Monthly Archives: November 2016

A very small rudder

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.” James 3:3


Ever notice how some people always seem to have the right words to say? I know someone whose very presence speaks grace, love, and acceptance. Her words steer the attitude of the room in a good direction.

As a small rudder steers a big ship, so the tongue steers the direction of life. Control the rudder and control the ship. Control the tongue and control life’s destination.

It sounds simple enough, but how do we control the unruly tongue? Only God could do such a thing.

It seems we must get to the source of the flowing spring of words—the heart. Change the heart and change what streams out of it. Change what streams out and chart a new course for the day, the relationship…the life.

Then yes, Lord, change my heart. Fill me with your compassions and mercies. May they flow freely and guide this ship through an ocean of grace.

“…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34


At potter’s wheel

“For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14



Here I sit, a pile of dust,

Bending to the potter’s touch.

From inside out I yield,

Fightings within—stilled.

Living water, beget me fusible,

Shape me into a vessel…usable.

May something beautiful churn,

From the wheel’s steady turn.

Remember always that I am just,

A pot created simply of dust.


This Thanksgiving take the high road

“Hatred stirs old quarrels, but love overlooks insults.” Proverbs 10:12 (Living)

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind…” Proverbs 11:17 (Living)



Ignore the arrow

look past the jab—

be the one to move on.

Leave the low road

choose the high road—

let love cover past wrong.


When extra portions of relatives are served in multiple courses strung out in all kinds of settings, yesterday’s quarrels can simmer on the back burner—waiting to be stirred.

What keeps us picking up the puckering persimmon? It’s the emotion we’re embarrassed to admit, yet find so hard to leave on the shelf. Hatred is a stirring spoon that feels good in the hand, but dishes up a bitter aftertaste.

Here’s a dare to lay down the agitated stirring spoon and pick up a ladle of love. Love that overlooks insults. Love that spoons sugar into the green beans and dollops whipped cream on pumpkin pie. Love that satisfies the palate and says, this is good. Serve the kind of love willing to take the high road and overlook insults—allow them to fly by unaccepted.

Be the one to set a table full of kindness. Kindness that offers a seat and helps carry the load.  Kindness that settles, soothes and despite cutting the pie into enough pieces to go around, manages to remain whole.

Because kindness somehow sneaks back into the giver. It boomerangs into a nourishing balm for one’s own soul and is always needed. Always.

This Thanksgiving, may love and kindness be served in abundance

and may they start with me.

Held secure

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39


Choosing a candidate to vote for in this year’s election left me uncertain. I had to edit out a lot of jargon to get down to issues that mattered most. And even then, still wondered if I was doing the right thing…

And then, on election day, I came across this: Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Not the future. Not powers. Nothing in all creation. The highest mountain, the deepest ocean, the farthest star in the sky can’t separate us from God.

Whatever direction our country takes, those who follow God will continue to be gripped in his arms forever. We are held secure in his love.

No leader or politician can rip us from his grasp; nothing can disconnect us from his love. God’s love is constant and sure, all-encompassing and far reaching. His love is greater than election outcomes.

Lord, let fear and uncertainty fall away.

You reign sovereignly over all and your love endures forever.

Thank you.


“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or power or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

Arms wide open

“…no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11



What if I miss

the good he brings

because I’m not worthy

to receive such things?


It’s not about

my worthiness

but a sacrifice given

that washed me blameless.



I don’t want to miss out on any good you want to send my way! Yet, I don’t feel blameless—I’m human. I sin. Yet, you forgive. You restore. You make white as snow. You bore my blame on the cross and labeled me blameless. That’s how you see me. Amazing.


I accept what you’ve done and hold arms wide open to accept the good.

Like nothing else

Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me…” Jeremiah 15:16 (LB)dsc_0866

When I find myself depleted spiritually or emotionally, there’s a place to refill the tank…the Word.

God’s word is spiritual nourishment. It is much needed fuel for the day and satisfies completely. His word restores and energizes. It comforts and encourages. It’s packed full of health food for the soul—like peace, wisdom and strength.

The Word keeps me alive spiritually. When I’m feeling down, it restores joy. The Word brings light into dark and hope into disappointments. It settles me when I’m anxious and calms me when I am afraid.

Thank you for your Word, Lord. It satisfies like nothing else.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Whisper then to me

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2



If prophets hear your word

may I a prophet be.

If visions reveal your will

then visions give to me.

If angels do your bidding

let me an angel see.

If worship draws you near

find me worshiping free.

If you whisper to your child

Lord, whisper then to me.