Jesus is a work in progress. We all have 
areas in our lives that need the grace of God to change us into the image of the One who gave His life for us.

Rest assured, God will not abandon the
work of His hands.
He will be faithful to complete the good work 
He started in you.

I am certain that God, who began the
good work 
within you, 
will continue His work until it is
 
finally finished
on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 
Philippians 1:6 NLT

 

Dove of His Presence

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Dove of His presence, You have graced and embraced me… Poured the balm of Gilead on open wounds… Taken the sweetness of the  cross of Jesus… and dipped me  in living waters of sweet contentment and joy.  No circumstance… no matter how hard or … Continue reading

Love’s Sweet Song

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I’d rather walk in the valley with Jesus, than on the mountain-top without Him. He gives a song both day and night, knitting our hearts together with chords of His sweet love.  I’d rather walk through valley’s long trial with … Continue reading

Take Words With You

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While taking my early morning walk, the phrase— take words with you, kept resonating in my mind. I needed to go back and look at the verse again. Sure it would take extra time but what

better way of spending my morning to find fresh manna for the day?

I like the way the NIV started; Take words with you…but I chose the King James version because of the strange phrase – render calves of our lips.

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips—Hosea 2:14.

I had never seen the word calves used as a metaphor to describe the offering of our lips. Have you?

In my study I found the Hebrew word means Par– with the biblical use meaning young bull, steer, bullock. When I did the commentary study the correct meaning of the verse opened up.

“Literally Hosea 14:2  says;  for we will offer the calves of our lips. Since bull calves were often brought for sacrifice, the translators felt justified in putting it…for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

However, the more literal rendering shows just how plainly our words of praise, worship, confession, petition, or intercession can be a sacrifice before God.” Quote taken from www.DavidGusik.com.

My thoughts: Is not this the better sacrifice we can present before God? Can we make the decision to take the needed time to offer the Lord the first fruit of our lips…calves of our lips…to give Him our praise and worship, confession, petition and intercession?

I believe Mary understood it to be so when she chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She must have taken his words into the day as she greeted others and shared the nuggets of truth he spoke.

My Prayer:  Lord Jesus, remind me of the importance of spending time with you each day so I will be able to take your words with me whereever I go. 

 

Praying It Through

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“Grandma, did you know you leave footprints every where you walk?” I looked down at the freshly vacuumed sand colored carpet in Hanna’s bedroom. My granddaughter’s words gripped my heart. She was watching my every move, even the footprints I left behind.

I thought of my grandmother. My greatest childhood memories are wrapped in the love and joy I felt when I went to her house. I was always greeted with a warm smile and big hug. Grandma’s laughter was contagious, her love unconditional. She was always there for me—to listen, pray and encourage. No wonder I loved going to her house.

Grandma often talked about “praying it through”.

One example is the way she dealt with the fear of flying when given the opportunity to fly to Israel. The overnight drive from South Alabama to New York City was her testing ground. Would she be able to get on that plane and trust the Lord to get her safely there and back?

She wasn’t quite sure. When the family stopped for breakfast the next morning, Grandma told them, “Enjoy your breakfast”. She wouldn’t eat. She had to pray this thing through. An hour later Grandma’s family found her with a big smile on her face. Her fears were gone, replaced by the peace that passes understanding. She was ready to fly.

My grandmother left a rich legacy of strong faith in God, fueled by her passion to pray through life’s challenges. Now it’s my time.

“Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation”—Joel 1:3