Tuesday, October 15, 2013

GIFTS FROM GOD

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change3883 like shifting shadows.
He chose1014 to give us birth through the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”
James 1:16-18


3883 – parallagē-  transmutation (of phase or orbit), i.e. (fig.) fickleness: - variableness.

1014 – bŏulŏmai – to “will,” i.e. (refl.) be willing: - be disposed, 
minded, intend, list, (be, of own) will (-ing).

Blessings in my garden - banana peppers

Father, you are never-changing, steady and in command.
Every blessing in my life came down from Your hand.
You chose to draw me to You  through the word of truth,
That I might have eternal life and ever be with You.
Since You have adopted me to be among your daughters,
I now, through grace, have access to Your springs of living waters.
Help those springs flow through me, spill out and overflow
That I might have the privilege of helping others know
 The marvelous grace You’ve extended to each one
Who, by faith, receives the gift You provided through Your Son.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Temptation

Purslane Attracting Bee

“Blessed is the man who perseveres5278 under trial, because when he has stood the test,
 he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
 When tempted,3985 no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Do not be deceived, my dear brothers”
James 1:12-16

5278 – hupŏmĕnŏ – to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; fig. to undergo, i.e. bear (trials) have fortitude, persevere: - abide, endure, (take) patient(-ly), suffer, tarry behind.

3985 – pĕirazō – to test (obj.), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline: - assay, examine, go about, prove, temp (-er), try.


Only through Your power, Lord, can I not be dragged away.
I pray Your Spirit within me will give me strength to stay
On the path of righteousness, the straight and narrow way.
When desires draw me in like a flower draws a bee,
Help me, Lord, to turn around and from temptation flee;
For I long to receive a crown life, to lay as a gift before Thee.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Fading Flowers


Daylilies fading after summer bloom.

“The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
But the one who is rich should take pride2744 in his low position,
because he will pass away like a wild flower.
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant;
its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.
In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”
James 1:9-11

2744 – kauchaŏmai – to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense): - (make)boast, glory, joy, rejoice.

Father, keep me from taking pride in material gain or glory;
for all possessions will fade away, as will my earthly story.
Help me to remember that this life is a mist or a fading flower,
But I will someday dwell with You through your grace and power.
Keep my eyes on the pure joy of knowing Christ, my Lord.
Please help me focus on Your will and seek it in Your word. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012


WISDOM

“If any of you lacks wisdom,4678 he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
But when he asks, he must believe4102 and not doubt,
 because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
James 1:5-8

4678 – sŏphia – wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual).

4102 – pistis – persuasion, i.e. credence: mor. conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher) especially reliance upon Christ for salvation: abstr. constancy in such a profession: by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.


When a believer asks in faith
for wisdom from our Lord,
he can rest assured it will be given
as promised in His word.
If he would avoid being tossed about
like a wave upon the sea,
he must put his faith in Christ alone
to meet his every need.


Saturday, June 30, 2012


Perseverance


“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance5281.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.”
James 1:1-4

5281 - hupŏmŏnē – from 5278: cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy – enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

5278 – hupŏmĕnō – to stay under (behind), i.e. remain: fig. to undergo i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere: - abide, endure, (take) patient(-ly), suffer, tarry behind.


The winds blow and the crape myrtle bows completely to the ground.
The spring rains pour, and the soggy branches appear to be totally drowned.
But each trial just seems to strengthen my favorite flowering tree.  
The trials of life blow in like winds and knock me to the floor.
The testing of my faith, like rain, seems to continually to pour.
But by God’s grace, I persevere; and the Father strengthens me.  


June 30, 2012


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Psalm 118 - My Strength and My Song

The Lord brings songbirds to my backyard each day.
He also brings a songto my heart as I meditate
on his saving grace extended to me.
“I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”

“You are my god, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:13-14, 28-29

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
He is my strength to carry on
each day in every endeavor.
When I’ve been about to fall,
the Lord has helped me to stand.
My God is sovereign: he is Lord,
and nothing can thwart his plan.
You are my God. I give you thanks.
You’re my Savior to whom praise is due.
You will be my constant song,
and forever I’ll worship you.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Psalm 118 - What Can Man Do to Me?

When the squirrels in my backyard sense danger, they flee up a tree because God has given them the ability to climb and the coloring to hide them. When I am in distress, I need to flee to the Lord; for he will cover me with his pinions,
and I will find refuge and hope only in Him.




“In my anguish I cried to the Lord,
and he answered by setting me free.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.”

Psalm 118:5-9


Man can ridicule and insult me
and slander my good name.
Man can take my job from me
for not playing by the rules of his game.
Man can steal all that I own,
injure me, even take my life.
But he can only do what the Lord allows!
Then after this world of strife,
I know I’ll be safe for eternity
within my Savior’s arms.
Man thinks he can do all manner of things,
but I’ll never suffer ultimate harm.