In Father’s Own Words

Here we are once again; seeing one year out and a new one in.  Have you made new year’s resolutions?  Are you wondering what the new year holds?  We all like to dream and try to imagine what the months ahead will bring to us.  There will no doubt be some good times ahead; equally, there will most likely be challenges to face which we will find difficult.  Good days and hard days are all a part of life.  Happiness, sadness, tears and laughter; it comes to us all.  The question at the time of new year may be — how will I handle all that may come my way?  There are no better words of encouragement than from our heavenly Father.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

“I have told you many things, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have troubles and sorrows, but take heart because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”  Isaiah 43:2

“Don’t be overcome with a love for money; be satisfied with what you have because God has said, ‘I will never fail you or abandon you.’  Therefore we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear of what mere people can do to me.”  Hebrews 13:5-6

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.  Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies..  You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23

May 2019 be filled with blessings to overflowing, and my your determination to walk in His ways stay strong; filled with great joy.


Words For All Time

Many of you will have received my news about my first novel being published.  I shared that piece of news yesterday.  Already, lots of you have told me that you’ve ordered the book.  You said things to me that were greatly encouraging which I found to be of considerable relief.

Why relief?  Well, I admit that as soon as I put the word out, an anxious feeling came over me.  Thoughts came flooding in like — I hope people like my book, I hope they will be helped, I hope it’s enjoyable, I hope they like my writing style — on and on went the thoughts, and nervousness grew with every one.

That’s when it hit me!  A thought so strong hurled itself into my brain that for an instance my breath caught in my throat.  There I was agitating over my book, hoping it would be read and liked, when the fact is, the greatest book ever written sits unused and dusty on too many shelves.  Our heavenly Father’s own words are bound in a book we call The Bible.  It’s God’s love letter to us.  In that wonderful book, He shares His truths, His wisdom, His guidance.  He tells us how to live holy in an unholy world.  He tells us how to forgive when we consider some things to be unforgivable.  He reminds us of His unconditional love for us.  He warns us of the subtleties of Satan and shows us how to be wise and strong.

God’s Book is a book without mistake.  It tells of the greatest love the world will ever know.  It is continually on the best seller list and no other book will ever compare to it.  Life gets busy and hectic but let’s not forget to read what our heavenly Father has written.  He gives us words to live by and words to live joyfully and peacefully and courageously.  There is no better guidance than what God has written.  His Words are treasures; they are living words.

As it says in Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”