Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 22, 2015

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

I’m sure that most people are familiar with the term “bucket list.” If not, it is a list of achievements, goals, dreams, and experiences that a person hopes to accomplish during his or her lifetime. It is all those special things that you would like to do before you die!

Do you have a bucket list? If not, there are even web sites available that contain ideas for things you might like to include on such a list such as traveling to exotic or beautiful places, training for and running in a major marathon, or even learning a new skill or sport.

I do not have a bucket list, but over the past few days I experienced a few things that made me think about it. I looked at the pictures of a precious newborn baby proudly displayed by an ecstatic grandmother. What joy thinking of this child’s future and the open, unmarked slate before her. I enjoyed a wedding shower for a young couple who will be married next month. Their happiness was contagious as they look forward to beginning a whole new chapter in their lives. And then I attended the funeral of a dear 90 – almost 91-year-old lady – and reflected on the rich years of her life.  From great joy, to happy expectation, to thoughtful sadness – all in the matter of a few days. Each of these events, in their own ways, made me think about life.

As the pastor said during the above referenced funeral service, none of us have anything to say about when, where, or to whom we are born. We have nothing to say about when we will die. But we have a lot to say about what happens between those two points. The lives we live between birth and death will be marked by our choices and decisions, things we do or fail to do, our joys and our sorrows, our victories and our defeats.

King Solomon examined much about what happens between the time of birth and death in the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon, the son of King David, began his earthly rule seeking and following God. However, he slowly began to drift from God and sought fulfillment in other things. Many of these things he addresses in the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon sought fulfillment in having great wisdom (Eccl. 1:12-18), in pleasure (Eccl. 2:1-3), in his accomplishments (Eccl. 2:4-6), and in his possessions (Eccl. 2:7-17), but none of these things brought satisfaction. Solomon concluded in Eccl. 12:13: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”

If King Solomon had made a bucket list as he searched for satisfaction in life, he would have probably included acquiring more knowledge, having more fun, completing impressive projects and experiments, and amassing great wealth. But after all was said and done, he realized that only one thing really brought satisfaction and fulfillment – “to fear God and keep His commandments.” Wisdom, pleasure, accomplishments, or possessions could not deliver true fulfillment in life. That comes only through one’s relationship with God.

You and I may not know the date that will mark the end of our lives on earth, but each day that we are given is another opportunity to honor God with our lives. Throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon reminds us that life is not always fair. Injustice often prevails. Yet King Solomon advises us to joyfully live the days we are given and to work willingly and heartily (see Eccl. 9:7-10). Each new day is a precious gift to spend wisely.

Perhaps I should start thinking about my bucket list. I know I can’t run in a marathon and I doubt I can afford much travel to exotic locations. But there are a few things I’ve always wanted to do, so maybe I’ll start that list just in case I have the opportunity. But whether I’m able to enjoy all of these things before I die, my bucket is already overflowing because of the love, mercy, and grace of my Heavenly Father and the life I have in Him. And one day when I come to that last date in my life, I know that a glorious new life in Heaven awaits where “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9) – to enjoy forever – no bucket list needed!


Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 11, 2015

Always Remember and Never Forget

Always Remember and Never Forget

Today, as we remember the pain and loss of 9/11, we often hear the expressions: “We’ll always remember” and “We’ll never forget.” But will we?

Do we remember the 9 million soldiers who lost their lives and the 21 million more who were wounded by the time World War 1 ended?

Do we remember the staggering losses of World War II, the struggle that killed more people, cost more money, and damaged more property than any other war in history? In fact, the number of killed, wounded, and missing or unaccounted cannot even be calculated. Most estimates claim that more than 55 million people perished.

Do we remember Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War?

Do we remember the countless lives lost or forever changed as the result of sacrifices made?

I had a college professor who used to caution students about using words like always and never in compositions. The word always can be defined as “every time, each time, all the time, without fail.” The word never can be defined as “not ever, at no time, not at any time, not once.” My professor’s point was that rarely could one write on any subject using such absolutes.

Through the years, I’ve often been reminded of my professor’s advice. Rarely, can I use the words always and never to describe things I do or fail to do. Even with those good things that I really want to do, I rarely can say that I do them always. But there is One who can say those words – and He said them without qualification.

  • Jesus said that those who follow Him would never walk in darkness.

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

  • Jesus said we can never come to the Father except through Him.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).


  • Jesus said that those who come to Him would never perish, but would have everlasting life.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).

  • Jesus said He would never refuse anyone who came to Him.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:37-39).

  • Jesus said He would always be with us.

“I am always with you, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

  • Jesus said His Word would never pass away.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

The above statements are just a few among many absolutes that Jesus promised us in Scripture. And these are promises that I don’t want to ever forget. Thankfully, Jesus promised us that He would help us remember all that He said. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). So when I’m having difficulty or facing struggles, I can be sure that His Spirit will help me to remember what I have in Christ and will assure me of His Presence with me whatever my need.

It is good to remember. Remembering can help us to correct past mistakes and make worthwhile changes. It can motivate us, inspire us, and encourage us. Remembering can help us recognize those who made sacrifices and spur us to find ways to honor them in things we do. Jesus, Himself, during His last supper with His disciples told them to remember Him. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). When we do this during our Communion services today, we are reminded of Christ’s sacrifice and what He did for us. As we remember, we are challenged to live for Him and to honor Him in all that we do. Oh, how I pray that I will always remember what Christ did for me and that I will never forget! May that be your prayer, too.









Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 1, 2015

Wiping Away Fingerprints

Wiping Away Fingerprints

Early Monday morning I set out to get our house in order after a busy weekend. While our house pretty much always looks lived in, it was clearly evident that life had happened over the weekend. We were blessed with family, dogs, food, and fun – inside, outside, and yes, even sometimes upside down. My kitchen also showed the effects of cooking, churning ice cream, and packing it all up to take to our family reunion. I felt blessed, but my house looked worn out!

But as I began cleaning up all the clutter and mess, suddenly it all became bittersweet – especially when I came to the fingerprints on the glass storm door. There were sweet little fingerprints smudged all over the glass from my grandson’s tiny hands. I swear there were even nose and lip prints on that door, too! As I looked at those little fingerprints, I couldn’t help but think of the countless little fingerprints I had washed off doors, windows, and tabletops through the years – each tiny one so special and precious. And it made me think of God!

You see, among my greatest blessings from God has been the privilege of holding tiny hands – those of my own children, now a grandchild, and many others that I have been privileged to teach in preschool Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. I have never grown tired of seeing those tiny little hands dipped in paint and then pressed on paper to make a keepsake print for a parent. Each time I was reminded of how precious each of those little hands were, not only to me, but even more so to God Himself, the Creator, the One who formed each one in the womb.

Do you realize that you, too, are precious to God? As adults, sometimes, we forget that we are truly loved and treasured by God. None of us are accidents or mistakes. God created each one of us and fashioned our days (see Psalm 139). He has a plan and purpose for each of our lives. Sin, however, separates us from God. Yet, before we were even born, God planned a way to restore us to fellowship with Him by sending His Son to bear the penalty for our sins and to give us the gift of eternal life. As Jesus told Martha, the sister of Lazarus: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). When we believe and say yes to Jesus, we invite Him to come into our lives and fulfill His purpose in us. Not only do we find purpose and meaning through Christ, but we are also eternally secure in Him. No one or anything can snatch us out of His hand (see John 10:27-28). We are safely held by him – even when we stumble, fall, or fail.

God creates, plans, shapes, pursues, and cares for us with an everlasting love. He continually looks after us and cares for us. He sees and knows both our struggles and our joys. We are continually in His thoughts and on His mind. As the Psalmist declares: “And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5b).

Isaiah, the prophet, told the people of Israel: “See, I (God) have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:16).  As I wiped those tiny smudged fingerprints from the glass door, I was reminded that God will never wipe away, scratch off, or remove the names of His children. We are forever inscribed upon His hands and always under His watchful care. We are His children and each of us – young, old, or somewhere in-between – are treasured, loved, and precious to Him!

Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 22, 2015

What Love Does

What Love Does

This week I enjoyed a Skype visit with our sweet grandson, Benji. When Benji is around, even on Skype, there is generally much fun and laughter. This call was no exception. We laughed as we watched his silly antics and listened to the endearing way he calls “P’Paw!” But the highlight of our Skype visit was a lively game of peek-a-boo.

My husband, daughter, and I were seated at the dining room table with the laptop on the table. While I don’t remember exactly how the game began, eventually Benji would point to one of us and say our name. At his command, that person would slide to the side – or in my case since I was in the middle I had to bend forward – out of the range of the camera. Then everyone would ask: “Where’s P’Paw? (or GaGa or Stacy). That person would then move back into the camera’s range and proclaim: “Here I am!”  Every single time, Benji would jump and then we’d all laugh. His enjoyment and laughter were contagious. Soon we were all laughing like a group of little kids. At one point, I remarked: “It’s funny what a two-year-old (he’s almost two) can get you to do!”

But isn’t that what love does? Doesn’t love earnestly care about and seek to satisfy the desires or needs of another? In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes both some of the things that love does and some of the things that love does not do. What does love do?

  • Love suffers long and is kind (v.4).
  • Love thinks no evil (v.5).
  • Love rejoices in the truth (v.6).
  • Love bears all things (v.7).
  • Love believes all things (v.7).
  • Love hopes all things (v.7).
  • Love endures all things (v.7).
  • Love never fails. (8).

What does love not do?

  • Love does not envy (v.4).
  • Love does not parade itself (v.4).
  • Love does not behave rudely (v.5).
  • Love does not seek its own (v.5).
  • Love is not provoked (v.5).
  • Love does not rejoice in iniquity (v.6).

The love described in these verses puts up with stuff, but stays kind. It tries to think the best of others, consistently giving others the benefit of the doubt instead of being easily provoked. This love doesn’t envy others or try to rise above others. Neither does it try to put down or run over others. This love is constantly seeking the best in and for others.

Oh, how I wish I could always love like that. Playing peek-a-boo with my grandson is an easy-to-do kind of love, but sometimes love is hard. How can we love when we are mistreated, hurt, laughed at, taunted, bullied, put down, or simply ignored? How do we love when love is hard?

We need look no further for our answer than to the example set by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;’ who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

(1 Peter 2:21-24)

That’s what true, honest, genuine love does! Jesus was scourged, stricken, taunted, mocked, and ridiculed. He suffered a cruel and agonizing death on a cross. Yet His cry from the cross was: “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Jesus surrendered His “rights” and committed Himself to His Father, willingly giving Himself to forgive you and me and to heal us.

Love has a purpose. True, sacrificing love points others to the One who came to save, redeem, and heal. My feelings, thoughts, and attitudes really matter very little when it comes to someone coming to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. No, it may not always be easy, but the more I love Christ, walk with Him and keep His Word, Christ will make His home with me (see John 14:23-24). And as He lives in me, He can help me to love more and more like Him as His love flows through me to touch others. He can do the same for you, too. And just perhaps the joy we feel will resemble that lively peek-a-boo game that we played with Benji! That’s what love does!

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”

(John 15:9-10).


Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 11, 2015

A Yearning Heart

A Yearning Heart

Last week my husband and I joined our two daughters, our son and daughter-in-law, and our sweet little grandson, for a family vacation at the beach. For as long as I can remember, a true family vacation meant going to a beach somewhere. I have sweet memories of beach trips with my Mama, Daddy, and sister – even the one when our car broke down when we were only an hour or two from home. As we limped along to a repair shop to have it fixed, my sister and I were so afraid that Daddy would turn around and go back home. But, after waiting around for what seemed like forever, we finally pulled away from the garage and headed toward the beach! Knowing what I know now, I’m sure that Mama and Daddy wanted, needed, and even yearned for that vacation as much, if not even more, than us kids.

As a parent, I know how much my husband and I looked forward to those vacations. When the kids were small, it was a treat to spend so much time with them just having fun – with no work schedules or household chores to worry about. Likewise, it was fun to treat them to the little extras that our daily, tight budget didn’t always allow.

As the kids grew, I think I treasured family vacations even more. The kids were older, busier, and on the go. They were involved in church and school activities and spent time with friends. Family vacations were a time for all of us to slow down and enjoy time together.

And as we met together this year with our now grown children, I doubt that even they could fathom just how much we longed to spend time with them.

I wonder. Is that the way God yearns for us?

  • Does He yearn for time – sweet fellowship – with us?
  • Is He jealous of those things that we allow to crowd Him out?
  • Does He yearn to bless us?
  • Does He long for us to share our hearts, to talk with Him about our deepest disappointments as well as our most joyful moments?
  • Is He anxious for us to remember Him, that He is right there with us at all times?

Scripture affirms that God indeed yearns for His children – much more than we could ever comprehend. He loved us first (see 1 John 4:19). He sought Adam and Eve in the garden although He knew they had disobeyed Him (see Genesis 3:8-9). He sent His own Son to pay the penalty for our sin and to restore us to fellowship with Him (see John 3:16). Jesus came to find us and restore us. He, Himself, stated: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’” (Luke 15:4-6).

I am so thankful for the yearning heart of my God. I don’t understand it, but I am ever so grateful for His love, pursuit, and desire for me. I pray that I will learn to live in a constant awareness of His presence with me. May I surrender those things that I allow to come between me and my God and may I take everything to Him – my hopes and dreams, my worries and anxieties, my sorrows and my joys. And there, in the yearning heart of my God, may my own yearning heart find peace and rest! May that be your prayer, too!

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”

(Psalm 42:1-2a).


Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 25, 2015

God Is Enough!

God Is Enough!

This week I celebrated another birthday – my 63rd, to be specific. And I found myself thinking about those years and all the changes I’ve witnessed. I was born in 1952. People in the early 50’s were reeling from the horrors of World War II and facing the new fears of the Cold War as the ideologies of capitalism and communism fiercely clashed. There were fears of atomic and nuclear warfare that if unleashed would destroy our world. As a child I can remember hearing about fallout shelters, participating in duck and cover drills, and hearing air raid test sirens.

But also in the 1950’s, the polio vaccine was created and given to children in a massive trial. Segregation was ruled illegal in the United States. DNA was discovered and the Soviets launched the space age with the Satellite Sputnik. And, lest we forget, the 50’s also saw the first “Peanuts” comic strip, the opening of the first McDonald’s, the launch of Disneyland, and the opening of the Sound of Music on Broadway.

As I thought about the world I knew as a child and the world I know today, I found myself recalling Ecclesiastes 1:9: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Today, I bemoan the fearful world we live in – the increased acts of terrorism, our fragile economic system, frightening new epidemics, and the challenges of unparalleled technological advances that have markedly changed the way we communicate, do business, and live. Yet, I tend to forget that the world I knew as a child was also a fearful, unpredictable place.

As a child, however, I was probably fairly oblivious to all those news items that may have perplexed and worried my parents. I‘m almost certain that I was more aware of the opening of the first McDonald’s where I lived than any of the more serious news items. You see, if something frightened me, I went to my parents. If I was worried about something, I went to my parents. My childlike faith believed that they could handle and do anything. I had no reason to fear.

Now, all of these years later, I realize that while my parents may not have had that kind of ability, there is still someone I can go to with all my fears and worries – and He is enough. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12 that he had pleaded with God to remove a “thorn in the flesh.” Paul relayed: “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:9a). God’s grace is sufficient for whatever we need. While Paul’s thorn was not removed, he still gladly proclaimed: “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b).

Paul had discovered that no matter his need or his weakness, God’s grace was sufficient. But how? How does God’s grace make a difference in my pain, my suffering, my loss, my need? Simply defined, grace as used in the New Testament focuses on salvation. It has been defined in the acrostic – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. As 2 Corinthians 5:21 states: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Grace is God reaching out to man, to reconcile us to Himself. When we accept what Christ did for us, we receive grace and full access to the very riches of God. Among these riches are the following.

  • Access to God

We can go to God with any worry, problem, or fear just as a child, I ran to my parents.

“ Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

  • God’s Presence

We are never alone. God is always with us.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

  • God’s Help

God will strengthen us, help us, and uphold us whatever our need.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

  • God’s Comfort

We do not suffer alone.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

  • God’s Peace

We can have God’s peace even in the midst of a troubled world because of the hope we have in Him.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27)


Paul recognized that God’s grace was enough. Like Paul, we too can discover that when we are at our weakest, God’s strength is perfect. When we are all alone, afraid, filled with sorrow, troubled, worried, betrayed, ignored, misunderstood, hungry, tired, penniless, hurting, _________ (you fill in the blank). God’s grace is sufficient as we trust our need to Him. Yes, my friend, God is enough! In fact, He is more than enough!


“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

(Psalm 73:25-56)





Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 18, 2015

Putting on the New

Putting on the New

When I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, we generally bought new clothes two times a year – before Easter and before school started in August. Mama made many of our clothes, but in the Spring and Fall we were treated to brand new, store-bought clothes and shoes. I can still remember my sister and I poring over the old Sears and Roebuck catalog trying to decide on the outfits we liked the best. I honestly feel that it was more fun searching the pages of that catalog then than it is traipsing through the shopping malls today.

But even more than the searching and dreaming was when the big box actually arrived. What fun tearing into the packages and trying on the new clothes. No worries if an item were a little too long or didn’t fit just right. Our dear Mama with her trusty old Singer sewing machine could take up, let out, and remedy most of our sizing mishaps. It was amazing how good those new clothes made us feel!

I thought about this memory just this week when I read the following Scripture.

“And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).

Put on the new man! When we confess our sins and trust Jesus for our salvation, we are made new. As Paul also told the Corinthians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Believers are reconciled to God through Christ. They have the Holy Spirit living within them to help them them (John 14:16-26), to give discernment (1 John 4:1-6), to give understanding (1 Corinthians 2:12-13), and to bear fruits (Galatians 5:22,23). But far too often, at least in my own life, I fail to put on the new man. Instead, I give in to my old ways and attitudes.

When we surrender our lives to Christ, we are made new. We are fully equipped with all that we need to live for Him and bear witness to Him. Yet, as Paul reminded the Ephesians, we have to choose whether to put on the new or give in to the old. There are three things Paul told the Ephesians in order to put on the new man.

  • Do not walk like the world (Ephesians 4:17-19).
  • Put off their old ways (Ephesians 4:22).
  • Renew their minds (Ephesians 4:23).

Turn away, put off, and renew. That is how we put on the new and become the man or woman that God created us to be. This is how God works in us and transforms us to look more and more like His dear Son.

I can remember as a child when I got my new clothes, I didn’t want to wear my old clothes anymore. I liked my new clothes better. And I’m discovering that the more I turn away from things of the world, the more I put off my old ways, and the more I renew my mind by seeking God and listening to His Spirit, the more I want to put on the new and to allow God to make me more like Jesus. It really feels good taking off the old and putting on the new!



Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 10, 2015

Knowing God

Knowing God


2015-07-03 10.38.27-2As most of you who know me, or have come to know something about me from reading this blog, I am a grandmother. I have two grandsons – Silas who is with Jesus and Benji who will be two years old in October. About two months ago, Benji had tubes put in his ears to help with the fluid build-up. Since having the tubes inserted, Benji can hear and discern sounds that were muffled and hard to distinguish prior to the surgery. Needless to say, his ability to imitate sounds and make words has mushroomed. He can say many words and names now – except for Gramma!

Benji says Pa Pa, Aunt Ta-cy (Stacy), and Aunt Ka-la (Karla), but when someone tells him to say Gramma, he just looks at me. “Maybe Gramma is just too hard for him to say,” my daughter-in-law suggested. She pointed to me and asked Benji: “Can you say Oma (German for Grandmother)?” Benji smiled broadly and said “Oma,” but although he could say it, apparently it didn’t mean Gramma to Benji. When someone would point to me and asked Benji who I was, he would still just look at me and smile.

“It’s okay,” I lied to my kids. But oh how much I wanted to know that Benji knew who I was, that he knew me by name. This past weekend Benji came to visit again. My son and daughter-in-law told me that he had been saying Pa Pa and Ga Ga all the way there. Could Ga Ga be Gramma to Benji? But, once again, when asked who I was, he just smiled.

But then earlier this week, my daughter-in-law texted me a picture of my sweet Benji. He was holding a cup koozie that I had given him from some leftover craft materials. She told me that Benji had found the koozie and asked: “Ga Ga?” Oh, how happy that made my heart! Benji did know me! And he knew me by my name.

As I thought about the joy of knowing that Benji knows me by name, I thought about my Heavenly Father. Surely, He, too, delights when His children know Him by name. The Scriptures reveal many names or titles for God. He is our Abba (Father) (Romans 8:15), God Almighty (Genesis 17:1-2; Revelations 1:8), our Refuge (Psalm 46:1), Shield (Psalm 3:3), and Strong Tower (Psalm 61:3). He is Yahweh (Lord) (Exodus 3:13-15), Master (Psalm 16:2), and Eternal God (Psalm 90:1-2). He is our Provider (Genesis 22:13-14; Philippians 4:19), Shepherd (Psalm 23), our Rock (Psalm 18:2) and our Peace (Judges 6:24)! Each of these names, and many, many more that are contained in Scripture, help us to know our Heavenly Father and gain a deeper understanding of who He is.

As I thought about all the different names for God and what they teach us about who He is, I am reminded that more than knowing His name, God wants us to know Him! The different names and titles for God in Scripture reveal His nature and character and help us to know Him better.

You see, as much as I want to hear Benji call me by name, I want much more for him to know me. I want my name to mean something to him. I want him to smile as he thinks about Ga Ga. I want Ga Ga to remind him of a safe and happy place, hugs and kisses, silly songs and games, walks to the creek, a soft lap and a good book.

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And, somehow, I feel that God wants something similar from His children as well. When I whisper God’s name, does it make me smile just thinking about Him and all He is to me – His love and goodness; His mercy, forgiveness, and grace; and His faithfulness to me? When I hear His name am I reminded of the joy I feel in His presence? Just as Benji’s koozie reminds him of Ga Ga, am I daily reminded of God’s love and faithfulness in my life?  What joy to not only know my God’s name, but to truly know Him!


Thus says the Lord:

‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”

(Jeremiah 9-23-24)





Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 28, 2015

Of High Court Decisions and Other Decisions

Of High Court Decisions and Other Decisions

On Friday the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. This decision is being applauded as a victory by some, cautiously accepted by others, and adamantly scorned by still others who hold fiercely to the belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

While I hold to the latter belief with all my heart, I realize that not all people, even of the same faith, subscribe to my beliefs on this subject. But rather than arguing or debating or trying to convince others of what I believe, I’d like to instead encourage all of us to consider decisions that each of us make every day. It is these decisions that ultimately determine how we look at life and how we choose to live life.

Every day we decide –

  • Who we will follow.

Do we follow our friends, people we admire, or idols that we cling to? Everybody follows somebody or something.

  • Who we will listen to.

Do we listen to those we follow, to prevailing thoughts and attitudes, or even to our own personal opinions? Whose voices do we allow to dominate our thinking and decision-making?

  • Who we will seek for guidance and understanding.

To whom do we go when we just don’t know? With so many competing voices, who do we trust to give us guidance and understanding?

  • Who we will obey.

Who or what governs my actions every day? Who do I obey?

In my own life, I know, without a doubt, who I want to follow, who I want to listen to, who I want to seek, and who I want to obey. It is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, sometimes I fail. But when I come to Him and confess my sins, He is faithful to hear and forgive (see 1 John 1:9) and as I seek Him and listen to Him, He will help me….

  • To follow Him.

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

  • To listen to Him.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

  • To seek Him for guidance and understanding.

“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5).

  • To obey Him.

“If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

While you may not think that these everyday decisions have anything to do with the High Court’s decision, I think they have everything to do with it. No matter what side of the fence you may be on, just think if every one of us truly decided to follow Jesus, to listen to Him, to seek Him for guidance and understanding, and to obey Him, He would lead us in His way – not yours or mine. Just think of the difference it could make in our world, if just those who claim to be Christian would honestly spread out our questions, our differences of opinion before the Lord, and totally, completely seek to follow, listen, seek, and obey Him.  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). My heart is broken over the state of our nation. Please join me in seeking Christ, turning from our wicked ways, and praying for the healing of our nation. Our seemingly little, every day decisions, are undoubtedly the most important decisions of all!



Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 20, 2015

Another Father’s Day

Another Father’s Day

This is another Father’s Day without my Dad. He has been gone for 24 years and I still miss him. The following devotion, written four years ago, recalls a special memory I have of my Dad. I hope it blesses you as you think about your own Dad.

A Father’s Tears


This month I have faced life without my Dad for twenty years. Sometimes it feels like he cannot have possibly been gone that long. At other times, it seems forever since I’ve heard his coarse laugh and saw that familiar twinkle in his eyes. Some people say that time heals all wounds, but I’ve learned that healed wounds can often still leave scars. I think such is the case when someone we truly love dies. While we learn to go on after a loved one dies and the initial wound heals, there is forever a scar that marks our loss. That scar left on our hearts can still cause tears sometimes, but what is truly amazing is that same scar can also bring smiles. It may hide a painful loss, but it preserves so many precious and beautiful memories.


Usually on Father’s Day I think about my scar and I remember my Daddy. I think about his easy laughter, his joking and fun-loving nature. I think about things we did together as a family and recall many favorite memories. Yet this year I was reminded of something I didn’t see a lot from Daddy. I remembered a time when I saw Daddy’s tears. I can only recall my Daddy crying a handful of times. On this particular time I was in the hospital and had just given birth to my first child, a stillborn baby girl. Daddy sat beside my bed with my husband and me, trying to make small talk, trying to encourage, but ever so often his eyes would glisten with tears which he would quickly brush away. That memory has stayed with me through the years and today my scar reminded me of my Daddy’s tears.


As I thought about times that I had seen both my Daddy and my husband cry, it occurred to me that Dads cry pretty much for one reason. They’re not like most of the rest of us. Think about it. I can cry over anything at just about anytime. If someone snaps too harshly at me, I can cry. If someone makes a rude gesture to me while I’m driving, I can cry. I can cry over my kids’ problems and over the things that make them cry. I can cry over a picture on television of a malnourished third-world child. I can cry over a sad movie or book. I can cry when I don’t even know why I’m crying! But not so with most Dads. From what I’ve witnessed, Dads generally cry over something that they can’t fix.


Dads are fixers. They fix the car, the sink, the toilet. They provide the needed money. They work out solutions to problems. They love for their kids to ask them for advice. Dads seem to be happiest when they’re fixing things. But when they can’t fix what’s wrong, when they don’t have an answer to the problem, that’s when Dads are more likely to cry – or retreat so that you don’t see them cry.


For whatever reason, our Dads’ tears affect us immeasurably. In my Dad’s tears I saw strength, an immeasurable love that would have done anything in the world to fix my problem – if he only could. And today as I thought about my scar and the memory of my Daddy’s tears I was reminded of my Heavenly Father.


He, too, loves me with an immeasurable love. “In this the love God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10). What God did for me I cannot explain, but He clearly demonstrated His love through Jesus and His work on the cross. Jesus showed us the love of the Father.


God’s love for us resulted in scars in the hands and feet of Jesus. I wonder what God thinks as He looks upon those scars after all these years. Does He sit beside Jesus and sadly think of the pain and suffering that Jesus endured? Or does He look at Jesus’ scars and smile as He thinks of you and me and the life that we can now have because of Christ? As God watches us struggle with pain and suffering, I wonder if he cries just as Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus (see John 11:33-35). As He looks upon our fallen world and the inhumanity of man to man, I wonder if He sheds tears just as Jesus cried over Jerusalem because of their rejection of Him and the coming judgment they faced (see Luke 19:41).


Just like our earthly fathers, I think that our Heavenly Father cries with us and for us. Hebrews 4:15 reminds us that Jesus is our High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He is not untouched by our problems, but understands the struggles and temptations we face living in a fallen world. He has the scars to prove it.


I wonder if this is the very reason that God planned for fathers. He wants them to stand in for Him in the home, defending and protecting, fixing and solving, loving and caring – revealing the Father’s love – perhaps sometimes even through a few tears. Thank You, Father; thank you, Daddy! I remember the scars.




I’ve been blessed to know quite a few amazing Dads – Granddads, uncles, other family members, as well as the Dad of my own children whom I share life with every day. My husband, too, is a “thing” fixer, an advice giver, and a problem solver. He loves not only with his heart, but also with his hands, as he consistently puts the wants and needs of others ahead of his own. And I’m seeing these same qualities emerge in our own son as about three years ago he, too, stepped into the role of fatherhood. Watching all these great Dads, even with their differing gifts and abilities, I’m a firm believer that if the Mom is the heart of the home, then the Dad is the glue that holds it all together. Yes, I definitely believe that God planned for fathers to defend, protect, fix and solve, love and care – and sometimes to just hold us and cry – to stand in His place revealing the Father’s awesome love for all His children. Take time this weekend to say thank you to the fathers in your life.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.”

(1 Corinthians 16:13-14)





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