Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Compass: A Weekly Devotional {Week Twenty-Three} *an excerpt

Week twenty-Three

Worship: Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12 (NIV)

Did you realize that when we do good deeds publicly it brings God praise and worship?  This week focus on doing good for others and take action!

Inquire:  Write down your prayer requests for the week here and pray them!  Check back at a later date to see what’s been answered.




Listen:  What do you hear God saying to you personally this week?  Think about people He’s put in your path, visual cues, and scripture you’ve read. 




Obey:  This week say “yes” to God and step out of your comfort zone. This week’s suggestion is to take action on the good deeds God is asking you to do.

Dear One,
For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. ~Peter (1Peter 2:15)


Time for a Change

It's been a long while since my last blog, and I must admit this has been a busy season that I'm in.  I'm homeschooling my two girls, just finished leading a women's Bible study at my home based off of my book "Path of the Blessing:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob" and I'm also responsible for heading up our children's department at our church.  Recently the Lord has turned my attention back to my blog and so here I sit writing as my kids are playing with our puppies, dirty dishes await my attention and curriculum is begging for my attention to teach.  I've decided it can all wait.

Change.  It's something I've been craving lately.  I'm not quite sure how it's all going to play out, but something needs to change.  So I'm starting with my blog.  I've noticed that in managing my statistics, I have way too many people clicking on my blog thinking that this is a porn site or a human trafficking website where they can find young raven-haired women that they can use and exploit.  You would be appalled at the key words that come through that lead people to my little blog.

 So as of today my blog is now called "Path of the Blessing" to keep everything that I'm about more simplified.

Over this last year I've been working on writing a weekly devotional and so keep myself blogging I'm going to post a few of those devotionals periodically.  As always I would love to hear from you!  So please don't hesitate to comment.

God Bless,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Brand New Day

I hear the song of those who have loved and then fallen away. 

Love lost because the relationship was more work than they had counted on, so they ran away. 

Hearing songs of sadness, regret, pain. 

Longing to be back in relationship again, hearts torn. 

Will they go back to their true love?  Can they go back?

A time full of forgiveness embracing Loves kiss.  Is that all in the past?

Regret for leaving the way they did, ignoring First Love’s voice calling them back. 

Wiped away is the sorrow, wiped away is the shame. 

Love is waiting to embrace them again. 

Running in fields of barley golden sunlight streaming down. 

Time has been rewound! 

Restoration, renewal it’s hard to believe. 

Love lost has been found just by turning around.

“Stand up all you lovers in the world.  It’s the starting of a brand new day!”(a)

(a) Quoted words from Brand New Day by Sting

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Are you looking for direction today? As believers and followers of Jesus we are called to follow.  Just exactly how are we going to do that if we don’t know the “how”?  For most people, the Bible can be overwhelming with all of it’s vast wisdom, but just this morning I felt the need to read out of the book of Jude.  Jude is one little book of the Bible near the end with only one chapter in it.  As I read I found it, the instructions!  -Well a few anyways, and I think if I can just do these five things then these five things will help me grow in my relationship with God.

Instructions for Followers of Christ:

1)   Build your faith
2)   Pray in the Holy Spirit
3)   Operate in and from God’s Love
4)   Be merciful to those who doubt
5)   Show mercy to everyone else mixed with an awareness of their sin


(Jude 20-23)

Looks like I've got my directions, how about you?  If you've got a story to share, I'd love to hear it! How are you showing God's love and mercy to those around you?  How was it received?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Our Wedding Cake from 1993

Does a Bride long for her wedding day, when she will at last be united with her groom to spend the rest of her days in his company?  Or does she wait out her engagement out of obligation and duty, despising the length of time she will have to spend with her groom once the vows have been taken?

Loyalty and obligation are two very different words, but it seems like we tend to get those two confused when it comes to commitment.  When you get down to the root of those words, you have loyal and obligate. 

Here is how the dictionary defines them:

loyal |ˈloiəl|
giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution

verb |ˈäbliˌgāt|
1 bind or compel (someone), esp. legally or morally
2 [ with obj. ] commit (assets) as security
adjective |ˈäbligit| [ attrib. ] Biology
restricted to a particular function or mode of life

I’ve highlighted the words to show how contrasting those words really are.  Loyalty is birthed out of love for another and obligation is birthed out of duty.

Luke 5:34 and John 3:29 speaks of how Jesus is the bridegroom and we as his followers are his bride.  Therefore since we are the bride awaiting our groom, then we need to ask ourselves, “Am I waiting in joyful expectation to be united with Christ to spend all eternity with him?” or “Am I following Christ out of a verbal commitment to gain a heavenly security while living a life of religious duty?”

As I read the book of Ruth I saw the love of the bride and the bridegroom demonstrated towards one another.  How broken our world is when we rarely see the love of God in marriage vows.  The vows that are meant to demonstrate loyalty (giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person) are so easily broken and discarded.  It’s no wonder that so many believers in Christ are experiencing a dead, religious type of relationship while committed or “engaged” to the bridegroom.  The earthly model of the love between the bride and the bridegroom has been shattered giving the impression of a hopeless and dull future bound by vows spoken to gain security.

This is not what God desires for us.  In the book of Ruth, Ruth has been living with her mother-in-law after the death of her husband and has been working daily in the fields of an older man who could redeem her from her current life by marrying her.  She then, in Ruth 3:9, seeks him out and quietly lays at his feet.  When he notices her, she asks him to “spread his garment over her” so as to symbolize marriage. He is so blessed by her kindness towards him, as he is much older than her and she could have chosen another man much younger than he. In the end, they do wed and Ruth goes from a worker in the fields to the owner of the fields, living an abundant life.

Ruth, the bride, chose to commit to her groom out of love, not obligation and her groom, although he was lawfully obligated to wed Ruth, gave the opportunity to another out of love for her, but in the end she was rejected and so her groom, her redeemer, wed her.

Loyalty is a commitment birthed from love.  Is that the kind of relationship you are experiencing with Jesus right now?  Do you look forward to reading your Bible, praying, and talking to God or is it an obligation?  If you find yourself following Jesus out of religious duty and obligation because you “prayed a prayer” of salvation once for the hope of security, then you are in relationship with the bridegroom for the wrong reasons.  No wonder your time of “engagement” is so dry and boring! 

Recommit yourself to Jesus out of love for Him and watch what he will do.  Just like Ruth, you will go from a life of struggling to a life abundant full of joy for the coming groom.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Heart Song: Death of a Loved One

Today I lost a dear friend to a long battle for life against stage four cancer.  Her name is Colleen and you will find some of her comments on this blog.  She was an encouraging voice in my life and I will miss her immensely.

As I am sorting through my emotions of disbelief and sadness I remembered my book and how death was something Abraham had experienced as well.  So I turned to what I know best, God’s word and the inspiration that he gave me in my book.

 Here is an excerpt from my book, Path of the Blessing:

(Found in Genesis 23)

Walking Through the Valley

   Some time later Abraham was told that his brother Nahor had had sons, one of which was Bethuel who became the father of Rebekah.  This is significant because Rebekah goes on to marry Isaac, Sarah and Abraham’s son.

   Sarah then dies at 127 years old.  She died in Hebron in the land of Canaan.  The bible says that Abraham mourned for Sarah and wept over her at her side.  This is definitely a valley experience, when someone you love dies.

    At some point in all of our lives we will find that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  This can be experiencing the death of a loved one, or the death of a relationship.  Just because we are finding ourselves in a valley on our path, doesn’t necessarily mean we have gotten off of our path of blessingGod has led us there and he will lead us through.

 Psalm 23 “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. 
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. 
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (NIV)

   If you are finding yourself in a valley right now, keep trusting and following the Lord to lead you through. 

As I finished reading these words, it stood out to me that not only will Jesus lead me through, but that death itself is merely a shadow of the reality of eternity we experience as believers and followers of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 23 in the King James version puts it this way in verse 4, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Colleen is now reveling in the presence of the Lord, dancing, and basking in the bliss that only Heaven can offer without a care for the old shadow that this world has now become to her.

So I write all this to say, be comforted by Jesus.  He will lead you through and this life is merely a shadow of the eternity to come.  We will see our loved ones again because of our relationship with Jesus.  AND that brings me great comfort.
Love you Colleen.