Success, Strength, Encouragement

Last Wednesday night Lynette and I returned from our ministry/vacation trip out west.

The week out there was very successful. We brought strength to her aging parents who have lived faithful lives for Jesus and who have been very dear to me over the past 20 years.  We hung out with them for 6 – 8 hours each day and attended church with them on Sunday.  We prayed with them, had long talks, and encouraged them in the Lord as God directed… it was a wonderful visit.

Our flights were perfect going out; coming back, the planes were a little late, but everything worked out fine; it was good to fly above our Father’s world and see the activity of His angelic hosts going to and fro to accomplish His will.  He showed me the angels specifically protecting our aircrafts, and it made me tearful and grateful during each flight. God kept the house safe and sound in our absence, posting ministering spirits even before we left – He is faithful.

Those who encourage and lift up the saved and unsaved will, themselves, be lifted up and encouraged.  Without God, we are nothing. With God, we are and have everything.

Thank You, Jesus.



It’s My Time

It’s my time to stand up for Jesus… to stand up for God and not belly-ache.

I deleted a post I wrote yesterday because the simple truth is that NOW it’s my time to actually live what I have been preaching; to stand up for Jesus and love unconditionally, and really and wholly and truly.  It’s my time to TRUST GOD!

It’s my time to be strong and stand in the Lord and in the power of His might.  It’s my time to show that I am faithful to what He has promised in terms of my believing.  I am faithful to believe.  It’s my time to show that I am faithful to believe.

I love Jesus.

Persevering and freedom and encouraging myself in the Lord, I am going to press on by His power.  I am NOT ‘down in the dumps’, I am NOT discouraged.  I am going to press on, move on, and be FREE by His power over me – by His power manifested in my life.  I love the Lord.

I love Jesus.  I believe in Him.  I submit to the “Light” He has placed in me.  Now, it’s my time to shine.




Were I to describe the way I feel today, this poem the Lord gave to me years ago would come out.  It’s such a glorious experience to allow Holy Spirit to gently lift my chin in encouraging love so that my eyes meet Abba’s.  This is what I’ve needed, and this is what God gave my heart and soul to rejoice over; yes, it sums up the day…

ocean sunrise

“His Gold Will Ever Stay”

When God imparts His life
He redeems a man from strife
then spreads His seed in gold
to “dust” the new man’s soul.

Though saints do often weep,
such rich comfort floods the sweep
of God’s arms in tender sway,
they know gold will ever stay.

And through darkest trials will come
the transforming to His Son
if we understand and persevere
until the battling’s done.

God’s Seal, each faithful hour,
trumps to all this truth and power
through the “redeemed” voice of clay:

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