The Lifeline

5433549942_a8c4cea1fd_zWhat do our Bibles say about us? Are they placed in handy spots or put away on bookshelves? Are they worn with use or are the pages still in pristine condition? Have we made personal notes in them or could they belong to anyone?

The poem below, which I wrote well over a decade ago, describes what I hope my daughters will one day think about me and my Bible. Does it express your heart’s desire as well?

The Lifeline

Who would have guessed that a mundane chore
Could lead to such precious discovery,
A familiar book seen in new light
Became a gem, a treasure to me.
Lifting the Bible to dust all around
I noticed its cover, worn with use,
And automatically thought of my mother.
This was her Bible—
Her Lifeline, she lovingly called it,
It told of God’s love and sustaining grace
On which she daily relied.
And as I glanced through its well-marked pages
Another lifeline came into view,
The life of my mother scattered throughout
In handwritten notes and underlined verses,
In special dates to remember.
Her spiritual journey could also be traced
Through verses of praise and anguish,
Her walk with God stamped o’er its pages,
A remembrance of what she lived.
What a gift God gave me that day—
Mom’s life, tucked inside her Lifeline.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

*Is there a particular verse from the Bible that has served as a lifeline for you during a difficult time?

*Flickr photo by Lel4nd, Creative Commons License

Midweek Morsel: How Big Is Your God?

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*I’ll be taking a blogging break next week for Thanksgiving. What are some of the best blessings God has given you this year? I’m especially thankful for God’s gift of our twin grandsons, for my husband’s back healing well enough so he could go back to work early this year, and also for God blessing me with a book contract in August.  I hope you all have a wonderful week celebrating Thanksgiving with your families. See you November 30th!

Sometimes we need a reminder of how big God is. We need to remember that his love and faithfulness can’t be measured—and that they never fail. We need to hear once again that his justice and love and protection are for one and all. Yes, sometimes we need a reminder of just how big our God really is.

And so, my friends, be blessed by this reminder from God’s Word today:

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
     your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
O, LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
    How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
    take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
                                                             Psalm 36:5-7

*When have you taken refuge in the bigness of our God?

*My photo (taken in Grand Teton National Park)

Midweek Morsel: Find Shelter in God

16630003164_7cd84ffeb2_zAnyone in a need of a shelter, a refuge from the storms of life? When we’re faced with difficulties, pain, stress, and heartbreak, there’s no better place to go than to God and his Word. May this passage from the Psalms give you comfort and strength today, my friends!

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
     will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
     my God, in whom I trust.’
Surely he will save you
     from the fowler’s snare
     and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
     and under his wings you will find refuge;
     his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:1-4

Thank you, Father, for your faithfulness. Thank you for being our refuge!

*When have you found refuge under the wings of the Lord?

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out in early November. Sign up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Moyan_Brenn, Creative Commons License

Midweek Morsel: A Prayer to Our God for All Times

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I’m so thankful that God is the God of my past, my present, and my future. He is my God for all times. Won’t you thank and praise him with me today as you join me in the following prayer?

Thank you, Father, for being the God of my past. Thank you for the family and the heritage you gave me and for drawing me to yourself and accepting me into your family. Thank you for teaching me and guiding me and for never letting go of me, even when I made mistakes. Thank you for loving me then.

Thank you, O Lord, for being the God of my present. Thank you for being my rock and my refuge, my Savior and friend. Thank you for walking with me day by day and being my peace, my joy, my comfort, my song. Thank you for helping me make wise choices, and thank you for the doors you open and also the ones you close. Thank you for loving me today.

And thank you, Father, for being the God of my future. Thank you for the assurance I have of your faithfulness, of knowing you’ll never leave me or forsake me, of knowing your provision and your strength will be enough for whatever the future holds. And thank you, Lord, for the home you’ve prepared for me in heaven and the welcome I’ll find in your arms. Thank you for an eternity with you and for the great reunion I’ll have with loved ones who have gone before me. Thank you for loving me forever.

Yes, thank you, Father, for being the God of my past, my present, and my future. Thank you for your great love!

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

*Which of these aspects of God’s faithful presence in our lives resonates the most with you today?

*My photo

Midweek Morsel: One Quality Gives Rise to Another

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“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10

Some things just go together, don’t they? Peanut butter and jelly, green eggs and ham, cake and ice cream. The list goes on—and includes much beyond the realm of food, by the way.

As I read the verse above not long ago, I noticed some qualities that were joined together, partnered like perfect pairs. Love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace. One giving rise to the other.

Where love reigns, we’ll also find faithfulness. When righteousness shines forth, peace will be nearby. Isn’t it wonderful how other blessings will be ours when we love and live rightly as the Lord instructs? May we each one see these perfect pairs shining in our lives!

“. . . shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life . . . “ Philippians 2:15b-16a

*Can you think of other qualities where one gives rise to the other?

*Flickr photo by menteblu61, Creative Commons License