Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Numbers 22: 28 My hands are dirty I dare not lift them up to the heavens. My tongue is uncultured, my mouth is foul, I dare not speak for God, yet he used me as his mouthpiece! I am bad, but he calls me good. I have no spotlight shining on me, yet he calls me a shining light. I am dumb, stupid, and lowly. I cannot talk, I only bray, and that irritat
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. Deuteronomy 32: 11 The eagle is a majestic bird that has caught my awe since I was a little boy The admiration I have for this bird of prey inspired a desire to learn more about it. One particular eagle behavior I find fascinating is the way they train their kids to fly. Mother eagle takes her baby up to the top of a cliff and just drops her. Fly or die
As a young boy, walking alone through dark alleys in my neighborhood, I remember how Psalm 23 served as my companion. As I recite this psalm, I would feel a surge of courage. The type you have when you have an adult holding your hands through those unlighted alleys. The words of God indeed come alive when spoken by his children. Somehow this psalm stuck! Even today, when I find myself in unfamiliar or harsh terrains, I am quick to ascertain that the Lord is my shepherd. In my
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent tapped into Adam and Eve’s desire to be like God to deceive them into disobedience. He crossed his heart and promised them, “You shall not surely die. But your eyes will be opened and you shall be like God.” The wall of Babel was built to please the longing of men who want to be like God. But today, the father’s heart is that we become like him. Many Sundays at different churches, I have heard messages about God’s desire for us to be like hi
Spring of 2014 I bought a young and happy cherry tree from the nursery. Her green leaves show the amount of care she received at the nursery. From day one, I intended maintaining that same level of care in her new home in my garden. I planted my tree and gave her so much water. She maintained her green foliage through the summer. October fall arrived, and her leaves started to turn yellow. Her radiant aspect eroded until it was altogether replaced by this weird gloomy look.
Give up on time traveling, renounce the habit of doing things tomorrow. Who in the world gets anything done today when they have 365 fabulous days flashing ahead of them? We all fall victim of time traveling! So many days, so many options and the one day that appeals to us is tomorrow. But of all the days in the year, the only day you can actually get something done is today. So whatever you plan to do this year, do it today and right now. Give up on your new year resolutions
Heavy heart. Broken spirit. Shattered hope! He knelt right there, in the same garden where hope was created. The same ground, upon which the created sun first shone! It all started here in the garden, even though Gethsemane was a far cry from Eden. But still, it reminded him of life and the promise called humanity before sin raged. But how did humanity come this far? Did father in heaven have it all wrong? Why should the creator have to die for the created? As these thoughts