Archive | May, 2020


20 May


Jesus gives us a picture of a neighbor, knocking on the door, asking for a favor in the middle of the night. The word used to describe that neighbor, in the original Greek, is ana-e-diah. It literally means “impudent,” “importune,” even “shameless.”

Now you might be thinking, but we’re supposed to be humble and proper. True. But there is a time and place for holy impudence and heavenly shamelessness.

The Lord wants His people to be bold about the things of Heaven. The Lord wants us to be without shame with regard to the Gospel – unashamed, which is to be shameless.

The Lord wants us to be impudent about His word, all out for His promises, bold about His truth. The Lord wants us to be shameless about His truth, shameless about His love, shameless about our faith, shamelessly bold in prayer, in hope, in the Gospel, in Jesus.

The Lord wants you to take His word, and start boldly knocking on the door concerning it, and to keep knocking until He answers.

There are many things we can be ashamed of. But the Lord is not one of them. So be strong, be for real, and be shameless!

Let us then approace God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Apply boldness to your walk today. Be bold in love, bold in faith, bold in prayer, bold in sharing, bold in doing His will.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


The Sword Of Gideon 2

19 May

The Sword of Gideon 2…

In the account of Gideon, we learn the power of broken pitchers. When Gideon’s men smashed their vessels, the light of their torches shone forth and they were given the victory.

In the Gospels, we learn the power of broken containers, as a broken vessel of ointment is poured out to anoint Jesus.

In the ministry of Jesus, we learn the power of broken bread, as He breaks a loaf that is not nearly enough to feed the thousands who are hungry, and yet, having been broken, a miracle happens, and it does that very thing.

In the death of Jesus, we learn the power of a broken body, as He gives Himself to be sacrificed and through it He redeems the world.

What do we see in all of this? The secret of brokenness – and the awesome power of a broken vessel.

Let your will be broken for His purposes and out of your life will come the shining of His glory, the anointing of His oil, the miracle of His bread, and the power of His redemption. For there is no end to what God can do with a vessel that allows itself to be broken.

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

Give to God all that is broken in your life, no matter who did it or how it happened – and glorify God in your brokenness. Let God work through it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


Reading Weather

18 May

Reading Weather…

When following the way, you learn to be acutely aware of all your senses, eyes, ears, touch, smell and taste. Believe it or not, most people are aren’t even fully aware of what’s going on around them.

The lighter the air, the higher the birds will fly, heavy air forces them lower. Light air no rain, heavy air rain is on the way.

So with our high humidity, how do you notice lighter air? If you notice when you go out in the morning very few birds are moving, more than likely the air is heavy. Heavier air is hard on their heart so they stay low. The bees stay closer to the hive in heavier weather and you see very few butterflies. Also, if you pay close attention you can feel the difference on your skin and the hair on your arms feel the air move. There is a big difference when it is going to rain and when it is going to be clear. Give it a try.

Ok, so now you know one of my secrets, I watch the birds. Then we have the fire ants and mud bugs who also have an acute sense of when the pressure is going to change and rain is on the way. They can feel an upcoming change four to five days before it happens and they prepare their homes for it. Fire ants will build their mounds and move their eggs before it even starts to rain and the mud bugs build up a protective barrier around their entrances. Just one more interesting fact to learn.

Have you ever noticed the cattle bunching up and moving to higher ground before a rain storm? They do and will even lay down to have a dry place. Deer do the same thing. This helps keep them dry and warm. The animals can teach us a lot about living, if we are willing to pay attention.

When I go out in the morning the first thing I do is perform a top down observation of the sky. I look at the highest things I can see, then the clouds, the trees, the birds and the plants. What this tells me is pretty much what the weather is going to be for the day.

Besides being beautiful to look at, what can we learn from a rainbow? Rainbows require three things: Rain, sun and someone to observe it. In order to see the rainbow the sun must be behind you. This is why we see them in the morning and evening hours and very seldom around noon.

Ok, let’s look closely at the rainbow. The deeper the colors are the bigger rain drops and the lighter the colors the smaller the rain drops. If you feel the wind coming towards you the rain is coming your way and it only stands to reason if the wind is behind you the rain is going away.

If you can smell smoke in the air on a cool morning, it is likely that there is a temperature inversion , which can occur when a layer of warmer air traps a cooler layer near the surface. During an inversion, there is a high probability of fog. Also sound travels farther and can be heard more loudly.

Light is refracted in an inversion and this unusual bending of the rays leads to optical illusions. In normal conditions very distant objects appear shorten and squashed which is why we often see a squashed fat sun at sunset. In an inversion the opposite happens and objects appear to be stretched vertically. They also appear to be floating or levitating.

Interesting what a simple weather phenomenon can bring out.

The upper winds flow from West to East. My Grandfather called them the parental winds as they are steady and steadfast. The lower winds, which he called the rowdy child like winds, would flow any direction when they got cantankerous with their parents. He had a way of making lessons fun.

When the upper and lower winds move in the same direction, good weather always follows. When the lower winds change so follows the weather.

This is a simple overview of winds. There are four main layers in our atmosphere and they all affect the weather, however the upper and lower winds appear to have more influence. When we get into the different clouds it will begin to come together .

If you stand with your back to the wind and monitor the the upper winds, you can get a pretty good idea of what the weather is going to be.

Left to right: Warm air is on the way; there may be an advancing warm front and a deteriorating weather situation with prolonged rain possible.

Right to left: Cold air is advancing; a cold front may have gone through and an improving weather situation is most likely.

Same direction: No imminent change is likely. If you stay tuned to the wind direction, you will notice a large shift before all major weather changes.

If the winds shifts to come from a noticeably more counterclockwise direction (backs), then things will probably get worse.

Stand with your back to the wind, look for the highest clouds and remember this line: “Left to right, not quite right.”

Simple techniques to learn when you want to know what’s coming your way.

When it comes to interpreting the clouds, there are some very general trends that are useful to know.
The higher the level of the lowest clouds you can see, the drier the air is in general and the less likely it is that rain is imminent. If the clouds you see are deepening or lowering, then the weather is likely to deteriorate, and if they are swallowing or rising, then it is likely to improve. The more different types of clouds you can see, the more unsettled the weather and less likely that fair weather will hold.

To read clouds with a little more insight, we need to be able to identify the most helpful ones:

Cumulonimbus: A very tall, dark giant of a cloud. Sometimes with an anvil top.

Cumulus: Fluffy little sheep that scoot across the lower part of the sky.

Cirrus: Wispy streaks, scratch across the high sky. Can look a little like cotton candy.

Cirrostratus: A high shapeless blanket of cloud that foster a dull layer.

Out of these four types, there are the ones at each end of the weather spectrum that most cloud watchers will recognise instinctively. There are the fair weather cumulus clouds that are scattered across a blue sky and symbolize a fine day and then there is the pantomime baddy of a cloud that gets hissed each time it enters the stage: cumulonimbus, the thunderstorm cloud.

Outside of these two clouds, it is harder to look at an individual cloud type and predict anything with certainty.

I forgot to add on my previous posts to feel free to ask questions if you have any arise.

Now you know that I study the animals, birds, clouds and wind. In reality all nature and life is full of little secrets that will teach you something about how the world works.

I have been doing this since I graduated Sixth grade from the AYOP School when I was eight. State law wouldn’t let me into middle school until I turned 12, so I had four years, with Grandfather, for one on one training on nature, weather and life. After 68 years of following this training, it has become part of my life. I have three graduate degrees, but consider the training I received from age 8 to 12 the greatest education of my life.

My suggestion to you is to start out slowly taking in everything around you and begin to realize the life you share this world with. Start your day with a top down assessment of what your day holds, from the clouds, wind, trees, animals, birds and all the little things from there. You will be surprised what you will discover. As always, I am here to answer questions or point you in the right direction.
One last word on weather I would like to share. Wind is shaped by the surrounding areas including buildings and trees. Most people don’t realize as things bend the wind it has a tendency to grow.

Like a fire creates it’s own atmosphere, the wind can create it’s own life. Also we are very seldom without some sort of breeze. If you study nature, you notice the littlest things can create a small trickle of a breeze. Watch, as the sun warms up the dew on the trees and plants, the branches sway ever so slightly as the moisture evaporates from the leaves and pedals. The air could be perfectly still, yet the evaporation of the moisture creates the slightest breeze.

I close with this, we are all part of nature and we all contribute to the world around us. Let us all open our eyes and do what we can to help improve the world we live in. It is a study of life. Give nature a helping hand.

Love life!!

Walk daily with God at your side.



Off The Rock

18 May

Off The Rock…

Most born again believers aren’t fond of rituals. They look at the older and more traditional denominations and note the lifelessness in most of their traditions, rituals, and rites. And many rituals, though not all, are indeed without life.

That’s because you can perform rituals without the heart. But there are many kinds of rituals, not just those of the traditional churches.

When you lose the fire, the zeal, and the first love of your faith, you’ll often find yourself living in the realm of rituals… doing the right things, praying, going to service, worshiping, saying the right words, even abstaining from sin… but doing it no longer from your heart, or from passion and love for God.

Then you’ve entered the realm of rituals. Is that you? If so, then get back to the heart of worship, the heart of praise, the heart of serving, the heart of ministering, the heart of obeying, the heart of repentance, and the heart of loving Him. For God doesn’t want you to waste your life in the realm of rituals, but to come back to the realm of Him.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Have you found yourself in a rut or routine in your life or your walk with God? Break out of it today in worship and love and zeal for God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


Become A Good Actor

15 May

Becoming A Good Actor…

Have you ever seen a movie or play where it seems like people are just reading their lines? We call that bad acting. On the other hand, if what they’re saying sounds as if it’s actually coming from their heart, we call it good acting.

As believers we are called to act; to do good works or good actions for God. So, how is your acting? If you’re doing actions for the Lord but it’s not from your heart, doing it only on the outside – that’s bad acting.

If you’re serving in ministry and fulfilling your responsibilities, but it’s not from the heart – it’s bad acting. God wants you to do whatever you do wholeheartedly.

When you love, when you praise, when you give, when you counsel, when you shepherd, when you’re a parent, when you’re a husband or wife, do it from your heart – those are good actions.

Colossians 3:23 says, “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”

Be a good actor. Act in such a way that people will believe that you’re for real! Act so well that you’re acting won’t just be acting anymore.

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Serve the Lord with your whole heart. Do the will of God today, but in all you do, do it wholeheartedly.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


The Apple Tree

14 May

The Apple Tree…

In the Song of Solomon, the bride says of the bridegroom, “My beloved is an apple tree… I sat down under his shadow with great delight.”

In these words are deep mysteries. We’re the bride and Jesus is our Beloved. The tree of the cross, His death, is the tree of the Bridegroom’s love. And we, the bride are to delight in the beauty of His shadow.

The Psalms speak of abiding and taking refuge in the shadow of His wings. It was a day of darkness when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.

But she wanted to dwell in the shadow of the Beloved. She would rather be with Him in death than with anyone else in life. Paul said, “I desire to share in the fellowship of His sufferings.”

Become so in love with Him that you would rather be in His shadow, than anywhere else. And delight yourself in the shadow of your Beloved. For the shadow of your Beloved is a refuge greater than any other in the world.

Your Beloved is an apple tree. Delight yourself in the presence and shadow of that tree.

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

Today, take the mystery of this verse in the Song of Solomon and spend time in the presence and delight of your Beloved.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


The Titanic

13 May

The Titanic…

Imagine you wake up Sunday morning, it’s April 14th, and you’re on the Titanic. You know the Titanic is going to strike the iceberg around midnight and sink. People are running around you eating and talking about trivial things.

What would you do? How would you warn the people on the ship? And how urgently would you do it? The truth is, this whole world is the Titanic. It’s filled with all sorts of diversions and distractions and everyone in it will sink and will die.

And then comes judgment and eternity. All around you people are getting lost in the details of life, even though it’s sinking. What are you going to do about it? If you had the chance to save the Titanic that day, would you?

Or would you have let them perish, thinking most people would think you were crazy? Don’t live like that. It’s not just an illustration, it’s real.

Open your mouth. Open your heart. Tell them the Gospel. Tell it to everybody. Share it. Proclaim it! Bring them in. For the Titanic is real, and you’re on it.

He who testifies to these things says,  “Yes, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20

Today, live as if you were on the Titanic. Save the passengers on it. Share the Gospel in whatever way you can.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always.


The Samaritan’s Choice

12 May

The Samaritan’s Choice…

Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial in Israel. Outside of it is a beautiful path of trees called, “The Avenue of the righteous of the Nations.” Every tree is named after a Gentile who saved Jewish lives in the Holocaust.

During the Holocaust, those who did evil were in power, and seemed like the unstoppable wave of the future. Those who did righteously, who hid Jews and risked their lives, were in the minority.

Their cause looked hopeless yet, in the end, those in power ended up in defeat; being killed, taking their own lives, or living as hunted fugitives with the shame of what they did forever.

But those who did right yet seemed weak ended up as heroes. No matter how powerful evil looks, or how unstoppable it may seem even as immorality seems to be the wave of the future, still in the end evil will perish.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:5-6

And no matter how weak the cause of the righteous seems, you who do right will be lifted up. The righteous will shine as the stars of heaven. And in heaven all these trees will blossom in the avenue of the righteous.

Today, share the Gospel with someone that needs the Lord. Don’t worry if they accept or reject. Just do the right thing.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


The Finishers

11 May

The Finishers…

Proverbs 19:24 says, “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish but will not even bring it back to his mouth to eat.”

It’s a dramatic picture of laziness to make a point. Many people never see things through; they start and never finish.

They start plans they never finish: jobs, marriages, families, big dreams, serving God, and ministries, but they give up. They get discouraged or run into problems and throw in the towel. They shrink back, get distracted, tempted, or they mess up and they give up.

You’ve got to follow through. If you don’t follow through you’ll never have the blessing. There’s always going to be conflicts and challenges.

If you don’t follow through in ministry, marriage, or with that problem, you’ll never gain the prize. If you’re doing something and you’re in the Lord, it’s of the Lord; ministry, marriage, parenthood, fellowship, love… your life is of the Lord.

Follow through! Keep going! Press on until you finish the course, win the prize, get the reward, and know the blessing. And you won’t end up hungry like the sluggard.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Today, follow through with something for the Lord that you have put off, let go, or just never taken up. Gain the prize!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


The Secret Of Milk

8 May

The Secret Of Milk…

All across the world, no matter the language, the word for mom usually has the sound ma in it. It’s because mama is a word created by babies.

It’s a common sound babies make when they want milk. A baby is born with the need for milk. When it cries for milk, its mother is there to answer its need before it even understands it has a mother.

In the same way, your heart cries out for God, for His perfect love, for what the world cannot give you. And just as your mother was there to answer your cry, God is there to answer the cry of your heart.

You were made for Him. His love for you is more basic to your soul than a mother’s milk is to her newborn baby.

There is an answer to every real need in your life. And the answer is God. So bring your every need to Him, your emptiness, longing, and cries.

As a baby is born longing for its mother, and the mother is there, you were born longing for God, and He too is there.

But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131:2

Today, cry out to God with your deepest needs knowing that He is there ready to meet them. And receive of the milk of heaven.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,